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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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 csnyder83
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of axel_bd
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/16/16, look is very typical of Stone who is notoriously good. Medium bodied mildly carbonated beer. Smell is typical of the style, Belgian. Tastes refreshing, light, and session able even though it is yeasty. Not bad at all
Cheeers

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Photo of smb71481
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IcemanCometh
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jborgschulte
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of madelf66
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SierraStonePoint
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jordanian2
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden-honey color with a thick, snow white head and extensive lacing. It smells of Belgian yeast and spices, along with tangerine. It's a really interesting taste - something between a West Coast IPA and a Belgian Tripel. The flavors include grapefruit, Belgian yeast, Belgian yeast, and bitter hops. It has a biting, bitter aftertaste. This ale is crisp, dry, refreshing, and easy to drink with a manageable ABV of 6.9%. Overall, this ale is tasty and really fun to drink.

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Thatguy2277
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hambonillo
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is a light straw color, and the feel is like I'd expect from a Stone IPA.
The smell is too sweet for me.
The taste is kind of nutmeggy, and I find it to be objectionable.
Like mulled beer? The hoppiness is fine.
If you like pumpkin beer, this might be for you.

Of all of the Stone IPAs, this is the only one that I don't care for, much.
All of their other IPAs are great.

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Photo of Jamstone714
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lbry
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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