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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,097
Ratings:
3,381
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
117
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690
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,097 | Ratings: 3,381
Photo of irrevjim
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look ;pale golden yellow, doesn't look like a lot of carbonation, nice white 1 1/2" head that leaves a covering and moderate lacing
smell; malt, yeast, lemon, honey, coriander, very bright and full, sure i'm missing something
taste; lemon turns to grapefruit, coriander remains, banana, mmm malt, balanced finish
feel; medium full bodied, very smooth with a finish that is balanced but leans a tiny bit towards dry/bitter
overall; wow, a beautifully balanced fun to drink belgian with the good characteristics of a west coast ipa presented in crucial moderation
.congrats, stone, hope you explore this cali-belgi avenue further, I am not a fan of most stone products, all excellent but not my cup of piney hops and alchohol, this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with an off-white head. Smells yeasty, kind of sweet and earthy. It has light, bitter, spice hop with a funky, sweet Belgian yeast taste. Moderate carbonation with a light body. Highly comparable to the original Stone IPA, with a prominent Belgian yeast sweet, funky flavor. Overall a satisfying and enjoyable unique take.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice Belgian style IPA, reminiscent of Chain Breaker from Deschutes. Whereas Chain Breaker was more smooth and almost tasted like a really nice wheat beer, Stone's version amplifies the Belgian yeast flavors and especially the bitterness from the hops. I don't know if I would pick this over Chain Breaker, but still very nice.

Probably won't revisit personally, but nice nonetheless.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of kitch
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 14th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 11th November 2015. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving thin sticky lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeasts, bready malt, honey, citrus lemon and orange.

Taste: Starts sweetish with honey, banana and bubblegum followed by biscuit and some light citrus orange, lemon and grapefruit giving it a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: The Belgian yeast really shows in both the aromas and taste and is a decently made Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgique-what? It's Stone. It's West Coast awesomeness. It's IPA. Don't fence me in.

The look is enticing. It's a deep amber color. The head is strong, an inviting eggshell color above the deeply amber brew. The head retains and laces well to the bottom of the glass, arrogantly displaying the exceptional malt.

The smell is delicious. Stone has calibrated their bold hops into and around an indefinable Belgium influence. It's spice and citrus, not dank pine. Along with Stone Saison, to which it has more than a passing resemblance, Cali-Belgique has one of the most refreshing scents on the market.

The taste is delicious, challenging, and deep. The spice and citrus from the hops form a unique and delicious flavor. The taste is refreshing and delicious, but has a strength that must be balanced by the malt. Here we seem to find the Belgian influence in a deep, luxurious malt with barely a hint of sweetness. Yes.

Perhaps it is worth comparing this IPA from Stone with Stone Saison and Firestone-Walker's Pale 31. The reason is that they are on a similar spicy and citric trajectory. Pale 31 is by far the lightest of these spicy brews, since it's a mere pale ale. Stone Saison falls in the middle. Cali-Belgique fully deserves the title of IPA. It's the fullest flavored and heartiest beer that I have enjoyed on this particular aroma-flavor arc. It pushes the volume of the flavors up, and I like that about it.

The feel of this beer is substantial. This is not a beer you are going to chug. The flavor is strong and heavy, even while maintaining thorough appeal. The malt is thick and has a hint of Belgian sweetness to balance the hops. One may be enough for a while, but not because this beer is unappealing. One may satisfy.

This is one of my favorite IPAs. It is completely different than the "classic" dank or piney IPA. I don't want to drink the same flavor of ales all the time. This unique and flavorful IPA never hits a false note. It's great.

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Photo of Easton70
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Spirit of Seymour. Light colour and a piney aroma. The flavour was quite sharp after the Post Mark IPA but the Hint of Belgian beer was interesting. This would be awesome with curry

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly snifter.

A light golden color, with a initially rather sizable head that dissipates quickly. A moderate amount of small bubbles that rise with varying degrees of velocity.

The prevailing scent that hits my nose is of sweet caramel, with noticeable hops in the background. The sweetness and caramel create a smell which reminds me of bubble gum. Definitely a nose I enjoy.

Considering the smell, the taste was surprisingly bitter. With me not being able to get past the sour and bitter taste which immediately hit my palate. The Belgian yeast-flavor is there, but relatively subtle. Bitterness is all well and good, but the taste (and style) had raised my hopes up for something that juxtaposed it. As one would expect from a Belgian inspired beer, the feel is marvelously light.

This beer looks and smells the part. In addition it's very drinkable. I just wish I could say more good things about the way it taste.

Purchased as part of a sampler 12-pack. Paid $20.

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Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 10/12/15. Poured from bottle (06/09/15) into TeKu glass. Deep golden color with a voluminous white head. Aroma of light roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of coriander / orange zest. Some sweetness on the palate at first, then nice, resinous hoppiness with overtones of spice. Pleasant lingering bitterness and spiciness on the finish. Very solid and enjoyable offering from Stone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt and lightly citrus noble hops; proper European influence. Flavor is neutral malt with mild caramel, Belgian yeast and Belgian style noble hops, but half way through the taste, a strong citrus hop flavor develops and this finishes with a more North American traditional grapefruit rind and light citrus bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting hybrid o styles with a good flavor progression from old world to new. The initial flavor is quite true to Belgian style IPAs, but the finish has a lot more typical Stone citrus hop character. I like both and enjoyed the combination. This brewery really know how to put out a good and interesting IPA.

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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 Safa1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok. If I didn't like cheeseburgers I wouldn't buy a cheeseburger then rate it. If you don't like Belgium yeast why would you buy a beer made from said yeast then give it a bad review knowing beforehand that you don't like the yeast used in brewing. Seems crazy. With that being said.

This beer is good. It's a sweet ipa with a great mouthfeel. It is not far off from what Stone always does and to be honest, it's worth every penny.

Try it once at least. But for Christs sake don't review cheeseburgers if you don't like meat.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice change..... A beer that is what it says.... A genuine IPA... All hops and oomph with a genuine twist of Belgian sweetness, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts.
Top stuff.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours hazy light golden with a frothy and creamy white head that laces quite well. Aroma is very faint but I get some sort of spice with Belgium yeast. Taste lemon, citrus, clove, orange peel not to bad.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.9% ABV, 77 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - golden orange clear with one finger head.
S - grapefruit, lemon peel, tangerine, orange. banana indeed. raisin tartness.
T - Belgium yeast did play very well in this IPA, tastes like orange, with some rounded characteristic. bitterness come through, lack of maltiness.
O - very interesting marriage, u really can taste the diff from the yeast. complex, it's on the sweet IPA side, honestly I prefer piney malty IPA. but definitely worth to try! won't get it again tho.

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Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loooooved this twist on a normal IPA. While everyone else is just adding more hops, certain brewers are creating whole new realms of what an IPA can taste like. Revelation in a bottle. Lovely for the summer.

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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 Foyle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

Appearance: pours a sudsy 1"+ white head that drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is golden-orange with tons of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: distinctive with floral and citrus hops along with Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, viscious and sticky with a mostly dry warming finish.

Flavor: citrus, pine, white bread, brett yeast flavors and a spicy sweetness.

Overall: interesting twist on an IPA

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6'9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a seemingly glowing orange-yellow. Similar to the color of honey. Thick 2 finger head with lots of lacing.

Smell- Resinous pine aroma with touches of sweet bread.

Taste- A dry cracker malt taste quickly builds into a dank flavor of pine and citrus. The citrus takes over midway, becoming more grapefruit-esque and less piney. Faint touches of Belgian sugary yeast come near the end, but very subtle. Much more IPA than "Belgie". The finish is very different, as it finishes extremely hoppy while still being sweet like a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy in body with much carbonation.

Overall- A stellar hop bomb, as to be expected by Stone, but with an interesting twist by being Belgian somewhat. The Belgian yeast was subtle but there (may of been overpowered by all the hopping). A fine addition to the Stone lineup.

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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 TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger foamy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving a light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, orange peel, grapefruit, and light floral hops.

T - The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuity malts, orange peel, grapefruit, and piney hops. The finish has a light lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a dry finish.

O - A strong Belgian IPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A puck of frothy white head holds steady on top of its peachy orange body. Long legs of lace stretch across the glass. Its soft haze makes it tough to see its level of carbonation. She's a quaffable looking lady.

Belgian phenolics and American hop derived tropical fruitiness makes for quite an intriguing nose. Its ripe peach, mango, and apricot character takes an edge over the sweet bubble gum and soft banana that's also present. A bit of clove and a bit of band aid come through as the nose unravels over time.

A big rounded kick of peach and papaya comes with an assertive dank, grassy, grapefruit pithy bitterness. The American side of this IPA is much more prevalent here. There's a bit of biscuit and a bit of bread on its edges, ensuring its bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Subtle hints of bubblegum and band aid come through in the finish.

I love this for its assertive West Coast dryness and its ultra clean and crisp feel. For an IPA lover like me, this is dangerously drinkable at 6.9%.

All the components of a delicious, fruity IPA are wrapped perfectly into an approachable, clean, and quaffable package. Like the best IPA's I've had, what stands out most isn't its ridiculous level of bitterness or alcohol, its the feel; the vessel it's delivered in. I'd take this over their flagship IPA 5 out of 7 days a week.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw gold with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing behind as it slowly breaks.

S: Smell is typical Belgian IPA, nice yeast profiles and hops.

T: Taste has the Belgian yeast come across first followed by a candi sweetness and then an explosion of hops.

M: Medium feel and medium carbonation, with a dry finish.

O: A nice Belgian IPA. Stone calls it a hybrid, I don't care, it's tasty. I wish my bottle were a bit fresher, but that's another story.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $9.00 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Medium/light gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops. Light and airy.

T- Good hop presence. Likeable malt base. Not too sweet. Very enjoyable overall but pretty single minded hop usage.

M- Creamy yet tart

O- Very good but price prohibitive. I like the blend and would buy out or if someone brought it over or opened it where I was. Will not seek out though

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with....... Roast beef with gravy from the drippings and root veggies. Believe it or not this one bites though the heavy meat but accentuates the hoppy presence

Enjoy

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct 1 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent golden-yellow hue, with one finger of frothy, off-white head seated atop. It wilts relatively quickly, lasting no more than three minutes, at which point only a thin collar and bubbly, filmy cap remain. Decent lacing. On the nose, I am getting a lot of citrusy tropical fruit and bubble gum - lemon and grapefruit definitely come to mind, along with peaches, pineapple, banana and some restrained piney notes. Smells pretty nice to me - let's dive in, shall we?

This is a very solid IPA, with the Belgian nuances working rather nicely alongside the base IPA. The malt backbone is fairly mellow - a hint of caramelized sugar here, some bready, biscuity malt there - but it is the fruity, hoppy flavours that assertively announce their presence and define this beer. Grapefruit, lemon rind and pineapple come through clearly, along with notes of juicy peach and some banana. Finishes with a nice bitter astringency - pithy and grassy, piney and floral all at once, with a mild yeasty spiciness fading quickly in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with very active carbonation that give the palate a good prickling. A bit slick in the mouth, but not in a lingering way. The alcohol content is rather well-masked, making this one of those 'dangerously drinkable' beers that I love so dearly.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. Stone's Cali-Belgique IPA is a very solid example of the style. I'd say it leans a bit more toward the American side than the Belgian one - with some slight bubblegum/banana ester flavours, and only a restrained yeastiness to speak of - but it manages to retain the delicious pithy citrus, tropical fruit and piney bitterness that the base IPA is so famous for. Very good; an exceedingly drinkable example of the style that I hope to return to again. The (Ontario) price point isn't great, but it's still totally worth a look.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear with a thick white head which dissipates quickly.

Smells like a farmhouse saison, lots of grassy notes and bubblegum.

Tastes like no other IPA I have had before, lots of banana when it has warmed a little.

Very smooth, light carbonation.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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