Cali-Belgique IPA - White Wine Barrel-Aged
Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Belgian IPA
3.94 | pDev: 12.69%
Jul 03, 2020
Nov 15, 2013
Very Good
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Jul 03, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this at the 2018 Strange Brew festival. Was one of the best beers that day.

Pours a golden light orange color with 1/2" white head. Nice and pretty. Aroma definitely is a punchy white wine/white grape light bright french oak feel to it. Belgian yeast is secondary to those aromatic notes.

Taste is nice, the white wine barrel carries the heavy lifting while notes of mild hopping and belgian yeast esters are in a supportive but not irrelevant role. Not overly complex, but a nice layered medley of flavors dancing around. Mouth feel continues to reveal a solid amount of carbonation that helps push the chardonnay day drinking feel. Bitterness is enjoyable and appropriate, prolly clocking in around 60 ibu if I were to venture an educated guess.

While I've really enjoyed fresh calibelgique, I think this elevates the beer to an even better place. One of the few beers on Saturday that I went back for seconds. Plus all that sweet Stone schwag at the table. . .
May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Just some quick tasting notes of this. Tried in a flight at Limerick's Tavern during Stone's 4/20 tap takeover. Alhambra, CA.

I enjoyed this barrel aged variation. You get a lot of the sweeter white wine notes in the smell, with a much sharper, more bitter flavor profile that makes for a really nice contrast. Super smooth, nice golden color, would drink again.
Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by Lucoli from New York

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by BLZR from Michigan

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A nice golden yellow color with and a firm one finger head. The head left lacing on the glass and has some legs.

Bright fragrant floral bouquet with lemon, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Other aromas in the beer are a slight toasted malt with a spicy, yeast aroma. The white pulls through making this complex nose.

Taste: A very perfumy, floral bouquet with fruity esters and some pine notes. The fruity esters are grapefruit with hints of oranges and lemons. The malt is slightly toasty and a note of yeast. Tropical fruits, butter, oak are the background.

A smooth creamy finish that linger pleasantly on the palate.

This is already a good beer, but aged in wine barrel add a level of complexity that makes this beer ever changing with each sip. I really enjoyed this beer.
Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Mwinek

Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by torr99 from Nevada

May 17, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by Sam-VW from England

Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by legalag11 from Texas

Nov 06, 2014
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
the chardonnay barrel here changes the game on this already delicious brew. the white grape fruitiness marries beautifully with the belgian yeast esters, a very cool match in any beer, but especially unique in such a hop forward one. the hops half mash and half clash with that fruitiness, making an odd but enjoyable battleground out of the tongue. the oak on this is also fairly intense, adding weight to the beer at the same time the acidity of the wine lightens it up. a number of compatible and uncommon juxtapositions in this brew. alcohol is still dangerously well hidden, and that chardonnay character just makes the whole thing sing. hop bitterness is lower now than i remember, probably a product of the age in the barrel. that was true with other barrel aged variantes of this one i have had as well. carbonation is rock star though, and the finish is oaky and buttery like a decent chardonnay. one of the better wine barrel beers ive had in awhile, not overdone or pretentious, just accenting an already top tier brew.
Sep 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Aug 12, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by LakerLeith from California

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Flip4beers from California

Jun 22, 2014
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Reviewed by Samuel906 from California

4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cali-Belgique has been one of my long time standing favorite beers from Stone. I think it is almost a perfect blend of craftsmanship, uniqueness, quality, complexity and drinkability. I thought it would be hard to top, but I think they may have out-done themselves with the white wine variant. It adds some honey sweetness, vibrant fruit notes (apple, mango, pineapple) , and some subtle tartness. Makes it a superbly complex beer, with too many layers to name. It is refreshing and bright, and a pleasure to drink. One of my new favorites from Stone.
May 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by JDizzle from Indiana

Apr 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by KFrank729 from Ohio

Mar 31, 2014
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Reviewed by watermelon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
32oz growler poured into a tulip glass. Growler was purchased from Peabody's earlier this evening.

A: Cloudy amber in color with a medium toffee colored head.

S: Smell of white wine is the most apparent note.

T: Very strong grape flavors it is fairly obvious this was aged in wine barrels. Some hop bitterness as well. Juiciness of citrus makes its way around the palette.

M: Booze is fairly prevalent, The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated.

O: I've never had the original, however this version is excellent. I will be purchasing another growler before this gem runs out.
Mar 26, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by kmanjohnson from California

Mar 14, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).

Pours with a very good white head over an amber body. Clear.

Aroma: Lightly sweet; floral; herbal; Belgian yeast; touch of vinegar.

Flavor: medium tart; fruity (soft fruits); light white pepper.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish

O: ABV not hidden but compatible with other characterisitcs of this ale.
Mar 07, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by crob3888 from California

Feb 22, 2014
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It's rather incredible how the procession of flavors build, and build, and build and build. But equally as incredible is how the layering on of complexity doesn't make the beer confused. It make the beer smooth and complex. What was once American IPA collides with Belgian character and is then soaked in white wine barrels for a taste that's just that- smooth and complex.

Medium amber and with strong golden tendencies, the ale's look is of softly back-lit honey. Following with a soft perfume of honeysuckle, orange blossom, rose and lemon drop. Its tantalizing aromatics scents fold in on the chamomile, white pepper and clove that offer as a rebuttal. But unlike the standard "Cali-Belgique", the white wine barrel influence mutes its perfume and aggressively asserts its spicy oak, vinous tartness and earthy charm.

The highly complex ale dances on the early palate with the malty-sweet taste of honey, corn syrup and angel food cake. As its creamy richness approaches the middle, its fruit tones take command- piling on the citrus and orchard fruit flavors in all their tangy and juicy forms. What follows is a tangy wine taste that attests to the barrel- equipped with spicy wood tannin, cedar and cinnamon in the beer's lingering warmth.

Medium-light on the palate, the barrel-aged beer is further lightened with its expressive carbonation and its high vinous tartness. A peppery pang against the palate further removes the sweetness and richness of the beer from the tongue and easily ushers in a zesty warmth that cleanses the palate and strips its taste.

Where I find the standard Cali-Belgique a highly formidable American-brewed, Belgian-inspired Indian Pale Ale, it was always siding on the off-balanced perfumy side and insists on a soapy finish. This white wine barrel-aged version seems to temper its floral-ness and dissolves its detergent-like taste; all the while promoting vinous sour grapes and tantalizing acidity.
Feb 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ezperkins2 from California

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by DOCRW from Washington

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Smarty_Pints from California

Feb 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ortie from Kentucky

Feb 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by GraduatedCashew from California

Feb 03, 2014
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Reviewed by TucsonTom from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.

The white wine barrel aging allows the Cali to pick up dry wine-like characteristics. Add in the Belgian yeast and IPA hops, and you have an incredibly complex beer to explore and savor.

A great, unique beer worth seeking out.
Jan 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by ste5venla from California

Jan 09, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by GatorCoop from California

Jan 05, 2014
Rated: 3 by Jenray from Texas

Dec 28, 2013
Rated: 3 by DownInToMyBelly from California

Dec 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Santosizer from California

4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Poured a very nice light colored yellow. Very fresh looking. a very thick head, 2 finger widths and nice retention.

S - This smells straight up like white wine. A bit of pine coming through, citrus, grape, a very wine smelling brew.

T - Tart, sweet, hoppy, bitter. A fusion of grape with pine, orange, mango, pineapple. Very refreshing.

M - Very light body, carbonation is a mild, silky, light. Very drinkable.

O - I really liked this. I just started getting into wine before trying this and I must say, it definitely is a wonderful fusion. You definitely get wine characteristics through this IPA. I'm glad I got a growler fill. A must try. I'm surprised I reviewed a Belgian IPA this high. It is one of my least favorite styles.
Dec 28, 2013
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Reviewed by beagle75 from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.
8.4% abv according to the growler label

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: A dominating combination of crisp and peppery Begian yeast, bright vinous fruit, as well as milled oak. Hops-derived aromas exert a minimal influence upon the smell--from this perspective this beer's identity as an IPA is concealed; it could just as easily be a strong blond ale. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with bright vinous fruit and restrained biscuit malt. Acidity is moderate into the middle where bitterness begins to develop fairly early amidst mild yeast phenolics and oak. The finish is well-oaked and substantially bitter; absolutely bone-dry. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with high carbonation.

D/O: This experimental treatment of Stone's Cali-Belgique IPA succeeds at capturing the intended barrel qualities. A side-by-side comparison with Russian River Temptation would reveal a beer just as woody and wine-infused, although far less sour due to the omission of bacterial inoculants on the part of Stone. The hops-derived bitterness turns out to be this beer's greatest distraction, although it is excusable. After all, it is not easy to conjure up the name of another production recipe that would fulfill the role of the Cali-Belgique here, but also repress the hops.
Dec 25, 2013
Cali-Belgique IPA - White Wine Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 50 ratings