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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 138 | 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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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-14-2011 21:51:24 | More by Neffbeer
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2013 00:30:03 | More by weaselchew
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mobrockman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-22-2014 03:29:37 | More by mobrockman
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I attempted the "perfect pour" and wound up with 2/3 of the glass filled with bubbly froth. The bubbles collapse and transform into some densely packed foam that sustains its shape even after rising above the rim of the glass by about an inch. I'm so enamored with the head that I'm neglecting the liquid which is light orange and semi-hazy, but clear enough that you can see the carbonation rising. My rating is based mostly on playing with the meringue and seeing how high I could push it.

According to the bottle this is just Stone IPA fermented with Belgian yeast rather than the usual strain they use. So one would expect some grapefruit and pine tones with a little bit of Belgian yeast "funk" delivering some spice. If that's what one would expect then one would be correct. Truly a wonderful amalgamation of two distinct bouquets.

Oh, how yummy is this beer? Let me count the ways. First, the citrus is refreshing to the tongue, bringing grapefruit and orange at the same time. Secondly, the yeast brings the spice in the form of cardamom...maybe cloves. Thirdly, the malts do not sit back like a wall flower. They assert their own sweetness with a touch of caramel. This whole mess works very nicely...that is until you reach the wash. Hop heads will rejoice in the pithy aftertaste that sits around, pounding your uvula like a punching bag. I prefer a cleaner wash and find that this sensation detracts from an otherwise exceptional experience.

But that aftertaste will be expressed in the mouthfeel rather than the taste. Since it is the feel in the mouth after the quaff that I don't appreciate. But I do return for another taste, willing to suffer the pith in order to once again experience the melody of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:07:25 | More by Naugros
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-02-2014 05:30:14 | More by rkarimi
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-16-2013 23:11:12 | More by MPSTARR
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a low-moderate, white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin film. Body is dark gold, with good clarity.

S: Spicy hops, with the classic 'Belgian' aroma of spicy phenols and a bit of fruity esters from the yeast.

T: A touch of fruitiness and graininess up front, followed quickly by lots of spicy hop flavor. A very firm bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with moderate-high carbonation that provides a bit of a carbonic bite.

O: A tasty Belgian IPA, definitely worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 11:43:47 | More by berley31
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2014 14:43:15 | More by drdiesel9483
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with a billowing white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Spicy and piney with a hint of fruity yeastiness. As the drink goes on, I am struck by the thought of "canned fruit cocktail" as I bury my nose prior to each drink. Interesting and appealing.

T- Piney/hoppy bitterness nicely counters the spicy/fruity yeastiness.

M- Fairly crisp with fairly high carbonation. Fairly creamy. I like using fairly in this section.

D- Easy drinking, flavorful, and interesting. 25 oz'er a delight to quaff. Quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I can see getting this again. Quite a nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:05:54 | More by DoctorDog
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-28-2013 06:02:53 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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Zraly

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with one-finger white head. Smells a bit floral and a bit funky.

Nice, round earthy flavor. Hops are present and a bit spicy, but this works extremely well with the funky, sweet flavors of the sugary malt backbone. A touch of orange peel. Wild yeast note, along with a "farmhouse" feel on the palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks smooth.

Would pair with a cheese board, roasted garlic and crusty french bread.

The style is interesting, and Stone's is a pretty interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:22:44 | More by Zraly
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JLapadura

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-03-2013 19:15:00 | More by JLapadura
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-05-2011 10:09:12 | More by AlaskanYoung
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife split into Allagash and New Belgium tulips.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick sticky head. The lace is frothy and laces very well.

The aroma is spicy hops mixed with a slight pale hops and a yeast bubblegum aroma.

The taste is perhaps a little unexpected due to the brewers. It starts by filling the mouth with carbonation. The taste of hops comes in, slight malt backed. The hops are subtle, for Stone. They create a almost pine spice and a slight yeast at the end. The hops finish with a slight bitter finish.

At first i wasn't sure what to think about this. I thought it wasn't outstanding, good but. As I consumed it the taste enhanced and i grew to like it more.

I must note my wife loved it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:32:10 | More by bishopdc0
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-25-2013 03:37:10 | More by tkdchampxi
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-16-2013 17:35:51 | More by jminch
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2012 21:05:35 | More by PeteRiz
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-10-2012 02:40:11 | More by bluerabbit
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not up to the usual Stone bar, the biggest issue is a huge metallic twang in there, like chewing on foil or licking a signpole...not like i've done the later.

The aroma is big herbal florals and sticky hop resin that defines the Stone experience.

There's some powdery floral hops and chewy resin in here. astringent lemon peel and some slices like white pepper and clove. It's just an IPA, big chewy and bitter...with some metallic funk. Drinkablility isn't really there, it's just too one-dimensional for me to enjoy in large quantities...i got bored by the bottom of my 22. You want a really good belgian ipa, go with choffe...same price, yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 00:59:48 | More by SurlyDuff
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-14-2013 19:39:02 | More by JEdmund
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderate gold with a bit of creamy white head. There's a decent amount of lacing associated with it too. Smell's a little weak considering that this is a Stone IPA, but there's some hoppy grapefruit and a bit of yeastiness. You can tell that there's some Belgian influence here, although I'm not sure how much. It tastes very hoppy and bitter with a decent yeasty finish. It doesn't have some of the spice notes that I like in Belgians, and I think that that could be interesting in this brew. It's not bad, however, just a less aromatic, yeasted-up, watered-down version of Ruination IMO. A bit creamy with a slight dry finish. Herbal aftertaste. A good drink, but not my favorite IPA by far.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:41:39 | More by LordAdmNelson
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moarmare

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-02-2013 13:43:52 | More by moarmare
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climax

Missouri

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

Poured into a snifter, this one is a bright golden peach orange. The light plays with it, adds soft edges and an intense glow. The head is good, and the retention is pretty much a ring and some patchy bubbles in the middle.

The aroma is sent straight down from the heavens. Where do I start? The hop aromas are definitely west coast; juicy lemons, pine, bubblegum, yum. The Belgian yeast adds an excellent delicate softness loaded with clove, coriander, pear, peach, and spice. This is definitely a heavyweight balance.

The taste doesn't have the wow factor that the nose did. It comes off a bit sour before I began to dissect it and break down the individual qualities. Once again, the balance between the styles is quite admirable. The yeast and spice flavors on the Belgian end seem to be the most distinguishable flavors. The hop profile is solid from start to finish, I'm less able to pin point the exact hop qualities.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting and hits it pretty much on the head. The carbonation is very sharp without being fizzy. It's cheek pinching crisp even through the finish, which seems to tingle on the teeth. The medium body has a light and cottony character mated with a dry finish, making it pretty easy to drink.

I like it. There's a good IPA in there, but it has the Belgian twist that spices things up when an IPA seems too typical for the occasion. If you like Belgians, it's probably too bitter, sad for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:44:38 | More by climax
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium-large head, and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
Hops and citrus start it off and it ends with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 04:46:11 | More by megahurts4
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-03-2014 02:16:35 | More by gmendez1122
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.