Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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-Belgiƫ 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,438
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
123
Gots:
708
For Trade:
2
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Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SCproUA
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in Berlin.

T: Dry. An immediate hit of Belgian medicinal phenolics. Otherwise incredibly earthy, but unlike pretty much every American IPA I've had there's no thwack of orange marmalade or mango. None at all, just some lemonade in the finish. Not complaining. In the aftertaste a fair bit of that medicinal quality. Very toasty and nicely bitter.
O: Bloody love the toasty/earthy character but overall it's no masterpiece.

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

Photo of desint
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanglow
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, Tesco, Berlin brewed

Pours clear golden with a nice head

fairly muted aroma, slightly phenolic with some mandarins and citrus

Spicy belgian yeast flavour gives way to more tangerines and some pith. Light body, medium carb, medium bitter finish, drying.

Doesn't really hit the mark imo, it's neither one nor the other and the two parts jar

And at 6.9% it delivers too little for its strength

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMc8ride
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned
Pours a crystal clear golden body with decent enough white head
Big funky aroma with citrus notes

Slightly sour tart flavour with metallic elements and a smooth finish

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vader444
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Canned Berlin version poured into 2/3 pint glass.

Sorry but I'm not a fan of this. I guess it achieves what it sets out to do but it doesn't work for me. Not a patch on regular Stone IPA; I was expecting that with a minor Belgian twist but there is simply too much yeast character and not enough hops for my tastes. I bet it could attract a legion of Belgian beer fans but I won't be joining them. A very rare drain pour from me. Sorry Stone. I still love you. Cheers anyway

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

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler Omnipollo glass.

A: The body is medium hazy with a one finger thick head. Shows lots of lacing and some retention.
S: The aroma has a strong belgian yeast profile, providing an almost belgian pale ale aroma to this beer while being very subtle. In back, a minor citrus profile of tangerines is present.
T: As said before, there's a great influence of belgian pale ale results on this beer. This yeast also provides an acidic touch to an Indian Pale Ale, getting it closer to an hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more citrus than expected, resulting in this interesting Cali-Belgique.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is too high and bit harsh. Bitterness is mild.
O: I must admit that I don't like very much this style, but yet, Cali-Belgique might easily be the best Belgian IPA I've had so far.

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

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikey440
2.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

While Stone is one of my favorites, this beer has never been something I really enjoyed. The look is fine and it has notable smell, but I don't think the Belgium elements blend well with an IPA recipe. It honestly tastes like hotdogs, something that I think works against it. I didn't hate this beer and I will drink it, but I would have no problem passing over it either.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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