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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,701 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 239 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous rocky white head erupts from the hazy golden body and lingers for quite a bit as it leaves a frothy lacing behind.

The aroma is quite complex featuring abundant yeast, piney and citrus hops, and perhaps even a sweet candy-like quality, and a bit of pepper as it warms.

The flavor asserts much more of a floral hop presence than the aroma, followed by yeast, perhaps some pepper and clove, and other hops such as pine or citrus.

This brew is generous in carbonation with medium body and a pleasant drying finish.

Quite an enjoyable beer with many of the traditional aspects of this style and those it comes from. Certainly worth a try, it is great to enjoy on a summer evening.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear, bright yellow pour with nice fluffy white head and decent lacing. All Belgian in the nose. Lots of spice, lemon, grass and hints of banana and bready yeast. The taste is much the same with a great balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Exactly what I expected, with the best characteristics of a Belgian, expertly infused with that classic Stone IPA flavor. Highly drinkable with a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. I live an hour from Belgium, and have to say that the US craft brewers are giving the Belgians a run for their money. A great American interpretation of the style!

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white marshmallow style head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Strong banana and clove nose with other fruit (lemon, orange) and spice scents.

T- Lots of banana and clove flavor initially. Light bitterness accompanies the beginning taste with a decent amount of sweetness in the finish. Hops are light to moderate in the overall taste and are present throughout adding to the spicy Belgian ale flavor.

M- Light/medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well and no funky aftertastes.

D- Overall a solid brew that wasn't as hoppy as I had expected but still very drinkable.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of prisdefer
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Stone's regular issue IPA has always been the benchmark for the style in my opinion, with its impeccable hop zing and overall wow factor. This Belgian version, with a yeast strain carrying with it some nuances from across the ocean, will be served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a large Troubadour tulip glass.

Appearance- Tangerine orange with just a slight haze, this beer exhibits a full, sudsy four-finger crown that slowly pops and melts away. The resulting gobs of lacing are humongous, cragging like the Badlands of Montana with a creamy, merengue-like presence. Gloriously Stone.

Smell- The bright, sharp, clean citrus notes of Stone IPA are all there... but the nose features an unmistakably Belgian spiciness and gentle funkiness. The two aromas work well together and the result is quite nice.

Taste- A wicked hop flogging immediately batters the tongue, enveloping and enslaving the palate with brute force. After the swallow, the Belgian yeast character becomes evident while the massive hop bitterness lasts for days. The flavors are like a branding iron in the mouth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and moderately carbonated, this beer gets easier to drink as the session moves forward. Its texture thins as the head disppears, releasing its effervescent properties into the beer itself. A terrific experiment that proves two different yeast variations can vastly change a West Coast IPA's demeanor, while creating a winning recipe in both cases.

Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with a moderate white head that hangs around for a while and does some lacing.
the aroma has got piney grapefruit rind hoppiness, and actually smells bitter if that makes sense. there is some bubblegum type fruitiness too. i get a bit of corriander-ish aroma.
a strange kind fruitiness makes up the bulk of the flavor. it's odd, in that it seems hop driven, with a dusty asprin/coconut/bubblegum/citrusy taste. beneath that lies grainy malts, corriander, a touch of candy sugar, and a pinch of pepper. a healthy, but not overpowering doese of bitterness
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderate but sharp carbonation.
the drinkability is solid, is doesn't bowl you over with bitterness like it could, it's actually pretty balanced. the smooth sweet complex taste is a new take on the recent belgian IPA trend, and while i'm a big fan of the style, it's already nice to see a little something different than a hoppy tripel, which this is not. well worth a try, i would be happy to see this one return next year.

Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells hoppy. I detect some grassy and citrus hops. It also has a spicy Belgain aroma. I detect some coriander. Earthy yeast aroma is present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Hops and Belgain yeast flavors mixed up. It is great. Grass and grapefruit. Some coriander also.

This beer is full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a hoppy spice aftertaste.

This beer wuld make an excelent session beer. It is not overly alcoholic, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is great. All the conflicting aromas and flavors make this one, surprisingly, a winner.

Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique is a delicious Belgian IPA. That is all it is.

A: Clear yellow colour and a good 1cm head which lasts.

S:Hoppy with definate notes of Belgian yeast.

T: Hoppy up front with a yeasty middle. It has a smooth finish that wasn't bitter at all.

M: Thin with a little foaminess.

O: A very nice Belgian IPA, but not the most interesting beer in this style at all.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cali-Belgique poured a clear light autumn orange with 2-3 fingers head with a batter like consistency. The smell was of bubble gum and that familiar Belgian yeast smell.

The taste was pretty peppery with a soft malt backbone. In the mouth it was lively and highly carbonated. Overall an interesting effort.

Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a definite IPA smell to it...reminded me at first of Stone's IPA. Straight pine needles. However, as it opens up, a distinct Belgian spiciness shows up. It remains in the background but noticeable.

Pours dark golden with a pretty large, fluffy head.

Starts off a pretty good bitter kick, much like their IPA...but soon thereafter, Belgian spice and some semi-tart lemony citrus show through and pair up nearly equally with the hops. It's a good pairing too, as the beer never gets to the same bitterness as the regular IPA, but still has a firm hop backbone. A bit of astringent bitterness lasts after the swallow along the sides of the tongue, along with a little breadiness that shows up briefly.

All in all, I'm a definite fan of this beer. I love their IPA and I'm a fan of Belgians, and this marries the two quite well.

Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie Bottle:

Slightly hazy yellow orange with bubble white head and patchy lacing.

Smell is an interesting balance of cloves, nanner bread, star anise, honey, and then slight amounts of earthy pine among citrus and prickly, moist, musty, hops.

Perfectly balanced between Stone IPA and Belgian yeast influence. Plenty of west coast hop profile blends with mild spice notes. Subtle pepper notes blend with mild bitterness while Belgian sweetness plays upon citrus fruitiness.

Very nice, slightly dry, highly recommended for an IPA change-of-pace.

Get it.

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of joecast
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was hesitant to try this as I thought it wouldn't live up to expectations. Truth is, it's as good as any Belgian IPA.

The usual Stone IPA traits with a nice hint of Belgian yeast. A little spicy and phenolic but still let's the base beer through. Very nice.

Photo of becktone
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 3-29-09

Eye: This beer pours clear and orange with gold in there too. Head is a creamy 1 1/2 fingers in height and is creamy in appearance. Really nice looking, quite inviting. Lacing is composed of nice rings connected by sheets.

Nose: Real nice nose on this. Fruity tones and citrus....both mingle to give this beer an overall aroma that smells of fresh cantaloupe. Not really much more to it than that. There's a malt backbone to it that supports it. This isn't the first occasion I've drank this beer, but I can tell you now that the aroma is much weaker than I remember it being. From memory and from what I've in front of me this one really does smell nice. Some belgian yeast aroma in there, like a tripel. Getting other fruit hints as well, a bit of orange.

Tongue: Bitterness strikes the tongue first, then some sweetness from malt, then phenols from yeast. Just when you think that the flavor of this brew has worn itself out it keeps going, transferring to belgian flavors after some transitionary phenols/esters, malt becomes different, and the whole perception of the beer changes. This is probably one of the most complex beers I've drank. This thing has a lot going on in it. Hop flavor is everywhere, citrusy notes come and go, play with the malt and ester/phenols then fade to reveal new esters/phenols. When tasting this citrus hop flavor first comes into play as an agent that acts as a barrier or transitionary agent. After that first taste of citrus hops, new flavors emerge and then give way back to the citrus hop. Wow! this is one hell of a beer, complex and full, just awesome. After the first citrus its kinda like a tripel then going back to an IPA with the hops leading to the finish which ends up finishing somewhere between the two. This beer is the Prime Meridian, East meets West, figuratively speaking. It straddles both Belgian and American, just awesome.

Feel and Drinkability: This one has a medium-full body with just the right amount of carbonation. Carbonation is lower overall, but this beer is packed with so much flavor that any more carbonation would be devastating to it. There is nothing I would change about the way this beer feels. This is one that I'm definitely going to pick up again, after all this isn't the first time I've had this beer, the first time I've really studied it...yes. I'm not sure if I'd call this a Belgian IPA, its more like exactly in between and Belgain Tripel/BSPA and an American IPA. It seems to me that Belgian IPAs such as Chouffee's Belgian IPA and Piraat, are a bit different. To me this seems to be different than either of those.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.