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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,698 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,698
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 240 | FT: 3
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 kwjd
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with a finger of white head and some lacing. Smells of lots of citrus and pine hops with some amount of the Belgian yeast. There is less of a Belgian type flavour to this one as other Belgian IPA's, more of regular IPA to my taste. Carbonation level is good.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with slight haze and a small white head that fades away rather quickly but leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Nice aroma of lemon and grapefruit upfront with light spices and a little honey in the back.

Interesting taste overall, starting with some bready malts at first, then quickly giving way to the lemon and grapefruit notes. Sweet spices show up toward the end with a touch of pine. There is a familiarity to the regular Stone IPA that can be felt, but the differences brought on by the Belgian yeast are quite evident as well.

Medium body and carbonation. Good stuff, but I've had better for the style.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a BB of Oct 27th 2012, so it's just out of date. Hopefully it's character remains intact. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York; I'm keen to find out what a US-made Belgian IPA tastes like. The label acknowledges Belgium's divided nature - good to see that Stone are on the ball culturally.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (twice). Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with good carbonation and some haze. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters and restrained hops, with notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, citrus and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of malt sugar. Dominated by the Belgian yeast.

Tastes of dry, fruity yeast with hints of aromatic hops and a bitter finish. Notes of banana, clove, mild bubblegum, anise, spice, citrus, faint tropical fruit, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Dry and slightly sour, with a funky hint in the background. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light, spicy and spritzy. Nice carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast esters and hop bitterness.

A decent interpretation of the style; the Belgian yeast character certainly shines through. Not overly IPA-like; the hops don't come across all that well (and certainly not by Stone standards). Impressively yeasty aroma and flavour, with a nice bitter finish to round it off. I reckon this could have done with a greater addition of hops but it remains a well-crafted effort. Although I'm not a fan of Belgian IPAs I find this pretty good, and better than some others that I've tried as it achieves a degree of balance between the yeast and hop notes. In general the style has a muddled character that leaves you unsatisfied. Worth trying, even if I probably won't pick one up again.

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the Stone's offerings.

Looks great, nice foam & lace. Golden color.

Their ruination IPA has a much better aroma; potent, assertive, & generally a great warning to what you're getting into. This one not so much, it's like a belgian. Some yeasty apricots.

Tastes well, Belgian. Agreable. Malty apricot fruit, some agressive hop bitterness. Gritty lasting flavor. Some hallmarks like Orange peel numbing my pallet.

I'd say they've nailed the style; Belgian beer cliche with an IPA.

Quite drinkable, but not as a session beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a great while since I've had this. My brother got me a bomber for Xmas - thanks bro!

Pour is crystal clear amber/orange with a white head. Shrinks down a ring and slight cap pretty quickly but retains well as such.

Smell presents sweet malts, light Belgian-y tartness, some grassy hops and light fruits. Decent strength.

At first I'd say the Belgian yeasts get quite an upper hand, but as it warms this becomes a good mix of Belgian and IPA. Sweet and fruity with some farmy funky yeasty twang, kind of a saison feel. Nice grassy and citrus hops with some caramel malts, apple and white grape.

A solid mouthfeel, good body for the ABV, medium-high carbonation and no booze. Keeps you sippin.

It takes some time for the hops to shine, but when they do it makes for quite the beer. You can definitely taste the Stone IPA here but it's gone through quite a pleasant transformation. A unique blend that's on the lighter side, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

Photo of clickpush
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WL DT. Comes in a pint glass. Clear golden body with one finger white head that melts into solid cap of lace with sticky halo. Absolutely zero carbonation visible in body. Aroma is blend of candi sugar, menthol, and CA style bittering hops. Flavor is very similar. Belgian bubbles, fine and plentiful, distribute hoppy burn everywhere. Very flavorful. Candycane minty & sweet. Yum.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper and bronze hue with an awesome two to three finger head that leaves craggy foam on the glass after each sip.

Great citric and floral mix in the aroma. Orange zest with a little fresh picked wild flowers. All on top of a light biscuit.

Starts with lots of carbonation and bitter orange marmalade. The middle turns into sweet oarnge candy with a little caramel. The finish goes from citric bitterness to floral bitterness on the linger.

This beer is well carbonated on the toongue upfront, then finishes a little resiny. Nicely done.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a macro-BMC-yellow color, but with a sticky, billowt white head fed by moderate amounts of carbonation

S - the IPA half of this brew dominates the aroma, the piney/floral/grapefruit aromas from the hops is primary, but mellowed by a indistinct sweet smell, like orchard fruits (peaches, apples, nectarines)

T - wow, confusing, the bottle blurb says it begs the question "what exactly is that?" and that couldnt be more true. pine-floral hop notes are strong, but seem to be paired with a defined wheatiness, the IPA vs. Belgian battle is waging a war on my palate with no clear victor

M&D - lively and effervescent, very dry on my tongue, will be enjoyed by hop lovers

Photo of S2kookies
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Deep golden or light amber. Medium light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a scattered bubbly blanket on the surface. Some sparse spiderweb lacing, but it concedes quickly and retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Baked bread malt, pungent hops, coriander, Italian spice, lemon zest, and a little honey.

T: Piny hops rule the day. A little malty goodness is detectable. Lemon citrus with a woody tone. A subtle butterscotch sweetness.

M: Syrupy thick body. Steely, piny, zesty palette remains throughout the experience.

D: The pine and pungency dictate a slow drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice golden hue, with only a slight head, and not much in terms of lacing. Nose has plenty going on though. malt, hops, spice, and citrus. Flavor is a nice balance of grains annd spice with a subtly sweet note. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clea, pale amber color with a foamy head and good retention.

Didn't smell too much like the original IPA to me. I didn't detect any hops but there was a nice, strong bubblegum flavor from the yeast. Most of the character of this beer is in the fruity yeast flavors.

As I'm thinking bubblegum from the aroma, it comes through nicely in the taste. I like it. It's hard to believe this is just the IPA with different yeast. Hop flavors are hard to pick up, but there is some nice bitterness. The bitterness is lighter than a normal IPA.

Not incredibly memorable for the mouthfeel. It was smooth, nothing overpowering, and not much lingering in the mouth. Drinkability was good, I finished it at a good pace and would have more.

Overall, the combo of IPA and Belgian yeast didn't really make a perfect, complex blend. This combo was just good. But the beer was good by itself and I liked it for that. I would have again if it was brewed again and I could find it.

Photo of hophead81
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with very little head

S: Hops and definite belgian yeast in the nose, along with some grassy and citrusy notes

T: Interesting... some hop bitterness up front, but after that it has an almost doppelbock taste and quality. Most likely from the belgian yeast. Takes away almost all noticeable qualities of their IPA, which is a shame. Pretty bitter all throughout along with buttery phenols at the end

M: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation

D: Not bad, but I'd certainly drink more if the belgian yeast didn't have an overwhelming effect on the beer. I guess that was the point of this one though

Photo of Joel_gomez
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nd5282
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Stub and Herbs into a 10 oz snifter.

A- Nice carbonation, golden brown appearance, small head
S- Refreshing, fruity aroma, the Belgium yeast is definitely present as well as spice notes, hints of peach, grapefruit, mango, very nice aroma.
T- Nice bitterness upfront, but mellows out, very smooth and refreshing, the yeast and spice go really well with the light fruity flavors that Im picking up (mango, peach, slight grapefruit)hops are present, sweet beer overall.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Surprised by this one, very refreshing and fruity, really easy drinkability and well balanced overall, will definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was has on draft at The Avenue in Allston. Served in an 11 oz snifter.

Appearance: It is a pale orange color with one finger of head that reduced to a thin layer. It has a hazy clarity and vision of bubbles moving up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy, malty, bready, citrus, tangerine, pineapple, and mango.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very drinkable, lingering bitterness, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Happy to have finally enjoyed this on draft. More please.

Photo of Speine
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of schnarr84
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of begforme4484
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a good amount of frothy white head. Decent lacing too.

Earthy and floral hop scents right away. A sweet doughyness from the malts. The yeast adds a spicy and semi musty scent in there.

Bitter and funky! Grassy and cirtrus hops show up right away and are overpowered by the belgian yeast strain that adds and abrasive funk to it. It's almost like a sour, until the bitterness bites in at the end.

Very crisp, medium bodied.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,698 ratings.