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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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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 NJpadreFan
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone- Cali-Belgique IPA

A- Light clear copper brown with a moderate sticky foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and a good candy sugar sweetness on the nose. Spicy clove banana as well.
T- Sweet sugary belgian tripel spiciness. Cloves and bananas with a creamy malt and pine hop body.
M- Sweet and spicy up front with a good balance of the malt and hops. Very creamy and a nice hoppy finish.

Overall- Sweet and creamy. A real tasty BIPA. No harsh alc. and plenty of flavors popping out at you!

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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 rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard IPA appearance, with a clear, orange-golden body, a two finger thick head, and lively carbonation streamers. The smell was floral hoppy with some spiciness imparted by the Belgian yeast. The taste was nicely balanced between the Belgian fruity version of the Pale Ale style and the drier American IPA variant. The hops were present but subdued, and some Brett type funk was evident as well. The finish started dry and bitter at first but ended on a sweeter candi sugar and some spice. This was a marriage of the lighter versions of the two styles, so the body was not too thick. I ended up wishing they had matched up the ingredients of a DIPA and BSPA instead.

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

22oz bottle into 25oz wine glass.

Crystal clear honey amber hue with the slightest orange tint. A one finger off white head barely dissolves at all. Eventually it settles to a thin cap along with a thick ring of lacing.

Biscuity malts along with some citrusy hops. There is a little bit of spiciness attributed to the Belgian yeast.

Along with the toasty malts come a splash of citrus. Some of the phenols from the Belgian yeast are on there, giving a little bit of spiciness. Full bodied.

All the BIPAs I have tried have come from Belgium. This is a pretty good American version of a Belgian style which is an interpretation of an American style that's originally an English style. Recommended.

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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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear burnished golden brew. Head lingers nicely, with average to good lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, with a lightly spicy hoppiness. Taste is also sweet with spices, and the lightest touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Everything comes together nicely, and while its not in your face, I don't believe that was the intention.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to trying this after enjoying Le Freak.

Pours a very light color, almost weak looking, with a very small head.

Smell is nice, with Belgian trippel scents dominating - yeast and spices. There is a slight hop aroma.

The taste to me is somewhat odd. The beer constantly vacillates between bitter and sweet, the IPA and the trippel. First I taste the bitterness of the hops, which subsides to a sweeter trippel flavor before leaving a pretty strong bitter aftertaste reminiscent of an IPA.

An interesting experiment, but one that unfortunately did not create a great beer, IMO. Definitely worth checking out to sate the curiosity. At roughly $5, why not, you get a buzz out of the deal. However, this will not be a beer I will seek out again.

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

A: Pours very clear with a golden/orangish hue. Nice frothy white head but it disappears quickly. Nice lacing

S: Belgian yeast, spice, floral hops.

T/M: Tripel like flavors, banana, clove, spice. Bitterness from the hops, which are quite present on the end. A weird amalgamation of styles. It's definitely true to its world--both Belgian and San Diego styles mixed here.

D: Decently drinkable. The hops are pretty bitter on the end, which distracts me since I don't like pure pine oil.

I enjoyed it, but I'm not completely sold. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Light-amber, champagne-hue... Massive carbonation rising, impressive foamy head, minor deposit of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Authentic, true-to-the-style Belgian IPA aroma straddling the fence between a Belgian-style Tripel and an American IPA...
Taste: Although this American depiction might fall a few feet short of other classic Belgian examples such as Dobbelen Chouffe, this is an excellent depiction of a classic European style done in the American tradition...

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Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very clear. Light orange/golden color. Small bright white head that quickly fades.

S - Fairly complex.. big malty/bready tones up front followed by spice and finished with a very sweet fruit scent.

T - Malt/bready dominance followed by hops with a slight hop bitterness. Smooth dry finish.

M - Palate is somewhat dry. Thick bodied.

D - Fairly easy drinker here.. pretty smooth brew and a great mix of malt and hops.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber - $6.49 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down.

Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say it's just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very active golden color with truly minimal lacing. The amber tone of the beer rings out very invitingly. I am curious to why the lacing is so much less on this Stone brew than most other Stone's of IPA caliber.

S: A fruity and strong scent eminates from the glass. One of the best smelling Stone's I've ever had.

T: Distinct and cheerful. I don't know if I'd call the taste a "fruity" one, but it's definitely in that same class of thought. A slight piney undertone that reminds me of a sweet bark/sap flavor. This is definitely up to par with the rest of the Stone brewery.

M: A solid 5, or more. I can let this brew sit in my mouth forever and not get tired of it's high activity on my taste buds. Never gets old. A very solid IPA-thickness feel.

D: Also good. Solid on the stomach but definitely not overly so. Could drink a few and be happy!

Overall: My favorite India Pale Ale ever released by the Stone brewery. Distinct taste, smell, and presence. Would buy again!

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Photo of Onibubba
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky golden pour with a billowy white head. Delicious hop aroma with a pleasing sweetness. Reminds me of my beloved Houblon. Taste is awesome. Fresh, hoppy, and sweet. A Belgian IPA seems to me a mix of a Tripel and an intense IPA. This one is especially delicious. Mouthfeel is also smooth, with no alcohol bite. So long as you are down with the sweet sticky hop goodness, you'll have no problem putting a couple of these away. A repeat purchase for certain.

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

A. Bright golden on the outside, more orange in the middle. Very unique and beautiful. Head is loose and 1/4" of sticky icky icky.

S. Tangerines, sweet orange peel, a faint touch of warmth from the alcohol, and clean, sweet malts to support the super fresh and fruity hops. Very nice!

T. Zingy and citrusy with a nice hop bite. The hops are floral and earthy. Light candi sugar and rich caramel malts support all the hop action.

M. Thin and light in the mouth and high carbonation. A little bit thinner than I'd prefer.

D. I really like this one! This bomber is going to go down way too easily for sure.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of CrellMoset. BBD 11/13/2008 but I'm just getting around to this one now. Poured into a Reidel cab glass. Bring it on...

Clear honey color with tight Champagne-yeasty head that doesn't stick around but leaves good lacing.

Nice slight banana ester with an almost Saison kick. Backed up with good grapefruit/Centennial hop kick. Good, light malt presence.

This has a lot more of a Belgian feel than I recall in the tap. Almost honey-like with good coriander byproducts. The citrus is a little less pronounced than with original Stone IPA...a byproduct of the strength of the yeast differential. Hops emerge with a nice floral/citrus mix as it warms. Still excellent.

This treats the palate extremely well. Fullness of spice and light malt, hop flora and slight citrus brings it all home. Carbonation helps disperse everything nicely The beautiful bride says, "Now that's the perfect beer."

This one drinks very well - enjoyability is on par with the tap experience. I'd definitely like to see more of this stuff around.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange color with white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, sweet pale malt aroma, with a citrusy hop presence, orange peel. Palate is filled with malt, very very sweet, perhaps too sweet. Citrusy hops really come out in the finish. Bitter and dry. This beer for me is best described as a beer that starts like a triple and ends like an IPA. This beer seems to have two distinct phases. I would like to feel as though everything blended together for a more consistently balanced taste throughout. Contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was closer to the IPA end of the spectrum. I could have used some more hops. The beer is a bit too sweet upfront.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear gold color with a bright white two-finger head. The head shrinks down into a thin layer of bubbles on top, leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - bananas and pears - with a medicinal and almost spicy hop aroma.

Tastes good. Light fruit flavors are backed up by a good hop bite that ends with a solid bitterness. There's a sweet malt backbone throughout and hints of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation that make it go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's by no means the tastiest Belgian IPA I've had, but it's no slouch.

Overall this is a tasty offering from Stone, and one that is worth a shot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly tempered by a citrus & caramel sweetness and a bready backbone of Belgian yeast. There's also a touch of spice and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is yet another excellent beer from Stone, it is definitely worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of brianh78
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this, as I had only every had one other Belgian IPA, which I truly loved...

Appearance: brilliant gold color, translucent; 3.5 finger head which stuck around for a while

Smell: Flowery hops were there from the beginning, but were tempered by a slight malty sweetness on the back end

Taste: surprisingly subtle hops that were floral and of moderate bitterness. the aftertaste lingered, but was not unpleasant

Mouthfeel: effervescent, thin and bright

Drinkability: definitely could have a few of these...this beer leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with good clarity. A strong Belgian head forms and holds for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty nose. Nice citrusy hops minus the pine, very clean. Some fruity esters from the very present yeast, some banana.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, though admittedly a touch lower than I expected from Stone :) Some nice citrus notes as well as plenty of floral and grassy flavors. A pleasantly sweet malt rides it out in the back with just a touch of balance. The yeast is again very present, lending some nice spicy notes and light fruity flavors. A good shot of pepper is left behind with the lasting bitterness. Body is medium to medium light and is kept alive by the spritzy Belgian carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable with a manageable ABV. The left over spice and bitterness is pretty strong but not too much.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear gold color just maybe the slightest bit of a hazy. Nice white head with good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops are the first thing I notice. Also can pick up some malts and as it warmed up a little bit of yeast.

T- Pretty nice flavour. Somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and an American IPA. Nice and hoppy with a peppery yeast in there as well.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- This one went down very easy and was enjoyable. Not quite a hop bomb but has a great balance to it.

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

pours a light orange amber color, almost grapefruity, with a solid and voluminous two-finger peachy cream head that has some impressive retention. The fluffiness finally faded leaving some nice feathery lacing down the glass.

While resiny and piney with a strong west coast hopping, aroma is strikingly different than Stone IPA with a nice light Belgian twist. Beligian wit-esque yeasty, citrusy and a bit spice. Belgian aromas seem to win out over the IPA aromas.

Taste is interesting, as it's decidedly Stone IPA-esque, yet the Belgian yeast character is definitely there. Piney, resinous and citrusy, there's a delicious IPA in there, but the bready spicy and fruity Belgian yeast adds a nice element to the mix. It lightens the pine hopping. Finishes with a light Belgian-like lemon citrus bite thats perfect. I could go for a touch more of the Belgian yeast flavors, as it still seems a touch on the IPA side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some ample yet fairly delicate carbonation to hearken to true Belgian qualities. A touch drying on the finish is perfect.

Impressed, surprised, happy. I'm not a huge fan of Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeasts makes this one deliciously different. Ultimately delicious and enjoyable. I definitely plan of snagging a few more bottles of these.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and I'll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I won't be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick.

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