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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,522 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 164 | 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 Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

pours an orangey gold with a moderate white head that hangs around for a while and does some lacing.
the aroma has got piney grapefruit rind hoppiness, and actually smells bitter if that makes sense. there is some bubblegum type fruitiness too. i get a bit of corriander-ish aroma.
a strange kind fruitiness makes up the bulk of the flavor. it's odd, in that it seems hop driven, with a dusty asprin/coconut/bubblegum/citrusy taste. beneath that lies grainy malts, corriander, a touch of candy sugar, and a pinch of pepper. a healthy, but not overpowering doese of bitterness
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderate but sharp carbonation.
the drinkability is solid, is doesn't bowl you over with bitterness like it could, it's actually pretty balanced. the smooth sweet complex taste is a new take on the recent belgian IPA trend, and while i'm a big fan of the style, it's already nice to see a little something different than a hoppy tripel, which this is not. well worth a try, i would be happy to see this one return next year.

kmo1030, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +12%

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly clear deeper golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour with lovely streams of carbonation rusing from the bottom of my glass. Leaves light spotted and mild streaks of lace.

Smell- Scents of fusel alcohol, toasted malts, belgian yeast strains and of course fruited hops.

Taste- Well balanced with lots of flavors. Not sure how many hops they used in here. Guessing two, but could even be one....which would be amazing if that was the case. Fresh perfumy and unripe grapefruit bitter hops flavors abound. A bit of sweetness and earthyness from the lightly toasted malt...maybe even a slight touch of chocolate dusting. A little dash or corriander and some white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry, quite quenching, sharp and crisp. Medium carbonation level with a nice light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers I have had. Makes you want to guzzle it. Going to buy another one or two on my way home for SD tomorrow.

GClarkage, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of erikm25
3.83/5  rDev -4%

A: Pours a bright honey orange. Lively and crisp in the glass with a very nice glowing golden quality. The head is minimal with some reasonable retention. Lacing is sporadic.

S: Nice balance between citrus and bready yeast. Hints of bananas, pears, and pined spruce. Reminded me of bubblegum with subtle floral undertones. Aromas are grassy, doughy, and medicinal towards the end.

T: The taste is sharp citrus and pine quality with noticeable malt backbone. Caramel malts with a cutting lemon zest. Subliminal splash of lime coupled with clove. Peaches and a spiced coriander finish. Fresh and sharp qualities. The hops are there in typical Stone fashion. Oranges blasted with black peppers . Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is not even present.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Jammed this with some Jimmy Durante and it seemed to couple very nicely. I liked this one a lot. Reminded me just a tad of the 08.08.08. Overall, a very nice beer. Comes with the usual Stone reading material on the back of the bottle. Even at $6.99 it was worth a whirl.

erikm25, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.63/5  rDev -9%

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a clean, light copper in color with great clarity; noticeable beads of carbonation. Creamy white head that recedes after a moment leaving multiple pools of patchy foam. Thin and spotted lacing with good durability.

Semi-sweet candied sugar that melds very smoothly with a fresh, bright citrus aromas: lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot. Hints of corriander amidst a slightly stiff, wheat character.

Intensely tart citrus and tropical fruit up front that is somewhat short lived on account of a burnt, bitter, floral hop presence. Apricot, pear, kiwi, and lemon. The corriander spice is pleasant following the fresh fruit flavors; however, the burnt-mustiness and faint candy sugar at mid-sip is bland and a slightly unpleasant. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a balance in this Belgian-IPA combo.

Medium bodied; crisp prior to the bland, candy-sweetness which turns the body somewhat dry and filmy.

The IPA 'portion' is definitely flavorful, but the Belgian yeast and sweetness hamper these highlights. Glad that I tried this offering, but next time I'll order a Ruination instead.

NEhophead, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.03/5  rDev +1%

A - Pours a brilliant gold with some hints of copper in there as well. Head is respectable and just a shade away from white. It sticks around for a couple minutes before turning into a thin cap. Nice amount of lacing remains in the glass.

S - Starts out with a dash of fruit. Mostly hints of orange and possibly lemon. Typical Belgian yeast aromas are present and give the fruit a sour note. Some sourdough bread shows up midway. Aroma is pleasant overall.

T - Several flavors are melded together fairly well right out of the gate. Fruit stands out maybe just a little more than other flavors with some grapefruit and white grape. Smoother malty flavors also come though from the start. I was able to pick out honey and candied sugar. Belgian yeast flavors come and go throughout the flavor. Alcohol is present but stays out of the way of all the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied and light in carbonation. Starts out smooth and slick but finishes a bit waxy. Finish is bitter and cleaner than expected.

D - Drinkability is good. This brew is clean and goes down pretty easy. Seems very well done for the style and I wouldn't have any problems having a couple more pints of the Cali-Belgique. The mouthfeel is a tad off but not enough to mess up the beer as a whole. Another good brew from Stone. Glad I got the chance to try it.

csmiley, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +11%

I bought the first bottle I saw in OH, $6.99 at Whole Foods. The beer is yellow as corn but clear as water, thick white foamy head that laces dry onto the glass. The smell is a near-perfect coupling of west coast hops with Belgian yeast, the citrus from the hops and the esters from the yeast. The taste is likewise representative of both styles, much better suited to my tastes than the Belgian IPA's I've tried in the past (Urthel Hop-It, Chouffe tripel IPA, etc). Lots of grapefruit with spiciness and cloves, very tasty. A real winner from Stone.

TurdFurgison, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours light orange to golden color, thin bubbled white head laces nicely.

Nose has a nice metallic hop aroma with a slight toasted caramel component.

Biscuit malt is noticed right away on the palate, nice sweetness, Belgian wild yeasty-bread flavors, and a fresh/ripe fruity hop flavor comes through nicely. Biscuits and fruit.

Finish is toasty/biscuity also, with again more fruit.

yemenmocha, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of nlmartin
2.4/5  rDev -39.8%

This beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is thick with major retention. White pancake lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is heavy handed citrus orange, lemon, grapefruit from the hops. This combines well with yeasty clove, bubblegum aromas.

Taste: The beer delivers my expected hop bitterness. A bit grassy, grapefruit. The beer gives way to cloves and a very annoying mint flavor. In short the mint ruins my enjoyment of this beer. I want to score it higher but cannot.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has medium body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer was ruined for me due to an astringent minty flavor. This beer is simply not brewed to my taste.

nlmartin, Dec 05, 2008
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.