Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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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-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.

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Photo of NeubTube
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 10, 2013.

The look is a handsome amber-gold with a delicate white head that sticks around for the session.

Fragrant nose of floral and earthy hops up front but then the Belgian characters kick in including the Belgian candied sugars, yeast strain, soft biscuit malts, and a slight citrus ester.

The body is around medium.

The taste is bother Belgian mellow with a hopped up bitterness. What I mean is that I get the roasted pale malts, nectarine and pear, warming subtle sweetness with a full hoppy and dry finale. I liked this "hybrid" for lack of a better word. It is one of the more interesting and unique IPA's I have tried.

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Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a golden color with a fluffy white head. The Belgian yeast made its presence known in the aroma with hints of clove and bubblegum. The taste was very dynamic. You could taste the Stone IPA base with its hoppy profile and bitterness. The Belgian Yeast gave it a subtle tang that boosted the flavor without being overwhelming. The Cali-Belgique was a nice twist on the Stone IPA and one of the best Belgian Style IPAs I have tried as the yeast was a nice compliment to the beer rather than overpowering it. This was another well crafted brew from the brewers at Stone.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Bottled on 23/09/15 Enjoy by 19/06/16
L: Pours a somewhat cloudy light golden amber nice lacing that clings.
S: Pine,citrus with hops in the back ground.
T: hoppy citrus flavors the Belgium yeast is there
O: Very interesting IPA that works nice on a hot day.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaleAleSean
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A - Gold, low carbonation, 1 finger head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing. (Growler from my Whole Foods which is notorious about low carbonation)

S - Pineapple, sweet fruit, a little spice with a touch of Belgian funk.

T - Hops take the front seat, although not overpowering the malt just provides a nice backdrop for them to shine. The hops are a nice balance of citrus and floral, which gives it an almost succulent fruit like lychee. Sweet malt in the back to balance it all out.

M - Fermented dry, could use a bit more carbonation, but I am certain this is because of my growler distributor and not Stone.

O - This is an interesting and very solid beer. If you like IPAs and you like Belgian beers like I do, it is a no brainer.

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

Poured into an oversize wineglass from a 22 oz bomber.

A-Beautiful Medium copper orange filtered brew with a moderate amount of white head that laces nicely as would be expected from Stone.

S-I'm smelling mostly Stone IPA here...not much else...(not that this is a bad thing!)

T-Very interesting....they seem to have pulled this one off. The trademark Stone IPA flavors are mellowed well by the Belgian undertones. I wasn't quite sure how this could be carried out, but it works well, A very well balanced and drinkable beer. Kudos. More than that. This is an excellent balanced beer that has me anticipating the next sip.

M-Well balanced overall. Hey...these guys are pros... Nothing to report here other than well done.

D-Surprisingly well done....why? I didn't think that such dissimilar styles could be combined to such a good effect. The sum is definately worth more than the parts. Tomorrow, I head out to but more to stockpile before the stores run out. Nuff said.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a good finger width head and average retention. The lace is thin in the middle, but tends to clump together on the side of the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops, grapefruit and orange. Behind this sits a pungent sour bread and spicy clove yeast aroma, with hints of banana.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit hoppiness, equaled by a bready malt and the Belgian yeast character. Spicy clove and banana. Finish is slightly sour with a citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium body to full body. Carbonation is low, but lends to a slightly silky feel.

Overall - The back of the bottle describes this perfectly; that is this is the Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain. The malt and hop profile is their IPA to a T, but that Belgian yeast kick adds a whole 'nother layer of complexity. It's a delicious beer, but I think it's more interesting in the context of experimentation, in just how big an influence a yeast strain can have on the final outcome of of a beer. Most people tend to think of the yeast as an afterthought... I know I have. It's been "hops this and malts that". This beer serves as a flagship as to just how important yeast can be!

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

Pours bright, yellowish orange with foamy off-white head. Great head retention with lots of fine carbonation. Slightly hazy. A definite floral aroma from the Belgian yeast, nice and estery but well balanced with citric and grapefruit hop notes. Not quite as "in your face" hoppy as other Stone selections though. The flavor is also well balanced between a subtle but definite Belgian yeast character and smooth citrus hops. Pleasantly bitter and dry. Smooth mouthfeel. This is the model of what a good Belgian IPA can and should strive to be.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

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

a: served in a flared snifter, a full layer of white carbonation caps the honey golden colored beer, depositing white lace on the sides of the glass

s: pale malt body, sweet tropical fruits, white pepper and yeasty phenols, balanced citrus hop aroma, quite nice

m: carbonation light-medium, medium body, smooth

t: much like the aroma, sweet tropical fruits on a pale malt body, clean pepper and phenols add an interesting note, great citrus hop flavor creeps into the finish, imparting a moderate bitterness that grows in strength

d: drinks very well

sampled at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

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

Certainly a throw-down to the Belgian brewers making IPAs - Stone one-upped them here, using the Belgian yeast in addition to the customary in-your-face hops. The fruity, candy-sugar notes from the yeast played nicely against the assertive hops. Although a little under 7% abv is nothing to sneeze at, this beer seems even bigger.

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

Picked up a 22 oz. of this at Derby St. Liquors, Hingham Mass.

Appearance: bright and clear. A good amount of fragrant head.

Smell: Very hoppy, but with a bit of a sour fruity aroma. This is what I was hoping for in a Belgian IPA, and this is what I got!

Taste: A great hoppy IPA from Stone, with a lot of the bold flavor found in their Ruination, although more on the bitter and less on the citrusy side. Lots of sour cherry and plum taste. Unlike any IPA I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Good body. Flavors float around well and are nicely mixed.

Drinkability: Definitely worth trying at least once, and I could sure go for another.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a growler bought at the brewery and poured into a pils glass.

A-very dense off white-rocky head. golder amber body

S-medicinal and clove smell

T-piney, clovey, some sweet malt flavor in there as well.


D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.

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

Bombers now available at...what Albertsons!? Pours slight hazy gold with white head. Sweet belgian aroma of spice, banana and grapefruit. MInimal bitterness and hop aroma. Flavor is mainly Belgian Golden Ale, with nice citrus notes, maybe grapefruit, with mild hop flavor. Slight hop bitterness.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with a moderate white head that hangs around for a while and does some lacing.
the aroma has got piney grapefruit rind hoppiness, and actually smells bitter if that makes sense. there is some bubblegum type fruitiness too. i get a bit of corriander-ish aroma.
a strange kind fruitiness makes up the bulk of the flavor. it's odd, in that it seems hop driven, with a dusty asprin/coconut/bubblegum/citrusy taste. beneath that lies grainy malts, corriander, a touch of candy sugar, and a pinch of pepper. a healthy, but not overpowering doese of bitterness
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderate but sharp carbonation.
the drinkability is solid, is doesn't bowl you over with bitterness like it could, it's actually pretty balanced. the smooth sweet complex taste is a new take on the recent belgian IPA trend, and while i'm a big fan of the style, it's already nice to see a little something different than a hoppy tripel, which this is not. well worth a try, i would be happy to see this one return next year.

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

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

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

Pours hazy-golden and bubbly capped with two fingers of white foam. Yeast sedimentation presence. Nice retention and lacing. Spicy, juniper-berry and slightly floral nose which is followed by a citrus-pine-spiced, bready yeasty and tangerine-banana taste. Finishes dry, slightly sour and a bit hoppy.

Addition of Belgian yeast adds a unique twist to a typically good Stone IPA style. I'll revisit it.

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

Got it in the 22 oz bottle, and pairing it with a Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 cigar.

Has a pleasant, slightly fruity aroma. Pours well into my pint glass, without too much froth or foaminess. Hops hit you up front when you first sip it, but then they fade very nicely into the background as you continue to sip. As it warms slightly, it gets even better as the aromas and flavors begin to release.

A very nice blend of an IPA and a Belgian.

This is my first Stone beer outside of Arrogant Bastard. It's nice to see they're not a one trick pony.

Really enjoying this brew.

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

From a 750 ml bottle, this beer is crystal clear and pale-golden in color. The head is brilliantly white, and moderately stable. An interestingly fruity aroma is very pleasant and, grape (grape-skins), and a spicy hop background. Some malt, yeast, and some sugary sweet-smelling notes. The taste is very balanced...sweetness up front, and a delicate, very well-proportioned bitter hop tone. Smoother in body than expected. Long, lingering, spicy hop finish.

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Photo of 00trayn
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while visiting the Stone Brewery in California at the World Bistro.

A - A light golden honey color that pours with a finger-width head. Good lacing and head retention. Very fresh (considering I was at the brewery, that's not surprising).

S - A subtle hoppy scent with a hint fruity spice to the nose.

T - A refreshing lightly hoppy beer that has flavors of pineapple and citrus. It has a slightly floral finish.

M - This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPAs and it's even more fantastic fresh on tap. The flavors are more subtle and for someone who is new to IPAs (like I was back when I had this), it's a great place to start.

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Photo of nicksanch81
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Poured from a bomber into my Stone Levitation Ale goblet. Very clear amber to light copper liquid topped with a very dense, white head. The head fell reasonably slowly and left very attractive lacing and a bubbly splotchy coat.

Aroma is initially Belgian yeasty and a bit of funk. Deeper breaths reveal quite of alcohol presence and citrus hops. Caramel malts bring up the finish.

Like with the nose, there is an initial hit of Belgian yeast. This is followed by significant levels of spiciness; cloves, pepper and even a touch of cinnamon is detectable. The net to come through is the citrus op presence. Lemon and grapefruit are here in spades. The middle brings on the malts of caramel and biscuit. The finish has the hops return with a pretty moderate to high level of bitterness and lemony pucker that lingers quite a long time.

This beer has a light body with a vibrant refreshing carbonation.

Very, very drinkable chuggable in fact. This is very good high quality beer.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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