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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Ratings: 3,441 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of BGCoon
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benjamminjones24
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 12/5/15

L - Nice golden amber color

S - Belgian yeast, not a lot of smell from the hops coming through for me

T&F - Spiciness from the yeast and bitter finish from the hops.

Glad to have the chance to try this one but wouldn't be a go to beer for me.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 07/25/13. Poured half into a shaker pint.

Light copper color to the beer. Beautiful clarity. The head turned down from what I expected. Maybe three-quarter inch.

Citrusy American hops with tropical notes plus fruity Belgian yeast aronas. Very fruity, in total. Mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, light pine, pear, pale malts, and almost a hint of maraschino cherry. Smells marvelous.

Clashing tanginess of super West Coast hopping and fruity/nutty/spicy Belgian yeast reminds me of drinking a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. Like a lingering pine-like mintyness in the finish that's almost sanitizing in the mouth. Too loud with the Anerican hops. I still pick up grapefruit, pineapple, pine, papaya, and orange. Alcohol is a component, as well.Yeasty esters spins the spokes of tart apple and some nuttiness, but it's all getting a little lost. I really wanted to say great things (and I still enjoy drinking it), but something is strangely awry. Clearly an above-average beer, but slightly offending for the style.

Clean middling body with smoothness. Booze is popping out just a bit. Carbonated to a lower-medium.

Knocking it back a quarter of a point here. Has that imbalance that I've found in Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (albeit, that's an American IPA). Anybody else get me?? BROS, chime in here...

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Photo of simpliciter
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great beer from stone however the Belgian IPA mix might not work for some. I think it's interesting but not sure I'd have it for more than a novelty.

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Photo of ironlung
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal Clear golden tan. Pours with a nice 2 finger head that settles to nothing quite rapidly.

S: Smells like spring in the spice islands. I've never tried a Belgium beer b4,and I won't count this as my first(maybe stone knows that and made this just for me!).

T: When I was at Stone a few months back I'd herd that the guys went over to the abbys on an "education" excursion. If this is what they learned I'll take it!

M: Pretty neat. I like this beer. A nice way to mix up their ipa. Feels like I'm broading my horizons, but then I remember it's from San Diego.

D: A good fall brew. The spice is making me think of the coming holidays(where did the year go??).

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden yellow color with a two finger head. Falls to a slight ring of bubbles around glass. Good lacing.

S - There is an interesting blend of a yeasty bread and citrusy hops aroma.

T - The large hop characteris balanced form the Belgian bread and malt character, the hops don't trounce all of the flavors like the stone IPA, rather it's a more balanced beer with a good finish with touches of Belgian spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer. Maybe not the best California IPA/ Belgian beer, but darn good.

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Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the OBF!

- Clear straw yellow w/ white quick head.. minimal to no lacing..

- Nice pilsner/Belgian malt profile... not so much yeast as malt... and some fresh bitter hop and zingy pine....

- Smooth and slightly skunked Belgian... pilsner... skunk, pine, Belgian Malt... kind of basic... others have done it... nice grain, enriched the right way...

- Not bad... slightly dry, fresh...

- Very drinkable... just don't think I would make a session out of it...

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Chris (CrellMoset). Dan (dkachur), and Mark, bartending at our local watering hole.

A: A crisp golden... clean and straight forward amber. A rather nice head, leaving a sheeting of patchy lace.

S: Aroma is a high point of this brew. The nice floral and herbal scents along with the standard citrus. If flowers smelled a little sweeter. Quite nice.

T: Herbal, leafy, citrus, and bitter with a little bit of a fruity esters, thanks to the yeasty esters. Almost an apple taste with the lemon rind. Not too shabby.

M + D: A nice shimmering carbonation, giving to it the bit of a foamy mouthfeel that I appreciate. A solid brew... the standard Stone IPA would be more likely to be a regular offering in my fridge, but this one is a nice treat.

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with light orange core, some bubbles cling to the glass early on but dissappear with the head leaving no noticeable carbonation to see. Thumb sized whitish head falls to ring and leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet malty goodness light fruits tangerine, apple with some mellow floral hops. Sticking up to your nose and inhaling deeply some light pine notes and Belgian spice underneath.

Taste is wow more hops in flavor then nose fruity citrus with lingering grapefruit and pine resin notes in finish. Mixed in finish is also lingering spice probably from the yeasts. Earthy flavors and spice mixed with the hops dominate, sweet fruity malt that seemed to dominate nose does not in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good malty fruity nose light hops and flip for taste lots of hops and spice light fruity malt in flavor. More Belgian in the nose defiantly more IPA in the taste.

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Photo of Dogstickfetch
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Shollers
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.

This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden color with an average head.

S- Citrusy, grassy. Smells like summer a little bit. I can smell some spices, but can't put my finger on what they are.

T- Tartness, grassy, and some citrus notes. Very even hop taste throughout your mouth.As the beer warms I can taste the spices,but,again I can't think of what they are.

M- Very good mouthfeel. Not too thin.

D- Very smooth and very drinkable.

This was good,but not really "wow" good. It is a little forgettable.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 10oz. pour at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured with a two-finger fluffy white head with long retention. Sticky lacing. Reddish-orange color.

S- Citrusy and cheesy. Nice and smooth smell. Grapefruit and citrus hops balanced with piney ones.

T- Creamy flavor with grapefruit and spruce as the breakers of taste. Nice deep flavor.

M- Creamy, yet light. Very drinkable feel.

O- This is a hoppy and spicy IPA and very nice for this brewery.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, bready malts, and earthy hops. Not extremely hoppy, but balanced well enough.

Taste of Belgian yeast, grain, and some hops. Grain is the strongest character I notice in the taste. The hops are not very strong and the Belgian yeast isn't too potent. A good, but grainy IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of erikm25
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright honey orange. Lively and crisp in the glass with a very nice glowing golden quality. The head is minimal with some reasonable retention. Lacing is sporadic.

S: Nice balance between citrus and bready yeast. Hints of bananas, pears, and pined spruce. Reminded me of bubblegum with subtle floral undertones. Aromas are grassy, doughy, and medicinal towards the end.

T: The taste is sharp citrus and pine quality with noticeable malt backbone. Caramel malts with a cutting lemon zest. Subliminal splash of lime coupled with clove. Peaches and a spiced coriander finish. Fresh and sharp qualities. The hops are there in typical Stone fashion. Oranges blasted with black peppers . Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is not even present.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Jammed this with some Jimmy Durante and it seemed to couple very nicely. I liked this one a lot. Reminded me just a tad of the 08.08.08. Overall, a very nice beer. Comes with the usual Stone reading material on the back of the bottle. Even at $6.99 it was worth a whirl.

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Photo of ActualAir
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rust colored with a bone-colored head that leave very nice lacings. It is very clear and vibrant. The aroma is an intriguiging balance of citrus and yeast. The taste is drinkable with a nice balance of sweet malt and acidic hops. Sourdough, banana, tangerine notes. A bright lively mouthfeel with lively carbonation, settles into a smooth and drinkable IPA. Overall, a beautiful looking, good tasting Belgian IPA.

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Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I picked up a bomber of this for $5.99 at SouthBay Drugs. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nice California sunset color with a inch of feathery white foam. Very good retention.

Oh yeah, Belgian yeast influence for sure. There are a bit of tropical fruits at first, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, nectarine, and apricot; but there is also an earthy and yeasty aroma from the yeast. Very estery with a similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale. There's also a bit of clove and perhaps ginger. Very interesting to see how just the yeast strain can change this brew, at least so far in the aroma. I'm also getting a bit of banana and bubblegum. Later on I get something like Belgian candy.

There's a good bitterness almost upfront but more towards the middle, and more earthy than citrus. I'm getting a bit of citrus rind in the finish and more yeast goodness. Some toasted malts show up at first but the earthiness almost overwhelms all the other possible flavors. Some tropical fruits try to make an appearance but don't hold up too well. I think I'm starting to perceive all the earthy flavors as "dirty" or "dirt"...just something that came to mind while drinking. Spicy finish too.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing too much to say about this really.

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Photo of Mrchato
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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