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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 | website

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.

Added by gpogo on 07-23-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,091
Ratings:
3,365
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
681
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,091 | Ratings: 3,365
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange, chill haze, steady carbonation streams, and a four finger white head which gracefully decays into some attrative stretchy lace.

Aroma has mild citrus notes and a hint of yeastiness, but is surpriingly subdued.

Sweet malt beginning. A hint (subliminal?) of candy. Rush of bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Juicy. Fruity. Yeasty. Definite candy note. Clean finish.

Nice smooth nmouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Maybe not my particular cup of tea, but well done.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow color with a half inch of creamy off white head on top. Aromas hit first thing with citric hops that begin to conjoin with spicy, fruity, slightly funky Belgian yeast tones. Hints of caramel malt in the background along with herbal, resinous accents. Earthy.

First sip brings some slightly sweet caramel malts upfront that quickly move into a collusion of citric, resinous hops and earthy Belgian yeast flavors. Fruity, spicy and funky flavors all play a part as the beer flows down with a bit of a dryness. Bitterness from the hops kicks in full well on the back end also. Finishes with a lingering spicy, estery bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little more carbonated than the standard Stone IPA. Overall it goes down smooth and easily. I'm still not sold on the Belgian IPA myself and it seems to clash a bit to my taste buds. This was nice but I'd rather have the regular IPA or Ruination.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice Belgian style IPA, reminiscent of Chain Breaker from Deschutes. Whereas Chain Breaker was more smooth and almost tasted like a really nice wheat beer, Stone's version amplifies the Belgian yeast flavors and especially the bitterness from the hops. I don't know if I would pick this over Chain Breaker, but still very nice.

Probably won't revisit personally, but nice nonetheless.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of peabody
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light clear amber to pale wheat color with two fingers of white small suds.
Smell is Belgian spice and malt with some sugars.
Nutmeg and soap seem to be the strongest aromas.
Taste is a little off center here. I get a black hoppiness at first then the sugar and a caramel/candy flavor followed by the alcohol.
Some bitterness left at the end but mostly the alcohol is felt the strongest.
Mouthfeel is clean mostly but with some stickyness left after the mouth dries out.
Drinkability is pretty good here. It is just a strange combination for sure.

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Photo of YOOJ
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a bright and gold, appealing.

Smell is hoppy and mildly sour with a hint of Coriander (although it is not an ingredient).

Taste is bitter through and through with an unusual hop character and an equally unusual (but quite mild) sour finish. Reminds me of a lighter but overly hopped version of a Saison (specifically Russian River Publication).

I was expecting it to taste much more like an IPA than it does. In fact, this beer is quite unlike anything I have tried before. An interesting mix of flavors. The beer totally session-able as everyone else here seems to suggests.

Nice beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Buffalo while reading Schindler's List. Weighty stuff like that deserves something heavier, but I've already had a Stone 12th tonight, so I'll play it safe.

Pours a hazy gold with a bone white head of foam that leaves some attractive lace as it drops to a fine film. Fruity aroma has a lot of tropical fruits mixing in wih pine and spicy, sweet Belgian yeast.

The taste isn't nearly as bitter as I'd expect for a Stone brew, and is actually reasonably subdued. Its quite juicy, full of orange, grapefruit and peach, but without an excessive amount of IBUs. What bitterness there is acts as a complimentary force and certainly proves itself enjoyable. Spicy yeast adds a peppery complexity to a lingering aftertaste. Despite all this, I feel the flavour could do with a little punch to put it at the top level. Medium body and carbonation.

A nice stab at the style by Stone. As I said, not as hoppy as expected from these guys, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It's much more yeasty than I was expecting and not quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor, but lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. The mouthfeel also doesn't quite work for me. The hops really want to be fruity, but the aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so. It's a fairly drinkable beer. I'm probably being a little too harsh. It's good beer, definitely enjoyable. My criticism is sort of nit-picky. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a minimal trace of squeezed orange, head is initially unrelenting and a fluffy whipped merengue head emerges before peacefully receding into a standard lacing on the glass.

smell is bitter Belgium dominant with good herbal notes, scant traces of lemon and a bit of a cut grass imperfection... the lemon smell gains more traction the closer you bring the beer to your nose.

Motuhfeel is unwashed fruit... ever bit into an orange rind? Ever dunk an unwashed orange rind into a Belgium beer? Theres the taste, doesn't linger on the tongue and washes down with a warm carbonated bread. The next several breaths are alcohol heavy.

More Belgium than IPA, in fact if this was labeled as simply a Belgium I'd say it was of good quality with some nice fruit hops on the backside.

Stone continues to roll, another gem that's worthy of their good name.

Cheers

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Photo of opwog
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Luciano - Jah Lives

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- golden cloudy, white single finger head that stayed even as a string disc through the goblet
S- malt and belgian yeast came together to develop a citrus vanilla cake-like smell.
T- Not far from the smell. Moves a little closer to orange cake with coriander.
M- Nice carbonation, warming on the finish
D- I can't say that thhis is my favorite special release from Stone, but this si certainly drinkable. But, this tastes more like a blended beer that sits side by side wih itself in your glass.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

a: very light yellow/straw color. Very clear. Would had been better in a taller glass to beter showcase it (Im drinking it in a stout omegang glass)
4/5

s: a sweet softness from its belgian character (light bubblegum and sweet fruit) with a nice restrained hoppy back kick (tropical fruit like hop aroma). Some light carmel/burnted sugar aroma also adds a lot to the beers character.

very restrained, but lovley
5/5

T: Wow, this one really punches you in the face with full on hop power, traditional stone style. Its kinda a shame, since its heavy aggressive hop character really makes it hard to taste the belgian characteristics, but for a hoppy brew it fits the bill well.

Lots of very neutral strong hoppy bitterness (with a hint of spicyness). Once again, if your familar with stone, you know how this beer goes with its flavor.
3.5/5

m: A lot of carbonation leaves a bit of a stinging bite to this beer. Besides that, it is reasonably thined out and light. after the carbonation dies down it becomes a lot easier on the mouth and quite palatable, but it really needs to be dialed down a bit, especially with the heavy hop bitterns acting as a force multiplyer to its biting character
2.5/5

Overall: On the whole, I'm quite divided on this one. if you like the hop style that stone strives for with its bitterness,youl love this beer, which tastes a lot like a lighter AB fermented with belgian yeast, but I was expecting something a bit more restrained on the bitterness so I could enjoy the diverse flavors that the belgain yeast provides.

With respect to the Aroma, I personalty give this one a 3.25/5

Its a good beer for stone fans, but not so much for people like me who don't quite go in that direction (yet, as tastes always change in the long run)

Might be worth a re-taste a year or so down the line, but for now, I will probably not be buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife split into Allagash and New Belgium tulips.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick sticky head. The lace is frothy and laces very well.

The aroma is spicy hops mixed with a slight pale hops and a yeast bubblegum aroma.

The taste is perhaps a little unexpected due to the brewers. It starts by filling the mouth with carbonation. The taste of hops comes in, slight malt backed. The hops are subtle, for Stone. They create a almost pine spice and a slight yeast at the end. The hops finish with a slight bitter finish.

At first i wasn't sure what to think about this. I thought it wasn't outstanding, good but. As I consumed it the taste enhanced and i grew to like it more.

I must note my wife loved it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best until July 4th 2015.

Deep golden brass and orange bronze body, clear but with an opaque non see thru appearance. Great roaring middle of column rising carbonation matching a creamed nitrous looking two finger top head. Settles with sheet like lacing and manages a very thick looking collar. Big, aggressive and unique great looker.

Basic sense of Belgian candy like sugar and soft malts on the aroma. Mild sensing citrus fruit a bit, but seems to lean more to sugar. Slightly bready a bit as well. Solid if a bit different.

Palate has the hop forward angle of American grapefruit like hops in the mid palate. Mild sensing Belgian sweetness taken over by hop forward action in the aftertaste, with hinting oils of lemon and orange zest. Finishes quite clean and dry. Lots of hop bitterness which tends to obfuscate a lot of the Belgian character. Warmth brings up some more juicy fruit character as time goes on, even a hint of pepper like notes on the finish as well.

Overall though it's a match of styles that seem to clash and can't quite seem to find the perfect balance between the two, or the direction to go. Well made, but also doesn't seem to appeal to my right senses.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly orange amber with very small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Very thin white froth head on top. Aroma was slightly sweet, small touches of citrus, with a fair amount of hops. Taste was very fruity, almost like an imitation orange flavor. Felt ok in the mouth. Coated well, but felt like it was over carbonated. The over carbonation was the detrimental part to the drinkability. Otherwise it was a fairly balanced and pleasant to drink beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz bomber

A- pours a mostly clear sunset color an orange hue shines in with a fresh white head and lacing

S- is citrus hops and belgian yeast some malts..not strong on the nose

T- is much better its citrus hops and some tart spices mixed with a belgian yeast..its a nice taste

M- is crisp and tart with some bitter hops and grapefruit and finishes with a spice and yeast

O- overall a nice belgian ipa its crisp tart has a nice hop bite with some nice belgian spice and fruit..its good but by no means is it a great representation of the style

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone does amazing IPAs, and this is no different. The only thing is with this beer is that it is very light. Much like a light IPA. I didn't get that strong IPA kick while I drank this one. Great for someone who's just starting out on IPAs or for someone looking for something light with a little IPA taste

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Photo of Ziggyzig
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I was looking for something a bold and different and went with this unique brew.

color:7-9 SRM, a beautiful rich golden color.
Appearance: poured thick like tripple, nice thick head, and slightly effervescent.
Mouthfeel: thick, heavy
Smell: yeasty, hints of orange, lemon.
Taste: yeasty and bread like with lemon and slight citrus notes.
Experience: was stoked at the thought of a Belgian/American IPA hybrid beer. Poured a great golden color and nice long lasting 1 finger head. From the first taste I think Belgian all the way. It's heavy mouthfeel and bready/yeasty flavors soak the palate, only to be cut by a slight lemon citrus finish from those west coast hops.

I expected more of a hop presence, but I'm disappointed in a good way. This beer is descriptively complex and is a must try for hop heads and Belgian lovers alike.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by stamp on bottle: 07/02/15

Golden body; thick, creamy, billowy white head; lots of sticking foam and suds left on the glass. Dull pine and grapefruit aroma; white grapes. Grapefruit and white wine flavor; mild grainy taste; low-key bitterness at the finish. Medium body; crisp and dry on the palate.

A nice Belgian white kind of ale that, had I had it at least seven months earlier, may have been even better than what it's like now. As such, this still is a tasty, hoppy brew. A gentle and balanced blend of malt earthiness and citrus hop character make up the core of this beer. Although past its prime per the bottle dating, I would greatly enjoy trying this one again.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (Best by 5/10/11) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours yellow-gold, clear, 1.5 finger white frothy head.

S: Slightly tart banana, apple/pear. A little citrus.

T: The belgian yeast is definitely the focal point at first sip through the middle. Sour light fruits, a little spice, candy sugar, light golden malt. The hop presence takes more of a back seat here, there's a decent amount of pine bitterness with just a little citrus (mainly lemon/orange) that mostly comes near the finish. Floral hop qualities are there as well. Finish is a little bitter with really light sourness.

M: Moderate carbonation, body is just a little bit on the light side and isn't all that smooth.

D: Not much to say here, this is a good brew that goes down fairly easily. Nothing amazing, not really anything unpleasant either. Pretty standard for a Belgian style pale ale.

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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 PhillyStyle
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best buy 3.5.09

22 oz bottle.

A: Poured nice golden amber color with a big, thick white head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Aroma was mainly Belgian yeast with hints of the hops. Some floral and fruit fragrance as well.

T: Taste was the opposite, more hops with the fruity Belgian yeast in the background.

M/D: Beer was smooth, refreshing and very easy to drink. Nice carbonation to it and a medium body feel. This is a solid beer, one that I may pick up again in the future, but more than likely will stick to the straight IPA.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a clear, golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, citrus, pine, yeast, and a bit of spiciness (from the yeast and also maybe a hint of coriander). Flavor is pale malts, citrus, and fruity with a yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is light (a little watery), nice carbonation, bitter and a bit dry at the finish. Very drinkable beer, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a thin frothy head.

Smell: A lot of spices out of the bottle with some citrus.

Taste: The spices dominate, a little fruity and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer by Stone, not my favorite and I prefer a regular IPA, but still better than a lot of beers out there.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber.

Belgian IPA is a style I've fallen for in recent months. The only thing that bothers me about the style is the hops can sometimes clash rather then blend. Lets see how this stacks up.

Typical sweet malt bill is tasty and not cloying. This is a nice brew. If I had one complaint it would be a to spiced for my liking. Pepper running into sweetened orange citrus.

Notes: I'd drink this more often but for the price I'm thinking of passing on the beer industry all together.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review, and i'm just following what i see mostly done for set up beer review style.


Poured into a pint glass

A- Almost a golden copper, with a lot of bubbles. Looks enticing. Poured maybe a 1 1/2 inch creamy thick off white head, and settled to about a CM head through out
-All the way through the 16 oz. serving, bubbles intact.

S- smell is everything i would want from an IPA. floral and citrus notes poke through very nicely, filled with hops. i'm thirsty!

T- The starting taste is that of flowery-alcohol-hops, finishing VERY nicely though, with no alcohol taste and just the hoppy goodness!

M- Its light, yet viscous. Bubbly very drinkable, as i have just indulged on an entire bomber. it hits my IPA button nicely. very nice

D- I could sit and drink this all day/night long. After a bomber, i'm not bloated, and i still have a very nice taste on my tongue from it. A great brew, all in all. Great job, Stone!

A great IPA!

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Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this brew is pale amber in color, with gold highlights. it's got a half-decent head though i am suspicious of the state of my glass. it's sudsy and well supported by carbonation

the light color belies a fairly toasty aroma that meshes well with a subtle belgian yeast character. spice. the hop profile is juicy and sweet, though not particularly piney

more sweet, juicy hop comes through with a sip. this time pine aspects make an appearance. it's a bitter brew and in the category the toastiness once again outshines the belgian character

sticky: a standard stone offering in that respect and not enough help is provided from the visible bubbles. ultimately, not very belgianish. very STONEd

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.
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