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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,795 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,795
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 294 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 2,795 | Reviews: 995
Photo of adrock7309
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Oakedcanuck for the extra on our last trade.

Great example of a belgian style IPA. Extremely balanced malt/hop mix with a nice amount of belgian spicy yeast coming through. Shared with two other guys but left me wanting more.

Very good beer.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip. Color was a slightly clouded honey-copper. Fluffy one finger head, which receded after a bit with a bit of lacing around the glass.

There was a strong fruity hop aroma with a slight bit of yeastiness to it. Peppery, a little bit grassy, and a bready maltiness to it as well.

The taste was peppery, very citrusy (orange/lemon), mild hop bitterness and just the slightest funkiness there. The west coast IPA flavor was there, but around that there was a complexity that I wasn't used to tasting.

Felt medium, well carbonated with a creamy finish. Bit of a pine taste after swallowing. Very tasty beer.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2010) into a Duvel tulip.
A: The murky golden body has a nice and orange color out of direct light, but also has a light yellow in the light. The white head pours a frothy two fingers, but settles to an island of foam.
S: A piny aroma, a bit of medium intensity, while nice subtle Belgian yeast notes are present.
T/M: The final off flavors are a satisfying dry bitterness. While sweet flavors remain, this is a nice and long lingering finish. The body finishes with a long and piny finish, still a hint of the creamy mouthfeel. The up front flavors are rich and vibrant. Good flavors, a bit more earthy overall, added a bit of Belgian funky yeast, but not enough, or too much for that matter.
D: Great all around Stone brew, a nice version of west coast IPA and Belgian influences. I find this flavorful brew to be a nice and easy drinking BIPA and deep earthy flavors are welcoming.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head with lots of lacing and a slightly hazy golden-orange hue to the body. A bubbly carbonation is evident. Nice

S: Fresh west coast raw juicy hops with a distinct belgian yeast/malt aroma mixed in. Grassy tropical fruit aromas from the hops evident.

T: Very fresh hop blast projected in the smell mixed with a bready BPA edge that fits nicely. Bitter aftertaste, and very good overall, if there was a bit more sweetness to balance the hop it would be even better, but it's great as is.

M: Very carbonated and bitter, wish it was a little less bubbly but still nice. I'd love to try this on cask or nitro, I bet it would be perfect.

D: Really solid Belga-ipa. Excellent fresh, I'll have to get my hands on it while it's still fresh as it is.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head

S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics

T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew

M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle

D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes

Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all

Photo of mjaskula
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a thick soapy white head. The head thins and leaves some foamy lacing.

The aroma is mild with some up-front floral hops and belgian yeast character. The flavor is a nice merger of styles. The bitter and floral hop flavor is strong and leads the flavor, but it gives way smoothly to a slight malt flavor and clean Belgian yeast. A little bit of green apple tartness shows up as it warms. Mouthfeel is dry crisp and clean. Very balanced and drinkable.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Cali beligium ipa

Appearance- Medium yellow. Not lively. Nice creamy vanilla head. Lacy. 4

Smell- smoke, yeasty interesting 3.5

Taste- complex. Honey, big hops, smokey flavor and amazing 5

Mouf- good 4

Drinkability- Oh, stone... why are you so drinkable? 4

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium-large head, and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
Hops and citrus start it off and it ends with a nice bitterness.

Photo of nhindian
2.42/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz bomber poured into a large snifter.

A - Seriously cool bottle on this one. Following in Stone's trademark, this one features a "destroyed" label with the iconic gargoyle. Pours an amber brown and builds a little, off-white head. Decent head retention and some spotted lacing here and there. Some sediment is visible in the glass

S - Interesting nose on this one. A trio of citrus, yeast, and booze. Notes of hops but not as dominant as I would've initially thought. A fairly unique bouquet that really grabs my interest.

T - Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the nose for this one. Just tastes off and flat. Muddled flavors and a rush of hop bitterness at the end just mutes everything. Not very enjoyable at all and I foresee this bomber becoming quite difficult to finish off. A shame, as I really anticipating this one.

M - Light bodied and enough carbonation to sustain this IPA.

D - However, the drinkability of this one is completely shot. I'm only halfway through my first glass and I am seriously contemplating making this my first drain pour. The bitterness wrecks havoc on the palate and each sip becomes increasingly harder than the last. A complete disappointment.

I have (and hope) an inkling this bottle may be infected or light-struck as this beer is just a complete disaster. Almost undrinkable due to the flavor imbalance.

Photo of bobhits
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light honey in color. An ok cream colored head. Has a good body and seems to hold well enough.

American citrus grape fruit hopes mixed with Belgium yeast. The end result is a fruity assault on the nose that then finishes with a touch of spice. So expect orange, lemon, bubble gym, clove, and other spices in this one

This beer is a touch past the best by date but with stone this happens so often I find it hard to demand the freshest beers. Anything fresher than 6 months I'll accept unless it's Ruination since that's just awful "aged." As a result the hops are not dominating this beer like they should and I believe normally do. The end result is bitter but not hop flavored belgium spice. It doesn't work that well. Sadly this doesn't stand up to the 08 vertical epic even aged. I have to give stone credit for what they're doing here, but the malt profile just wasn't done well enough.

Medium body with a clear alcohol presence. A touch heavy imo.

I can't see drinking too many of these either. It's just too thick and the taste is enjoyable but nothing to force you back to the glass for another sip over and over again.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy, copper color

S- piney, very nice aroma

T- it was good, hops and a little bit of yeast

M- very clean, smooth, nice carbonation

D- drinkable, had no problem with knockin it back

overall, great beer, expensive though, worth a try, prolly not with the price though when you can just get Stone's normal IPA

Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-orange color with 1 finger of fluffy white head.

The scent was of spice and citrus mostly.

The taste was of citrus immediately, spice, sweet grassy malt, some yeast.

Light bodied, crisp and a little thin, high carbonation.

This was a good belgian ipa, with good balanced flavor, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of Soonami
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgie is a part of the new wave of hybrid beer styles, a mix of Belgian Tripel and American IPA. The beer is basically Stone's IPA fermented with an old world Belgian ale yeast.

I think that in many respects, this is a successful beer. The beer is a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that sticks to the class and clings FOREVER. It literally formed a white meringue crust as you drink it. The beer has a nice aroma of citrus, clove, bubblegum, spice, and a bready malt. The beer tastes biscuity, and very bitter at first, develops a fruity, funky, sweet taste and then leaves a drying bitterness. The beer is medium bodied with soft carbonation that makes it very easy to drink.

This is a beer that looks marvelous in a glass and is an complex melange of flavors that keeps the whole bomber an interesting experience.

Photo of BDJake
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, tawny orange with a foamy crown of eggshell that retained superbly and laced all the way down my glass.

S- Spicy and floral, with estery hops, and a bit of clove and citrus notes.

T- Despite being a form of IPA, the hops actually play a supporting role to the abundance of clove, babana, and citrus, with loads of bready malt.

M- Cloying, medium-bodied, with a sour-bitter aftertaste.

D- Very pleasant, modest abv, and good for any occasion.

Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this brew at Staples Corner Liquor. It's rarely available in the East (THANKS guys!)

Poured from growler to my pint tumbler, it's golden or light tan, hazy, with enough carbonation to produce a thin foam and extensive lacing. Looks good enough to drink! The smell is yeasty, fruity sweet (maybe apple), Belgian for sure, maybe a little like a danish? No hops to speak of, some phenolic overtones, perhaps a little green pepper. Attractive nose.

The taste is where the hops kick in. A combination of fruity sweetness with an immediate bitterness at the back palate and some peppery notes. There's wonderful mild sourness in the cheeks and that's where you can pick up the bready malt flavors. The finish is bitterness and some grainy malt residual flavors. Overall very complex, starting sweet and fruity and ending with pleasant bitterness. Great combination. As for mouthfeel, there's some warmth from the alcohol, a little astringency, some peppery sweet stickiness, and a little tang to it all as the bitterness kicks in for the finish. Overall, quite wonderful.

This is a fine brew, a complex combination of sweet and bitter that just sings to the mouth and the spirit of beer. Highly delicious and highly drinkable. Get it if you can, hopheads, to expand your appreciation of what uninhibited yeast can do to hoppy bitterness.

Photo of mstyne
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two great tastes that go great together?

Reunited, and it feels so good?

No discernable dating. Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

Beautiful day-glo cloudy orange. Head lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Great lacing. Scent is a great mix of hops and the spicy/fruity notes you'd expect from a belgian style ale.

Taste, wow. This is a perfect blend of IPA and belgian ale. I have no idea how they did it. The fruit/spice is up front, with the hops kicking in later. Stone, you've done it again. I will definitely be trying this again soon.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass.

Pours a very hazy yellowish color with some orange tinged and a big foamy 3 finger head with the best lacing. Aroma is big time piney grapefruit with fruity esters coming through. Has a floral component that keeps this fresh and very lemony. Big lemon pone flavors with a fruity belgian ester that is nice. Balanced malts but hop forward with some citrus freshness. Very nice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth although you know it's got great carbonation. Really this is a great food pairing beer. It's got a freshness that plays well with lots of fish and chicken dishes.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with a fluffy two fingers of foam that recedes very slowly. Leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is American hops, citrus, floral and light grassy tones. There are also hints of sweet malt/grain and a bit of yeast and spice. It smells largely like an American IPA but for subtle (and pleasant) Belgian yeasty notes.

Taste begins with bright citrus hop flavors accompanied by malty sweetness. This gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, fruit, malt and light yeast flavors. Toward the finish strong citrus notes are carried on increasing bitterness and some mild spice nuances. The finish is bitter, fruity, floral and a bit earthy. I'd say overall the taste of this beer leans towards IPA, but the yeast brings something different for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with medium carbonation.

This beer is quite good, though not as good as other Belgian/IPAs I've had (... Chouffe) i would drink this again.

Photo of russwbeck
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden with very little white head, bubbly.

S: Hoppy, but very much Belgian after the hops. Smells like a heavy Saison.

T: Hops way out front with some citrus. Funky, earthy taste follows. Dry finish. Distinctly a Belgian taste, but an IPA is in there, popping out to say hello.

MF: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: I like this beer the more I drink it. Although I would tire of it after two bottles or so.

Photo of LikaThaHops
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review, and i'm just following what i see mostly done for set up beer review style.


Poured into a pint glass

A- Almost a golden copper, with a lot of bubbles. Looks enticing. Poured maybe a 1 1/2 inch creamy thick off white head, and settled to about a CM head through out
-All the way through the 16 oz. serving, bubbles intact.

S- smell is everything i would want from an IPA. floral and citrus notes poke through very nicely, filled with hops. i'm thirsty!

T- The starting taste is that of flowery-alcohol-hops, finishing VERY nicely though, with no alcohol taste and just the hoppy goodness!

M- Its light, yet viscous. Bubbly very drinkable, as i have just indulged on an entire bomber. it hits my IPA button nicely. very nice

D- I could sit and drink this all day/night long. After a bomber, i'm not bloated, and i still have a very nice taste on my tongue from it. A great brew, all in all. Great job, Stone!

A great IPA!

Photo of kgrober
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during a Stone Brewing tasting...

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper, long lasting head with good lacing. Very effervescent and champagne like.

Smell is fragrant with citrus, honey, and a peachy sweetness on the palate. Taste was unique and refreshing.

Excellent drinkability, especially for a hot Summer day. Absolutely made my list to try again.

Photo of begforme4484
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a good amount of frothy white head. Decent lacing too.

Earthy and floral hop scents right away. A sweet doughyness from the malts. The yeast adds a spicy and semi musty scent in there.

Bitter and funky! Grassy and cirtrus hops show up right away and are overpowered by the belgian yeast strain that adds and abrasive funk to it. It's almost like a sour, until the bitterness bites in at the end.

Very crisp, medium bodied.

Photo of alkemy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden straw color with a slight hint of orange. I had a finger of very light tan head after a fairly relaxed pour. The hops smell stood out more when I smelled it in the bottle. Once in the glass, the hops took a backseat to funky banana, caramel, bubblegum, and clove. The hops come across as a fruity mango/pineapple like aroma. There's a hint of funky earthiness in the taste that reminds me of a saison. Pepper notes make there presence known as well. Goes down pretty easy, but there is a grassy bitterness in the finish that hangs on a little too long. This is pretty good, but as far as this style goes, I have a man-crush on Raging Bitch.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tasting glass.

Appearance - golden orange with a slight haze and lots of cream colored head. Leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell - peppery, yeasty, very much like a saison, with a generous hop aroma like a west coast IPA.

Taste - earthy funk with a good bitterness from citrusy hops. Astrigent dryness at the end of the sip, more from the hop bitterness than the mashing and fermentation methods.

Mouthfeel - medium body, not as dry as most saisons, a little more filling. Nice carbonic bite and slick creaminess. The hop bitterness begins to dull the tastebuds about half-way through the bottle.

Drinkability - very drinkable, very refreshing. Might make a good session beer, but would likely fatigue the tastebuds after a while.

Photo of frognot
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly murky light orange with a fluffy white head

Smell: Initially hops with a mild mix of floral and doughy aroma

Taste: First the hops jump out but are quickly muted by the yeast kicking in. Pine and fruit flavors are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and smoother than expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,795 ratings.