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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
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
3,434
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
707
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellaring a bit perhaps has made the yeast fall away,so we get an understated IPA, a nice bitterness: lemoney, very drinkable. I could drink this often, just short of astringency. Liked it, though not overally complex or extraordinary IPA. Lasting significant head.

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Photo of acurtis
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Amber with golden highlights, lively carbonation and solid one finger head. Smells like belgium yeast and fruity hops. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, hops and carmel. Bitter finish. Doesn't taste bad but just not what I was hoping from this beer. Its like the beer doesn't know what it wants to be.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ON TAP at STONE. Dark honey color with a nice white head and heavy lacing.

Big lemon citrus assertive nose with hints of yeast, white bread and nose develops to a bit of burnt toast.

Big citrus/grapefruit flavors and a balance and character that belies the alcohol. Pleasant flavors and a very "all around" good drink.

A beer that really goes well with most foods and with a long grapefruit hop finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head with nice lacing on a deep golden hazy body. Aroma is typical Belgian stone yeast with citrus, mostly grapefruit and pear. Flavor is also very citrusy with a tangy and bitter finish. Nice yeast and hop profile. Medium body and moderate carbonation. One of the better offerings from stone for my tastes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with the Belgian yeast flavors coming through on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice take on a belgian ipa, quite different from say new belgium's belgo. pours light golden and bright, clear through with a one inch white head that hangs out the whole time. smells like belgian yeast, west coast aggressive hops, and light crystal and pale malts in equal proportions. flavor is very well balanced between the fruity lively yeast and the hops, which taste less intense than they smell. some citric hops in here, and some fruit, maybe nelson sauvin? malt profile is very light. feel is okay, but not entirely well suited to this beer. the body is light to medium, which i find a bit thin for the style. carbonation os robust though, and its easy drinking and delicious. overall yet another nice beer from stone.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice lightly hazy yellowish gold color. The head doesn't stick around too long really and the lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian yeast aromas coming off of it and plenty of hops on the nose. The taste of this brew is really nice and soft feeling with some bubbles in there to give it a slight edge. The hops go really well in this brew also. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still had enough going for it to keep it alive. Overall this brew is really nicely done. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: There are flavors of citrusy and spicy hops in the taste, which contribute a light to medium amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some dryness, which lingers through the finish.
O: The beer has a good balance between the citrus and spicy flavors and is rather easy to drink because the bitterness isn’t overpowering. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

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

GABF Weekend '08:

One of my favorite emerging styles. The beer has a lot of Chimay Tripel character, but sweeter, with a more caramel, cotton candy-like confection. A bit darker (copper-golden) than most tripels, but this one also gives a light toasty-toffee note that balances the fruity esters and spicy phenols well. The strong hop flavors compliment the peppery, clovey, yeasty spices very well with a sharp citrus, chai-tea herbalness that never wavers from the other complex 'Tripel-like' notes. Evaporative feel to the mouth from the dry hops, minty alcohols, and efforvescent carbonation. The beer just lifts off of the toung and dries out in the finish for superb drinking enjoyment Finishes spicy, citrusy, and with a mild phenolic-soapy note that I pick out in most all hoppy Belgians. Not quite a Houblon Chouffe, but very close in quality.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a straggler from a trip earlier this year (wait, what, summer is over?!) through Portland, OR and environs.

This beer pours a cloudy, sort of sediment-strewn, pale golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of foamy, bubbly, and verging on chunky off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace around the circumference of the glass as it quickly seeps away.

It smells of yeasty, dark bready caramel malt, meaty orchard fruit (overripe grapefruit and orange, mostly), funkadelia, and peppery, leafy hops. The taste is more of a bitter, generic citrus hoppiness in the front slot, the bitterness quite easily tempered by a hard to dismiss murky yeastiness, free-associated acrid phenols, a bit of banana chip fruitiness, a bready, grainy, and duly upright malt backbone, and some alcohol-dosed weedy, herbal hops.

The bubbles are there, providing a supportive edge that slowly and surely fades, the body a so-so medium weight (on a diet, or the like), with a nascent creaminess that defies the smoothness killing hop tendencies. It finishes off-dry, the citrus and yeasty funk, complex alike, trying their best to shiv one another.

Much more Belgian (or at least anti-Stone) than even the spunky label could lead one to believe. Cali-Belgique goes a long way to illustrate the effect of yeast on any beer's impression, i.e. there's a Stone IPA under there, but it is ensconced in DNA-rewriting, Euro-lowlands mind shiftiness. Bottom line: still tasty, but the hoppier, bitter beast that you have hitherto known has been co-opted by a surprisingly agreeable, um, (I know) Belgian character. Bigend of Blue Ant, represent!

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a modest but decent cap that rings the chalice with lace

Smell: Boldly herbacious, with a piney, pithy scent; but it does have a urine character about it, too

Taste: Biscuity malt, for a brief moment, with a swift move in both the Belgian and hoppy directions - Belgian in the sense of herbal and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney, pithy sense; after the swallow, the flavors battle one another until reaching a harmonious truce that defines the essence of this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: It took me a while to get there with this beer as the flavors battled away, but once they came together I have to say that I rather enjoyed it

Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Cali Belgique with French Oak" served from a cask into a New Belgium stem-goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Chinook and Centennial hops. Reviewed from notes. Cost was around $9.00.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger white colour thin head of little lacing and no cream. Appears quite soapy. Body colour is a vibrant copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, sweet malts, fresh floral hops, some hop oil, light nectar, and a bit of soapy detergent. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hop bitterness with no balance whatsoever. Little oak at all. Some floral character does come through, but the hp notes are mainly just flat bitterness. Simple and bland. Boring. Poorly executed.

Mf: Thin and weak. Undercarbonated. Slightly nectary. A casualty of its cask serving type.

Dr: Difficult to drink due to its low quality. A major disappointment, even coming from Stone. I definitely wouldn't get this again. One of the worst beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with a light fruity yeast. Taste is also dominated by some light fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some neutral malt in the background. Body is full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done thought there is some better example for this style with better balance between yeast and hops.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of crackling foam. It some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - I picked up the fruity and yeasty aroma while I was pouring it. When I put my nose to the glass, I picked up some citrus and caramel, as well.

T - It tasted very yeasty and spicy with great pine notes. The fruity flavors were present but not nearly as strong as the aroma.

M - A crisp and very sharp beer with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. It is very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot a pretty nice white head. The initial whiff is of floral hops, followed by some Belgian yeast characteristics. The taste is quite similar, with the addition of a little bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but very nice. A bit of dryness in the aftertaste. Quite drinkable in small quantities, but not something I'd quaff 22's of too regularly.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 7/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, orange, grapefruit, herbal, grass, honey, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, orange rind, pepper, clove, banana, grapefruit, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pine, earth, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, pine, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Great balance of hop and yeast character; and extremely smooth to drink. Very well done.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, golden colored body with good clarity and one and a half fingers of white head. The head settles quickly to a loose layer of big bubbles and leaves a nice, thick ring of lace.

S - A nice, big spicy/ citrus hop aroma up front, backed by clove and tropical fruit aromas from the yeast. Some subtle sweet malt lurks in the background along with anise, clove and a hint of allspice.

T - Moderate, spicy hop flavor and big, mouth coating bitterness in the front. Subtle yeast flavor appears in the middle, light pineapple and clove, but fades quickly. Some bready malt in the finish along with renewed bitterness than dominates and lingers on the palate.

M - Moderate-light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Interesting and drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor doesn't live up to it. There is a lack of Belgian character in the flavor even though the nose exhibits lots of yeasty goodness. In the end it comes off as mostly IPA and just a little bit Belgian.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a peach infused medium golden with a thinner white head atop,medicinal and citric aromas mainly.Flavors have a slight medicinal quality and deep fruity esters,a citric pine hop component comes into a lingering finish.Not a bad beer but Iam not a fan of the medicinal yeasty quality it has to it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Pale golden brown color and very hazy and 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some light hops as well as sweet malts and yeasty tones and a touch of nuts, some citrus and spice from the hops

T: Taste starts with some interesting sour sugary notes, lots of raw sugar taste, an interesting fruity center and slight creamy taste, some interesting Belgian yeasty taste mixes with a slight hoppy taste, somewhat like a Belgian IPA and reminds me somewhat of Hopsinjoor, it also has some bright citrus as well as a chalky dusty cinnamon taste in the middle

M: Mouth is juicy with a lot of carbonation and kinda thin

F: Finish has some strong bitter hops and spicey hops with grassy earthy taste that maintains its sweetness as it leaves a huge bitterness on the tongue

Final thoughts: An interesting beer that combines two great beers, as many have done before it, that don't usually blend well. Even with stone doing it, it doesn't blend perfectly but they do a pretty decent job of it. It doesn't have many qualities of either Belgian tripel or Cali style IPA, but slight parts of each rounded pretty well. Its not something to drink every day but occasionally it's an interesting change.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. er.

Appearance - Clear amber-copper.Lots of visible carbonation rising to a small but durable white head.

Smell - Yeast, wet leather, sour apple and tropical fruits

Taste - A cross between an IPA and yeasty Belgian pale ale. Lightly funky. Moderately bitter with a bitter aftertaste suggesting grapefruit and yeast. Overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; medium+ carbonation.

Overall: Cali-Belgie indeed, with pronounced hops and strong Belgian yeast influences.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split into several glasses at a recent tasting. Thanks go to Deuane for this one.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a finger of brite-white colored foam. Quite the robust little layer, that leaves some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some heavier accents of deep bready grains and bright smelling citrus behind it giving off a moderate tang. An undercurrent of yeast adds a bit of extra sharpness to the nose. The flavors are there, but this just lacks a certain sizzle in the nose.

The bitterness is spicy and piney, with that same deep toasted grainy character from the aroma. Delicious tropical fruits and bread mix with yeast in the finish, before ending with a lighly spicy and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it that then bubbles up near the back. Despite an obvious heft in the body, the alcohol is very nicely hidden here.

A solid Belgian IPA from Stone. The aroma had me concerned at first, but the taste and great feeling body more than made up for it. I'd love to try this on tap to see if that aroma would pull up any.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly tempered by a citrus & caramel sweetness and a bready backbone of Belgian yeast. There's also a touch of spice and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is yet another excellent beer from Stone, it is definitely worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber - $6.49 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down.

Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say it's just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.

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