Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,993 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 428 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of Hopmonster7
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful balance of piney hops & Belgian yeasty lingering finish.

Photo of chadski
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Distinctly Belgian in taste. Palate cleanser on the finish. Lighter in color with vegetal aroma . Grapefruit in the finish.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid IPA nice burst of hop flavor

Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bitter, resin hops doesn't mix well with the subtler dry malt / earthy tones of the Belgian style. Hop ends up overpowering it and the combo comes off like a stale ipa.

Photo of chaseparker9
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too spicy for my taste but overall a great beer

Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 22 oz bomber.

L - Dark straw color with a hint of orange. Not hazy but not clear; just slightly milky. Head thick, white, and persistent.

S - Aroma is yeasty, reminding me mostly of Belgian wit beer character, but there is a bit of farmhouse as well. All is backed up by West Coast hops. There is also a bit of bready malt. Everything is subtle and fresh.

T - Flavors of bready malt; cracked grains; piney, lightly citrusy hops. Yeast flavors are not as prominent as the aromas. Fresh and clean flavors, but still with depth and complexity.

M - Medium to thin body. Bracing hit of hops bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol not evident.

O - From the description, this is Stone IPA simply brewed with a Belgian yeast. It's hard to believe the yeast can make this so different, but it is a very tasty beer.

Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Go4aBrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great choice if your usual Belgian is letting u down. I prefer this in general because I live in MN & most STONE beers don't let me down. Cheers!!!!!!!!

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 07/24/15
A - golden hued ale with a persistent & creamy off-white head
S - spicy Belgian yeast, citric grapefruit
T - pale malt, grapefruity, grassy, piny hops, spicy Belgian yeast with a hint of bubblegum as the screen printed label suggests
M - medium body, finishes bitter and quite dry
O - fun to come back to rhis one after a few years. Just as good as I remember.

Photo of Donkster46
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

too much Belgian....not enough IPA.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with immaculate head, lacing clings to the glass. Spicy notes of cloves fill the nose first, followed by piney aroma hops and caramel scents. The taste follows the smell, with spicy notes in the beginning followed by bittering hops and caramel malts. This one is medium bodied on the palate and finishes semi-dry. Overall this brew balances the two styles nicely, you could call this one an american saison.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols alongside grassy, herbal and earthy hops.
Very similar flavours, light but hoppy. Very spicy and earthy.

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone - a fave brewer lags in this category as compared with Clown Shoes, Green Flash (Verte!) and others.

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber color with a modest but well made cap that rings the chalice with lace.

S: Plentiful. Herbacious, with piney, and ripe banana skin scent; but slightly over ripe and catty.

T: Follows smell gets bigger by way of the Belgian bent of herbal, banana, and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney citrus direction. Good see-saw of flavors, but I find it tiring and didnt finish a couple of times I tried it. A great beer demands the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, but far from a Belgique.

O: I never get there with this beer as it's too bubble gum and banana for me. lacks the back bone and bite of a true Belgian.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! A Belgian IPA that tastes how I always thought it should taste. The Belgian yeast is prominent and true to flavor. The IPA flavor and hoppiness is in full effect. Still not my favorite style, but this is an excellent beer.

Photo of dd43
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This drinks like a beer that can't decide what it wants to be. It's an IPA first, with Belgian accents. That's how I would describe it. Reviewers who have called for a more assertive Belgian yeast presence hit the same chord I'm reaching for. I don't hold Belgian IPA as a style in high regard and this beer is just further evidence that some mash ups don't need to happen.

Anyone trying this beer should give it a few minutes to warm up from fridge temperature to something shy of cellar temp but still comfortably in the 40s. Belgian yeast esters are really muted at the low end of the temperature spectrum.

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells like a belgian tastes like a belgian don't know what's supposed to make this an ipa. good but not as advertised

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight up drinkable. One of the better Belgo-American IPAs I've ever had. Smooth and subtle.

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fresh 22oz bomber served in a large wine glass. Freshness date is BB 07/2015.

Appearance: clear and golden with a nice white head. Great Belgian lace.

Nose: sweet hops, malty, Belgian yeast funk, pears, strawberries

Taste: bitterness from the typical Cali-style hopping rates, not very Belgian flavor, fast finish with nothing but bitter.

Overall: underwhelming, next time less hops more Belgian. Especially if your going to call it Belgian. The SoCal twist didn't do it for me.

Photo of ajbello
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A nice Belgian / IPA blend. Not very hoppy and very heavy on the Belgian creaminess and sweetness with a high ABV. A great summer / warm weather beer.

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a minimal trace of squeezed orange, head is initially unrelenting and a fluffy whipped merengue head emerges before peacefully receding into a standard lacing on the glass.

smell is bitter Belgium dominant with good herbal notes, scant traces of lemon and a bit of a cut grass imperfection... the lemon smell gains more traction the closer you bring the beer to your nose.

Motuhfeel is unwashed fruit... ever bit into an orange rind? Ever dunk an unwashed orange rind into a Belgium beer? Theres the taste, doesn't linger on the tongue and washes down with a warm carbonated bread. The next several breaths are alcohol heavy.

More Belgium than IPA, in fact if this was labeled as simply a Belgium I'd say it was of good quality with some nice fruit hops on the backside.

Stone continues to roll, another gem that's worthy of their good name.

Cheers

Photo of Zach136
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7-29-15, reviewed April 23 from an IPA glass.

Appearance: Light straw, crystal clear. Two finger head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Banana and bubblegum yeast ester, and other assorted fruitiness. Hard to tell where hops/yeast begin/end. Good blend.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Oddly, hops and yeast seem to balance each other out to nothing, all thats left is a grassy bitter finish with something a touch medicinal... major dissapointment.

Overall: Reminds me of Delicious IPA, beautiful presentation and aroma, with an overly clashing overly bitter hop character...

Photo of dmgeng
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of the Deschutes sampler pack. Not typically a fan of white IPAs but I tried it anyway and it was a great choice

A - Bright golden color that is crystal clear. Brilliant fluffy white head with strong lacing. It looks really good.

S - Huge Belgian character. Very spicy with a herbal and floral bouquet. I can't pick up on any of the American hops that I thought would be in this beer.

T - Upfront Belgian Blond beer carries throughout with that spice character, phenolic, and grain. There is some hops there with some slight unripened orange peel, herbal, resin, and some floral. There is a light grain sweetness but it is overtaken with the Belgian yeast and the bitterness of the hops.

M - Low mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. It is crisp and bitter on the finish which would make it a very good drinking beer if you really enjoy the Belgian character.

Overall, this beer is the worst Belgian IPA that I've had so far. It is just all Belgian and almost no hops. I really don't enjoy just the Belgian character but do enjoy all the other esters and flavors that go with a Chimay or Unibroue. In the future I hope they add more American hops like most of the beers of this style already have. I would not recommend this unless you like bitter and love Belgian beers.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balance between the fruity character that the Belgian yeast strain adds and the bitterness of the hops. This beer goes down too easy!

Photo of rbrandt22
3.02/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too cloves for my taste

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.