Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,020
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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (504 characters)

Photo of yeastsipper
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (763 characters)

Photo of abfraser
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (556 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (565 characters)

Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (429 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (895 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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! (980 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (461 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (610 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of TheDoorman
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange color with white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, sweet pale malt aroma, with a citrusy hop presence, orange peel. Palate is filled with malt, very very sweet, perhaps too sweet. Citrusy hops really come out in the finish. Bitter and dry. This beer for me is best described as a beer that starts like a triple and ends like an IPA. This beer seems to have two distinct phases. I would like to feel as though everything blended together for a more consistently balanced taste throughout. Contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was closer to the IPA end of the spectrum. I could have used some more hops. The beer is a bit too sweet upfront. (662 characters)

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution. (381 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear gold color with a bright white two-finger head. The head shrinks down into a thin layer of bubbles on top, leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with a medicinal and almost spicy hop aroma.

Tastes good. Light fruit flavors are backed up by a good hop bite that ends with a solid bitterness. There's a sweet malt backbone throughout and hints of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation that make it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's by no means the tastiest Belgian IPA I've had, but it's no slouch.

Overall this is a tasty offering from Stone, and one that is worth a shot. (734 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly tempered by a citrus & caramel sweetness and a bready backbone of Belgian yeast. There's also a touch of spice and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is yet another excellent beer from Stone, it is definitely worth drinking for a whole evening. (814 characters)

Photo of brianh78
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, as I had only every had one other Belgian IPA, which I truly loved...

Appearance: brilliant gold color, translucent; 3.5 finger head which stuck around for a while

Smell: Flowery hops were there from the beginning, but were tempered by a slight malty sweetness on the back end

Taste: surprisingly subtle hops that were floral and of moderate bitterness. the aftertaste lingered, but was not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: effervescent, thin and bright

Drinkability: definitely could have a few of these...this beer leaves you wanting more. (562 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with good clarity. A strong Belgian head forms and holds for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty nose. Nice citrusy hops minus the pine, very clean. Some fruity esters from the very present yeast, some banana.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, though admittedly a touch lower than I expected from Stone :) Some nice citrus notes as well as plenty of floral and grassy flavors. A pleasantly sweet malt rides it out in the back with just a touch of balance. The yeast is again very present, lending some nice spicy notes and light fruity flavors. A good shot of pepper is left behind with the lasting bitterness. Body is medium to medium light and is kept alive by the spritzy Belgian carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable with a manageable ABV. The left over spice and bitterness is pretty strong but not too much. (921 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear gold color just maybe the slightest bit of a hazy. Nice white head with good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops are the first thing I notice. Also can pick up some malts and as it warmed up a little bit of yeast.

T- Pretty nice flavour. Somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and an American IPA. Nice and hoppy with a peppery yeast in there as well.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- This one went down very easy and was enjoyable. Not quite a hop bomb but has a great balance to it. (547 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange amber color, almost grapefruity, with a solid and voluminous two-finger peachy cream head that has some impressive retention. The fluffiness finally faded leaving some nice feathery lacing down the glass.

While resiny and piney with a strong west coast hopping, aroma is strikingly different than Stone IPA with a nice light Belgian twist. Beligian wit-esque yeasty, citrusy and a bit spice. Belgian aromas seem to win out over the IPA aromas.

Taste is interesting, as it's decidedly Stone IPA-esque, yet the Belgian yeast character is definitely there. Piney, resinous and citrusy, there's a delicious IPA in there, but the bready spicy and fruity Belgian yeast adds a nice element to the mix. It lightens the pine hopping. Finishes with a light Belgian-like lemon citrus bite thats perfect. I could go for a touch more of the Belgian yeast flavors, as it still seems a touch on the IPA side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some ample yet fairly delicate carbonation to hearken to true Belgian qualities. A touch drying on the finish is perfect.

Impressed, surprised, happy. I'm not a huge fan of Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeasts makes this one deliciously different. Ultimately delicious and enjoyable. I definitely plan of snagging a few more bottles of these. (1,299 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and I'll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I won't be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick. (490 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

A - Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy sour citrus, yeast and pepper aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout brew that was better than my expectations. (425 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with a billowing white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Spicy and piney with a hint of fruity yeastiness. As the drink goes on, I am struck by the thought of "canned fruit cocktail" as I bury my nose prior to each drink. Interesting and appealing.

T- Piney/hoppy bitterness nicely counters the spicy/fruity yeastiness.

M- Fairly crisp with fairly high carbonation. Fairly creamy. I like using fairly in this section.

D- Easy drinking, flavorful, and interesting. 25 oz'er a delight to quaff. Quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I can see getting this again. Quite a nice drink. (725 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate. (364 characters)

Photo of FACEMEAT
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap. nice lacing left behind on glass.

S: Pine and fruity yeast that I immediately associated with belgian ales.

T: This is a perfect marriage of the greatest aspects of a California IPA and a Belgian strong ale. Hoppy bitterness up front and a champagne-esque fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy. The flavors linger in its viscosity.

D: I could easily throw back one too many of these. (521 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (724 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.