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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

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1,050 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,050
Hads: 3,173
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 103
Gots: 534 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist
AKA Stone Cali-België IPA
First Release:
September 2008

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA features a complex and surprising combination of flavors, but behind the fancy title is the simply delicious Stone IPA. The addition of a carefully selected strain of Belgian yeast adds banana and spice notes to the hoppy brightness of our flagship IPA. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.
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Photo of HopNuggets
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter. Poured a 1" head that dissipates quickly to a head that barely covers the top of the liquid goodness. Extremely filtered, where you can make out everything on the other side of the glass with a nice burnt-orange color similar to apple juice. Small bubble rise through the glass to keep that slight head there.

S - Nose is of orange peel and Belgian yeast with some lemon zest. Maybe some slight grapefruit in there as well.

T - Taste is just as the style suggest a Belgian West Coast IPA. Strong orange flavors upfront followed by a mouth puckering bitterness but then a smooth Belgian finish with some bitterness returning during the aftertaste.

M - The mouth-feel is freakin' amazing. Great carbonation and very light. This would be a great summer IPA if it were only more accessible on the East Coast. I think you can only get it at the Stone Brewery.

D - This beer is very drinkable at 6.9% ABV I can see this one sneaking up on you if I had more than 1 bomber in the cellar.

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Photo of bonk0076
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a generous white head that leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrus - orange and strawberries, with pine notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is marvelously balanced, with the citrus and vanilla qualities muting the hops at first, but finishing bitter after all. Extremely complex beer!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden coloration, very lively. moderate all-white foamy cap.

The aroma is very pungent. robust-funkadelisized yeast combustion...grainy, almost meaty hop and sour/sweet wheat. Light, crispy malt but dang the hop and yeast combo is a nice smell.

Towering amounts of yeast complexity here, with as aggressive hop that is very earthy and dry. Sour, earthy flavor's from this unique yeast, jazzy and a bit of a grainy, rough mouth feel which works for me since the yeast and hops are very upfront.

Loving these American/Belgian-style brews, Big American hops and complex Belgian yeast are just a wonderful thing.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden with very little white head, bubbly.

S: Hoppy, but very much Belgian after the hops. Smells like a heavy Saison.

T: Hops way out front with some citrus. Funky, earthy taste follows. Dry finish. Distinctly a Belgian taste, but an IPA is in there, popping out to say hello.

MF: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: I like this beer the more I drink it. Although I would tire of it after two bottles or so.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours a clear dark yellow color. Getting some banana, biscuit, malts, and hops in the aroma. Tastes fantastic with the bitterness of the hops balancing out the sweetness of the fruits. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable. Smooth on the palate with some bite. This belgian-ipa really hit the spot for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this offering!

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Photo of Thee
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok. Here's the deal: if you are a Belgian fan, and you also like a good IPA, you have got to give this a try. There are a few hopped Belgians out there now, and this is a good one. Pours well, lacy head, kind of a goldenrod color. It starts like a funky Belgian on the tongue, then the IPA character comes through, and the finish is smooth. Overall, a nice balanced beer. One of my favorites because it is very drinkable, and unique.

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Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly clear, and lighter in color than I was expecting. Dusty white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: The "Cali" shows up in the front, with the "Belgie" coming in strong farther along the line.

Taste: Excellent. All the flavor provided by the fresh citrus hoppiness stands atop the solid foundation of the Belgian yeasty goodness.

Feel: Not exceptional, but nothing off-putting about the lighter than expected feel.

Drinkability: Better drinkability than Raging Bitch, another American BIPA, it's tastes don't wear you down nearly as much.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Delicious, pours a golden super carbonated, with a white head that lasts for a long time due to carbonation.
Smells of Nice citrusy hops and Belgian yeasts combined, comes out nicely.
Tastes sweet with a large citrus profile. Note that the sweetness does not seem to come from too many malts.
The beer is a bit alcohol tasting after it warms but nothing too bad.


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Photo of becktone
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 3-29-09

Eye: This beer pours clear and orange with gold in there too. Head is a creamy 1 1/2 fingers in height and is creamy in appearance. Really nice looking, quite inviting. Lacing is composed of nice rings connected by sheets.

Nose: Real nice nose on this. Fruity tones and citrus....both mingle to give this beer an overall aroma that smells of fresh cantaloupe. Not really much more to it than that. There's a malt backbone to it that supports it. This isn't the first occasion I've drank this beer, but I can tell you now that the aroma is much weaker than I remember it being. From memory and from what I've in front of me this one really does smell nice. Some belgian yeast aroma in there, like a tripel. Getting other fruit hints as well, a bit of orange.

Tongue: Bitterness strikes the tongue first, then some sweetness from malt, then phenols from yeast. Just when you think that the flavor of this brew has worn itself out it keeps going, transferring to belgian flavors after some transitionary phenols/esters, malt becomes different, and the whole perception of the beer changes. This is probably one of the most complex beers I've drank. This thing has a lot going on in it. Hop flavor is everywhere, citrusy notes come and go, play with the malt and ester/phenols then fade to reveal new esters/phenols. When tasting this citrus hop flavor first comes into play as an agent that acts as a barrier or transitionary agent. After that first taste of citrus hops, new flavors emerge and then give way back to the citrus hop. Wow! this is one hell of a beer, complex and full, just awesome. After the first citrus its kinda like a tripel then going back to an IPA with the hops leading to the finish which ends up finishing somewhere between the two. This beer is the Prime Meridian, East meets West, figuratively speaking. It straddles both Belgian and American, just awesome.

Feel and Drinkability: This one has a medium-full body with just the right amount of carbonation. Carbonation is lower overall, but this beer is packed with so much flavor that any more carbonation would be devastating to it. There is nothing I would change about the way this beer feels. This is one that I'm definitely going to pick up again, after all this isn't the first time I've had this beer, the first time I've really studied it...yes. I'm not sure if I'd call this a Belgian IPA, its more like exactly in between and Belgain Tripel/BSPA and an American IPA. It seems to me that Belgian IPAs such as Chouffee's Belgian IPA and Piraat, are a bit different. To me this seems to be different than either of those.

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Photo of BeachRez
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from a bomber purchased mid-08.

The color is a very nice orange. Nice head, no lacing on the glass. Perfect presentation.

The smell has a mild citrus aroma, which is also present in it's taste. It does have a hoppy aftertaste that real adds depth.

Very good and something that I would drink often.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Poured from a bomber into my 4 oz tasting glass. Nice coppery tint with mild lacing and mild head. Pleanty of carbonation going on. Smell the magic of hops and belgian yeast. Taste is plentiful hopaliscious with the piney citrusy bonus I hoped for. Not really getting too much Belgique but who's complaining. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability is limited due to the high ABV but will definitely seek out more!

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a large-form bottle into a pint glass.

A - very light yellow and hazy; pratcially no head but there is a bit of lacing. Initially super-carbonated on the glass

S - grassy hops, with a toasty malt edge and a hint of Belgian style yeast. A really unique combination.

T - the fairly excpected citrus and pine hops attack is taken over by the yeast with some help from bready malts. Enduring bitterness just sticks in the back of the throat.

M - nice crisp drink with very slight oliness balanced by very sharp carbonation.

D - this is extremely drinkable; goes down very easy with just a hint of warming.

Great beer; was very happy to find it in one of the local stores. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bold copper tinged gold, nice white head and lazy carbonation...

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some strawberry as well

A hits the mouth with, bit of pine, some good sweetness, not cloying, grapefruit matches the nose, a hint of grape concentrate and lemon

Medium/full bodied with a syrupy texture

I love it. Notice it has some flavors apparent which I also enjoy in Avery's hog heaven barleywine. Well done Stone, well done

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Photo of Thothamon
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Belgian IPA? I say yes!

For the price, this is one of my go to beers at nearly any supermarket that lacks anything interesting or new for me to try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big and bright copper/orange with a light white creamy head that quickly left a light foam ring.

The smell is a nice mix of big spicy belgian yeast and citrusy west coast hops, very lemony yet slightly medicinal.

The flavor is very intense with a big blast of fresh green hops along with spicy belgian yeast coming at your tongue in one big blast, it quickly settles down to a nice long yeasty yet bitter finish. Has a nice big sweetness lingering throughout as well.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a big resiny finish.

This is great, great marriage of two styles that seem like they would clash, yet they compliment each other very well.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber to golden color with a quater inch white head on top. The head laces nicely along the glass. A splash of spicy sweetness with a yeasty bread frgrances. The bready yeastiness hits the palate at the front, blending to a mild grapefruit bitterness, with a touch of grassiness at the end. a light feel at the front, it crisply dances across the palate, leaving a mild dryness on the back of the palate. This maybe one of the most well balanced belgian IPA. It is not overly hoppy, though bringing some hop strength with it, along with a strong yeasty twang. This is a very strong beer from a very unique style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

One of my favorite emerging styles. The beer has a lot of Chimay Tripel character, but sweeter, with a more caramel, cotton candy-like confection. A bit darker (copper-golden) than most tripels, but this one also gives a light toasty-toffee note that balances the fruity esters and spicy phenols well. The strong hop flavors compliment the peppery, clovey, yeasty spices very well with a sharp citrus, chai-tea herbalness that never wavers from the other complex 'Tripel-like' notes. Evaporative feel to the mouth from the dry hops, minty alcohols, and efforvescent carbonation. The beer just lifts off of the toung and dries out in the finish for superb drinking enjoyment Finishes spicy, citrusy, and with a mild phenolic-soapy note that I pick out in most all hoppy Belgians. Not quite a Houblon Chouffe, but very close in quality.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden and clear with an off white head and good lacing.

S - A nice combination of Belgian spice and floral hops. Not overpowering but rich and satisfying.

T - Oily hops flavors slightly edge out a spicy crispiness for control. A well balanced collection of flavors that few can bring together in such a balanced and effective way. Well done Stone!

M - A thick and almost oily consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Best before 4/06/2012

A- Crystal clear darker than straw yellow. Three finger foamy white head that drops to a soapy cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Nice Belgian yeast, slight pepper spice with a wonderful west coast grapefruit hop aroma. Sort of saison meets ipa.There is a slight malt sweetness.

T- Very interesting. I was looking for an Belgian inspired West coast hop atomic bomb and it isn't the case. There is an excellent malt sweetness that mashes well with the yeast spiciness and the floral and citrus hops.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation, juicy finish.

O- Excellent, I wish I tried this much sooner. I've been missing out.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours a nice clean orange to red with a puffy one inch head that settles down into a creamy looking film. Very bright and clean looking, quite pretty. Nose reminds me of another Belgian style IPA i've had, Kuhnhenn's Aldebaran. Fruity and yeasty nose, with definite pear and floral notes, very inviting and reminiscent of the Kuhnhenn beer (which is an exciting prospect to me). Flavor is quite nice. Kind of sweet and fruity, like a pear/apricot jolly rancher, but with a nice floral hop complement and a solid malt base thats syrupy, but not too much so. A dry bitterness on the finish that isn't altogether welcome, but a solid, tasty flavor nonetheless. I like it more as i get further along (isn't that always the case? urp!) Medium bodied, even a little cream-like feel, not think but still milkshake like in texture somehow. Drinks well...hey, i guess i really like everything about this one. Not as good as that Aldebaran, but itll do in a pinch!

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Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this brew at Staples Corner Liquor. It's rarely available in the East (THANKS guys!)

Poured from growler to my pint tumbler, it's golden or light tan, hazy, with enough carbonation to produce a thin foam and extensive lacing. Looks good enough to drink! The smell is yeasty, fruity sweet (maybe apple), Belgian for sure, maybe a little like a danish? No hops to speak of, some phenolic overtones, perhaps a little green pepper. Attractive nose.

The taste is where the hops kick in. A combination of fruity sweetness with an immediate bitterness at the back palate and some peppery notes. There's wonderful mild sourness in the cheeks and that's where you can pick up the bready malt flavors. The finish is bitterness and some grainy malt residual flavors. Overall very complex, starting sweet and fruity and ending with pleasant bitterness. Great combination. As for mouthfeel, there's some warmth from the alcohol, a little astringency, some peppery sweet stickiness, and a little tang to it all as the bitterness kicks in for the finish. Overall, quite wonderful.

This is a fine brew, a complex combination of sweet and bitter that just sings to the mouth and the spirit of beer. Highly delicious and highly drinkable. Get it if you can, hopheads, to expand your appreciation of what uninhibited yeast can do to hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another unexpected find at my local bottle shop...

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a nice inch worth of bubbly head. Nice retention, very nice lacing.

Smell: After an evening of malty marzens and stouts, I welcome the delicious bitterness of hops. Pine dominates here, with a very faint bit of citrus.

Taste: Yea buddy...pine, and lots of it. Not enough to be offensive, but just the right amount. A nice bit of sweetness to give it some balance. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body, good carbonation, and very smooth. A dangerous combination indeed.

Drinkability: An absolutely outstanding IPA, I can put it no other way. I wish I grabbed more than just one bomber.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.