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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of kaseydad
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another wifey pick up.

Pours an almost clear bronze colored ale with a long lasting white foamy head. Slight haze.

Getting big time Belgie yeast/hop aroma. Banana, pineapple, pine, floral and rubber. Yup, it's all there.

The taste is a touch of sweetness on the onset with a bittering backbone on the swallow. Yeasty taste with a touch of doughiness. Dry and a little bitter on the aftertaste. Peppery.

Mouthfeel has a nice smooth and creamy element as it warms. Nice touch.

Overall I thought this was a nice take on the Belgian IPA style. The bomber was almost a bit much for my session but I enjoyed it.

kaseydad, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a growler bought at the brewery and poured into a pils glass.

A-very dense off white-rocky head. golder amber body

S-medicinal and clove smell

T-piney, clovey, some sweet malt flavor in there as well.

M-light

D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.

jneiswender, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA.

A- pours an orangish gold with a really rocky, dense white head. Look very inviting just from the start.

S- Definitely the Belgian yeast earthy smell. It's quite hoppy along with that. Similar to a Houblon Chouffe in terms of the earthiness combined with hops.

T- Really unique in this regard... you get a lot of orange citrus flavor right away, then fading to a huge amount of the Belgian yeast earthiness after that. It's quite complex as there's other stuff there I want to be able to describe but I just can't. Really good. The citrusy hops is where Stone puts its "Cali" in it.

M/D- The beer is on the lighter side overall, which is nice. Nothing too overwhelming in texture even at almost 7%. Still, this isn't my favorite type of beer, as the Belgian yeast character takes some getting use to along with a huge hop presence. Quite good still. Something different when us West Coasters want to go for something a bit different.

MiScusi, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +0.3%

zimm421, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

fdig23, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a goblet. Golden apple clear with vigorous precipitating carbonation streams. Thin, clingy white head. Nose of hops and spicy coriander with a hint of mustard. Tastes of strong citrus/piney hops and coriander, like a hoppy saison. Sweetish malt with a light bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and watery, on the thin side but quenching, complementary of the beer. Drinkability is very good, pretty smooth and tasty; definitely sessionable.

jettjon, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, mine says Cali-Belgie, not Belgique.

Appearance: Pours a just slightly hazy yellow-gold. The beer is very bubbly-- almost effervescent. The head is thick at first and composed of tiny bubbles. It bubbles away like a champagne head and leaves a little smear on top. Not getting much lacing that lasts more than a few seconds. Once the head fades, it actually looks a little still and boring.

Smell: Very sweet citrusy hops. Like orange those orange slice candies if they were available in lemon and grapefruit too. The belgian yeast is bready and a little spicy, without being peppery. Also a little bubblegum or cotton candy.

Taste: This is probably the best marriage of IPA and BPA that I've tasted (which is admittedly only a few). The hops are sweet and bitter upfront and stay that way almost until the finish, which is all belgian yeast breadiness and a little, just a little spice. All through the middle the hops and Belgian esters swirl together nicely.

Mouthfeel: There's nothing really bad or overly compelling about the mouthfeel. The carbonation is about right for a Belgian pale, which I think it should be.

Drinkability: I'm really glad they didnt overshoot and make this "imperial" sized. 6.9 percent is just right here. This is an excellent Belgian IPA which mixes the best of both.

rapidsequence, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of rallison
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1/2 finger white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast with a nice bready character. Slightly hoppy here, but not overly so.

Good flavor. Definitely a Belgian yeast flavor profile with a distinct West Coast hop profile. Overall, not bad. This leans a bit too much toward the West Coast hops...thus overwhelming some of the complexity. Don't get me wrong - this isn't overly hopped - it just lacks some of the superior complexity of the true Belgian IPAs. Some orange peel in the taste.

Mouthfeel could use some more carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall, good. This lacks in certain areas but is a fair attempt at a Belgian IPA.

Edit: Looking back at this review, a 4.0 for taste was too generous.

rallison, May 18, 2008
Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

carlmoberg, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small head that dissipates to a fine ring. Not much lacing.

Smells malty and tropical fruity. Nice floral hop aroma.

Tastes malty upfront, with a tropical fruitiness, ending with a kick of Cali-style floral hoppiness.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinking ale, I like the cali-belgiqueness of it.

Beerenauslese, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -24.8%

bundy462, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev -6%

JSchock7, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of illini4x4
3.75/5  rDev -6%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

T_Hass, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -24.8%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Lynn, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -6%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ChipMurray, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4/5  rDev +0.3%

J-Bonestradamus, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into chalice.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Head dissipates somewhat rapidly, and maintains a thin ring around the perimeter for the entire duration of drinking.

S - A lot of grassy hops in the aroma followed by bitter grapefruit.

T - I get a lot more of the Belgian complexity in the taste than I did in the aroma. Grapefruit and grassy hops, characteristic Belgian yeast, a hint of honey, and a bit of herbal spiciness. This is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation is quite prickly and there is a definite dry finish to this.

O - An interesting Belgian IPA. Great for the price and great if you want something different from most IPAs, especially with how dry this is.

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -6%

mattparsons, May 17, 2013
Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

srgj88, Jun 11, 2014
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.