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 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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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

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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 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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always found white IPAs to be stubborn and difficult to nail down, but this one works pretty well. Just the right subdued level of sweetness to help blend the Belgian floral notes with the IPA hops. Very well done.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.90% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. There is also a hit of spices in the smell of this brew. This IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing . Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up the rich hops and ginger spice. Then the nice smoothness of grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Stone Cali-Belgique IPA. What offsets this brew from other IPA's is the spices in this brew.Stone Cali-Belgique IPA , has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is Bold, rich, spicy , clean , and smooth. It is also hard to pick up on the 6.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth and bold. Overall I'm giving Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, a 4.25 out of 5. Stone Brewing Co., did a nice job with this IPA, I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of BWED
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Golden-orange. White head. 1/4" head with great retention. Lacing is just a little spotty.

S- Mix between citrus and stone fruits. Belgian spicy yeast. Smells a little like fruitcake.

T- Again, citrusy and fruity, with the spicy yeast notes. A little peppery.

M- Spicy, dry. Citrus pith bitterness. Body is medium.

O- This scale tips more to the IPA side. But the yeast adds that Belgian influence. Decent, but hop profile a little too strong.

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

Received this as part of a Christmas gift pack. Bottled on 8/20/2015. I didn't check the best by date (12/18/2015) until this evening, my bad, so it's 2 months past. Live and learn. Still...this was kept in my cellar, shelved in the dark at about 54 degrees, transferred to fridge for approximately 2 weeks at 38 degrees. Poured from bottle to shaker pint glass
Look: Mostly clear, light haze, yellow/orange gold color, 1/4 inch head with some lace, nice carbonation which lasted to the end.
Smell: Floral and sweet pushed by a yeast backbone.
Taste: Mild bitterness buffered by sweet malt and yeast. Hint of pine, bread and orange peel(?). Lingering aftertaste of stale chewing gum but not at all unpleasant.
Feel: Slightly creamy and effervescent.
Overall: Complex flavoring features the best of west coast IPA with solid Belgian roots. Very drinkable but the 6.9%ABV sits in the background which could spell trouble if you let consumption get out of hand. A nice beer to come home to after work and before dinner. I wish I had tried this before the best by date had passed, curious to know how much difference there is. Will keep this on my list for when friends are expected to visit but I'll buy and serve fresh from now on.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rather gorgeous deep straw with a powerful head. The aroma of pine takes primacy, supported by pineapple, grapefruit peel, and banana, which I imagine comes from the belgian yeast. The flavor starts with strong pine notes and excellent bitterness, rounding out into banana and spice, with the grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and guava backing up the main flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderfully fizzy but also coating. Overall what I appreciate most about this beer is that it does not shy away from bitterness - there is a solid tongue bashing quality without inviting in too much sweetness. All the flavors are well incorportated and work to a more effective whole.

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Photo of m_hall
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz (bottled 12/5/15, enjoy by 4/3/16) Golden amber in color, just slightly hazy. Topped by a billowy white head that falls to a suds-y film. A good bit of sticky, cobweb-y lacing. Incidentally this beer comes in a bottle that one might find labeled two different ways ('Cali-Belgie' Or 'Cali-Belgique') as a nod to Belgium being a country with two different official languages, a nice touch. Mine was the former.

Nose has a mix of citrus hop tones, a trace of earthiness, along with some fruity tones, mostly banana and mango.

Just like with the standard Stone, IPA, this one starts with a bit of slightly sweet, bread-y malts that's then quickly overtaken by pine, bright, bracing grapefruit and citrus peel from the classic hops. The twist on this one comes from the Belgian yeast; there's definitely the yeasty, clove-y spice bite in the mid-palate, along with those distinctly tart, green apple-like flavors you might find in a Belgian strong-style ale, especially as the beer warms. The finish is quite dry, with pine resin lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and a touch oily, with moderate carbonation. ABV just shy of 7% keeps this one drinkable while still having some substance.

I'm a big fan of Belgian ales in general, and the distinct flavors imparted by the Belgian yeasts make this one an intriguing hybrid, and very enjoyable. Even though the California IPA style isn't my usual go-to in the form, I could see myself enjoying this one again, certainly.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, banana, and slight citrus hops. Tastes of nice citrus hops with the banana of the grain and the Belgian yeast aftertaste, all balanced very well. Beer is highly carbonated but still a very drinkable light bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: more golden than yellow. Head with fine strands of lacing that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Citrus is the most dominant. Then comes big yeastiness with cloves and banana. You can smell the yeast. Then comes the piny scent.

Taste: Piney hoppines and sturdy malt backbone with plenty of yeastiness to be felt along the way.

Mouthfeel: i expected it to be softer on the mouth but was spightly harsher than I originally thought. Still very smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jmills3
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this in the store, and upon reading "California style IPA with a Belgian twist" I was expecting mind-blowing. I didn't get mind-blowing. I did get a very good beer, though. Zero complaints.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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