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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,702 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,702
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 241 | FT: 2
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 Strix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with good initial head and nice lacing.

Citrus hops atop the faint belgian yeast smell.

It's hard to believe this is just the regular IPA with a different yeast strain. Orange rind and tropical fruits are atop bready clovey belgian yeast.

Quite carbonated.

This was really interesting. My sense is I prefer their straight up IPA, but it's worth experiencing.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JizackFH
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head with good retention, that left good lacing as it fell. The smell is nice and hoppy, and there are also citrus notes such as lemon and orange zest. The taste is a nice bitter citrus hop flavor. the hops are the star of the show, but it is nicely balanced. The taste of this is really nice. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body with very good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it also feels a bit creamy. Drinkablility is good as well. These are very easy to drink. They go down smooth, and leave you wanting more. I would definitely drink this beer again. Good job stone. Cheers.

Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Mac's in Midtown Atlanta, at the recommendation of aforbes10 (not that I needed an excuse to try this).

Poured into several high-ball glasses to share. It's blood orange in color, with a whopper of a foamy head that gradually settles down into a thin creamy cover.
Nose is as touted - sweet fruity Belgian qualities intermingling with a solid hop presence. Taste is dry fruits and flowery hops. Simple but effective. Mouthfeel could be better, but it's still good. Same for drinkability.

Photo of Patrick999
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Well, the famous Cali-Belgique certainly sold out fast @ Abraxas during Stone Weekend.

Pale golden body, OK head, not exactly the eye-popping beauty of a tulip full of Houblon Chouffe though.

Aroma is of massive Stone hoppiness. Interesting to note that while this is Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast, the hops smell different - much more of a green, leafy fresh tobacco aroma, and less pine and grapefruit that you find in regular Stone IPA. I know the hops are not different, but the aromatic expression comes off different, perhaps modified by the different yeast. At any rate, it's outstanding.

I taste the ultra-green tobacco hop, also some pretty fair notes of chewing gum courtesy of the yeast...nice Juicy Fruits flavor. Between that and the awesome hop, you have a winner. Malts are slightly sweet.

Feel-wise, it just doesn't have the pillowy feel of the top shelf Belgians...yeah, I am thinking of Houblon Chouffe again.

At a *relatively* low ABV, this is very drinkable. It would be nice if it was easier to come by down here in South Florida.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works.

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brew3crew
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-golden yellow with a white head
S-overpowered by the belgian yeast strain. Can't get much else off of the brew
T-slight hops but is really dominated by its belgian side. Some grapes
M-medium bodied and smooth
d-drinkable, but not one of the best of the night

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

Glowing orange body with white fluff head. Funk, citrus, citrus rind, and sweets in the nose. Flavors of citrus, alcoholic booze, hops, brett funk. Medium bodied and easily drinkable. Easy on the stomach but packs some interesting flavors on the palate.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow, with fairly active carbonation bouncing up against a 1/4" white bubbly head. The Belgian yet certainly can be seen in the consistency of the bubbles in the head. The sugars in this beer give it nice head retention and lacing as you drink it down.

Has a very floral aroma, with a hint of spicy funk. Orange and other citrus overtones mix with the belgian yeast to produce that spicy funk that you don't typically associate with an IPA.

Starts with a piney, bitter hop taste that quicy gives way to a floral, citrusy, slightly spicy ale with mild malt and grassiness. There is a white grapefruit taste along the middle of the tongue that balances nicely against the sweet, floral tastes that dominate.

Medium bodied that had a lighter feel to it because of the Belgian yeast. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste that gently fades away.

This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking IPA. Sweet, mild, yet nicely bitter, I definitely recommend you give this a try.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a slight caramel/amber hue and a medium-sized, very thick off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind fairly thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: A strong note of earthy Belgian-style yeast alongside notes of floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy hops flavor, finishing with earthy, bready yeast and more earthiness coming from the hops (alongside a bit of an herbal flavor). Very well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer and a very well-balanced IPA. If I didn't know this was brewed by Stone, I would have guessed that it had come from a Belgian brewer. Yet another very good beer from stone.

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,702 ratings.