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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the local Total Wine in Tampa, $5.49 for the big bottle. Said to be Stone's flagship IPA, but with Belgian yeast. Pours an opaque yellow-amber. Right off the bat, the nose comes through with bright pineapple rind, white sour grape skin, typical Belgian banana, and a little funk. Taste is super clean and sweet, but hoppy, with more grape/winey notes accompanied by hints of apple vinegar. Wow that's really good. I usually stick to the more traditional IPAs, but when I saw STONE on the bottle, I had to try! Not disappointed at all. Very drinkable. Probably the best "Belgian IPA" I've had. 4.5/5

What she said: "Wow! Very smooth. No aftertaste, which is my main complaint of most beers." 8/10

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

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly clear deeper golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour with lovely streams of carbonation rusing from the bottom of my glass. Leaves light spotted and mild streaks of lace.

Smell- Scents of fusel alcohol, toasted malts, belgian yeast strains and of course fruited hops.

Taste- Well balanced with lots of flavors. Not sure how many hops they used in here. Guessing two, but could even be one....which would be amazing if that was the case. Fresh perfumy and unripe grapefruit bitter hops flavors abound. A bit of sweetness and earthyness from the lightly toasted malt...maybe even a slight touch of chocolate dusting. A little dash or corriander and some white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry, quite quenching, sharp and crisp. Medium carbonation level with a nice light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers I have had. Makes you want to guzzle it. Going to buy another one or two on my way home for SD tomorrow.

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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 mobius71
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My palate isn't discerning enough to be able to tell what's Belgian about it. That said, it's delicious. As far as an IPA goes, it's up my ally of preference. Light/bright, floral, plenty of hop character without that medicinal super bitterness. I'll definitely get this again.

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

22oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - clear orange color with a tight white head that stayed as a light layer with a few foam clouds that left decent lacing.

S - sweet aroma, Belgian yeast and tropical fruits.

T - starts off with a Belgian touch and then the Gargoyle smacks you in the palate with a blast of citrus hop bitterness right up to the dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and mild carbonation.

D - Stone's touch on the style is extremely drinkable.

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

A: Hazy light copper with bright orange tones and a big rocky white head that leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Great aroma of belgian yeast, citrus and piney hops. Nice malty sweetness is present as well. Very aromatic.

T: Yeasty belgian funk, with big blast of hops. Juicy ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and lemon zest. Hints of sweet piney resin and earthy hop oil. A punch of peppery spice, and a nice malt backbone to balance it all out. Lingering bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium to full bodied with relatively low carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D: This is a fantastic brew. Nice belgian flavor, and I big hop kick that you would expect from Stone. For 6.9% ABV, the alcohol seems non-exsistent. Another great offering from Stone.

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

Poured from a 22 oz into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an attractive golden color with a slight orange hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin one. Very nice lacing for this type of beer.

S - Nice smell of yeast with notes of bread. Some hops come through as well. A very pleasant smell.

T - A nice mix of the sweet Belgian yeast flavor with the hoppy bitterness that one expects from an IPA (it goes from sweet to hoppy. It's well balanced and has a nice lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation levels. A smooth aftertaste that does feature some hop characteristics.

The Cali-Belgique definitely lives up to its name...features of a west coast IPA and a Belgian beer are both present and blend together nicely. If you like both styles, give this one a try. Another great and distinctive offering from Stone!

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Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, light pear and bread malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and pears. Both bitter and sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes extremely dry, and there is a strong presence of hop oils. I will definitely buy this again.

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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 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

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head

S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics

T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew

M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle

D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes

Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all

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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 Smarty_Pints
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a relatively clear gold with a moderate head that leaves behind only a trace amount of lacing.

S- bananas, bread with a bit of Belgian yeast and citrus.

T- citrus is the main player along with the hops although not as much as a typical IPA. The Belgian yeast flavor is also there in just the right amounts.

M- medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation, finishes dry with a slight bitterness.

O- a great beer perfect blend of an IPA with great Belgian yeast accents.

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Photo of gandres
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from the Escondido Store to wine glass 4.00 Color/Look: dark amber 4.00 Smell: Hoppy 4.00 Taste: nice bitter bite usual in IPA, well balance 4.00 "
Feel: really creamy" 4.25 Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to

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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 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 MicroBeerMan1980
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color. Thin and light head that dissipates very quickly. Fine lacy retention.

S: Lemon zest and grapefruit. Belgian candy and sweet malts. There's a tiny bit of ginger lingering on the end.

T: Good hop profile, but not overwhelming. Tangy and sweet. It's like a Belgian golden ale or blond ale, but infused with a larger dose of hops.

M: Good carbonation and slightly tannic. Light on the tongue and easily palatable.

D: It's an interesting take on a classic beer style. Very drinkable.

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

Misty brass colored with a low, large-pocked dome of ivory. Retention and lacing are sick.
Brightly aromatic of orange rinds, tangerines, clove, pepper, lime oil, dead flowers, and wintergreen. This is backed with shortbread and wet chalkboard.
A plain, bready maltiness is first across the tongue. It sweetens quickly with rock candy and lemon drops, as a coy tartness pops up. A load of cirtic (mostly orange and lime) rinds plays off the yeast driven clove, pepper, wet rocks, and a phantom of vanilla. It's fully floral by the swallow, biting but not overly bitter. There is a softness of dried roses, powdered with sawdust and crushed peppercorns. And it still totes a gentle pucker of tart cirtus.
The body is medium and the carbonation is gentle, if not altogether low given the yeast profile.
It's easy to see how this graduated from experiment to full timer. The drinkability is huge, the hops ring out, and there's enough nuance here to reward frequent revisits.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a Dogfish head Snifter.

Color: Light orange with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy with some delicious fruit notes.

Taste: The fruit notes really come out in the taste with a great hop too.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse and smooth with a bit of a dry finish. Also a great kick on the palate.

Overall: This IPA took me by surprise. The fruit notes in the smell and the taste are awesome. This a great all around IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of runner72
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type: 22 oz bottle

Pours a hazy, amber color. 2 finger, white head which laces the walls. Aroma is very good. Citrus, piney, slight orange and yeast aroma. From the smell, I cannot wait to taste it and it does not dissappoint. Smooth feel in the mouth with lots of carbonation. It's a little sweet up front in the mouth , goes down fairly smooth, then the hops kick in with a little bitterness, but not overpowering. Very well balanced.It's very drinkable too. Excellent beer. I wish that I got more than one bottle!

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Photo of jjh19
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich golden color. 12-15 SRM, perhaps. Poured clear.

Smell: A bright hoppy nose.

Taste: This is where the ale shines. The Cali-Belgique features a nice balance of a sharp hoppiness and a belgian spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but with sharp initial hops

Drinkability: This is my first try at a California IPA/Belgian hybrid. And I liked it! I really enjoyed the belgain influence on the IPA-ness. You get some really nice hop notes but it's not as heavy handed as a lot of IPA's I've tried. I don't know what the availability of this beer is but if you have a chance, it's definitely worth a pint. Or two.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet, pours a hazy yellow, small white head, not too much on the lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, malts & some hops

Taste is some nice Belgian sweetness with a some hop kick at the end. Stone says it's their IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, which is exactly what it taste like, yum!

This is a very drinkable beer, could be a nice session beer, if you can find it.

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

Second time around for this one. Pours a golden yellow, slightly orange with a one and a half finger head that leaves light lacing on my pint glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes into a nice creamy coating on the beer, a bit too bubbly though. Smells of hops, piney floral and citrus and a good malt presence in the nose too, the Belgian yeast adds to a good nose in this beer. Tastes of citrus, pine/wood, more hops, some sweetness, belgian yeast and a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy for me but is light-medium with a good malt aftertaste coating on the tongue. Drinkability is high here, a fairly light beer, no alcohol taste or other bad tastes, the hops would get tiring if doing a session of this one though, great stuff from Stone once again.

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Photo of citan133
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a Smuttynose tulip.

App: Looks a lot like the regular Stone IPA. Nice, two finger frothy white head, much like a tripel head, maybe not quite as thick. Light gold in color, not as orange as the regular ipa. Looks much like a belgium ipa normally would.

Lots of floral and pine hops in the hose, with the pine dominating a ton. Something else in the back of the nose that I can't pick my finger on. This smells really good. A little citrus in there too as it warms.

It tastes almost like a light ipa, if that makes any sense. Has a nice pine/citrus hop character to it, especially in the front, then goes into a yeast/slightly spicy very tripel-tasting part at the mid-point where the belgian yeast is very apparent, and then the finish goes back to a light, almost sweet hop flavor before going bitter again.

Kind of light, much lighter than the hop profile would make me guess. Leaves some nice bitterness in the finish for a long time, nice and crisp, very drinkable.

I didn't expect to be a huge fan of this beer but I am very surprised. This would be a perfect hoppy summer beer for me, I'd get my hop fix while still having something relatively light to drink. The hops are all over the board in terms of flavor, in a good way, and there are lots of layers to delve into, more so than in most other belgian ipa's i've had. Very nice.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow, with fairly active carbonation bouncing up against a 1/4" white bubbly head. The Belgian yet certainly can be seen in the consistency of the bubbles in the head. The sugars in this beer give it nice head retention and lacing as you drink it down.

Has a very floral aroma, with a hint of spicy funk. Orange and other citrus overtones mix with the belgian yeast to produce that spicy funk that you don't typically associate with an IPA.

Starts with a piney, bitter hop taste that quicy gives way to a floral, citrusy, slightly spicy ale with mild malt and grassiness. There is a white grapefruit taste along the middle of the tongue that balances nicely against the sweet, floral tastes that dominate.

Medium bodied that had a lighter feel to it because of the Belgian yeast. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste that gently fades away.

This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking IPA. Sweet, mild, yet nicely bitter, I definitely recommend you give this a try.

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