Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,102
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
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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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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden-orange color with a frothy, thick ecru-colored head that lays down some thick lacing. Retention leaves some to be desired.

S: Like Stone IPA, it's got a large amount of sweet pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit aroma. The Belgian yeast is definitely present, as well, contributing a light straw-ish, funky aroma. The two aromas are distinct, and don't feel as cohesive as a true Belgian IPA should.

T&M: Very interesting, to say the least. Definitely unlike any of the other Belgian IPAs I've sampled. Fruity and hoppy upfront, with the Belgian yeast taking command late. A crackery/bready dry malt flavor and a phenolic flavor. The finish is extremely drying and long. Body is medium, but it's not got the kind of carbonation I'm looking for in a Belgian. Though I know this is more of an American IPA with Belgian yeast thrown in the tank, and it's not bottled conditioned at all, the feel could be better.

D: Decent. An interesting brew from Stone, and definitely top-quality. I think a more conscious effort by Stone to brew a Belgian IPA could prove more effective, however.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden amber with decent head that dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.

S-I can smell the hops here, along with floral & citrus notes and a distinct Belgian aroma.

T-Grapefruit hits me along with hops and some maltiness.

M-A nice bite to it, dry finish, medium body.

D-This ones a sipper for me. It is a nice experience, but definitely not a session brew.

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Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Up 'till this, the only "Belgian IPA" that I'd had was Russian River's Defenestration, which I really liked and led me to look forward to others. Although good, however, this is a bit disappointing.

Orangish gold-pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is grapefruit, candied orange zest, grain that is slightly caramelly lurking underneath, light raisininess, then, after a few second, it develops a lightly Belgian yeasty and fruity character - pear, faint banana.
It smells fairly good and definitely has at least some elements of an IPA (American) and a Belgian blonde/golden ale.

The taste also definitely has both American/West Coast IPA and Belgian traits but it's a bit thin and bland. It is mostly dry with whiffs of sweetness and light hints of bitterness and is rather low in both sweetness and bitterness. It is somewhat yeasty with pear, plum skin, spiciness, and hints of banana and leafy-resiny-grapefruity hop. It has a light, lingering spiciness. It's good, fairly easy to drink, quite crisp, but a bit too dry and thin.

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Photo of lackingfocus
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold. Not golden amber. Not golden tan. Just gold. Minimal head and virtually no lacing.

S: Hoppy, floral smell. Light hints of citrus. Definitely very pleasant.

T: Really just a good quality IPA. Lots of hops with floral undertones. Makes for a very pleasant aftertaste as well.

M: This is where the Cali-Belgique excels as an IPA. Has all the crisp, clean fell you'd expect, but without overpowering or drying out the mouth.

D: IPAs aren't my favorite, but I could stick with this one for quite a while.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad a good brew no doubt.

A - Golden amber pour into chalice about 1 finger head.

S - light, grassy smell

T - Ripe bananas, raisins

M - tart, spongy leaves a sour impression

D - Don't know if I would keep drinking these but is good as ABV is low a good sipper.

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Photo of wchesak
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a stone ruination ipa pint glass

A - golden amber, thick white head that leaves splotchy lace, white bubbly rings forms on top of the beer

S - not a large hop presence, lemony/citrus, floral also, pick up some of the caramel malt

T - great malt start, hops hits at the very end, not overly bitter or dry, the belgian-ish shows up in the yeast character

M - not too carbonated, medium body, alcohol is not hot or noticeable

D - great mix of a Californian IPA and Belgian IPA, more Californian than Belgian though however not a hop bomb either, will enjoy all 22 oz

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased yesterday at merchant's fine wine in dearborn. sampled june 7/09.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of light belgian spice. floral and slightly perfumey. some light citruis - orange peel, tangerine. touch of cracker and white bread. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. bit of pine. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. touch of belgian spice, but less than i noticed in the aroma.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced. the aroma is quite belgian and the taste leans more american, but overall it's tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 6.9% ABV. Pours a nice golden color, with a slight peach hue. Thick white rocky head. Excellent head retention. Nice patches of sticky lace.

Citrusy, earthy, and a bit yeasty in the nose. A hint of pepper as well. A whiff of caramel malt going on as well.

Nice citrusy hops, with some earthy and yeasty components. A bit of pepper in the end. Well balanced. The citrusy hops are there, but do not take over the yeasty notes. Nice contrast of flavors.

Medium body. Carbonation seems low. Alcohol well hidden. This was interesting.

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Photo of dukew456
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright golden color, with light orange tints around the edges. Slight head quickly recedes into a thin cap, leaving decent lacing. There's been plenty of discussion about the proper glassware enhancing aromas, but damned if every beer doesn't look beautiful in this glass.

The aroma on this is hop-heavy, and far less Belgian-yeasty than I imagined. Floral/grapefruit smells come up first, followed by that familiar Belgian yeast funk. A sweet, tart scent of dried apricots also comes through.

Up front, this immediately tastes like Stone IPA (as denoted/disclaimed on the bottle). Big, clean hop notes burst out front but they're mirrored by a sweet, subtle, and funky Belgian undercurrent. This is kind of like biting into a dried date along with a piece of dried pineapple in trail mix. The bitterness of the hops dominates, but there's a chewy, semi-sweet backbone. The alcohol finally comes through in the finish, pairing nicely with a sticky Belgian linger.

I keep trying "Belgian IPAs", and this one definitely sticks out as the hoppiest in my book. I think my favorite part about drinking this style is comparing the notes from the beers that actual Belgians are making to a beer like this.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on March 3rd, 2009.

A: Clear copper color. Nice, this is one good looking beer.
S: The smell is typical of belgium beer. Spicy with some hops behind.
T: Strong taste that is very complex. Hard to get everything in the taste. It is typical belgium with some typical IPA taste. Spiciness with lots of hops! My first Belgian IPA. Quite special tasting, not bad, however I'm not sure I prefer it over a straight IPA.
M: Medium bodied beer. Mellow feel in the mouth. Dry at the end.
D: Quite easy to drink to the dryness of a beer.

To sum it up: A banana bread with lot hops in it!

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/30/09
Stone Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA
6.9% Abv.
22oz. bottle into an oversize red wine glass.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into OS red wine glass yields a skinny 2 finger head. Nice lacing and rings around the glass. Good looking golden color.

Smell= Initial smell is yeasty, belgiany. When you swirl it up and let it warm, the nose is really good! Faint overall, unless you agitate it, but good.

Taste= Good taste. A little sourness on the tongue is interesting...Bready, yeasty, hoppy. After taste is a little funky... Not won over by the taste...But it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel= Carbonation on the tongue is present. Good all-around mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Abv. is not present, the flavor is good, a genuine quaffer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head lays an inch of creamy foam on top of a vibrant gold color with burnt-orange sunset highlights. Lace is abundant, splotching and dotting it's way all the way down as the liquid disappears. I ended up adding an extra half-point to the appearance because the lace beginnings stacking like sedimentary layers after awhile. A freaking gorgeous beer.

Very much hop-forward aroma, clean and breezy like dryer sheets and not as much Belgian character as expected. That might just come out in the flavor, though. Also some crisp green apple.

Flavor is a little more complex than the aroma. The clean, pine-leaning hops are fresh as could ever be expected from a bottle, and Granny Smith apples and young pear also feature in the flavor. But there's an earthy tone on the tongue giving added depth. It evokes soil, or fresh-cut grass, or something crazy-raw and earthbound like that, and this is likely thanks to the Belgian yeast. Some herbs/spices pop up, although it's difficult to pick anything out specifically. Malt is layered through everything, candy-like but merely a supporting element. Grassy hops and spices linger in the finish.

This beer wants to be syrupy, but the flavor is too buoyant and the body not thick enough to get it there. And that's fine, because it feels wonderful. A most excellent balance between carbonation/tingle and smoothness/softness. Lightly sticky.

All in all, this marries two of the greatest things about beer: Stone and Belgian yeast. This is delightful and should not be missed. (Kudos to Stone for recognizing both the Dutch- and French-speaking cultures within Belgium, printing exactly half of the bottles "Cali-België" and the other half "Cali-Belgique.")

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Photo of GPHarris
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a snifter. it really coats the glass and left light sheeting and lace throughout. the head billows nicely after each swirl of the glass. the body is a crystal clear and bright amber color.
s - grapefruit with a aromas of belgian yeast that comes through as bread. there is a hint of bubblegum sweetness as well. the belgian aromas seem to come through more.
t - sweet and fruity with light grapefuit hops.
m - fantastic. incredibly smooth and creamy.
d - highly drinkable and a delicious beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at STONE. Dark honey color with a nice white head and heavy lacing.

Big lemon citrus assertive nose with hints of yeast, white bread and nose develops to a bit of burnt toast.

Big citrus/grapefruit flavors and a balance and character that belies the alcohol. Pleasant flavors and a very "all around" good drink.

A beer that really goes well with most foods and with a long grapefruit hop finish.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip...

A-Pretty bright colden color. Somewhat cloudy, not entirely. Very carbonated, evident to the eyes. Held up to the light there is an orange tint.
S- Very floral and medicinal scent. Some surefire hops going on with noticeable yeast. Lemony- citrusy and wet.
T- Grassy and a little funky. Lime-grapefruit. Big yeast presence. Some spice. Very tasty. I can absolutely taste both the Belgian and American influences- well done.
M- Nice medium bodied beer. Not too thin, not too thick. Good stuff.
D- I found this one to be so tasty that I could not put it down. Very drinkable beer- flavors will keep you coming back for more.


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Photo of jdhilt
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, malts are in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste that won't go away. Overpriced at $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a very respectable 1 1/2 inch frothy white head. Yep, that's Belgian yeast for you. Lacing is left in little bits and pieces as the head fades to a thin layer.

S - Citrusy west-coast hops are plentiful, but the belgian yeast adds a great deal of funky spice to the mix.

T - Starts with some citrus and grapefruit flavors. Grassy in a good way. Slight, delicious funkiness comes on strong mid-palate.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium body that can be filling at times. Finish is tacky and dry and slightly bitter.

D - Funny how simply changing the yeast results in such a different beer. An interesting brew that is certainly worth trying, perhaps next to a standard Stone IPA to compare/contrast. Alcohol is manageable and not too high in the mix.

Bottled is of the half that are labeled "Cali-België"

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally got to try this one, after much anticipation.

poured out of a 22 bomber into my snifter, the brew came out a transparent copper w/ active carbonation, and an off white 2 finger foam head.

this is a very interesting smelling beer. citrusy hops, very similar to other stone IPAs but also a welcoming spice and different sweetness is apparent. cloves, pepper, banana, bubblegum all apparent, i like

more of the same in the taste dept. the belgian yeast adds a welcom zest of spicy/sweetness to the otherwise dominant hops. this beer has the base of a belgian pale, but has the aggressive hop bitterness of an American IPA.

I actually enjoyed this one more that Ruination, or the regualar Stone IPA. This is the perfect marraige of style for someone like myself who is a hop=head, but also loves a good belgian. Kudos to Stone and American craft breweries for their willingness to experiment and take chances.

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

A- Beautiful golden color with an average head.

S- Citrusy, grassy. Smells like summer a little bit. I can smell some spices, but can't put my finger on what they are.

T- Tartness, grassy, and some citrus notes. Very even hop taste throughout your mouth.As the beer warms I can taste the spices,but,again I can't think of what they are.

M- Very good mouthfeel. Not too thin.

D- Very smooth and very drinkable.

This was good,but not really "wow" good. It is a little forgettable.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice orange color with a long lasting head. The head was large and lasted a long ten minutes.

S- When the beer was first poured there was a great deal of hop aroma. With a backing of Belgian yeast. As the beer warmed up Cali-Belgique turned into a yeasty aroma and then hops.

T- Hops nail the tongue bringing a citrus and fruit mouthful. The taste turns into a yeasty profile. The hops and yeast blend well and are balanced. This beer is not super bitter.

M- Medium body with soft carbonation.

D- Overall this is a great beer that is different from all of the other brews Stone puts out.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the glass is brought to life with light yellow gold and a light tangerine swirl. The body is reasonably active with a foamed blob sitting on top that left adamant sticky-filmed lace, a near bright white in color. Pleasant color for a nice sunny warm day

S: wow! a nice amalgamation of smells. I can gather the hoppy west coastness of oranges, pines, and grapefruit mixed with a spicy yeast whiff and most importantly, soft chunks of pink bubblegum. Good things so far...

T: the fusing of hops and Belgian brewing yeast could not be refined any further, it is really spot on. The hops hit the tongue with a slap of pine needles and a squeeze of grapefruit and then wash away slowly leading to a piece of clove spiced bubblegum and soft earthy-bready toasted notes. Man, as it warms I am gathering tropical fruit notes...hard to pinpoint...maybe some passion fruit with some California strawberries. Sounds crazy, but it is true. This thing is bonkers on the palate
After a few sips and gulps, I think that flavors lean more toward the Belgian style on the palate...this is by no means a complaint. This is great stuff and a good balance of the flavors that it holds

M: a good medium bodied brew. Things are not real creamy and yet it is easily accessible down the hatch. A good fit for the unique style

D: this is a tasty beer and I recommend it to those interested in giving the palate a workout. What do ya know, another solid Stone

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Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white marshmallow style head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Strong banana and clove nose with other fruit (lemon, orange) and spice scents.

T- Lots of banana and clove flavor initially. Light bitterness accompanies the beginning taste with a decent amount of sweetness in the finish. Hops are light to moderate in the overall taste and are present throughout adding to the spicy Belgian ale flavor.

M- Light/medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well and no funky aftertastes.

D- Overall a solid brew that wasn't as hoppy as I had expected but still very drinkable.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug.

Clear, bright golden color. Medium (maybe one finger) head, still effervescing, gorgeous lacing. Smells floral and hoppy and spicy.

Taste is hops. Lots of hops. A little citrus, and a very pleasant background sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, a tiny bit filmy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my new goblet and it formed a nice head that slowly died to a small dusting of foam which stuck around. Decent lacing and your typical Belgium golden color to the beer. Instant Belgium candi sweetness hits then the hops right after it. Floral and citrusy with a slight bitterness. As it warms up the sweetness backs off and the hops come to the forefront with more of a bittering hop presence.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of Lepley
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A: Poured clear gold/orange with about two fingers for white head, good retention, and lots of lacing an
S: Floral, hops, fruity, citrus, lemon. Much like their IPA but more fruit in my opinion, not just citrus but sweet fruits like peaches or something similar.
T: Peaches, cherries, pineapple, lemon grapefruit, hops, spiciness, and a not-too-much bitterness. This is where this beer feels very different from their IPA, much more sweet and fruity.
M: Very carbonated, smooth.
D: This was pretty interesting, another good one from Stone. I made sure to have their IPA directly afterwards to note the differences, which are definitely in its fruity sweetness. Worth checking out.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.