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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,030
Hads: 3,067
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 97
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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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Reviews: 1,030 | Hads: 3,067
Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 1/21/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with amazing clarity; white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention with decent lacing. The aromas are full of Belgian yeast. Sweet aromas. Bubblegum in the mix. The hops take a backseat in the nose. The flavors are extremely earthy. Lots of yeast, but the hops seem to really come through in the flavors. There's a nice piney bitterness to this one. Some grapefruit and hints of lime zest in the mix. Some citrus notes that linger. It ultimately finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied; very creamy and fluffy; smooth with active carbonation. It's a fun beer to drink.

This is a very good example of how American breweries do the style. The craftsmanship is there. This is a style that I love. There's still a few other examples of the styles I prefer, but this is always a nice experience when consumed fresh. (940 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - pours up a light gold/orange with an initial one finger head, pretty good retention and great lacing.

S - this is the weak point for this beer. I don't really get a lot from the nose, maybe some grass and bready notes but they are faint.

T - A major citrus bomb, grapefruit and even peach notes abound in the bitterness, but yet it finishes nice and dry with a perfectly balanced yeasty flavor.

M - full and satisfying with great carbonation

O - a fabulous offering. It is the best of both world, American ipa and Belgian goodness. (596 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip

Pours a clear, golden orange with a dense, frothy white head.

Aroma and taste are both quite hoppy. With big citrus notes initially blended very nicely with a lightly spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast character.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A really great beer. The hops and yeast compliment each other very nicely and make for a tasty, easy drinking, yet complex beer. (386 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie, as my bottle reads though it's the same stuff, is nothing unusual in the look. It's a pale to medium yellow but with a certain depth to it, somehow bright but somewhat hazy at the same time. It's got strong carbonation that continues after the slightly yellow-tinted head is formed, a strong, craggy full finger that rests heavily and drops very slowly. The lace left on the glass is strong, patchy and plentiful.
As I understand it, the base for this beer is Stone IPA. As the bottle explains, it's the exact same beer exactly as Stone would brew any batch of IPA but replacing Belgian yeast with whatever yeast they typically use. This is why I'm surprised that there's not more force or strength behind this beer. It's hoppy, to be sure, and this one may have more subtle complexity to it, but the softness of the yeast and all of the additional elements in the aroma and flavor really serve to soften the hops. If anything, it adds even more balance to any already well-balanced beer but with one like this, it seems something is lost rather than gained. I still get the piney and perfumey hops, a bit of raw green, but it's just not as pure and raw and earthy. There is a certain earthiness to a dusty/musty note the yeast provides, but in a very different way. There's also lots more softness and plenty of added sweetness building off the malts that the yeast amplifies. Caramel already being a part of this beer, there's also a nearly sugary element, with a little spiciness (think clove). Citrus lends itself as well, more juice than zest or pith.
It does flow nicely, and it has a pleasant soft smoothness built on a velvety-feeling carbonation that also adds a little crispness. The body is a good medium. It finishes out semi-dry as some alcohol and a little leaf edge in. (1,797 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

a: very light yellow/straw color. Very clear. Would had been better in a taller glass to beter showcase it (Im drinking it in a stout omegang glass)
4/5

s: a sweet softness from its belgian character (light bubblegum and sweet fruit) with a nice restrained hoppy back kick (tropical fruit like hop aroma). Some light carmel/burnted sugar aroma also adds a lot to the beers character.

very restrained, but lovley
5/5

T: Wow, this one really punches you in the face with full on hop power, traditional stone style. Its kinda a shame, since its heavy aggressive hop character really makes it hard to taste the belgian characteristics, but for a hoppy brew it fits the bill well.

Lots of very neutral strong hoppy bitterness (with a hint of spicyness). Once again, if your familar with stone, you know how this beer goes with its flavor.
3.5/5

m: A lot of carbonation leaves a bit of a stinging bite to this beer. Besides that, it is reasonably thined out and light. after the carbonation dies down it becomes a lot easier on the mouth and quite palatable, but it really needs to be dialed down a bit, especially with the heavy hop bitterns acting as a force multiplyer to its biting character
2.5/5

Overall: On the whole, I'm quite divided on this one. if you like the hop style that stone strives for with its bitterness,youl love this beer, which tastes a lot like a lighter AB fermented with belgian yeast, but I was expecting something a bit more restrained on the bitterness so I could enjoy the diverse flavors that the belgain yeast provides.

With respect to the Aroma, I personalty give this one a 3.25/5

Its a good beer for stone fans, but not so much for people like me who don't quite go in that direction (yet, as tastes always change in the long run)

Might be worth a re-taste a year or so down the line, but for now, I will probably not be buying it again anytime soon. (1,889 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another wifey pick up.

Pours an almost clear bronze colored ale with a long lasting white foamy head. Slight haze.

Getting big time Belgie yeast/hop aroma. Banana, pineapple, pine, floral and rubber. Yup, it's all there.

The taste is a touch of sweetness on the onset with a bittering backbone on the swallow. Yeasty taste with a touch of doughiness. Dry and a little bitter on the aftertaste. Peppery.

Mouthfeel has a nice smooth and creamy element as it warms. Nice touch.

Overall I thought this was a nice take on the Belgian IPA style. The bomber was almost a bit much for my session but I enjoyed it. (611 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 7-16-2013. Consumed 10-19-2013. Best by 11-13-13.

A: Hazy orange body. Off white soapy head of one finger or so, lingers for a good stretch of time after the pour. Irregular sticky lacing. Minimal cap, thicker at the edge.

S: Wonderful mix of juicy citrus hops and spicy Belgian yeast. Orange, pear, lemon, cinnamon.

T: Veers closer to "American IPA" here (orange pith, grass, pine, grapefruit), though there is a "spicy" element on the tip of the tongue.

M: Smooth, creamy, very drinkable, consistent with a lower alcohol content.

Very pleased with this. It avoids the overt hoppiness of other Stone offerings. (647 characters)

Photo of MotorboatMofo
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange color, white head about a finger and a half. Half a finger of head lingers around.

S- Smell of orange and lemon citrus. Smells like summer.

T- Great taste, full bodied taste that has more hints of orange than anything.

M- Great for sipping. Very full taste and leaves a good after taste.

O- Doesn't taste like most of the other stone IPA's. Must try this beer. I would love to try this on tap. This wouldn't be my first choice of stone beers but It is still very good. (491 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice one finger head. Enjoy By 9/2/13, enjoyed a month early. Aroma is unmistakeable Belgian yeast, dry, with a hint of fruity hops, mango, pear, apple. Flavor is dry yeast and light apple and pear flavors. Tiny bit of grass from the hops. This seems really more like a dry Tripel with nearly no influence from the IPA portion. High carbonation and light mouthfeel. Overall not bad but was hoping for more IPA influence. (454 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, a bit fruity. Taste is citrus, yeast, hoppy but not bitter, more fruits, complex and tasty, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is worth a try. (271 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"There is of course the implicitly posed question of what exactly the Belgian/Belgique /België influence is. And 'yeast' is the answer. We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone brew-and stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. This is a year-round release by Stone Brewing Company, a Belgian-yeast influenced version of their Stone IPA, if you didn't get that already. My bottle actually says Cali-België, but the name change has not been noted as of yet on the website, it is recognized as the same beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Stone pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy pale-white head over a pale amber honey body with a mild haze and subtle carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is very light, spotty and doesn't stick. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of grapefruit, citrus peel, a pale cracker malt base and a very forward yeast influence, tones of strong fruit notes including pear, apples and a fainter banana. Traces of spice are limited to a faint coriander. The change in yeast makes this beer a completely different aromatic experience. 4

(Taste) Pale cracker malts, faint citrus zest and a mellow earthy bitterness, accentuated by a moderately dry, peppery and clove-laden yeast profile. I found the flavor better rounded and balanced out over the aroma. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, with a mild slickness to it. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess and crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. 4

(Overall) Stone's Cali-België IPA is an enjoyable take on their IPA recipe with a tasty Belgian influence. It took my palate a while to adjust but I found the drink thoroughly enjoyable. 4

Stone Brewing Company's
Stone Cali-Belgique
4.09/5.00 (2,059 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a golden color with a fluffy white head. The Belgian yeast made its presence known in the aroma with hints of clove and bubblegum. The taste was very dynamic. You could taste the Stone IPA base with its hoppy profile and bitterness. The Belgian Yeast gave it a subtle tang that boosted the flavor without being overwhelming. The Cali-Belgique was a nice twist on the Stone IPA and one of the best Belgian Style IPAs I have tried as the yeast was a nice compliment to the beer rather than overpowering it. This was another well crafted brew from the brewers at Stone. (582 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and orange with hues of gold. Had a finger of pearly white foam that fell slowly and left a film and ring on top and some nice sticky lace.

Nose is a big blast of citrus fruits. Orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Then it develops tropical notes with a little kiwi fruit. Has a combination of fruits scent that is like a nice sweet punch. Lightly bready malt with a little honey on it. There is no alcohol on the nose. The belgian yeast is lightly underneath soft and quiet. The malt sweetens deeply as it warms and starts to lean toward caramel. Grassy.

Taste is wonderful. Nice sweet bread. Soft and yielding to all the fruit. Plenty of sweet fruits roll through and it has a nice little yeasty twang. Nothing much in the way of spice. No clove and that's a good thing because that would have been too dark for all the light tropical taste. Alcohol stays hidden on the palate. Has the taste of crushed aspirin. Many beers have it and in most it is sharp and very astringent. But in this beer that quality is laid into the body of the beer and it's not terribly sharp. The hop bitter bites a little and then accumulates so that together with the aspirin quality it finishes dry. That mouth coating aspirin like dryness accentuates the sweetness of the bread and is a perfect contrast to all the delectable fruits so that it finishes whole and spectacularly.

This is a tremendous IPA from Stone. it's not feather light but the malt is soft and graceful. The fruits are just so many and so splendid int he drink. It's complex and it's complex in the finish. Not too many beers can say that. Smooth, creamy and completely delicious. You could drink this one every day. (1,688 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category. (469 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently from Total Wine in West Orange, having never tired this before. As much as I love Stone's offerings, I was hoping that this would stand out a bit from them and thankfully, it did. It was not as strong, hoppy, or typical as their other IPA's and this was much more mellow to drink. The alcohol was subdued quite a bit and without a doubt, this would be the one beer of theirs that I wish came in six-packs instead of the 22 oz. bottles, since I wanted to have another in one sitting!

The pour to this was nice, with a copper hue, good head, and just enough lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma to this but the yeast made itself known both in the taste and in the carbonation. The hop burn and bitterness weren't high here, as the oily mouthfeel and Belgian characteristics were stronger than I anticipated. There have been very few beers that I've had where the Belgian notes outweighed the IPA characteristics, but this was certainly one of them. Some wetness and pine were present underneath everything else, but this was a Belgian beer first and foremost in taste and body.

This wasn't that strong either, even though there was enough alcohol in this to be felt. Thankfully, this was different than anything I've had before while still retaining the West Coast hops and body that one would expect from a Stone beer. Add in an easygoing nature and a nice amount of yeast and this beer's a winner. I can't wait to go it another go! (1,459 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with good foam.

Smell: Lots of pine and cinnamon...very Christmasy. Excellent spice combination that you wouldn't think would work well in the summer but it does.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More pine and cinnamon. Again, a surprisingly excellent combination for the season. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall Drinkability: An excellent Belgian. Very refreshing as well. (379 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly orange hued golden yellow with a fair amount of airy carbonation that dissipates rapidly, but leaves gentle lacing.

Bready/biscuity malt sweetness, light citrus, slight funk, spice, and that familiar Belgian yeast sweetness.

Grapefruit, banana, clove/spice, bubblegum, and biscuity toasted malts.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, playful carbonation, and very smooth.

Overall, this is a delicious take on the Belgian IPA style. (456 characters)

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a relatively clear gold with a moderate head that leaves behind only a trace amount of lacing.

S- bananas, bread with a bit of Belgian yeast and citrus.

T- citrus is the main player along with the hops although not as much as a typical IPA. The Belgian yeast flavor is also there in just the right amounts.

M- medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation, finishes dry with a slight bitterness.

O- a great beer perfect blend of an IPA with great Belgian yeast accents. (485 characters)

Photo of diddly
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

Pours a light golden, very clear, with a thick white head. Leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and bitter. Great hop aroma, but good balance from the yeast, leaving a fruity characteristic that just goes beautifully.

Taste is hop-forward, but again, great influence from the Belgian characteristics of this beer. Nice malty backbone, and spiciness really adds character.

Little bit astringent on the mouthfeel, overall medium with high-average carbonation.

Very interesting beer, similar to a Raging Bitch, but not quite as good in my opinion. (596 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light golden colored, with a big white head. Some lace left over once the head recedes.
Smell is malt, citrus, wood, hops, vanilla and all very well balanced.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops are more forward and decidedly grapefruit, wood is more in the aftertaste. Lighter citrus and nearly no vanilla. Balance is a bit off compared to the nose but still good.
Medium bodied with the carbonation mostly up front. Nicely warming middle through the finish. A really nice beer. (486 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available... (1,128 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good. (539 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 6/20/15; into a pub glass.
Appearance - bright gold in color, champagne bubbles that build thick, soapy white head! Lacing is
Smell - lemon and Orange peel, sweet bread, some floral hops.
Taste - a blend of Hefeweizen and saison on hop PED's!
Feel - bitter hops, noticeable yeast teamed well with citrus fruit notes!
Overall - available in the Stone mixed 12, so very good value for a quality beer! (451 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into a Tremens Tulip

A - transparent amber, can see the carbonation through the beer faint white head, dissipates uickly with little lacing
S- citrus fruit, bready, malty, biscuit,honey,floral,anise, hoppy.
T- crisp, dry, hops. floral notes ring through. American IPA meets Belgian IPA. American hop varietals are the showcase here though. Bit of peach in the finish, too?
M-Light, crisp. resinous hops with a long lingering hops bitter finish. so balanced and refreshing.
O-Great Stone IPA for sure with earthy funkiness of a good Belgian IPA. for $4.50 would absolutely recommend again, and again, and again...ridiculously good beer. (652 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again. (1,242 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.