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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,731
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 261 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

Photo of Sweasty
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone has finally tackled one of my favorite styles, the Belgian IPA. Cali-Belgie pours a bright copper color. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles somewhat quickly to a ring. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma strikes a bit of a balance. The Belgian yeast esters blend with the brash hoppiness for an almost balanced nose. The hops win out in the end. Sweet grapefruit and orange notes hits first. Some feint tropical fruit is present as well. A bit of a bready malt comes through. Bubblegum and lemons rounds things out.

Hops take immediate control of the palate. The citrus notes in the aroma strike first with a strong juicy quality. Lemons and oranges dominate. Bready malt and candy store bubblegum strike some balance in the middle. There is just the faintest hint of powdery yeast. A light dusting of spice hits near the finish. The finish is nicely dry with a light bitterness. Tropical fruit, papayas maybe, linger on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied with a somewhat boisterous carbonation.

Stone Cali-Belgie shows off the complexity yeast adds to a beer. With that one change, Stone has taken their IPA and turned it into a whole other animal. The Belgian yeast does a beautiful job smoothing out the hops. Like a typical Belgian IPA, the lip smacking quality of a hoppy brew is put in check. The hop flavors are allowed to shine, while the bitterness is kept well under control. Props to Stone for creating another tasty offering.

Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly clear, and lighter in color than I was expecting. Dusty white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: The "Cali" shows up in the front, with the "Belgie" coming in strong farther along the line.

Taste: Excellent. All the flavor provided by the fresh citrus hoppiness stands atop the solid foundation of the Belgian yeasty goodness.

Feel: Not exceptional, but nothing off-putting about the lighter than expected feel.

Drinkability: Better drinkability than Raging Bitch, another American BIPA, it's tastes don't wear you down nearly as much.

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Mondial:

Deep gold in the glass, rich frothy cap lasts and laces. Modest carbonation.

Aroma is citrusy-floral and fruity over rich malts.

Medium bodied, oily mouth feel.

Rich sweet malts in front balanced with citrus-resinous bittering, mid palat4 becomes very fruity - peaches spices earthy sweetness...finish gets bitter and dries a bit.

Interesting IPA with some fruity complexity.

Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "Keep refrigerated", 6.9% ABV, Enjoy by 05 13 10 stamped on the bottom of the bottle.

A - Carbonation bubbles swirl through the glass from the moderate pour. A densely packed, creamy white head rises without hesitation and slowly lowers to a thick pile. Wispy lace accents the brilliantly clear golden IPA.

S - A noticeable banana ester and dry clay aroma come from the distinctly Belgian yeast which adds a dimension I've never experienced in an IPA before. Toasted white bread falls to the background with a sweet light candi sugar kiss that holds up the floral and lemon citrusy hops.

T - Cali-België assaults the tongue with American hops instantly which certainly takes me off guard. Very bitter citrusy, floral hops overshadow the malts heavily. A tiny touch of candi sugar and caramel malts almost falls by the wayside. The Belgian yeast on the other hand still remains prominent in the flavor giving the finish a citrusy, earthy, distinct different yeast finish. The flavor has good balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cali-België has a sharp bitter citrus finish from the hops but a lingering balanced citrus from the yeast. Fully carbonated, it also has a tingle as it goes down smoothly.

D - Great drinkability from this one, I'm a little peeved I waited so long to finally pick up a bottle, but it's still worth it. Very excellent.

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy/foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, fruit, hoppy aroma, with some traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a good amount of malt. A nicely balanced, vibrant, flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An eminently drinkable Belgian IPA.

Photo of BeanBone
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden-orange body capped by a little more than two fingers of bubbly off-white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Leafy, herbal, and candied-citrusy hops along with Belgian yeast over a nondescript bready malt body. Easily identifiable as a Belgian-influenced IPA.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the hops; they're tropical fruity, citrusy, resinous, herbal, and moderately bitter. There's lot of clove-like Belgian yeast flavor to counter the hops, with subtle bready malt bringing up the rear. The alcohol is hidden well. Overall, everything is nicely balanced and each element comes together nicely. Herbal hops and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fine medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: For fans of the style, this is a pretty easy drinker; just watch out for that nearly seven percent punch.

Verdict: Cali-Belgique is a tasty beer, and the best Belgian IPA I've tried yet. The combination of Belgian yeast and west-coast hops is interesting and pleasant, though I have to say I personally prefer the "normal" Stone IPA.

Photo of myost88
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle a tulip pint.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold color. Very active bubbling. Two finger frothy white head. Sticky, patchy lacing remaings sporadically across the glass.

Smell- Hop forward like most Stone beers. Floral and a little piney. Clove scent is present from the belgian yeast. It smells quite sweet. Very complex aroma with many layers.

Taste- Wonderful biting hops at first. Tart grapefruit and pine is prevalent. Strong malt backbone rounds this out perfectly finishing sweet. The Belgian yeast strain really serves to highlight the hops and malts, both seperately and taken together, adding a nice spicy kick just before the end of a quaff. Typical of Stone it is sweet at the end not dry. Dare I say I like this better than the original Stone IPA?

Mouthfeel- Just enough carbonation to make this one "jumpy" but keep that nice smooth feeling going down. Medium bodied.

Drinkability- This is both a slow sipper and a beer you can really take some good gulps of. I could see myself enjoying a few pints of this in a row and it wouldnt grow old. Complex, layered brew makes this a good stand alone beer, though I wouldnt want to pair this with food because I like it as is without other flavors going with it.

Overall- Really a terrific beer in my opinion. Belgian yeast really plays well off of the American hops. Stone I hope you make this at the very least a perennial seasonal release, if not a year round.

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, orange-gold in color, with a big, fluffy head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle hops and spicy funk
Taste-Belgian funky spiciness up front, a hoppy backbone stays on until the finish. Upon warming, hoppy bitterness asserts itself, along with a tangy, strawberry-like finish.
Overall, an interesting, if a bit unbalanced, offering from the boys at Stone.

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

Thanks to the auspices of Mr. Ohoove for this treat, the color of this goodie is clear golden amber with a nice thick white foam and chunky lacing. The aroma is a clovey yeast and herbal hop, firm and "tasty". The flavor at room temperature offers orange citrus bite and malty clove. There's some thick cereal grain and deep prune in a medium-plus bodied brew. It's a bit viscous with signs of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind, and a dry rye effect, all very complex with modest drinkability. Very nice.

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

coming from hawaii we dont get stone beers! but i manage to get mines

smell - a whole citrus lemon fruity smell going on its crazy

color - light amber with good amount of carbonation

taste -when u go in a take a slip its like fruits! citrus bursting before u even drink it!! Super smooooth!! no alcohol can be found! even at 5.6% abv. flavorful! awesome beer! if u dont like IPAs this is the IPA to taste! its a cali- belgian style idk what that mean but the bottle says its a California style beer Stone with hints of belgian flavor guessing Hefes where the fruit citrus come in to play...

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is pale malts with a touch of citrus, spices and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malts up front with some spices, citrus and a good amount of citrusy hops in the dry finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Stone Cali-Belgique is a solid beer that is definitely worth a repeat purchase. Hightly recommended!  

Photo of ebby82
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden haze into a tulip glass. At least two fingers of head are evident. The smell is of Belgian yeast, hops, and a little fruitiness, perhaps grapefruit.

The taste is delicate, yet delicious. The hops and Belgian yeast compliment one another nicely, and it is one of the least Hoppy Stone beers I've ever had. There is also a slight sweetness on the palate, complimented by a slight bitterness. Even those who are averse to hops might enjoy it without complaint.

The mouth feel is light and airy. Highly drinkable, I wish I had more than one bomber's worth.

This is only my second experience with a Belgian style IPA. The other was Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which I loved. Stone's version is less aggressive. I am beginning to love this beer style.

Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous rocky white head erupts from the hazy golden body and lingers for quite a bit as it leaves a frothy lacing behind.

The aroma is quite complex featuring abundant yeast, piney and citrus hops, and perhaps even a sweet candy-like quality, and a bit of pepper as it warms.

The flavor asserts much more of a floral hop presence than the aroma, followed by yeast, perhaps some pepper and clove, and other hops such as pine or citrus.

This brew is generous in carbonation with medium body and a pleasant drying finish.

Quite an enjoyable beer with many of the traditional aspects of this style and those it comes from. Certainly worth a try, it is great to enjoy on a summer evening.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Delicious, pours a golden super carbonated, with a white head that lasts for a long time due to carbonation.
Smells of Nice citrusy hops and Belgian yeasts combined, comes out nicely.
Tastes sweet with a large citrus profile. Note that the sweetness does not seem to come from too many malts.
The beer is a bit alcohol tasting after it warms but nothing too bad.

YUM

Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

Photo of simpliciter
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA.

Photo of chickenflea
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was amazing and unexpected. I am used to being shocked by Stone, but this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A traditional looking IPA except that it is a little light in color. Clear. Tall rocky head that left sculpted concentric rings. Amazingly the yeast aroma really battle with the hops in the nose. On first sniff I was confused. My curiosity aroused. Very spicy as well dominated by cloves. I have never had a beer with such overt clove aroma. Is it the Belgian yeast that does this? The taste was all Stone IPA but more. The brew tasted like a blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops and a fruity taste. The fruit was pineapple-mango-peach-tangerine. Very intriguing. Then the hops wrestled the aftertaste away again. A fresh grassy sort of hops. Very fresh like a wet-hopped beer. The body was medium light with average carbonation. Call the texture soft to oily. Overall a great and refreshingly different beer. It's not your traditional IPA. I give Stone top marks for attempting this unique hybrid and pulling it off.

Photo of BeerTwigs
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. I first had this beer about two years ago and I am just now finally reviewing it. Belgian IPA's are one of the newest, yet best styles of beer around today. Cali Belgique does not only set the standard for this style it almost makes it impossible to replicate. From a bottle it pours a nice and golden with a two inch white head. This beer not only satisfies the quench of belgian beer fans but hop heads as well. The aroma is complete with a belgian/pine combination. I started out as a novice beer drinker, soley focused on Belgian styles but once my pallet for IPA's devopled this beer was able to my beer needs from all angles. Drink this beer and appreciate all it represents. Dare to try another Belgian IPA once other Brewers attempt such a style. Cheers.

Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger rock solid white foamy head with great retention. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with golden yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a slight haziness. There are alot of little carbonation bubbles. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A Bright fragrant floral bouquet with lemon, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Other aromas in the beer are a slight toasted malt with a spicy, yeast aroma and some phenols.

Taste: A very perfumy, floral bouquet with fruity esters and some pine notes. The fruity esters are grapefruit with hints of oranges and lemons. The malt is slightly toasty with notes of yeast and phenols.

Mouthfeel: It is dry, carbonated, slightly astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a unique beer. I like the flavor of the beer.

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

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear, bright yellow pour with nice fluffy white head and decent lacing. All Belgian in the nose. Lots of spice, lemon, grass and hints of banana and bready yeast. The taste is much the same with a great balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Exactly what I expected, with the best characteristics of a Belgian, expertly infused with that classic Stone IPA flavor. Highly drinkable with a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. I live an hour from Belgium, and have to say that the US craft brewers are giving the Belgians a run for their money. A great American interpretation of the style!

Photo of ocelot2500
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small cap of tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and some grapefruit.

Tastes of orange peel, spices, and some fruit sweetness. Plenty of citrus bitterness up front with some piny and floral notes rounding it out. Yeast spiciness comes through and offers clove and coriander notes. Fruitiness also makes and appearance and adds a layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of coachdonovan
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"enjoy by 5/13/10" = oops. pours a crystal clear honey-color. i'm having a lot of fun looking at the head from underneath and watching the bubbles on the surface. little to no lacing down the side of my oversized wine glass. aroma is apricot, mild citrus, a grassy field of clover. the yeast is there to remind you of the Belgian influence, but it stays in the background.

the Belgian-ness of this beer is even more hidden in the taste. obviously hop-forward but very very balanced. the esters provide sweetness to keep your palate in check, but it all works. in comparison to WildDevil or Le Freak, this is my favorite Belgian/west coast IPA combo. i would think this is a perfect "cross-over" bottle for those looking to bring in non-beer drinkers. flavorful, light, exceedingly drinkable. i am very thankful that my parents brought this one to share with me, but next time i'll buy one all for myself.

Photo of pastradul
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a growler that was 1 week old.

Pulled the top off and there was a nice "pop". Poured into an allagash tulip. tons of carb in the pour, the head builds quick as I pour!

The smell is belgian yeast/bread/spice... followed by that signature stone hop smell!

The taste is similar. There isn't as much carb on the mouth as there was in the pour :-(
but the flavor is good. Strong hop presence that cuts through followed by agood amount of spice and bready presence.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,731 ratings.