Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 428 | FT: 2
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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 Foxman
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BeTheBall
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to my Duvel tulip; reddish golden rust color, incredibly clear to look through, small head with minimal lacing. Smelled of grapefruit, and hops. Taste was nice and hoppy but not so bitter as most STone beers (which I love). Working through the glass the hop bitterness and flavor seemed to diminsh. Mouthfeel was average; nothing great or bad. Drinkability was good, as the flavor was fairly mild. I would say, although a good beer, a little tame compared to Stone's other, remarkable beers. Probably will pass when i next see this in the store, but glad I tried it.

Photo of everetends
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.

T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway.

Pours an amber color. Not much of a head or carbonation in the appearance. Smell is hoppy with hints of citrus.

Taste is a dry smack in the face with hops. Becomes a little more balanced toward the end.

Overall, a good beer. Don't know if I would get another one, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

Photo of Biggness
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an extremly clear amber with a 1 fingered white head and decent lacing. The smell is kind of muted but what I get from it is some malt tones. The taste is nice and complex, some nice malt flavors, a decent hop after taste (citrus) mixed with the belgian yeast... gives it kind of a bread/banana flavor. The mouthfeel is nice qwith a decent carbonation level and a slight dry aftertaste. A highly drinkable brew, just wish it was a little cheaper so I could drink a few, 7.50 a bomber is a little over my drink on a normal basis

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Gavilan
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden, head dissipated quickly, little lacing

S - Sweet and yeasty

Taste: Tropical fruits, pinapple. A sweet and yeasty IPA very interesting flavor. I'm actually liking it better than I thought.

M - Medium body, nice play of sweetness and hoppiness

D - A tad too sweet for my taste but a very nice beer overall.

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It's much more yeasty than I was expecting and not quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor, but lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. The mouthfeel also doesn't quite work for me. The hops really want to be fruity, but the aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so. It's a fairly drinkable beer. I'm probably being a little too harsh. It's good beer, definitely enjoyable. My criticism is sort of nit-picky. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty golden orange color, great clarity. The head is disappointing; short lived and settled into almost nothingness. The aroma is very sweet, tropical fruit and candied apricots, some peppery spice, and a light grassy hop. Interesting mix of the sweetness and the hops in the flavor. The flavors hit a different times yet kind of mix nicely. Noticable Belgian flavors from the yeast, pale malt, sweet though not sure from candi sugar, some honeysuckle, and a nice balancing hop. The hops are more pronounced then the European hops typically used in Belgian made BIPAs. The feel is quite light, prickly carbonation, finishes sweet and slightly sticky. Definitely an American made BIPA, there is always an odd sweetness with these, perhaps the strong tropical fruit flavor. The hops are in perfect balance, they don't overpower allowing the Belgian yeast to shine through. Seems boozier than the 6.9ABV.

Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours a nice clean orange to red with a puffy one inch head that settles down into a creamy looking film. Very bright and clean looking, quite pretty. Nose reminds me of another Belgian style IPA i've had, Kuhnhenn's Aldebaran. Fruity and yeasty nose, with definite pear and floral notes, very inviting and reminiscent of the Kuhnhenn beer (which is an exciting prospect to me). Flavor is quite nice. Kind of sweet and fruity, like a pear/apricot jolly rancher, but with a nice floral hop complement and a solid malt base thats syrupy, but not too much so. A dry bitterness on the finish that isn't altogether welcome, but a solid, tasty flavor nonetheless. I like it more as i get further along (isn't that always the case? urp!) Medium bodied, even a little cream-like feel, not think but still milkshake like in texture somehow. Drinks well...hey, i guess i really like everything about this one. Not as good as that Aldebaran, but itll do in a pinch!

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

650ml bottle carefully carried back to Australia from San Francisco.

Nice bright golden colour, almost tinged with organge. Head is a pillowy, marshmallow head of white foam. Lacing is great. Slight haze in the body. Looks great.

Nose is phenomenal. A wonderful bouquet of pineapple mixed with Belgian yeast, the sweet semi-savoury character of a good Belgian pale. Not a huge amount of the sharper more peppery hops, but the tropical fruit characters are nice.

Wow, the hops are certainly there on the palate, a robust bitterness all through, a full bodied sharpness, with an underlying hint of salt. There's something very odd lingering in the back of everything though; the sweet richness of a Belgian. Mouthfeel is quite light, but still slick. Nice.

This beer certainly lived up to my expectations for the style. A very interesting hybrid, and one that I'll enjoy again for sure.

Photo of bhalter8
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's, as I am drawn to just about anything from Stone. Poured from a bomber into a couple of tulips to split with my wife since she is the Belgian fan and I am the IPA fan. Pours a thick foamy white head on top of a golden, highly carbonated looking ale. Definitely takes on the appearance of a Belgian golden ale. The aroma is lacking much distinct character, definitely some citrus hints and maybe what I would call a "crisp" aroma, nothing much in the way of hops though. Taste is light and tart, due to the previously mentioned carbonation. I do enjoy the balance between what the Belgian yeast did to the West coast IPA style. It is a light ale, and the carbonation takes a bit away from the mouthfeel in my opinion. I realize its not an IPA, but this one lacks a bit too much in the character department for me to seek out, but it is certainly an enjoyable try.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- it definitely pours like an IPA with a light copper color that looks very refreshing. It has a nice white head that will leave a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- you can really detect the hops and sweet yeast smell up front with some citrus and fruit smells in there as well.

T- you can really taste the Belgian style yeast and maltyness, but the best part is the hop flavor that comes in to play.

M- Lighter bodied

D- This beer is very drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA that I've tried and I'm impressed with it. I hope that this newer styled beer takes off because it is really good.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, bright beautiful amber/copper with a decent head and some lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, peat.

T - The hops are certainly out front. Nice grapefruit/citrus zest and tangy leather with a splendid slightly sour finish.

M - Very nice creamy ale with soft carbonation.

D - Delicious stuff I'll buy again so yea - it's drinkable!

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a hazy pale copper, effervescent, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that doesn't want to go away. Really nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet, smooth banana and some creamy sweetness from the yeast, citrus peeks through from the hops as well, melting into the sweet yeasty note.

Taste is yeasty up front, some banana, with the hops coming through as a grassy bitterness - not really getting much citrus through the yeast, maybe just a bit. Malt character is doughy, biscuity, also gets wrapped up with yeast. Finish is a light lingering bitterness, more yeast hangs around in the exhale.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fluffy, medium-light bodied. Creamy from the head that never seems to quit.

An interesting variation, kind of startling how far away this beer is from the standard IPA. Yeast changed the whole character of the beer - unfortunately, I feel like the beer loses some major character from the transfer. The malt and hops notes just kind of get tangled up in the yeast, and the result is a beer that's just very yeast-dominated in the end. A nice enjoyable beer, but not the masterpiece the IPA is.

Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer may have been made specifically for me. It's incredible, and incredibly weird. Basically, Stone has brought together two of my absolute favorite styles: saisons and (D) IPAs. And it tastes exactly how it should, which is freaking amazing (if that sounds good to you).

Appearance is highly IPA-esque. A light copper color with a two finger head that dissolves quickly, leaving a touch of white lacing. Not bad, although nothing really mind blowing.

Nose, on the other hand, is fantastic. All over the place, really - candy malt sweetness, balanced perfectly with strong fruity hops. Yeast, grapefruit, spiciness. Nose is really fantastic.

Flavor, thankfully, is likewise. The hops drop in there a lot stronger than in the nose, and this beer shows itself as a Stone. Some sweet candy up front, then strong fruity hops dominate. A touch of yeast in there at times, making this definitely unique in the IPA department. Definitely a touch of spicy Belgian pale ale in there as well, but this one is definitely a twisted IPA, not a twisted Belgian. Either way, delicious.

Body is great, peppy carbonation that doesn't overwhelm, and medium to full bodied so it coats your mouth but doesn't kick you in the face with its aftertaste.

Again, this is one of those beers that fits right in my wheelhouse, but I totally get others that might be a bit turned off by its weird Belgian-West Coast mix. For me it's a monster, one I could drink often (I'm going to head back down to the Wine Specialist and grab a couple more bottles...).

22 oz/$6.99/Wine Specialist

Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a massive white head that clings just a bit to the glass.
The Belgian yeast dominates the smell. Lots of bitter citrus and spice.
Taste is less Belgian than the smell. There is still the typical Belgian notes but the bitterness of the hops try to rise to the occasion. It grows on me as it warms a bit but Belgians are not my favorite. The brew is smooth, not nearly as highly carbonated as a typical Belgian. Perhaps that's an effect of the IPA.
Not a bad sipper but I don't think I'd buy a lot of it.

Photo of Zraly
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with one-finger white head. Smells a bit floral and a bit funky.

Nice, round earthy flavor. Hops are present and a bit spicy, but this works extremely well with the funky, sweet flavors of the sugary malt backbone. A touch of orange peel. Wild yeast note, along with a "farmhouse" feel on the palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks smooth.

Would pair with a cheese board, roasted garlic and crusty french bread.

The style is interesting, and Stone's is a pretty interpretation.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone- Cali-Belgique IPA

A- Light clear copper brown with a moderate sticky foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and a good candy sugar sweetness on the nose. Spicy clove banana as well.
T- Sweet sugary belgian tripel spiciness. Cloves and bananas with a creamy malt and pine hop body.
M- Sweet and spicy up front with a good balance of the malt and hops. Very creamy and a nice hoppy finish.

Overall- Sweet and creamy. A real tasty BIPA. No harsh alc. and plenty of flavors popping out at you!

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful clear cold color with a one inch foamy head that left excellent lacing on my glass as I enjoyed this brew. I honestly would've expect this brew to be a bit cloudy because of the Belgian yeast.

Sweet malty nose with some yeasty notes like wet carboard almost, barely detectable (assuming this to be the Belgian yeast), and a nice citrus/floral hop aroma.

Taste was an excellent balance between the sweeter malts and the slightly bitter hops and the Belgian yeast which was slightly present. Good carbonation.

Medium boded IPA with a good slightly bitter/complex aftertaste that hangs around on the palate for a little bit after each drink.

Extremely drinkable despite 6.9% abv, the alcohol is well hidden in this IPA. Another great offering from Stone! I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night, as long I can get somebody else to cart my ass around...

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard IPA appearance, with a clear, orange-golden body, a two finger thick head, and lively carbonation streamers. The smell was floral hoppy with some spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. The taste was nicely balanced between the Belgian fruity version of the Pale Ale style and the drier American IPA variant. The hops were present but subdued, and some Brett type funk was evident as well. The finish started dry and bitter at first but ended on a sweeter candi sugar and some spice. This was a marriage of the lighter versions of the two styles, so the body was not too thick. I ended up wishing they had matched up the ingredients of a DIPA and BSPA instead.

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

22oz bottle into 25oz wine glass.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with the slightest orange tint. A one finger off white head barely dissolves at all. Eventually it settles to a thin cap along with a thick ring of lacing.

Biscuity malts along with some citrusy hops. There is a little bit of spiciness attributed to the Belgian yeast.

Along with the toasty malts come a splash of citrus. Some of the phenols from the Belgian yeast are on there, giving a little bit of spiciness. Full bodied.

All the BIPAs I have tried have come from Belgium. This is a pretty good American version of a Belgian style which is an interpretation of an American style that's originally an English style. Recommended.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone is amazing. Just when you think you have a brewery figured out they go and make something like this.

Purchased at Greens in Atlanta, GA the Cali-Belgie name says it all. This beer has the front flavor of a belgian triple and the back end of a lightly hoppy california IPA.

Poured into a DomSpatz Bier snifter this beer is crystal clear with minimal lacing. The color is a russett yellow that glows in the light.

Taste is much like that of Local Number 1 but not quite as full in body or hops - until the finish. The finish is quite hoppy and rough. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is extremely light with almost none of the hop oils usually associated with a full bodied California IPA.

This beer loses on drinkability for me. I had a couple glasses of water before drinking this beer but as soon as I finished the first half I felt completely dried out. I don't know if it's the hops or the malt or just me but I am extremely parched after drinking this beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear burnished golden brew. Head lingers nicely, with average to good lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, with a lightly spicy hoppiness. Taste is also sweet with spices, and the lightest touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Everything comes together nicely, and while its not in your face, I don't believe that was the intention.

Photo of yeastsipper
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to trying this after enjoying Le Freak.

Pours a very light color, almost weak looking, with a very small head.

Smell is nice, with Belgian trippel scents dominating - yeast and spices. There is a slight hop aroma.

The taste to me is somewhat odd. The beer constantly vacillates between bitter and sweet, the IPA and the trippel. First I taste the bitterness of the hops, which subsides to a sweeter trippel flavor before leaving a pretty strong bitter aftertaste reminiscent of an IPA.

An interesting experiment, but one that unfortunately did not create a great beer, IMO. Definitely worth checking out to sate the curiosity. At roughly $5, why not, you get a buzz out of the deal. However, this will not be a beer I will seek out again.

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