Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
Very Good
3,456 Ratings
Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,456 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1%

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 LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 22 oz bomber.

L - Dark straw color with a hint of orange. Not hazy but not clear; just slightly milky. Head thick, white, and persistent.

S - Aroma is yeasty, reminding me mostly of Belgian wit beer character, but there is a bit of farmhouse as well. All is backed up by West Coast hops. There is also a bit of bready malt. Everything is subtle and fresh.

T - Flavors of bready malt; cracked grains; piney, lightly citrusy hops. Yeast flavors are not as prominent as the aromas. Fresh and clean flavors, but still with depth and complexity.

M - Medium to thin body. Bracing hit of hops bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Alcohol not evident.

O - From the description, this is Stone IPA simply brewed with a Belgian yeast. It's hard to believe the yeast can make this so different, but it is a very tasty beer.

 837 characters

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

 1,171 characters

Photo of beagle75
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 1,256 characters

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of sheenisgod
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

 379 characters

Photo of LloydDobler
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 10/12/15. Poured from bottle (06/09/15) into TeKu glass. Deep golden color with a voluminous white head. Aroma of light roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of coriander / orange zest. Some sweetness on the palate at first, then nice, resinous hoppiness with overtones of spice. Pleasant lingering bitterness and spiciness on the finish. Very solid and enjoyable offering from Stone.

 392 characters

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 359 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/12/15. Best before 03/11/16. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear/bright golden yellow with a thin skin of white foam across the top. Some fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, and with the swirl, a tiny hint of sweetness that reminds me of a Belgian yeast. I hesitate to call it banana or clove like but it's notable.

Taste: Solid west coast IPA piney hoppiness + malt from start to finish, but with some other sweetness thrown in the middle. It's subtle and fleeting, but it's there. It's part Belgian and part sweet+spicy combination.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light carbonation but not flat. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I could easily have another or a 22oz bomber, but more of a slow sipping beer. This didn't pair well with a vegetarian stuffed pepper dish (stuffed with beans and rice) so I'll have to find the right beer to pair this with, but, I could see it working nicely drinking by itself. A nice take on an AIPA with a Belgian twist to it. It's not a Belgian IPA - it really is an AIPA with Belgian characteristics. Seems like a quibbling distinction, but it's not. The strong piney hops make it more AIPA than a BIPA.

 1,223 characters

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

 413 characters

Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,456 ratings