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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,735
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 263 | 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 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.

Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of wchesak
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of jpd026
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njtmayhem
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dhartogs
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Wasn't sure if I should use a pint glass or a chalice, but the description makes this sound like an IPA with Belgian characteristics, vice a Belgian with IPA characteristics; if that makes any sense. Picked this up a while ago and have it sitting in my refrigerator. Label is typical Stone silk screen with impossibly long and tedious description on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, dropping down to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is honey amber and slightly cloudy. Some sediment was roused in the bottle during pouring, but it hasn't made it into my glass yet.

Smell: Slightly piney hop aroma upfront with undertones of sweet peaches and nectarines and a backbone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Piney hop flavor upfront with some psicy, citrus notes. Sweet fruit notes that were in the aroma are not present int he flavor. Medium yet long lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An interesting style, but not sure it is worhty of an entirely new category. It seems like an IPA with a little more prevalent malt body. Good, sure. But not ground breaking or mind blowing.

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.

Photo of jmalex
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad to see that bottles (and kegs) of this made it out east. I was able to have this on tap at Sunset Taproom and Grill in Boston over the weekend, and now I'm cracking open my only bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear orangish bronze with a pillowy white tight head on top. The head has nice staying power, dropping slowly to a nearly full cap with a thick collar. Lacing drapes the glass in sheets as I drink.

SMELL: Stone's signature citrusy and piny hops jump right out at you, but right behind them is a wonderfully light Belgian yeast character. The citrus of the hops and apricot and orangey esters from the yeast blend seamlessly creating an awesome aroma of light fruit. The yeast gives off the vague notes of a farmhouse ale. The only thing missing here is a bit more intensity.

TASTE: The hops are really big in the taste and almost knock the yeast qualities right out of the beer. The esters and such are there, but rather than being seamless with the hops, they're hidden. A piny bitterness lasts the whole way through and lingers long after the finish. The malt base and funky esters come through a little across the palate, especially as it warms, and gives the beer a balancing sweetness it so desires. This all said, Stone makes awesome hoppy beers, and this tastes like one. It just isn't coming across Belgian enough.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin bodied with a dry finish which is absolutely spot on. The carbonation is great as well, being at a higher than average level.

DRINKABILITY: The dryness helps considerably, but as stated above, I wish the hops didn't overpower everything else. It's such a delicate beer that strong hop flavor can crush it. I'm not saying it's overhopped, per se. Just that I wish the other malt and yeast flavors could come out more. Warming the beer does help considerably in this regard.

A very nice beer that I'm enjoying drinking. Stone has really caught my eye with some of the Belgian styles coming out of the brewery. This one certainly shows that promise.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.