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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: 1,088 | Ratings: 3,353
Photo of ebrauser
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

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Photo of ChillMike
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden color with a little bit of an orange color. Pours with a nice two finger sized head that recedes a bit slowly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smells pretty similar to the IPA in respects to the hops used (I suppose that's a "DUH") being very tart and piney. However it does have a very slight bublegum-esque malty scent. Very nice.

T: Starts out with a nice Belgian Pale Ale type of flavor then instantly disappears and gives way to the familiarity of Stone's flagship IPA, and ends with a nice bitter hop after flavor with a slight hint of that Belgian returning. Stone was right in saying "an identical twin raised in a Belgian culture"

MF: Pretty identical to their IPA. I like a bit of a thicker beer so I'll be nit picky and say it's a smidgen watery but that's being really picky.

D: Very very drinkable beer, high marks on this one. I would absolutely love to see a 6 pack of this and the IPA together (3 & 3).

Cheers on another great beer Stone!

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Photo of mikeborglum
2.22/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured 22oz bomber in tulip glass; light amber color with nice tall head that does not last long but nice lacing; lighter than expected from a Stone IPA oily and flat with long astringent finish; too flowery in the aroma with smell of hay; bitter flowery taste to with strong alchohol; pretty dissapointing for a Stone brew!

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Photo of BeerTwigs
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. I first had this beer about two years ago and I am just now finally reviewing it. Belgian IPA's are one of the newest, yet best styles of beer around today. Cali Belgique does not only set the standard for this style it almost makes it impossible to replicate. From a bottle it pours a nice and golden with a two inch white head. This beer not only satisfies the quench of belgian beer fans but hop heads as well. The aroma is complete with a belgian/pine combination. I started out as a novice beer drinker, soley focused on Belgian styles but once my pallet for IPA's devopled this beer was able to my beer needs from all angles. Drink this beer and appreciate all it represents. Dare to try another Belgian IPA once other Brewers attempt such a style. Cheers.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Thin off-white head with poor retention gives way to meager lacing.

Smells of citrus, grass, orange peel, tobacco, honey and mint. On the weak side, presumably due to the lack of a good head.

Tastes like Stone IPA with a twist. Similar hop profile, but a good deal yeastier, bringing out a bready flavor. Honey, orange, and subtle pine notes are present. Delicious

Great MF. Crisp and clean; sessionable. A great, light bodied beer - awesome for summer. Very resinous; sticks to the teeth for quite some time.

A great twist on Stone's famous American IPA. I will most certainly seek this one out again.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours light yellow clear.

Overall: Started out bitter like an IPA but then added nice citrus and spicy Belgian yeasty flavors. Smooth yet crisp and overall a good IPA.

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

Picked this up at Vendome Beverly Hills (Olympic Blvd) - knowing full well that bottles from this dusty place are hit n' miss. Pulled one from cooler (there were plenty sitting on the shelf...WTF???)

Anywho, this review is only meant to complement my growler one.

Looking good, clear golden hues w great lacing on the bier mug.
Aroma remains tropical...other reviewers mentioned pineapple. Yes.

Some time in the bottle may have helped the taste a tad. My palate seems to prefer this version. Finishes nice n' dry...the hops are fairly subdued at this point, but this seems appropriate for the style.

Going down like a charm...as it warms up, I'm liking it even more.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

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Photo of RomanW70
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a fluffy white head. Very interesting nose, actiually like a combination of Belgium and Cali with yeast and flowers mingling with pine and grapefruitTaste is very smooth, with a lot of sweet malts up front and a light bitter finish. The strong hop aroma did not translate into the taste, although it was quite drinkable. Medium carbonation and body. An interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to see this at a local store - I'd never heard of it, so was excited to give it a try. I didn't set my expectations too high when I noticed that they were using the very common yeast strain of Belgian beers. I'm quite wary of that bready, herb-spicey flavor.

Smell had that bready herb-spice smell, but definitely had that extreme hoppiness common of Stone brews. Taste was a pleasant surprise. The first notable thing was that wonderful Stone IPA flavor - very American. Grapefruit and refreshing bitterness. But that herb-spice that is common of Belgian beers was more of a sweet background. As it served in this beer, it worked quite well.

Overall, really shocking. I think I've found the first Belgian-yeast beer that I can find tolerable to sit through. Is it the best beer Stone's ever made? Definitely not. But it opens a window of hope for that Belgian beer that I was getting so bored of.

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

a: poured from a 22oz. bottle, Cali-Belgique is a honey colored light amber, producing a decent amount of white-tan head and some loosely forming lacing.

s: grapefruit, and the signature piny spice hops form the nose.

t: citrus grapefruit and hops translate from the aroma directly onto the palate, with the barley and yeast pretty apparant as well.

m: crisp and dry, well balanced carbonation.

d: not my favorite Stone brew by a long shot, this is nevertheless an interesting creation. though i won't be rushing back to buy another bottle immediately, it's still a quality brew that i wouldn't disparage if presented.

salud!

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Photo of dhd1491
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, yellow-amber. Thick off-white head with some lacing. Aroma and taste are very spicy: cloves and nutmeg. some buttery mouthfeel. Low carbonation creates a watery impression. Bitter hops and sweet caramel on finish.

Some really interesting tastes going on. Almost gave it a 4.5 on taste.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with enjoy by date of 06-17-10, big blurb on the back like most stones. BE AWARE: not the biggest fan of belgians so my review might be a little bias.

Pours a clear golden orange with a slow rising 1 finger head that leaves some lace trace as it settles. visible carbonation is present. deffinatly looks more like a belgian to me.

First whiff explodes into belgian spice, corriander, plum like tartness. The hops are there but hiding behing the belgian outblast.

This ale is has some very interesting characteristics, while drinking more towards a belgian style, the hops from the ipa even all the goodness of the fruity tart belgium spice into a more bitter hopsentric finish.

nice active carbonation with a semi-dry/semi-qwenching finish. very odd to me but being both styles in one i guess it fits the pillow.

This ale was wasnt that hard to finish but took me close to an hour, no more than one for me please.

Very interesing brew that stone has offered us here, letting this one warm up a little really helps balance the belgian into the ipa. I can see myself dinking this again in the future.

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Photo of setexascustoms
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden with orange highlights. Two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Citric hops backed by fruity esters and a slight funk.

T: Again, citric hops right up from fallowed by a definite funk that's a little sour, and even slightly salty. Fruity esters help carry you to the hop bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a some what course mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation.

O: This is certainly a unique brew that helped open my eyes to what a different yeast strain could do to change the flavor of a beer. I'm not acclimated to Belgian styles, and this was educational to say the least. I enjoyed to experience but I'm not sure I'm ready for funky beers, at least not any funkier than this one.

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

A: Crystal Clear golden tan. Pours with a nice 2 finger head that settles to nothing quite rapidly.

S: Smells like spring in the spice islands. I've never tried a Belgium beer b4,and I won't count this as my first(maybe stone knows that and made this just for me!).

T: When I was at Stone a few months back I'd herd that the guys went over to the abbys on an "education" excursion. If this is what they learned I'll take it!

M: Pretty neat. I like this beer. A nice way to mix up their ipa. Feels like I'm broading my horizons, but then I remember it's from San Diego.

D: A good fall brew. The spice is making me think of the coming holidays(where did the year go??).

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Photo of cannabanaceae
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with mad verb's on back, as usual.
Yellow to orange in color, with a fizzy dissipating head.

Smells like belgium yeast, some sweet essences, but not much hops.

Taste was medicinal, astringent hops. The hopping isn't fruity but rather dry. The yeast comes on heavy and dominates the taste.Mouthfeel was astringent, body was light.

This was more of a belgium pale ale than a BIPA. Way overpriced. Stone missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of NickRivers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A - Bright golden yellow

S - Cannabis-like Hop smell with citrus and spices

T - Crisp then sweet spiced IPA

M - Crisp and Refreshing. Carbonated Fairly Well

D - Not Much But Good For Experimenting

I get where they were going with this, hoppy-then-sweet-then-spicy, but it wasn't a genius idea. Then again, no one said it was. Overall good buy for hop heads. There's something about Stone thats their own. Anger? Possibly. If so, Its not a bad thing, just different. The hops used create a very, very, fresh taste, but then turns sweet and citrusy. Good buy in that "Experimenting" way. One of the best, fusions if you will, on the market.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/16/16, look is very typical of Stone who is notoriously good. Medium bodied mildly carbonated beer. Smell is typical of the style, Belgian. Tastes refreshing, light, and session able even though it is yeasty. Not bad at all
Cheeers

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA - Never the biggest fan but it grows on me each time I drink a good one (and this was a great one)

Appearance - Pretty gold yellow color with a nice white head

Smell - Now that is some hoppy goodness! sweet and citrusy

Taste - A neat mix of sweet and spicy with a good aftertaste of hops, lots and lots of hops, very dry but in a good way

Mouthfeel - Keeps me long and refreshed but dry!

Overall - A great rep of the style, if you wanted to try a great IPA this is the one

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment floating around. Smells fruity and hoppy, the yeast adds a pleasant note. Taste is impressive, a very flavorful mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and rather bold hoppyness. It is also slightly grassy, and the sweet aspect falls off in the finish to leave a satisfying bite. Medium body, active carbonation. A very pleasant, enjoyable spin on an IPA. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the near future.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice. Nice yellow/orange color, some haziness, a fingers worth of egg-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, some light spice, and Belgian yeast. Very nice.

The taste follows suit closely. Very hop forward, with floral and citrus flavors coming through. Subtle spice and Belgian yeast round out the taste. Not super complex, but the flavors mesh well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, finishes dry and mostly clean. There's a bit of a bitter, chalky after-taste I wasn't crazy about, but it's rather subdued and doesn't last long.

Overall, a great representation of the style. Nice hops that mesh well with the spice and Belgian flavor. Wasn't crazy about the after-taste, but like I said, it's pretty subtle and doesn't take away from the beer too much. I would definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.9% ABV, 77 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - golden orange clear with one finger head.
S - grapefruit, lemon peel, tangerine, orange. banana indeed. raisin tartness.
T - Belgium yeast did play very well in this IPA, tastes like orange, with some rounded characteristic. bitterness come through, lack of maltiness.
O - very interesting marriage, u really can taste the diff from the yeast. complex, it's on the sweet IPA side, honestly I prefer piney malty IPA. but definitely worth to try! won't get it again tho.

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Photo of rustymoore
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden hue with nice head with minimal lacing throughout...very visually appealing.

S: Smell is amazing with strong citrus and spice notes not to mention the strong hop notes as well.

T: One of the better beers I have sampled as of late. Taste is very citrusy with strong spices throughout every sip. The hop combination with this is something that I haven't experienced before but it one of the best tasting offering you will experience this year in the world of beer.

M: Very mild and easy to swish around and get all the flavors.

D: I could drink this all night. It makes me wish I had bought more at the Greenlife in Asheville. Big ups to Asheville!

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Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a wonderful rocky off white head and had a beautiful copper amber color. Smell was grassy and herbal hops with a funky earthy fruity belgian yeast. Taste is very unique, definatey not your typical stone IPA but there is an amazing balance of hops with the belgian yeast. Very different and unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety very much like a belgian saison. This is a very nice and smooth beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.