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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-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-België 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.

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Reviews: 1,107 | Ratings: 3,425
Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can. Lunch with Pedro at Guevara & Lynch. Paired with Viriato burger. In shaker glass. The belgian yeast seem to provide it a very pleasant and refreshing sugary touch that stands out over the hops. Very original brew

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Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of wheat, peppers, clove, banana and anise. Pretty much straight up, well put together Saison characteristics with no hops cutting through.

Has a low carbonation with a soft farmhouse-like beginning, which suddenly turns overly dry and bitter without caring about the initial smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation leads to a watery, boring finish with the hops trying to mingle into the beers spice profile.

Tastes of banana, wheat and white bread dough, together with pungent herbal hops, containing lemon and orange rind, introducing instantly a pungent bitterness. This strange composition gets completed by peppers, cardamom and clove which cut through the hops and lead off to a spice defined finish, among water and an omnipresent dryness.

This is an odd duck, as it tries to combines so many things at the same time without making any compromises - which is the reason why it fails to convince. No subtle, harmonious flavors come up to tie the different strings together which makes this almost a mess, as for its missing balance. Put in the best of America and the best of Belgium and you'll end up with a beer combining best of both worlds, well, only on a gimmicky, superficial level.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tarnished gold with big piles of crusty loose white. 3.75
Grapefruit pith, pencil erasers (the big pink ones,) broken crackers + flowers. 4
Caramel on toast, a whack of clove, Stone’s signature nettle tang straight up, plus a bit of peachy esters. 4.25
Medium, chewy, smooth. 4

Does phenols + hops = Belgian IPA? Esters come out as it opens and combines with the citrus to good effect. But IBUs + phenols come crashing in and *almost* ruin it. Not the best of both worlds, which this style should be.

Less than the sum of its parts. 3.75

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Photo of BWood
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: hazy golden appearance with nice fluffy head. The head lasts for a while and gives good lace.

S: hops and Belgian yeasts.

T: near a tripel without the complexity. The ipa taste is very noticeable and does mesh well with the Belgian.

F: lingers with hop bitterness.

O: nice beer. I think I would rather either have a ipa or a Belgian beer instead of a combination of both.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 HipCzech
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle ("bottled 05/03/16, enjoy by 09/06/16"), poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear gold towards and orange hue. Frothy head of fine white foam; streaky lace.

Smell: Fresh citrus (lemon, orange), spicy Belgian yeast, subtle banana and fruity esters.

Taste: Stone IPA backbone with solid malt body and biting bitterness, livened up by Belgian yeast spice and fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Nice harmony of hop laden West Coast IPA with added complexity of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark hazy yellow with a massive amount of head that has awesome lacing. Smells of sweet fruit, citrus, banana, and some orange in there. Taste is very nice, mouth full of fruity tastes & hops with that Belgium yeast backing it all up, just outstanding. The finish is smooth and leaving you wanting more. Stone has cranked this one out of the park, I am a big big fan of this beer, goes well in summer or winter, just a great beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light amber-tan color. Surprised that there's not more foam from my pour. There's a light lemony kick to this that's like a fresh squeezed shot of juice that took the place of whiskey in a broiler maker. Something like that. Then it tapered off and there's an estery note on it that's subtle. Tastes crisp, with a lemony hop profile that hints at a light estery character. I like the bitterness on this with the finish.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keg, Brewdog, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a small white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - Bready with a light citrus and spice notes. Taste - bready/yeasty up front, light citrus backdrops, strong bitter long lasting finish. Sits very well between the Belgian and US.

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

Love the gargoyle face caps. I use them as devil tokens in Magic The Gathering games.

Clear gold with a hang around head. Smells like dry basement must and Bubblelicious orange Bubble Yum. Tastes like it smells. Nice dry, moisture sucking finish.

I've had this several times and sometimes it's better than others. This time it's fresh and good.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Belgian IPA pours a golden color with a fairly small, but tenacious, effervescent white head. The smell is more Belgian than IPA with a malty banana scent. The initial flavor is all Belgian with classic flavors of banana bread, clove, cardamom, and a little pepper, though the spices are milder than in a full Belgian. In the aftertaste the IPA flavors (hops) kick in with both some pine and grapefruit elements. This beer is incredibly well balanced as I think many good Belgian IPAs are, which is why I’ve really come to love the style. Further this one walks a perfect line between the two being pretty much 50/50 belgian and IPA. Though I truly love many Stone beers I have to say that many are pretty intense in flavor and I wouldn’t want to drink too many of them in a row. This beer though, I could drink all day. Really this is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I’ve had and I think that California has quite a few good ones. My only complaint would be that some of the very elite push the alcohol limit a little higher and maintain good flavor as well. Even so I think this definitely deserves to be rated better.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Clear gold with a very, very slight orange tint.

S- Belgian yeast all over the place. Fruity esters, slight banana and spice. Some underlying lemon/orange rind hop notes.

T- Very belgian forward. Drinks like a tripel with some light lemon/orange rind hop notes.

M- lighter side of medium, ample carbonation

O- A very good representation of the style.

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

2016-05-25. On tap.

A: Clear gold.
S: Slightly lemon, coriander, and grainy. Moderate Belgian fruity esters.
T: Moderare lemon citrusy. Moderate coriander. Medium bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: Balanced Belgian spices addition.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Clear gold in color with an orange tinge, 1 finger frothy white head forms up and stands with good retention before slowly sinking and leaving plenty of sticky yet refined lacing in form ring, patch and spot along with thin everlasting foamy sheet atop. There is high visible carbonation.

In a nose, you get banana, phenolic spice, clove, herbal, citrus, hint of toasted grain and bready malt.

Estery and clove spice from the yeast mingle nicely with hoppy profile. Bold on bitterness fully covering the taste buds, the hop quality is significant and wide variety ranging from herbal, citrusy, resiny, and peppery notes. Sweetness from malt is in proper amount providing bready touch. Some toasted trait reveals near the finish while hops still carry along with a clean and long-lasting bitter end.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation through the palate, crisp and refreshing feel, dry finish.

The use of Belgian’s yeast strain adds some complexity and depth upon this. So tasty, it makes me want to continue sipping more and more, truly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of twage04
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold or dark yellow with normal carbonation. Little aroma, but what's there is yeasty. Taste is generally fruity from the hops and yeast, some spice from the yeast. I had trouble placing the yeast strain, at first it tasted more spicy like a saison but more bubblegum and fruit emerged as it warmed up. A little body and malt like an average ipa, versus the pilsner or light pale malt body from a Belgian pale ale. This one might have been a little too yeasty and not enough of the hops but was still easy and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. er.

Appearance - Clear amber-copper.Lots of visible carbonation rising to a small but durable white head.

Smell - Yeast, wet leather, sour apple and tropical fruits

Taste - A cross between an IPA and yeasty Belgian pale ale. Lightly funky. Moderately bitter with a bitter aftertaste suggesting grapefruit and yeast. Overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; medium+ carbonation.

Overall: Cali-Belgie indeed, with pronounced hops and strong Belgian yeast influences.

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

Good looking beer, great appearance, yellow/gold, clarity impressive, especially for a Belgian yeast and hoppy beer. Aroma hit the hops and yeast notes, very nice fresh. Very nice they put these in 12oz bottles too.

Taste hit more hops than anything I've had labeled Belgian ipa. The yeast (traditional) phenols are there in a Belgian way, but the hops are above it, and the yeast is complimentary instead of domineering over other aspects like most Belgian ipas. Some good grassiness and honey parts from the toasted malts.

This beer vastly exceeded my expectations every time I've had it fresh.

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Photo of puck1225
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, golden yellow with a white head and nice lacing. Very pleasant floral smell. Piney taste with some grapefruit, bitterness at the end. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of carlborch
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear from a 12-oz bottle and produces a 2-inch, off-white collar of foam that is still evident at 1/8 inch towards the end. The carbonation appears to be modest. The nose has pine, citrus, and green pepper corn notes. The body is medium light, and the carbonation is confirmed as modest. Nice bitter notes and hint of sour on the palate, as if a subdued Saison. The lingering is pleasant, with a slight acidic twinge, and forward dry, hop-notes. Beautiful Belgian lace! This is a very nice ale.. Would I seek it out again? Well, I am not certain . . .

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Photo of WrockFit
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

M: poured from 12oz bottle into a 15oz goblet

A: a pale straw-gold, 1.5mm of head, great lining that does not fall and clings to the glass; beer is hella fresh, bottles on Feb 28 it is now Apr 7.

N: aroma of a string wheat and banana hints of both peach and mango, slight sour in the nose.

T: wheat and peach upfront with mild bitter hop presence that finishes with a minor tart cherry

O: excellent blend of the hefe and IPA styles here. This brew has the signature Stone Hops with a front end reminiscent of Franziskaner. Thumbs up to Stone Brew Co for this one.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw like color with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving excellent lacing.

Smell is soapy and spicy with notes of mustard seed, sage, thyme, coriander and peppercorns. Slight hints of toasted oats. Yeasty and distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Yeasty, malty and floral, the taste follows the nose with cracked white pepper, hints of sage and coriander mingled with thyme and rosemary. A tropical hop backbone of citrus provides an integral yet understated contrast to the overwhelming floral taste. Finishes dry with a baked banana-esque toasted cereal sweetness.

Highly quaffable, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden orange, half inch bubbly head
lemon zest, esters, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, pepper
lemon and orange zest, wheat, ester, yeast, florals
very dry and light, a little abrasive
i hate that belgian shit, so its not great, but I like it better than most belgian shit. gets better as it warms a little

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/15....pours clear gold, see through, ring of white foam. Some lacing. Light belgian yeast nose, very faint. Taste is a burst of citrus bitter, more lime than lemon. Grapefruit too. Funky saison like flavor, yeasts. Bright.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. Two fingers of white head leave great lacing.

S: Bready malts and Belgian yeast. Bananas and cloves... spice and peppercorn.

T/F: Malts and bread up front quickly giving way to a classic Stone hop profile. Faint bananas... strong spice and peppercorn. Floral and piney. Medium carbonation and resinous. The end is bitter and dry.

O: Another great IPA from the Gargoyle and an interesting take on their classic style. I picked up the Belgian yeast more on the nose than the flavor.. and this is just a great IPA. A nice brew to have in their repertoire.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled in a tulip glass while at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2)
Appearance: Straw/gold in color. About 0.5 fingers of white head.
Smell: Well, this beer smells a lot better than it tastes. Hints of pine, citrus, and spices.
Taste: A bitter and off-putting mix of pine and pepper. It left a long and unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. This beer also advertises the addition of a Belgian yeast that adds a banana flavor, but I did not detect this. I am not a fan at all.
Mouthfeel: Moderate-high carbonation with medium body.
Overall: In general, I am a huge fan of Stone beers, just not this one. By far, it's the worst Stone beer that I have sampled. To put it simply, this beer just doesn't taste good.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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