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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,030
Hads: 3,068
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 97
Gots: 472 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,030 | Hads: 3,068
Photo of jamesmk48
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive never had a Belgian IPA before. I must say it is very different in my opinion, not saying its a bad taste but not at all what you'd expect from a usual IPA. The hop smell is there, the taste is typical Belgian flavors on the front, and hoppy on the back end. Overall pretty good. (283 characters)

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of stone and the initial smell of the beer had me excited, but I didn't think the hops and belgian style quite worked here.

Haven't had many Belgian IPAs, but Flying Dog Raging Bitch is what I would recommend if you want one. For stone I will stick to their other great IPAs if I want some hops (304 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass,

A - 4 - Poured a semi-translucent gold with slight tinges of orange. Colored is that of a standard domestic brew. Really nice had potential and retention on this beer, formed up a 3 finger, dense and creamy bright white colored head. Spotty lacing.
S - 3.75 - Aromas of clove, light smoke, light bubblegum from the yeast strain and VERY distant hops. Not necessarily bad or good, just odd.
T - 3.25 - A little weak on the flavor. Would make a good transitional IPA. Faint hints of Belgian yeasty. Nutty, bubblegummy spicy yeast is very faint and past this there isn't much else going on unfortunately. More bitterness would take this IPA a LONG way.
F - 4.5 - Nice, smooth and oily mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - This is an alright IPA. This is what I called a food pairing, lawn mower and shower beer. Very sessionable and easy to throw back. If you're an absolute die hard fan of the Belgian IPA style, then you might want to seek this one our, otherwise, it isn't anything crazy special. (1,021 characters)

Photo of clager
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Look - clear golden color, good lacy head.

Smell - Yeast primarily, did not get the good fruit scent that others are describing.

Taste - Bread flavor prominent, as expected with a Belgian. Good bitterness level. Metallic taste not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - ruined by metallic taste for me. Well-carbonated.

I am big Stone fan but did not enjoy this mix, which is partially my preference against Belgians but also a metal flavor that limited my rating significantly. (466 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear light golden yellow color, with a big fluffy white head. Very nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Some nice citrus and spicy aromas, with some back notes of bubblegum sweetness.
Taste: Pretty close to the smell, with nice citrus and spicy belgian yeasty flavors.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, slightly dry finish, quite nice.
Overall: Great addition to Stone's 12-pack, very nice IPA hoppiness and spicy yeast belgian flavors, good combination. I like this beer a lot. (495 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light tangerine color with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is yeast, bubblegum, and spice. Taste is balanced with mild hops, yeasty spice, faint bubblegum, and a bit of a bready or biscuity quality. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice twist on the regular stone ipa, worth checking out for fans of ipa's and belgians. (334 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a huge head of foam and good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast and fruit.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, fruit, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced between a yeasty Belgian brew and an IPA, it's missing the usual Stone hop bitterness overload. Nice brew for an occasional something different. (416 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-clear golden amber with creamy head of off-white foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Aroma: Yeasty and fruity. Very Belgian as promised, no doubt from the Belgian yeast used here.

Taste: Bitter, spicy, yeasty, fruity — definitely on the Belgian tip, this hopped-up ale brings a bitter, tangy counterpoint to the complex Belgian yeast content. A solid and faithful collision of classic Belgian and American IPA. Enjoyable, and one I’d enjoy again, no problem. (481 characters)

Photo of cmq103
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the Stone Mixed IPA 12 pack that included the Ruination, Delicious IPA, Arrogant Bastard and he Cali-Belgique. Great sample pack from Stone. I really enjoyed this Belgian IPA. (180 characters)

Photo of seabeetastetest
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with very little head. Smells more Belgian than Ipa with some bready and sweet tones to it dont expect any smell of hops in this bad boy. Excellent malty taste with a good clean creamy finish. The hops were ever subtle but added to the overall great tasting experience. Overall a good solid 9 out of 10 Great Brew from the ever astounding Stone Brewing CO. This is a hybrid worth buying! (394 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A: Light golden, two finger head
S: Yeast forward, little hops and a little caramel
T: Citrus, grapefruit, yeast and little pop of bitterness
M: Slight bite from the carbonation, finishes up with a lot of yeast and hop flavors left on the palate between sips.
O: Very enjoyable take, little beligian and a little IPA that make for a very unique experience. (400 characters)

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nicely into a tulip glass with some traces of lace. Color is like bright piny finished furniture. Aroma is quite appealing. Taste is uniquely Beguim, fruity and malty. Its a smooth feel with pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this brew is one to enjoy. Cheers! (261 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had it about 70 days from the best-by date

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber with a wavy, long-lasting head that settled into a sea of lace.

Smell: Piney hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The nose made me brace for massive bitterness, but that never came. Lots of Belgian yeast with moderate bitterness up front, into a bready malt backbone, and finishing with a long-lasting dry, bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with low carbonation, giving it a slick feel.

Overall: This was different than what I was expecting. Stone decided not to go overboard with the hops? Either way, all of the components went together well to create flavorful IPA. (662 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment floating around. Smells fruity and hoppy, the yeast adds a pleasant note. Taste is impressive, a very flavorful mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and rather bold hoppyness. It is also slightly grassy, and the sweet aspect falls off in the finish to leave a satisfying bite. Medium body, active carbonation. A very pleasant, enjoyable spin on an IPA. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the near future. (514 characters)

Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stone IPA + Belgian yeast = Awesomeness. Moderately hazy, golden with foamy white head. Nice lacing that stays put. Bready aromas, slight fruitiness. A nice mellow hopiness flavor with that subtle hint of banana bread from the yeast. Pulls together nicely. Lightly carbonated with subtle stickiness that works. (311 characters)

Photo of Tbone2131
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know this beer is rated well but it's not for me. I need more of the classic american ipa flavors. Too much "European" influence for my taste. Sorry Stone, but this is the first one of your beers that I will not be trying again. (230 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Clear yellow body, two finger white head with long retention time, very nice lacing and longevity. Nice film. Looks like a clear, filtered version of Stone IPA.

S- Unlike Stone IPA though, this is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Esters, minerals, cloves, caramel. Smells very weird and not what I would expect from any kind of IPA.

F- This doesn't work for me. Bitter pine mixed in with banana and cloves from the yeast. Dry, caramel pale malt sweetness. I don't know, it could certainly work for some people but it isn't something that I find to be an effective combination.

M- Medium bodied, similar to Stone IPA, nice crisp mouthfeel that is both dry and refreshing. Finish is that odd mineral-forward Belgian flavour mixed in with pine bitterness.

O- The Belgian yeast just doesn't work for me here. Much rather have the regular Stone IPA than the Belgian counterpart. It's still cool to see as the effects of the particular yeast you use in a beer, because the rest of the beer is identical to Stone IPA. The yeast can really change things up, and in a way it's a cool accident that Stone accidentally pitched in Belgian yeast into a batch of Stone IPA and are now making this year-round.

Final score: 3.23 (1,303 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty Brew! Love the flavors of this IPA. Head is so thick i could stand on it. It does not give up either. Remains strong and sticky for the duration of the beer. Waiting time on the head is long, but a good thing. I love observing the beer as long as i can. Carbonation is healthy. Nice sweet taste on a flat tongue. Brings out a lot of flavor. Pleasant sweet malts with a tinge of bitterness. The hops bring up the back and remain with the nose. Smells of banana, and bubble gum.Typical belgian yeast smell. Love how clean tasting this is. Really easy to drink.Aromas from the beer keep you focused and interested. Watching the beer descend in the glass is a show. Presentation is outstanding. I will continue to enjoy this for the winter. Definitely recommend.Cheers! (771 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two finger of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and spicy hops, belgian yeast, clove, bready caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Citrus and spicy hops followed by the belgian yeast, clove, pungent grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with the belgian yeast and a pungent bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - A well crafted Belgian IPA. The belgian yeast works well to complement the bitterness from grapefruit peel. (545 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pours out copper color with a brilliant white head. IPA hop aroma. Mild
spice (or is that the wife's pumpkin bread!) Very complex taste. Where to start? Lemon. Sweet chocolate. Melon. Spice. Bitter mouth. Thick on the tongue. Belgium meets India. Bravo Stone! (260 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone brew new to Alberta number two, bomber poured into a tulip. Nice looking brew, light bronze amber with a fluffy, resilient off-white head rather like meringue. Leaves nice concentric rings of lace around the glass. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, burlap sack, cloves, a little orange as well, light caramel. Ample rustic Belgian yeast and sturdy citrus and pepper hops. Palate is quite wonderful, one of the better compromises between yeast and hops I've observed in this rather murkily defined style. Impressive resinous green bitterness coupled with grapefruit, lower key orange and pineapple, green banana, medicinal phenols to a surprising degree. Moderate body with some heft and similarly robust carbonation. Finishes intensely bitter and dry, decent pucker power that recalls more citrus rind (lemon with no juice to sweeten things), floral tobacco, herbal tincture and flinty minerals. I am enjoying this brew's bucolic intensity and unapologetic spicy edge. Smooth mouth feel despite these traits. Stone may be old news down south but this ought to make waves up here. (1,078 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-yellow pretty clear color with an average head and minimal lacing. Aroma hits hard at first and then mellows a bit. Aroma is first of pine resin and grapefruit and then mellows out some. Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness, some citrus rind and just a touch of sweetness to balance it. Leaves a hoppy-citrus peel aftertaste which is pleasant (358 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. Hazy. Fine, minimal head. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemony scent with a mild whiff of Belgium sour. A beer with a big nose!

Taste - Citrus rinds. Crisp hops. Herbs. Mild Belgium sour note.

Mouth - Tangy. Fizzy. The mouth, like everything else about this beer, is prominent.

Overall - The beer is 2/3 California IPA and 1/3 Belgian sour. The result is one fine ale! Stone is to be commended for combining these diverse elements into one bottle. (533 characters)

Photo of M_King
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

In my opinion, this is a near perfect beer that pairs with all kinds of food and drinks well on its own.

The name says it all: Belgian-style IPA. Stone does so many beers so well, especially West Coast IPAs. Match that with Belgian yeast and you've got a whole new take on it.

One of my favorite beers of all-time that also happens to be readily available, and relatively affordable. Can't beat that. (404 characters)

Photo of Thothamon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Belgian IPA? I say yes!

For the price, this is one of my go to beers at nearly any supermarket that lacks anything interesting or new for me to try. (150 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.