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:
3,442
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,442 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of cannabanaceae
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with mad verb's on back, as usual.
Yellow to orange in color, with a fizzy dissipating head.

Smells like belgium yeast, some sweet essences, but not much hops.

Taste was medicinal, astringent hops. The hopping isn't fruity but rather dry. The yeast comes on heavy and dominates the taste.Mouthfeel was astringent, body was light.

This was more of a belgium pale ale than a BIPA. Way overpriced. Stone missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of wcintula
2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not a good representative of the style. Pours a clear golden body with a big white head. The smell is a little hoppy with a sweetness and citrus twang to it. Hops seem subdued in the flavor as the citrus takes over. The middle contains a sour sensation right before a very mild Belgian yeast flavor takes over and finishes on a smooth note. There are better examples out there.

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Photo of tmcclory
2.64/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of ebrauser
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution.

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Photo of clager
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Look - clear golden color, good lacy head.

Smell - Yeast primarily, did not get the good fruit scent that others are describing.

Taste - Bread flavor prominent, as expected with a Belgian. Good bitterness level. Metallic taste not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - ruined by metallic taste for me. Well-carbonated.

I am big Stone fan but did not enjoy this mix, which is partially my preference against Belgians but also a metal flavor that limited my rating significantly.

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Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Michaeldmanley
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of fscottkey
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.75] Beer is a golden straw color and forms about a 1/2 finger of head. The head has chunky and irregular bubbles. The bottle has a best by date (10/01/15) and lists the ABV (6.9%)

S: [2.50] Mostly Belgian yeast on the nose. Also a melted plastic sort of smell.

T: [2.50] Belgian yeast is there to ruin the party. That is all I can taste Belgian yeast.

M: [3.75] Slightly tingly carbonation. The mouth feel is slick and coating. Probably the highlight for me.

O: [2.75] I really dislike Belgian yeast. So this was a stretch. I hoped that this would have the IPA character and some hints of Belgian style. I get no IPA and all Belgian.

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Photo of kbrown
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of DmanGTR
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Mackenzie_Gloven
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Astringent is the word that comes to mind.

Attractive golden color, promising aroma. There is a hint of sweetness on the lips but immediately hits you with the full force of bitter hops. The wisp of Belgian complexity is quickly overwhelmed. Hint of spoiled fruit. Oof, gets less tolerable with each sip.

What's wierd is that I tasted this a couple of times in 2009 and liked it -- I wonder if this bottle is a little bacterial. Came from a store cooler in San Diego.

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Photo of jminsc76
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

At home and in the mood to try Stone's Belgian IPA.

Pours a white, creamy head with lots of bubbles and carbonation. The body is a deep reddish gold, very vibrant and clear. Plenty of rising carbonation. Creamy lacing down the side as the head dissipates, which reemerges well upon agitation. These are some great visuals.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit, with slight smells of spices and lager. Definitely has that Belgian-ale aroma. Overall bouquet is not that intense though.

Here is where the problem begins. Flavors of bitter hops, citrus, strong grapefruit, and a little kiwi. The typical spicy Belgian ale flavors are also present. None of these flavors are a bad thing, all are good, but the issue is the bitterness overwhelms the taste. And unlike Stone's original IPA, the hops are not smooth: They impact the palate, but don't refresh it.

This one almost misses the mark completely when compared to other Belgian IPAs such as a Piraat or Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen. I am practically forcing myself to finish it, but do so out of respect for Stone.

On the plus side, the mouthfeel is actually quite decent, but the overwhelming bitterness negates all of the other flavors. Seeing as how it's getting a lot of good reviews, HOWEVER, I may try Cali-Belgique again out of fairness. Perhaps my palate was affected by something else that day.

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Photo of Hambonillo
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is a light straw color, and the feel is like I'd expect from a Stone IPA.
The smell is too sweet for me.
The taste is kind of nutmeggy, and I find it to be objectionable.
Like mulled beer? The hoppiness is fine.
If you like pumpkin beer, this might be for you.

Of all of the Stone IPAs, this is the only one that I don't care for, much.
All of their other IPAs are great.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.

Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.

Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.

Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.

The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.

Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.

Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.

The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.

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Photo of Jcorn
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hate this. Smelled amazing. But I guess I hate the taste if Belgium beer. Tastes too... well, can't put my finger on it. Yeasty?

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Photo of avwrite
2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice appearance. A beautiful dark amber color. Very clear.

S - Hoppy. A little too hoppy for me. It comes down to personal preference, but I was slightly off put by how strong it was.

T - As with the smell, the hops taste was strong. At first it sucks you in, you're thinking it's not too prevalent, but then it kicks it up. If you're a strong IPA drinker, it's for you.

M - Comes out bitter in the end. Too bitter. Again, it's not my cup of tea.

O - It comes down to personal preference. Not a beer I'd try again, but I can see it's charms with other drinkers.

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Photo of SierraStonePoint
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 jbertsch
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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