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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 302 | 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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Ratings: 2,802 | Reviews: 997
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer's weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.

Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.

Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.

Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 inch creamy white head; decent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, floral hops, yeast, lemon, caramel, and earthy / grassy notes.

Very hoppy, yet the flavor complexities seem to come from the yeast and hop combo, which leaves a nice malty taste which has mild spices and a subtle alcohol warming feel and taste. Some of the tastes include hops, floral hops are noticeable, malt, yeast, orange peel or citrus, faint caramel and there's an earthy grassy taste and feel that give it some texture. Really nice beer that is easy drinking with lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation and a sweet malty finish that's slightly bitter. A great hybrid beer that goes down like water and was very enjoyable!

Another winner from Stone, and I really liked that they didn't feel the need to have a huge ABV to provide a huge flavor. It was very drinkable and enjoyable, and I highly recommend this beer.

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

I've looked forward to Stone's take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Finally got a chance to try it.

Pours a clear light copper color with a medium-sized, if somewhat quickly dissipating white head. There is quite a bit of lace left behind on the sides of my tulip glass. A very translucent look.

Smell is dominated by the strong presence of Belgian yeast (Ardennes?) and sharp, crisp hop pull. There are also some pretty potent fruity aromas going on here-mainly orange peel and a bit of lemon. Floral hints are also present. A pretty full and complex aroma.

Taste is dominated up front with very sharp and bitter hop character. There is also a good deal of citrus here, mainly grapefruit. A bit of sharp, somewhat peppery spice finishes off a pretty complete flavor.

Mouthfeel is sharp, bitter and medium-high carbonation, with a very dry finish.

Overall this is a very good representation of the style. I like the fact that the ABV is a bit lower than some of the other prominent representatives. That means I can have more than one of a very enjoyable, balanced, and complex brew.

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

Clear golden body with a white head and good retention and lace.
Flowery, buttery and sweet smell.
Excellent sweet flowery flavor, buttery notes, vanilla and a nice warm aftertaste of hops and honey.
Full body and residual sugars. Dry finish.
Great drinkability.


Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear gold in color with a 1/2" or so of off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Grain. Toast. Maybe a little floral or grapefruit note.

T: Spicy malt on the front end. Toast and grain in the middle. Finishes with a slight sourness (or twang) that is characteristic of Belgian IPA's. Finish is fairly long. Very mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Leaves a lingering flavor over the tongue.

D: A good beer, but not one of Stone's best. A little light on the hops and, from my perspective, quite tame for a Stone beer. However, very drinkable. Neither hopped-up as most California IPA's or as funky as most Belgians.

Photo of mactrail
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Astringent is the word that comes to mind.

Attractive golden color, promising aroma. There is a hint of sweetness on the lips but immediately hits you with the full force of bitter hops. The wisp of Belgian complexity is quickly overwhelmed. Hint of spoiled fruit. Oof, gets less tolerable with each sip.

What's wierd is that I tasted this a couple of times in 2009 and liked it -- I wonder if this bottle is a little bacterial. Came from a store cooler in San Diego.

Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 3/15/10

A) Pours with a white wispy head. Produces thin and sticky lacing. Slight haze upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Grapefruit. Banana. Slight raisin. Some grainy tones.
T) Citrus bite and sweetness up front. Grapefruit. Raisin. Hints of yeast. Finishes with a mellow hop bite and lingering hoppyness.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Medium body. Some Tannin feel.
D) A well crafted hybrid. I'd have another.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a few small floaters. Pure white fluffy head.

This smells more on the Belgian side than the IPA side. Heavy on the yeast, light on the spice, and some citrus hops.

The taste flashes more of the IPA side. I still get the heavy yeast and spice, but it dances with citrus and bitter hops. There's a lot of tangerine coming through in this.

The mouthfeel is chewy and soft. Very fresh feeling from the hops, and finishes bitter.

This is a fun one to drink. The taste volleys between Belgian and IPA, unable to settle on one or the other.

Photo of fastsrt
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle in a stone cali belgique glass

A: hazy golden, nice cap of white froth

S: citrus hops, fruity

T: I love this one, balanced hoppyness with hints of spice, flowers, rounded flavor profiles ahhh an ipa that has wonderful balance.

M: typical feel, finishing nice and dry, with a fruity flower note.

D: just as high with any other ipa I enjoyed this one alot and will get it again when I see it.

Photo of dippy
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden with a nice loose knit cap of bubbles on top. Looks like any other beer, but looks can be deceiving.

The beer has an oak woody smell to me at first. Then citrus notes come through, now that is all I can smell.

The taste is smackingly good, citrusy hops. It finishes dry, beckoning you to take another sip. The citrus rind hops lingers on the tongue.

This beer is pretty bomb. I wish it wasn't so expensive.

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

22 oz. bomber with best by 5/13/10 printed near the bottom.

Served cool into my New Belgium chalice. Cali-Belgique is golden straw in color with great clarity and towering white head. Good longevity on the bubbles with some lacing left behind.

Aroma is a fantastic mix of Belgian saison spice/funk/sour and American IPA. Great citrus hoppiness is on the forefront with the "Belgique" a little more subtle.

Flavor is intense and diverse with a lot going on. It starts sweet with a little honey and caramel but then goes very bitter. Not all west coast IPA either - strong grass and red grapefruit with undertones of spicy saison. Finishes very dry which keeps me coming back.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation as the style would suggest. Very bitter and very dry, for better or worse.

Overall a very good version of the style. Tons of flavor, very broad spectrum of tastes.

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

Certainly a throw-down to the Belgian brewers making IPAs - Stone one-upped them here, using the Belgian yeast in addition to the customary in-your-face hops. The fruity, candy-sugar notes from the yeast played nicely against the assertive hops. Although a little under 7% abv is nothing to sneeze at, this beer seems even bigger.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Belgium IPA. Rich hoppiness with a sweet, almost honey-like, backbone to it.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Soft smell hops, fruity notes. Rather subdued with a minimal funky/sour hint.

T - Compensates the shy nose with a rich presence. Nice hoppy and fruity ranges with a sweetness that lingers on honey early on. Peppery, yeasty, finish with a nice sour, and minimally funky presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation that softens towards the end but is picked by the hoppy bite with some nice dryness.

D - Very nice offering from Stone.

Notes: Nice approach to a Belgium IPA, almost close to setting a trend to what some standard interpretations of this style may turn to in the States. For instance this one feels very close to the Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, which is another great offering.

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

A fantastic extra sent to me by JohnGalt1...

A- Pours a bright, hazy straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. Head retention is pretty good, dissipating down to a thin foamy layer. Lacing is pretty good, but not as tight as I would have expected.

S- Banana and cloves up front followed with a slightly sweet edge to it. Apples and citrusy hops to round it out. Smells like a Tripel or Dubbel crossed with an IPA. Very inviting.

T- Banana flavor comes through although not as pronounced as in the aroma. Bitter hops, sort of spicy like a Tripel. Also, has sort of a funky, yeasty aftertaste to it. Kind of reminds me of the aftertaste left by an extra sharp cheddar (the beer doesn't taste like cheese mind you). Extremely interesting to say the least, relatively complex.

M- Smooth, prickly mouthfeel. Good amounts of carbonation. Light bodied.

D- ABV isn't too high, light body and good aroma and taste makes this an easy drinker. Finishing off the bomber wasn't a problem.

This was definitely a unique brew. I'm pretty sure it's my first Belgian IPA, so I didn't really know what I was in for. Thanks again, Toby, much appreciated!

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.

This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, light copper with a thin fluffy white head the fades to patchy lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast, slightly spicy with a touch of candi sugar.

T - Bitter citrus and floral hops with spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of sourness to balance the bitter hops, candi sugar and lemon zest.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Dry bitterness while drinking it but ends with a slight sweetness.

D - Tasty. A nicely balanced version of the style.

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

a: served in a flared snifter, a full layer of white carbonation caps the honey golden colored beer, depositing white lace on the sides of the glass

s: pale malt body, sweet tropical fruits, white pepper and yeasty phenols, balanced citrus hop aroma, quite nice

m: carbonation light-medium, medium body, smooth

t: much like the aroma, sweet tropical fruits on a pale malt body, clean pepper and phenols add an interesting note, great citrus hop flavor creeps into the finish, imparting a moderate bitterness that grows in strength

d: drinks very well

sampled at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.

D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.

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

Appearance - This is an amazingly brilliant orange in color with a modest white head that nonetheless left some good lacing.

Smell - The aroma here is modest even as the ale warms but I got some soft citrus hops that mixed well with a rich malt base. There's a nice sense of Belgian yeast to this nose as well delivering on the promised American/Belgian marriage.

Taste - This is much lighter in flavor than I expected. It is a very delicate ale. The hops show a particularly deft touch when considering past Stoner ales. The citrus from the nose I thought announced a heavy hop hand here but I was mistaken, and the obnoxious malt base that I anticipated was absent as well. This is a very balanced beer really with crisp but not overpowering orange-flavored hopping, little malt, and a clean, sophisticated yeast.

Mouthfeel - This is nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. I wouldn't even consider this medium-bodied, and the bitter feel is throughout the drink but again very reserved.

Drinkability - This is a very quaffable Cali/Belgian ale and proof that Stone can offer subtle quality when needed. This one grew on me as I went.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter. Poured a 1" head that dissipates quickly to a head that barely covers the top of the liquid goodness. Extremely filtered, where you can make out everything on the other side of the glass with a nice burnt-orange color similar to apple juice. Small bubble rise through the glass to keep that slight head there.

S - Nose is of orange peel and Belgian yeast with some lemon zest. Maybe some slight grapefruit in there as well.

T - Taste is just as the style suggest a Belgian West Coast IPA. Strong orange flavors upfront followed by a mouth puckering bitterness but then a smooth Belgian finish with some bitterness returning during the aftertaste.

M - The mouth-feel is freakin' amazing. Great carbonation and very light. This would be a great summer IPA if it were only more accessible on the East Coast. I think you can only get it at the Stone Brewery.

D - This beer is very drinkable at 6.9% ABV I can see this one sneaking up on you if I had more than 1 bomber in the cellar.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When reading the name "Cali-Belgique IPA", Cali hints at a California IPA and Belgique says that it has an undeniable Belgium influence. In this case both are correct, a carefully selected Belgium yeast strains differentiates this brew from the standard Stone IPA. This brew pours a golden amber color with large fluffy white head that likes to stick to the glass. The nose is definitely is reminiscent of the Stone IPA with a slight hint of a Belgium sour. Big hop notes lead to floral aromas with a slight hint of citrus. As you would expect the palate is loaded with hops, however, the Belgium yeast cuts some of the bitterness away and adds some lemon citrus notes rather than grapefruit. This is an excellent twist on a big IPA, one that hop heads will really enjoy

Photo of browncrayon
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass, a beautiful orange amber with a 2-finger fluffy, white head.

S: Hoppy, with a bit of sweetness in the back. The warmer this one gets, the more the maltiness and sweetness comes through in the smell. I expected to get a bit more on the nose with this one.

T: This beer isn't as hoppy as I was expecting (or as I remembered from the first time I had it), but the hops give way to some great citrusy and floral notes. The maltiness in this beer really balances that out, giving a sweetness that cuts the bitterness of the hops. The taste lingers with you for a bit. The warmer it gets, the more the hops die down to give way to the malty and yeasty flavors.

M: I find the carbonation to be fairly light in this one. Medium-bodied and crisp.

D: Went through my glass fairly quickly, but I don't know how much I could drink. Realistically, probably no more than the bomber, but I was satisfied after my one glass.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to stemmed tulip: Crystal clear golden-amber with a finger of pillowy white head. Almost no bubbles. Heavy lacing around the collar.

Smells of light pineapple & grapefruit hops with a tinge of sweet, spicy yeast character.

Sweet citrus at first, soon followed by a strong (but not aggressive) grassy, orangey bitterness & rounded out by spicy, slightly earthy/funky notes from the yeast. Bitterness in the aftertaste lays on the tongue, keeping a fruit candy-like sweetness just out of reach.

Just a tinge sharp & active, then rested by a soft carbonation that almost expands in my mouth.

This style is relatively new to me, but I'm loving the interplay of Belgian yeast & American hops. Not my favorite example of the style, but still really enjoyable.

Photo of ausonius
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2009 bottling*, 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Light golden with a hint of orange. Starts with a bit more than a half inch head that settles down within 10 minutes to a thin head with a little lacing.

Aroma - Very fresh & intense earthy, sappy, spicy grapefruit hop nose. Magnificent, in fact! Light pale malt in the background. Hard to describe how spectacular the nose of fresh hops is on this baby.

Palate - Big, round, fat, but very dry. Very aromatic, grapefruit & fresh earthy hops from beginning to finish, but not super bitter. Nice pale malt. Powerful flavor - Amazing balance. Carbonation a hint above medium. Hint of Belgian yeast, but very much a nice background note, although it does expand with some air & as it warms. Seems like not many more IBU's than their regular IPA, but this beer has the essence of fresh hops infused throughout like no other beer I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - Everything in balance. Huge flavor & persistence - fairly dry throughout. Medium body with big flavor.

Drinkability - Exceptional - hard to put the glass down other than to exclaim over the quality of this brew.

95/100 - American IPA types just don't get much better than this.

WOW! Not the first time I've tasted this, but for my palate, this is the Perfect IPA. So much intense hop aroma & flavor, but not overly bitter - not that I mind That, either! If there's a better IPA for my palate, I haven't tasted it yet. If you like this style, you have to get a hold of some!

I give thanks for the Stone brewers - too bad I'm on the other coast!?!

* Note: Haven't (but will) reviewed the 2010 bottling yet, but have tasted & it doesn't approach the '09.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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