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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,502 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,502
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 158 | 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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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2011 07:25:42 | More by adamant1912
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jayhawk73

Maryland

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!

01-30-2011 17:20:10 | More by jayhawk73
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-25-2012 21:44:42 | More by ltdantheman
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-15-2012 11:38:46 | More by dgeebs07
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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.

02-11-2010 19:51:28 | More by OneDropSoup
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zimm421

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-02-2013 01:19:22 | More by zimm421
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bundy462

Texas

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.

10-23-2011 00:31:11 | More by bundy462
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-15-2012 22:36:20 | More by pearljam118
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-20-2012 04:58:19 | More by Googs
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DavidST

Texas

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.

06-30-2011 01:06:20 | More by DavidST
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Phigg1102

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-03-2014 05:15:40 | More by Phigg1102
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Lunch

Maryland

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.

02-18-2010 19:47:07 | More by Lunch
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a not completly clear amberish yellow. Nice white head formed at the top but dissapated quick. Nice lacing.

Smell is so awesome. The Belgian yeast esters mixed with the hoppyness of the IPA is out of this world. Probably one of the nicest beers I have smelled.

It smells better than it tastes. It's a very good beer but I like the smell of it alot better. It tastes like a tripel mixed with a stone IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall I will have this again. It is a very good brew. I will especially get it if I see it on cask or tap.

03-04-2009 19:06:28 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-04-2014 05:46:27 | More by MonkeyBread
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neckbeered

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-12-2014 16:15:42 | More by neckbeered
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cvm4

Mississippi

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.

02-17-2013 19:54:19 | More by cvm4
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

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.

07-03-2014 00:00:39 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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jeffjeff1

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

07-11-2009 00:18:42 | More by jeffjeff1
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

A- Thick foamy frothy head. The beer is golden amber in color.

S- This has a nice smell. Clove and banana with a mix of hops. Great combination of Belgian yeast with hop taste.

T- The taste is unique. The hops are quite bitter, yet there is a nice clove taste mixed in that comes and goes. But I think the hops are a bit too bitter. They should be sweeter to combine with the clove taste.

M- The feel is good and smooth. The hops do have their way with the palate.

D- Easy to drink, but I think I would rather have my Belgians taste like Belgians and my IPAs taste like IPAs.

03-06-2009 03:25:35 | More by Wetpaperbag
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2011 16:10:59 | More by chcfan
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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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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

I've had this on draft, where the hop character varied (apparently due to line issues), but this review is for a taste from a bottle.

Bright goldenrod body and thinnish white head that diminishes into some nice lacing.

Nose is hops, but more complex than that; mysteriously, I kinda get seaweed from this in a bottle, which is odd. Faint pineapple and coconut. A bit of apricot.

Taste is magnificent, complex, some hops (not overpowering) and also tartness, some white grape and orange-- very approachable yet quite complex.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and complementary to the style.

Overall this is one to convert people to pale ales, quite refined.

05-12-2011 04:08:46 | More by zaphodchak
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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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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

04-05-2014 06:42:56 | More by Raziel313
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,502 ratings.