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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,529 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,529
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of johnnieoz
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Vendome Beverly Hills (Olympic Blvd) - knowing full well that bottles from this dusty place are hit n' miss. Pulled one from cooler (there were plenty sitting on the shelf...WTF???)

Anywho, this review is only meant to complement my growler one.

Looking good, clear golden hues w great lacing on the bier mug.
Aroma remains tropical...other reviewers mentioned pineapple. Yes.

Some time in the bottle may have helped the taste a tad. My palate seems to prefer this version. Finishes nice n' dry...the hops are fairly subdued at this point, but this seems appropriate for the style.

Going down like a charm...as it warms up, I'm liking it even more.

johnnieoz, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to lynx1245 for sharing this with me.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation rising from the center. Head is loose and white; retains pretty well and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Overripe banana, sour funk yeast components, herbal hops, and a touch of citrus (lime).

Taste: Banana, dough, spice, citrus, and herbal citric hops to complete it. Finishes with a touch of alcohol, which carries into the aftertaste. Also present in aftertaste: banana & bitter hops. Overall, tastes similar to Stone IPA with a large, sour/banana influence (like it's supposed to I suppose).

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated, a bit sticky, and all-in-all nice.

Drinkability: Tasty and fairly light like Stone IPA, but with a strong sourness that masks the hops to some extent. Nice and refreshing - hopefully I can try this one again.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bullock's in Marietta. Poured into a Devel tulip glass.

A: Pours a bright clear light orange color. It has a huge head that is a few fingers thick. As the head settles a bit it leaves clumps of bubbles behind. The head has pretty good retention.

S: A wonderful citrus aroma greets the nose before it gets close to the glass.

T: A nice malty sweetness that is balanced very well with a nice dose of citrus hops that creates the slightest of a bitter finish. I do not know if I like this as well as the regular Stone IPA, but its better than a lot of its relatives in the style.

M: The mouthfeel seems to suffer a bit with this one. Even though its well carbonated, it definitely is not creamy or smooth.

D: There is really no alcohol burn at all which is not surprising with the ABV. It is pretty balanced with the finish just slightly bitter. It goes down pretty smoothly for an IPA.

GatorBeerNerd, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this bomber.

A: The ale is brilliantly clear, unimpeded by sediment, with a foamy head that laces all around the mouth of the glass. The ale has a brilliant orange glow.

S: The combination of a tripel's sweetness and an IPA's bitterness is amazing. Sweet fortified candi sugar mixes with sharp citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds a berry fruit presence. Quite nice.

T: The first sip reveals more Belgian yeast intricacies. Berries and pepper manage to make their way through the dryness. The hop profile is intense, a mango and peach bitter sweetness that has strong floral undertones. The interaction of the two flavors is bitter, a dirty combination that works.

M: Like most Belgian IPAs, this beer runs the gamut from sweet to bitter and back again. The dull bitterness that is left on the palate is a vivid reminder of the wild ride.

D: I like this much more than the Stone Collaboration Ale. The abv is lower and less boozy and the flavor profile is very intriguing.

akorsak, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dirty straw yellow with an almost nonexistant white lace, no carbonation activity present after the pour. No cling to the side of the glass to speak of.

S- Strong combination of citrus hops and clove.

T- The hop and clove combination really comes out in the taste. The hops start off with the cloves coming in at the end.

My sister picked this up in NYC for me and I am very happy with the results. Duvel was one of my first Belgium/craft beers(and is still a favorite of mine) that helped push me into this 'scene' and because of my newfound beer hobby I have also taken a likeing to IPA's. To me this a great combination of the two beer realms. I love the clove/hop combination that this beer brings and I am going to explore further into the Belgium IPA style. My only negative is that even though Stone is offered in NC I cannot find this anywhere.

cbros, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick foamy frothy head. The beer is golden amber in color.

S- This has a nice smell. Clove and banana with a mix of hops. Great combination of Belgian yeast with hop taste.

T- The taste is unique. The hops are quite bitter, yet there is a nice clove taste mixed in that comes and goes. But I think the hops are a bit too bitter. They should be sweeter to combine with the clove taste.

M- The feel is good and smooth. The hops do have their way with the palate.

D- Easy to drink, but I think I would rather have my Belgians taste like Belgians and my IPAs taste like IPAs.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of joerodiii
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm missing the point on this beer. All I taste is IPA.

The appearance is typical of an IPA, straw colored with moderate head. The aroma is dominated by hops. Hops dominate the flavor, as well, from the initial flavor to the lingiring bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, but nothing special.

Other than the fact that this seems sligtly more attenuated than Stone IPA, I'm not really seeing much of a difference. Not a bad beer, but I'm not getting it.

joerodiii, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Mac's in Midtown Atlanta, at the recommendation of aforbes10 (not that I needed an excuse to try this).

Poured into several high-ball glasses to share. It's blood orange in color, with a whopper of a foamy head that gradually settles down into a thin creamy cover.
Nose is as touted - sweet fruity Belgian qualities intermingling with a solid hop presence. Taste is dry fruits and flowery hops. Simple but effective. Mouthfeel could be better, but it's still good. Same for drinkability.

shivtim, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not completly clear amberish yellow. Nice white head formed at the top but dissapated quick. Nice lacing.

Smell is so awesome. The Belgian yeast esters mixed with the hoppyness of the IPA is out of this world. Probably one of the nicest beers I have smelled.

It smells better than it tastes. It's a very good beer but I like the smell of it alot better. It tastes like a tripel mixed with a stone IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall I will have this again. It is a very good brew. I will especially get it if I see it on cask or tap.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Rippeddisc
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very grateful gift from DaveCooks. In the fridge for about 6 months. Opened March 09.

A - Pours fluffy 2 finger head, lingering and lacing to start but doesnt hold the way down. Sexy clear golden color. One of the best looking beers of that color i've seen.

S - woah yummy. Flowers. But not typical hoppy, more like sweet garden flower type. Some citrus notes as well.

T - I dont know what to think. Ha. I have had the Green Flash belgian ipa and this one has it's own character...obviously. The finish is very ipa...can feel the drying and hop notes. Starts off sweet and a bit chewy. Quiet nice. I am really enjoying this. Mouthfeel is full and lingering. Again. lovely.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Light enough that it doesnt fill you up and the alcohol is very well disguised.

Had a hard time scoring this one b/c it is so easily enjoyed. Tried to back off the ratings a bit b/c the Le Freak I remember being more impressive on the palate but this is a very strong contender.

Rippeddisc, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. So clear it almost looks filtered, in fact. Head retention is not great, as the head is somewhat fizzy and only leaves a patchy, bubbly l ace. Does leave some decent stick on the sides.

Smells pretty much like an Americanized Belgian IPA should - citrus hops with an earthy, estery Belgian yeast strain. Also some bubblegum, pineapple and a bit of spicing, maybe clove. Fruit aromas really come alive as it warms up a bit.

Taste also has a nice balance between American hops and a pretty nice Belgian yeast strain and character. Hops are citrusy and quite fruity; there's a good amount of pineapple flavor to go along with the orange. It's a nice blend. It's fruitier than I expected given the smell, in fact. The hops also give a moderate amount of bitterness, which mingles with what seems to be a bit of grain. There's a slightly earthy, estery flavor from the yeast, as well as just a hint of spice. The body on this one is fine; it's a nice medium body, but the taste just feels a little thin. Every time I take a sip I'm looking for just a bit more robustness to the flavor. The flavor is good, but it doesn't quite reach greatness.

This is a very good, not great Belgian IPA. It's very smooth and has good flavor, but I wish that flavor were amped up just a decibel or so. It's very well balanced, however, and certainly quite enjoyable. It's also incredibly drinkable. Definitely recommended if you can still find it.

number1bum, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and vibrant tangerine with a thick white head that fades into a nice white lacing.

Unique smell. At first it smells of pine and a of bit citrus with some sweet malts; however clove and spicy yeast lurk behind.

Tropical fruit and hoppy bitterness are the key players in this brew. The use of Belgian yeast adds an interesting amount of spicy clove to compliment the hops. Lightly toasted malt backbone helps to round out this beer.

Light-bodied and prickly carbonation improve the drinkability. Alcohol is nearly nonexistent.

Overall, this is an interesting brew that is mostly IPA with a hint of Belgian.

jamesdantes13, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was an attractive deep golden and clear of sediment. The mild/moderate off-white head left tight webby lacing.

Smell was of Begian yeast and spices. Orange peel and cloves. Floral. Fruity sourness. Light dustiness. The aroma is this beer's best asset.

Taste was exactly what you would expect from a Stone interpretation of a Belgian IPA. Flavorful hops oils with a nice bitter linger. Not harsh.
Hints of dank cellar.

Mouthfeel was more understated than I expected. Somewhat on the thin side. Mild carbonation.

Cresant, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color, white head with tons of stick, although not as white and craggy as, say, the Houblon.

The nose is strongly aromatic, with tons of citric hops backed with some clove, aspirin, and other esters. The power is definitely there, and the ingredients are right.

Tastes exactly like you would imagine from the name; taking the Belgian high gravity yeast and imparting a serious hop edge to it. Some spiciness, although this is muted; so too is the alcohol.

Great ale, to be recommended with all but the very finest (I think that Houblon and Hopsinjoor are more drinkable) Belgian IPAs. Get thee to a brewery!

BretSikkink, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of RomanW70
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a fluffy white head. Very interesting nose, actiually like a combination of Belgium and Cali with yeast and flowers mingling with pine and grapefruitTaste is very smooth, with a lot of sweet malts up front and a light bitter finish. The strong hop aroma did not translate into the taste, although it was quite drinkable. Medium carbonation and body. An interesting and tasty beer.

RomanW70, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad to see that bottles (and kegs) of this made it out east. I was able to have this on tap at Sunset Taproom and Grill in Boston over the weekend, and now I'm cracking open my only bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear orangish bronze with a pillowy white tight head on top. The head has nice staying power, dropping slowly to a nearly full cap with a thick collar. Lacing drapes the glass in sheets as I drink.

SMELL: Stone's signature citrusy and piny hops jump right out at you, but right behind them is a wonderfully light Belgian yeast character. The citrus of the hops and apricot and orangey esters from the yeast blend seamlessly creating an awesome aroma of light fruit. The yeast gives off the vague notes of a farmhouse ale. The only thing missing here is a bit more intensity.

TASTE: The hops are really big in the taste and almost knock the yeast qualities right out of the beer. The esters and such are there, but rather than being seamless with the hops, they're hidden. A piny bitterness lasts the whole way through and lingers long after the finish. The malt base and funky esters come through a little across the palate, especially as it warms, and gives the beer a balancing sweetness it so desires. This all said, Stone makes awesome hoppy beers, and this tastes like one. It just isn't coming across Belgian enough.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin bodied with a dry finish which is absolutely spot on. The carbonation is great as well, being at a higher than average level.

DRINKABILITY: The dryness helps considerably, but as stated above, I wish the hops didn't overpower everything else. It's such a delicate beer that strong hop flavor can crush it. I'm not saying it's overhopped, per se. Just that I wish the other malt and yeast flavors could come out more. Warming the beer does help considerably in this regard.

A very nice beer that I'm enjoying drinking. Stone has really caught my eye with some of the Belgian styles coming out of the brewery. This one certainly shows that promise.

jmalex, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with "cali-belgie" on the label. poured into tulip

clear, orangey copper. foamy off-white head slowly recedes to thin wispy layer. decent lacing.

aroma starts with resinous pine and citrus rind. then peach and apple fruitiness, and underlying hints of caramel, especially in the back.

flavor is also piney and resinous, but quickly balanced by fruity yeast esters and citrus fruit notes, interplaying with light caramel, and finishing into a crisp, bold bitterness with more piney resin note.

smooth, not thin. resins in the finish are also surprisingly smooth. light to moderate carbonation is lively and prickly at times, but gives lift to the resins.

nice american hopping to a belgian blonde, although it might cut down on drinking more than one.

tai4ji2x, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A blond pour, with a thick rocky white head. Constant activity in the glass, releasing bubbles upward to freedom. Head drops pretty rapidly, laving scant lacing.

Mostly lemon in the nose, with a citrus undercurrent. A yeast scent down there, bready and heady.

As in the aroma, lemon and citrus, though faint, are detected. Yeast comes in with a bubblegum sweetness, and a light pale malt flavor. Everything is less than impressive however, and somewhat subtle. Not what I've come to expect from Stone. And moreover, nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel is thin, with a sweet finish.

Drinkability is low for me, I just didn't care for this too much.

dancinwillie, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Imstillthegman, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

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.

ATPete, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ckeegan04, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of roscoehnj
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

roscoehnj, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

peabody, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zerofear13, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

bonbini26, Feb 22, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.