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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,030
Hads: 3,067
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 97
Gots: 470 | 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: 1,030 | Hads: 3,067
Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Hazy, full bodied orange. 1/2 in. of white head.
S: Pine, fresh grass clippings, lemongrass, orange peel, grainy malts, banana.
T: Piney, with bright citrus notes of orange and grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Towards the end the bubblegum yeast flavor takes over, with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness that sticks around.
M: Medium.
O: Good Belgian IPA. I'm coming around to this style. (442 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A belgian ipa with a stones twist, making it hoppy as all hell but while having that belgian taste most people familiar with belgians will recognize. Smell is sweet with a finish of hopp. Pours gold with a thin white head and tastes really hoppy. This is one of their better brews. (281 characters)

Photo of wbason
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A Pours golden, light orange, and fairly clear with about a finger of white head that dissipates within a couple of minutes. Beer clears after warming over the course of drinking. Decent amount of bubbles coming up through the glass.

S Light citrusy and pleasantly grassy hop aroma immediately followed by the smells often associated with a lower-phenolic belgian yeast. Some pear and green apple also noted. Very light and refreshing aroma.

T Citrus hop flavors of lemongrass and orange peel. Green apple peel (in a good way.) The yeast offers a noticeable yet delicate flavor to this IPA. Not an aggressively hop forward IPA. Very well balanced and sessionable.

M Good mouthfeel. Not too thin and not heavy or cloying. Dissipates quickly and leaves a brief hop bitterness on the back of the palate. Crisp and dry finish.

O Great beer. Would recommend and will certainly have again. Really enjoy the unique tastes associated with Stone fermenting their IPA wort with this belgian yeast strain. Makes for a great warm weather brew! One of my favorite things about Stone is their ability/willingness to brew great beer for a great price. Their bombers are usually $2-$4 less than the majority of other craft bombers without any compromise in quality. (1,289 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a fluffy white, foam head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing, and retains a very thin head after about 20 minutes.

Aroma is Belgian yeast and lemon. Followed by some funkiness and grass. Hops are fairly strong, proving that the IPA portion of this Belgian is present. Definitely some fruitiness

Taste features banana, grapefruit, and bready malts. The Belgian yeast is still very present. Finishes dry with hop bitterness. Definitely leans more in the IPA direction, and it works very well in this instance.

Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Versatile in the sense it works as a sipper but you could also chug a few.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise and one of my favorite offerings from Stone. ALthough it leans heavily towards IPA, the Belgian eyast adds a nice extra dimension and change from the copy+paste IPAs you see these days. (900 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 6/20/15; into a pub glass.
Appearance - bright gold in color, champagne bubbles that build thick, soapy white head! Lacing is
Smell - lemon and Orange peel, sweet bread, some floral hops.
Taste - a blend of Hefeweizen and saison on hop PED's!
Feel - bitter hops, noticeable yeast teamed well with citrus fruit notes!
Overall - available in the Stone mixed 12, so very good value for a quality beer! (451 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, finally spotted this one at steve's - university

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip...bright, clear golden-orange body, light beige film. very clean

smell: zesty citrus hops, very bright and clean, fresh belgian yeast. aromatic, pungent, lovely

taste: lovely belgian yeast...clean, crisp citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine zest. Really enjoy this one - beautiful belgian IPA from stone

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, relatively light with a zingy hop bite

drinkability: good (493 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: A clear vivacious bright golden body with a full finger of milky white head.

S: Earthy, smells like walking in the woods in summer. Pine, funky yeast, a spicy tingle and a touch of smoldered barley.

T/M: Earthy notes continue but introduce ruby red grapefruit, and lemon zest. Spicy, funky yeast and barley. An active body with a moderate feel. Finishes dry and piney.

O: What can I say? I live this beer. The yeast strain is fabulous and the piney fruity hops mix well with the spiced earthed notes. For the price this will be picking up many more. Cheers! (565 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally got to try this one, after much anticipation.

poured out of a 22 bomber into my snifter, the brew came out a transparent copper w/ active carbonation, and an off white 2 finger foam head.

this is a very interesting smelling beer. citrusy hops, very similar to other stone IPAs but also a welcoming spice and different sweetness is apparent. cloves, pepper, banana, bubblegum all apparent, i like

more of the same in the taste dept. the belgian yeast adds a welcom zest of spicy/sweetness to the otherwise dominant hops. this beer has the base of a belgian pale, but has the aggressive hop bitterness of an American IPA.

I actually enjoyed this one more that Ruination, or the regualar Stone IPA. This is the perfect marraige of style for someone like myself who is a hop=head, but also loves a good belgian. Kudos to Stone and American craft breweries for their willingness to experiment and take chances. (917 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and lively golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention. A good amount of lacing sticks around.

Smell: A big aroma of spicy Belgian yeast and clove with some pepper. A decent presence of citrus grapefruit hops with some orange and lemon. Some sweet bready malts back things up. Some hints of banana.

Taste: Starts out with the Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, and pepper making you think your sipping a saison. Then comes a big kick of bitter and fruity citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple with hints of orange, lemon, and a little apple. Finishes with a piney bitterness and more tropical fruits that linger to the end. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy, creamy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on this style. Flavors are very forward and well balanced. (975 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head lays an inch of creamy foam on top of a vibrant gold color with burnt-orange sunset highlights. Lace is abundant, splotching and dotting it's way all the way down as the liquid disappears. I ended up adding an extra half-point to the appearance because the lace beginnings stacking like sedimentary layers after awhile. A freaking gorgeous beer.

Very much hop-forward aroma, clean and breezy like dryer sheets and not as much Belgian character as expected. That might just come out in the flavor, though. Also some crisp green apple.

Flavor is a little more complex than the aroma. The clean, pine-leaning hops are fresh as could ever be expected from a bottle, and Granny Smith apples and young pear also feature in the flavor. But there's an earthy tone on the tongue giving added depth. It evokes soil, or fresh-cut grass, or something crazy-raw and earthbound like that, and this is likely thanks to the Belgian yeast. Some herbs/spices pop up, although it's difficult to pick anything out specifically. Malt is layered through everything, candy-like but merely a supporting element. Grassy hops and spices linger in the finish.

This beer wants to be syrupy, but the flavor is too buoyant and the body not thick enough to get it there. And that's fine, because it feels wonderful. A most excellent balance between carbonation/tingle and smoothness/softness. Lightly sticky.

All in all, this marries two of the greatest things about beer: Stone and Belgian yeast. This is delightful and should not be missed. (Kudos to Stone for recognizing both the Dutch- and French-speaking cultures within Belgium, printing exactly half of the bottles "Cali-België" and the other half "Cali-Belgique.") (1,702 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden straw colored beer. Nice lacing.

Belgian yeast and a slight "double IPAness" in the aroma.

Ohh! Nice flavor. More Belgian pale to me than anything else. Great hop flavor. Great yeast flavor.

Medium bodied. Great carbonation.

I'm not really too super keen on the beers that are overly "Belgian" So... this one is a nice balance for me. It's really great. (373 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small head that dissipates to a fine ring. Not much lacing.

Smells malty and tropical fruity. Nice floral hop aroma.

Tastes malty upfront, with a tropical fruitiness, ending with a kick of Cali-style floral hoppiness.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinking ale, I like the cali-belgiqueness of it. (389 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was excited to try and was certainly not dissapointed. Beautiful amber color, nice two inch head that cascaded all the way down the glass. Very easily drinkable, great citrus and piney flavors that carried the flavor throughout.

would highly recommend. (253 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this brew on at SD Toronado. Like it's labeled, very CA and Belg. Big dose of pine resin / sap. Hops are nice and the mid doens't go so belgium aged hop sweet but still has a hint of it and the great texture. Would this possibly age?? Complex nose and maybe the carbination was a bit high? Nice complexity and mission accomplished as it felt 50/50 CA and Belg. (380 characters)

Photo of jgurley
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty gold and looks very much like Stone IPA. An inch of head and nice lacing. I get mango and bright citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is spectacularly bright and sticky, as I expected. Slightly sweet on the front with notes of pineapple, mango and juniper. As it warms, the maltiness comes out. Effervescence is great and the finish is dry. Very drinkable. A lot like Stone's regular IPA but a bit more fruity. Delicious and very drinkable. (453 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a snifter. it really coats the glass and left light sheeting and lace throughout. the head billows nicely after each swirl of the glass. the body is a crystal clear and bright amber color.
s - grapefruit with a aromas of belgian yeast that comes through as bread. there is a hint of bubblegum sweetness as well. the belgian aromas seem to come through more.
t - sweet and fruity with light grapefuit hops.
m - fantastic. incredibly smooth and creamy.
d - highly drinkable and a delicious beer. (538 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Beer poured a golden straw color with a medium sized, white head. Head lingered for half if not more of the drinking.

The smell was of spices and sweetness, almost grassy.

The taste wasn't what I was expecting at all. It tasted more like a saison brew than an IPA. Really threw me for a loop. Sage and possibly a little thyme or rosemary played in there. Slightly sweet and earthy up front and a little mellow hop character towards the end.

This beer was smooth, easy on the palette and easy to drink. It didn't have the strong, full body hop notes that you would initially expect from an IPA. I don't know if that is a pro or a con, but for hop heads and lovers expecting to get that boat of flavor, this is not the beer to look for it in.

I thought it seemed somewhat close to the Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head collaboration, Saison du BUFF. (876 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer may have been made specifically for me. It's incredible, and incredibly weird. Basically, Stone has brought together two of my absolute favorite styles: saisons and (D) IPAs. And it tastes exactly how it should, which is freaking amazing (if that sounds good to you).

Appearance is highly IPA-esque. A light copper color with a two finger head that dissolves quickly, leaving a touch of white lacing. Not bad, although nothing really mind blowing.

Nose, on the other hand, is fantastic. All over the place, really - candy malt sweetness, balanced perfectly with strong fruity hops. Yeast, grapefruit, spiciness. Nose is really fantastic.

Flavor, thankfully, is likewise. The hops drop in there a lot stronger than in the nose, and this beer shows itself as a Stone. Some sweet candy up front, then strong fruity hops dominate. A touch of yeast in there at times, making this definitely unique in the IPA department. Definitely a touch of spicy Belgian pale ale in there as well, but this one is definitely a twisted IPA, not a twisted Belgian. Either way, delicious.

Body is great, peppy carbonation that doesn't overwhelm, and medium to full bodied so it coats your mouth but doesn't kick you in the face with its aftertaste.

Again, this is one of those beers that fits right in my wheelhouse, but I totally get others that might be a bit turned off by its weird Belgian-West Coast mix. For me it's a monster, one I could drink often (I'm going to head back down to the Wine Specialist and grab a couple more bottles...).

22 oz/$6.99/Wine Specialist (1,570 characters)

Photo of jnfs
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light orange in color, there is a little head that takes a minute to fall. It's moderately carbonated. The aroma is of a IPA or 2X IPA and super citrusy, I think there's a note of caramel on the nose too. This tastes rounded, sweet, Belgian and 2X IPA with intense bitterness and finish. The finish carries on your tongue and sticks to it. A wicked beer, if you don't mind rolling the dice and are up to something different. (436 characters)

Photo of elevine
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light golden color with good clarity and a short head.

Smell: A nice, strong, hoppy aroma. Typical of an IPA.

Taste: This beer tasted as you would expect, an IPA with a belgian yeast. This is a great twist to the traditional IPA. It has a clean taste, that starts with a little bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. As it finishes, the belgian side of this beer comes through; spicy with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Light with a medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A lot of great hop and yeast flavors, and the bitterness is just right. I could drink this one all night long... (669 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with good foam.

Smell: Lots of pine and cinnamon...very Christmasy. Excellent spice combination that you wouldn't think would work well in the summer but it does.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More pine and cinnamon. Again, a surprisingly excellent combination for the season. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall Drinkability: An excellent Belgian. Very refreshing as well. (379 characters)

Photo of bigolbeerbelly
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this is a delicious beer. Drank one of the 22oz bottles of this at the flying saucer beer pub in Fort Worth.

Had a typical hoppy ipa taste with what I call the mint chewing gum belgian yeast taste. Very Very good. Poured an amber with thick white head which left quite a bit of lacing. Nice floral/citrus IPA aroma. (320 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I love the idea that that had for this beer. What better way to better understand beer, brewing, and different brewing methods than to do something like this. It's also a great way to teach people that might not know much about brewing and yeast and brewing conditions how specific things can completely change a beer. Ok. On to the tasting...

It looks exactly like standard stone IPA, but maybe a little bit of cloud that isn't normally there. The head is still very "Stone" and west coast hoppy in character. The hops still punch the nose, but there is an underlying sweetness in that Belgian yeast. Different from that sweetness that you get on the other side of those hops. This is a more round and broad sweetness that come only from Belgium (or areas very close to...) There is bubblegum hidden in the glass too. I love how much the yeast changes everything. The smell, the structure, the flavor, the mouthfeel, and the overall drinking experience. It's like your tongue wants to taste Stone IPA, but the yeast makes you forget what it tasted like. The American Ale yeast normally used in this beer works differently with the hops. It normally acts as strong object for the hops to lean on and use to exert themselves. But the Belgian yeast almost embraces the hops and wraps them up in a buffer. You can still taste the specifically bitter aspect that these hops are traditionally meant to have, but there is so much else going on before you get there, that is doesn't have the same effect. What an interesting beer. Good job Stone. ZOMG!!1 (1,559 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle in a stone cali belgique glass

A: hazy golden, nice cap of white froth

S: citrus hops, fruity

T: I love this one, balanced hoppyness with hints of spice, flowers, rounded flavor profiles ahhh an ipa that has wonderful balance.

M: typical feel, finishing nice and dry, with a fruity flower note.

D: just as high with any other ipa I enjoyed this one alot and will get it again when I see it. (412 characters)

Photo of juliusbush
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams 16oz glass.

The color is a Golden-amber, not quite copper, yellow.
Producing a Bright white head that reseeded quicker than expected but a nice soapy ish lacing

An initial whiff of a traditional California well hopped beer, followed by subtle banana and fruit esters

The carbonation is the first thing that hits my palate, followed by a kindof tangy hop bitterness pairing With a little malt and mellow sour notes

It leaves a smooth almost oily mouthfeel and the backend settles with a more dull and a more malty bitterness.

My overall impression is that if I didn't know what beer this was, I may have been more confused, but the titles describes a unique style well and it is perfectly suited to be a brilliant Stone product. (771 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.