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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,745
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 86
Gots: 272 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of haningj2
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very solid beer all the way around.

Poured from bomber into pilsner glass.

Beautiful beer. Great golden hue with the smallest tint or orange/brown. This beer is very active. Its one of those beers that mesmerizes against a gleaming sun. Very fitting that Stone brews it, cause you'll see the side effects after staring into Medusa's head.

Very aromatic. Slightly spicy. You get the obvious hop spice but seems to be a little piney and nutty. Citrus is present. Typical IPA.

Very clean for Stone. It smells much more IPA-ish than it tastes. Not that I'm complaining. Has much more fruit flavor than I expected. The initial hop punch is there but quickly backs off. Very subtle after-taste. Ruination this is not. The aftertaste has a wonderful hint of vanilla that I never would have seen coming.

Feels nice...even better going down. Not overbearing and has a very clean finish. "Mouthfeel" is opposite ends of their typical brew.

Drinkable but not a sitter. Will probably find yourself drinking faster than you'd like. I actually got preoccupied and let mine sit a little too long. I'd recommend drinking it on the chilled side.

Very solid beer. I will definitely purchase again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange golden hue with a thick effervescent off white head, forming thick and rising well above my glass. Sporadic chunky lacing simply clings to the sides of my Gordon Biersch Imperial pint glass. I know not exactly the choice for many Belgian style ales, however this one retains enough American hops to fit smoothly into this style of glass. Big grapefruit and citrus tones simply crash down on my senses, excellent American hop profile...in fact it's one I don't think that I've enjoyed since early on in Stone's uprising. A bit of Candied sugar and sweet biscuit or cracker sweetened malts lay open to a load of citrus hops, and since that's the case that is all I can recall from recent Stone Cali-Belgique examples. Sweet sugary hops and malts with spicy Beglian malts not as much of a train wreck as some of the Belgian style ales, I just hope that Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale makes it out to southeastern Ohio more often. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft effervescent carbonation from your atypical Stone creation, I thought I was going to hate the American hops with Belgian yeast but this version worked for me and I hope to see more of it in greater Pittsburgh area. Btw, I snagged this bottle from the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common in Myrtle Beach.

Photo of Anthony1
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a clear gold with a off white head. not to much head, not to much lace, but some tints in the hue, somewhat copper toned.

smells hoppy and yeasty. some nice mix of fruits.

bitter and hoppy, but not what i come to expect from stone. not enough bite. i loved ruination and ipa, but this is a bit to weak. obviously its a belgain ipa, but i wanted a more refined taste. still, good. light body. pretty easy to drink.

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

had it on draft before, but no notes...

poured from a bomber to a ABA pint glass: yields a tiny little head (less than one finger). the body is a cloudy-hazy bright orange color. some pretty decent lacing around the glass.

hops and the belgian yeast notes rule this one. you get some hops (citrus) and then some spiciness, and a aroma that i can only say is belgian yeast. can't put it into words exactly.

not as hoppy flavored like the regular IPA. there are some of the mentioned spicy notes, and some hops flavor as well. the malts are not playing in this one much. a nice dry finish.

i'm guessing i expected the carbonation to be a bit higher on this one, but the lower level does suit it to a degree. a little over medium for body.

for it's strength (which is well masked) this beer is pretty easy to drink provided the spice is up your alley.

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

Okay...Stone IPA fermented with a Beligan yeast strain. Nice.

Pours a light, hazy straw color. Opqaue. A thin tan head, which descends quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus, pine...pretty hoppy here. Maybe some orange blossom or summer flower aroma.

Taste like an IPA...hoppy sweet...some malts here, bready on the tongue...somewhat chalky in the mouthfeel. Some banana and clove, perhaps as a result of the Belgian yeast strain...it's bitter-sweet.

Overall, this is a good beer. It's nice, subtle variation on the standard IPA..reminds me a little of the Chouffe IPA...that very hoppy flavor with subtle hints of funk.

Drinkable? yes. This is a beer that goes down easy and is worthy of another sip.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden yellow color with a two finger head. Falls to a slight ring of bubbles around glass. Good lacing.

S - There is an interesting blend of a yeasty bread and citrusy hops aroma.

T - The large hop characteris balanced form the Belgian bread and malt character, the hops don't trounce all of the flavors like the stone IPA, rather it's a more balanced beer with a good finish with touches of Belgian spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer. Maybe not the best California IPA/ Belgian beer, but darn good.

Photo of McDiddyPop
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine on a recent visit. Poured a 22oz bottle into my Stone IPA Stemware.

This one pours a bright golden color with an orange tint. Perfect clarity. My pour brought on a two-finger dense rocky head that subsided to a cap and left a thick ring of lace. One of the best collars of foam I have seen.

The smell is somewhat unimpressive. Herbal hops are very faint. A hint of sweetness from the Belgian yeast. I much prefer the citrusy goodness of the standard IPA.

Taste is fairly decent. Nice herbal hops fill the mouth. A mild tartness and a bit dry. An interesting mix of flavors, but I could use a bit more sweetness to round out the hops.

The mouthfeel is good. A bit effervescent with a nice dry, almost mouth-puckering finish. The dryness enhances the drinkability, however I won't reach for this one all too often. Overall a good beer, but Stone has plenty better.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It's initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

Photo of aubuc1
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.

Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.

Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.

Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.

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

Grabbed a growler while at the fantastic brewery/restaurant.

Appearance - A nice copper color. A solid foamy head and very nice lacing. Looks good.

Smell - Some nice sharp hops. A little more to the pine side of things. Also some lemon, hint of yeast.

Taste - Real bitter pine hops. There's also a hint of fruit, maybe apricot. A solid biscuit malt background keeps it balanced.

Mouthfeel - Not oily or thick, with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth and easy.

This is a very nice beer. Nothing to light your world on fire, but a pleasant, slightly more balanced drinker from Stone. Good times.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This bottle is one of the "Cali-Belgie" variety with the Dutch/Flemish spelling of Belgium. Learned that off of the back of the bottle... neat-o.

A: Fairly clear, pure amber colored body with golden highlights around the edges of the tulip. Pour produces a 1 finger thick, foamy, off-white colored head. Head reduces to a sheet of wispy foam after a couple sips and a couple seconds, but reforms to a centimeter depth upon a quick swirling. Good lacing grips the side of the glass with each sip, forming notches and rings.

S: Definitely got that Stone aroma to it with some prominent hop notes (even though, surely, the hop character has faded after this much time on the shelf and then in subsequent cellar storage). Still getting blasts of resiny pine/herbal hops and some sweeter citrusy notes. Then there is the familiar Belgian aspect of this beer, with the yeast strain giving off a bit of barnyard - some sweet, grassy straw and a bit of musky, definitely soapy funk. Also picking up what I believe to be touches of honey interspersed between grainy/cereal-like wheat aromas. Only a kiss of alcohol present in the nose, just slightly stinging the nostrils right before you exhale Interesting to say the least, but I enjoy it.

T: Where to begin? You get an initial dose of hops in all their earthy herbal and piney glory, followed by a moderating flash of lighter citrus/foral hops and honey notes. Then the malt bill takes charge with a lightly toasted grain flavor that is punctuated by flashes of a soapy like funkiness (obviously from the yeast) and some light, grassy flavors. Then a sharp, stale bread flavor takes charge of the palate and dominates well into the finish, which ends with that slightly soapy, funk flavor competing with some light, flowery esters on the palate. Alcohol starts to creep in with a slightly medicinal bite late into the glass, but its not overwhelming. All-in-all, complex and quite funky, as advertised.

M: This Belgian IPA has some texture to it - slightly syrupy/oily. Carbonation is moderate, but what is there is very refined and quite fine in texture, leaving a wave of tiny prickles across the tongue.

D: Quoted at 6.9% ABV, and while you can start to catch the alcohol near the bottom of the glass, it never dominates the palate, making Cali-Belgie enjoyable to drink. Still, one bomber is probably enough, given the uniqueness of the flavor profile and the funkiness in this beer, you'll probably only need one to do the job.

A nice Americanized twist on a Belgian IPA. Not sure if it bests Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but its still an interesting and tasty Belgian IPA. If you can find a bottle, give it a try - the hops might be faded, but the funk from the Belgian yeast strain definitely makes up for that.

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

Forgot I hadn't reviewed this yet, so here goes.

Appearance: Golden hue of yellow-orange with some yeasty remains poured into the glass. Head is white and lacing is decent. Nothing outstanding yet still a pretty IPA.

Smell: I want to say the hops are very similar to the Stone IPA standard, but the yeast makes all the difference. The fruity aromas are there with some more bready hints as well, and I'm happy to say that the coriander was kept to a minimum. Spice is there, yes, but it's much like I'd picture a Belgian IPA being: the fruity Belgian esters with a hoppy punch. It's not particularly aromatic, but what is there is pleasant.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, much like the smell. Spiciness is latent and mild, with the main flavors being a very balanced result. The Belgian is more present in my mind than the IPA styling, as the hoppiness that is the calling card of the Stone IPA is much more subtle here, leaving the way for a fruitier and less resiny IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately and never too clove-y or spiced. Finishes drier than the Stone IPA as well.

Drinkability: Decent, I wouldn't want to have much more than a bomber of this just due to the style not being my favorite, but still a pleasant brew that is not a game changer, not too bitter nor hoppy and a nice example to introduce a friend to what the difference between a Belgian and an American style is.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of infestaxion
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale yellow with a nice meringue head that doesn't stick around very long.

S - Hops and Belgian yeast. Nothing very special here.

T - That unmistakable Belgian yeast hits you up front. Very nice piny hops come through afterward. A bit of lemongrass and honey. It's got a nice bitterness to it that I really like.

M - Nice body and great carbonation.

D - Smooth going down.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with small white head.

Smell is pure California cascade.

I will trust that this beer uses Belgian yeast, but the Belgian character is muted/overpowered by the (delicious) hops. A touch of fruit, but not much. Hops in taste seem a bit more earthy than in the aroma. Finishes with lingering (semi-harsh) bitterness.

Highly carbonated medium bodied. Perfect for a cali-belgian ipa.

Very drinkable IPA. I would have liked to seen a bit more Belgian Character and a little less bitterness; but those are just nit picks to an otherwise fine beer.

Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this brew is pale amber in color, with gold highlights. it's got a half-decent head though i am suspicious of the state of my glass. it's sudsy and well supported by carbonation

the light color belies a fairly toasty aroma that meshes well with a subtle belgian yeast character. spice. the hop profile is juicy and sweet, though not particularly piney

more sweet, juicy hop comes through with a sip. this time pine aspects make an appearance. it's a bitter brew and in the category the toastiness once again outshines the belgian character

sticky: a standard stone offering in that respect and not enough help is provided from the visible bubbles. ultimately, not very belgianish. very STONEd

Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a growler bought at the brewery and poured into a pils glass.

A-very dense off white-rocky head. golder amber body

S-medicinal and clove smell

T-piney, clovey, some sweet malt flavor in there as well.

M-light

D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone "Cali-Belgie:" IPA

A Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Light Bronze in color with some sticky lacing on the side.

S. Lightly fruity, reminds me of canned Pear..Wet hops. Floral boquet. Standard for an IPA but this leads me to believe this beer has alot to offer.

T. Piney, resinous hops greet the palate, with a light fruity malt backing. Grapefruit pairs well with Green Apple and the bitter American hops. Belgian yeast funk in the finish. Rarely, if ever, do I meet an IPA with such complexity.

M. Sharp and biting to the palate initially, this beer finishes with an appetizingly dry, chalky finish.

D. A rare treat that is as delicious as it is rare in these parts. One of the best IPAs Ive come accross. Exceptional.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange, chill haze, steady carbonation streams, and a four finger white head which gracefully decays into some attrative stretchy lace.

Aroma has mild citrus notes and a hint of yeastiness, but is surpriingly subdued.

Sweet malt beginning. A hint (subliminal?) of candy. Rush of bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Juicy. Fruity. Yeasty. Definite candy note. Clean finish.

Nice smooth nmouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Maybe not my particular cup of tea, but well done.

Photo of marvin213
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the light side for an IPA--perhaps that involves the Belgian yeast? The head is thin but solid, and the retention is excellent.

I'm ordinarily a big fan of belgian aromas, and this one smells much more like an IPA. Without detecting what's usually a distinct Belgian smell, it offers more of a citrusy effect. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly pleasant.

Ooooh--I can taste the Belgian aspect. Having already disclosed I'm more of an IPA guy, I'm a little let down after my wafting. Where the smell is only subtlely Belgian, the taste is only subtlely IPA. Since "Belgian" is only an adjective describing the main "IPA" noun, I've got to judge this here beer relative to IPAs.

Belgian yeasts and quality carbonation combine for a good mouthfeel. It's almost like an alka-seltzer the way it fizzes and cleanses the palate. This effect would make the Cali-Belgique an effective transition beer among different foods and drinks.

The beer is easy to drink, and it's appropriate for just about any occasion. Thing is, it'd have to taste better to go to it more consistently.

Photo of grayburn
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer quickly became one of my favorite summertime brews...from the first sip of the golden nectar I fell in love with it's crisp hoppiness, painted on a canvas of estery, malty godliness.
Excellent white head with retention like a swimming pool and laces like skates, very nice.

The smell and taste are exactly what I was expecting, a nice mix of hopping and yeastiness, definitely not overdone, which was my biggest worry.

The mouthfeel is just light enough to be quite thirst quenching and the drinkability is top freaking notch. Another excellent offering from Stone.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 from a 22oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Color is btwn pale amber and rich gold. Moderate white head and really good lacing.

S: Very floral and piney up front. Fruity and hoppy, but there's something, maybe with the Belgian yeast, which quite stands out.

T: Good hops (but not overbearing) and yeast. Very cool interaction on the taste buds with the Belgian yeast. Hops are very citrusy, nice and flowery.

M & D: Could be better. Smooth for an IPA. A good session beer at a low abv (for an IPA).

Well done Stone!

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells hoppy. I detect some grassy and citrus hops. It also has a spicy Belgain aroma. I detect some coriander. Earthy yeast aroma is present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Hops and Belgain yeast flavors mixed up. It is great. Grass and grapefruit. Some coriander also.

This beer is full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a hoppy spice aftertaste.

This beer wuld make an excelent session beer. It is not overly alcoholic, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is great. All the conflicting aromas and flavors make this one, surprisingly, a winner.

Photo of MisterClean
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a golden orange color with white head that faded quick and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, hops and malt. Tasted yeasty, with fruit and a light hops kick. Fairly smooth. Some interesting flavors here, but the combination doesn't suit me very well.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.