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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Ratings: 3,441 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of brocktune
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Picked up a bottle of this at Mac's in Midtown Atlanta, at the recommendation of aforbes10 (not that I needed an excuse to try this).

Poured into several high-ball glasses to share. It's blood orange in color, with a whopper of a foamy head that gradually settles down into a thin creamy cover.
Nose is as touted - sweet fruity Belgian qualities intermingling with a solid hop presence. Taste is dry fruits and flowery hops. Simple but effective. Mouthfeel could be better, but it's still good. Same for drinkability.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone brew new to Alberta number two, bomber poured into a tulip. Nice looking brew, light bronze amber with a fluffy, resilient off-white head rather like meringue. Leaves nice concentric rings of lace around the glass. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, burlap sack, cloves, a little orange as well, light caramel. Ample rustic Belgian yeast and sturdy citrus and pepper hops. Palate is quite wonderful, one of the better compromises between yeast and hops I've observed in this rather murkily defined style. Impressive resinous green bitterness coupled with grapefruit, lower key orange and pineapple, green banana, medicinal phenols to a surprising degree. Moderate body with some heft and similarly robust carbonation. Finishes intensely bitter and dry, decent pucker power that recalls more citrus rind (lemon with no juice to sweeten things), floral tobacco, herbal tincture and flinty minerals. I am enjoying this brew's bucolic intensity and unapologetic spicy edge. Smooth mouth feel despite these traits. Stone may be old news down south but this ought to make waves up here.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Look is a darker yellow with a thin full head. Absolutely crystal clear.

Lots of spicy Belgian banana in the aroma.

Taste is more of a blend of IPA and Belgian than the aroma is. Lots of estery Belgian spice and banana then hit with deliciously bitter hops.

Good beer, fun to drink.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that dissipated quickly over honey-amber liquid with good clarity.l

S: Noble hops: grassy, earthy and citrusy with sweet malt undertones.

T: Grassy, earthy and citrus hops which give way to biscuity malt and a strong tasting yeasty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Its no La Chouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSarge
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pop the top off this one, and hope it doesn't gush like the last brew I had.

Poured this into a tulip, and it makes a great solid two finger thick white colored cranium. The body is golden white in color and mildly hazy.

Aroma wise it's fruity in the way of a Clementine topped with powdered sugar. Kind of like original bubble gum flavor with a hint of grapefruit too.

In the taste it's a mix between the Clementine and grapefruit doused with a heap of powdered sugar.

Feels mildly carbonated with lots of hoppy oils. There is a mild warmth left at he tip of the tounge.

Overall a much better experience than the exploding Chouffee IPA, and I'd recommend this to anybody wanting to try a Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of ChaseTheAce
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour to retain yeast yields a thin fizzy white head. Poor head retention. Good looking cloudy yellow amber liquid.

S: Faint Belgian spiciness is pleasant. Equally faint citrus hoppiness. Very pleasant.

T: Good Belgian funk of a saison with coriander and citrus fruit hops. Tasty but a tad jumbled.

M: A tad astringent. Full

D: I like it and I might order again and maybe order a second. I would not buy a bottle again though.

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Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber body with a creamy, white head that stands about two fingers...great head retention...sheets of lace are left

S - The nose is more on the IPA side (which is not a bad thing)...big, juicy, citrus hops present orange, pineapple, and lemon aromas

T - A nice balance between the two styles...the hops present themselves throughout the entire beer...they never become bitter but they stay rather sweet...there is a faint trace of Belgian yeast..an underlying spiciness lingers but it comes from Belgian spices and not spicy hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and dry...not too bitter...solid finish

D - The ABV makes this one sessionable...I was able to enjoy a pint and could of had more but wanted to try something else...I love the hops in this one (expected from Stone)...the flavors lean more towards the IPA side but the Belgian style is not absent in this beer

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

Photo of AirBob
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a macro-BMC-yellow color, but with a sticky, billowt white head fed by moderate amounts of carbonation

S - the IPA half of this brew dominates the aroma, the piney/floral/grapefruit aromas from the hops is primary, but mellowed by a indistinct sweet smell, like orchard fruits (peaches, apples, nectarines)

T - wow, confusing, the bottle blurb says it begs the question "what exactly is that?" and that couldnt be more true. pine-floral hop notes are strong, but seem to be paired with a defined wheatiness, the IPA vs. Belgian battle is waging a war on my palate with no clear victor

M&D - lively and effervescent, very dry on my tongue, will be enjoyed by hop lovers

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange body with a small white head.

Nose is spectacular, like smelling springtime in the mountains. Fresh cut grain, flowers, fruit, yeast, bananas, cloves, coriander, fresh passion fruit, mangos, ripe golden fruits, lemons, strong bubblegum as it warms.

Taste is medium to full bodied with an immediate identity crisis. There's a definite citric hop flavor and bitterness but at the same time a very present yeast belgian quality. What's really interesting is that it's nothing like De Ranke or Houblen Chouffe, other big hoppy IPA/Belgian style beers. In those cases they're more Belgians with American hops, this is an american IPA with Beglian yeast. Quite a different beast. As it warms the strong piney resin hops really start to come out. Tropical fruits, strong resin hops, black pepper, citrus peel, lemon juice, grapefruit peel. Bitterness is actually kept to a surprising nice balance. It's not overly bitter in any way. Finishes with a nice full, but not in your face bitterness.

What an interesting beer. Like I was saying in the description. It's sort of an American IPA with Belgian influences, rather than DeRanke or others that are Belgian's with American touches. Cool beer, way to go stone.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/11/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - straw yellow, bubbly carbonation, skinny white head. Lacing is scattered.
Smell - citrus hops, coriander and yeast dominate the nose.
Taste - follows the nose, but flavor profile is full and strong!
Feel - light to medium body, dry and bitter finish.
Overall - quality Belgian IPA and perhaps my favorite of the style!

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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