Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a transparent golden orange color with a large white head that leaves some sticking. Nice hop aroma in the nose paired with a strong yeast character. Pineapple, apricot, banana and peach fruit notes. Nice big bright Cali hop flavor, excellent malt balance and a very distinct yeast note. Very true to its style, it really shows the best of both worlds. Medium bodied, and at only 6.9% i could drink this all day.
02-23-2009 22:59:20 | More by ATPete
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Very clear golden color with a big, foamy off-white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Very appetizing looking beer.
S - Big tropical and citrus aromas dominate. Pineapple, peach, lemon, and a little grapefruit. A light hint of belgian yeast lingers underneath with notes of clove and bubblegum. Smell is overall just a nice hoppy west coast IPA.
T - While the nose certainly had more of the west coast IPA aroma, the taste brings the Belgian tastes to the forefront. Bitter right of the bat with tastes of some citrus fruits, primarily lemon and grapefruit. Quickly though, a lot of banana, a little clove, and some bubblegum sneak in. These tastes carry throughout the beer. A sweetness is present, but just barely. A very interesting mix of flavors.
M/D - Medium bodied with an excellent level of bitterness. Drinkability is high. An excellent experiment by the Stone guys yet again.
02-23-2009 16:19:59 | More by ckeegan04
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
Nice enough looking beer, clear, slighly amber gold with nice lacing.
I've never had a Belgian IPA so don't quite know what to expect. I am getting a lot more "Belgian" than IPA for the nose. Clear smell of Belgian yeast.
Same for the taste. The sweetness imparted by the yeast is leavened somewhat by the hops with a bit of hop bite. Nice mouthfeel with a hit of carbonation at the end. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I can't get the usual grapefruit typical of Stone IPA. This will take some thought.
Goes down nicely but I'm not sure I like the melding of what to me are two distinct styles. I'll have to try others and see if its the style or the beer that doesn't quite work for me.
02-23-2009 00:23:05 | More by roscoehnj
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours out a light clear amber to pale wheat color with two fingers of white small suds.
Smell is Belgian spice and malt with some sugars.
Nutmeg and soap seem to be the strongest aromas.
Taste is a little off center here. I get a black hoppiness at first then the sugar and a caramel/candy flavor followed by the alcohol.
Some bitterness left at the end but mostly the alcohol is felt the strongest.
Mouthfeel is clean mostly but with some stickyness left after the mouth dries out.
Drinkability is pretty good here. It is just a strange combination for sure.
02-22-2009 22:26:12 | More by peabody
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
Was very surprised to see this at a local store - I'd never heard of it, so was excited to give it a try. I didn't set my expectations too high when I noticed that they were using the very common yeast strain of Belgian beers. I'm quite wary of that bready, herb-spicey flavor.
Smell had that bready herb-spice smell, but definitely had that extreme hoppiness common of Stone brews. Taste was a pleasant surprise. The first notable thing was that wonderful Stone IPA flavor - very American. Grapefruit and refreshing bitterness. But that herb-spice that is common of Belgian beers was more of a sweet background. As it served in this beer, it worked quite well.
Overall, really shocking. I think I've found the first Belgian-yeast beer that I can find tolerable to sit through. Is it the best beer Stone's ever made? Definitely not. But it opens a window of hope for that Belgian beer that I was getting so bored of.
02-22-2009 17:26:08 | More by zerofear13
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
A- Bright orange, little on the hazy side, with a small head and some light lacing
S- The nose, is what is usual of Stone, hops of Cali, piney, citrus, however there is a new aroma of Belgian yeast. Some clove and spicy esters.
T- The brew starts hoppy and finishes smooth and sweet. Goes from tropical fruit to bready yeast flavors
M- Again doesn't finish hoppy like most other Belgian IPA's finishes smooth.
D- kinda of a sipper, kinda of stone IPA mixed with some Belgian yeast, i like where stone went with creation, look forward to more of these
02-22-2009 07:06:00 | More by bonbini26
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. Mild lacing develops.
Smell: loads of belgian yeast and bitterness is detectable.
Taste: yeast, pepper, some grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice hearty bitterness creates a nice version of a Belgian IPA. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast, spices, and bitterness linger in the mouth.
Drinkability: this one is a nice slow sipper and gets better as it warms. Worth picking this up if available.
02-21-2009 19:23:46 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white fizzy head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left around. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some spice, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty/yeasty, a little citrus slips in, and some spice. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter. Drinkable, you can definitely taste the beligian influence on this brew.
02-21-2009 01:33:39 | More by Wasatch
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
22oz in pint glass.
A = Clear and crisp, Light amber. Nicely carbonated. Little head. Foam slides down the glass.
S = Floral and sweet citrus, & some hops. Kinda like an IPAish Belgain.
T = Pleasantly malty, then some floral & fruit, ending on a clean hoppy finish. Suprising light for a Stone.
M = Crisp and bubbly but with a satisfingly solid maltiness.
D = The carbonation limits it for me.
Very good beer. I'm usually go for an IPA or stout but I really enjoyed this. Try it if you can get it especially on limited production.
02-21-2009 00:52:33 | More by johlendorf
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
22oz bomber served in a duvel tulip
Appears a clear, light amber when held up to the sunlight. The color of the two+ finger cap is somewhere between off-white and light tan. Sticky, spider-web lacing is littering the insides of the tulip.
Bold herbal, medicinal hop aroma. Not overly enticing. Fresh clipped pine needles make the medicinal scent a little more palatable, but still overly astringent. I think the astringency enhances the spiciness in the aroma, because it is quite noticeable. Melon, oranges and undercooked biscuits make up the rest of the nose.
Faint biscuits hit me initially and then herbal, piney and citrus hops take over. The finish is rather dry and spicy. The astringency is definitely enhanced by the spices (clove?) in the flavor. The flavors didn't seem congruent or balanced in any way until the very end. It took me a few sips before I could really wrap my head around what was going on.
Medium bodied, highly carbonated with a dry finish. A bit prickly.
As I stated above, it took me a few sips to try and figure out what they were trying to do here. Once that happened, I liked it. It's not great, but a decent offering and a style that is growing on me.
02-20-2009 22:06:58 | More by ColForbinBC
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a nice bright orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of piney hops, some caramel, yeasty spiciness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt followed by a nice earthy bitterness. Finishes with a sweet piney taste. The belgian yeast spiciness is definitely present as well as a strong hoppiness characteristic of Stone beers.
Not a bad effort, not sure if these styles match though. The strong piney hoppiness clashes a little with the sweet belgian yeast flavor, takes a little getting used too. Very different than other belgian IPAs, but a decent brew.
02-20-2009 03:54:56 | More by bum732
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Serving Temperature, 45 degrees. Serving Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.
Cali' pours a golden almost copper with a clarity that is obvious, underneath a strong egg white foamy head, which recedes casually, leaving behind small amounts of lace
The nose is full of grapefruit, white grapes, pear, and some fruity notes.
As I sip this get coriander, grapefruit peel, and earthy grass tones.
Mouthfeel is medium. Who is up for some fish and chips?
02-19-2009 04:50:19 | More by mnapier
3.53/5 rDev -11.5%
More of a Belgian Ale in appearance, light in color with a white head which sticks around for a while. The ABV and hops are more consistent with a toned down American Pale Ale than a revved up British version. Stone, as per usual, puts forward a refreshing brew that is very drinkable. Though expected hints of fruit in this IPA aren't all that present, the sweetness of a Belgian Ale is there. This is a good combination ale but I do prefer Stone's individual efforts in regard to these two styles individually.
02-19-2009 04:21:59 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.7/5 rDev +17.8%
22oz bottle into my dogfish head glass.
Pours clear amber as most stones do with a white head that disipates quickely.
First it smells hoppy with hints of pine then it becomes a belgian with hints of clove and bannana.
Taste again is a mixture of both IPA and belgian. Not overly hoppy or overly belgian. A little differnt from stones normal approach but it works.
Mouth feel is meduim like you would expect.
I have to say I really enjoyed this beer...different yet familiar in two different ways.
02-19-2009 01:04:56 | More by JoePat
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
A - pours a clear amber with a small white head that dissipated to a thin film pretty quickly
S - put the 2 styles together. Hints of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, and your other favorites meld with a sweet grapefruit hoppiness. I want to say there's some pear or apple in there as well
T - similar to the smell, but the hop flavor is more intense than the nose lets on. Belgian notes are up front, but man those hops do come in delightfully. Refreshing. There's a bit of bittnerness that hangs around in the back of the mouth, and it's very pleasant. All in all, very enjoyable
M - medium bodied with a very soft mouthfeel all around. Feels nice going down
D - pretty damn good. I've had more intensely hoppy Belgian IPA's, and at first I was sort of underwhelmed by this. However, once I spent some time with it I realized how nice it is, and I'd definitely drink this again (and will finish the bomber oh yes). Good work, Stone!
02-18-2009 05:45:54 | More by ruckzuck
3.45/5 rDev -13.5%
This one pours out a dark gold/orange color, with very minimal head and little lacing. At first there is a lot of carbonation, but it recedes as quickly as the head.
The smell is interesting. It is clearly a combination of a belgian style ale, with a bit of Stone's pale ale scent. There is a definite clove part, along with some light malt sweetness.
There is a lot of spice and herb in the taste, which was expected given the Belgian yeast. There is a bit of hop bitterness, but it is drowned by the sweetness of the malt and the spices.
The mouthfeel is fairly light, but has a distinct bite at the end, probably from the carbonation.
Very drinkable for a Stone beer. Not a whole lot of flavor or heaviness to weigh you down, and enough carbonation to make you feel refreshed, not groggy.
02-18-2009 01:55:31 | More by tittymcj
3.95/5 rDev -1%
It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. A single finger of thin off-white head slips briskly to a frothy archipelago. Twists of lacing gyrate on the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, pale malt and fruity sugar are crisped by soft esters, dry and spiced with clove. Apple, grapefruit, and pineapple bring the hops aromatically to mind.
Upon tasting, the malt is toasted and berry sweet, and joined by a sprinkle of candy sugar. Toffee, caramel, and yeasty biscuit are brought to earth by crisp apple and spice esters. Dry grapefruit and floral hops bring the bitter to play. Residual grain sweetness joins a slice of melon and toasted bread. A fairly lingering finish bears a dry bitterness that cleans as it goes. It delivers well on the name's hybrid promise.
Medium bodied, its creamy initially but the drop-off to almost nothing but glow is surprisingly abrupt.
This is easily one of my favorite hybrid styles, and perhaps this is one of the top American examples, if not the top. It's not flawless, but it is bold and adventurous, and it comes across as fun and nicely blended. The manageable ABV and understated complexity give it a solidly drinkable character. It's a nice benchmark for a damned intriguing international union.
02-17-2009 17:43:48 | More by Foxman
3.65/5 rDev -8.5%
Poured in to my Duvel tulip; reddish golden rust color, incredibly clear to look through, small head with minimal lacing. Smelled of grapefruit, and hops. Taste was nice and hoppy but not so bitter as most STone beers (which I love). Working through the glass the hop bitterness and flavor seemed to diminsh. Mouthfeel was average; nothing great or bad. Drinkability was good, as the flavor was fairly mild. I would say, although a good beer, a little tame compared to Stone's other, remarkable beers. Probably will pass when i next see this in the store, but glad I tried it.
02-17-2009 13:42:56 | More by BeTheBall
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.
S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.
T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.
M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.
D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.
02-17-2009 05:55:29 | More by everetends
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway.
Pours an amber color. Not much of a head or carbonation in the appearance. Smell is hoppy with hints of citrus.
Taste is a dry smack in the face with hops. Becomes a little more balanced toward the end.
Overall, a good beer. Don't know if I would get another one, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.
02-17-2009 03:15:38 | More by jdubjacket
4/5 rDev +0.3%
This beer pours an extremly clear amber with a 1 fingered white head and decent lacing. The smell is kind of muted but what I get from it is some malt tones. The taste is nice and complex, some nice malt flavors, a decent hop after taste (citrus) mixed with the belgian yeast... gives it kind of a bread/banana flavor. The mouthfeel is nice qwith a decent carbonation level and a slight dry aftertaste. A highly drinkable brew, just wish it was a little cheaper so I could drink a few, 7.50 a bomber is a little over my drink on a normal basis
02-16-2009 01:16:13 | More by Biggness
4.47/5 rDev +12%
22oz bottle served in a chalice.
L - clear orange color with a tight white head that stayed as a light layer with a few foam clouds that left decent lacing.
S - sweet aroma, Belgian yeast and tropical fruits.
T - starts off with a Belgian touch and then the Gargoyle smacks you in the palate with a blast of citrus hop bitterness right up to the dry finish.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and mild carbonation.
D - Stone's touch on the style is extremely drinkable.
02-16-2009 00:55:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
A - Bright golden, head dissipated quickly, little lacing
S - Sweet and yeasty
Taste: Tropical fruits, pinapple. A sweet and yeasty IPA very interesting flavor. I'm actually liking it better than I thought.
M - Medium body, nice play of sweetness and hoppiness
D - A tad too sweet for my taste but a very nice beer overall.
02-15-2009 22:18:32 | More by Gavilan
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
I'm a little bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It's much more yeasty than I was expecting and not quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor, but lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. The mouthfeel also doesn't quite work for me. The hops really want to be fruity, but the aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so. It's a fairly drinkable beer. I'm probably being a little too harsh. It's good beer, definitely enjoyable. My criticism is sort of nit-picky. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered.
02-14-2009 04:16:11 | More by popery
3.83/5 rDev -4%
Pours a pretty golden orange color, great clarity. The head is disappointing; short lived and settled into almost nothingness. The aroma is very sweet, tropical fruit and candied apricots, some peppery spice, and a light grassy hop. Interesting mix of the sweetness and the hops in the flavor. The flavors hit a different times yet kind of mix nicely. Noticable Belgian flavors from the yeast, pale malt, sweet though not sure from candi sugar, some honeysuckle, and a nice balancing hop. The hops are more pronounced then the European hops typically used in Belgian made BIPAs. The feel is quite light, prickly carbonation, finishes sweet and slightly sticky. Definitely an American made BIPA, there is always an odd sweetness with these, perhaps the strong tropical fruit flavor. The hops are in perfect balance, they don't overpower allowing the Belgian yeast to shine through. Seems boozier than the 6.9ABV.
02-14-2009 04:03:56 | More by Gmann
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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