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-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.

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 bbudnik
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 13tido
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gdrydenc
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very good looking beer. It looks very similar to several IPAs and DIPAs I've had. Amber-yellow color mostly.

S - Delicious smelling. Hoppy, bitter, with some scent I can't identify that comes out at the end of the whiff. Perhaps its the Belgian style yeasts coming out.

T - The flavor isn't quite what I expected. I think this actually may be my first Belgian IPA, so I don't have a whole lot to go on though. I can definately tell that it's an IPA and that it has some Belgian flair to it. A very intricate beer that makes me want to try more of the style.

M - The mouthfeel is good, the taste doesn't last long on my tongue, which I assume is expected. The carbonation is not perfect though, in my eyes.

D - Slightly alcoholic tasting, considering only 6.9%, that's a bummer for me.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-7-09

Pours a hazy golden color, with a filmy head with big, white bubbles. The bubbles cling to and slowly descend the sides of the glass.

Smell is very sweet, fruity, and Belgian, aromas of melon, honey, and bitter, sticky alcohol. Very double IPA, and enjoyable.

Taste is more subtle than I was expecting, bitter hops all the way through. Not much Belgian character, and a little watery. The aftertaste is quite bitter, and too clean.

Mouthfeel is good, though it would help to be a little thicker.

Drinkability is decent, but I'd much rather have a regular Stone IPA.

Overall, something different, but nothing great.

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Photo of chris826
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of froghop
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale orange with a small white head, great lacing.

smell is of peanut, spice, malt, a few hops, a touch of pine, and citrus.

taste is of sour malt, lots of hops, nuts, grassy, sweet fruits, and yeast, ends very bitter.

think this is a fine combination of the 08.08.08 and the stone IPA.

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Photo of hops1337
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip had a Nice orange color with white head and OK lacing. Faint yeast smell in the background of the seriously citrusy hops. Way more hoppy than most Belgian ipas but i like it. The more it warms the more yeasty it gets on the nose and palate. I quite like this brew and would gladly buy it again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character.

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Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roadhouse
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber into an Orval glass

Pours up golden, clear for the most part, with a one inch off-white head on top. Decent retention, quite a bit of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit, some floral aromatics, a bit of bready malt, and some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste starts up with a very slight sweetness with the hops there from the start. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit. It gets increasingly bitter in the aftertaste, actually unpleasantly so. It's a slightly medicinal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth, aside from the hops which are slightly harsh. I think the Belgian characteristics would shine more with a slightly higher carbonation, though with the hop bitterness that might be too much.

If it weren't for the hop bitterness this would be a really great beer. I know Stone is all about the hops, but it's kind of funky in this one.

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Photo of amano_h
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Happyyb
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12 oz bottle 6/26/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma faint – some spice and fruit
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct taste. It ends bitter as well. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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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.
Cali-Belgique
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 cchrink
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Aroma:
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?

Appearance:
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.

Taste:
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.

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