Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
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3,455 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,842
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,455
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,455 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of number1bum
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. So clear it almost looks filtered, in fact. Head retention is not great, as the head is somewhat fizzy and only leaves a patchy, bubbly l ace. Does leave some decent stick on the sides.

Smells pretty much like an Americanized Belgian IPA should - citrus hops with an earthy, estery Belgian yeast strain. Also some bubblegum, pineapple and a bit of spicing, maybe clove. Fruit aromas really come alive as it warms up a bit.

Taste also has a nice balance between American hops and a pretty nice Belgian yeast strain and character. Hops are citrusy and quite fruity; there's a good amount of pineapple flavor to go along with the orange. It's a nice blend. It's fruitier than I expected given the smell, in fact. The hops also give a moderate amount of bitterness, which mingles with what seems to be a bit of grain. There's a slightly earthy, estery flavor from the yeast, as well as just a hint of spice. The body on this one is fine; it's a nice medium body, but the taste just feels a little thin. Every time I take a sip I'm looking for just a bit more robustness to the flavor. The flavor is good, but it doesn't quite reach greatness.

This is a very good, not great Belgian IPA. It's very smooth and has good flavor, but I wish that flavor were amped up just a decibel or so. It's very well balanced, however, and certainly quite enjoyable. It's also incredibly drinkable. Definitely recommended if you can still find it.

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

22 oz. bottle poured with beer homey in The Big, 8.22.11, poured into wine tumbers.

Full finger white head a bit rocky, fairly quick dissipation with some lacing. Clear Orangish deep gold, multiple streams of carbonation. Belgian yeast quite prevalent in the nose, a small bit of caramel and some bready malts, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, mouthfeel medium, good effervescence leading to a very dry finish. Damn close to style, well done.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I twice tasted this one, took notes for rating, and each time lost the notes. This is the third one and this time I did not lose the notes. Third times the charm! It got better each time!
Pours a golden light amber and is very clear. Big foam head soon disapates but leaves a swirly cap and bubbly lacing.
In the aroma there is a hint of citrus/orange peel, sweet pilsner malt, Belgian yeast tones, and, interestingly, to my nose at least, hints of cherry.
The taste is doughy and biscuity. There is lots of Belgian yeast character and rustic earthy qualities. Some citrus flavor adds zestiness. Resiny hops add a great twist and a delightful mild to moderate bitterness that is felt especially in the aftertaste. Great balance as there is a fantastic interplay between sweet and bitter in the back of throat. Easy to drink, medium bodied but drinks light. Supremely quaffable. A perfect marriage between IPA and Belgian Pale Ale, kind of like Stone IPA meets Orval.
This could definitely become a go to beer. Delicious and wonderful! A true find!

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger creamy, cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Slightly opaque, bright golden in the glass. Smells faintly of citrus, some strong Belgian yeast esters banging around, slight banana/clove going on. as it warms there is some earthiness coming out. Taste is initially spicy and then start picking up the fruitiness of the yeast along with some citrus in there. First taste was initially very bitter, but as it warms up it mellows out and has a more full taste with less bitterness. Very little residual sweetness going on, finish is pretty dry with almost a lemon peel taste on finish. Good beer, grabbed this as a mix 6, will restock with a six pack of this when I trim down my stash

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Photo of cjohns73
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WickedBeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with some Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus. Taste is quite delicious. Very different kind of Belgian style IPA. It drinks like a delicious Belgian strong pale ale with a hop backbone. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, green apples, citrus, pine, butter, and a hint of meat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buttery crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a lovely Belgian-style IPA.

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Photo of spw109
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, bready malts, and earthy hops. Not extremely hoppy, but balanced well enough.

Taste of Belgian yeast, grain, and some hops. Grain is the strongest character I notice in the taste. The hops are not very strong and the Belgian yeast isn't too potent. A good, but grainy IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was very good. It reminded me of a slightly more expensive and harder to get version of Bell's Two Hearted. This isn't meant as faint praise - I love Two Hearted, common though it may be.

A golden yellow with a bright white head that quickly fades to a scummy coating. A light but sweet citrus aroma backed by a good framework of maltiness. Flavor is more hop citrus, and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty light and not at all sticky.

Really good, but I'm not sure it is worth the trouble for those of us here in the Midwest.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an american distinctly. pours clear with a yellow/orange hue and a head of two fingers. american foam. not tight. not much lace either. nose of belgian sugar and pineapple. palate of something along those lines but the sugar has a plastic resin quality with the hops. grit hush quality and apricot. hoppy but muted by a abnormal sweet that doesn't add but disorients the palate. i love this style. i am sympathizing that maybe the bottle was infected. but it was complete average. worst stone i've had.

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Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of craigbelly
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +1%
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 +7.3%
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 prisdefer
4.76/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,455 ratings
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