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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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pDev: 12%


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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almychristopher

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a very pretty golden color with a frothy white head that recedes to lacing. the aroma is really nice with the belgian yeast works well with the hops... a nice balance. the taste loses me a little bit, the sweet malt and belgian flavors fall behind the hop bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little light, the co2 is a bit much for it. could have been better, but it's still a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 21:48:56 | More by almychristopher
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NewGeneric

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a golden orange color with white head that faded quick and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, hops and malt. Tasted yeasty, with fruit and a light hops kick. Fairly smooth. Some interesting flavors here, but the combination doesn't suit me very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 16:11:17 | More by NewGeneric
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-golden yellow with a white head
S-overpowered by the belgian yeast strain. Can't get much else off of the brew
T-slight hops but is really dominated by its belgian side. Some grapes
M-medium bodied and smooth
d-drinkable, but not one of the best of the night

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:06:54 | More by brew3crew
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kflorence

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, copper tinted color with a thin layer of head that dissipates to lacing along the sides of the glass. Carbonation levels look good, perhaps a bit low.

S: Smells interesting. I wouldn't say it's a pleasant aroma, but it isn't off-putting either. Lots of hops, mostly juniper but also a bit of citrus in there. Then there's a more petro-chemical, gasoline and lip balm smell mixed with a bit of spice and some yeast.

T: Taste comes through a lot like the aroma. Lots of hops and that same spiced yeast and malt concoction. I just can't help but feel reminded of lip balm or some kind of refined oil. Again, I don't consider this taste to be detrimental to the beer, but it is certainly something I haven't come across before, and seems a bit odd to me.

M: This has the usual stone mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, smooth and a little chewy. It's really very easy to drink and quite refreshing but also maintains some level of sophistication.

O: This was an interesting adventure for me. I'm not really a fan of I.P.A.'s but I can definitely appreciate them, and this one is perhaps a bit more "up my alley" than some of the other offerings I've had. As usual, lots of hops, but not an overwhelming amount, and an interesting "Belgian yeast" characteristic which lends the brew a unique characteristic. Solid, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 01:39:43 | More by kflorence
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a light golden orange. The head is white, but pretty non-existent.

The aroma is all hops very bitter, not much else. A little sour citrus, lemon.

The taste is sweet to start but sour grapefruit sweet. The end is light bitter, not as bitter as the aroma. There is a light metallic finish.

Feel is ok, drinkability decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:09:35 | More by jrallen34
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jmfc8237

Delaware

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

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 18:05:26 | More by jmfc8237
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socon67

New York

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

A - Pours dark orange. Can see some activity in the glass. A lively beer.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale with notes of yeast, sweet bread, and citrus.

T - Tastes like a decent belgian ale, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M - A crisp ale, finishes with a little burn.

O - This one isn't a bad beer at all. But with other great choices from Stone I'd go for other belgian ales first.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 21:26:25 | More by socon67
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice one finger head. Enjoy By 9/2/13, enjoyed a month early. Aroma is unmistakeable Belgian yeast, dry, with a hint of fruity hops, mango, pear, apple. Flavor is dry yeast and light apple and pear flavors. Tiny bit of grass from the hops. This seems really more like a dry Tripel with nearly no influence from the IPA portion. High carbonation and light mouthfeel. Overall not bad but was hoping for more IPA influence.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:36:46 | More by BMMillsy
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TheDoorman

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 10:07:05 | More by TheDoorman
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a Belgian Ale in appearance, light in color with a white head which sticks around for a while. The ABV and hops are more consistent with a toned down American Pale Ale than a revved up British version. Stone, as per usual, puts forward a refreshing brew that is very drinkable. Though expected hints of fruit in this IPA aren't all that present, the sweetness of a Belgian Ale is there. This is a good combination ale but I do prefer Stone's individual efforts in regard to these two styles individually.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:21:59 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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UA8

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a transparent golden straw color with a one finger foamy white head.

S- Scents of orange/ ruby red grapefruit and bubblegum.

T- Leads with toffee malts, mid palate is of citrus hops and baseball card bubblegum, finishes with a medicinal herbal hop.

M- Over carbonated and thin.

D- Not my favorite of the Stone offering the flavors are all over the place. I really don't think that this strain of yeast works all that well with the aggressiveness of the Stone IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:26:03 | More by UA8
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours an extremely clear light golden color. Head formation is quick and strong. Dissipates to only a light film with a small amount of lacing. As stated, very clear - not showing much carbonation.

S - Very American IPA smelling. A strong combination of American hop citrus notes with malt sweetness. Has the characteristic stone brewing smell.

T- Starts off with a balance combination of malt sweetness and the background bitter bite. Along the way, a hop citrus and grapefruit note starts to really dig in. After taste is a combination of citrus hop note with a malt sweet bite. Not sure if these flavors meld all that well.

M - Moderate to low body on this beer - seems thin and watery. The carbonation bite is probably the best dominating aspect. Does leave behind an oily alpha acid aftertaste bite.

D - Moderate drinkability. For the style it does not distinguish nor hamper its drinkabililty The body of the beer is not filling - nor is the abv off the charts. The problem with this beer is its rather difficult to understand flavor profile - how do you drink this in a session.

Picked this up at the brewery - was worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 06:49:19 | More by katan
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellowy colour with a medium foamy off-white head, and a decent level of carbonation. The aroma has a strong acidic yeast verging on cat pee, with lemony citrus, and hint of grain. The taste is instantly recognizable as Belgian yeast, with lots of citric acid, a subtle wheatiness and a bit of soap. The hops are more apparent towards the end, producing a grassy bitterness and more dry summery lemony flavours. Light to medium in the body with a active carbonic feel. An intersting take on the normal Stone IPA. The Belgian yeast strain is very clear in the aromas and flavours, adding a much more acidic edge to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:02:13 | More by PartyBear
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Philousa

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle read best by 2/2/12. I just barely made it.

pours a clear gold with a metallic shine and a decent amount of rocky head. Sweet, rich caramel greet the nose first followed by a mild yeast spiciness - allspice and pepper. Green, tart hop aroma come as the beer warms. Sweet caramel leads to spicy lemon pepper. Turns tart and bitter as the yeast eases you into a hop bitterness. A smooth transition. This was less viscous than expected from the nose, but more on the heavy side for an IPA. Dry finish.

This was really interesting and very polarizing, I'd guess. The yeast was very americanized, in that it wasn't very robust in flavor. It was mildly spicy and funky, but I didn't get anything in the middle of the spectrum. This combined with the typical Stone "in your face" hop profile made it a beer of extremes. The malt was not the central point, although it complimented the beer when necessary. I like the aspects it showcased, but felt it was a bit thin in the flavor profile, leaning too much on the extremes of taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 06:42:04 | More by Philousa
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joerodiii

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 23:23:40 | More by joerodiii
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a thin white bubbly head.

The smell is interesting - tart-ish funkyish Belgian yeast with a citric hoppiness. The yeast strain seems to dominate the hops at times. I found that they don't necessarily clash - but almost.

The taste follows the nose to a tee - tartish, bready yeast with a firm, but not strong, citric American hop bitterness with some maltiness. Finishes bready and dry.

Doesn't quite have the Belgian body, more of a medium IPA-ish one, which is fine, but nothing particular special about the body, to me.

As much as I love American hops, I think this is decent, and a great idea, but it just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. There have been Belgian IPA's I preferred over this, and another American brewery's attempt that I prefer as well. Nice enough, but didn't come together quite the way I was hoping. Still, worthwhile to try, as it is interesting and creative.

According to the label, about half say Cali-Belgie (Flemish) and the other half (the one I have) is as it is listed here (French). Cool that they thought of both Belgian cultures.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:42:38 | More by jwc215
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with a light fruity yeast. Taste is also dominated by some light fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some neutral malt in the background. Body is full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done thought there is some better example for this style with better balance between yeast and hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:28:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden, almost amber with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Then the medicinal yeasty character takes over with a good bit of bubblegum.

Taste similar to the nose. Caramel malt and light fruit up front - banana, orange and pineapple. Then the medicinal yeaty funk takes over, but not quite as strong as the nose lead me to expect. Finishes with a slight medicinal hop bitterness and a bit of a mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall quite sweet, medicinal, and generally mild. Hops take a back seat to the vague yeasty funk.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:39:05 | More by Blakaeris
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast and faint alcohol esters. Taste is definitely Belgian yeast with some mild malts and faint hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with an alcohol warmth.

Overall, it's not bad, but rather one dimensional. Not an IPA I'd look to get again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:22:56 | More by tdm168
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xhcadamx

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks identical to the regular Stone IPA. Light honey copper with a creamy head and some nice lacing

S - The C hops are all you smell but as it warms the yeast really begins to show and it starts smelling similar to a tripel.

T - I like IPAs I like Belgian beers... but I dont get this. It seems like a waste of hops or waste of yeast. It seems like the beer is fighting to be an IPA and then a Belgian. Tastes like half a tripel mixed with half an IPA.

M - Finishes dry and the hoppy oiliness I want isn't there

D - Not a bad beer by any stretch and quite a novel idea. Just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 03:13:05 | More by xhcadamx
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, best by 4/22/11, poured into tulip pint

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow-golden-orange. One finger of fine white head that dissipates slowly, leaving moderate lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and bits of spices are all extremely prevalent in this beer's smell, accented by hints of citrus hops- I imagine that many were included, but in the face of the overwhelming yeast aroma their scent is reduced to that of a rather meager orange peel.

T: Hops are more noticeable here, with pine and grapefruit actually being the first elements of taste I pick up on. Candy malts and spicy yeast linger on the finish before being replaced by a somewhat indiscriminate bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation providing a bit of bubbles and more of that Belgian feel. Sticky finish reminiscent of the West Coast IPAs that make up the other half of this beer.

D: A good beer, even if I wasn't a huge fan of the aroma/taste. Not sure I would pick this one up again for a while, and by the end of the glass I wasn't particularly interested in it, but definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:56:23 | More by AwYeh
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tittymcj

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a dark gold/orange color, with very minimal head and little lacing. At first there is a lot of carbonation, but it recedes as quickly as the head.

The smell is interesting. It is clearly a combination of a belgian style ale, with a bit of Stone's pale ale scent. There is a definite clove part, along with some light malt sweetness.

There is a lot of spice and herb in the taste, which was expected given the Belgian yeast. There is a bit of hop bitterness, but it is drowned by the sweetness of the malt and the spices.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but has a distinct bite at the end, probably from the carbonation.

Very drinkable for a Stone beer. Not a whole lot of flavor or heaviness to weigh you down, and enough carbonation to make you feel refreshed, not groggy.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:55:31 | More by tittymcj
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:25:35 | More by Wetpaperbag
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Entirely transparent golden yellow with a slightly orange tint. One of the most transparent beers i've ever seen, in fact. Big bubbly white head with weak retention.

S: BIG candied fruit and floral aroma. Citrus mainly, with some notes of bananas and star fruit. Mildly hoppy with a small yeast aroma.

T: Definitely a large fruit flavor. Oranges, apples, grapefruit, lemon zest and bananas are all in full effect. Fantastic Belgian yeast bite and hop bite; not strong, perfectly balanced. The floral bitterness in the body is a nice touch. Aftertaste is quite reminiscent of apple cider.

M: SWEET. Very sweet. Slightly hoppy and slightly malty. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Good. Not my favorite Stone, the mish-mash taste of fruit is overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 23:51:34 | More by YouSkeete
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n2185

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw orange with two fingers of white, frothy head. The head recedes into a soapy cap with good lacing.

S: Smells of grassy, herbal hops up front followed by a metallic Belgian sweetness and yeasty aroma. There's a bit of skunk in there as well, though this beer was not exposed to much light.

T: Similar to the aroma, the herbal/grassy hops hit the palate first followed by the Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of sweetness. There's a slightly metallic aftertaste to the yeast as well.Not enough to make the beer unenjoyable, but enough to be noticeable.

M: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thin and oily feeling for my likes.

O: Overall, a pretty decent beer. The slight metallic taste and weak body hold it back, but it's still a fairly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:33:59 | More by n2185
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.