Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,502 ratings.