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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
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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
Ranking:
#4,643
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,451
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,451 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of Philousa
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle read best by 2/2/12. I just barely made it.

pours a clear gold with a metallic shine and a decent amount of rocky head. Sweet, rich caramel greet the nose first followed by a mild yeast spiciness - allspice and pepper. Green, tart hop aroma come as the beer warms. Sweet caramel leads to spicy lemon pepper. Turns tart and bitter as the yeast eases you into a hop bitterness. A smooth transition. This was less viscous than expected from the nose, but more on the heavy side for an IPA. Dry finish.

This was really interesting and very polarizing, I'd guess. The yeast was very americanized, in that it wasn't very robust in flavor. It was mildly spicy and funky, but I didn't get anything in the middle of the spectrum. This combined with the typical Stone "in your face" hop profile made it a beer of extremes. The malt was not the central point, although it complimented the beer when necessary. I like the aspects it showcased, but felt it was a bit thin in the flavor profile, leaning too much on the extremes of taste and smell.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

On tap at Stone prior to enjoying a fantastic dinner. The beer arrives a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger creamy white head. Decent retention and some lacing. The nose is a mix of orange fruitiness together with a granny smith sweetness, together with the bubble gum yeast character. A faint hint of peppery spices. Nice aroma. The flavor follows suit: Citrus upfront, orange, grapefruit together with some apple and pear flavors. The spiciness found in the nose follows, though mellow. Medium bitterness. Very smooth. Finishes with a lingering bubble gum fruitiness. Nice. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Dry. Overall, one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had. I'd recommend.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mrip
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of B33R501
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one was just ok for me. im starting to get into the belgian ipa thing but lagunitas little sumpin wild is alot better. maybe this bottle little old the hops are not the usual stone in your face, the bubblegum flavor not as tasty here, too refined. pass on this one.

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Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.

Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.

Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.

Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.

The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.

Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.

Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.

The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Builds two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves dense rings on the Unibroue tulip glass as it recedes to a blanket over a dark, honey amber beer. Lightly hazed with moderate carbonation.

Big, fresh hops of grapefruit and pine forest. Light scenting of mint follows. This offering from Stone may lack complexity, but is exquisite nonetheless.

The flavors are as expected from the nose, though less bold, with moderate bitterness. There are nuances of honey, yeast, soft fruit and light ginger. Overall, the bitterness is light and lingering well into the finish, with some coriander and pepper.

Very dry, with a medium body and carbonation. The texture is a bit oily, though not coating, and there is no trace of alcohol.

This is a great drinking beer with enough punch to be interesting, yet subdued enough to be easy flowing.

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Photo of cmsimeur
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of danskyad
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jskennedy
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty average, Very light in color, good carbonation, nice amount of carbonation climbing up the side of the glass. Leaves about a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears into a foam cap.

S - Tons of hop and citrus hit you right in the nose. The sweet orange and grapefruit create a nice balance with the spicy hops. There's some good Belgian yeast in this one, with a hint of lemons as well. OH and did mention hops?

T - Definitely a Stone brew. Huge amounts of hops and citrus carry over from the scent. I was right about the good Belgian yeast, gives this beer a unique but tasty quality. There's a good balance between the cloves and hops, and the citrus.

M - Thin bodied, very drinkable, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This was delicious. Being from Ohio I don't get a lot of different Stone brews but this definitely one of my favorite. It's not much to look at, but where it's lacking in appearance, they made up for it in taste and smell. and for $6 a bomber, you cant beat it.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just wish I would have bought more than one and I hope when I got back tomorrow that they still have a couple in stock.

This is a bloody good brew. From the smell to the taste to the aftertaste, great all the way through.

I am not all that strong in my Belgian beers, but from what I have been told, most of the aspects of this brew make this a great Belgian.

To be honest, there is not a lot I can say about this brew that you cannot get from your first taste. I am not a fan of a perfect brew, but this is bloody good...

Highly recommend this brew. And, best of all, it's not all that pricey for a bomber (5.99 where I live).

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Photo of DarkStarCrashes
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one.

Pours surprisingly clear considering the hops and the yeast retention.

The smell is great, good blend of powerful hops and fruity, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is awesome. The hops dance playfully with the tart and strong Belgian character.

Mouthfeel is really good, not too thin like some other Belgian IPAs I've had.

This is an awesome beer. It's interesting how much flavor comes from the yeast alone.

I am very Grateful for this brew. Best enjoyed with a fine "Black Throated Wind" from a good year, maybe '74.

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Photo of jarebobear
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TaySuth
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expected, a rather light amber. One and a half finger head that recedes steadily into a nice ring of lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma with a great amount of hops and definitely some belgian smell. Very inviting.

Taste: Excellent. Completely unique in comparison to Stone's standard IPA. Lots of hops in excellent balance with the sweetness of the grains. Really shows some Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a very smooth finish. Very good body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its original appearance had me going in with lower expectations but then it impressed the rest of the way. This taste was right up my alley and I will be on the lookout for more Belgian IPAs in the future.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,451 ratings
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