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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,519 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 164 | 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 bundy462
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Golden, slightly orange. Frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, sweet, slight hops. Pretty tame for a Stone.

T: Very clean up front with pretty heavy yeast and a bit of clove. Bitter hops in the finish, but doesn't linger for very long.

M: Very smooth, but no hop bite. Pretty thin body.

O: A Belgian IPA, an interesting concept that wasn't mind blowing and surely not worth the price. However, still an above average brew, just not as good as I had hoped.

bundy462, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Raziel313, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Lynn, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
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.

jbphoto88, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +0.3%

zimm421, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Domvan
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Domvan, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

dgeebs07, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +0.3%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Googs, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
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!

jayhawk73, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of ltdantheman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

brpendergast85, May 16, 2014
Photo of pearljam118
4/5  rDev +0.3%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
Photo of spw109
4/5  rDev +0.3%

spw109, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
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.

OneDropSoup, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -6%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

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 moarmare
3.75/5  rDev -6%

moarmare, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

LightnerLiquorKS, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of DavidST
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.

DavidST, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pours a clear orange/amber with a frothy white 2 finger head. Great lacing as it does down.

S - Belgian yeast esters on the forefront that is supported by light citrus to floral hops.

T - The yeast dominates just like the smell. The citrus hops & floral goodness leaves a light bitterness on the end.

M - Not a heavy body, a bit thin but has medium carbonation.

O - The belgian influence really plays well off the IPA aspect of this beer. Is nice to drink for a change of pace beer.

cvm4, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Lunch
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.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.