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
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-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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,441
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
708
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bready with some Belgian yeast aroma hanging throughout. There is a slight fig and apricot aroma that is giving a nice fruitiness.

The taste is spicey with some nice Belgian yeast flavor that is something like a triple but lighter. There is some citrus flavor that is coming out in the middle with some slight bitter with some nice fruit flavor that gets bitter as it gets to the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied, there is a slight feel that this could be lighter but then seems a little stronger when you let your guard down. This is also pretty drinkable and makes for a great beer to have at mid day.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $4.99 and poured it into a snifter.

A: Pours a very clean golden/light honey hue with a decent head that dissipates within a couple sips, leaving good lacing from start to finish - there's also a very light effervescence throughout.

S: Fermented apples, grain, sweet belgian yeast, earthy moss and citrus from the hop with a bit of spice in the mix as well.

T: Very similar to the nose, but fortunately the hop is much more aggressive and dominant in the mix (which one would expect from Stone) with flavors of resinous pine and major citrus bight. Very well balanced and a perfect blend of the two styles.

M: Medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style, very clean finish with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

D: Very enjoyable beer - I could definitely knock down another one or two bombers in a sitting.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ninaturner
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours an extremely clear light golden color. Head formation is quick and strong. Dissipates to only a light film with a small amount of lacing. As stated, very clear - not showing much carbonation.

S - Very American IPA smelling. A strong combination of American hop citrus notes with malt sweetness. Has the characteristic stone brewing smell.

T- Starts off with a balance combination of malt sweetness and the background bitter bite. Along the way, a hop citrus and grapefruit note starts to really dig in. After taste is a combination of citrus hop note with a malt sweet bite. Not sure if these flavors meld all that well.

M - Moderate to low body on this beer - seems thin and watery. The carbonation bite is probably the best dominating aspect. Does leave behind an oily alpha acid aftertaste bite.

D - Moderate drinkability. For the style it does not distinguish nor hamper its drinkabililty The body of the beer is not filling - nor is the abv off the charts. The problem with this beer is its rather difficult to understand flavor profile - how do you drink this in a session.

Picked this up at the brewery - was worth a shot.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of beagle75
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a long-stemmed tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of tight white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Initial strong pine and grapefruit citrus fade with time, revealing delicate toast and just a whiff of yogurt/sour cream. The overall intensity of this beer's smell declines as the beer warms.

T: Begins dry, with intense aromatic hop flavors of similar quality to those detected in the smell. The hops soon give way to pungent, cheesy, barnyard Belgian-style yeast character that adds interest and appeal to the overall experience. The finish features restrained bitterness that could be more intense, while funky yeast and citrus flavors linger.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced but not really sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: While beers of this style are fairly plentiful, this one from Stone is distinguished by its loyalty to the West Coast IPA flavor profile. Belgian yeast notes are incorporated with a practically seamless touch, frequently detectable but never crossing the line to aggressive. This beer also deserves a nod for being of typical IPA strength, unlike so many others of the style that end up as less approachable double IPAs.

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Photo of sheenisgod
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bammer21
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed an off white foamy head that left latticed lace as is subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of hops, citrus, pine and hints of the yeast as well. The body is medium light and the finish is sprite and peppery. Another nice experiment from Stone.

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Photo of kmoen
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,441 ratings.
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