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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,391
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 125 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:25:31 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2011 16:08:31 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-20-2011 03:20:52 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:58:51 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -25%

12-09-2011 04:20:07 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:42:28 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 17:39:23 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 05:11:36 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 21:11:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-23-2014 21:51:32 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 19:47:48 | More by DrJay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-22-2014 22:45:00 | More by LXIXME
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-18-2013 08:24:11 | More by Kelp
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:22:56 | More by tdm168
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 04:56:17 | More by Mebuzzard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 06:39:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 16:04:28 | More by glid02
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev 0%

04-19-2013 09:26:32 | More by zestar
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-21-2012 19:58:11 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

2.23/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 21:51:50 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:43:27 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:32:15 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark-golden color with a two finger head into my glass. Looks about right.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and spice in the nose. A hint of grapefruit peeks out. Very decent for the hops part.

Taste is full of floral hops with a pronounced spice bite upfront. Elements of a west coast IPA and belgian IPA are abound but the hops dominate as with most of the Stone lineup that I've had. The malt shows through only a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and spice and malt. Not bad. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's not that high anyway.

Not bad at all. I like this example of the style. It has a definite Stone feel to it. My only problem is that Belgian part of this beer seems lost. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with giving this a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 18:42:29 | More by Brad007
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:56:01 | More by billab914
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, finally spotted this one at steve's - university

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip...bright, clear golden-orange body, light beige film. very clean

smell: zesty citrus hops, very bright and clean, fresh belgian yeast. aromatic, pungent, lovely

taste: lovely belgian yeast...clean, crisp citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine zest. Really enjoy this one - beautiful belgian IPA from stone

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, relatively light with a zingy hop bite

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:00:25 | More by dirtylou
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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