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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: 1,083 | Ratings: 3,337
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 HugePlume
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the stone brewery.

A- Color reminiscent of a dried corn stalk, yellowish with a hint of orange. Had a decen 1 finger t head, not spectacular though. Good retention. Average lacing.

S- Interesting blend of spicy yeast and floral hops.

T- A winner here, with again the spicy yeast and malt giving way to a crisp bitter finish, with a grassy element present in the background.

M- Very good across the tongue light body, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- The first Belgian IPA I have tried, and certainly good enough that I will go back for more of this and others of the breed.

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

A - Bright golden, head dissipated quickly, little lacing

S - Sweet and yeasty

Taste: Tropical fruits, pinapple. A sweet and yeasty IPA very interesting flavor. I'm actually liking it better than I thought.

M - Medium body, nice play of sweetness and hoppiness

D - A tad too sweet for my taste but a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates. The nose is complex with a characteristic Belgian phenol note, but it's subtly cut with a pleasant hop bitterness, a subtle hint of lighter fruits like apricot or mango. The flavor is more similar to an IPA than the aroma is, but there is still a distinct Belgian character to the front of the taste profile. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, perfect for a warm evening. Overall, this is a solid session beer.

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

A - Mostly clear amber with a good foamy head that settles into lacing the whole way down. Great color.

S - Very very very pleasant. Floral and citrusy. The hops are citrusy and pleasantly bitter (two things that seem rare), and there is a sweet belgian banana twinge through it all. Very few beers smell this nice. This would be the perfect air freshener smell. Lovely.

T/M - Bitterness is earthy and grassy. Juicy, some hints of grapefruit rind. Not as rich as the smell, unfortunately. Tastes like a good standard IPA, but nothing terriffic.

D - It's good and somewhat easy to drink, but not exceptionally so. Moderate alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting idea and one I was very intrigued by as an avid fan of California IPA's and Belgian beers. It's like a 2 for 1! However, the end result did not live up to the expectations which admittedly were unlikely to be fair.

Aroma:
Smells of an IPA with big hoppy notes, lots of citrus and a slight pine aroma. But there is some bubblegum and spiciness too, oh wait is this a combination of an IPA and a Belgian beer?

Appearance:
Nice white frothy head comprised of both tiny and large bubbles. Pillow like. Slightly hazy pale orange color. Good beading. Foam sticks around for awhile before retiring to the sides of the glass.

Taste:
The Belgian yeast comes through more in the taste than the flavor. Each sip brings you into an encounter with a malty bubblegum sweet center surrounded by bitterness. Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Finish:
Bitterness mixed with slight bubblegum which fortunately doesn't linger too long.

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

Poured from a bottle. Crystal clear amber with an inch of white foam in a tulip glass. Foam dissolves to a film with great lacing.

Smell is clearly Belgian. Nice bananna/clove with some juicy hop.

Taste is a little less Belgian and more IPA. Still plenty of bananna/clove but also a citrus hop flavor. A little more citrus as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- it definitely pours like an IPA with a light copper color that looks very refreshing. It has a nice white head that will leave a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- you can really detect the hops and sweet yeast smell up front with some citrus and fruit smells in there as well.

T- you can really taste the Belgian style yeast and maltyness, but the best part is the hop flavor that comes in to play.

M- Lighter bodied

D- This beer is very drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA that I've tried and I'm impressed with it. I hope that this newer styled beer takes off because it is really good.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cask version made with palisades hops when visiting Stone. Nice head retention and lacing off the pour top a nice pale gold. The nose had a nice hay character to complement the fresh fir notes from the hops, even some faint horse blanket notes. This version finishes really clean. My gf had the std. cali-belgique off the tap and this one had a much cleaner hop character and mouthfeel. If I had any qualms, I'd say the mouthfeel was a little thin, even for being on cask.

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

From my notes

A: A golden hue, light carbination with a 1/4" head

S: Citrus(lemon mostly), Belgium yeast.

T: Citrus, flowers with a bit of a spicy finish from the yeast.

M: Medium body quite smooth with a nice bubbly carbination.

O: A really easy to drink very good tasting beer. Still get tripped out by the style. When you get the two distinct character of two distinct styles becoming one.

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

Appearance is a light golden orange with a medium sized head. A crazy amount of carbonation is visible for a little while until it disperses after a minute or two. Smell is hoppy, floral notes, I'm enjoying this a lot. Taste is also hoppy, malty finish. Good amount of floral hops. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery for my liking. Good brew overall.

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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 KarlosT
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this at a stone beer tasting event.

Prefer more the hoppy/ipa style beers.

a: yellow

s: slight skunky heinekin notes, which i'm not a fan of

t: ok

mf: ok

overall: will focus on other beers in the stone offering. FYI: this was my wife's favorite beer of the bunch.

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

Pours a good golden amber color, with a nice foamy head some lacing. So far it looks like an IPA. The smell is a bit hoppy, but the majority of the smell is of the spiciness of the Belgian Yeast. Frankly, I would expect more hops on the nose. The same on the taste. There is a good hop citrus flavor, but it is quickly squashed by the spice of the yeast. Its surprisingly drinkable and very good beer, just a bit disappointed with the diminished hop flavor.

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Photo of ebin6
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going into full review mode as I've had this beer dozens of times....perhaps that is an injustice to the beer, but so it goes.

Accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: combine the styles of a Belgian and West Coast IPA. Hop profile is distinct on the front and back end while maintaining a palpable mouthfeel and overall flavor profile. Hides the alcohol extremely well; one of the more drinkable IPAs in my opinion. It seems that this beer led Stone in the direction of brewing techniques outside the US (Saison du Buff and their 14th Anniversary) not to mention their prospective brewing collaboration with a Belgian brewery. While the beers that followed were met with much more mixed reviews (I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the 14th Anniversary), it is safe to say that this brew is approachable for all types of BAs.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A surprisingly tame Stone brew, that marries aspects of the California IPA and a Belgian strong ale.

Overall it's more IPA, which is what stone knows best. It pours a pale straw yellow, with a limited head and lacing. The aroma is light - almost like a pale lager with it's banana and honey scents.

The flavor strikes the tongue with it's tart lemon notes, but opens up nicely into a floral bouquet of flavors. The alcohol is masked by it's heavy carbonation and tartness - overall it goes down without an ounce of aggression.

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

A: Pours a very crisp and clear pale yellow, with a finger of white head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Reminds me a little of Brugges, with that light sour yeastiness and slight hint of candi sugar. There is a hint of spice and a nice light malt character.

T: Light hop flavor, more floral than citrusy, with a pale malt flavor and a nice lightly sour Belgian yeast essence. As it warms a slight spiciness comes to play as well as a little bitterness from the hops that goes well with the sour.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Its okay, but nothing special.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 Pt 6 oz bottle into a Tulip.

A: Poured a 1/2 fingered head. The head appears nice and creamy in color. This holds a nice Fulvous-Amber color. A slight carbonation even rises to the top which gives me the impression that this head will be lasting. Sadly this does not lace though.

S: This does remind me of a Belgian due to the spicy yeasts that this gives off. Some hops due come off of this, but most of this is the yeasts that I smelled.

T: This starts off as a Belgian with Belgian yeasts, spices, and even a bit of banana. After this though it goes to its IPA taste. This holds a nice bitterness in the mouth, but it is far from strong. If anything this bitterness is nice and balanced. A hop taste does coat the mouth and it stays quite nicely, but it's definitely not too dominating which goes to show how they added a Belgian sense to this beer.

M: This almost feels chewy at times if that makes sense. This is nice and smooth, but it also has a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This is definitely an interesting style. This brew definitely succeeds at what it aimed to do. The problem with this was that I really don't a Belgian, yes this includes a Duvel. A Belgian feels to light for my taste. Balancing a beer is nice, but I simply enjoy stronger flavors to emerge.

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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 TaySuth
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expected, a rather light amber. One and a half finger head that recedes steadily into a nice ring of lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma with a great amount of hops and definitely some belgian smell. Very inviting.

Taste: Excellent. Completely unique in comparison to Stone's standard IPA. Lots of hops in excellent balance with the sweetness of the grains. Really shows some Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a very smooth finish. Very good body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its original appearance had me going in with lower expectations but then it impressed the rest of the way. This taste was right up my alley and I will be on the lookout for more Belgian IPAs in the future.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle skeptical about how well Cali would meld with Belgique, but with a deeply-rooted trust in Stone. The best Belgian ales are powerful and complex yet delicate, a quality American brewers often disregard. Stone, however, can seemingly do it all.

A smell unlike anything I've ever encountered, save a greenhouse, greets me kindheartedly, as if presenting me with a wreath of flowers for my triumph in bringing it home to be released to my senses. It's massively floral, hops blending perfectly with the earthy, fruity, and bubble gum/lemon pound cake sweet yeast aroma. Very suitable for the seasonal warmth and dampness.

The head is modest at first, a finger's worth in a fairly wide snifter. It settles thin and wispy but forms a very fine patch of lacing on the glass. The second (more vigorous) pour produces two fingers, The body is a crystal clear, brilliant golden poppy color, and I was surprised to see it was a filtered beer.

The beer is wet on the palate like morning dew. Earthy, fresh, berry fruit with a touch of lime (think mojitos), blending so well with gentle malt sweetness and again some bubble gum, that it seems the ingredients have aged together for centuries. Alas, being filtered I'm not sure how long you could age it. This is unfortunate as my only real gripe with the flavor is that it's maybe a bit too bitter for that Belgian yeast delicacy. It grows on you though.

Hops and spice coat my mouth, pleasant for me but not for all. Definitely an IPA sharpness to it. Trademark Stone.

Not really a session ale, but not supposed to be. I could see drinking a couple because it's so good, but for most, one will satisfy, if not sit heavy.

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Color is somewhere between pale amber and gold. Moderate white head, but really good lace.

Very floral and piney in the nose. Fruity and hoppy, but there's something, maybe about the yeast, which is a bit odd.

Taste is almost all hops and yeast. The yeast, agian, adds an odd characteristic. This may be a typical aspect for belgian yeasts, but it just isn't meshing with the rest of the beer. Hops are very citrusy, nice and flowery.

Moutfeel is alright. Drinkable enough, but I might want something else over the course of an evening.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a dark gold/orange color, with very minimal head and little lacing. At first there is a lot of carbonation, but it recedes as quickly as the head.

The smell is interesting. It is clearly a combination of a belgian style ale, with a bit of Stone's pale ale scent. There is a definite clove part, along with some light malt sweetness.

There is a lot of spice and herb in the taste, which was expected given the Belgian yeast. There is a bit of hop bitterness, but it is drowned by the sweetness of the malt and the spices.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but has a distinct bite at the end, probably from the carbonation.

Very drinkable for a Stone beer. Not a whole lot of flavor or heaviness to weigh you down, and enough carbonation to make you feel refreshed, not groggy.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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