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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

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:
1,091
Ratings:
3,365
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
680
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 1,091 | Ratings: 3,365
Photo of cjoc83
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice. Nice yellow/orange color, some haziness, a fingers worth of egg-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, some light spice, and Belgian yeast. Very nice.

The taste follows suit closely. Very hop forward, with floral and citrus flavors coming through. Subtle spice and Belgian yeast round out the taste. Not super complex, but the flavors mesh well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, finishes dry and mostly clean. There's a bit of a bitter, chalky after-taste I wasn't crazy about, but it's rather subdued and doesn't last long.

Overall, a great representation of the style. Nice hops that mesh well with the spice and Belgian flavor. Wasn't crazy about the after-taste, but like I said, it's pretty subtle and doesn't take away from the beer too much. I would definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of rustymoore
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden hue with nice head with minimal lacing throughout...very visually appealing.

S: Smell is amazing with strong citrus and spice notes not to mention the strong hop notes as well.

T: One of the better beers I have sampled as of late. Taste is very citrusy with strong spices throughout every sip. The hop combination with this is something that I haven't experienced before but it one of the best tasting offering you will experience this year in the world of beer.

M: Very mild and easy to swish around and get all the flavors.

D: I could drink this all night. It makes me wish I had bought more at the Greenlife in Asheville. Big ups to Asheville!

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

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

A: Good pour, mild amber colored, the head was great, off white.

S: It seems like a set up, the nose is misleading compared to the taste. It has a mild hop presence, with a backdrop of easy going fruits.

T: It has a good hop profile, with the same easy going fruit, banana, mango, or something. There is a mild spice to it.

M/D: Easy drinking, crisp, smooth, and subtly light.

Raise an IPA in Belgium and this is what you get, makes sense.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a thin frothy head.

Smell: A lot of spices out of the bottle with some citrus.

Taste: The spices dominate, a little fruity and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer by Stone, not my favorite and I prefer a regular IPA, but still better than a lot of beers out there.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the local Total Wine in Tampa, $5.49 for the big bottle. Said to be Stone's flagship IPA, but with Belgian yeast. Pours an opaque yellow-amber. Right off the bat, the nose comes through with bright pineapple rind, white sour grape skin, typical Belgian banana, and a little funk. Taste is super clean and sweet, but hoppy, with more grape/winey notes accompanied by hints of apple vinegar. Wow that's really good. I usually stick to the more traditional IPAs, but when I saw STONE on the bottle, I had to try! Not disappointed at all. Very drinkable. Probably the best "Belgian IPA" I've had. 4.5/5


What she said: "Wow! Very smooth. No aftertaste, which is my main complaint of most beers." 8/10

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/30/09
Stone Brewing Co.
Cali-Belgique
Belgian IPA
6.9% Abv.
22oz. bottle into an oversize red wine glass.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into OS red wine glass yields a skinny 2 finger head. Nice lacing and rings around the glass. Good looking golden color.

Smell= Initial smell is yeasty, belgiany. When you swirl it up and let it warm, the nose is really good! Faint overall, unless you agitate it, but good.

Taste= Good taste. A little sourness on the tongue is interesting...Bready, yeasty, hoppy. After taste is a little funky... Not won over by the taste...But it's growing on me.

Mouthfeel= Carbonation on the tongue is present. Good all-around mouthfeel.

Drinkability= Abv. is not present, the flavor is good, a genuine quaffer.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When reading the name "Cali-Belgique IPA", Cali hints at a California IPA and Belgique says that it has an undeniable Belgium influence. In this case both are correct, a carefully selected Belgium yeast strains differentiates this brew from the standard Stone IPA. This brew pours a golden amber color with large fluffy white head that likes to stick to the glass. The nose is definitely is reminiscent of the Stone IPA with a slight hint of a Belgium sour. Big hop notes lead to floral aromas with a slight hint of citrus. As you would expect the palate is loaded with hops, however, the Belgium yeast cuts some of the bitterness away and adds some lemon citrus notes rather than grapefruit. This is an excellent twist on a big IPA, one that hop heads will really enjoy

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Photo of car2052
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Hazy, full bodied orange. 1/2 in. of white head.
S: Pine, fresh grass clippings, lemongrass, orange peel, grainy malts, banana.
T: Piney, with bright citrus notes of orange and grapefruit at the front of the tongue. Towards the end the bubblegum yeast flavor takes over, with a bit of grapefruit rind bitterness that sticks around.
M: Medium.
O: Good Belgian IPA. I'm coming around to this style.

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

A - Bright golden, head dissipated quickly, little lacing

S - Sweet and yeasty

Taste: Tropical fruits, pinapple. A sweet and yeasty IPA very interesting flavor. I'm actually liking it better than I thought.

M - Medium body, nice play of sweetness and hoppiness

D - A tad too sweet for my taste but a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the stone brewery.

A- Color reminiscent of a dried corn stalk, yellowish with a hint of orange. Had a decen 1 finger t head, not spectacular though. Good retention. Average lacing.

S- Interesting blend of spicy yeast and floral hops.

T- A winner here, with again the spicy yeast and malt giving way to a crisp bitter finish, with a grassy element present in the background.

M- Very good across the tongue light body, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- The first Belgian IPA I have tried, and certainly good enough that I will go back for more of this and others of the breed.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates. The nose is complex with a characteristic Belgian phenol note, but it's subtly cut with a pleasant hop bitterness, a subtle hint of lighter fruits like apricot or mango. The flavor is more similar to an IPA than the aroma is, but there is still a distinct Belgian character to the front of the taste profile. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, perfect for a warm evening. Overall, this is a solid session beer.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear amber with a good foamy head that settles into lacing the whole way down. Great color.

S - Very very very pleasant. Floral and citrusy. The hops are citrusy and pleasantly bitter (two things that seem rare), and there is a sweet belgian banana twinge through it all. Very few beers smell this nice. This would be the perfect air freshener smell. Lovely.

T/M - Bitterness is earthy and grassy. Juicy, some hints of grapefruit rind. Not as rich as the smell, unfortunately. Tastes like a good standard IPA, but nothing terriffic.

D - It's good and somewhat easy to drink, but not exceptionally so. Moderate alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting idea and one I was very intrigued by as an avid fan of California IPA's and Belgian beers. It's like a 2 for 1! However, the end result did not live up to the expectations which admittedly were unlikely to be fair.

Aroma:
Smells of an IPA with big hoppy notes, lots of citrus and a slight pine aroma. But there is some bubblegum and spiciness too, oh wait is this a combination of an IPA and a Belgian beer?

Appearance:
Nice white frothy head comprised of both tiny and large bubbles. Pillow like. Slightly hazy pale orange color. Good beading. Foam sticks around for awhile before retiring to the sides of the glass.

Taste:
The Belgian yeast comes through more in the taste than the flavor. Each sip brings you into an encounter with a malty bubblegum sweet center surrounded by bitterness. Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Finish:
Bitterness mixed with slight bubblegum which fortunately doesn't linger too long.

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

Poured from a bottle. Crystal clear amber with an inch of white foam in a tulip glass. Foam dissolves to a film with great lacing.

Smell is clearly Belgian. Nice bananna/clove with some juicy hop.

Taste is a little less Belgian and more IPA. Still plenty of bananna/clove but also a citrus hop flavor. A little more citrus as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

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Photo of frozyn
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 9/6/15.

L -- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that sticks around for a long time and clings to the side, leaving a little lace behind.

S -- Yeasty and a little spicy. Hoppy to a lesser degree, mostly in the form of a light pine scent.

T -- Yeast and hops wrestle together for attention, with the yeast winning out at first. The hops add light citrus, floral flavors to it. The yeast leaves a spicy feel on the tongue in the aftertaste. Letting it warm on the tongue, I get more grapefruit rind and pine. Nearly room temp and banana becomes more prominent.

F -- Crisp, dry, bitter. Light-to-medium body. Reminds of the feel from some of the better Belgian tripels (not the same, but to me, similar).

O -- At first I was a bit confounded, trying to make this into an IPA or Belgian beer in my head. When I gave up making it one or the other, and let it be, it started to grow on me quickly. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The flavors seem to work well together, blending into something more than the parts. My favorite sips were the ones that came in piney and ended up yeThe Belgian yeast lends a lot to the scent/flavor/feel and is a good step away from hop bombs or malty marauders. If you have a friend who loves IPAs but was never sold on Belgians, this could be a good transition beer.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- it definitely pours like an IPA with a light copper color that looks very refreshing. It has a nice white head that will leave a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S- you can really detect the hops and sweet yeast smell up front with some citrus and fruit smells in there as well.

T- you can really taste the Belgian style yeast and maltyness, but the best part is the hop flavor that comes in to play.

M- Lighter bodied

D- This beer is very drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA that I've tried and I'm impressed with it. I hope that this newer styled beer takes off because it is really good.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category.

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

pale golden orange, half inch bubbly head
lemon zest, esters, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, pepper
lemon and orange zest, wheat, ester, yeast, florals
very dry and light, a little abrasive
i hate that belgian shit, so its not great, but I like it better than most belgian shit. gets better as it warms a little

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Photo of WOTO97
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cask version made with palisades hops when visiting Stone. Nice head retention and lacing off the pour top a nice pale gold. The nose had a nice hay character to complement the fresh fir notes from the hops, even some faint horse blanket notes. This version finishes really clean. My gf had the std. cali-belgique off the tap and this one had a much cleaner hop character and mouthfeel. If I had any qualms, I'd say the mouthfeel was a little thin, even for being on cask.

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

From my notes

A: A golden hue, light carbination with a 1/4" head

S: Citrus(lemon mostly), Belgium yeast.

T: Citrus, flowers with a bit of a spicy finish from the yeast.

M: Medium body quite smooth with a nice bubbly carbination.

O: A really easy to drink very good tasting beer. Still get tripped out by the style. When you get the two distinct character of two distinct styles becoming one.

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

Appearance is a light golden orange with a medium sized head. A crazy amount of carbonation is visible for a little while until it disperses after a minute or two. Smell is hoppy, floral notes, I'm enjoying this a lot. Taste is also hoppy, malty finish. Good amount of floral hops. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery for my liking. Good brew overall.

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Photo of ebin6
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going into full review mode as I've had this beer dozens of times....perhaps that is an injustice to the beer, but so it goes.

Accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: combine the styles of a Belgian and West Coast IPA. Hop profile is distinct on the front and back end while maintaining a palpable mouthfeel and overall flavor profile. Hides the alcohol extremely well; one of the more drinkable IPAs in my opinion. It seems that this beer led Stone in the direction of brewing techniques outside the US (Saison du Buff and their 14th Anniversary) not to mention their prospective brewing collaboration with a Belgian brewery. While the beers that followed were met with much more mixed reviews (I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the 14th Anniversary), it is safe to say that this brew is approachable for all types of BAs.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this at a stone beer tasting event.

Prefer more the hoppy/ipa style beers.

a: yellow

s: slight skunky heinekin notes, which i'm not a fan of

t: ok

mf: ok

overall: will focus on other beers in the stone offering. FYI: this was my wife's favorite beer of the bunch.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.
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