Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
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!
02-14-2009 02:56:23 | More by aforbes10
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-13-2009 07:27:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-13-2009 00:32:07 | More by bhalter8
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
02-09-2009 15:38:28 | More by KBoudreau66
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
02-08-2009 23:05:55 | More by pinotboy007
3.75/5 rDev -6%
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.
02-06-2009 19:47:43 | More by JohnQVegas
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
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
02-05-2009 02:25:02 | More by soupyman10
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-05-2009 01:13:46 | More by kirok1999
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-04-2009 00:22:44 | More by Zraly
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
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!
02-03-2009 20:39:23 | More by NJpadreFan
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
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...
02-03-2009 17:48:24 | More by davexisxrabid
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-01-2009 05:08:58 | More by rajendra82
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-01-2009 01:00:25 | More by BeerSox
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
01-29-2009 01:52:29 | More by PerzentRizen
4.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
01-28-2009 22:41:01 | More by ppoitras
3.08/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
01-28-2009 05:55:50 | More by yeastsipper
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
A: Pours very clear with a golden/orangish hue. Nice frothy white head but it disappears quickly. Nice lacing
S: Belgian yeast, spice, floral hops.
T/M: Tripel like flavors, banana, clove, spice. Bitterness from the hops, which are quite present on the end. A weird amalgamation of styles. It's definitely true to its world--both Belgian and San Diego styles mixed here.
D: Decently drinkable. The hops are pretty bitter on the end, which distracts me since I don't like pure pine oil.
I enjoyed it, but I'm not completely sold. Worth a try for sure.
01-28-2009 02:29:06 | More by abfraser
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Bomber bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Light-amber, champagne-hue... Massive carbonation rising, impressive foamy head, minor deposit of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Authentic, true-to-the-style Belgian IPA aroma straddling the fence between a Belgian-style Tripel and an American IPA...
Taste: Although this American depiction might fall a few feet short of other classic Belgian examples such as Dobbelen Chouffe, this is an excellent depiction of a classic European style done in the American tradition...
01-26-2009 00:28:04 | More by dsa7783
3.95/5 rDev -1%
A - Pours very clear. Light orange/golden color. Small bright white head that quickly fades.
S - Fairly complex.. big malty/bready tones up front followed by spice and finished with a very sweet fruit scent.
T - Malt/bready dominance followed by hops with a slight hop bitterness. Smooth dry finish.
M - Palate is somewhat dry. Thick bodied.
D - Fairly easy drinker here.. pretty smooth brew and a great mix of malt and hops.
01-25-2009 04:52:39 | More by Yesac
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Clear amber with a two finger cream color head. Still a small layer of head at the half way point and very nice fine lacings. Aroma is mostly ripe pear with a hint of citrus. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a rich malt backing. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter and dry with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Drinkability is limited only by price and the 6.9% abv. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a tang that makes this IPA more interesting than most.
01-25-2009 03:06:24 | More by Spikester
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
22 oz. bomber - $6.49 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down.
Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice.
Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say it's just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.
01-23-2009 22:38:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
A: Very active golden color with truly minimal lacing. The amber tone of the beer rings out very invitingly. I am curious to why the lacing is so much less on this Stone brew than most other Stone's of IPA caliber.
S: A fruity and strong scent eminates from the glass. One of the best smelling Stone's I've ever had.
T: Distinct and cheerful. I don't know if I'd call the taste a "fruity" one, but it's definitely in that same class of thought. A slight piney undertone that reminds me of a sweet bark/sap flavor. This is definitely up to par with the rest of the Stone brewery.
M: A solid 5, or more. I can let this brew sit in my mouth forever and not get tired of it's high activity on my taste buds. Never gets old. A very solid IPA-thickness feel.
D: Also good. Solid on the stomach but definitely not overly so. Could drink a few and be happy!
Overall: My favorite India Pale Ale ever released by the Stone brewery. Distinct taste, smell, and presence. Would buy again!
01-22-2009 02:47:16 | More by Psilo707
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Sticky golden pour with a billowy white head. Delicious hop aroma with a pleasing sweetness. Reminds me of my beloved Houblon. Taste is awesome. Fresh, hoppy, and sweet. A Belgian IPA seems to me a mix of a Tripel and an intense IPA. This one is especially delicious. Mouthfeel is also smooth, with no alcohol bite. So long as you are down with the sweet sticky hop goodness, you'll have no problem putting a couple of these away. A repeat purchase for certain.
01-22-2009 00:38:16 | More by Onibubba
4.03/5 rDev +1%
A. Bright golden on the outside, more orange in the middle. Very unique and beautiful. Head is loose and 1/4" of sticky icky icky.
S. Tangerines, sweet orange peel, a faint touch of warmth from the alcohol, and clean, sweet malts to support the super fresh and fruity hops. Very nice!
T. Zingy and citrusy with a nice hop bite. The hops are floral and earthy. Light candi sugar and rich caramel malts support all the hop action.
M. Thin and light in the mouth and high carbonation. A little bit thinner than I'd prefer.
D. I really like this one! This bomber is going to go down way too easily for sure.
01-19-2009 17:38:55 | More by MMAJYK
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Bomber courtesy of CrellMoset. BBD 11/13/2008 but I'm just getting around to this one now. Poured into a Reidel cab glass. Bring it on...
Clear honey color with tight Champagne-yeasty head that doesn't stick around but leaves good lacing.
Nice slight banana ester with an almost Saison kick. Backed up with good grapefruit/Centennial hop kick. Good, light malt presence.
This has a lot more of a Belgian feel than I recall in the tap. Almost honey-like with good coriander byproducts. The citrus is a little less pronounced than with original Stone IPA...a byproduct of the strength of the yeast differential. Hops emerge with a nice floral/citrus mix as it warms. Still excellent.
This treats the palate extremely well. Fullness of spice and light malt, hop flora and slight citrus brings it all home. Carbonation helps disperse everything nicely The beautiful bride says, "Now that's the perfect beer."
This one drinks very well - enjoyability is on par with the tap experience. I'd definitely like to see more of this stuff around.
01-18-2009 10:35:23 | More by IBUnit63
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,484 ratings.