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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,795 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 2,795
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 295 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 2,795 | Reviews: 995
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 Liter Growler fresh from the brewery, pours a brilliant gold with pristene clarity and a fat finger and a half of white head. Good head retention, lively carbonation and some awesome intricate lace, that sticks to the glass. It looks like poster material.

Very sweet, bubblegum nose upfront, with a piney, citrus hop note way down the back. Floral and fruity for the most part. The taste starts off sweet with a banana, bubblegum thing going on, and then the hops come in hard with strong pine sap, grapefruit and the likes. It's nicely balanced, but the taste expirience is short lived. It's not a sipper and it's not a quaffer, but it's quick and pungent. An interesting blend of the hops and the yeast used. What is the style again?

Medium body with active carbonation, yet I feel something lacking in the mouthfeel. Perhaps it's the lack of time that it spends in your mouth, I'm not quite sure. Overall tasty and easy too drink with the alcohol lurking somewhere...pretty good brew.

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

A- Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Pale golden with 2 finger white head. Average retention. Soapy lacing.

S- Belgium yeast is the most noticeable. Some barnyard aroma, with a little peppery spice. Interestingly, not detecting huge hop in the nose. Slight amount of herbal hops.

T- follows nose quite well, but will a little more hop presence than nose indicated. Good balance. No weakness, no outstanding qualities either. Good mix of spice, earthy hops, and Belgium barnyard funk.

M- Mid body, fairly smooth and drinkable. Nice crisp finish. Maybe a little under carbonated for the style, but favorable for my palate.

O- Solid brew. Enjoyable. A style that I am really starting to appreciate more and more. This is certainly a nice hoppy take on a Belgium style beer. Amazing how different a slight change in yeast can make.

No bottled on date.

$3.99/bomber bottle

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4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a massive white head that clings just a bit to the glass.
The Belgian yeast dominates the smell. Lots of bitter citrus and spice.
Taste is less Belgian than the smell. There is still the typical Belgian notes but the bitterness of the hops try to rise to the occasion. It grows on me as it warms a bit but Belgians are not my favorite. The brew is smooth, not nearly as highly carbonated as a typical Belgian. Perhaps that's an effect of the IPA.
Not a bad sipper but I don't think I'd buy a lot of it.

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

An enormous rocky white head erupts from the hazy golden body and lingers for quite a bit as it leaves a frothy lacing behind.

The aroma is quite complex featuring abundant yeast, piney and citrus hops, and perhaps even a sweet candy-like quality, and a bit of pepper as it warms.

The flavor asserts much more of a floral hop presence than the aroma, followed by yeast, perhaps some pepper and clove, and other hops such as pine or citrus.

This brew is generous in carbonation with medium body and a pleasant drying finish.

Quite an enjoyable beer with many of the traditional aspects of this style and those it comes from. Certainly worth a try, it is great to enjoy on a summer evening.

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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white marshmallow style head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Strong banana and clove nose with other fruit (lemon, orange) and spice scents.

T- Lots of banana and clove flavor initially. Light bitterness accompanies the beginning taste with a decent amount of sweetness in the finish. Hops are light to moderate in the overall taste and are present throughout adding to the spicy Belgian ale flavor.

M- Light/medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well and no funky aftertastes.

D- Overall a solid brew that wasn't as hoppy as I had expected but still very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's regular issue IPA has always been the benchmark for the style in my opinion, with its impeccable hop zing and overall wow factor. This Belgian version, with a yeast strain carrying with it some nuances from across the ocean, will be served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a large Troubadour tulip glass.

Appearance- Tangerine orange with just a slight haze, this beer exhibits a full, sudsy four-finger crown that slowly pops and melts away. The resulting gobs of lacing are humongous, cragging like the Badlands of Montana with a creamy, merengue-like presence. Gloriously Stone.

Smell- The bright, sharp, clean citrus notes of Stone IPA are all there... but the nose features an unmistakably Belgian spiciness and gentle funkiness. The two aromas work well together and the result is quite nice.

Taste- A wicked hop flogging immediately batters the tongue, enveloping and enslaving the palate with brute force. After the swallow, the Belgian yeast character becomes evident while the massive hop bitterness lasts for days. The flavors are like a branding iron in the mouth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and moderately carbonated, this beer gets easier to drink as the session moves forward. Its texture thins as the head disppears, releasing its effervescent properties into the beer itself. A terrific experiment that proves two different yeast variations can vastly change a West Coast IPA's demeanor, while creating a winning recipe in both cases.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with a moderate white head that hangs around for a while and does some lacing.
the aroma has got piney grapefruit rind hoppiness, and actually smells bitter if that makes sense. there is some bubblegum type fruitiness too. i get a bit of corriander-ish aroma.
a strange kind fruitiness makes up the bulk of the flavor. it's odd, in that it seems hop driven, with a dusty asprin/coconut/bubblegum/citrusy taste. beneath that lies grainy malts, corriander, a touch of candy sugar, and a pinch of pepper. a healthy, but not overpowering doese of bitterness
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderate but sharp carbonation.
the drinkability is solid, is doesn't bowl you over with bitterness like it could, it's actually pretty balanced. the smooth sweet complex taste is a new take on the recent belgian IPA trend, and while i'm a big fan of the style, it's already nice to see a little something different than a hoppy tripel, which this is not. well worth a try, i would be happy to see this one return next year.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,795 ratings.