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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 167 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pens1967, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an etched New Belgium globe.

A: Brilliant golden in color, with a thick white head that has very good retention. Lacing is sticky and does not want to go away.

S: Floral, citrusy hops are prominent, with some caramel and toasty notes. Belgian yeast adds a fruity element to the beer.

T: Cali-Belgique offers the best of both styles. A bit of caramel malt up front, followed by some dried fruit and banana character. Finish is all hops, with some pineapple and grapefruit, along with a floral note.

Notes: This moderate to medium-bodied brew has a creamy mouthfeel and a killer finish that rivals some of the best. Flavorful, and full of structure. This beer goes a long way. It's one that I will be buying again multiple times.

WYVYRN527, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Imstillthegman, Feb 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Amp, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DavidHume, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dsshuck, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ZachKelly, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

Murchmac, Sep 12, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ChipMurray, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Phigg1102, Aug 03, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

magine, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light honey in color. An ok cream colored head. Has a good body and seems to hold well enough.

American citrus grape fruit hopes mixed with Belgium yeast. The end result is a fruity assault on the nose that then finishes with a touch of spice. So expect orange, lemon, bubble gym, clove, and other spices in this one

This beer is a touch past the best by date but with stone this happens so often I find it hard to demand the freshest beers. Anything fresher than 6 months I'll accept unless it's Ruination since that's just awful "aged." As a result the hops are not dominating this beer like they should and I believe normally do. The end result is bitter but not hop flavored belgium spice. It doesn't work that well. Sadly this doesn't stand up to the 08 vertical epic even aged. I have to give stone credit for what they're doing here, but the malt profile just wasn't done well enough.

Medium body with a clear alcohol presence. A touch heavy imo.

I can't see drinking too many of these either. It's just too thick and the taste is enjoyable but nothing to force you back to the glass for another sip over and over again.

bobhits, Oct 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jharris0624, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It's initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 15, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. "bomber" poured into a Duvel tulip. The freshness date is either unreadable or absent, but this bottle is most likely fresh.

Hay-golden hued and hazy, this beer looks solid amber in the glass, underneath the huge off white head. The head retention is very good and the lacing is splattered all over the glass. The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers - the hops of Stone IPA work so well with the esters from the Belgian strain. Truly remarkable.

The taste is very similar, fruity and floral, with light flavorful sweetness from a good malt base. The finish is dry (nice!), and long and bittering; and that's where the Cali and Belgique clash in my opinion. I think that the bitter aftertaste is a little too bitter for this taste and the aroma, and although I don't think this way often, I really would like to see what happens with the bitterness dialed down a few notches.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with good carbonation, although I won't call it crisp. Overall very good, but nowhere in my personal top list.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

tewaris, Apr 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

spw109, Jul 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Lynn, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Raziel313, Apr 05, 2014
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.