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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,613 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,613
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 197 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of jvillefan
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light hazy golden yellow with a one finger head that does not last very long.

S: Very floral. There are also hops, citrus, and a little caramel that balance each other out nicely.

T: The floral taste is a little over powering. Behind the floral taste is that of hops, citrus, and caramel. The beer is also very sweet tasting.

M: Has a buttery mouthfeel and has perfect carbonation.

O: I would recommend this beer. It is a nice variation on the standard IPA.

jvillefan, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice take on a belgian ipa, quite different from say new belgium's belgo. pours light golden and bright, clear through with a one inch white head that hangs out the whole time. smells like belgian yeast, west coast aggressive hops, and light crystal and pale malts in equal proportions. flavor is very well balanced between the fruity lively yeast and the hops, which taste less intense than they smell. some citric hops in here, and some fruit, maybe nelson sauvin? malt profile is very light. feel is okay, but not entirely well suited to this beer. the body is light to medium, which i find a bit thin for the style. carbonation os robust though, and its easy drinking and delicious. overall yet another nice beer from stone.

StonedTrippin, May 07, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA - one of six they got in. Poured into a snifter and split four ways.

Appearance: A crystal-clear orange with a one-finger white head, slightly off-white, with medium retention that fades into a frothy foamy ring.

Aroma: Strong juicy fruit, Nugget Nectar-like, grass, mint, basil, strong sweet and lightly roasted malts. A light yeasty twang. Banana bread as it warms. Belgian spices. Floral. Sweet and syrupy as it warms further. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Dry hopping is assertive, strong bitterness, slightly bready, a little bit of a roasted edge, a little more of a banana/other fruity edge. The dry hopping on this one seems a little off - it reminds me of a great Belgian IPA in the nose, but the taste seems just a little strange, though it is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and of a medium thickness, with a medium level of carbonation - even a bit low, perhaps. Leaves a bit of a film, as well.

Drinkability: Nice, and really does add a whole new element to the Stone IPA. And everything works really well, in my opinion, with the exception of that dry hopping, which just sort of seems ... well, off. The alcohol is, like the Stone IPA, just fine, well hidden and of a reasonable level. The aroma is out of this world ... the rest is just a little bit of a letdown. Still, a great beer, and one I'm glad I got a chance to try. Maybe tweaking the regular Stone IPA recipe a little for its Belgification would yield a slightly improved taste?

CrellMoset, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of aristeros
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty Bodum pint glass. Very light amber with an orange tint. Some white head, good Floral and bittering hops in the aroma, some citrus.

Crisp, light bodied with a good mouthfeel, bitter, but gentle by Stone standards. Sort of like Corsendonk meets Stone IPA. Interesting, but I don't think it was a good combination. Dry finish and moderate carbonation make this pretty lively.

Well-crafted. A neat experimental by Stone, but it's not for me.

aristeros, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head, the bubbles danced nicely as they rose, good lacing. Clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is floral and piney. Excellent complexity and depth.
The taste is moderately bitter balanced with the malty sweetness. There's some honey as well.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Fatehunter, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, Belgian yeast and some lemons. You can get a lot of Belgian character in the aroma but you can tell the base beer is an IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of Belgian yeast notes as well as some orange citrus and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. The only thing I dislike about the beer is the carbonation, which is very high and prickly. Still, a nice Belgian IPA.

Mora2000, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip.

Nice nose on this one, a little of the yeasty character creeps out from under the massive juicy hops. I take issue with the Cali-heavy approach, but it definitely doesn't make this a bad beer even if I would be hard-pressed to differentiate this from some of the other IPAs from Stone. Would definitely put this above Raging Bitch, too much wheat in that one for me, and looking forward to see how it compares to the Houblon Chouffe chilling in my fridge.

LucienDeRubempre, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass

A - small amount of tight frothy white foam. slightly hazy, pale gold in color. leaves behind a solid layer of sticky film.

S - pungent piney and just slightly floral hops, lemon rind, sweet belgian yeast, very fruity.

T - solid amount of piney &" grassy hops, citrus, very lemony yeast, tropical melon & pineapple.

M - thin, tight and active carbonation...finishes dry with lingering grass and lemon.

D - love the style, just like this one. a bit too fruity (especially heavy on the lemon/citrus) and thin...not bad at all but there are better Belgian IPA's out there.

Stigs, May 31, 2010
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of lime peel, orange and a bit of piney hops. Some breadiness and a bit of spice from the yeast. A kind of butteriness on the palate along with some citrus and a really nice long finish. This ber is light to medium bodied this beer went nicely with the pork chop I had at the brewery.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split into several glasses at a recent tasting. Thanks go to Deuane for this one.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a finger of brite-white colored foam. Quite the robust little layer, that leaves some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some heavier accents of deep bready grains and bright smelling citrus behind it giving off a moderate tang. An undercurrent of yeast adds a bit of extra sharpness to the nose. The flavors are there, but this just lacks a certain sizzle in the nose.

The bitterness is spicy and piney, with that same deep toasted grainy character from the aroma. Delicious tropical fruits and bread mix with yeast in the finish, before ending with a lighly spicy and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it that then bubbles up near the back. Despite an obvious heft in the body, the alcohol is very nicely hidden here.

A solid Belgian IPA from Stone. The aroma had me concerned at first, but the taste and great feeling body more than made up for it. I'd love to try this on tap to see if that aroma would pull up any.

Kegatron, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small cap of tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and some grapefruit.

Tastes of orange peel, spices, and some fruit sweetness. Plenty of citrus bitterness up front with some piny and floral notes rounding it out. Yeast spiciness comes through and offers clove and coriander notes. Fruitiness also makes and appearance and adds a layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very clear. Light orange/golden color. Small bright white head that quickly fades.

S - Fairly complex.. big malty/bready tones up front followed by spice and finished with a very sweet fruit scent.

T - Malt/bready dominance followed by hops with a slight hop bitterness. Smooth dry finish.

M - Palate is somewhat dry. Thick bodied.

D - Fairly easy drinker here.. pretty smooth brew and a great mix of malt and hops.

Yesac, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle etching says enjoy by 3/24/11. Pours a very clear and bright golden/banana yellow with two fingers of frothy foam and good carbonation. Great lacing! The nose is rich and complex. A well balanced malt strikes first with classic Belgian ale notes of coriander and banana but there is an extra crisp element to it. It doesn't come across like a classic IPA would but I can definitely detect an element of hoppiness to go along with it. Medium bodied. Coats the entire palate but not in a heavy manner. Carbonation seems a bit low. The palate is very interesting. It comes across as more half Belgian golden ale and half IPA than does the nose. The hops stay with you the entire way but don't dominate at all. They give only a very mild resiny quality but manage to be bright and crisp without being overwhelmingly bitter. You still get enough coriander and malty sweetness to remind you of the Belgian influence. The finish is fairly clean and smooth. Very drinkable. This is a neat beer. Unique but not overly impressive. I'm not disappointed but I was expecting a bit more.

hoppyhampy, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this baby in my cellar, I can't remember when I bought it, maybe a year ago. So maybe the hops mellow out.

Very nice straw color, lots of head and lacing, really nice appearance overall.

Smell a bit on the lemony side with some nice hops.

Taste, a bit mellow than I would have thought but that was probably due to age. Some what heavy on the hops, the belgium yeast was a little present but not in your face.

Overall, I enjoyed this and next time will not wait a year to drink it.

dhartogs, May 20, 2011
Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. A single finger of thin off-white head slips briskly to a frothy archipelago. Twists of lacing gyrate on the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, pale malt and fruity sugar are crisped by soft esters, dry and spiced with clove. Apple, grapefruit, and pineapple bring the hops aromatically to mind.

Upon tasting, the malt is toasted and berry sweet, and joined by a sprinkle of candy sugar. Toffee, caramel, and yeasty biscuit are brought to earth by crisp apple and spice esters. Dry grapefruit and floral hops bring the bitter to play. Residual grain sweetness joins a slice of melon and toasted bread. A fairly lingering finish bears a dry bitterness that cleans as it goes. It delivers well on the name's hybrid promise.

Medium bodied, its creamy initially but the drop-off to almost nothing but glow is surprisingly abrupt.

This is easily one of my favorite hybrid styles, and perhaps this is one of the top American examples, if not the top. It's not flawless, but it is bold and adventurous, and it comes across as fun and nicely blended. The manageable ABV and understated complexity give it a solidly drinkable character. It's a nice benchmark for a damned intriguing international union.

Foxman, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Lerxst, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden color with a thin, off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Bright citrus and bubble gum. Smells quite a bit like Juicy Fruit, but in a good way.

T: Leads with a whiff of Belgian funk before the sweet citrus fruit takes over. Fruit lasts long into the finish, joined by pepper and oak.

M: Fairly light with a bit of creaminess.

O: A nice example of the style, nothing earth-shaking, but definitely worth a try.

AmericanGothic, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint

A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam

S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops

M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip

T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm

D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly

Slatetank, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small soapy head that remains active throughout with sporadic bubbles rising to the top. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma has the earthy sweetness of the Belgian yeast with some citrus hops in the form of apricot and lemon. There is also a bit of the bubblegum sweetness as well.

The hops are much more prominent in the taste with a huge bitter hop kick up front that lingers throughout the sip. There is Belgian yeast and bits of bready malt in the background, but the hops really star in the taste.

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is decent and complements the bitterness well on the palate.

This is an interesting take on a Belgian IPA and one where the aroma belied the amount of hop bitterness in the taste. An original and tasty beer from Stone.

gford217, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - ours a clear yellow with a nice white head

S - smells very sweet (grapefruit & some pine) with a bit of funkiness

T - starts off with some sweet, bready malts that is replaced by a loads of sweet, citrusy hops and some yeasty flavors. Overall, this is very sweet. Very nice flavor profile...I think this beer achieves its goal of being an American IPA with a little bit of Belgian spice and yeast.

M - nice full body with the perfect amount of carbonation

D - another solid IPA by Stone. This was a good idea with even better execution. If I could get Stone on a regular basis, this one would be a constant in my fridge.

birchstick, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of wchesak
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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

wchesak, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bernardus Chalice, Cali-Belgique is a crystal-clear, bright gold beer with a dense head. The nose features some grassy, lightly citrus hops with a fairly fruity yeast profile. The taste follows: quite fruity esters, moderately high bitterness, decent malt profile. Light, spritzy mouthfeel, well-carbonated.

Not a bad beer... but it's not particularly exciting either. I expected more hop character. Orval or Westmalle Triple provide more hop interest.

allengarvin, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of nd5282
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

nd5282, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great effort at a crossover style brew. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge. Then I poured a large, billowy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head with some lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is a tad mild and with crackers, bread dough, yeast, malt, hint of hop. Flavor is like nose but the hops leap to the fore, followed by sweet/tang, yeast bitter, and other stuff. Body is good, but carbonation seems a shade flat. Finish is like flavor, still maintains complete hop profile, adds a touch of banana and is overall, nice. But not too nice. Maybe more like - engaging.

drpimento, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Shaw
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer. It's bright gold in color with a large sticky white head.

The aroma spicy and lightly hoppy.

It has a similar taste of spice and general Belgian beer flavors. Mild levels of hops for a Stone beer, which takes little getting used to. But after wrapping my mind around it I like it. There is still a good hop presence, but it a non-Stone way.

A nice slick body.

Overall this is a very good beer and a neat departure for Stone from their normal hoppy brews.

Shaw, Aug 29, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,613 ratings.