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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2236
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of HugePlume


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the stone brewery.

A- Color reminiscent of a dried corn stalk, yellowish with a hint of orange. Had a decen 1 finger t head, not spectacular though. Good retention. Average lacing.

S- Interesting blend of spicy yeast and floral hops.

T- A winner here, with again the spicy yeast and malt giving way to a crisp bitter finish, with a grassy element present in the background.

M- Very good across the tongue light body, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- The first Belgian IPA I have tried, and certainly good enough that I will go back for more of this and others of the breed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 00:29:12 | More by HugePlume
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 03:02:00 | More by vfgccp
Photo of jmfc8237


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 18:05:26 | More by jmfc8237
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden pour and some fluffy white head which fades relatively quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose of bright citrus hops, grasses, and Belgian yeast. Taste is very clean up front with a suggestion of sour from the yeast with playful carbonation.

Easy to drink with almost a saison feel to it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 14:08:06 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of wcintula

New York

2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not a good representative of the style. Pours a clear golden body with a big white head. The smell is a little hoppy with a sweetness and citrus twang to it. Hops seem subdued in the flavor as the citrus takes over. The middle contains a sour sensation right before a very mild Belgian yeast flavor takes over and finishes on a smooth note. There are better examples out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 23:30:17 | More by wcintula
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a peach infused medium golden with a thinner white head atop,medicinal and citric aromas mainly.Flavors have a slight medicinal quality and deep fruity esters,a citric pine hop component comes into a lingering finish.Not a bad beer but Iam not a fan of the medicinal yeasty quality it has to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 13:06:46 | More by oberon
Photo of HopHead84


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Yellow gold with a two finger creamy white head that lasts for a minute and leaves a little lacing when it recedes.

S: Granny Smith apple, bubble gum, and orange. I get a little coriander in there as well. It gets a little spicier as it warms up, and I get a dash of white pepper and perhaps some clove. Fruity and quite aromatic.

T: Orange flesh, a little grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, pear, and a little coriander. Moderate bitterness with no real malt flavor. Alcohol is hidden. The finish is smooth and fruity. I get a little bubble gum and there's a dash of spicy phenols on the back end.

M: Upper light in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: As much as I hate the idea of the Belgian IPA (and I really don't like most Belgian IPA's that I try), this is a pretty good beer. It's not one I drink often because there are invariably better beers on the menu, but this is not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 03:19:08 | More by HopHead84
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color. Thin and light head that dissipates very quickly. Fine lacy retention.

S: Lemon zest and grapefruit. Belgian candy and sweet malts. There's a tiny bit of ginger lingering on the end.

T: Good hop profile, but not overwhelming. Tangy and sweet. It's like a Belgian golden ale or blond ale, but infused with a larger dose of hops.

M: Good carbonation and slightly tannic. Light on the tongue and easily palatable.

D: It's an interesting take on a classic beer style. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 05:21:58 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip shaped glass at My Place in Newtown, Conn.

A: Russet amber color with excellent clarity and a two-finger head of sudsy, white foam. Retention is nice and cabonation is quite lively.

S: Spicy, herbal minty Belgian yeast aromas combined with a very grassy, earthy hop aroma. There's some caramel malt sweetness in the nose, but its basically all fruity hops and yeast.

T: Super-smooth grassy, herbal and spicy malted hop flavor up front with lingering bitterness and a lemongrass and smooth toffee finish. The lingering aftertaste is minted gum, banana, clove and some citrusy west coast hop characteristics.

M: Clean, sweet, smooth and meidum bodied with a spicy, effervescent mouthfeel to let you enjoy the Belgian IPA technology.

D: At nearly 7% ABV, this is a quaffable monster! Smooth, light, citrusy, west coast IPA hospitality smashed together with the delicate, spicy, herbal, sweetness of Belgian IPA yeasts. It's a match made in heaven for hop heads and ius a bomber I'd seek out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 04:00:36 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Chizoad


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream head of about 1 inch over a slightly cloudy but mostly clear amber-gold beer. It looks good but not great.

Hint of bubble gum in the nose but mostly hops. Definitely can pick up the belgian yeast characteristics in it but they are not as prominent as Green Flash's Le Freak.

Fairly mellow flavor but there's something in it that is very nice and unique. Something aromatic that remains on the tongue after the sip is gone. Good balance between the sweetness and hops.

Not overly frothy, which I'm glad of. Pretty drinkable, but it did get slightly boring after a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 15:34:05 | More by Chizoad
Photo of clickpush


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WL DT. Comes in a pint glass. Clear golden body with one finger white head that melts into solid cap of lace with sticky halo. Absolutely zero carbonation visible in body. Aroma is blend of candi sugar, menthol, and CA style bittering hops. Flavor is very similar. Belgian bubbles, fine and plentiful, distribute hoppy burn everywhere. Very flavorful. Candycane minty & sweet. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 03:10:31 | More by clickpush
Photo of beagle75


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a long-stemmed tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of tight white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Initial strong pine and grapefruit citrus fade with time, revealing delicate toast and just a whiff of yogurt/sour cream. The overall intensity of this beer's smell declines as the beer warms.

T: Begins dry, with intense aromatic hop flavors of similar quality to those detected in the smell. The hops soon give way to pungent, cheesy, barnyard Belgian-style yeast character that adds interest and appeal to the overall experience. The finish features restrained bitterness that could be more intense, while funky yeast and citrus flavors linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced but not really sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: While beers of this style are fairly plentiful, this one from Stone is distinguished by its loyalty to the West Coast IPA flavor profile. Belgian yeast notes are incorporated with a practically seamless touch, frequently detectable but never crossing the line to aggressive. This beer also deserves a nod for being of typical IPA strength, unlike so many others of the style that end up as less approachable double IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 15:57:04 | More by beagle75
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small head that dissipates to a fine ring. Not much lacing.

Smells malty and tropical fruity. Nice floral hop aroma.

Tastes malty upfront, with a tropical fruitiness, ending with a kick of Cali-style floral hoppiness.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinking ale, I like the cali-belgiqueness of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 02:30:09 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of megahurts4


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium-large head, and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Hops and citrus start it off and it ends with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 04:46:11 | More by megahurts4
Photo of nataku00


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass at public house in sf. Golden yellow with a finger of head. Decent carbonation clearly visible through the clear beer.

Nose was grapefruit and a little spice.

Taste was grapefruit, with a hint of apricot forward, with good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Light body beer that drinks like a good ipa.

Decent beer, though I was hoping for a little more influence from Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 05:33:58 | More by nataku00
Photo of thain709


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber body with a creamy, white head that stands about two fingers...great head retention...sheets of lace are left

S - The nose is more on the IPA side (which is not a bad thing)...big, juicy, citrus hops present orange, pineapple, and lemon aromas

T - A nice balance between the two styles...the hops present themselves throughout the entire beer...they never become bitter but they stay rather sweet...there is a faint trace of Belgian yeast..an underlying spiciness lingers but it comes from Belgian spices and not spicy hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and dry...not too bitter...solid finish

D - The ABV makes this one sessionable...I was able to enjoy a pint and could of had more but wanted to try something else...I love the hops in this one (expected from Stone)...the flavors lean more towards the IPA side but the Belgian style is not absent in this beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 17:49:52 | More by thain709
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma is of fruit and malt with a slight hint of hops. The flavor is of malt, grapefruit and subtle hops. It had a light with mdeium carbonation. Overall this was very nice and smooth. The grapefruit flavor combined with the malt balanced this brew very nicely giving it great drinkability. I will be drinking this again given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 12:09:32 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 04:56:17 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of simpliciter


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 23:26:33 | More by simpliciter
Photo of ne0m00re


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Mad Mex in Columbus, Ohio in a snifter.
A: Golden with red hues, it poured with a fluffy white head that died to a lace with constant, slow bubbles working up the glass.
S: Mild rustic bread, floral, grapefruit hops. Pungent like cheese, with a hint of oranges.
T: Slightly tart, rustic (brett.), sweet bread with an aftertaste of piney lemon citrus hops.
M: Crisp, slightly syrupy, and foamy.
D: Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 22:31:31 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of kylehayworth


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good pour, mild amber colored, the head was great, off white.

S: It seems like a set up, the nose is misleading compared to the taste. It has a mild hop presence, with a backdrop of easy going fruits.

T: It has a good hop profile, with the same easy going fruit, banana, mango, or something. There is a mild spice to it.

M/D: Easy drinking, crisp, smooth, and subtly light.

Raise an IPA in Belgium and this is what you get, makes sense.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 01:34:55 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of jmhart


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Taco Mac @Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, served in a goblet

A - Honey-amber with a creamy head. Intricate web.

S - Honey, fruits, mild hops. Hint of citrus.

T - Wonderful balance of fruity/citrus notes with mild hobby flavor. Nicely balanced. Mildly yeasty, with a honey finish.

M - Balanced acidity and not much bite. Holds up well with a meal, but could stand well alone.

D - Different than other Stone offerings, but perhaps one of their best. Smooth with a mild bite on the finish.

Overall: A unique brew, but definitely paying tribute to traditional Belgium IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 02:15:41 | More by jmhart
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.

Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.

Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 21:11:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Belgium IPA. Rich hoppiness with a sweet, almost honey-like, backbone to it.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Soft smell hops, fruity notes. Rather subdued with a minimal funky/sour hint.

T - Compensates the shy nose with a rich presence. Nice hoppy and fruity ranges with a sweetness that lingers on honey early on. Peppery, yeasty, finish with a nice sour, and minimally funky presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation that softens towards the end but is picked by the hoppy bite with some nice dryness.

D - Very nice offering from Stone.

Notes: Nice approach to a Belgium IPA, almost close to setting a trend to what some standard interpretations of this style may turn to in the States. For instance this one feels very close to the Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, which is another great offering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 02:47:44 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of champ103


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.

This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 17:18:32 | More by champ103
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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