Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle, this beer is crystal clear and pale-golden in color. The head is brilliantly white, and moderately stable. An interestingly fruity aroma is very pleasant and, grape (grape-skins), and a spicy hop background. Some malt, yeast, and some sugary sweet-smelling notes. The taste is very balanced...sweetness up front, and a delicate, very well-proportioned bitter hop tone. Smoother in body than expected. Long, lingering, spicy hop finish.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow, pure white head with dashes of lace here and there.

Smells really interesting, hops, marzipan, and fig newtons come to mind, sort of a sour-sweet smell.

Tastes like plums, with a solid licorice bitterness as a backdrop. On the lighter side of the flavor spectrum, but still quite tasty.

Nice light carbonation from the Belgian yeast, but has an almost oily, rotten fruit finish.

Overall it's worthy of the Stone name.

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Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a smaller class at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. Less than a finger of head. Color was honey pale. Light layer of gray lacing that wanted to stay, but was slowly evaporating. Light layer of soapy film on the sides.

Fruit dominated the initial smell. Got apple first with some pear, grapes and kiwi knocking on the door. Some rotten fruit as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, albeit a bit skunkier. Got some bitterness in there as well. Apple leading the way still. Some light pear as well.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

An OK beer, but nothing special. I will say that it had the “Stone” feel to it, but I just wasn’t into it from the start.

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Photo of diamondc
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden, frothy head. Medium amount of lacing. Nice.

S: Apricots, oranges, white grapes. Tropical fruits are big here, too.

T: Tropical fruit with a juicy grapefruit/pine bitterness. Could almost be mistaken for a tripel. Spicy Belgian yeast dont really balance out the hops, more like another wallop of flavors.

M: Maybe a tad too astringent at the end, a bit of noticeable heat too.

O: I really like this beer, the malt gets somewhat lost in the background, but is a good distraction from all the IPAs out there.

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Photo of lewbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tumble
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of sbanacho
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a room-temp pint glass.

A-A dark golden-yellow color, clean and carbonated. A fluffy white 2+ finger head that settles a bit but holds on and leaves mega-lacing.

S- The sharp yeast aroma is right up front, like fresh dough. Not much IPA aroma to me. It smells kind of wood-earth like as well.

T-Merely a hint of IPA to me, very mild citrus notes to start. The Begian Ale kicks in for a strong finish. A yeasty duet of flavors.

M- very full body and lively carbonation. This beer is thick, not smooth or harsh, not bitter: Strong.

O- An ambitious effort, quite a duet. But, for me, the Belgian yeast becomes too much. It rolls over the IPA. A pint of this once or twice a year would be enough for me.

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Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of MaChiNe
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TedSneakman
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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

Interesting aroma, it's a nice funk coming off of a hoppy backbone of lime and orange. Smells quite nice.

It's a partly hazy medium-straw-yellow color with a nice fluffy white persistent head and beautiful lacing left behind.

Nice flavors of biscuits and fresh fruit with orange zest as garnish. Thats actually exactly what it tastes like to me. Constant bitterness lets you know it's an IPA, but the overly fruity presence reminds you that it's a belgian beer too.

Medium body with a nice burst of high carbonation. Nice beer on a warm day, I really like this.

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Photo of Sytraxis
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of pearljam118
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear bright Orange/gold color. Gold fluffy bright white head. Great lacing. Classic California hop nose win some yeasty undertones.

Oh wow. Really really god Damned good. Body is a little thinner then expected but still decently size. Tart fruitiness, soft yeast flavors, soft hop flavors. The most subtle and elegant ipa I've ever had. The Belgian yeast flavors along with he California hop flavors blend so well together. Incredibly smooth and balanced. This beer is straight up amazing. Well blended flavors, so concentrated. I love it

at 4.99 a bottle, its the best deal around.

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Photo of garyford
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Great lacing like every other Stone beer I have had.

Aroma of spicy clove, banana, and orange combine with faint earthy hops. Great Belgian yeasty aroma.

The flavor continues this Belgain theme with the spicyness being quite prominent. Orange and bubblegum are present along with some citrus hops trying to poke through. There is some caramel towards the finish. Bitterness is fairly mild for an IPA letting the flavors from the yeast shine through.

Overall, a very solid Belgian IPA. The hops stay nicely restrained allowing the Belgian characteristics to take center stage. Another impressive beer from Stone.

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Photo of jamesewelch
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a one finger off white head. The head dies to a halo quickly and not much in the lacing department.

S - Classic Belgian aromas including banana, clove, pepper, musty. A little bit of suntan lotion with floral hops and lemon.

T - Belgian yeast with some sourdough malt in the background. The sweet banana is prominent and some spicy hops round things out. Clean finish without the unpleasant aftertaste I get from a lot of Belgian IPA's. Delicious.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium body. Finish is appropriately dry.

O - This is one of my new favorite Belgian IPA. It favors the Belgian side of the style, but the flavors are complex with just enough hop bite to give it balance. Stone makes some of my favorite beers and I will add this one to the list.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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