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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,810 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,810
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 305 | 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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Ratings: 2,810 | Reviews: 999
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jamesmk48
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive never had a Belgian IPA before. I must say it is very different in my opinion, not saying its a bad taste but not at all what you'd expect from a usual IPA. The hop smell is there, the taste is typical Belgian flavors on the front, and hoppy on the back end. Overall pretty good.

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 LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Poured a clear light golden yellow color, with a big fluffy white head. Very nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Some nice citrus and spicy aromas, with some back notes of bubblegum sweetness.
Taste: Pretty close to the smell, with nice citrus and spicy belgian yeasty flavors.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, slightly dry finish, quite nice.
Overall: Great addition to Stone's 12-pack, very nice IPA hoppiness and spicy yeast belgian flavors, good combination. I like this beer a lot.

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

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.

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

Belgian IPA, makes me think of a retake on the Old Reese's Peanut butter cups commercial only with beer drinkers involved. "You Got Ruination in my Duvel! You Got Duvel in my Ruination! Sips...GREAT!"

Poured in my Duvel Tulip I have a brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a good off-white to neat tan colored head. Beautiful beer in the glass.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a remarkably spicy aroma supposedly all from yeast and hops. Aroma of apricot, cloves, spice, grapefruit, citrus, orange and pinesap. Fainter woody and melon scents.

The taste starts out sweet and woody with a bone dry aftertaste. There is an earthy flavor here that is hard to place, something like half cork and half mushroom. Decent amount of bitterness present but honestly I would call this a Belgian American Style Pale Ale flavor wise.

Mouthfeel is good and full yet dry.

Pretty drinkable even though flavor is it's weak point. Not that it tastes bad at it is just light dry and refresh, not complex. Pretty much I beer I will try every year it comes out.

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.

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.

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

On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Opaque orange color with a wet white head. Sheets of lacing. Nose is strong tropical fruit, primarily mango with some grapefruit. Flavor is yeasty with a less intense mango note. Really interesting hop flavors but not very much bitterness. Also some clove spiciness. Dry medium finish, smooth mouthfeel.

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

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.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,810 ratings.