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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,030
Hads: 3,069
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 97
Gots: 475 | 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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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of dukew456
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (585 characters)

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/30/09
Stone Brewing Co.
Cali-Belgique
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. (750 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.") (1,702 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

GOOD STUFF! (661 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.59/5  rDev -35.4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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" (906 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of TheNightbird
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (1,440 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of imaguitargod
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (428 characters)

Photo of Lepley
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy muddy peppery hops and yeast with some bubble gum and cotton candy.

The flavor is lots of flowery soapy spices, bubble gum, and peppery hops with a big bitterness in the finish. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and is very velvety and creamy.

Overall, it is interesting and unusual. I didn't really care for the soapy bubble gum and bitter blend. It was a little reminiscent of a British nitro ale. (574 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

At home and in the mood to try Stone's Belgian IPA.

Pours a white, creamy head with lots of bubbles and carbonation. The body is a deep reddish gold, very vibrant and clear. Plenty of rising carbonation. Creamy lacing down the side as the head dissipates, which reemerges well upon agitation. These are some great visuals.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit, with slight smells of spices and lager. Definitely has that Belgian-ale aroma. Overall bouquet is not that intense though.

Here is where the problem begins. Flavors of bitter hops, citrus, strong grapefruit, and a little kiwi. The typical spicy Belgian ale flavors are also present. None of these flavors are a bad thing, all are good, but the issue is the bitterness overwhelms the taste. And unlike Stone's original IPA, the hops are not smooth: They impact the palate, but don't refresh it.

This one almost misses the mark completely when compared to other Belgian IPAs such as a Piraat or Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen. I am practically forcing myself to finish it, but do so out of respect for Stone.

On the plus side, the mouthfeel is actually quite decent, but the overwhelming bitterness negates all of the other flavors. Seeing as how it's getting a lot of good reviews, HOWEVER, I may try Cali-Belgique again out of fairness. Perhaps my palate was affected by something else that day. (1,353 characters)

Photo of boston2bburg
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle skeptical about how well Cali would meld with Belgique, but with a deeply-rooted trust in Stone. The best Belgian ales are powerful and complex yet delicate, a quality American brewers often disregard. Stone, however, can seemingly do it all.

A smell unlike anything I've ever encountered, save a greenhouse, greets me kindheartedly, as if presenting me with a wreath of flowers for my triumph in bringing it home to be released to my senses. It's massively floral, hops blending perfectly with the earthy, fruity, and bubble gum/lemon pound cake sweet yeast aroma. Very suitable for the seasonal warmth and dampness.

The head is modest at first, a finger's worth in a fairly wide snifter. It settles thin and wispy but forms a very fine patch of lacing on the glass. The second (more vigorous) pour produces two fingers, The body is a crystal clear, brilliant golden poppy color, and I was surprised to see it was a filtered beer.

The beer is wet on the palate like morning dew. Earthy, fresh, berry fruit with a touch of lime (think mojitos), blending so well with gentle malt sweetness and again some bubble gum, that it seems the ingredients have aged together for centuries. Alas, being filtered I'm not sure how long you could age it. This is unfortunate as my only real gripe with the flavor is that it's maybe a bit too bitter for that Belgian yeast delicacy. It grows on you though.

Hops and spice coat my mouth, pleasant for me but not for all. Definitely an IPA sharpness to it. Trademark Stone.

Not really a session ale, but not supposed to be. I could see drinking a couple because it's so good, but for most, one will satisfy, if not sit heavy. (1,687 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden and clear with an off white head and good lacing.

S - A nice combination of Belgian spice and floral hops. Not overpowering but rich and satisfying.

T - Oily hops flavors slightly edge out a spicy crispiness for control. A well balanced collection of flavors that few can bring together in such a balanced and effective way. Well done Stone!

M - A thick and almost oily consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'll definitely look for this one again. (619 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two wine glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook up!

A: Pours a cloudy golden hue with a pillowy bright-white head of foam that leaves some slowly melting specks of lace in the glass.

S: Interesting aromas of piney and fruity hops, spices, red apples, pepper, and a slightly dirty yeast smell.

T: Lots of dry & toasty malt, tangy orchard fruit, a healthy helping of spicy/peppery hops and more of that dirty yeast

M: Spicy and peppery. Rather dry and prickly, even as it warms.

D: Pretty darn good, but I was hoping for a little more Cali than Belgique. (665 characters)

Photo of brushtachio
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my brand new Duvel tulip. Light copper color with a tight head that dissipates but never dissappears.

Smell is excellent and unique. Predominate smell I get is apricot. Also a floral, nectar-like scent that reminds me of honeysuckle.

Taste builds on this by adding some resiny pine and a sharp bitterness that blends nicely with the sharp crisp finish.

I like the carbonation. Along with the dryness in the finish, this is what reminded me of a traditional Belgian trippel.

Very drinkable. (509 characters)

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