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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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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-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.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only way I can put this beer is if you mixed a Stone IPA with a Saison. Thats really it; its got Belgian in its feel, with a nice crisp finish that hints of spices with the citrusy hop bite of Stone's IPA. And if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. But to me, its pretty much on par with their regular IPA. I will say it does hit the spot better for the summer weather, hence a slight edge in its favor comparably.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

26 days old (bottled 03/01) - calculated by subtacting 120 days from exp. date of 6/29/2013 (according to Stone's website).

A: Copper color. Clear. Small head.
S: Sweet spices dominate: clove, pepper. I actually don't sense the usual hop flavors: citrus or pine. Bubble gum.
T: Some sugary sweetness.Bready maltiness. Slight acidic tang.
M: Medium-light, definitely on the light side of the style.
O: I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale more than an IPA because I don't sense much hop aroma or flavor. Nothing offensive about it, just not crazy about the flavors.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a bold golden color with moderate carbonation, light foam and lacing, slight haze and yeast particles.

smell: piney, tangy hops, with sweet velevety belgian yeast undertones.

taste: begins mellow, develops quickly into piney notes, slight belgian undertones, finishes crisp with a piney bitterness.

overall: nice example of a Belgian IPA, well-hopped and has the best of both worlds, decent abv as well.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz Bomber into a tulip. The color is that of a fresh apricot, deep golden orange with a slight haze and 2-3cm of fluffy head. Leaves a mild lacing on the glass. The nose is very sweet with lots of fruity esters and the ever-present hops of all Stone beers. Good balance on the nose that continues into the taste. There is the usual citrus hop profile of grapefruit and lemons, but it blooms into a white bread and estery sweet fruit of the Belgian yeast. Very interesting taste. The mouthfeel is light on carbonation, very full with a long bitter finish that reminds you that you are drinking a Stone. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer. Lots of sweet belgian yeast and good hop profile. Good beer.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

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

22oz bomber poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This bottle is one of the "Cali-Belgie" variety with the Dutch/Flemish spelling of Belgium. Learned that off of the back of the bottle... neat-o.

A: Fairly clear, pure amber colored body with golden highlights around the edges of the tulip. Pour produces a 1 finger thick, foamy, off-white colored head. Head reduces to a sheet of wispy foam after a couple sips and a couple seconds, but reforms to a centimeter depth upon a quick swirling. Good lacing grips the side of the glass with each sip, forming notches and rings.

S: Definitely got that Stone aroma to it with some prominent hop notes (even though, surely, the hop character has faded after this much time on the shelf and then in subsequent cellar storage). Still getting blasts of resiny pine/herbal hops and some sweeter citrusy notes. Then there is the familiar Belgian aspect of this beer, with the yeast strain giving off a bit of barnyard - some sweet, grassy straw and a bit of musky, definitely soapy funk. Also picking up what I believe to be touches of honey interspersed between grainy/cereal-like wheat aromas. Only a kiss of alcohol present in the nose, just slightly stinging the nostrils right before you exhale Interesting to say the least, but I enjoy it.

T: Where to begin? You get an initial dose of hops in all their earthy herbal and piney glory, followed by a moderating flash of lighter citrus/foral hops and honey notes. Then the malt bill takes charge with a lightly toasted grain flavor that is punctuated by flashes of a soapy like funkiness (obviously from the yeast) and some light, grassy flavors. Then a sharp, stale bread flavor takes charge of the palate and dominates well into the finish, which ends with that slightly soapy, funk flavor competing with some light, flowery esters on the palate. Alcohol starts to creep in with a slightly medicinal bite late into the glass, but its not overwhelming. All-in-all, complex and quite funky, as advertised.

M: This Belgian IPA has some texture to it - slightly syrupy/oily. Carbonation is moderate, but what is there is very refined and quite fine in texture, leaving a wave of tiny prickles across the tongue.

D: Quoted at 6.9% ABV, and while you can start to catch the alcohol near the bottom of the glass, it never dominates the palate, making Cali-Belgie enjoyable to drink. Still, one bomber is probably enough, given the uniqueness of the flavor profile and the funkiness in this beer, you'll probably only need one to do the job.

A nice Americanized twist on a Belgian IPA. Not sure if it bests Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but its still an interesting and tasty Belgian IPA. If you can find a bottle, give it a try - the hops might be faded, but the funk from the Belgian yeast strain definitely makes up for that.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,451 ratings
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