Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
3,458 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,249
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,458
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 3,458 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice Belgian style IPA, reminiscent of Chain Breaker from Deschutes. Whereas Chain Breaker was more smooth and almost tasted like a really nice wheat beer, Stone's version amplifies the Belgian yeast flavors and especially the bitterness from the hops. I don't know if I would pick this over Chain Breaker, but still very nice.

Probably won't revisit personally, but nice nonetheless.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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.

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

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 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 Dewsby
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +1%

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 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 videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,458 ratings