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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,567 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 183 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 22 oz bomber served in a pint glass

A - Clear light golden with off white 2 finger head with great lacing and poor head retention.

S - Banana esters, wheat, lemon, coriander spice

T - A full palate adventure that starts with a bit of malt sweetness and wheat then followed with spicy coriander and a little sour citrus and finish with a dry balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - I really enjoyed it, not my favorite of Stone, but their beers are so fricken good. This one just isn't a standout among the greats, but still a quality beer.

williamjbauer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Stone Cali-Belgique Belgian-style IPA at Kimbark Wine & Liquors in Hyde Park, Chicago on 9/30/12. It was enjoyed in my large Chimay chalice along with a couple episodes of Mad Men. Yum. Fresh hops and relaxation.

Appearance (4/5): Cali-Belgique is golden and slightly cloudy in the glass. A fairly vigorous pour creates a consistent, two-finger, frothy head of bone white foam that retains well. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the beer goes down. This is decent looking beer, but looks aren't this beer's strongest point. Four out of five.

Smell (4/5): Stone's Belgian-style IPA features a distinctly Belgian-smelling nose. The aroma is as the brewery intended (I think): it has the grassy, herbal, piney hops of an IPA along with the floral, slightly sweet/sugary overtones that a Belgian Pale Ale sometimes features. The difference in yeast definitely works quite a change on the classic Stone India Pale Ale. Definitely cool that the change is so distinctive in the nose. Nice.

Taste (4/5): Yeasty flavors and bready notes hit in the beginning but give way to a grassy, fruity (grapefruit/pineapple) like hop flavor that lingers on from mid-palate on into the finish. A little spicy–coriander, peppery (again, a product of the yeast). Ever so slight alcohol warming in the back. Cali-Belgique is mellow for a Stone brew, but quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Appropriately medium-low carbonation. This beer features a good medium body. It is slightly prickly thanks to the hops. Not sticky, but lightly tart and acidic in the hopped up finish, puckering the roof of my mouth gently...Dry. Good mouthfeel.

Overall (4/5): Cali-Belgique is what you expect out of Stone Brewing Co.: solid. This experiment with using Belgian yeast to modify the classic Stone IPA works well. While it isn't quite as good as the original, it is a nice departure from the norm and a worthy entry in Stone's lineup of year-round beers. Try it out if you're like me and a little bored with the garden variety IPA. I think you'll enjoy it.

hagbergl, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mtpHokie, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

OBIrish24, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Poured in to a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange hue body with an antique white head with slight yellow hue. The head is thick and bubbly sticking to the glass with each sip. This beer has a tiny gentle carbonation.
S- This beer has fresh full hops right off the bine aroma. There are floral green citrus hops aroma with a soft natural bubble gum note underneath.
T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a hint of brie/cream quality. There is some grapefruit and floral taste with a big dandelion green bite at the finish. There is a light sweetness to the finish that grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol.
D- This beer has an amazing aroma like when I'm harvesting hops, the flavor however does not follow through. There isn't much yeasty characteristics or malt support in the flavor. The text on the bottle is impossible to read in the color scheme but I suspect it wasn't improtant to the beer inside.

rhoadsrage, Nov 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TimMack, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

richkrull, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mattdbh, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ste5venla, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JMS1512, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

nhirsch04, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Reappropriated, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Triklino, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

InfernoBoss, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

thomismydad, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

AlexChillton, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

hsus0225, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dertyd, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is pale malts with a touch of citrus, spices and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malts up front with some spices, citrus and a good amount of citrusy hops in the dry finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Stone Cali-Belgique is a solid beer that is definitely worth a repeat purchase. Hightly recommended!  

cjgator3, Jul 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Desaparecido, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

troegaarden, Aug 20, 2012
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.