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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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throwback

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-14-2011 18:00:39 | More by throwback
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-18-2012 13:28:56 | More by yergermeister
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear golden under a medium white head. Good lace and retention.

S: A nice sweet malt hits the nose first, some subtle citrus and pine hops. Surprised at the level of hops considering this is from Stone. Not complaining though, as the aroma is very balanced. Not getting much yeast which I expected.

T: Again, sweet malt is prominent, with a good mix of piney and citrus hop, along with the yeasty character I was expecting. Citrus hop character hangs around with a decent bitter finish. Yeast really kicks off a lot of flavors with every gulp. Earthy, a bit funky, maybe some apple. Very good.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit velvet like on the tongue, carbonation is pleasing. Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:29:11 | More by NCSUdo
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czfreeman

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellear contributPoured from my 22oz bottle.
Beautiful golden color. Heaviside medium thick. Carbonation bubbles mixed with a slightly hazy appearance, really a great looking brew.
aromatics of California come first. Centennial ,Chinook bitter pine, orange lemon citrus grass
All followed by a blast of Belgium. In the form of yeast spice goodness banana orange pepper clove spiced apple pear lemons and musty yeast cellar.
Taste is a welcome dominated Belgian flavor.pepper yeast citrus cellar lemon lots of grapefruit wheat blast of hops. Clean and refreshing.
Mouth feel is light bitter and well carbonated
In my opinion a great balance of west coast meets Belgium

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:52:46 | More by czfreeman
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-26-2014 23:24:57 | More by mikepcarney
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.

Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.

Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.

Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.

The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.

Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.

Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.

The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:31:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-04-2012 14:07:09 | More by ohtheguilt
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

09-07-2012 01:28:47 | More by brentblack1
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:20:16 | More by beermanbrian
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/burnt orange with a big amount of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly down to nothing but a ring. The aroma is a combination of orange and lemon/lime citrus with a spicy/fruity, slightly sour, Belgian yeast. Any malt character is subdued by the big yeast aroma. Flavor is fruity orange and mango but countered with a peppery spice of yeast. Malts are present more now than in the nose giving the hops a caramel/toffee backing. The spicy, clove, character dies down for the finish leaving only fruity hops and a bitter bite. Yeast subdues a massive hop character which goes well over a light and creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:15:33 | More by DrinkingDrake
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bundy462

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:31:11 | More by bundy462
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-15-2011 17:20:45 | More by TicoCali
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-02-2011 05:58:14 | More by tripledbrew
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-27-2013 09:57:17 | More by hellhammermario
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-09-2013 23:21:54 | More by anticipation23
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-08-2011 06:56:18 | More by kornkid8600
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-06-2012 14:38:04 | More by srw
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

01-20-2013 05:01:36 | More by KiMiRaiK
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a crisp, clean, and clear copper with hues of amber depending on how it is held to the light. I get a full inch of frothy and creamy head that produces mediocre lacing in sloppy broken rings.

S: The immediate impression is the spicy aroma of Stone's Belgian yeast strain. As i hold my nose closer, I can make out the signature piney hops of the Stone IPA from which this creation was spawned. There is a bitter presence to those hops, too. This is an interesting combination...seems almost like it could be a part of the Vertical Epic series, as those have been phenomenal style mixes.

T: Those piney hops come through as beautifully in the flavor as they do in the nose. There is no letdown as this Belgian IPA is true to its roots as a hoppy west coast creation. Complemented nicely and well-balanced by the spicy character contributed by the yeasts. The bitterness is muted and lets the flavors from the yeast and hops do their thing, without overpowering them.

M/D: Though they are subtle, the hops provide a syrupy resinous texture. Moderate carbonation is just about perfect. Light enough to handle a whole bomber on your own, but a little bit too much for more than that. This beer is a very interesting offering, and I can't wait to try it on tap next week.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:08:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-24-2013 16:20:24 | More by BostonPhilly
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 00:00:39 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-10-2013 00:33:03 | More by zenithberwyn
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Lynn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19%

08-04-2013 23:56:35 | More by Lynn
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

07-16-2014 13:25:22 | More by Walkerjgt
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.