Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 3,456 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with a fluffy two fingers of foam that recedes very slowly. Leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is American hops, citrus, floral and light grassy tones. There are also hints of sweet malt/grain and a bit of yeast and spice. It smells largely like an American IPA but for subtle (and pleasant) Belgian yeasty notes.

Taste begins with bright citrus hop flavors accompanied by malty sweetness. This gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, fruit, malt and light yeast flavors. Toward the finish strong citrus notes are carried on increasing bitterness and some mild spice nuances. The finish is bitter, fruity, floral and a bit earthy. I'd say overall the taste of this beer leans towards IPA, but the yeast brings something different for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with medium carbonation.

This beer is quite good, though not as good as other Belgian/IPAs I've had (... Chouffe) i would drink this again.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent beer! i suppose take the style description with a grain of salt if you are a purest. it is however called the "CALI-Belgique" mind you.

pours a beautiful clear golden yellow with excellent carbonation and a thin white head of bubbles that trails off pretty quick and leaves no lacing. the flavors are well balanced, with crispy hops dancing on a flavorful malt base that gives good mouth feel. yeasty flavors play a central roll, giving you a little bit of sour in here too.

not easy to find, if you see it and haven't tried one -- pick it up.

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Photo of KidRagnarok
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of DM1293
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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Photo of soccerfancooch
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gald I bought the last one of these from a store in columbus, ohio. The first thing that comes to mind is grapefruit which seems to be a stone thing. It reminds me a lot of the regular Stone IPA but with the citrus notes a little on the extreme side. I loved it. Pours a hazy golden color with decent but not spectacular head retention. No lacing, just a little when you take a sip but it quickly goes down the side of the glass. As I take another sip I want to add honey to the list of subtle tastes. Overall I loved this beer. It is drinkable, complex, exciting and all around a great brew. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of ausonius
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2009 bottling*, 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Light golden with a hint of orange. Starts with a bit more than a half inch head that settles down within 10 minutes to a thin head with a little lacing.

Aroma - Very fresh & intense earthy, sappy, spicy grapefruit hop nose. Magnificent, in fact! Light pale malt in the background. Hard to describe how spectacular the nose of fresh hops is on this baby.

Palate - Big, round, fat, but very dry. Very aromatic, grapefruit & fresh earthy hops from beginning to finish, but not super bitter. Nice pale malt. Powerful flavor - Amazing balance. Carbonation a hint above medium. Hint of Belgian yeast, but very much a nice background note, although it does expand with some air & as it warms. Seems like not many more IBU's than their regular IPA, but this beer has the essence of fresh hops infused throughout like no other beer I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - Everything in balance. Huge flavor & persistence - fairly dry throughout. Medium body with big flavor.

Drinkability - Exceptional - hard to put the glass down other than to exclaim over the quality of this brew.

95/100 - American IPA types just don't get much better than this.

WOW! Not the first time I've tasted this, but for my palate, this is the Perfect IPA. So much intense hop aroma & flavor, but not overly bitter - not that I mind That, either! If there's a better IPA for my palate, I haven't tasted it yet. If you like this style, you have to get a hold of some!

I give thanks for the Stone brewers - too bad I'm on the other coast!?!

* Note: Haven't (but will) reviewed the 2010 bottling yet, but have tasted & it doesn't approach the '09.

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Photo of jmhart
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Taco Mac @Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, served in a goblet

A - Honey-amber with a creamy head. Intricate web.

S - Honey, fruits, mild hops. Hint of citrus.

T - Wonderful balance of fruity/citrus notes with mild hobby flavor. Nicely balanced. Mildly yeasty, with a honey finish.

M - Balanced acidity and not much bite. Holds up well with a meal, but could stand well alone.

D - Different than other Stone offerings, but perhaps one of their best. Smooth with a mild bite on the finish.

Overall: A unique brew, but definitely paying tribute to traditional Belgium IPAs.

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Photo of thegrimone
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of vidguy17
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Photo of Hillbilly
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
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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Photo of bt931912
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoptician
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Photo of weller1js
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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Photo of jimelee108
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of semaj
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TaylorBrake
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SudsSurfer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of estlinska
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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Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,456 ratings