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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,739 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,739
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 84
Gots: 266 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice lightly hazy yellowish gold color. The head doesn't stick around too long really and the lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian yeast aromas coming off of it and plenty of hops on the nose. The taste of this brew is really nice and soft feeling with some bubbles in there to give it a slight edge. The hops go really well in this brew also. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still had enough going for it to keep it alive. Overall this brew is really nicely done. Big fan of this one.

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The funnest part of beer was the look of horror on my wife's face (a non-beer lover) as she attempted to enjoy her share of a bottle that I was all too happy to split with her. I guess she thought that I was playing a sick joke on her by actually considering this as a quaffable beer for her. How was I suppose to know?

A: It poured a very mildly cloudy moderate orange color, with about a 1-1.5 finger head, and bubbly, salivation-worthy carbonation.

S: This is why I like this style (and especially this beer): All the hop bitterness commonly found in a standard IPA was present, but it had a freshly-cut grass type of earthiness to it (I find this in most Belgian IPAs). The bitterness is not of a grapefruit (Cascade) variety, but more of an unsweetened dark chocolate one.

T: A lot of the same quality as the nose, only there is also a distinct Belgian funkiness to it that I can only describe as overripe fruit, unsweetened dark candy, grass, and bleached-out sweetness. I know this doesn't sound very savory, but as an ensemble, this all works!

M: The bitterness didn't linger, because the floral notes cut through that. It's wasn't too sweet, because the grassiness grounded it. The bubbly carbonation added yet another dimension.

D: I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world, but I know a good beer when I taste one. I appreciate the Brewery's disciple, attention to detail in sticking to style, and for flat out making a wonderful tasting brew!

Photo of torchednoodle
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes like a mix of Stone IPA and Belgian, and it's on purpose and spot on.

This beer is faithful to it's name. Tastes eactly like a mix of California IPA with more than a touch of Belgian. Hint of bubble gum-Belgian aroma and taste, with a totally palatable and not-insignificant complement of Stone IPA. Excellent combo, and a much more complete attempt than Green Flash's Le Freak, which tasted more Belgian than a mix of styles, and was more expensive to boot. Seriously, hats off to Stone on this.

Dug it. Thanks, Greg & Co., I will be buying again. It may not be up my particular alley, but I recognize the artistry in the mixing of styles.

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold with a nice head and good retention. Nice lacing, too.

I'm getting cloves and candy sugar in the nose. Very sweet smelling, overall.

Hops jump right in up front. Quite a mouthful of them. Sweetness creeps into the mouth partway through witha nice green, piney finish. Dry cherries in there as well.

Thick, malty, bready body.

Excellent sipper, but one was enough.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber style brown bottle with beautiful stone screen printed label in gold. Poured into a pint glass.

A - golden/yellow to light orange with a slight bit of haze. Fluffy pure white head that takes it's time setting into a solid ring of lace which provided good stick to the glass.

S - banana bread with some spice. Lemon zest with good sweetness following. Fruity like hop aroma along with a touch of pine notes. Amazing belgian style yeast aroma.

T - Belgian in style and Stone Brewing at heart. Flavors of banana sweetness with fruity aspects of lemon and orange. A touch of honey. Tasty wheat flavor. Cloves and spices. Hops give off a nice spice with little bitterness. Hops are very smooth however. Not the knock you in the mouth flavor like most American made IPAs. They are there, about to take full control and then they smooth out while you forget about them. Good mixture of both Stone Brewing and Belgian yeasts.

M - medium bodied and brilliant. Mellow feel mouth start to finish making it easy to drink. Good crisp, clean finish.

O - wonderful tasting beer with a Belgian funk paired with a Stone west coast style. Not a bad funk. A dang good tasting and flavorful funkiness. Cali-Belgique screams class and style. With it's mellow hop presence it's one anyone can enjoy.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was very good. It reminded me of a slightly more expensive and harder to get version of Bell's Two Hearted. This isn't meant as faint praise - I love Two Hearted, common though it may be.

A golden yellow with a bright white head that quickly fades to a scummy coating. A light but sweet citrus aroma backed by a good framework of maltiness. Flavor is more hop citrus, and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty light and not at all sticky.

Really good, but I'm not sure it is worth the trouble for those of us here in the Midwest.

Photo of kylehayworth
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good pour, mild amber colored, the head was great, off white.

S: It seems like a set up, the nose is misleading compared to the taste. It has a mild hop presence, with a backdrop of easy going fruits.

T: It has a good hop profile, with the same easy going fruit, banana, mango, or something. There is a mild spice to it.

M/D: Easy drinking, crisp, smooth, and subtly light.

Raise an IPA in Belgium and this is what you get, makes sense.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Bomber into a pint glass. The beer was hazy and was a light amber in color. The head was off white and left pronounced lace on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy... hops dominate.... but also an apple sweetness.

Taste: mirrors smell.... nice, not your typical IPA.... a bit fruitier.

MF: Smooth and creamy... love it.

Drinkability: I finished the bomber in a heartbeat.... left me craving more... but that's the objective, right?.... Always leave the wanting more... I will seek this out again.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass.

Pours a very hazy yellowish color with some orange tinged and a big foamy 3 finger head with the best lacing. Aroma is big time piney grapefruit with fruity esters coming through. Has a floral component that keeps this fresh and very lemony. Big lemon pone flavors with a fruity belgian ester that is nice. Balanced malts but hop forward with some citrus freshness. Very nice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth although you know it's got great carbonation. Really this is a great food pairing beer. It's got a freshness that plays well with lots of fish and chicken dishes.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bright golden colour with creamy, dense, off-white head. Nice head retention and sticky lacing.

Nice, slightly funky Belgian yeast aroma with some lemon notes, clove and herbal character as well. The hop aroma is interesting with some tropical fruit and citrus lying underneath the yeast. Reasonably well integrated.

Sweet, fruity and yeasty. This is really quite good. The slightly sweet malt works well against the moderate bitterness. Nice lemony, herbal hop character. Good peppery note in the background. A well balanced Belgian IPA.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Soft and very nice.

An easy drinking Belgian IPA. While I don't normally like the Stone Belgian yeast, this works well with the hops provided and the malt character.

Photo of magine
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

Photo of Murchmac
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours a very pale yellow with a robust 3 finger white head. Head is very puffy and leaves some great lacing. But the beer itself...a little odd for an IPA. Looks more like a wit or a pale wheat...but it is what it is.

S- fantastic sweet smelling citrus hops...getting some lemon and orange peel in there as well. It smells like a good wit crossed with a good citrus IPA...enjoyable

T- bitter citrus with some burst of lemon in there. Its not overwhelmingly bitter as you might expect from the combination of lemon + hops, but it still lets you know its there. Really nice...easy drinking

M- its not paper thin, there's a little bit of body there. The Belgian yeast lets you know its there too...no complaints

D- this is a good one. When done properly, I really can enjoy a good Belgian IPA...and this one is done properly, as you'd expect from Stone

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of crackling foam. It some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - I picked up the fruity and yeasty aroma while I was pouring it. When I put my nose to the glass, I picked up some citrus and caramel, as well.

T - It tasted very yeasty and spicy with great pine notes. The fruity flavors were present but not nearly as strong as the aroma.

M - A crisp and very sharp beer with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. It is very tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Broke open a bottle for a tasting... we get Stone in Louisiana but I hadn't seen this one so I picked it up in Florida.

It's a deep golden color, with a small white head. Not much retention or lacing on this pour.

The aroma is unique... it's hoppy and bold with a Belgian spice to it. Banana, coriander... very nice.

The taste is very lemony... the hops used give off a very citric flavor to me, and it dominates the mouthfeel. You can still taste some of the sweet spices when you swish the beer around on the front of the tongue, but the slightly sour notes come through more strong.

I really like the way the flavors blend in the mouth, combining citrus, sweet malts, spices to form a rather different beer. It's not like any other beer I've tried recently, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Cheers!

Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and straight up yellow with a big, generous foamy head.

S - A little coriander backed up by an earthy, almost musky scent.

T - Very much bitter in a pleasant way with a sweet honey like back taste. A touch of gentle spice presence, but not enough to take away from the overpowering hop bitterness. The only knock I have on the taste is that the typical hop characteristics were muted by the other flavors going on. It was still bitter and very much an IPA, but the usual, either pine, grapefruit or earthy hop notes were once again, muted to a degree.

M - Highly carbonated and just a touch of smoothness on the tongue. A little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not enough to completely wreck the palate.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Didn't know exactly what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised that it was once a again, a great offering from the fellows at Stone.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden color, a thin soapy head of foam forms up. As it fades to a thin cover, it leaves lacing behind that is intricate and lacy up high, getting progressively thicker and solid as it travels downward.

Aroma - certainly a hopppy nose as I would expect. Has an herbal, grassy side, and some pleasant floral/honey scents as it opens up.

Taste - a light biscuity grain underpinning, it moves quickly to a brief citrusy flavor, then onwards to ample bitterness that reminds me of a robust rye ale. There is an element of distant funkiness in there. The Belgian yeast is barely making it through the alpha acids, but does so in a complementary fashion. Definitely more Cali than Belgie. The finish is bitter, slightly warm, and ever-drying. Never quite reaches a medicinal intensity, impressive for an IPA of this size.

Mouthfeel - medium to a touch light in the body. Plenty crisp for the style. Well done.

Drinkability - pushes the upper limits of sessionability for an IPA, Belgian or otherwise.

Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with a big two finger frothy head which leaves gobs of lace up and down the glass and shows visible carbonation. The aroma is of belgian candy yeast at the front end. A big bubble gum flavor followed by a citrus hop smell and a slight piney hop smell. The taste has a big bubble gum candied yest presence sweet and inviting. 8in the middle to the back end you get a nice citrus and piney hope bite to balance out the flaovr. A good blend a very inviting taste. The mouthfeel 8is velvety with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer nice aroma to invite you in and a big nice taste to keep you wanting more.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently from Total Wine in West Orange, having never tired this before. As much as I love Stone's offerings, I was hoping that this would stand out a bit from them and thankfully, it did. It was not as strong, hoppy, or typical as their other IPA's and this was much more mellow to drink. The alcohol was subdued quite a bit and without a doubt, this would be the one beer of theirs that I wish came in six-packs instead of the 22 oz. bottles, since I wanted to have another in one sitting!

The pour to this was nice, with a copper hue, good head, and just enough lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma to this but the yeast made itself known both in the taste and in the carbonation. The hop burn and bitterness weren't high here, as the oily mouthfeel and Belgian characteristics were stronger than I anticipated. There have been very few beers that I've had where the Belgian notes outweighed the IPA characteristics, but this was certainly one of them. Some wetness and pine were present underneath everything else, but this was a Belgian beer first and foremost in taste and body.

This wasn't that strong either, even though there was enough alcohol in this to be felt. Thankfully, this was different than anything I've had before while still retaining the West Coast hops and body that one would expect from a Stone beer. Add in an easygoing nature and a nice amount of yeast and this beer's a winner. I can't wait to go it another go!

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

Very nice malty aroma to it, about a one finger head.Very surprised at the carbonation when I first poured it. When I tasted the first thing that hit me was the sweetness of the malts but then kicked right in with the hops and left a nice fresh hoppy after taste. Bottom line? Loved it. Stone does not disappoint.

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

Into a snifter.

A - Golden orange hue with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Some rich tropical fruits, citrus and a nice blend of spicy malts.

T - Starts with some biscuit malts, advances to a frothy Belgain hop character and concludes with an oily pepper finish. Together it has a strange taste of bubblegum. Lots of piney hops to speak of, which compliment the oily citrus. Reminds me a bit of their most recent anniversary (lemon) IPA. Not as strong on the acidity or lemon though.

M - A frothy medium body that explodes across the palette. Medium carbonation that accents the oily mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice enjoyable IPA for sure! I wish the oily nature was a bit subdued but otherwise this is fantastic.

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

Clear golden orange with a fine, creamy head. Bright, sharp, fruity Belgian-esque aromas. Sweet and spicy...lemon rind, pear, flowers, soap, and yeast. Smooth sweet hoppy bitterness blending smoothly into pale malt and peppery Belgian yeast. Orange citrus and mild pine needles, fruity esters, tea, bubblegum, slight medicinal clove notes. Medium bodied, snappy mouthfeel. I quite like this...

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

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a good stone. I like the hops and I love belgian beer. This is a really good beer. I can't comment too much on the appearance, it was dark in the room I was drinking this. It was light in color and had a nice head. Great smell, a combination of the malty sweetness of a tripel overlayed with a good hop freshness. The taste mimicked this scent but with a little stronger hops flavor bordering on citrus. I drank this with some moderately spicy thai food and it complimented the panang curry squid nicely. I could drink a lot of this. If you like stone, belgian or anything with hops, give this one a try.

Photo of mikescarchuk
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,739 ratings.