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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,106
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 101
Gots: 499 | 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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Reviews: 1,036 | Hads: 3,106
Photo of MMAJYK
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Bright golden on the outside, more orange in the middle. Very unique and beautiful. Head is loose and 1/4" of sticky icky icky.

S. Tangerines, sweet orange peel, a faint touch of warmth from the alcohol, and clean, sweet malts to support the super fresh and fruity hops. Very nice!

T. Zingy and citrusy with a nice hop bite. The hops are floral and earthy. Light candi sugar and rich caramel malts support all the hop action.

M. Thin and light in the mouth and high carbonation. A little bit thinner than I'd prefer.

D. I really like this one! This bomber is going to go down way too easily for sure.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of CrellMoset. BBD 11/13/2008 but I'm just getting around to this one now. Poured into a Reidel cab glass. Bring it on...

Clear honey color with tight Champagne-yeasty head that doesn't stick around but leaves good lacing.

Nice slight banana ester with an almost Saison kick. Backed up with good grapefruit/Centennial hop kick. Good, light malt presence.

This has a lot more of a Belgian feel than I recall in the tap. Almost honey-like with good coriander byproducts. The citrus is a little less pronounced than with original Stone IPA...a byproduct of the strength of the yeast differential. Hops emerge with a nice floral/citrus mix as it warms. Still excellent.

This treats the palate extremely well. Fullness of spice and light malt, hop flora and slight citrus brings it all home. Carbonation helps disperse everything nicely The beautiful bride says, "Now that's the perfect beer."

This one drinks very well - enjoyability is on par with the tap experience. I'd definitely like to see more of this stuff around.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange color with white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, sweet pale malt aroma, with a citrusy hop presence, orange peel. Palate is filled with malt, very very sweet, perhaps too sweet. Citrusy hops really come out in the finish. Bitter and dry. This beer for me is best described as a beer that starts like a triple and ends like an IPA. This beer seems to have two distinct phases. I would like to feel as though everything blended together for a more consistently balanced taste throughout. Contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was closer to the IPA end of the spectrum. I could have used some more hops. The beer is a bit too sweet upfront.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear gold color with a bright white two-finger head. The head shrinks down into a thin layer of bubbles on top, leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with a medicinal and almost spicy hop aroma.

Tastes good. Light fruit flavors are backed up by a good hop bite that ends with a solid bitterness. There's a sweet malt backbone throughout and hints of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation that make it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's by no means the tastiest Belgian IPA I've had, but it's no slouch.

Overall this is a tasty offering from Stone, and one that is worth a shot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly tempered by a citrus & caramel sweetness and a bready backbone of Belgian yeast. There's also a touch of spice and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is yet another excellent beer from Stone, it is definitely worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of brianh78
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, as I had only every had one other Belgian IPA, which I truly loved...

Appearance: brilliant gold color, translucent; 3.5 finger head which stuck around for a while

Smell: Flowery hops were there from the beginning, but were tempered by a slight malty sweetness on the back end

Taste: surprisingly subtle hops that were floral and of moderate bitterness. the aftertaste lingered, but was not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: effervescent, thin and bright

Drinkability: definitely could have a few of these...this beer leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with good clarity. A strong Belgian head forms and holds for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty nose. Nice citrusy hops minus the pine, very clean. Some fruity esters from the very present yeast, some banana.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, though admittedly a touch lower than I expected from Stone :) Some nice citrus notes as well as plenty of floral and grassy flavors. A pleasantly sweet malt rides it out in the back with just a touch of balance. The yeast is again very present, lending some nice spicy notes and light fruity flavors. A good shot of pepper is left behind with the lasting bitterness. Body is medium to medium light and is kept alive by the spritzy Belgian carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable with a manageable ABV. The left over spice and bitterness is pretty strong but not too much.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear gold color just maybe the slightest bit of a hazy. Nice white head with good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops are the first thing I notice. Also can pick up some malts and as it warmed up a little bit of yeast.

T- Pretty nice flavour. Somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and an American IPA. Nice and hoppy with a peppery yeast in there as well.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- This one went down very easy and was enjoyable. Not quite a hop bomb but has a great balance to it.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange amber color, almost grapefruity, with a solid and voluminous two-finger peachy cream head that has some impressive retention. The fluffiness finally faded leaving some nice feathery lacing down the glass.

While resiny and piney with a strong west coast hopping, aroma is strikingly different than Stone IPA with a nice light Belgian twist. Beligian wit-esque yeasty, citrusy and a bit spice. Belgian aromas seem to win out over the IPA aromas.

Taste is interesting, as it's decidedly Stone IPA-esque, yet the Belgian yeast character is definitely there. Piney, resinous and citrusy, there's a delicious IPA in there, but the bready spicy and fruity Belgian yeast adds a nice element to the mix. It lightens the pine hopping. Finishes with a light Belgian-like lemon citrus bite thats perfect. I could go for a touch more of the Belgian yeast flavors, as it still seems a touch on the IPA side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some ample yet fairly delicate carbonation to hearken to true Belgian qualities. A touch drying on the finish is perfect.

Impressed, surprised, happy. I'm not a huge fan of Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeasts makes this one deliciously different. Ultimately delicious and enjoyable. I definitely plan of snagging a few more bottles of these.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and I'll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I won't be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy sour citrus, yeast and pepper aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout brew that was better than my expectations.

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

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with a billowing white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Spicy and piney with a hint of fruity yeastiness. As the drink goes on, I am struck by the thought of "canned fruit cocktail" as I bury my nose prior to each drink. Interesting and appealing.

T- Piney/hoppy bitterness nicely counters the spicy/fruity yeastiness.

M- Fairly crisp with fairly high carbonation. Fairly creamy. I like using fairly in this section.

D- Easy drinking, flavorful, and interesting. 25 oz'er a delight to quaff. Quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I can see getting this again. Quite a nice drink.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap. nice lacing left behind on glass.

S: Pine and fruity yeast that I immediately associated with belgian ales.

T: This is a perfect marriage of the greatest aspects of a California IPA and a Belgian strong ale. Hoppy bitterness up front and a champagne-esque fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy. The flavors linger in its viscosity.

D: I could easily throw back one too many of these.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head dies way too quickly and the color is a little too normal i thought to myself if this wasn't a stone beer id give it a 3.5 so i thought about being fair... go figure

S: smells very Belgian sorta fruity and yeasty, the hops get lost a bit but its not bad and i do get the belgian ipa dig in

T: if i imagined a Belgian ale mixed with an ipa...i think thats what this beer would be. there is a slight funk spice to it that has a back tongue of yeast and malt and a finish of bitterness that helps with the whole concept there is a dry finish that is also pretty nice.

this is a great beer, though some of the supporting acts are not that great, ie the appearance. the taste however is very good, and id recommend

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Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Cali-België (I got the Walloon labeled spelling) is a clear dark gold with an orange tinged off-white head that has long last and leaves fantastically dense, baby swiss cheese lace. The bottle is the typical Stone silkscreen with all the pretentious babble on the back, but uses a gold pigment for most of it that is flaked off and generally sloppy looking. The laces reigns supreme though, earning the high score.

Smell is great, definitely a Stone IPA, big resinous west coast hop nose, some fruitiness that I assume are the Belgian esters, as it's not really the citrus you get from Cascade family. I give this points for being the closest to what I expect from this style - not just a Belgian with an extra dose of noble hops, but decidedly a West Coast IPA. The problem is, that's pretty much all it is, I'm really not getting a lot of Belgian character behind the hop blast.

Taste is heavy on the spicy, piny hops and rather yeasty. I served this at fridge temp, like I prefer my IPAs (for both keeping and serving, to maintain the hops). Let it warm up some while I walked the dog didn't really open up many esters. Honestly, Stone's isn't my favorite IPA, and here the dankness of the hops overpowers the Belgian esters, it's just a bit to resinous for my taste. I'd like a better balance of both styles, this one swings too wide to the West, and without the hop profile I prefer out here. I guarantee that if I gave this to 9 out of 10 Portland IPA fans they wouldn't peg the Belgian character in a blind tasting.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily, nice foamy carbonation flirts with the trademark Belgian mouthfeel, but it's on the chewier, heavier side.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm most impressed with their restraint in the ABV, it's plenty big enough to warm your cheeks without being gratuitous, as many west coast IPAs are, especially Stone. On the other hand, this was so limited, that I suppose getting a bit extra punch out of my only bottle wouldn't have hurt, but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice the cleaner alcoholic taste. If you love Stone's IPA, you will love this, and while I like the more overt west coast influence, it's still not my favorite.

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Photo of nd5282
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A relatively sweet hoppy beer, that proves to be the right amount of bitterness and flavor to allow the facilitation of multiple pints. I had this beer on tap at the Stone Brewery and was very pleased with the fresh hop aroma followed by a sweet malty finish. Great IPA! Service at the brewery was mediocre.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with almost an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing. The aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit), orange, ginger, Belgian yeast and a bit of piney hops. It tastes like bready malt, pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), Belgian yeast, peppery spice and ginger. There's good balance in this beer, it's not too sweet and not too bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. With the relatively low ABV it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple bombers of this at all. It reminds me a little of the Vertical Epic 08/08/08 I just drank, but I think this is a bit better. If you get the chance to try this beer, you should.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mostly clear and golden with faintest of haze. 1 finger white head and a medium amount of carbonation

S: Nice aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange and clementine. I'm picking up a bit of caramel and sugar. Also has some floral happenings

T: Taste is citric, just like the aroma but throw in a hint of pineapple. a little bit of spice and malt sweetness makes an appearance.

M: moderate body, creamy and a tad dry.

D: I love Stone and this is another reason why. Buy, drink, repeat.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright sunny gold color with perfect clarity. Big fluffy white head that had nice retention. There was wonderful sticky lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma was very spicy and fresh. I was sensing a lot of ginger.

Lots of cracker flavors at first then a lots of spice comes into the picture. Licorice, mint and ginger. Behind all this remains the nice like malt flavors. Certainly a bit if light fresh hops at the end. Fairly subdued.

Bright/light mouth feel and fairly light body. Fantastic drinkability. I enjoy this one quite a bit.

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Photo of trpng0bily
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden orange, moderate pure-white head, nice lacing, very crisp

s: citrusy hops, yeast funk that becomes more prominent as the beer warms

t: not enough going on taste-wise to balance the yeast; odd to say about a stone brew, but this one needs more hops to be in balance

m: heavy carbonation; crisp as they come, somewhat creamy

d: more drinkable than i expected

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber purchased at Chuck's fine wines in Chagrin Falls into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Golden translucent not unlike the Stone Vertical Epic 08 08 08 that I sampled just before this one. It may be a shade darker yellow/gold. Head was generous but then dissipated reasonably quickly.

S Hops, floral hops smell with some malt sweetness. Not much alcohol. I read that this beer was compared with Vertical Epic but even just the smell sets it apart from Vertical Epic. This is a hoppier beer. I like the smell of this beer.

T Hops bitterness is moderate and it stays through to the aftertaste. It is my no means any overly strong hops (like Ruination was IMO) but it is certainly there and more significantly that the Vertical Epic 08 08 08. There is a nice balance of that minimal bitterness and malty sweetness.

M Moderate, nice balance.

D Good despite a moderately higher hops profile.

Notes: Glad that I tried this. It was better than I thought. Another good offering from Stone.

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Photo of froghop
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing.

smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus.

taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

think this is a fine combination of the 08.08.08 and the stone IPA.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- Hazy golden with hints of orange hue. Finger sized white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Fresh hops and citrus fruits give off a very nice aroma. Has a very distinct yeast scent similar to other Belgian IPAs I have had.

T- Great combination of west coast hops and Belgian style IPA. The citrus is there, but not as dominant as west coast IPAs can be. The typical Belgian yeast flavor is somewhat subdued from the dominant hops.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Some carbonation. Perfect consistency as the final sip just sits on the back of the tongue giving off wonderful flavors.

D- Highly drinkable. That's all I can say about this one.

I tend to dislike Belgian IPAs, but this one was by far my favorite one to date. I really love west coast IPAs, but sometimes I just tend to get burned out on drinking them. On the other hand I really don't care for Belgian IPAs because they seem too reserved. This one fits right in the middle. A perfect blend of both characteristics.

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