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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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Reviews: 1,101 | Ratings: 3,398
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden yellow color with a two finger head. Falls to a slight ring of bubbles around glass. Good lacing.

S - There is an interesting blend of a yeasty bread and citrusy hops aroma.

T - The large hop characteris balanced form the Belgian bread and malt character, the hops don't trounce all of the flavors like the stone IPA, rather it's a more balanced beer with a good finish with touches of Belgian spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer. Maybe not the best California IPA/ Belgian beer, but darn good.

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

Had on-tap at the OBF!

- Clear straw yellow w/ white quick head.. minimal to no lacing..

- Nice pilsner/Belgian malt profile... not so much yeast as malt... and some fresh bitter hop and zingy pine....

- Smooth and slightly skunked Belgian... pilsner... skunk, pine, Belgian Malt... kind of basic... others have done it... nice grain, enriched the right way...

- Not bad... slightly dry, fresh...

- Very drinkable... just don't think I would make a session out of it...

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Chris (CrellMoset). Dan (dkachur), and Mark, bartending at our local watering hole.

A: A crisp golden... clean and straight forward amber. A rather nice head, leaving a sheeting of patchy lace.

S: Aroma is a high point of this brew. The nice floral and herbal scents along with the standard citrus. If flowers smelled a little sweeter. Quite nice.

T: Herbal, leafy, citrus, and bitter with a little bit of a fruity esters, thanks to the yeasty esters. Almost an apple taste with the lemon rind. Not too shabby.

M + D: A nice shimmering carbonation, giving to it the bit of a foamy mouthfeel that I appreciate. A solid brew... the standard Stone IPA would be more likely to be a regular offering in my fridge, but this one is a nice treat.

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

Pours a hazy yellow color with light orange core, some bubbles cling to the glass early on but dissappear with the head leaving no noticeable carbonation to see. Thumb sized whitish head falls to ring and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet malty goodness light fruits tangerine, apple with some mellow floral hops. Sticking up to your nose and inhaling deeply some light pine notes and Belgian spice underneath.

Taste is wow more hops in flavor then nose fruity citrus with lingering grapefruit and pine resin notes in finish. Mixed in finish is also lingering spice probably from the yeasts. Earthy flavors and spice mixed with the hops dominate, sweet fruity malt that seemed to dominate nose does not in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good malty fruity nose light hops and flip for taste lots of hops and spice light fruity malt in flavor. More Belgian in the nose defiantly more IPA in the taste.

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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.

This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.

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

A- Beautiful golden color with an average head.

S- Citrusy, grassy. Smells like summer a little bit. I can smell some spices, but can't put my finger on what they are.

T- Tartness, grassy, and some citrus notes. Very even hop taste throughout your mouth.As the beer warms I can taste the spices,but,again I can't think of what they are.

M- Very good mouthfeel. Not too thin.

D- Very smooth and very drinkable.

This was good,but not really "wow" good. It is a little forgettable.

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

Poured in a 10oz. pour at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured with a two-finger fluffy white head with long retention. Sticky lacing. Reddish-orange color.

S- Citrusy and cheesy. Nice and smooth smell. Grapefruit and citrus hops balanced with piney ones.

T- Creamy flavor with grapefruit and spruce as the breakers of taste. Nice deep flavor.

M- Creamy, yet light. Very drinkable feel.

O- This is a hoppy and spicy IPA and very nice for this brewery.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, bready malts, and earthy hops. Not extremely hoppy, but balanced well enough.

Taste of Belgian yeast, grain, and some hops. Grain is the strongest character I notice in the taste. The hops are not very strong and the Belgian yeast isn't too potent. A good, but grainy IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of erikm25
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright honey orange. Lively and crisp in the glass with a very nice glowing golden quality. The head is minimal with some reasonable retention. Lacing is sporadic.

S: Nice balance between citrus and bready yeast. Hints of bananas, pears, and pined spruce. Reminded me of bubblegum with subtle floral undertones. Aromas are grassy, doughy, and medicinal towards the end.

T: The taste is sharp citrus and pine quality with noticeable malt backbone. Caramel malts with a cutting lemon zest. Subliminal splash of lime coupled with clove. Peaches and a spiced coriander finish. Fresh and sharp qualities. The hops are there in typical Stone fashion. Oranges blasted with black peppers . Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is not even present.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Jammed this with some Jimmy Durante and it seemed to couple very nicely. I liked this one a lot. Reminded me just a tad of the 08.08.08. Overall, a very nice beer. Comes with the usual Stone reading material on the back of the bottle. Even at $6.99 it was worth a whirl.

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Photo of ActualAir
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rust colored with a bone-colored head that leave very nice lacings. It is very clear and vibrant. The aroma is an intriguiging balance of citrus and yeast. The taste is drinkable with a nice balance of sweet malt and acidic hops. Sourdough, banana, tangerine notes. A bright lively mouthfeel with lively carbonation, settles into a smooth and drinkable IPA. Overall, a beautiful looking, good tasting Belgian IPA.

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

Yesterday I picked up a bomber of this for $5.99 at SouthBay Drugs. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nice California sunset color with a inch of feathery white foam. Very good retention.

Oh yeah, Belgian yeast influence for sure. There are a bit of tropical fruits at first, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, nectarine, and apricot; but there is also an earthy and yeasty aroma from the yeast. Very estery with a similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale. There's also a bit of clove and perhaps ginger. Very interesting to see how just the yeast strain can change this brew, at least so far in the aroma. I'm also getting a bit of banana and bubblegum. Later on I get something like Belgian candy.

There's a good bitterness almost upfront but more towards the middle, and more earthy than citrus. I'm getting a bit of citrus rind in the finish and more yeast goodness. Some toasted malts show up at first but the earthiness almost overwhelms all the other possible flavors. Some tropical fruits try to make an appearance but don't hold up too well. I think I'm starting to perceive all the earthy flavors as "dirty" or "dirt"...just something that came to mind while drinking. Spicy finish too.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing too much to say about this really.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on March 3rd, 2009.

A: Clear copper color. Nice, this is one good looking beer.
S: The smell is typical of belgium beer. Spicy with some hops behind.
T: Strong taste that is very complex. Hard to get everything in the taste. It is typical belgium with some typical IPA taste. Spiciness with lots of hops! My first Belgian IPA. Quite special tasting, not bad, however I'm not sure I prefer it over a straight IPA.
M: Medium bodied beer. Mellow feel in the mouth. Dry at the end.
D: Quite easy to drink to the dryness of a beer.

To sum it up: A banana bread with lot hops in it!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber and mostly clear. No carbonation, 3 fingers of candy yellow, rocky head.

Banana, phenols, granite, a hint of smokiness.

Phenols, banana, floral and fruity, a solid hoppy dull bitter finish. Champagne like, grape like quality.

Light, dry, body with very little carbonation.

Found in Chiang Mai, drank here Jan 15th, 2016. Well done, unique brew.

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Photo of thistle3189
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not you're standard IPA. I am not sure what a Cali or a Belgian IPA should be but this is quite good, I will try it again with there standard IPA witch should be the same except of the different Yeast strain.
A: Huge head, lots of carbonation and lacing. This beer is light in color but cloudy with carbonation.
S: Not big.
T: a good IPA, A little light but a little funky Belgian yeast taste that I am growing to love.
M: Good but nothing outstanding
D: I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a huge head of foam and good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast and fruit.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, fruit, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced between a yeasty Belgian brew and an IPA, it's missing the usual Stone hop bitterness overload. Nice brew for an occasional something different.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone - a fave brewer lags in this category as compared with Clown Shoes, Green Flash (Verte!) and others.

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber color with a modest but well made cap that rings the chalice with lace.

S: Plentiful. Herbacious, with piney, and ripe banana skin scent; but slightly over ripe and catty.

T: Follows smell gets bigger by way of the Belgian bent of herbal, banana, and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney citrus direction. Good see-saw of flavors, but I find it tiring and didnt finish a couple of times I tried it. A great beer demands the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, but far from a Belgique.

O: I never get there with this beer as it's too bubble gum and banana for me. lacks the back bone and bite of a true Belgian.

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Photo of RandyV
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Belgian yeast and bread malt combines with that of floral hops introduces you to a melding of styles that get along but don't necessarily want to spend their lives together. The clove and spicy sweetness of a Belgian dominates the initial flavor of this beer before giving way to the piney hop bitterness that is there at the finish but never dominates in any way. For a hophead like me, the IPA contribution is weak, but noble.

This is not a beer that I would be quick to come back to, but I love Stone brewing, and this is a nice offering in the style.

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

A - Pours a barely hazy golden color with a frothy white head that slowly drops down to a nice cap. Leaves ample, sticky lacing behind and has nice head retention.

S - Citric hops blend with some slightly funky/spicy character from the belgian yeast. There is a touch of pale malt sweetness in there as well.

T - Lightly sweet, biscuity malt up front that leads into a mix of citric, floral hop flavors and spicy, bready, and herbal yeast notes. Finish brings some dryness a sturdy kick of bitterness. Aftertaste is subtle, but carries some floral hop and slight yeast flavors.

M - Medium body with a crisp carbonation that suits the feel well.

D - Another interesting and tasty offering from Stone. Their IPA being one of my favorites, it was nice to try it with a twist. I think I still prefer the original, but I'm glad I tried this and would try it again.

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Photo of James773
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful crystalline golden color. Smells fresh and grape-y. The beer is very effervescent and foams in the mouth; it's almost a little too distracting. Warm and bready like a Belgian but with a much more pronounced hops character, and I think I taste more grapes in the back. I've been thinking about Stone's Enjoy By series a lot recently and in my eyes this could have never lived up to that, but it's solid.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/30/09
Stone Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA
6.9% Abv.
22oz. bottle into an oversize red wine glass.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into OS red wine glass yields a skinny 2 finger head. Nice lacing and rings around the glass. Good looking golden color.

Smell= Initial smell is yeasty, belgiany. When you swirl it up and let it warm, the nose is really good! Faint overall, unless you agitate it, but good.

Taste= Good taste. A little sourness on the tongue is interesting...Bready, yeasty, hoppy. After taste is a little funky... Not won over by the taste...But it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel= Carbonation on the tongue is present. Good all-around mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Abv. is not present, the flavor is good, a genuine quaffer.

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.

Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.

Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a massive white head that clings just a bit to the glass.
The Belgian yeast dominates the smell. Lots of bitter citrus and spice.
Taste is less Belgian than the smell. There is still the typical Belgian notes but the bitterness of the hops try to rise to the occasion. It grows on me as it warms a bit but Belgians are not my favorite. The brew is smooth, not nearly as highly carbonated as a typical Belgian. Perhaps that's an effect of the IPA.
Not a bad sipper but I don't think I'd buy a lot of it.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a hazy pale copper, effervescent, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that doesn't want to go away. Really nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet, smooth banana and some creamy sweetness from the yeast, citrus peeks through from the hops as well, melting into the sweet yeasty note.

Taste is yeasty up front, some banana, with the hops coming through as a grassy bitterness - not really getting much citrus through the yeast, maybe just a bit. Malt character is doughy, biscuity, also gets wrapped up with yeast. Finish is a light lingering bitterness, more yeast hangs around in the exhale.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fluffy, medium-light bodied. Creamy from the head that never seems to quit.

An interesting variation, kind of startling how far away this beer is from the standard IPA. Yeast changed the whole character of the beer - unfortunately, I feel like the beer loses some major character from the transfer. The malt and hops notes just kind of get tangled up in the yeast, and the result is a beer that's just very yeast-dominated in the end. A nice enjoyable beer, but not the masterpiece the IPA is.

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice orange color with a long lasting head. The head was large and lasted a long ten minutes.

S- When the beer was first poured there was a great deal of hop aroma. With a backing of Belgian yeast. As the beer warmed up Cali-Belgique turned into a yeasty aroma and then hops.

T- Hops nail the tongue bringing a citrus and fruit mouthful. The taste turns into a yeasty profile. The hops and yeast blend well and are balanced. This beer is not super bitter.

M- Medium body with soft carbonation.

D- Overall this is a great beer that is different from all of the other brews Stone puts out.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,398 ratings.
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