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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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very good

1,061 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,061
Hads: 3,241
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 105
Gots: 584 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with light orange core, some bubbles cling to the glass early on but dissappear with the head leaving no noticeable carbonation to see. Thumb sized whitish head falls to ring and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet malty goodness light fruits tangerine, apple with some mellow floral hops. Sticking up to your nose and inhaling deeply some light pine notes and Belgian spice underneath.

Taste is wow more hops in flavor then nose fruity citrus with lingering grapefruit and pine resin notes in finish. Mixed in finish is also lingering spice probably from the yeasts. Earthy flavors and spice mixed with the hops dominate, sweet fruity malt that seemed to dominate nose does not in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good malty fruity nose light hops and flip for taste lots of hops and spice light fruity malt in flavor. More Belgian in the nose defiantly more IPA in the taste.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a candi sugar nose right off and spicy blegian yeast fermentation esters. Very fruity and surprisingly lacking in hops. (It's Stone after all) The lack of hops isn't a bad thing 'cause there's a lot of spice and malt complexity. I do get a citrus aroma but it is more in line with bitter orange peel than what I get from hops.

Deep golden and very clear. Poured with a nice big white head that ends up as a solid layer of foam that leaves a lot of lacing. But tehre's really no carbonation rising in my glass so it looks a little flat.

Flavor, well lookee here, I found the hops. Nice bitter quality and kind of un-stone. Meaning, there is good bitterness and hop flavor of a standard IPA. But the thing I get most is tons of crystal malt and tons of yeast esters. I get lots of fruit, pears, apples, peaches and cherries and some spice, orange peel again. Then the lingering aftertaste is hoppy.

Nice medium body but the carbonation level is kind of low so it feels a little heavy.

Overall I really like this. Riding the wave of hoppy Belgian beers is a good thing. I will keep buying this one.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Cali-Belgique poured light gold with a thick creamy head. Thick sticky rings stuck to the glass. The color was too light for an IPA, but otherwise it looked great.

The smell and taste were terrific. There was a strong citric hop presence with a little bit of sweetness and a perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.

Stone Cali-Belgique was absolutely the perfect beer to drink, on the deck, after a long, hot summer day.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of melon, sweet citrus and other sweet fruits, and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor has a decidedly hoppy presence with some Belgian yeast, clove, and melon notes also present in the finish. This was actually a successful effort at a true Belgian-IPA blend! Nice beer.

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Photo of bboven
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, deep gold with a thin but rocky head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Great mix. Belgian funk with fruit and yeast as well as a huge hop aroma. Very interesting.

Initial hop burst oes into dark cherry and hot alcohol, then finishes with a huge hop bitterness.

Light but sticky body.

This is a very interesting and well done beer, but it's definitely a sipper.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber.

Belgian IPA is a style I've fallen for in recent months. The only thing that bothers me about the style is the hops can sometimes clash rather then blend. Lets see how this stacks up.

Typical sweet malt bill is tasty and not cloying. This is a nice brew. If I had one complaint it would be a to spiced for my liking. Pepper running into sweetened orange citrus.

Notes: I'd drink this more often but for the price I'm thinking of passing on the beer industry all together.

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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 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 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 FrognutUnl
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, gold in color. Slight head dissipates very quickly to a slight swirl which hangs on indefinately clinging to the side of the glass.

S -Bubble gum and fruity esters collide with a nice floral and resinous hop aroma. The nose is quite interesting though I am not sure how I feel about it.

T - Classic belgian yeast flavors of bubble gum and cloves combined with resiny, citrusy hops make this one of the more interesting beers I have had in a while. It all fits together quite nicely, bringing complexity not often seen in IPA offerings.

M - Medium body held up by a healthy dose of carbonation.

D - Very delicious though I was unsure at first how it would grow on me. Would definately reccommend though probably wouldn't drink it on a regular basis.

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Photo of albern
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA but a tad watery, a tad thin, not nearly as hop up as some American varieties, and this is not your orangey bursting nouvelle variety. So, what's left. This is a rather pale yellow amber colored beer with a nice foamy head, some lacing and retention, but more so when the beer settles. The nose is floral hops, some pine notes, definite sweet malts underneath, but mostly just some pine hops, but not over the top in aroma.

The taste is neither here nor there. The beer is sweet and has some characteristic Belgianesque sweetness, some Belgian yeasty spices, some overly sweet malts from the candied sugars. The beer gets sweeter as it warms. The hop is not overly bittering, slightly more leafy than anything else, but with some very slight orange burst, some candied sweetness too. The beer is a tad thin, the carbonation is modest, the aftertaste is on the mild side, the consistency is light to medium bodied. The hop devolves into more bittering leafy notes, more than the oily or overly sweet florals. This is a decent beer but not my favorite by a long shot.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to expect from a Belgian IPA with California balls, but I gotta say, this beer kicks ass. It's like drinking a spicy pilsner, but in the style of an IPA. It looked great on tap at Stone, smelt slightly clovey-belgian-y and tasted awesome. Really quite balanced, and actually, when compared to the house IPA at stone, very clean. In fact, the sag you get out of a worn out California yeast compared to this is strikingly noticeable. I'd recommend this to anyone as an interesting beer to try out. Really drinkable too!

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off like an IPA and finishes like a Belgian (as the name suggests)

Appearance: Clear golden; little head and lacing

Smell: Quite fragrant with spices, hops, and citrus

Taste: Hops up front, spices (cinnamon)

Mouthfeel: Robust, lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: An excellent sipping beer; very flavorful

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gald I bought the last one of these from a store in columbus, ohio. The first thing that comes to mind is grapefruit which seems to be a stone thing. It reminds me a lot of the regular Stone IPA but with the citrus notes a little on the extreme side. I loved it. Pours a hazy golden color with decent but not spectacular head retention. No lacing, just a little when you take a sip but it quickly goes down the side of the glass. As I take another sip I want to add honey to the list of subtle tastes. Overall I loved this beer. It is drinkable, complex, exciting and all around a great brew. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An absolutely clear golden color with a thick, craggy white head that has some good retention.

S- Some cooked vegetables, funk, citrus, and honey. Pretty unique and enjoyable.

T- A strong bitterness hits me at first with some orange rind and flowers. There is a nice caramel malt backing. Some Belgian funkiness comes through.

M- An oily bitterness is most definitely apparent that gives way to a dry finish. But, the carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel.

D- An enjoyable beer that I hope to see around more often. This became more enjoyable as it warmed and opened up.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Hyde Park Tavern, Cincinnati, OH.

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Thin head (probably from the pour) and thick lacing all the way down.

Smells overwhelmingly piney and citrusy. A bit of the malt backbone shines through, but not by much. Can one smell crispness? I think I smell it here.

Tastes almost identical to the nose. The biscuity malts and Belgian yeast don't stand a chance to the American hops. They dominate as they do in pretty much every other Stone brew I've ever had. 'Tis the American way. At any rate, I don't know what's so "Belgian" about this other than some very faint, yeasty flavors that never make it above a whisper. Ah well. Regardless of the name, it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and crisp at the same time. The beer finishes dry, requiring another sip ASAP.

Drinkibility is decent, in that it's a crisp, refreshing beer. Sessionable? No way. Regardless of the 6.9% ABV, this beer will numb the palate after more than one. If you can't taste the beer, what's the point?

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Photo of beertunes
2.27/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very clear, urine yellow color. A foamy, bright white head dissipated at a moderate pace leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

A nice, spicy yeast aroma greets the nose. Sadly, for me anyway, this the rare beer that smells better than it tastes. The dominate flavor is an overly sticky, sweet clove flavor.

The body is thinner than even a regular IPA and if it wasn't for that clove taste would be non-existent. I did not find this to be a very drinkable, or enjoyable, beer. I think this kind of a bastard style to begin with, with that said there are better examples of the style, go find them. Stone IPA is among my favorite IPAs and I love Belgian beers so this was a big disappointment for me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with a light fruity yeast. Taste is also dominated by some light fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some neutral malt in the background. Body is full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done thought there is some better example for this style with better balance between yeast and hops.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden color, a thin soapy head of foam forms up. As it fades to a thin cover, it leaves lacing behind that is intricate and lacy up high, getting progressively thicker and solid as it travels downward.

Aroma - certainly a hopppy nose as I would expect. Has an herbal, grassy side, and some pleasant floral/honey scents as it opens up.

Taste - a light biscuity grain underpinning, it moves quickly to a brief citrusy flavor, then onwards to ample bitterness that reminds me of a robust rye ale. There is an element of distant funkiness in there. The Belgian yeast is barely making it through the alpha acids, but does so in a complementary fashion. Definitely more Cali than Belgie. The finish is bitter, slightly warm, and ever-drying. Never quite reaches a medicinal intensity, impressive for an IPA of this size.

Mouthfeel - medium to a touch light in the body. Plenty crisp for the style. Well done.

Drinkability - pushes the upper limits of sessionability for an IPA, Belgian or otherwise.

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Photo of jnfs
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light orange in color, there is a little head that takes a minute to fall. It's moderately carbonated. The aroma is of a IPA or 2X IPA and super citrusy, I think there's a note of caramel on the nose too. This tastes rounded, sweet, Belgian and 2X IPA with intense bitterness and finish. The finish carries on your tongue and sticks to it. A wicked beer, if you don't mind rolling the dice and are up to something different.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone has cloned its IPA and raised it in a different culture. How will this differ from their standard IPA? On to the beer:

No cloudiness to this one....it looks like its older sibling. A darker orange haze, tilting towards golden in the glass, with a thick and sticky head on top. Great lacing. Smells...hoppy. It's a different kind of hoppiness flavor. Grapefruit and lemon pepper are more pronounced. A bit of horse blanket sits underneath....ah, there's the Belgian influence.

In the flavor, the clean hoppiness found with the regular IPA is cut in intensity. The yeast really takes over the beer. You will taste some pine and assorted citrus, but that horse blanket, lemon, aspirin, and cloth notes sure tastes Belgian. The mouthfeel is medium-light, not heavy, and goes off the palate easy without much carbonation.

Cool experiment, and it's successful. This certainly proves that beer raised in different culture can indeed be influenced.

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Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: Light haze blurs light golden and soft orange tones with yellow at the edges. Under a finger of frothy white head, with some retention and a bit of sticky lacing.
S: Good floral hops on a candied sugar, sweet malt backbone. Citrus (specifically orange peel) and woody hops.
T: The hoppiest Belgian IPA I've had yet. Tons of citrus and florals up front. Orange peel with a hint of bitter grapefruit. Then comes the sweet candy sugar, and some bready malts are detected. The bitter residuals swoop in to take over the palate with a bit of non-citrus fruitiness.
M: Light body with low (and fitting) carbonation.
D: This is a great brew. A wonderful take on the style, and so undeniably Stone.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber.

Very clear, brassy yellow straw, with a thick, creamy, lacy, beige-white head. Good retention. Inviting nose initially reminds me of a pungent hoppy German pilsner, with funky sea-air hops and noble accents. Further sniffing reveals a definite Belgian yeastiness which blends nicely with powdered sugar and tropical fruit notes. Piny, resinous hops around the edges.

Numbing, herbal hoppiness up front. Some pine in there as well. Nice wallop of sticky tropical fruit sweetness follows, with a distinct pineapple and cocktail juice ring to it. Sweetness is tempered by the constant hop bitterness, but also by a funky, hay-like, saison-ish twang (thanks to the yeast?). I like it. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and wee notes of aspirin and pine resin. Some fruity malt hangs in there too. Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. I really like this one.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.