Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
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
04-19-2011 02:02:09 | More by tewaris
4.15/5 rDev +4%
22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.
Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.
Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.
Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.
Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.
08-15-2009 00:27:52 | More by aubuc1
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.
S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.
T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.
M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.
D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.
02-17-2009 05:55:29 | More by everetends
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
08-15-2009 02:44:24 | More by AndyAvalanche
4/5 rDev +0.3%
The folks at Wine World in North Augusta, SC cracked open a couple different beers they are sampling in an upcoming tasting and invited me to join in on the fun.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 1-2 oz. sampling cup.
A full review is not inherently necessary for this brew, as it is in character precisely what the brewery claims it to be on the label: Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain used for fermentation. The overall character is virtually identical to the brewery's standard IPA, balanced heavily toward bitter, citrusy American hops, with a distinct hint of peppery spiciness and a bit of fruitiness that is unmistakably characteristic of Belgian yeasts.
Overall the combination works quite well, and fans of both West Coast IPAs and Belgian golden ales should find it quite tasty and very drinkable.
07-24-2009 03:07:00 | More by superdedooperboy
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
This beer is the color of tangerine flesh and is completely clear. The head is soft and bubbly, just off white with slight lacing. The head fades to a small Van Gogh stary night swirl of large bubbles.
The nose is more Belgian yeast then bold hops. It's apple fruity with a subtle candy spice. Interesting but could be more in the IPA direction if you ask me. I guess it's possible that the beer didn't travel well or is old enough to kill the hop nose.
The taste tells the true tale of this lovely brew. It has a slight apple flavor like the nose suggests but is muted and covered by a fantastic malt and hop cocktail. Sweet with a balanced mix of pine and tropical fruit. The finish goes all Belgian yeast with a dusty bready awesomeness. Very tasty and very well done vor the style.
The mouthfeel is soft and mildly carbonated. The body is light to medium and very smooth. There is a middle of the road bitterness that is a total compliment to the flavors and never goes over the top. A really nice beer but I'd rather see it in smaller bottles. Frankly the 22 oz bottle gets boring to me halfway through.
02-02-2011 00:29:54 | More by jbphoto88
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours a medium gold color with a two finger head that quickly goes away. Lots of carbonation happening in this one. The smell surprised me- very nice! Caught the malt first, then on to grapefruit and passion fruit. A nice balanced smell of tart and sweet. I lose a little of the malt on the taste, but this is one nicely balanced beer that's very drinkable. Great lacing. At 6.9%, you can also have a 22oz bomber and not be completely buzzed afterwords. A nice beer from Stone- they have yet to disappoint me!
01-30-2011 17:20:10 | More by jayhawk73
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Bomber to stemmed tulip: Crystal clear golden-amber with a finger of pillowy white head. Almost no bubbles. Heavy lacing around the collar.
Smells of light pineapple & grapefruit hops with a tinge of sweet, spicy yeast character.
Sweet citrus at first, soon followed by a strong (but not aggressive) grassy, orangey bitterness & rounded out by spicy, slightly earthy/funky notes from the yeast. Bitterness in the aftertaste lays on the tongue, keeping a fruit candy-like sweetness just out of reach.
Just a tinge sharp & active, then rested by a soft carbonation that almost expands in my mouth.
This style is relatively new to me, but I'm loving the interplay of Belgian yeast & American hops. Not my favorite example of the style, but still really enjoyable.
02-11-2010 19:51:28 | More by OneDropSoup
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.
Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.
Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.
06-30-2011 01:06:20 | More by DavidST
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).
A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.
S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.
T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.
M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.
D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.
Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.
02-18-2010 19:47:07 | More by Lunch
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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