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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,530 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 169 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

ppoitras, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -6%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

biegaman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

John_M, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -6%

LXIXME, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -24.8%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

billab914, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Kelp, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub last week.

Pours a clear orange, nice looking, chunky but thin white head forms, settles down to a ring around the glass, touch of lace. Smell is neat, bubblegum, bananas, honey, light floral character, bready yeast, grass, light spice, refreshing aroma. Taste is honey and that bubblegum, banana, floral, nice bit of light fruits, pretty standard fare but well done, the spicy bitter finish is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down easy, not too bad. I'd drink this one again.

Viggo, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale and hazed dim golden body. Big frothy white head that has great retention. Nose is fruity, estery, yeasty, doughy and spicy. What a nice aroma. Great flavor. This one is done right. The belgian yeast gives the beer some nice fruitiness and doughy yeastiness and a little spice. The hops give the beer a nice quenching and vibrant feel. Citrus with orange and lemon zest. Nice clean bitterness. Medium bodied and agressively carbonated, though not gaseous in the least. This would have to be my favorite Belgian IPA so far. This is outstanding.

Bighuge, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.

Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.

Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark gold with a thin whitish cap of fine bubbles. Quite a bit of streaky lacing, good head retention for what's present. Big citrus hop presence in the nose, grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery, but with some pineapple/tropical character, bubblegum, and faint spice as well. Same in the flavour, coming together in a sweettart-like fruitiness, but with a solid bitterness. Mild sweetness was mostly fruity, with a hint of strawberry, rather than malty. Closer to light than medium bodied and fairly dry, moderate carbonation, a bit on the rough side. I liked it. The difference in yeast added more complexity than I expected, but a slightly modified malt bill would probably improve the texture and create something truly impressive.

DrJay, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Zaphog, May 07, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

liamt07, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/24/2011

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.

HopHead84, Feb 25, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.