Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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
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#9,312
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,460
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,460 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of Tivlavrie
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.84/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Pale golden with 2 finger white head. Average retention. Soapy lacing.

S- Belgium yeast is the most noticeable. Some barnyard aroma, with a little peppery spice. Interestingly, not detecting huge hop in the nose. Slight amount of herbal hops.

T- follows nose quite well, but will a little more hop presence than nose indicated. Good balance. No weakness, no outstanding qualities either. Good mix of spice, earthy hops, and Belgium barnyard funk.

M- Mid body, fairly smooth and drinkable. Nice crisp finish. Maybe a little under carbonated for the style, but favorable for my palate.

O- Solid brew. Enjoyable. A style that I am really starting to appreciate more and more. This is certainly a nice hoppy take on a Belgium style beer. Amazing how different a slight change in yeast can make.

No bottled on date.

$3.99/bomber bottle

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Photo of dgherm
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Schlafly33
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Ultimate
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jp32
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent dark yellow color. Some head, not a lot, but there is some present.

Smells delightfully hoppy.

The taste is both interesting and very soothing for an IPA. The hops are paired with a belgian yeast strain, giving it notes of orange peel and overripe mango to give this more depth than your usual IPA.

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Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly clear, and lighter in color than I was expecting. Dusty white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: The "Cali" shows up in the front, with the "Belgie" coming in strong farther along the line.

Taste: Excellent. All the flavor provided by the fresh citrus hoppiness stands atop the solid foundation of the Belgian yeasty goodness.

Feel: Not exceptional, but nothing off-putting about the lighter than expected feel.

Drinkability: Better drinkability than Raging Bitch, another American BIPA, it's tastes don't wear you down nearly as much.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: tulip

Stone's Belgian IPA is a solid offering, with Belgian yeast and hop-forward additives, yielding a strongly funky and hop-intense Belgian IPA. While I might prefer New Belgium's hop choices more than Stone's, this is still a new go-to in the style.

Pours a thick, 2cm head, clean white in color, with above average retention, gradually declining to a thin cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional, with strong spiderweb, clump, spot, and other artistry on the sides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent, slightly hazy golden orange color, with active carbonation migrating up the sides and center of the glass.

Aroma is densely fruity, with pineapple, mango, lemon, grapefruit rind, and melon being readily apparent, sitting atop a Belgian yeast (slightly Brettanomyces-like mustiness) and a somewhat peppery blend of white and black peppercorns.

The overall flavor is a heavily yeasty tropical fruit mix, with some pineapple and melon being the most obvious descriptors. Front of palate picks up pale malt sweetness joined to strong grapefruit rind: bitter with some pithy, fibrous flavor yielded by yeast secondary metabolites. Mid-palate balances Belgian yeast, slight bit of Brettanomyces, hop bitterness, and pale malt sweetness quite well. Back of palate is pleasantly bitter, like grapefruit rind, but not juicy, very dry. Other components in the back include a bit of curry-like spice and modest ethanol. Lingering taste of Belgian yeast and a mix of spicy and bittering hops.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation, creating a generally smooth, creamy, and well-flowing. Closes quite dry, as expected from the Belgian yeast and abundant hops.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased shortly after it came to chicago. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on it. the head lasts a while before receding and leaves behind complete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. after that comes some caramel malts, and hops. there is some grapefruit and pine in here, but the focus seems to be more on the tropical fruits. pineapple and mango come to mind. very nice.

T- the taste is full of belgian yeast like i could smell. the caramel malts take a backseat to the hops in this one. lots of pineapple and mango. theres lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine.

M- medium bodied bordering on full. highly carbonated.

D- wow, what a difference changing the yeast can make. this seems to have very little in common with the regular stone IPA. one of the better examples of a belgian IPA, this one is also on the lower end of the spectrum as far as ABV goes. check this one out.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soupyman10
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer may have been made specifically for me. It's incredible, and incredibly weird. Basically, Stone has brought together two of my absolute favorite styles: saisons and (D) IPAs. And it tastes exactly how it should, which is freaking amazing (if that sounds good to you).

Appearance is highly IPA-esque. A light copper color with a two finger head that dissolves quickly, leaving a touch of white lacing. Not bad, although nothing really mind blowing.

Nose, on the other hand, is fantastic. All over the place, really - candy malt sweetness, balanced perfectly with strong fruity hops. Yeast, grapefruit, spiciness. Nose is really fantastic.

Flavor, thankfully, is likewise. The hops drop in there a lot stronger than in the nose, and this beer shows itself as a Stone. Some sweet candy up front, then strong fruity hops dominate. A touch of yeast in there at times, making this definitely unique in the IPA department. Definitely a touch of spicy Belgian pale ale in there as well, but this one is definitely a twisted IPA, not a twisted Belgian. Either way, delicious.

Body is great, peppy carbonation that doesn't overwhelm, and medium to full bodied so it coats your mouth but doesn't kick you in the face with its aftertaste.

Again, this is one of those beers that fits right in my wheelhouse, but I totally get others that might be a bit turned off by its weird Belgian-West Coast mix. For me it's a monster, one I could drink often (I'm going to head back down to the Wine Specialist and grab a couple more bottles...).

22 oz/$6.99/Wine Specialist

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Photo of DNICE555
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with the usual Stone screen printed bottle. Thanks go out to BA PatronWizard for the chance to try this one. Stone special releases have not yet made it to GA.

Very nice, light golden pour with the very lightest hint of haze in the clear body. Head is above average but light but it does leave decent lace. Looks strong. Has a Tripel appearance.

Nose is hoppier and more IPAish than the beer drinks. The nose points more toward the West Coast IPA function of the name rather than the Belgian part.

Very smooth and really quite sweet. The hop edge only comes in at the end and in the aftertaste.

Very tasty and easy drinking and pulls off a very nice combo of styles in this relatively newly established hybrid slot.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bzach
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass at public house in sf. Golden yellow with a finger of head. Decent carbonation clearly visible through the clear beer.

Nose was grapefruit and a little spice.

Taste was grapefruit, with a hint of apricot forward, with good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Light body beer that drinks like a good ipa.

Decent beer, though I was hoping for a little more influence from Belgian yeast.

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Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a short, bright soapy foam with medium retention. Medium hop aroma of lemon zest with medium malt aromas. Medium belgian esters of pear and banana. No spicy esters. Medium bodied with medium carbonation up front and a creamy smooth feel from the middle to the end. Medium high citrus hop flavors up front that are muddled by medium high sweet esters. Medium high hip bitterness through the middle. Solid malt backbone. Finished semi-dryly with lingering bitterness and fruit esters. Aroma is well-balanced allowing hop, malt and belgian esters time to shine. Hop flavors and esters are difficult to differentiate. The lingering aftertaste takes points away from the drinkability.

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Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Theogre83
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,460 ratings