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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,530 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with good clarity. A strong Belgian head forms and holds for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty nose. Nice citrusy hops minus the pine, very clean. Some fruity esters from the very present yeast, some banana.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, though admittedly a touch lower than I expected from Stone :) Some nice citrus notes as well as plenty of floral and grassy flavors. A pleasantly sweet malt rides it out in the back with just a touch of balance. The yeast is again very present, lending some nice spicy notes and light fruity flavors. A good shot of pepper is left behind with the lasting bitterness. Body is medium to medium light and is kept alive by the spritzy Belgian carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable with a manageable ABV. The left over spice and bitterness is pretty strong but not too much.

pwoods, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear gold color just maybe the slightest bit of a hazy. Nice white head with good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops are the first thing I notice. Also can pick up some malts and as it warmed up a little bit of yeast.

T- Pretty nice flavour. Somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and an American IPA. Nice and hoppy with a peppery yeast in there as well.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- This one went down very easy and was enjoyable. Not quite a hop bomb but has a great balance to it.

nrbw23, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange amber color, almost grapefruity, with a solid and voluminous two-finger peachy cream head that has some impressive retention. The fluffiness finally faded leaving some nice feathery lacing down the glass.

While resiny and piney with a strong west coast hopping, aroma is strikingly different than Stone IPA with a nice light Belgian twist. Beligian wit-esque yeasty, citrusy and a bit spice. Belgian aromas seem to win out over the IPA aromas.

Taste is interesting, as it's decidedly Stone IPA-esque, yet the Belgian yeast character is definitely there. Piney, resinous and citrusy, there's a delicious IPA in there, but the bready spicy and fruity Belgian yeast adds a nice element to the mix. It lightens the pine hopping. Finishes with a light Belgian-like lemon citrus bite thats perfect. I could go for a touch more of the Belgian yeast flavors, as it still seems a touch on the IPA side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some ample yet fairly delicate carbonation to hearken to true Belgian qualities. A touch drying on the finish is perfect.

Impressed, surprised, happy. I'm not a huge fan of Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeasts makes this one deliciously different. Ultimately delicious and enjoyable. I definitely plan of snagging a few more bottles of these.

djeucalyptus, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and I'll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I won't be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick.

ArrogantB, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy sour citrus, yeast and pepper aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout brew that was better than my expectations.

tmoneyba, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with a billowing white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Spicy and piney with a hint of fruity yeastiness. As the drink goes on, I am struck by the thought of "canned fruit cocktail" as I bury my nose prior to each drink. Interesting and appealing.

T- Piney/hoppy bitterness nicely counters the spicy/fruity yeastiness.

M- Fairly crisp with fairly high carbonation. Fairly creamy. I like using fairly in this section.

D- Easy drinking, flavorful, and interesting. 25 oz'er a delight to quaff. Quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I can see getting this again. Quite a nice drink.

DoctorDog, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

jujubeast6000, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of FACEMEAT
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap. nice lacing left behind on glass.

S: Pine and fruity yeast that I immediately associated with belgian ales.

T: This is a perfect marriage of the greatest aspects of a California IPA and a Belgian strong ale. Hoppy bitterness up front and a champagne-esque fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy. The flavors linger in its viscosity.

D: I could easily throw back one too many of these.

FACEMEAT, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head dies way too quickly and the color is a little too normal i thought to myself if this wasn't a stone beer id give it a 3.5 so i thought about being fair... go figure

S: smells very Belgian sorta fruity and yeasty, the hops get lost a bit but its not bad and i do get the belgian ipa dig in

T: if i imagined a Belgian ale mixed with an ipa...i think thats what this beer would be. there is a slight funk spice to it that has a back tongue of yeast and malt and a finish of bitterness that helps with the whole concept there is a dry finish that is also pretty nice.

this is a great beer, though some of the supporting acts are not that great, ie the appearance. the taste however is very good, and id recommend

Redwood21, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Cali-België (I got the Walloon labeled spelling) is a clear dark gold with an orange tinged off-white head that has long last and leaves fantastically dense, baby swiss cheese lace. The bottle is the typical Stone silkscreen with all the pretentious babble on the back, but uses a gold pigment for most of it that is flaked off and generally sloppy looking. The laces reigns supreme though, earning the high score.

Smell is great, definitely a Stone IPA, big resinous west coast hop nose, some fruitiness that I assume are the Belgian esters, as it's not really the citrus you get from Cascade family. I give this points for being the closest to what I expect from this style - not just a Belgian with an extra dose of noble hops, but decidedly a West Coast IPA. The problem is, that's pretty much all it is, I'm really not getting a lot of Belgian character behind the hop blast.

Taste is heavy on the spicy, piny hops and rather yeasty. I served this at fridge temp, like I prefer my IPAs (for both keeping and serving, to maintain the hops). Let it warm up some while I walked the dog didn't really open up many esters. Honestly, Stone's isn't my favorite IPA, and here the dankness of the hops overpowers the Belgian esters, it's just a bit to resinous for my taste. I'd like a better balance of both styles, this one swings too wide to the West, and without the hop profile I prefer out here. I guarantee that if I gave this to 9 out of 10 Portland IPA fans they wouldn't peg the Belgian character in a blind tasting.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily, nice foamy carbonation flirts with the trademark Belgian mouthfeel, but it's on the chewier, heavier side.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm most impressed with their restraint in the ABV, it's plenty big enough to warm your cheeks without being gratuitous, as many west coast IPAs are, especially Stone. On the other hand, this was so limited, that I suppose getting a bit extra punch out of my only bottle wouldn't have hurt, but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice the cleaner alcoholic taste. If you love Stone's IPA, you will love this, and while I like the more overt west coast influence, it's still not my favorite.

ccrida, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of nd5282
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A relatively sweet hoppy beer, that proves to be the right amount of bitterness and flavor to allow the facilitation of multiple pints. I had this beer on tap at the Stone Brewery and was very pleased with the fresh hop aroma followed by a sweet malty finish. Great IPA! Service at the brewery was mediocre.

nd5282, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with almost an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there is a lot of lacing. The aroma is citrusy hops (grapefruit), orange, ginger, Belgian yeast and a bit of piney hops. It tastes like bready malt, pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit and orange peel), Belgian yeast, peppery spice and ginger. There's good balance in this beer, it's not too sweet and not too bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. With the relatively low ABV it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple bombers of this at all. It reminds me a little of the Vertical Epic 08/08/08 I just drank, but I think this is a bit better. If you get the chance to try this beer, you should.

bluejacket74, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mostly clear and golden with faintest of haze. 1 finger white head and a medium amount of carbonation

S: Nice aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange and clementine. I'm picking up a bit of caramel and sugar. Also has some floral happenings

T: Taste is citric, just like the aroma but throw in a hint of pineapple. a little bit of spice and malt sweetness makes an appearance.

M: moderate body, creamy and a tad dry.

D: I love Stone and this is another reason why. Buy, drink, repeat.

Rainintheface, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright sunny gold color with perfect clarity. Big fluffy white head that had nice retention. There was wonderful sticky lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma was very spicy and fresh. I was sensing a lot of ginger.

Lots of cracker flavors at first then a lots of spice comes into the picture. Licorice, mint and ginger. Behind all this remains the nice like malt flavors. Certainly a bit if light fresh hops at the end. Fairly subdued.

Bright/light mouth feel and fairly light body. Fantastic drinkability. I enjoy this one quite a bit.

Reagan1984, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of trpng0bily
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden orange, moderate pure-white head, nice lacing, very crisp

s: citrusy hops, yeast funk that becomes more prominent as the beer warms

t: not enough going on taste-wise to balance the yeast; odd to say about a stone brew, but this one needs more hops to be in balance

m: heavy carbonation; crisp as they come, somewhat creamy

d: more drinkable than i expected

trpng0bily, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber purchased at Chuck's fine wines in Chagrin Falls into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Golden translucent not unlike the Stone Vertical Epic 08 08 08 that I sampled just before this one. It may be a shade darker yellow/gold. Head was generous but then dissipated reasonably quickly.

S Hops, floral hops smell with some malt sweetness. Not much alcohol. I read that this beer was compared with Vertical Epic but even just the smell sets it apart from Vertical Epic. This is a hoppier beer. I like the smell of this beer.

T Hops bitterness is moderate and it stays through to the aftertaste. It is my no means any overly strong hops (like Ruination was IMO) but it is certainly there and more significantly that the Vertical Epic 08 08 08. There is a nice balance of that minimal bitterness and malty sweetness.

M Moderate, nice balance.

D Good despite a moderately higher hops profile.

Notes: Glad that I tried this. It was better than I thought. Another good offering from Stone.

adamette, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing.

smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus.

taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

think this is a fine combination of the 08.08.08 and the stone IPA.

froghop, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A- Hazy golden with hints of orange hue. Finger sized white head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Fresh hops and citrus fruits give off a very nice aroma. Has a very distinct yeast scent similar to other Belgian IPAs I have had.

T- Great combination of west coast hops and Belgian style IPA. The citrus is there, but not as dominant as west coast IPAs can be. The typical Belgian yeast flavor is somewhat subdued from the dominant hops.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Some carbonation. Perfect consistency as the final sip just sits on the back of the tongue giving off wonderful flavors.

D- Highly drinkable. That's all I can say about this one.

I tend to dislike Belgian IPAs, but this one was by far my favorite one to date. I really love west coast IPAs, but sometimes I just tend to get burned out on drinking them. On the other hand I really don't care for Belgian IPAs because they seem too reserved. This one fits right in the middle. A perfect blend of both characteristics.

rhinos00, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with mad verb's on back, as usual.
Yellow to orange in color, with a fizzy dissipating head.

Smells like belgium yeast, some sweet essences, but not much hops.

Taste was medicinal, astringent hops. The hopping isn't fruity but rather dry. The yeast comes on heavy and dominates the taste.Mouthfeel was astringent, body was light.

This was more of a belgium pale ale than a BIPA. Way overpriced. Stone missed the mark on this one.

cannabanaceae, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange-gold with a big pillowy white head. Bubble gum, clove, orange peel, and peaches in the aroma. Strange (but good) taste up front. Like a very bitter trippel; more bubblegum and spice, but dry white pepper and pine are right there with it. The beer sweetens as it warms and your palate adjusts. More pine and spicy hops come out and mix well with the Belgian sweetness. Much better than Le Chouffe or one of the other Belgian IPAs.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of brewdogmrb
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper color, like a classic west coast IPA, tight bubbles, almost no head.

S: Enormous mixture of belgian yeast and northwestern US hops. An intriguing, awesome blend. Really well executed. No malt on the nose at all.

T: Again, fruit and citrus from the hops mix very well with the fruit flavors from the yeast. An assertive yet transparent malt backbone, not too thin.

M: Not too thin, but not enough body to withstand the bitterness, almost. Like mostly pefect but a little bit off for my preference in the style.

D: Very drinkable beer with a reasonable, sessionable-for-Belgian IPA.

Lovely all around. I heart stone and this is no exception.

brewdogmrb, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's very clear and light golden in color. There's a slight bronze tint to it. It's a very attractive color, though it is a tad disappointing. I was hoping for a hazy look with particles of yeast swimming about. That seems standard in other Belgian IPAs I've tried. At any rate, it's capped off with a foamy white head that's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty good.

Smell: The nose is impressive. There's a very strong Belgian yeast smell that kicks it off and really predominates throughout. It's delicious smelling. I love Belgian yeast. It's not often that an American brewer can pull this off, but Stone did a nice job here. Hops are easily detectable, but take a slight backseat to the yeast. Hops seem mostly citric and feature nice grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Smells like a little sweet malt is there, but it's faint. I like that. It remains yeasty throughout and smells somewhat biscuit-like on the tail. There's a very light whiff of alcohol in there, but it's not much.

Taste: There's some win in here. This is a really nice tasting beer. Belgian yeast is very prevalent (and tasty I might add). It's got a nice authentic Belgian flavor. Hops follow up the initial yeast taste very quickly. They piney, citric, and very west coast. The hop bitterness feels like its undercut a little by the strong yeast presence. But, it really doesn't have a substantial negative effect. The bitter flavor is just not quite as pronounced as in the typical Stone IPA. There is some pale malt that's sweet and was added in just the right amount. Very restrained. It remains yeasty throughout indeed. It is slightly biscuity. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is active, but doesn't negate its smoothness to any material degree. Drinkability is extremely high. I find this to be a very satisfying beer that I could drink quite a bit of. At 6.9%, abv isn't too high to be intimidating.

Stone's got a winner here. I don't like it quite as much as their IPA, but this is well done. Given, I believe the look here could be improved a little. Perhaps by not looking so...filtered. A tad more hop bitterness might improve the flavor, as well. Otherwise, this is extremely impressive and Stone's IPA recipe works very well with Belgian yeast. Highly recommended if you have the opportunity.

prototypic, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest but decent cap that rings the chalice with lace

Smell: Boldly herbacious, with a piney, pithy scent; but it does have a urine character about it, too

Taste: Biscuity malt, for a brief moment, with a swift move in both the Belgian and hoppy directions - Belgian in the sense of herbal and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney, pithy sense; after the swallow, the flavors battle one another until reaching a harmonious truce that defines the essence of this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: It took me a while to get there with this beer as the flavors battled away, but once they came together I have to say that I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze to an otherwise golden color. Moderate lasting head with a significant amount of spotty lace on the glass.

High fresh grapefruit-like hop aroma; background alcohol with light malt.

A dry brew with a high amount of hop. The aftertaste is long-lasting bitter hop. Relatively thin body with an above average level of carbonation. Lip puckeringly astringent.

smcolw, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear orange amber with a thin creme head. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor comes off as the skins of some fruit to me. Grapefruits I think. I don't like to eat grapefruit skins, and I don't really want to drink them. There's also a bitter acidic bite from too much hops, I am guessing. Earthy dirt aftertaste a bit. Carbonation is slightly aggressive and the liquid is smooth. Overall this is a below par Belgian IPA IMO. The hops are too prevalent to let the Belgian Ale side shine and it doesn't have the balance I would seek out from this style.

RblWthACoz, Dec 13, 2008
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.