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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 Rippeddisc
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very grateful gift from DaveCooks. In the fridge for about 6 months. Opened March 09.

A - Pours fluffy 2 finger head, lingering and lacing to start but doesnt hold the way down. Sexy clear golden color. One of the best looking beers of that color i've seen.

S - woah yummy. Flowers. But not typical hoppy, more like sweet garden flower type. Some citrus notes as well.

T - I dont know what to think. Ha. I have had the Green Flash belgian ipa and this one has it's own character...obviously. The finish is very ipa...can feel the drying and hop notes. Starts off sweet and a bit chewy. Quiet nice. I am really enjoying this. Mouthfeel is full and lingering. Again. lovely.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Light enough that it doesnt fill you up and the alcohol is very well disguised.

Had a hard time scoring this one b/c it is so easily enjoyed. Tried to back off the ratings a bit b/c the Le Freak I remember being more impressive on the palate but this is a very strong contender.

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Photo of diddly
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

Pours a light golden, very clear, with a thick white head. Leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and bitter. Great hop aroma, but good balance from the yeast, leaving a fruity characteristic that just goes beautifully.

Taste is hop-forward, but again, great influence from the Belgian characteristics of this beer. Nice malty backbone, and spiciness really adds character.

Little bit astringent on the mouthfeel, overall medium with high-average carbonation.

Very interesting beer, similar to a Raging Bitch, but not quite as good in my opinion.

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Photo of Krevee
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light clear amber gold color. Pours with a small, maybe quarter inch head that slowly dissipates.

S - Smells of hops along with fruit and citrus.

T - The front taste is a strong hop taste along with some bitterness, followed by fruit flavors especially citrus fruits.

M - Very thin in the mouth, smooth with not a lot of carbonation

D - Pretty good hybrid of the California IPA and a Belgian, definitely a beer a would sip to get all the flavors. But I could see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.

Overall a good beer from stone that represents the two styles well.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone does amazing IPAs, and this is no different. The only thing is with this beer is that it is very light. Much like a light IPA. I didn't get that strong IPA kick while I drank this one. Great for someone who's just starting out on IPAs or for someone looking for something light with a little IPA taste

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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 Goldopelgt
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden color with an eggshell head...some decent lacing..

S- Citrusy...citrusy...citrusy...faint hops...and even fainter malts...(not bad, but not as complex as I was hoping)

T- As it smells...but more balanced...pretty tasty...

M- Nice, decently balanced...crisp and somewhat dry...

D- A good beer that seems to fall in line with (if not edge out) most of the other, what I would call, 'hybrid beers'...worth a try, but probably won't knock your socks off...

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just wish I would have bought more than one and I hope when I got back tomorrow that they still have a couple in stock.

This is a bloody good brew. From the smell to the taste to the aftertaste, great all the way through.

I am not all that strong in my Belgian beers, but from what I have been told, most of the aspects of this brew make this a great Belgian.

To be honest, there is not a lot I can say about this brew that you cannot get from your first taste. I am not a fan of a perfect brew, but this is bloody good...

Highly recommend this brew. And, best of all, it's not all that pricey for a bomber (5.99 where I live).

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Photo of m_hall
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz (bottled 12/5/15, enjoy by 4/3/16) Golden amber in color, just slightly hazy. Topped by a billowy white head that falls to a suds-y film. A good bit of sticky, cobweb-y lacing. Incidentally this beer comes in a bottle that one might find labeled two different ways ('Cali-Belgie' Or 'Cali-Belgique') as a nod to Belgium being a country with two different official languages, a nice touch. Mine was the former.

Nose has a mix of citrus hop tones, a trace of earthiness, along with some fruity tones, mostly banana and mango.

Just like with the standard Stone, IPA, this one starts with a bit of slightly sweet, bread-y malts that's then quickly overtaken by pine, bright, bracing grapefruit and citrus peel from the classic hops. The twist on this one comes from the Belgian yeast; there's definitely the yeasty, clove-y spice bite in the mid-palate, along with those distinctly tart, green apple-like flavors you might find in a Belgian strong-style ale, especially as the beer warms. The finish is quite dry, with pine resin lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and a touch oily, with moderate carbonation. ABV just shy of 7% keeps this one drinkable while still having some substance.

I'm a big fan of Belgian ales in general, and the distinct flavors imparted by the Belgian yeasts make this one an intriguing hybrid, and very enjoyable. Even though the California IPA style isn't my usual go-to in the form, I could see myself enjoying this one again, certainly.

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Photo of frognot
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly murky light orange with a fluffy white head

Smell: Initially hops with a mild mix of floral and doughy aroma

Taste: First the hops jump out but are quickly muted by the yeast kicking in. Pine and fruit flavors are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and smoother than expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself.

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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 Pballa4lyfe
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- cloudy, copper color

S- piney, very nice aroma

T- it was good, hops and a little bit of yeast

M- very clean, smooth, nice carbonation

D- drinkable, had no problem with knockin it back

overall, great beer, expensive though, worth a try, prolly not with the price though when you can just get Stone's normal IPA

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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 waddsworth
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into tulip.

A - Light golden with no haze. Nice creamy white head that forms big easily. Good, lasting, sticky lacing. The rings leave a record of how many sips it takes to finish a glass of this brew.

S - Amazing what a change in yeast can do. Stone's IPA has a good hoppy aroma. This brew has a good yeasty aroma - a nice funky semi-spicy breadiness with very mild hop undertones. Very pungent - in a very delicious way.

T - Of the few Belgian IPA examples I have tasted (all American interpretations), this one is the most "Belgian". This one is straight in-line with the nose. The interplay of yeast and hop flavor profiles is wonderfully complex from first hint to lingering finish.

M - Excellent - well matched to the style.

D - Compared to other examples I've had, the alcohol content is fairly low, allowing you to drink this all night. However, this is no slammer - the complexity begs to be sipped.

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Photo of tang3nt
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend showed up with a fresh Growler from stone. Poured a yellow amber color with white head. I hadn't had this beer in a while, but the smell took me right back. Strong earthy and floral hop aromas. Taste the same with a bit of spiciness and a good dose of fruit/citrus. Good mouthfeel any very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. I enjoy this one over raging bitch anyday. Ill usually buy this whenever I can. Good shit.

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Photo of McD0uche
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured section of Cali-Belgique bomber into a pint glass:

A: Definitely appears to be an IPA. It's that perfect yellow/orange color that gets you excited. A great 2-finger head materializes, and sparse bubbles congregate around the edge of the glass. Exquisite retention; lacing is full and frothy.

S: I expect the familiar hops and citrus I've come to love, but instead there's the peppery, earthy smell distinctive to Belgian white ales. The hops and citrus are buried. I'm curious for a taste...

T: As expected from the smell: peppery, smokey, kind of burnt flavor. The IPA flavor is subtle and takes over more towards the end. After a few sips it grows on you.

M: Superb. Everything I look for is here: excellent flavor transfer, light/medium body, and dry finish.

O: This was a very interesting experience for me. Ultimately though, I think I'll stick to normal IPAs. Definitely something to check out, but not really for me.

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Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stone IPA + Belgian yeast = Awesomeness. Moderately hazy, golden with foamy white head. Nice lacing that stays put. Bready aromas, slight fruitiness. A nice mellow hopiness flavor with that subtle hint of banana bread from the yeast. Pulls together nicely. Lightly carbonated with subtle stickiness that works.

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Photo of cocogan
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale straw, gold in color. No head. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Lemon, grain, white wine, fruity yeast, and some kind of spice (coriander?).

Taste: Yum. Spices, wheat, lemon, alchol, grapefruit, apple tart. Balanced, finishes with very mild bitterness.

Mouth: Carbonation settles quickly to leave a smooth feel. Medium body.

Overall: A well done Belgian IPA.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head tulip glass, pours a golden straw color, the smell lets you know that this is very much so a Stone IPA with a citrus, and a floral aroma. Taste is hop forward very similar to a fresh Stone IPA but with a fruity character from the yeast. Very drinkable, the best of both worlds- California hops and Belgian yeast.

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Photo of cdpike
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a smooth and lovely golden orange with a nice but modest foam and good lacing. Nose is big on citrus, hops, and some caramel with a bit of spicy Belgian essence. Great body with a lot of big fruit and citrus flavor with that characteristic Stone whoop-ass feeling. Good hop flavor and pretty bitter, but at first on the way down, you notice a lot more of the Belgian yeast flavor and some pretty chewy notes. Finishes nice and bitter with that wonderful spicy Belgian taste. Wow. This is an incredibly creative beer, and my mouth is watering over my subsequent sips. Bravo.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a footed glass.

A: Pours a beautiful honey-amber, bold and orange at the core with just a touch of haze. The head is eggshell in color andd soapy in texture. Decent lacing forms on the edges of the glass as the head slowly dissipates into an island at the center of the glass.

S: The Belgian influence is immediately met at the nose; the Juicy Fruit bubblegum aroma is the first thing i smell. There's also a decent amount of woody and floral hop aromas, reminding me that this is first and foremost an IPA, but the complexity is definitely boosted with the addition of Belgian yeast.

T: For a split second I forget this is an IPA and imagine I'm drinking a saison. I get a ton of tart fruit with a mild sweetness and lots of musty, yeasty bread. Many of the notes at the front of this beer remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale like Duvel, although it doesn't reach the same level of cohesion. However, these characteristic Belgian notes quickly fade to a blast of hops for the rest of the ride. It starts with grapefruit, then herbal, then ends with medicinal bitterness that lingers.

M: Light to medium in body with slightly less carbonation than expected. There's a certain level of astringency that coats the mouth, and the finish is slightly dry.

D: I found this to a rather enjoyable IPA for someone who doesn't necessarily like IPAs. In the end, this beer is what it is--a hop-forward beer. But the addition of Belgian yeast has given it an additional element other than the malt alone to balance out the bite and bitterness. I congratulate Stone on making an IPA that I would look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of MShirokov
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like an ok IPA to me. Where's the Belgian yeast? Where's the complexity of flavor?
One-dimensional, leaves a bitter aftertaste I don't like. The bottle was cheap, so that's at least one good thing about it. Not gonna drink the rest. When will I learn to stop taking advice from Binny's employees?

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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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw like color with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving excellent lacing.

Smell is soapy and spicy with notes of mustard seed, sage, thyme, coriander and peppercorns. Slight hints of toasted oats. Yeasty and distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Yeasty, malty and floral, the taste follows the nose with cracked white pepper, hints of sage and coriander mingled with thyme and rosemary. A tropical hop backbone of citrus provides an integral yet understated contrast to the overwhelming floral taste. Finishes dry with a baked banana-esque toasted cereal sweetness.

Highly quaffable, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ccm414
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 Pt 6 Fl oz bottle...

A- Poured with a nice, uniform 3 finger head. Slightly orange, but mostly a straw color. Leaves a decent lace while the head settles.

S- Rather sweet in the smell with the belgian yeast coming through very strong. Light grain. They really nailed the smell of a belgian ipa here, very nice. The hops come through on the back of the nose with some lighter piney scents.

T- Sweet and tart, very balanced with great flavor. Almost like a piney orange. I was expecting to get much more flavors from the yeast after the smell, but not much. For this "style" beer being a cali ipa with belgian influence, they really nailed it on the head. A great brew, I just wish it had a little more weight to it.

M- Light bodied, but packed with unique flavor. Not much carbonation. I feel it would be a little better with some more body to it, but still an excellent beer.

O- They really nailed it on this beer. It is exactly what I was expecting, and then some. The smells and flavors are all there for this california ipa with a belgian influence (mainly the yeast). I would grab for another one. Will visit again some time soon.

Cheers!
ccm414

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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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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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