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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2238
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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blackie

Virginia

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

a: served in a flared snifter, a full layer of white carbonation caps the honey golden colored beer, depositing white lace on the sides of the glass

s: pale malt body, sweet tropical fruits, white pepper and yeasty phenols, balanced citrus hop aroma, quite nice

m: carbonation light-medium, medium body, smooth

t: much like the aroma, sweet tropical fruits on a pale malt body, clean pepper and phenols add an interesting note, great citrus hop flavor creeps into the finish, imparting a moderate bitterness that grows in strength

d: drinks very well

sampled at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 04:52:19 | More by blackie
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber orangish, nice creamy off white head, excellent lacing.

S- bitter orange and grapefruit with some pale malt in the back.

T- big citrus taste with some pine. Good strong hoppy bitterness throughout. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit with some grassy and herbal notes. Finishes vinous and hoppy.

MF- resinous and sticky with aggressive carbonation. Not as soft and luxurious than great traditional Belgian ales but rather sharp due tothe load of hops. Some powdery yeast feel.

D- interesting and pleasant for a hop head. I expected more Belgian influence. It's so hoppy that I might not have noticed the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 03:06:41 | More by hustlesworth
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dudecandle

New York

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

Freshly tapped at The Pony, NYC:

A: Cloudy dark yellow body with firm white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Strong fruity, oily hop smell, complemented with the Belgian yeast

T: Hops are over the top and amazing, floral mainly, a bit citric, yeast is nice and spicy, malt is a great complement, as the beer gets something of a toasted bread aspect

M: Big up front, but the carbonation is a little light on the back end

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Given the Belgian style, the yeast gives it a great spice, and the malt is still bold. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 06:54:25 | More by dudecandle
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a bulbous Belgian style glass. Orange colored body, and a beautiful bright shine. Nice white head and good carbonation. Smell was hoppy, but not overpowering. Taste was a palate opener, for sure. Really nice hop profile, but there was a hint of Belgian sugar sweetness right after you swallow that gave this beer a nice finish. Good balance overall. I usually do not order many IPAs when I am out. But the last two Belgian IPAs I have had really changed my mind about this new hybrid style. I like the Belgian twist on the IPA and I feel that it makes this style much more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 15:35:28 | More by morebeergood
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jampics2

Ohio

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

On tap at Beer Engine.

A orange beer with a nice head in my goblet. Looks great!

Smell is citrus, baked bread, malts, Belgian yeast.

Taste is initially sweet. Oranges and bready malts then fade into a nice bitterness and yeasty finish. This is a great fusion of the Stone IPA and a decent Belgian golden.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carb and a really good body.

Drinkability is good. I enjoyed this as always!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 15:40:25 | More by jampics2
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n0rc41

California

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a pint on tap at the ale house redding, ca.

A= was really good nice, dark amber color. Great lacing and good one inch head. great appearance.
S=had almost a meat smell to it, bacon hint. Some good tones.
T=the taste wast alright but to me it had a bacon flavor to it. Alright Ipa flavor and hops.. but the Belgian aspect had a little bacon flavor I thought.
M=Was alright not too bad, good palate taste and nothing too strong.
D=I couldnt give the drinkability more scores being the IPA and Belgian aspects didnt flow on my palate due to the bacon flavor.

Overall a good beer. But the two crossing style flavors didnt mesh in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 08:23:52 | More by n0rc41
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Medium gold with a nice head and good retention. Nice lacing, too.

I'm getting cloves and candy sugar in the nose. Very sweet smelling, overall.

Hops jump right in up front. Quite a mouthful of them. Sweetness creeps into the mouth partway through witha nice green, piney finish. Dry cherries in there as well.

Thick, malty, bready body.

Excellent sipper, but one was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 20:49:18 | More by beer2day
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 14:57:23 | More by mikesgroove
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risenc

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at the Big Hunt on Connecticut Avenue, in Washington, D.C. It was my first time trying it. Poured a nice rich amber color -- at least in the light of the bar -- and had a balanced mouthfeel. I found the taste exceptional -- a perfect balance between hops and Belgian backbone. Sweet and tart, like a good apple. Warming enough to drink in the DC winters, but crisp enough that I could imagine quaffing it in August, too. A real winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 14:44:25 | More by risenc
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty beer. From notes:

A hazy, pineapple-juice looking tulip with no head. Smell is of belgian yeast and signifigant pine resin hops.

Taste follows the nose, but is not overly hopped. It is aggressive, but it works well with the yeast to provide one hell of a belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but is not chewy or too heavy... signifigant carbonation helps keep the flavors together and moving pretty well.

Drinkability is high... I am glad I got this one, and while I don't see it in bottles around here I was glad to get to have it on tap. I'll get it again for sure. Prob. one of my favorite Stone beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 12:39:09 | More by ShogoKawada
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TheJollyHop

California

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

Had this lovely, refreshing beer poured at Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting.

Appearance was a golden amber/copper with little to no head. Several scattered streams of bubbles propagated from the bottom of the glass.

At first smell, scents of fresh cut grass and flowers burst through, and are accompanied by some spice.

Tasted of spices (possibly cloves?), and citrus that is followed by a modest hop kick. As bitterness fades, it is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste that co-mingles with some sour/yeasty notes.

Body is more on the low end of medium carbonation, but is mouth-coating nonetheless. Perfect for the style. Not too carbonated that it impairs drinkability, however not too light that it fails to represent the style of a Belgian ale.

Very drinkable; pleasant, crisp and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 22:23:31 | More by TheJollyHop
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pershan

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thin, white rocky head into a chalice. The aroma was the unmistakable Belgian yeast profile - banana/clove, with a slight swee/sour apple component as well. The flavor was a bit tart, with more of the banana/clove, and a pretty big hop bite at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, with low carbonation and nice lacing all the way down the goblet. A very drinkable Belgian - a bit low on the ABV scale, but a very nicely balanced and clean beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 15:13:26 | More by pershan
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natelocc787

California

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

Bold beer at such a low abv. Very powerful and chocked full of flavor. Very piney and bitter with malt showing up in the beginning and fading towards the finish. This one is drinkable and tasty although it didn't have the Belgian mouthfeel I'm used to. Still a great ride.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 21:52:59 | More by natelocc787
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GordonQuid

Michigan

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

Pint glass.

Golen sunshine with a white rocky head; sustaining one inch with ample lace.

Smells of simcoe, amarillo and cascade; citrusy blend and flowery. Nice sweet aroma of frsh baked bread too.

Taste is exceptionally crisp citrus hops with a bit of mellon in the backgraound. Very well balanced to the malt profile; appetizing and highly drinkable.

Excellent!

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 19:25:14 | More by GordonQuid
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap

Cali came to me with a pale golden color with some bronze, a nice sturdy white head about 1/2 a inch stayed throughout. Excellent window covering lacing.

The smell was a mix of stone IPA with some belgian yeast, alot in fact. This produced some breadyness while a backing of hops gave some grapefruit and other citrus. Doesent smell overly hoppy and I quite like that, tone it down some.

The taste starts out with some belgian yeast up front with some grapefruit following from a generous hopping. Bread and some bubblegum notes. The finish is a slight bitterness with some spices rounding things out. After some more sips the some grain showed itself. I like this because it's less hoppy for a company that always does it big.

The feel was on the lighter end of medium with a smooth and very slightly bitter feel. A good amount of carb. I'm surprised this held up so well in the keg as im assuming it's not super fresh. Im thinking the hops may have fallen off a bit in storage but as it is this was great to drink. The alcohol is low as hell to which improves things.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 05:27:43 | More by BARFLYB
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ImusBeer

Georgia

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

At the Suwanee T-Mac location, review from notes

Like a true Belgian it was a light amber color with a very small amount of head off white in color. Some lacing occured on the slides of the class.

The first thing you smell is hoppy pine then some grain and finally cinnamon or spice.

Atypical ESB hoppy taste at the start, with the bitterness at the end with a wheat/bread during.

Even with the slightly higher gravity of this beer it's drinkability is good, a little hop to keep you interested and bored.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 16:28:58 | More by ImusBeer
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter, this beer is a beautiful deep golden amber body with a nice thick two finger head that sticks solid sheets of lacing.

Aromas are tropical fruit galore along with a caramel malt sweetness and some Belgian clove character.

The taste is sweet up front then solidly IPA. Less Belgian quality and more IPA grapefruit bitterness.

Some heft to the mouthfeel, but misses quite a bit from the Belgians in the lush quality.

I was hoping more warmth would bring out some of the Belgian quality, but it just didn't happen.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great Belgian IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 20:27:01 | More by rtratzlaff
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was a bright copper color and very clear. The head was two fingers of egg-shell white foam that retained nicely and laced well too. The aroma was a little fruity from the Belgian yeast and it had a nice floral hop element as well. Refreshing, floral and balanced; a good bouquet. The flavors were equally well balanced and pleasantly complex displaying an excellent balance of yeast and hops. Spicy, fruity and herbal all at once. The bready malt seemed slightly shy (especially for this brewer) but otherwise it was very well thought out. The finish was just a little bitter, but not unpleasantly so. The mouthfeel was good, the body full and the carbonation medium/high. Quite drinkable especially because the alcohol was well hidden though not quite as good as some of their other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 17:22:42 | More by thekevlarkid
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neenerzig

Ohio

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

Was lucky enough to have this on-tap last week at La Cave Du Vin. Served to me in a Unibroue tulip glass. This beer draws a clear, medium golden color with a copper,orange glow. Fluffy white head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured and settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with nice spots of lace on the surface. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top of my glass. Aromas of citrus hops, some spices, followed by a malt presence. This beer has a good bitter citrus hop flavor, along with the aforementioned spice and a nice malt backbone rounding it out. Not a very complex beer in some ways, but damn good. Has a nice crisp, sort of oily, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent. I would certainly drink this on-tap again.

Eric

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 04:30:58 | More by neenerzig
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Belgian IPA has become one of my favorite styles, but like many other Belgian beers, they're never as good on-tap as they are bottle conditioned. This one, however, on-tap at Flying Saucer, is even better than the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of spice and citrus hops. The taste is a wonderful blend of spices, citrus hops and sweet malts that leaves a nice blend of spice and hops on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a touch of sticky alcohol. This is likely one of the best Belgian style beers I've had on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 22:14:17 | More by atsprings
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Pale golden brown color and very hazy and 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some light hops as well as sweet malts and yeasty tones and a touch of nuts, some citrus and spice from the hops

T: Taste starts with some interesting sour sugary notes, lots of raw sugar taste, an interesting fruity center and slight creamy taste, some interesting Belgian yeasty taste mixes with a slight hoppy taste, somewhat like a Belgian IPA and reminds me somewhat of Hopsinjoor, it also has some bright citrus as well as a chalky dusty cinnamon taste in the middle

M: Mouth is juicy with a lot of carbonation and kinda thin

F: Finish has some strong bitter hops and spicey hops with grassy earthy taste that maintains its sweetness as it leaves a huge bitterness on the tongue

Final thoughts: An interesting beer that combines two great beers, as many have done before it, that don't usually blend well. Even with stone doing it, it doesn't blend perfectly but they do a pretty decent job of it. It doesn't have many qualities of either Belgian tripel or Cali style IPA, but slight parts of each rounded pretty well. Its not something to drink every day but occasionally it's an interesting change.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 02:59:52 | More by jlindros
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MisterClean

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At OBF

A - Poured light golden with a 1 fingered head white head. Dissipated slow and left no lacing.

S - Light honey and flowers.

T - Light honey, flowers, heavy mint, and a little funk. Possibly from yeast.

M - Moderate bodied and hop dominated.

D - The flowers and mint dominated this beer, which was really too much for my personal tastes. Crafting a good Belg-IPA is such a fine art.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 00:45:27 | More by MisterClean
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Docer

Washington

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

Had on-tap at the OBF!

- Clear straw yellow w/ white quick head.. minimal to no lacing..

- Nice pilsner/Belgian malt profile... not so much yeast as malt... and some fresh bitter hop and zingy pine....

- Smooth and slightly skunked Belgian... pilsner... skunk, pine, Belgian Malt... kind of basic... others have done it... nice grain, enriched the right way...

- Not bad... slightly dry, fresh...

- Very drinkable... just don't think I would make a session out of it...

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 03:18:00 | More by Docer
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Goldopelgt

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden color with an eggshell head...some decent lacing..

S- Citrusy...citrusy...citrusy...faint hops...and even fainter malts...(not bad, but not as complex as I was hoping)

T- As it smells...but more balanced...pretty tasty...

M- Nice, decently balanced...crisp and somewhat dry...

D- A good beer that seems to fall in line with (if not edge out) most of the other, what I would call, 'hybrid beers'...worth a try, but probably won't knock your socks off...

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2009 02:42:56 | More by Goldopelgt
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MusicmanSD

California

4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to expect from a Belgian IPA with California balls, but I gotta say, this beer kicks ass. It's like drinking a spicy pilsner, but in the style of an IPA. It looked great on tap at Stone, smelt slightly clovey-belgian-y and tasted awesome. Really quite balanced, and actually, when compared to the house IPA at stone, very clean. In fact, the sag you get out of a worn out California yeast compared to this is strikingly noticeable. I'd recommend this to anyone as an interesting beer to try out. Really drinkable too!

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 08:32:45 | More by MusicmanSD
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.