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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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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in Berlin.

T: Dry. An immediate hit of Belgian medicinal phenolics. Otherwise incredibly earthy, but unlike pretty much every American IPA I've had there's no thwack of orange marmalade or mango. None at all, just some lemonade in the finish. Not complaining. In the aftertaste a fair bit of that medicinal quality. Very toasty and nicely bitter.
O: Bloody love the toasty/earthy character but overall it's no masterpiece.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can, Tesco, Berlin brewed

Pours clear golden with a nice head

fairly muted aroma, slightly phenolic with some mandarins and citrus

Spicy belgian yeast flavour gives way to more tangerines and some pith. Light body, medium carb, medium bitter finish, drying.

Doesn't really hit the mark imo, it's neither one nor the other and the two parts jar

And at 6.9% it delivers too little for its strength

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear golden body with decent enough white head
Big funky aroma with citrus notes

Slightly sour tart flavour with metallic elements and a smooth finish

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Photo of Vader444
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Canned Berlin version poured into 2/3 pint glass.

Sorry but I'm not a fan of this. I guess it achieves what it sets out to do but it doesn't work for me. Not a patch on regular Stone IPA; I was expecting that with a minor Belgian twist but there is simply too much yeast character and not enough hops for my tastes. I bet it could attract a legion of Belgian beer fans but I won't be joining them. A very rare drain pour from me. Sorry Stone. I still love you. Cheers anyway

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler Omnipollo glass.

A: The body is medium hazy with a one finger thick head. Shows lots of lacing and some retention.
S: The aroma has a strong belgian yeast profile, providing an almost belgian pale ale aroma to this beer while being very subtle. In back, a minor citrus profile of tangerines is present.
T: As said before, there's a great influence of belgian pale ale results on this beer. This yeast also provides an acidic touch to an Indian Pale Ale, getting it closer to an hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more citrus than expected, resulting in this interesting Cali-Belgique.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is too high and bit harsh. Bitterness is mild.
O: I must admit that I don't like very much this style, but yet, Cali-Belgique might easily be the best Belgian IPA I've had so far.

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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 Ahypercube
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Accidentally aged this puppy a year, and I actually like it better now. Last brew of a mixed 24 pack bottled on 9/28/2015. Last year I remember liking this even less than the 6% ABV Pale Ale 2.0 that came in the pack, but it seems to have softened with age...

L: A fine, foamy 1.5 finger white head, lingers well and leaves a nice-looking thin layer that lingers very well. The base is an orange-yellow amber color with haze that appears in vertically oriented streams, very noticeable when swirled in the goblet. Lacing is peppery and sparse.

S: Makes me think of a farm. It still has that spicy rye bread flavor, which I remember being the redeeming flavor of this beer, and the funky, earthy aromas have diminished a bit. Pear and white grape are still prominent, and it still has that fermented fruit aroma reminiscent of most white wines, but ends poorly with butyric acid and general mammalian body odor.

T: A quick sour white grape and apple splash runs into a wall of mandarin and grapefruit rinds, crumbling into toasty crust of sourdough and spicy rye bread. Not nearly as bad as I remember, but that sour, bitter armpit-y funk still clings to the tongue for a long finish. I usually don't like brews made with Belgian yeasts, but this is definitely drinkable.

F: Good, sturdy texture. A little syrupy, but the finish is dry.

O: I definitely have a little more faith that one day a Belgian Ale will knock my socks off. It was very nice to finally experience an improvement in a beer from aging.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank 4/21/14 on draft @ Candlelite.

Clear urine color.

White head; thick lace.

Banana & light citrus nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Clove, black pepper, mild banana & faint strawberry flavors. For all that, this is ultimately bland.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from J P Alsem. Clear orange pour with a decent white head. Notes of rye bread, banana, coriander, honey, funky brett, barnyard. Medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet and salty finish.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger creamy, cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Slightly opaque, bright golden in the glass. Smells faintly of citrus, some strong Belgian yeast esters banging around, slight banana/clove going on. as it warms there is some earthiness coming out. Taste is initially spicy and then start picking up the fruitiness of the yeast along with some citrus in there. First taste was initially very bitter, but as it warms up it mellows out and has a more full taste with less bitterness. Very little residual sweetness going on, finish is pretty dry with almost a lemon peel taste on finish. Good beer, grabbed this as a mix 6, will restock with a six pack of this when I trim down my stash

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Frosty haze of burnt orange, and an of-white coloured head made up of loose and frothy foam. Dissipates in irregular patterns.

Aromas: Semi sour mash of apple and apricot. There is some green hoppy character and fresh budding florals with a slight dankness. After it has a chance to warm up a bit, it also carries subtle hints of lightly toasted fresh white bread.

Taste: Earthy green bitters, and not much else... so I let it sit a few minutes. Once the chill comes of, it contains a surprisingly large amount complex flavours. There is a sweet intro which quickly succumbs to the juicy piney hop. The bottle says keep refrigerated, but I say pop and pour but let it warm slightly first. especially for the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: If you serve it too cold it will leave some of the stronger earth impressions on the tongue, but if you hit that right temperature it will have a slick and buttery medium body with a fairly zest carbonation.

Overall: at first I wasn't sold. It really seemed a lot like their other IPAs, but once I waited it out a bit, and let it sit - the flavours came through far more representative of the French-Belgium vibe they are going for. Still it's an OK IPA, but for me it's still missing something.

Pairing: I'd serve this at 4 to 8 C and once it's buttery texture starts to take effect, you can start throwing your food of choice at it. It has plenty to offer, but I think a good spice would really open it up. A stronger asian spice curry or kung pao chicken, or pad thai - with an extra kick of crushed chilis all of those would be great with this version of Stone.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear golden color, two finger white head, messy lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Hops.

T: Hops.

F: Very smooth and drinkable.

O: Interesting but not anything great.

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Photo of jonb5
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can, brewed in Berlin, poured into Stone snifter.

A: Golden, clear, medium sized head which gave the impression it wanted to get away, left quite a bit of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Esters and Phenols drowned out the citrus hops.

T: Bubblegum, apples and some starch which seems the norm in certain Belgian styles, finished with a hit of bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp texture, coarse edge from the bitterness but went down well.

O: If this had been a blind tasting, I would have gone for a Belgian style Pale Ale flavoured with some new world hops, rather than an IPA.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can. Lunch with Pedro at Guevara & Lynch. Paired with Viriato burger. In shaker glass. The belgian yeast seem to provide it a very pleasant and refreshing sugary touch that stands out over the hops. Very original brew

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Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of wheat, peppers, clove, banana and anise. Pretty much straight up, well put together Saison characteristics with no hops cutting through.

Has a low carbonation with a soft farmhouse-like beginning, which suddenly turns overly dry and bitter without caring about the initial smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation leads to a watery, boring finish with the hops trying to mingle into the beers spice profile.

Tastes of banana, wheat and white bread dough, together with pungent herbal hops, containing lemon and orange rind, introducing instantly a pungent bitterness. This strange composition gets completed by peppers, cardamom and clove which cut through the hops and lead off to a spice defined finish, among water and an omnipresent dryness.

This is an odd duck, as it tries to combines so many things at the same time without making any compromises - which is the reason why it fails to convince. No subtle, harmonious flavors come up to tie the different strings together which makes this almost a mess, as for its missing balance. Put in the best of America and the best of Belgium and you'll end up with a beer combining best of both worlds, well, only on a gimmicky, superficial level.

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

Tarnished gold with big piles of crusty loose white. 3.75
Grapefruit pith, pencil erasers (the big pink ones,) broken crackers + flowers. 4
Caramel on toast, a whack of clove, Stone’s signature nettle tang straight up, plus a bit of peachy esters. 4.25
Medium, chewy, smooth. 4

Does phenols + hops = Belgian IPA? Esters come out as it opens and combines with the citrus to good effect. But IBUs + phenols come crashing in and *almost* ruin it. Not the best of both worlds, which this style should be.

Less than the sum of its parts. 3.75

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Photo of BWood
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: hazy golden appearance with nice fluffy head. The head lasts for a while and gives good lace.

S: hops and Belgian yeasts.

T: near a tripel without the complexity. The ipa taste is very noticeable and does mesh well with the Belgian.

F: lingers with hop bitterness.

O: nice beer. I think I would rather either have a ipa or a Belgian beer instead of a combination of both.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I twice tasted this one, took notes for rating, and each time lost the notes. This is the third one and this time I did not lose the notes. Third times the charm! It got better each time!
Pours a golden light amber and is very clear. Big foam head soon disapates but leaves a swirly cap and bubbly lacing.
In the aroma there is a hint of citrus/orange peel, sweet pilsner malt, Belgian yeast tones, and, interestingly, to my nose at least, hints of cherry.
The taste is doughy and biscuity. There is lots of Belgian yeast character and rustic earthy qualities. Some citrus flavor adds zestiness. Resiny hops add a great twist and a delightful mild to moderate bitterness that is felt especially in the aftertaste. Great balance as there is a fantastic interplay between sweet and bitter in the back of throat. Easy to drink, medium bodied but drinks light. Supremely quaffable. A perfect marriage between IPA and Belgian Pale Ale, kind of like Stone IPA meets Orval.
This could definitely become a go to beer. Delicious and wonderful! A true find!

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Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle ("bottled 05/03/16, enjoy by 09/06/16"), poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear gold towards and orange hue. Frothy head of fine white foam; streaky lace.

Smell: Fresh citrus (lemon, orange), spicy Belgian yeast, subtle banana and fruity esters.

Taste: Stone IPA backbone with solid malt body and biting bitterness, livened up by Belgian yeast spice and fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Nice harmony of hop laden West Coast IPA with added complexity of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark hazy yellow with a massive amount of head that has awesome lacing. Smells of sweet fruit, citrus, banana, and some orange in there. Taste is very nice, mouth full of fruity tastes & hops with that Belgium yeast backing it all up, just outstanding. The finish is smooth and leaving you wanting more. Stone has cranked this one out of the park, I am a big big fan of this beer, goes well in summer or winter, just a great beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light amber-tan color. Surprised that there's not more foam from my pour. There's a light lemony kick to this that's like a fresh squeezed shot of juice that took the place of whiskey in a broiler maker. Something like that. Then it tapered off and there's an estery note on it that's subtle. Tastes crisp, with a lemony hop profile that hints at a light estery character. I like the bitterness on this with the finish.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keg, Brewdog, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a small white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - Bready with a light citrus and spice notes. Taste - bready/yeasty up front, light citrus backdrops, strong bitter long lasting finish. Sits very well between the Belgian and US.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the gargoyle face caps. I use them as devil tokens in Magic The Gathering games.

Clear gold with a hang around head. Smells like dry basement must and Bubblelicious orange Bubble Yum. Tastes like it smells. Nice dry, moisture sucking finish.

I've had this several times and sometimes it's better than others. This time it's fresh and good.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Belgian IPA pours a golden color with a fairly small, but tenacious, effervescent white head. The smell is more Belgian than IPA with a malty banana scent. The initial flavor is all Belgian with classic flavors of banana bread, clove, cardamom, and a little pepper, though the spices are milder than in a full Belgian. In the aftertaste the IPA flavors (hops) kick in with both some pine and grapefruit elements. This beer is incredibly well balanced as I think many good Belgian IPAs are, which is why I’ve really come to love the style. Further this one walks a perfect line between the two being pretty much 50/50 belgian and IPA. Though I truly love many Stone beers I have to say that many are pretty intense in flavor and I wouldn’t want to drink too many of them in a row. This beer though, I could drink all day. Really this is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I’ve had and I think that California has quite a few good ones. My only complaint would be that some of the very elite push the alcohol limit a little higher and maintain good flavor as well. Even so I think this definitely deserves to be rated better.

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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Clear gold with a very, very slight orange tint.

S- Belgian yeast all over the place. Fruity esters, slight banana and spice. Some underlying lemon/orange rind hop notes.

T- Very belgian forward. Drinks like a tripel with some light lemon/orange rind hop notes.

M- lighter side of medium, ample carbonation

O- A very good representation of the style.

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