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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Reviews: 1,084 | Ratings: 3,339
Photo of TheMarkE
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a huge head of foam and good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast and fruit.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, fruit, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced between a yeasty Belgian brew and an IPA, it's missing the usual Stone hop bitterness overload. Nice brew for an occasional something different.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone - a fave brewer lags in this category as compared with Clown Shoes, Green Flash (Verte!) and others.

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber color with a modest but well made cap that rings the chalice with lace.

S: Plentiful. Herbacious, with piney, and ripe banana skin scent; but slightly over ripe and catty.

T: Follows smell gets bigger by way of the Belgian bent of herbal, banana, and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney citrus direction. Good see-saw of flavors, but I find it tiring and didnt finish a couple of times I tried it. A great beer demands the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, but far from a Belgique.

O: I never get there with this beer as it's too bubble gum and banana for me. lacks the back bone and bite of a true Belgian.

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Photo of RandyV
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Belgian yeast and bread malt combines with that of floral hops introduces you to a melding of styles that get along but don't necessarily want to spend their lives together. The clove and spicy sweetness of a Belgian dominates the initial flavor of this beer before giving way to the piney hop bitterness that is there at the finish but never dominates in any way. For a hophead like me, the IPA contribution is weak, but noble.

This is not a beer that I would be quick to come back to, but I love Stone brewing, and this is a nice offering in the style.

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

A - Pours a barely hazy golden color with a frothy white head that slowly drops down to a nice cap. Leaves ample, sticky lacing behind and has nice head retention.

S - Citric hops blend with some slightly funky/spicy character from the belgian yeast. There is a touch of pale malt sweetness in there as well.

T - Lightly sweet, biscuity malt up front that leads into a mix of citric, floral hop flavors and spicy, bready, and herbal yeast notes. Finish brings some dryness a sturdy kick of bitterness. Aftertaste is subtle, but carries some floral hop and slight yeast flavors.

M - Medium body with a crisp carbonation that suits the feel well.

D - Another interesting and tasty offering from Stone. Their IPA being one of my favorites, it was nice to try it with a twist. I think I still prefer the original, but I'm glad I tried this and would try it again.

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Photo of James773
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful crystalline golden color. Smells fresh and grape-y. The beer is very effervescent and foams in the mouth; it's almost a little too distracting. Warm and bready like a Belgian but with a much more pronounced hops character, and I think I taste more grapes in the back. I've been thinking about Stone's Enjoy By series a lot recently and in my eyes this could have never lived up to that, but it's solid.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/30/09
Stone Brewing Co.
Cali-Belgique
Belgian IPA
6.9% Abv.
22oz. bottle into an oversize red wine glass.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into OS red wine glass yields a skinny 2 finger head. Nice lacing and rings around the glass. Good looking golden color.

Smell= Initial smell is yeasty, belgiany. When you swirl it up and let it warm, the nose is really good! Faint overall, unless you agitate it, but good.

Taste= Good taste. A little sourness on the tongue is interesting...Bready, yeasty, hoppy. After taste is a little funky... Not won over by the taste...But it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel= Carbonation on the tongue is present. Good all-around mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Abv. is not present, the flavor is good, a genuine quaffer.

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

An interesting idea and one I was very intrigued by as an avid fan of California IPA's and Belgian beers. It's like a 2 for 1! However, the end result did not live up to the expectations which admittedly were unlikely to be fair.

Aroma:
Smells of an IPA with big hoppy notes, lots of citrus and a slight pine aroma. But there is some bubblegum and spiciness too, oh wait is this a combination of an IPA and a Belgian beer?

Appearance:
Nice white frothy head comprised of both tiny and large bubbles. Pillow like. Slightly hazy pale orange color. Good beading. Foam sticks around for awhile before retiring to the sides of the glass.

Taste:
The Belgian yeast comes through more in the taste than the flavor. Each sip brings you into an encounter with a malty bubblegum sweet center surrounded by bitterness. Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Finish:
Bitterness mixed with slight bubblegum which fortunately doesn't linger too long.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.

Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.

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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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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a hazy pale copper, effervescent, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that doesn't want to go away. Really nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet, smooth banana and some creamy sweetness from the yeast, citrus peeks through from the hops as well, melting into the sweet yeasty note.

Taste is yeasty up front, some banana, with the hops coming through as a grassy bitterness - not really getting much citrus through the yeast, maybe just a bit. Malt character is doughy, biscuity, also gets wrapped up with yeast. Finish is a light lingering bitterness, more yeast hangs around in the exhale.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fluffy, medium-light bodied. Creamy from the head that never seems to quit.

An interesting variation, kind of startling how far away this beer is from the standard IPA. Yeast changed the whole character of the beer - unfortunately, I feel like the beer loses some major character from the transfer. The malt and hops notes just kind of get tangled up in the yeast, and the result is a beer that's just very yeast-dominated in the end. A nice enjoyable beer, but not the masterpiece the IPA is.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice orange color with a long lasting head. The head was large and lasted a long ten minutes.

S- When the beer was first poured there was a great deal of hop aroma. With a backing of Belgian yeast. As the beer warmed up Cali-Belgique turned into a yeasty aroma and then hops.

T- Hops nail the tongue bringing a citrus and fruit mouthful. The taste turns into a yeasty profile. The hops and yeast blend well and are balanced. This beer is not super bitter.

M- Medium body with soft carbonation.

D- Overall this is a great beer that is different from all of the other brews Stone puts out.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone is amazing. Just when you think you have a brewery figured out they go and make something like this.

Purchased at Greens in Atlanta, GA the Cali-Belgie name says it all. This beer has the front flavor of a belgian triple and the back end of a lightly hoppy california IPA.

Poured into a DomSpatz Bier snifter this beer is crystal clear with minimal lacing. The color is a russett yellow that glows in the light.

Taste is much like that of Local Number 1 but not quite as full in body or hops - until the finish. The finish is quite hoppy and rough. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is extremely light with almost none of the hop oils usually associated with a full bodied California IPA.

This beer loses on drinkability for me. I had a couple glasses of water before drinking this beer but as soon as I finished the first half I felt completely dried out. I don't know if it's the hops or the malt or just me but I am extremely parched after drinking this beer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Imperial pint glass on 4/7/09.

A - Poured a brilliant, crystal clear golden/light amber body with a lively effervescence and almost two fingers of dense, off-white foam that settled to a half inch cap and deposited lots of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Quite a vibrant hop bouquet suggesting citrus and floral notes, as well as hints of perfume. Equally representative is the "Belgian" aspect of this brew with spicy, yeasty notes and some fruity esters. Malt is quite sweet and caramely. Some alcohol peeks through as the liquid warmed up.

T - Hop profile melds together with the spicy, yeasty character to create a subtle bitterness and funky sour flavor. Hints of citrus rind, wildflowers and mint mingle with fruity notes. Finish is mildly bitter, but with an odd herbal, minty character that threw me off a bit. A slight funky, yeasty tang persists throughout and lasts through to the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft carbonation, but a pretty thin mouthfeel overall. Finish is mildly bitter with a touch of sourness on the palate.

D - This is definitely an interesting brew from Stone. I wish it was a bit heavier on the IPA, but it still drank easily and displayed some nice complexities.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very good looking beer. It looks very similar to several IPAs and DIPAs I've had. Amber-yellow color mostly.

S - Delicious smelling. Hoppy, bitter, with some scent I can't identify that comes out at the end of the whiff. Perhaps its the Belgian style yeasts coming out.

T - The flavor isn't quite what I expected. I think this actually may be my first Belgian IPA, so I don't have a whole lot to go on though. I can definately tell that it's an IPA and that it has some Belgian flair to it. A very intricate beer that makes me want to try more of the style.

M - The mouthfeel is good, the taste doesn't last long on my tongue, which I assume is expected. The carbonation is not perfect though, in my eyes.

D - Slightly alcoholic tasting, considering only 6.9%, that's a bummer for me.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-7-09

Pours a hazy golden color, with a filmy head with big, white bubbles. The bubbles cling to and slowly descend the sides of the glass.

Smell is very sweet, fruity, and Belgian, aromas of melon, honey, and bitter, sticky alcohol. Very double IPA, and enjoyable.

Taste is more subtle than I was expecting, bitter hops all the way through. Not much Belgian character, and a little watery. The aftertaste is quite bitter, and too clean.

Mouthfeel is good, though it would help to be a little thicker.

Drinkability is decent, but I'd much rather have a regular Stone IPA.

Overall, something different, but nothing great.

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Photo of froghop
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing.

smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus.

taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

think this is a fine combination of the 08.08.08 and the stone IPA.

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Photo of hops1337
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip had a Nice orange color with white head and OK lacing. Faint yeast smell in the background of the seriously citrusy hops. Way more hoppy than most Belgian ipas but i like it. The more it warms the more yeasty it gets on the nose and palate. I quite like this brew and would gladly buy it again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into an Orval glass

Pours up golden, clear for the most part, with a one inch off-white head on top. Decent retention, quite a bit of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit, some floral aromatics, a bit of bready malt, and some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste starts up with a very slight sweetness with the hops there from the start. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit. It gets increasingly bitter in the aftertaste, actually unpleasantly so. It's a slightly medicinal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth, aside from the hops which are slightly harsh. I think the Belgian characteristics would shine more with a slightly higher carbonation, though with the hop bitterness that might be too much.

If it weren't for the hop bitterness this would be a really great beer. I know Stone is all about the hops, but it's kind of funky in this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12 oz bottle 6/26/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma faint – some spice and fruit
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct taste. It ends bitter as well. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of mjaskula
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a thick soapy white head. The head thins and leaves some foamy lacing.

The aroma is mild with some up-front floral hops and belgian yeast character. The flavor is a nice merger of styles. The bitter and floral hop flavor is strong and leads the flavor, but it gives way smoothly to a slight malt flavor and clean Belgian yeast. A little bit of green apple tartness shows up as it warms. Mouthfeel is dry crisp and clean. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of claminat420
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent copper golden color with a frothy white head. left alil amount of lacing.

S- all i can smell is the clove scent form the belgian yeast.

T- well i think more of the bitterness and hops come through which makes me happy. from the nose i was worried it would be all belgian yeast. it's got a nice blend with the hops and yeast tho. it's hard to explain by saying you can pick out a dominate grapefruit or pine taste from the hops cuz the yeast plays such a vital role to this brew. to put it best.. by the time you try to pick something out it's to late and you want another sip.

M- medium/light bodied. good carbonation.

D- for not really caring for belgian brews this one i wouldn't mind buying again down the road.

Overall- i was skeptical of this brew cuz i've only had one belgian ipa hybrid and i rememeber not caring for it. but leave it to the people at stone to do a superb job. if you're a hophead or an ipa fan like myself i would recommend anyone to give this one a try.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange, chill haze, steady carbonation streams, and a four finger white head which gracefully decays into some attrative stretchy lace.

Aroma has mild citrus notes and a hint of yeastiness, but is surpriingly subdued.

Sweet malt beginning. A hint (subliminal?) of candy. Rush of bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Juicy. Fruity. Yeasty. Definite candy note. Clean finish.

Nice smooth nmouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Maybe not my particular cup of tea, but well done.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow color with a half inch of creamy off white head on top. Aromas hit first thing with citric hops that begin to conjoin with spicy, fruity, slightly funky Belgian yeast tones. Hints of caramel malt in the background along with herbal, resinous accents. Earthy.

First sip brings some slightly sweet caramel malts upfront that quickly move into a collusion of citric, resinous hops and earthy Belgian yeast flavors. Fruity, spicy and funky flavors all play a part as the beer flows down with a bit of a dryness. Bitterness from the hops kicks in full well on the back end also. Finishes with a lingering spicy, estery bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little more carbonated than the standard Stone IPA. Overall it goes down smooth and easily. I'm still not sold on the Belgian IPA myself and it seems to clash a bit to my taste buds. This was nice but I'd rather have the regular IPA or Ruination.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.