Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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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 Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint

A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam

S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops

M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip

T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm

D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly (1,471 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (576 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of errantnight, review based on notes

Opens with a nice whoosh! Pours an effervescent & bright apricot with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & pears

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of candi sugar, phenols, dirt & lemons up front. Breadyness, apricot & a kiss of booze as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruittyness, dryness & grapefruit (about time the Cali side shines through)

MF: Semi-chewy with light but noticable carbonation & very good balance. Chewier & slightly slick once warm

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style (602 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Cali Belgique with French Oak" served from a cask into a New Belgium stem-goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Chinook and Centennial hops. Reviewed from notes. Cost was around $9.00.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger white colour thin head of little lacing and no cream. Appears quite soapy. Body colour is a vibrant copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, sweet malts, fresh floral hops, some hop oil, light nectar, and a bit of soapy detergent. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hop bitterness with no balance whatsoever. Little oak at all. Some floral character does come through, but the hp notes are mainly just flat bitterness. Simple and bland. Boring. Poorly executed.

Mf: Thin and weak. Undercarbonated. Slightly nectary. A casualty of its cask serving type.

Dr: Difficult to drink due to its low quality. A major disappointment, even coming from Stone. I definitely wouldn't get this again. One of the worst beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (368 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm. (908 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again. (770 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.

Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor. (861 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 7/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, orange, grapefruit, herbal, grass, honey, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, orange rind, pepper, clove, banana, grapefruit, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pine, earth, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, pine, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Great balance of hop and yeast character; and extremely smooth to drink. Very well done. (1,039 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a thin white bubbly head.

The smell is interesting - tart-ish funkyish Belgian yeast with a citric hoppiness. The yeast strain seems to dominate the hops at times. I found that they don't necessarily clash - but almost.

The taste follows the nose to a tee - tartish, bready yeast with a firm, but not strong, citric American hop bitterness with some maltiness. Finishes bready and dry.

Doesn't quite have the Belgian body, more of a medium IPA-ish one, which is fine, but nothing particular special about the body, to me.

As much as I love American hops, I think this is decent, and a great idea, but it just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. There have been Belgian IPA's I preferred over this, and another American brewery's attempt that I prefer as well. Nice enough, but didn't come together quite the way I was hoping. Still, worthwhile to try, as it is interesting and creative.

According to the label, about half say Cali-Belgie (Flemish) and the other half (the one I have) is as it is listed here (French). Cool that they thought of both Belgian cultures. (1,134 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again. (1,046 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character. (499 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, Belgian yeast and some lemons. You can get a lot of Belgian character in the aroma but you can tell the base beer is an IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of Belgian yeast notes as well as some orange citrus and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. The only thing I dislike about the beer is the carbonation, which is very high and prickly. Still, a nice Belgian IPA. (488 characters)

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

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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.

This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.

The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.

Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA (2,475 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast and faint alcohol esters. Taste is definitely Belgian yeast with some mild malts and faint hop character. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with an alcohol warmth.

Overall, it's not bad, but rather one dimensional. Not an IPA I'd look to get again. (353 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap

Cali came to me with a pale golden color with some bronze, a nice sturdy white head about 1/2 a inch stayed throughout. Excellent window covering lacing.

The smell was a mix of stone IPA with some belgian yeast, alot in fact. This produced some breadyness while a backing of hops gave some grapefruit and other citrus. Doesent smell overly hoppy and I quite like that, tone it down some.

The taste starts out with some belgian yeast up front with some grapefruit following from a generous hopping. Bread and some bubblegum notes. The finish is a slight bitterness with some spices rounding things out. After some more sips the some grain showed itself. I like this because it's less hoppy for a company that always does it big.

The feel was on the lighter end of medium with a smooth and very slightly bitter feel. A good amount of carb. I'm surprised this held up so well in the keg as im assuming it's not super fresh. Im thinking the hops may have fallen off a bit in storage but as it is this was great to drink. The alcohol is low as hell to which improves things. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of belgian yeast and bitterness is detectable.

Taste: yeast, pepper, some grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice hearty bitterness creates a nice version of a Belgian IPA. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast, spices, and bitterness linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one is a nice slow sipper and gets better as it warms. Worth picking this up if available. (551 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours yellow with a medium, somewhat fizzy white head, fair retention, doesn't have good lacing like I would expect in a Belgian or an IPA.

S: Dominated by citrus, get a lot of tangerine, citrus, pineapple, and an earthy Belgian yeast kick, light pepper.

T: Has a strong grapefruit orange character that the regular Stone IPA has. Belgian character is there with bitter spice, pepper, and definite bubblegum esters at the end.

M: Medium body with a mild prickly carbonation on the tongue. Too astringent at times.

D: An interesting beer, but in the end I wasn't a huge fan of it, I didn't think the flavours blended well enough together and the hop character got unappetizingly bitter after a while. A nice experiment, I could see myself trying it again, but wont be a go to beer from Stone. (814 characters)

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

on tap at the BA Belgian fest yesterday, and reviewed based on notes, pours lighter amber, clear under an initially fluffy and dense off white head. I got resiny hops, some lime in the nose. Fruity, hoppy, yeast going on here. Complex, tasty offering. I love the regular Stone IPA, love the Belgian addition..so enjoying this one is a no brainer...I'd love to see this one in bottles locally sometime soon (405 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head. Laced nicely on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with strong Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste starts out with the citrus and hoppy flavors but then the big spiciness of the belgian yeast hits your pallet. The yeast gives it a very strong spice kick that dominates the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall this was pretty good, it was more on the Belgian side of the spectrum than the American IPA. If you like Belgians and hops you would probably like this one. (640 characters)

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

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap. (487 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best until July 4th 2015.

Deep golden brass and orange bronze body, clear but with an opaque non see thru appearance. Great roaring middle of column rising carbonation matching a creamed nitrous looking two finger top head. Settles with sheet like lacing and manages a very thick looking collar. Big, aggressive and unique great looker.

Basic sense of Belgian candy like sugar and soft malts on the aroma. Mild sensing citrus fruit a bit, but seems to lean more to sugar. Slightly bready a bit as well. Solid if a bit different.

Palate has the hop forward angle of American grapefruit like hops in the mid palate. Mild sensing Belgian sweetness taken over by hop forward action in the aftertaste, with hinting oils of lemon and orange zest. Finishes quite clean and dry. Lots of hop bitterness which tends to obfuscate a lot of the Belgian character. Warmth brings up some more juicy fruit character as time goes on, even a hint of pepper like notes on the finish as well.

Overall though it's a match of styles that seem to clash and can't quite seem to find the perfect balance between the two, or the direction to go. Well made, but also doesn't seem to appeal to my right senses. (1,241 characters)

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

Stone has cloned its IPA and raised it in a different culture. How will this differ from their standard IPA? On to the beer:

No cloudiness to this one....it looks like its older sibling. A darker orange haze, tilting towards golden in the glass, with a thick and sticky head on top. Great lacing. Smells...hoppy. It's a different kind of hoppiness flavor. Grapefruit and lemon pepper are more pronounced. A bit of horse blanket sits underneath....ah, there's the Belgian influence.

In the flavor, the clean hoppiness found with the regular IPA is cut in intensity. The yeast really takes over the beer. You will taste some pine and assorted citrus, but that horse blanket, lemon, aspirin, and cloth notes sure tastes Belgian. The mouthfeel is medium-light, not heavy, and goes off the palate easy without much carbonation.

Cool experiment, and it's successful. This certainly proves that beer raised in different culture can indeed be influenced. (950 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.