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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,102
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
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California, United States

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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 Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from South Bay Drugs. Pours a fairly standard golden orange, but with a nice head thatsticks around as a cap. It's amazing what the adddition of a different yeast will do. I like Stone IPA quite a bit, and I like this as well, but the addition of Belgian yeast to the IPA has yielded an entirely different beer. This beer smells and tastes bready and meaty- almost of bacon. There are the standard Stone IPA hop flavors of citrus and lingering piney bitterness, but this bacony breadiness with some tangy notes overlies that. Unusual, and takes a bit of getting used to, but I like it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer poured with a honey-gold color, with a tall, frothy, bright white head. The beer looked like it had a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it. Citrus, Belgian spice, and resiny bitter-sweet aromas on the nose. The smell is very vibrant and full. The beer itself is bitter-sweet, with heavy malted and spiced flavors forming a backbone for the dry, pepper spiced hops profiles. The beer has a sweet and sour balanced aftertaste, with some bitter hops giving the beer a dry finish. The beer is sweeter than most IPAs, and the Belgian funk makes this one difficult to drink lots of, for my personal tastes, at least.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a clean golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with light golden fruit, pale malt and bubblegum.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of crisp light fruit and bitter/sweet citrus hops. Hints of pale malt and a weird bubblegum flavor make this taste like a hoppy Belgian golden ale. Very weird. Hints of apple, grape and pear blended with sweet citrus peel, pale malt and subtle alcohol sweetness. A bit too bitter to be a Belgian ale and to sweet to be an IPA. Dry finish.

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Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian IPA, makes me think of a retake on the Old Reese's Peanut butter cups commercial only with beer drinkers involved. "You Got Ruination in my Duvel! You Got Duvel in my Ruination! Sips...GREAT!"

Poured in my Duvel Tulip I have a brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a good off-white to neat tan colored head. Beautiful beer in the glass.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a remarkably spicy aroma supposedly all from yeast and hops. Aroma of apricot, cloves, spice, grapefruit, citrus, orange and pinesap. Fainter woody and melon scents.

The taste starts out sweet and woody with a bone dry aftertaste. There is an earthy flavor here that is hard to place, something like half cork and half mushroom. Decent amount of bitterness present but honestly I would call this a Belgian American Style Pale Ale flavor wise.

Mouthfeel is good and full yet dry.

Pretty drinkable even though flavor is it's weak point. Not that it tastes bad at it is just light dry and refresh, not complex. Pretty much I beer I will try every year it comes out.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Yellow gold with a two finger creamy white head that lasts for a minute and leaves a little lacing when it recedes.

S: Granny Smith apple, bubble gum, and orange. I get a little coriander in there as well. It gets a little spicier as it warms up, and I get a dash of white pepper and perhaps some clove. Fruity and quite aromatic.

T: Orange flesh, a little grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, pear, and a little coriander. Moderate bitterness with no real malt flavor. Alcohol is hidden. The finish is smooth and fruity. I get a little bubble gum and there's a dash of spicy phenols on the back end.

M: Upper light in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: As much as I hate the idea of the Belgian IPA (and I really don't like most Belgian IPA's that I try), this is a pretty good beer. It's not one I drink often because there are invariably better beers on the menu, but this is not bad at all.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

A - Poured a beautiful golden straw color with a bubbly, frothy head that quickly left leaving intricate lacings.

S - Aromas of pineapple, apple and lemon are couple with a nice hop presence.

T - The fruit nuances wash over the palate first, immediately followed by the spiciness of the Belgian yeast creating a surprising, but greatly appreciated tartness. The finish is balanced with a lemony, piney bite.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

D - With the light-medium body, "low" ABV, and the Belgian funk Stone's Cail-Belgique is very easy to consume, especially on those hot summer days.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour generated a storm of bubbles so thick, as if buttons or marbles were being tossed about the beer, that I was initially concerned the bottle had been infected with something. Fortunately, however, all that carbonation amounted to nothing more than an extra pearly capping of snow white head. The body, although too icy to see through, is exceptionally glossy and luminous; looks like this Belgian IPA inherited the California sunshine.

And the West Coast hoppiness, too! Take your pic of stone or citrus fruits - peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, cherry - they're all there and make their presence known loud and clear. The phenolic and estery nature of the Belgian yeast seems to play right into the hops' hands - it brings forth even more nuanced notes of fruit and its peppery, fragrant spice seems only to accentuate the lively, wildly citric character of the bouquet.

My palate becomes the grandstand for flavour. Like with any IPA that is half-decently made, this beer satiates the tongue with a vibrantly citric acidity as well as a wholesome, biscuity maltiness. Bitter and sweet play separate octaves of the same note, and in perfect harmony. Whether American, Flemish or Wallonian you'd have to agree this is refreshing. (Regardless of cultural differences, I bet all three would share an affection for this beer!)

It might not be unfair to say that if you've tasted Stone's Ruination you've tasted their Cali-Belgique, at least for the most part. It shares enough of the same 'spiked coconut milk, candied pink grapefruit and bubble-gum wrapped tangerine wedges' kind of fresh, fruity, floral character that I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be just the Ruination fermented with a Belgian yeast strain (note: it's actually just their regular IPA).

Before opening this bottle I would have told you that I'd rather have a hoppy Belgian ale than an American IPA brewed with Belgian yeast. Now I'm not so sure. Although I find the Belgian-brewed, American-inspired ales to be more consistent and quaffable than their American-brewed, Belgian-inspired counterparts, Stone is the second California brewery (Green Flash being the other) whose challenged me to rethink that stance.

The name for this beer, Cali-Belgique, is hyphenated and so is everything else about it, too. It has the sunny radiance of California's southern beaches but the warming, wholesome heartiness of Belgium's antiquated, candlelit inns. Bitterness and sweetness dual to a draw. A beer with this kind of intense, satiating flavouring but infinite, perpetual drinkability doubles as both the connoisseur's crown and the layman's quaff.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of firkin during the Stone event at the Drafting Room.

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with surprising good head retention and lacing. The nose was attractive and spice filled, showing light clove, honey, sandlewood and pepper. The flavor profile generally replicated the nose in this well hopped, very dry Belgian IPA. The beer comes across as a bit lean and light on the palate, though it certainly doesn't lack for flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly soft and full (from the cask conditioning one assumes), with a long, dry, bitterly hoppy finish. Drinkability was pretty good, and I have to say I was surprised by how good this beer was on cask. I think I probably enjoyed this more out of the firkin than I did on draft or out of the bottle. Impressive.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Daily Pint
Poured a very bright orange color with a white head. Smells like citrus and yeast. The taste is a bit more balanced, but still very yeasty with a citrus kick. I thought it was a little tart at the end. Drinkability is low. Just strange but good.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white fizzy head, with some small islands and sticky lacing left around. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some spice, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty/yeasty, a little citrus slips in, and some spice. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter. Drinkable, you can definitely taste the beligian influence on this brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, malts are in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste that won't go away. Overpriced at $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Poured in to a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange hue body with an antique white head with slight yellow hue. The head is thick and bubbly sticking to the glass with each sip. This beer has a tiny gentle carbonation.
S- This beer has fresh full hops right off the bine aroma. There are floral green citrus hops aroma with a soft natural bubble gum note underneath.
T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a hint of brie/cream quality. There is some grapefruit and floral taste with a big dandelion green bite at the finish. There is a light sweetness to the finish that grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol.
D- This beer has an amazing aroma like when I'm harvesting hops, the flavor however does not follow through. There isn't much yeasty characteristics or malt support in the flavor. The text on the bottle is impossible to read in the color scheme but I suspect it wasn't improtant to the beer inside.

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Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this bomber.

A: The ale is brilliantly clear, unimpeded by sediment, with a foamy head that laces all around the mouth of the glass. The ale has a brilliant orange glow.

S: The combination of a tripel's sweetness and an IPA's bitterness is amazing. Sweet fortified candi sugar mixes with sharp citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds a berry fruit presence. Quite nice.

T: The first sip reveals more Belgian yeast intricacies. Berries and pepper manage to make their way through the dryness. The hop profile is intense, a mango and peach bitter sweetness that has strong floral undertones. The interaction of the two flavors is bitter, a dirty combination that works.

M: Like most Belgian IPAs, this beer runs the gamut from sweet to bitter and back again. The dull bitterness that is left on the palate is a vivid reminder of the wild ride.

D: I like this much more than the Stone Collaboration Ale. The abv is lower and less boozy and the flavor profile is very intriguing.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up over the weekend at John's Marketplace in Portland for $5.99... really.. just charge $6... poured into my waiting shaped SA glass...

2 finger head is bubbly and lasts forever.. great lacing atop a slightly hazy honey straw brew.

Nose is a very nice mash-up of Belgian yeastiness and some citric hoppiness.. what little pale malt essence that is there is completely drowned out (in a good way) by all the above fantastic aromas.

The flavor is "pretty much" everything I had hoped it would be.. tons of bubblegum and a citrus zest.. spicy and fairly phenolic.. as it warms there is a grapefruit and pineapple component that becomes more prevalent.. but the yeastiness is just about perfect.. the body is light side of medium with a nice smooth small bubble carbonation...

I like this brew a bunch.. Brenda had a taste and amazingly she asked if it was "the Green Flash beer that I like". She meant "le freak".. this brew is pretty damn good.. but it does not verge on le freak category..

I am damn happy I have another glass to enjoy... now.... we just need to get this delicacy into boise.


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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, citrus hops, pine hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine hops, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, and slight spice. Overall, good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Pale golden sunset in color. Massive 3+ finger head on a reasonable pour. Sticky lacing consumed the top of my glass as the head fell.

S: The highlight of this beer. Melted butter and caramel - the moment I pop the cap it hits my nose like a sack full of half dollars.

T: Not your Daddy's IPA. Pork belly and liquid smoke on the forepalate. The malt makes an appearance too, though apparently the hops didn't get invited. It is quite apparent that this is a Belgian style brew, as the yeast used changes the profile of this one completely (the bottle states this is the Stone IPA, brewed with a special Belgian strain).

M: Like most of Stone's brews, it's the perfect level of carbonation for the style. It's creamy and luxurious, yet not so heavy as to be offputting.

O: I like that Stone has done something different here. I can say with sincereity that I prefer their standard IPA, though I'm certainly glad I picked this up. I don't know if I'll return to this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with plenty of haze and three fingers of foamy white head. Not a bad looking beer at all!

Smell: flat, musty saison-like aroma with hops smelling like cut grass and earth. There is a bitterness to the aroma, which I find interesting. Not bad, but it's not grabbing me.

Taste: very earthy, funky flavor. Dry grass, wet blanket and a little bitterness are all present, along with a bit of citrusy hops. I'm finding that I'm liking this more the more I drink it. I would guess that this beer is not for everyone, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nicely-integrated carbonation which yields a pretty creamy mouthfeel. I like it.

Drinkability: pretty tasty and it has some refreshing character. I would have this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright orange with a 2 finger, spongey ivory capping that was moderately lasting. A visible light effervesce was faint and slow moving while a small patchy covering was left for a lacing. Nice coloring.

S: The aroma had a bit of fruitiness with fresh oranges and soft grapefruit notes. A faint underlying smokiness was detected while lemons and a wildflower hopping rounds things out.

T: The flavor opens with tart tangerines with a citrusy flowery hopping. Slightly acidic with a dry flowery fade and a light dried malting and muskiness was well noted. Some sweet orange candy notes and a modest showing of dried fruitiness (grapes) and alcohol were also present. Overall a decent flavor, but was expecting more from this and lacked the complexity or yeastiness from other staple Belgian style beers.

M: Medium body, smooth texture with a soft carbonation tingle. Finishes dry with a slight tartness.

D: Overall good drinkability easy enough to consume but somehow was expecting more from this. Good, but only moderatly enjoyable. Drinks much bigger then its advertised 6.9% abv.

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Photo of beertunes
2.27/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clear, urine yellow color. A foamy, bright white head dissipated at a moderate pace leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

A nice, spicy yeast aroma greets the nose. Sadly, for me anyway, this the rare beer that smells better than it tastes. The dominate flavor is an overly sticky, sweet clove flavor.

The body is thinner than even a regular IPA and if it wasn't for that clove taste would be non-existent. I did not find this to be a very drinkable, or enjoyable, beer. I think this kind of a bastard style to begin with, with that said there are better examples of the style, go find them. Stone IPA is among my favorite IPAs and I love Belgian beers so this was a big disappointment for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, a bit fruity. Taste is citrus, yeast, hoppy but not bitter, more fruits, complex and tasty, well done. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this beer is worth a try.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.