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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 167 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of marvin213
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the light side for an IPA--perhaps that involves the Belgian yeast? The head is thin but solid, and the retention is excellent.

I'm ordinarily a big fan of belgian aromas, and this one smells much more like an IPA. Without detecting what's usually a distinct Belgian smell, it offers more of a citrusy effect. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly pleasant.

Ooooh--I can taste the Belgian aspect. Having already disclosed I'm more of an IPA guy, I'm a little let down after my wafting. Where the smell is only subtlely Belgian, the taste is only subtlely IPA. Since "Belgian" is only an adjective describing the main "IPA" noun, I've got to judge this here beer relative to IPAs.

Belgian yeasts and quality carbonation combine for a good mouthfeel. It's almost like an alka-seltzer the way it fizzes and cleanses the palate. This effect would make the Cali-Belgique an effective transition beer among different foods and drinks.

The beer is easy to drink, and it's appropriate for just about any occasion. Thing is, it'd have to taste better to go to it more consistently.

marvin213, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer quickly became one of my favorite summertime brews...from the first sip of the golden nectar I fell in love with it's crisp hoppiness, painted on a canvas of estery, malty godliness.
Excellent white head with retention like a swimming pool and laces like skates, very nice.

The smell and taste are exactly what I was expecting, a nice mix of hopping and yeastiness, definitely not overdone, which was my biggest worry.

The mouthfeel is just light enough to be quite thirst quenching and the drinkability is top freaking notch. Another excellent offering from Stone.

grayburn, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 from a 22oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Color is btwn pale amber and rich gold. Moderate white head and really good lacing.

S: Very floral and piney up front. Fruity and hoppy, but there's something, maybe with the Belgian yeast, which quite stands out.

T: Good hops (but not overbearing) and yeast. Very cool interaction on the taste buds with the Belgian yeast. Hops are very citrusy, nice and flowery.

M & D: Could be better. Smooth for an IPA. A good session beer at a low abv (for an IPA).

Well done Stone!

ILikeGoodCider, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells hoppy. I detect some grassy and citrus hops. It also has a spicy Belgain aroma. I detect some coriander. Earthy yeast aroma is present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Hops and Belgain yeast flavors mixed up. It is great. Grass and grapefruit. Some coriander also.

This beer is full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a hoppy spice aftertaste.

This beer wuld make an excelent session beer. It is not overly alcoholic, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is great. All the conflicting aromas and flavors make this one, surprisingly, a winner.

OStrungT, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At OBF

A - Poured light golden with a 1 fingered head white head. Dissipated slow and left no lacing.

S - Light honey and flowers.

T - Light honey, flowers, heavy mint, and a little funk. Possibly from yeast.

M - Moderate bodied and hop dominated.

D - The flowers and mint dominated this beer, which was really too much for my personal tastes. Crafting a good Belg-IPA is such a fine art.

MisterClean, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a golden orange color with white head that faded quick and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, hops and malt. Tasted yeasty, with fruit and a light hops kick. Fairly smooth. Some interesting flavors here, but the combination doesn't suit me very well.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the OBF!

- Clear straw yellow w/ white quick head.. minimal to no lacing..

- Nice pilsner/Belgian malt profile... not so much yeast as malt... and some fresh bitter hop and zingy pine....

- Smooth and slightly skunked Belgian... pilsner... skunk, pine, Belgian Malt... kind of basic... others have done it... nice grain, enriched the right way...

- Not bad... slightly dry, fresh...

- Very drinkable... just don't think I would make a session out of it...

Docer, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The folks at Wine World in North Augusta, SC cracked open a couple different beers they are sampling in an upcoming tasting and invited me to join in on the fun.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 1-2 oz. sampling cup.

A full review is not inherently necessary for this brew, as it is in character precisely what the brewery claims it to be on the label: Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain used for fermentation. The overall character is virtually identical to the brewery's standard IPA, balanced heavily toward bitter, citrusy American hops, with a distinct hint of peppery spiciness and a bit of fruitiness that is unmistakably characteristic of Belgian yeasts.

Overall the combination works quite well, and fans of both West Coast IPAs and Belgian golden ales should find it quite tasty and very drinkable.

superdedooperboy, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

womencantsail, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours crystal clear golden with a booming, creamy, foamy white head.

S - Sugar, faint citrus bite, hops.

T - Really subdued hop bitterness - in fact, almost no bitterness at all. There's some honey sweetness in there with piny hops. Dry, resiny finish.

M - Medium bodied, leaves a little stickiness behind

Notes - Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

HeyItsChili, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of david18
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of a number of failed attempts to make a combined belgian/california double india pale ale. Like the others, it takes two great styles and assumes the flavors can be mixed in a sittuatio that really doesn't work. You should try but i'll be surprised if you don't feel the same way.

david18, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, bready malts, and earthy hops. Not extremely hoppy, but balanced well enough.

Taste of Belgian yeast, grain, and some hops. Grain is the strongest character I notice in the taste. The hops are not very strong and the Belgian yeast isn't too potent. A good, but grainy IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body with white fluff head. Funk, citrus, citrus rind, and sweets in the nose. Flavors of citrus, alcoholic booze, hops, brett funk. Medium bodied and easily drinkable. Easy on the stomach but packs some interesting flavors on the palate.

JRed, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of dhd1491
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, yellow-amber. Thick off-white head with some lacing. Aroma and taste are very spicy: cloves and nutmeg. some buttery mouthfeel. Low carbonation creates a watery impression. Bitter hops and sweet caramel on finish.

Some really interesting tastes going on. Almost gave it a 4.5 on taste.

dhd1491, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle

A- This poured a nice golden clear yellow with a tint of orange. One finger white head which went away rather quickly leaving soapy lacing that slid down the sides of the glass.

S- This smells like a Belgian right off the bat. Everyone says they smelled the hops right away and I was the opposite. Nice bready malts come through as a citrus hop tries to come through. This smells like a fruity Belgian to me.

T- Big Belgian yeasty taste to me. Not a bad thing I was expecting more hops from Stone with this. After the intial Belgian taste I picked up on some cirtus (grapefruit and orange) hop taste. It seemed to be a touch and go with this leaving a more bitter Belgian ending to this. Not bad but not what I was expecting.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation which Stone is always good for. Leaves a yeasty taste in the mouth as it marches across the palate.

D- I am only good for one of these before I pick up another bottle and try something new. Not a bad beer at all....just not a everyday drinker.

alleykatking, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with light orange core, some bubbles cling to the glass early on but dissappear with the head leaving no noticeable carbonation to see. Thumb sized whitish head falls to ring and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet malty goodness light fruits tangerine, apple with some mellow floral hops. Sticking up to your nose and inhaling deeply some light pine notes and Belgian spice underneath.

Taste is wow more hops in flavor then nose fruity citrus with lingering grapefruit and pine resin notes in finish. Mixed in finish is also lingering spice probably from the yeasts. Earthy flavors and spice mixed with the hops dominate, sweet fruity malt that seemed to dominate nose does not in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good malty fruity nose light hops and flip for taste lots of hops and spice light fruity malt in flavor. More Belgian in the nose defiantly more IPA in the taste.

mntlover, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a candi sugar nose right off and spicy blegian yeast fermentation esters. Very fruity and surprisingly lacking in hops. (It's Stone after all) The lack of hops isn't a bad thing 'cause there's a lot of spice and malt complexity. I do get a citrus aroma but it is more in line with bitter orange peel than what I get from hops.

Deep golden and very clear. Poured with a nice big white head that ends up as a solid layer of foam that leaves a lot of lacing. But tehre's really no carbonation rising in my glass so it looks a little flat.

Flavor, well lookee here, I found the hops. Nice bitter quality and kind of un-stone. Meaning, there is good bitterness and hop flavor of a standard IPA. But the thing I get most is tons of crystal malt and tons of yeast esters. I get lots of fruit, pears, apples, peaches and cherries and some spice, orange peel again. Then the lingering aftertaste is hoppy.

Nice medium body but the carbonation level is kind of low so it feels a little heavy.

Overall I really like this. Riding the wave of hoppy Belgian beers is a good thing. I will keep buying this one.

czechsaaz, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Cali-Belgique poured light gold with a thick creamy head. Thick sticky rings stuck to the glass. The color was too light for an IPA, but otherwise it looked great.

The smell and taste were terrific. There was a strong citric hop presence with a little bit of sweetness and a perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.

Stone Cali-Belgique was absolutely the perfect beer to drink, on the deck, after a long, hot summer day.

MetalHopHead6, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of cdpike
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a smooth and lovely golden orange with a nice but modest foam and good lacing. Nose is big on citrus, hops, and some caramel with a bit of spicy Belgian essence. Great body with a lot of big fruit and citrus flavor with that characteristic Stone whoop-ass feeling. Good hop flavor and pretty bitter, but at first on the way down, you notice a lot more of the Belgian yeast flavor and some pretty chewy notes. Finishes nice and bitter with that wonderful spicy Belgian taste. Wow. This is an incredibly creative beer, and my mouth is watering over my subsequent sips. Bravo.

cdpike, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of melon, sweet citrus and other sweet fruits, and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor has a decidedly hoppy presence with some Belgian yeast, clove, and melon notes also present in the finish. This was actually a successful effort at a true Belgian-IPA blend! Nice beer.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, deep gold with a thin but rocky head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Great mix. Belgian funk with fruit and yeast as well as a huge hop aroma. Very interesting.

Initial hop burst oes into dark cherry and hot alcohol, then finishes with a huge hop bitterness.

Light but sticky body.

This is a very interesting and well done beer, but it's definitely a sipper.

bboven, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

jeffjeff1, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of DogFood11
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber.

Belgian IPA is a style I've fallen for in recent months. The only thing that bothers me about the style is the hops can sometimes clash rather then blend. Lets see how this stacks up.

Typical sweet malt bill is tasty and not cloying. This is a nice brew. If I had one complaint it would be a to spiced for my liking. Pepper running into sweetened orange citrus.

Notes: I'd drink this more often but for the price I'm thinking of passing on the beer industry all together.

DogFood11, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into an Orval glass

Pours up golden, clear for the most part, with a one inch off-white head on top. Decent retention, quite a bit of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit, some floral aromatics, a bit of bready malt, and some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste starts up with a very slight sweetness with the hops there from the start. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit. It gets increasingly bitter in the aftertaste, actually unpleasantly so. It's a slightly medicinal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth, aside from the hops which are slightly harsh. I think the Belgian characteristics would shine more with a slightly higher carbonation, though with the hop bitterness that might be too much.

If it weren't for the hop bitterness this would be a really great beer. I know Stone is all about the hops, but it's kind of funky in this one.

roadhouse, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-7-09

Pours a hazy golden color, with a filmy head with big, white bubbles. The bubbles cling to and slowly descend the sides of the glass.

Smell is very sweet, fruity, and Belgian, aromas of melon, honey, and bitter, sticky alcohol. Very double IPA, and enjoyable.

Taste is more subtle than I was expecting, bitter hops all the way through. Not much Belgian character, and a little watery. The aftertaste is quite bitter, and too clean.

Mouthfeel is good, though it would help to be a little thicker.

Drinkability is decent, but I'd much rather have a regular Stone IPA.

Overall, something different, but nothing great.

BMoney575, Jul 08, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.