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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: 1,081 | Ratings: 3,320
Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper color, like a classic west coast IPA, tight bubbles, almost no head.

S: Enormous mixture of belgian yeast and northwestern US hops. An intriguing, awesome blend. Really well executed. No malt on the nose at all.

T: Again, fruit and citrus from the hops mix very well with the fruit flavors from the yeast. An assertive yet transparent malt backbone, not too thin.

M: Not too thin, but not enough body to withstand the bitterness, almost. Like mostly pefect but a little bit off for my preference in the style.

D: Very drinkable beer with a reasonable, sessionable-for-Belgian IPA.

Lovely all around. I heart stone and this is no exception.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- beer pours a nice darker golden color with a nice white head that does not fade fast. Looks like your typical IPA with a hazy appearance.

S-smell is blissful! It's got that west coast ipa smell of grapefruit, pine, some orange, and I get a pleasant scent of pineapple. The unique part about this beer is the Belgian yeast smell that you would get from a Belgian trippel. It has that banana zest that I really appreciate in a Belgian ale with the west coast IPA tartness.

T- awesome flavor! It has the bitterness of the Stone IPA along with its quintessential pine, orange, grapefruit and that pineapple that follows the nose IMO. The end has that sweet spicy Belgian yeast flavor that I know and love that really makes this beer stand out from the rest.

O- great beer it's a unique hybrid that stands in a class of its own. It has the standard west coast IPA flavor that Stone does damn well. Then they throw in the Belgian yeast that seriously puts this beer in an awesome spot in my book. I think this beer can appeal to both the IPA drinker and the Belgian ale drinker. I'm more of a Belgian guy myself and this beer is super refreshing to me for the warmer California months I know and love.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty Brew! Love the flavors of this IPA. Head is so thick i could stand on it. It does not give up either. Remains strong and sticky for the duration of the beer. Waiting time on the head is long, but a good thing. I love observing the beer as long as i can. Carbonation is healthy. Nice sweet taste on a flat tongue. Brings out a lot of flavor. Pleasant sweet malts with a tinge of bitterness. The hops bring up the back and remain with the nose. Smells of banana, and bubble gum.Typical belgian yeast smell. Love how clean tasting this is. Really easy to drink.Aromas from the beer keep you focused and interested. Watching the beer descend in the glass is a show. Presentation is outstanding. I will continue to enjoy this for the winter. Definitely recommend.Cheers!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to Dogfish Head IPA glass
Enjoy by: 04-16-04

A - Pours a clear honey amber with 1 finger of pillowy white foam on top. Impressive retention with polka dot lacing.

S - Belgian yeast upfront, taffy, limes, malt, lemon pepper, hints of thyme and rosemary, candied grapefruit and lemon oils comes out as it warms.

T - Ruby red grapefruit, with a sweet taffy/candy like malt in the background, old school bubblegum, the sweetness in quickly wicked away with a dry middle to finish. Lemon oils and herbs, lemon thyme, and some rosemary, the bitterness has a spicy sensation. Lemon/lime really come out more as this warms. Nice spicy finish.

M - Medium body, oily at first but the carbonation turns creamy mid palate providing a lush feel.

Very expressive flavors from the yeast that really meld with hops and malt. Complex herbal notes really took this up a notch. The bitterness is there but you have to think about it to really notice it, which to me, is impressive. Mouthfeel is has great transition and glides over the palate nicely.
The best American made BIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. Large head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with citrus,bread yeast,and sweet malt. The taste is very refreshing with a crisp bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus flavors,and some sweetness,malt? The m/f is light with the plentiful flavors mixing well. This is another great beer from Stone.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with best by 5/13/10 printed near the bottom.

Served cool into my New Belgium chalice. Cali-Belgique is golden straw in color with great clarity and towering white head. Good longevity on the bubbles with some lacing left behind.

Aroma is a fantastic mix of Belgian saison spice/funk/sour and American IPA. Great citrus hoppiness is on the forefront with the "Belgique" a little more subtle.

Flavor is intense and diverse with a lot going on. It starts sweet with a little honey and caramel but then goes very bitter. Not all west coast IPA either - strong grass and red grapefruit with undertones of spicy saison. Finishes very dry which keeps me coming back.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation as the style would suggest. Very bitter and very dry, for better or worse.

Overall a very good version of the style. Tons of flavor, very broad spectrum of tastes.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a one finger head. Visibly effervescent and has good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a strong smelling beer but pleasant; hops are the most prominent scent followed by a little Belgian years.

T: Tastes very much like an IPA but with a fuller sweeter taste. Well balanced but nothing crazy.

M: Great feel- medium carbonation with a light to medium body that makes for a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal-clear golden body with a finger-thick head that refuses to go away. Nice amount of bubbles rising to the top feeds the lacing dripping down the sides. Good looker, this one

S - Grassy hops and tarty scents, no doubt thanks to that strand of yeast. Some grapefruit juice and orange peel give it a nice, zesty character.

T - Nice, citrusy body leads a brigade of earthy tones. Spruce, grass… Much less apparent bitterness than their regular IPA makes for a more balanced flavor. Works together like a well-oiled machine.

M - Medium body with a real crisp carbonation and a slick finish. More refreshing and clean than a lot of IPAs makes this easy-to-drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

O - After a bomber of this, I have absolutely no complaints other than I wish I had more. Seriously, it’s so laidback for its style it almost doesn’t seem like a Stone brew, but it’s just as high-class as any other beer in their repertories. This re-affirms my high esteem for Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at STONE. Dark honey color with a nice white head and heavy lacing.

Big lemon citrus assertive nose with hints of yeast, white bread and nose develops to a bit of burnt toast.

Big citrus/grapefruit flavors and a balance and character that belies the alcohol. Pleasant flavors and a very "all around" good drink.

A beer that really goes well with most foods and with a long grapefruit hop finish.

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Photo of Spikester
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a two finger cream color head. Still a small layer of head at the half way point and very nice fine lacings. Aroma is mostly ripe pear with a hint of citrus. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a rich malt backing. Carbonation is just right and the finish is bitter and dry with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Drinkability is limited only by price and the 6.9% abv. The Belgian yeast gives it a bit of a tang that makes this IPA more interesting than most.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle to St. Bernardus Goblet. in which it sits translucent nearing opaque, a nice golden orange with a nice lacy white head.

I love the smell of this beer. It's like a 50/50 of Belgian yeast and citrusy hops.

Taste begins with an sweet, orange, citrusy hop presence that gives way to a bitter bite and a crisp yeast presence. An engaging combination.

Mouthfeel is, lets say medium bodied and syrupy, the hops tend to make it feel heavier.

Lets put it this way, I have maybe 5 stores a patronize semi-regularly. If I see a bottle of this, I buy it. I say that's drinkable.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to try this again on tap at the Alamo Draft House. Belgian aspects were way more prevalent than in the bottle, and it was beautifully balanced between spicy tripel and hoppy IPA. This was damn enjoyable to drink. All of the qualities I picked up on in my previous review were there, but they were much more harmonious this time around.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this beer for a while.

Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Appearance-Dark orange, almost brown body. 3 fingers of big bubbly white head that dissipates pretty quickly, lots of lacing remains.

Smell-Belgian Yeast, lots of biscuit. Big orange citrus aroma.

Taste-Sweet up front then the belgian yeast and spiciness comes through, lots of lemony coriander. The finish has a nice amount of citrus and pine hops, and the belgian yeast carries through the finish. Very very balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing as fuck. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Overall-Expecting more harshness from a stone IPA. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of diamondc
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden, frothy head. Medium amount of lacing. Nice.

S: Apricots, oranges, white grapes. Tropical fruits are big here, too.

T: Tropical fruit with a juicy grapefruit/pine bitterness. Could almost be mistaken for a tripel. Spicy Belgian yeast dont really balance out the hops, more like another wallop of flavors.

M: Maybe a tad too astringent at the end, a bit of noticeable heat too.

O: I really like this beer, the malt gets somewhat lost in the background, but is a good distraction from all the IPAs out there.

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Photo of tbern007
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, golden with a thick head, lots of lace.
Smells like an IPA with west coast hops. A little yeasty.
Tastes fantastic. Orange peel, citrusy, yeasty Belgian flare, quite hoppy and bitter yet sweet and honey like. Great balance.
M & D - good balance of sweet and dry, hops and honey, with the yeastiness of a Belgian pale ale. Very good all around.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on-tap and in the bottle. The tap wins.

A - Clear orange-yellow, good carbonation. Just what I like in my belgian-style IPAs.

S - Orange and grapefruit steeds with hops at the reins.

T - Kinda like the smell, minus horse flavor. Citrus fruits, twangs of lemon with heavier hits from orange and grapefruit. Hops aren't so heavy, but duke rather duke it out with the fruits, and pulls away from the 3 vs 1 as victor. A nice struggle and great flavor profile. Me like. A lot.

M - Clean. Pure. Crisp. Drying, leaving your tongue begging for more.

O - Great stuff here, a fantasic american take on a belgian take on an IPA. Yeah, you read that right. Get a glass.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served the 1pt 6fl oz. bottle in a Stone Cali-Belgique class I picked up when I visited Stone.

Appearance: A nice, deep golden hue with a cloudy white head.

Smell: Certainly the hops come across well in the smell, certainly a fresh smell of hops that adds to the overall flavor of the beer.

Taste:If you like the Stone IPA you will probably like the Cali-Belgie or Belgique as the difference I tasted was a twist added with the Belgian yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: You certainly get a solid amount of carbonation, but the overall feel of the beer is relatively light, although seems about right for a flavorful IPA.

Overall: If you like Stone's hoppy end beers, I can think of any reason why you won't like this one. It is a great way to see how a Belgian yeast can alter the flavor of an IPA. Nice contrast to the Stone line of IPAs.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful clear cold color with a one inch foamy head that left excellent lacing on my glass as I enjoyed this brew. I honestly would've expect this brew to be a bit cloudy because of the Belgian yeast.

Sweet malty nose with some yeasty notes like wet carboard almost, barely detectable (assuming this to be the Belgian yeast), and a nice citrus/floral hop aroma.

Taste was an excellent balance between the sweeter malts and the slightly bitter hops and the Belgian yeast which was slightly present. Good carbonation.

Medium boded IPA with a good slightly bitter/complex aftertaste that hangs around on the palate for a little bit after each drink.

Extremely drinkable despite 6.9% abv, the alcohol is well hidden in this IPA. Another great offering from Stone! I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night, as long I can get somebody else to cart my ass around...

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head with lots of lacing and a slightly hazy golden-orange hue to the body. A bubbly carbonation is evident. Nice

S: Fresh west coast raw juicy hops with a distinct belgian yeast/malt aroma mixed in. Grassy tropical fruit aromas from the hops evident.

T: Very fresh hop blast projected in the smell mixed with a bready BPA edge that fits nicely. Bitter aftertaste, and very good overall, if there was a bit more sweetness to balance the hop it would be even better, but it's great as is.

M: Very carbonated and bitter, wish it was a little less bubbly but still nice. I'd love to try this on cask or nitro, I bet it would be perfect.

D: Really solid Belga-ipa. Excellent fresh, I'll have to get my hands on it while it's still fresh as it is.

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Hazy, full bodied orange. 1/2 in. of white head.
S: Pine, fresh grass clippings, lemongrass, orange peel, grainy malts, banana.
T: Piney, with bright citrus notes of orange and grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Towards the end the bubblegum yeast flavor takes over, with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness that sticks around.
M: Medium.
O: Good Belgian IPA. I'm coming around to this style.

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Photo of hdofu
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A belgian ipa with a stones twist, making it hoppy as all hell but while having that belgian taste most people familiar with belgians will recognize. Smell is sweet with a finish of hopp. Pours gold with a thin white head and tastes really hoppy. This is one of their better brews.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.