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Stone Cali-België - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,050
Hads: 3,171
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 535 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 1,050 | Hads: 3,171
Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought this back from Florida and had it home for quite a time. Enjoy by 5/16/14 so about a month past.

A - Nice hazy golden pour. Two finger pillowy white head. Good carbonation. Wicked lace rings and a finger of retention. Good looking stuff.

S - Bubblegum, fruit, lot's of hops, grass. Belgian yeast is obviously there with pale malt base and a hop note that clearly has faded but is still there.

T - Strong Belgian yeast, grass, honey, pale malt, some spice.. Quite delicious actually.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, yeasty finish with bubblegum and spice.

O/D - Quite complex and drinkable. I imagine this would be much better fresh, but it's still quite tasty and has a nice mix of the Belgian influence and IPA character. This is one I've been waiting to try for a while and it was the wait. Well done.

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Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will forever be remembered as the beer I was drinking when the winning USA goal went in against Ghana, so forgive me if I was a bit distracted from how it tasted. Slightly hoppy, but not too much. Some floral notes as well. Some IPAs will beat you over the head, but not this one. Another great Stone offering.

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Photo of seedyone
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

08/22/12 On tap. Part of flight of Stone's stuff, this is the lighter entry at a mere 6.9%. Much lighter mouth feel than the others. I swear as it passed under my nose I caught a hint of Bologna/Bratwurst...I know...I know, but that's what I got.

Research leans toward Belgian yeast & saisson styling and who am I to argue?

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Photo of gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. A bit lighter than I expected, a yellow color. Can see through. On the first pour there was a 1 finger head, but agitating the yeast and giving it a second pour out of a bomber yields a 2 finger head. Thin lacing.

s. Citrus and hops.

t. Here is where the yeast agitation really shows through. The first glass I had was very good at best. If I had to do it all over again, I would have filled the glass half way, swirled the remaining beer in the bottle, and poured the rest of the glass. Agitate the yeast with each pour. I would call this a mix between a white and an IPA, with the IPA coming to the party late.

m. So smooth - so Stone.

o. Outstanding once the Yeast comes to the party. More white than IPA, but a great combo!

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Photo of avwrite
2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice appearance. A beautiful dark amber color. Very clear.

S - Hoppy. A little too hoppy for me. It comes down to personal preference, but I was slightly off put by how strong it was.

T - As with the smell, the hops taste was strong. At first it sucks you in, you're thinking it's not too prevalent, but then it kicks it up. If you're a strong IPA drinker, it's for you.

M - Comes out bitter in the end. Too bitter. Again, it's not my cup of tea.

O - It comes down to personal preference. Not a beer I'd try again, but I can see it's charms with other drinkers.

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Photo of 0beerguy0
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured an almost perfectly clear orange-gold color, decent head about two fingers worth when first poured, stayed at about a fingers worth throughout drinking it.

Aroma: Very hoppy smelling, and I could pick up on a slight fruitiness but it was very hard to pick out over the hops. Smelled a little stronger than other IPAs I have had.

Taste: Citrus with some very light bready flavors. A bit of a pine aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Very high carbonation, but I guess that comes with this style of beer.

Drinkability: Not my favorite beer from stone, but still a great beer

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Nordic Pint Glass
Enjoy by 06/12/14

A - Amber coloured with fast rising bubbles. Small white head that clings to the sides with very sticky lacing and fades very slowly.

S - Peach/Apricot, Citrus with a hint of pine

T - Sweet citrus, peach and raisin leaving a bitter but still sweet pine aftertaste

M - Very smooth but still a good amount of Carbonation.

All in all one of my favorite offerings from Stone so far.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 05/03/14

A: Crystal clear light amber honey look. Tiny streaming bubbles are present producing about a half finger of cream colored suds. Moderate retention with a few streaks and dots of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Minty herbal hops and banana like esters on the nose. I get some apricot like stone fruit action with a twist of citrus and some coriander type spices. Has a sweet breadiness to it from the pale and caramel malts. Interesting mix and the phenols are fairly strong. Not bad but definitely different.

T: Big peppery bitterness with dashes of citrus fruit and some menthol notes. Banana, bubblegum, and clove spice are all there with a touch of caramel sweetness. Man there is a lot going on here. I get some fruity apricot and a lemony tartness as well. The phenols are super sharp and almost smoky at times and the alcohol kicks in towards the finish. Not really a fan of this one.

M: The body is moderate and slightly filling but tends to land closer to the lighter side. Nearing astringent form the high hop bitterness and sharp yeast phenols. Dash of alcohol warmth. Finish has a solid drying effort with a slight resinous after affect.

D: Not a huge fan of this one. It’s not necessarily flawed but is a bit disjointed with too much going on for my liking. The 22oz was a bit of a chore and I don’t like doing chores without some type of reward.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful, hazy honey color with very little head. Completely opaque. Little to no lacing.

Smell 4.0: Big notes of grapefruit up front, followed by a refreshing scent of sweet malts and a slight nose of musty/dusty cellaring.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet with a nice, mellow taste of piney hops. Middle is malty and features a very pleasant, deep, spicy grain (rye-like) along with a sledgehammer of brettanomyces-esque (never thought I would type that) flavor that washes over everything and then nicely dissipates. Finish is smooth and the hops at this level are more grapefruit than anything and serve to prop up and accentuate the delicious flavors of the Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is long and the maltiness quickly fades leaving a very long taste of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel 3.5: A bit too watery for me. Carbonation level was good for the style.

Overall 4.0: Great beer. Unique tastes in this beer and certainly not what I was expecting by reading the label and skipping through the (now) typical idiotic drivel that Stone feels compelled to waste valuable paint printing on each bomber-size bottle of their beers. Seriously, who writes this garbage? Regardless, this beer is not focused on what I would associate with Belgian beers, but instead is focused on a more funky yeast strain that -nonethless-- works with Stone's excellent IPA recipe. Definitely worth a try for fans of Flanders-style beers, lambics, geuze and bretts. Recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.39/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours an extremely clear golden color. Belgian-style beers shouldn't be this crystal clear. There's about two fingers worth of white-colored head. It retains decently and leaves a few rings of lacing behind. Even if the clarity scares me, it still looks good in a glass.

S: Mostly, the aroma provides notes of bready, undefined Belgian yeast. Not only does this lack definition, but it also obstructs some of the nice citrusy hops that would have otherwise popped out of the glass even more. Not bad, just rather simplistic.

T: It starts off quite bready from the yeast. The hop profile is shockingly gentle - and it's not like this was an old bottle (at the MOST, it was 2 months old: most Stone IPAs are still quite good at 2 months), it's just devoid of a hop bite. There are light touches of citrus, herbs, and pine, at least. After a few sips, it dawns on me: the yeast ruins it. It's too generic, too one-note, and too obstructive of the other flavors all at once. Add in a lousy phenolic aftertaste, and this is downright tiring to drink.

M: Not light, crisp, or refreshing. At. All. At least it's dry...I guess that's worth a quarter of a point. The yeast is so damn heavy, it just chokes the drinkability completely. Hell, it's even slightly undercarbonated for the style.

O: Moar liek Cali-Failgique, amirite? I really, REALLY hope Stone's saison is about thirty times better than this.

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Photo of lulubrewer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A different beer. Don't expect a strongly hopped IPA or you will be disappointed. Don't take me wrong, the hop is definitely there but saves room for the yeast. One can definitely taste a Duvel type yeast. (dry finish and pear like flavor) I really like the Chinook, it gives a really dry type of flavor (similar to the the APA by schlafly, almost like sucking mint leaves: almost hairy in some ways). The dryness of the hop flavor and of the body (the beer is well attenuated) really complements the Duvel yeast well. A different beer but that worked well for me.

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Photo of Ziggyzig
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I was looking for something a bold and different and went with this unique brew.

color:7-9 SRM, a beautiful rich golden color.
Appearance: poured thick like tripple, nice thick head, and slightly effervescent.
Mouthfeel: thick, heavy
Smell: yeasty, hints of orange, lemon.
Taste: yeasty and bread like with lemon and slight citrus notes.
Experience: was stoked at the thought of a Belgian/American IPA hybrid beer. Poured a great golden color and nice long lasting 1 finger head. From the first taste I think Belgian all the way. It's heavy mouthfeel and bready/yeasty flavors soak the palate, only to be cut by a slight lemon citrus finish from those west coast hops.

I expected more of a hop presence, but I'm disappointed in a good way. This beer is descriptively complex and is a must try for hop heads and Belgian lovers alike.

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Photo of lochef81
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of Belgium ales and an even bigger fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to sample this hybrid. This ale pours a gorgeous golden color with a thick long lasting white head. Very European in appearance. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of Belgium yeast and malty notes. Though there is definitely and underlying aroma of west coast hops. This one has a lighter body than I expected. The flavor of this ale is more European influenced than I expected with a lot of sweet yeast flavors and Malt. Yet there is a definite American ipa influence. A very decent amount of hops that would not be found in a typical belgium ale. This is not my favorite Stone offering or my favorite belgium ipa but it is a very good well crafted ale blending two of the best styles if beer ever created.

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Photo of James773
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful crystalline golden color. Smells fresh and grape-y. The beer is very effervescent and foams in the mouth; it's almost a little too distracting. Warm and bready like a Belgian but with a much more pronounced hops character, and I think I taste more grapes in the back. I've been thinking about Stone's Enjoy By series a lot recently and in my eyes this could have never lived up to that, but it's solid.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has a clean, consistent off-white head that diminishes calmly. Light brassy orange in color.

Fluid oily hop notes from the top of the glass. Lemon, orange rind and a hint of grapefruit. Yeast and spice mixed in. Complex.

Grain and citrus up front. Light bodied and thin. Mostly dry. Has a bitter bottom end that has a hint of staleness (might have been on the shelf too long).

Good take on the style that proves you don't always need in-your-face to get tasty.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Orange Jell-O body. Glossy. In light, yolky bright orange. Off-white head. Three finger thick. Sudsy. More creamy actually. Pillow-y, spotty lacing. Head & lacing have great retention. Appearance meets the bar of a Belgian IPA.

S-Banana bread. Cinnamon. Clove. Yeasty. Honey wheat bread. Citrus. Sweet sticky pine. Very juicy. Floral.

T-Starts citrusy, combined with bananas. More orange forward. Excellent malt middle. A mushroom cloud of malt explodes in the center. Ends bitter and pine hoppy. Pine lingers nicely. Has the bittersweet aftertaste of grapefruit. Juicy. Sour yeast and baking spices on the finish as well. Resin billows up after sipping. Gets more bitter and resinous with time.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slight sediment on finish that feels like baking spices via Belgian yeast. Sour aftertaste. Tingly. Medium level of drying. And yet wets with every sip. You feel the beer evaporate at a nice pace off of the palate.

O-Thought would be better. The smell was good, but not thick and fragrant like a Belgo-IPA should be. The two worlds of Belgian brew & IPA were mild in scents and taste. Good for the style, but I didn't get too excited drinking. Just sipped nonchalantly. Good to slightly great beer, but not classic like a Stone brew should be.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a small but full head
S - Belgium yeast, banana, lemon, pine.
T - Citrus a little grapefruit, sweet, bready, with the presents of the Belgium yeast.
M- Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Solid example of the style.

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Photo of Tickman
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange-hued amber, cloudy, thin white but creamy head with good lacing. Aroma dominated by hops- pine, rosemary, funk, dirty socks, slightly yeasty. Bitter upfront on the palate, receding to resinous hops, lighter caramel malts, subtle yeast flavor, slight soapiness. Lingering bitterness, dry, tingling mouthfeel.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden coloration, very lively. moderate all-white foamy cap.

The aroma is very pungent. robust-funkadelisized yeast combustion...grainy, almost meaty hop and sour/sweet wheat. Light, crispy malt but dang the hop and yeast combo is a nice smell.

Towering amounts of yeast complexity here, with as aggressive hop that is very earthy and dry. Sour, earthy flavor's from this unique yeast, jazzy and a bit of a grainy, rough mouth feel which works for me since the yeast and hops are very upfront.

Loving these American/Belgian-style brews, Big American hops and complex Belgian yeast are just a wonderful thing.

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Photo of tmm313
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy, golden, straw-like color. Poured a thick, creamy 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S- Banana right off the top. Grapefruit, pine, and hop funk. Give it a swirl for a nice whif of clove and brown sugar.

T- Man, there's a lot going on. Its like there's sweet grapefruit, banana, apple and pear up front, followed by light fresh hops, and ending in pine, grapefruit rind, and a pinch of pepper.

M- Medium, almost heavy, body with crisp carbonation. Nice mix of oil and dryness on the finish. Lingering dry bitterness.

O- Its been said so many times, its almost not worth saying. Stone knows what the hell they are doing. If you haven't jumped on board, you're insane. This was a super complex, super balanced, beer. I'm almost dumbfounded by what just happened. Happens pretty regularly with a Stone brew.

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Photo of MadCat
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with a lushous white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fragrant, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of yeast

Taste: Taste follows the nose up front, citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Then, the malt and yeast follows, bready, biscuity, spicy, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Would have liked if it followed Belgian styles, but that is the only real downside I see in this.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Holds up to Stone's standards very well.

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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Stone Cali-België from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.