Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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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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Photo of brianh78
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, as I had only every had one other Belgian IPA, which I truly loved...

Appearance: brilliant gold color, translucent; 3.5 finger head which stuck around for a while

Smell: Flowery hops were there from the beginning, but were tempered by a slight malty sweetness on the back end

Taste: surprisingly subtle hops that were floral and of moderate bitterness. the aftertaste lingered, but was not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: effervescent, thin and bright

Drinkability: definitely could have a few of these...this beer leaves you wanting more. (562 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - clear orange color with a tight white head that stayed as a light layer with a few foam clouds that left decent lacing.

S - sweet aroma, Belgian yeast and tropical fruits.

T - starts off with a Belgian touch and then the Gargoyle smacks you in the palate with a blast of citrus hop bitterness right up to the dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and mild carbonation.

D - Stone's touch on the style is extremely drinkable. (475 characters)

Photo of JMD
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light copper with bright orange tones and a big rocky white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Great aroma of belgian yeast, citrus and piney hops. Nice malty sweetness is present as well. Very aromatic.

T: Yeasty belgian funk, with big blast of hops. Juicy ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and lemon zest. Hints of sweet piney resin and earthy hop oil. A punch of peppery spice, and a nice malt backbone to balance it all out. Lingering bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium to full bodied with relatively low carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D: This is a fantastic brew. Nice belgian flavor, and I big hop kick that you would expect from Stone. For 6.9% ABV, the alcohol seems non-exsistent. Another great offering from Stone. (756 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an attractive golden color with a slight orange hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin one. Very nice lacing for this type of beer.

S - Nice smell of yeast with notes of bread. Some hops come through as well. A very pleasant smell.

T - A nice mix of the sweet Belgian yeast flavor with the hoppy bitterness that one expects from an IPA (it goes from sweet to hoppy. It's well balanced and has a nice lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation levels. A smooth aftertaste that does feature some hop characteristics.

The Cali-Belgique definitely lives up to its name...features of a west coast IPA and a Belgian beer are both present and blend together nicely. If you like both styles, give this one a try. Another great and distinctive offering from Stone! (838 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, light pear and bread malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and pears. Both bitter and sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes extremely dry, and there is a strong presence of hop oils. I will definitely buy this again. (428 characters)

Photo of Rhynes2
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gald I bought the last one of these from a store in columbus, ohio. The first thing that comes to mind is grapefruit which seems to be a stone thing. It reminds me a lot of the regular Stone IPA but with the citrus notes a little on the extreme side. I loved it. Pours a hazy golden color with decent but not spectacular head retention. No lacing, just a little when you take a sip but it quickly goes down the side of the glass. As I take another sip I want to add honey to the list of subtle tastes. Overall I loved this beer. It is drinkable, complex, exciting and all around a great brew. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle. (638 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was hesitant to try this as I thought it wouldn't live up to expectations. Truth is, it's as good as any Belgian IPA.

The usual Stone IPA traits with a nice hint of Belgian yeast. A little spicy and phenolic but still let's the base beer through. Very nice. (258 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle with a good foamy head.

This is a Belgian twist on Stones' IPA made with Belgian Hops. the beer pours with a good foamy head and has afruity but not too fruity taste with Grapefruit and Pineapple. there is a mildly spicey presence but not too obtrusive.

6.9% ABV but very deceptive while drinking, i felt like knocking back several bottles but unfortunately only had one!

An interesting twist on Stones IPA, very drinkable and worth checking out! (482 characters)

Photo of kgrober
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during a Stone Brewing tasting...

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper, long lasting head with good lacing. Very effervescent and champagne like.

Smell is fragrant with citrus, honey, and a peachy sweetness on the palate. Taste was unique and refreshing.

Excellent drinkability, especially for a hot Summer day. Absolutely made my list to try again. (371 characters)

Photo of hoser
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew. (332 characters)

Photo of DarkStarCrashes
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one.

Pours surprisingly clear considering the hops and the yeast retention.

The smell is great, good blend of powerful hops and fruity, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is awesome. The hops dance playfully with the tart and strong Belgian character.

Mouthfeel is really good, not too thin like some other Belgian IPAs I've had.

This is an awesome beer. It's interesting how much flavor comes from the yeast alone.

I am very Grateful for this brew. Best enjoyed with a fine "Black Throated Wind" from a good year, maybe '74. (539 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Cali-Belgique poured light gold with a thick creamy head. Thick sticky rings stuck to the glass. The color was too light for an IPA, but otherwise it looked great.

The smell and taste were terrific. There was a strong citric hop presence with a little bit of sweetness and a perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.

Stone Cali-Belgique was absolutely the perfect beer to drink, on the deck, after a long, hot summer day. (478 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of sweet malts, hard candies, some fresh floral hops, and some mixed spices. The nose is pretty complex and nice on this one.

Flavors of creamy and with light malty sweetness up front. Settles into hard candies, dry minerals, and a general crisp and dry hop bitterness. Finish has some funky yeast spices and a strong herbal hop bite. While this beer has a lot of hoppiness, it is still quite balanced with the upfront malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, very full, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Another excellent Stone offering. Very complex without being to heavy or overly strong. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I wish I had bought more than one at the brewery. (758 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a wonderful rocky off white head and had a beautiful copper amber color. Smell was grassy and herbal hops with a funky earthy fruity belgian yeast. Taste is very unique, definatey not your typical stone IPA but there is an amazing balance of hops with the belgian yeast. Very different and unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety very much like a belgian saison. This is a very nice and smooth beer very drinkable. (445 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy orange. I poured it too soft so it didn't have much head, but what head it did have was bright white.

S-Grapefruit, citrus notes such as lemon and orange, candy sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It smells both tart and sweet making it very complex.

T-Much like the nose as it starts out with grapefruit and citrus notes and then some sugary sweetness. It ends with some hoppy dryness. It amazes me how it tastes both like an ipa and a Belgian tripel. It is complex and delicious.

M-Thick and a little syrupy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. I am enjoying every sip and will finish this bomber with tremendous ease.

Overall, I love this beer it is complex and delicious as I previously noted. I have had a Belgian ipa once before and it was very tart and dry which made it difficult to drink, but this beer is smooth and delicious. (908 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.

This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.

The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.

Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA (2,475 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz pore into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass

A - A golden, pilsnerish clear color. Same appearance as the Stone IPA. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A nice hoppy aroma, but with an obvious belgian strain. Nice mix!

T - Bitter and citrus hops up front, and then that familiar candy sugar belgian yeast strain taste kicks in.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp finish

O - An awesome collaboration style! The west coast IPA fermented with a belgian yeast strain. Genius! (513 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber.

Very clear, brassy yellow straw, with a thick, creamy, lacy, beige-white head. Good retention. Inviting nose initially reminds me of a pungent hoppy German pilsner, with funky sea-air hops and noble accents. Further sniffing reveals a definite Belgian yeastiness which blends nicely with powdered sugar and tropical fruit notes. Piny, resinous hops around the edges.

Numbing, herbal hoppiness up front. Some pine in there as well. Nice wallop of sticky tropical fruit sweetness follows, with a distinct pineapple and cocktail juice ring to it. Sweetness is tempered by the constant hop bitterness, but also by a funky, hay-like, saison-ish twang (thanks to the yeast?). I like it. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and wee notes of aspirin and pine resin. Some fruity malt hangs in there too. Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. I really like this one. (879 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Been looking for this one for a while and I finally found some up in Ky so I grabbed a bottle...

Poured into my brand new Goose Island stemmed goblet.. The one with the silver Goose on it.. Yep, badass....

Cloudy murky dull golden pour with a smallish head... Almost looks like a Saison with the cloudiness...

The hops are quite pungent coming off out of the glass and bring hints of citrus and earth... I can definitely detect the yeast in the aromas as well and lend a spiciness that really seems to work... I like what I'm getting so far... I may even detect a little funkiness here...

A big burst of citrus and piney hops blended with a good smooth malt base quickly turns into a spicy yeasty Belgian on the finish and afterwards... Very unusual and quite tasty... I get all the bitterness of the Stone IPA and the finish of a nice Abbey ale... This is damn good... There won't be any trouble dusting this bottle off for sure...

Nicely done from the folks at Stone... They did a hell of a job blending the two styles where neither one seems to dominate... (1,074 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks very similar to the Stone IPA, for reasons explained on the bottle. Maybe a tad darker, but a hazy golden color, with a generous, bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lace stick.

Smell: Very strong Belgian yeast aroma, along with a pleasant sweetness. This is the first time I have smelled bubble gum in the aroma, and I like it. Grapefruit and orange are also present in the nose.

Taste: I like this even better than the regular IPA. The blend of the Belgian yeast and Cali hop blend is so smooth, it tones down a bit of the overly bitter taste (barely) of the regular IPA. Fruit and spice up front, with a bubble gum biscuity flavor pressing through. Hops are more suppressed, but nice citrus flavors come out toward the end. Very mild pine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with medium carbonation wrapped in a medium body. Slight pine oil residue.

Drinkability: The balance of flavors here really does it for me. Not a complete bitter bomb, but a well crafted, creative IPA. Count me as a fan. (1,074 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bold copper tinged gold, nice white head and lazy carbonation...

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some strawberry as well

A hits the mouth with, bit of pine, some good sweetness, not cloying, grapefruit matches the nose, a hint of grape concentrate and lemon

Medium/full bodied with a syrupy texture

I love it. Notice it has some flavors apparent which I also enjoy in Avery's hog heaven barleywine. Well done Stone, well done (441 characters)

Photo of Thothamon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Belgian IPA? I say yes!

For the price, this is one of my go to beers at nearly any supermarket that lacks anything interesting or new for me to try. (150 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big and bright copper/orange with a light white creamy head that quickly left a light foam ring.

The smell is a nice mix of big spicy belgian yeast and citrusy west coast hops, very lemony yet slightly medicinal.

The flavor is very intense with a big blast of fresh green hops along with spicy belgian yeast coming at your tongue in one big blast, it quickly settles down to a nice long yeasty yet bitter finish. Has a nice big sweetness lingering throughout as well.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a big resiny finish.

This is great, great marriage of two styles that seem like they would clash, yet they compliment each other very well. (656 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber to golden color with a quater inch white head on top. The head laces nicely along the glass. A splash of spicy sweetness with a yeasty bread frgrances. The bready yeastiness hits the palate at the front, blending to a mild grapefruit bitterness, with a touch of grassiness at the end. a light feel at the front, it crisply dances across the palate, leaving a mild dryness on the back of the palate. This maybe one of the most well balanced belgian IPA. It is not overly hoppy, though bringing some hop strength with it, along with a strong yeasty twang. This is a very strong beer from a very unique style. (622 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

One of my favorite emerging styles. The beer has a lot of Chimay Tripel character, but sweeter, with a more caramel, cotton candy-like confection. A bit darker (copper-golden) than most tripels, but this one also gives a light toasty-toffee note that balances the fruity esters and spicy phenols well. The strong hop flavors compliment the peppery, clovey, yeasty spices very well with a sharp citrus, chai-tea herbalness that never wavers from the other complex 'Tripel-like' notes. Evaporative feel to the mouth from the dry hops, minty alcohols, and efforvescent carbonation. The beer just lifts off of the toung and dries out in the finish for superb drinking enjoyment Finishes spicy, citrusy, and with a mild phenolic-soapy note that I pick out in most all hoppy Belgians. Not quite a Houblon Chouffe, but very close in quality. (853 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.