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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
Reviews:
1,107
Ratings:
3,425
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,107 | Ratings: 3,425
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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Photo of dpcoz
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally Reviewed 07/16/2010)
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Indpa Pale Ale)
1 pt 6 floz, 6.9% ABV
Standard Pint Glass - 07/16/10 (Pinocchio's Beer Garden - $8.50)

Appearance - Faded Amber in Color, Fluffy White Head 2 1/2 fingers up that disappears after a couple minutes. Carbonation bubbles stay consistent

Smell - Herbal, light citrusy smell, maybe some banana/breadish aroma that clearly suggests the Belgian influence.

Taste - Hit up front with Hops and Citrus, particularly a grapefruit taste. Toasty sweetened Malts enter as the hops exit.Transition in flavor is to be expectd with a Stone Product. Maybe some lemon zest in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel - decent hops followed up with carbonation and a dry, slight bitter finish from the toasted malts.

Drinkability - good IPA, barely notice the alcohol, although this is a little lighter in ABV than what I've had or like to enjoy anymore. Anyway, well balanced, good take on belgian influence, but maybe a touch dry on the finish. Still, this is one I'd have again - Stone is truly royalty when it comes to specialty ales.

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Photo of californiakebab
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent peach blonde with creamy white fluffy head that sticks all over the glass. The aroma is dominant Belgian esters, some sweeter fruity notes, slightly phenolic (getting a little band aid scent here). The hops don't really shine through like they would in the regular IPA (I believe this is the same beer but fermented with a Belgian strain), very masked and hidden in the aroma. Slugging this thing down, the taste at first comes as Belgian candi sugar, very nice but not too overpowering. The sweetness doesn't linger for too long, and a light bitterness follows through to the finish. Body's on the light to medium side, with a smooth, dry finish. Not sure how much of a fan I am of the style -I'm either in a Belgian mood or a hoppy mood, so this one doesn't really satisfy either BUT an excellent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of johlendorf
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz in pint glass.

A = Clear and crisp, Light amber. Nicely carbonated. Little head. Foam slides down the glass.

S = Floral and sweet citrus, & some hops. Kinda like an IPAish Belgain.

T = Pleasantly malty, then some floral & fruit, ending on a clean hoppy finish. Suprising light for a Stone.

M = Crisp and bubbly but with a satisfingly solid maltiness.

D = The carbonation limits it for me.

Very good beer. I'm usually go for an IPA or stout but I really enjoyed this. Try it if you can get it especially on limited production.

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Photo of kegger22
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was more IPA than Belgian, it wasn't so loaded with carbonation that you could taste nothing else. Mostly citrus but I got just a hint of banana too. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Sorry, but I didn't see this as anything more than a tricked out IPA, good though.

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Photo of Holland
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good sized head that stays for the entire glass. Pretty impressive. Nice golden color.

S: dominated by floral hops

T: very hoppy. I can't taste much else. Some of the floral flavor comes through.

M: crisp and wonderful, just as a delicious IPA should be

O: good IPA overall, but not that complex. Not that it should be, but the hops completely dominate, and not in a way that's as good as Smuttynose

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. YES! Stone is now available in MN, happy day! Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazy amber honey color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that slowly recedes and leaves lace as it does. Fruity aroma right off the bat and as I inhale deeper I get a nice hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Fruit like notes up front which I can only really describe as Fruity Pebbles, a mixture of orange, grape, and cherry. The hops fight back with a flare in the end with a long drawn out bitterness. No real hints at the alcohol in the nose nor the taste. The bitterness is nice but lingers on just a little too long for me.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Lagunitas mason jar

A - Pours a hazy, off-gold color, very thick 2 finger head, good lacing.
S - Smells awfuly sour, some dry pine, dank hop oil, bready malt, lots of spice.
T - Good upfront belgian flavor that fades to a sour bitterness that i find a little unpleasant.
M - Kinda refreshing once you get past the sour hop bite, and i feel the alcohol in the flavor a bit.
O - I'm not a belgian IPA guy, this has a lot of spice and character in this brew, that I'm sure would get some people excited, but its the sour belgian quality that doesnt sit right with me. Not awful, but not my thing.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a burnt amber with a frothy white head. The head is surprising because all other telltales of carbonation were absent. No hiss when the cap was popped, no stream of bubbles.

S: Nice deep Cali hops that favor that dominating citrus grapefruit and pines. Don't pick up too much of the Belgian yeast, maybe some slight banana esters.

T: Extremely bitter, this is a Stone IPA after all. The hops come through just as they did on the nose, citrus et al.

M: Mild carbonation and a heavier bodied IPA.

D: Not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright orange, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells of piney hops, some caramel, yeasty spiciness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt followed by a nice earthy bitterness. Finishes with a sweet piney taste. The belgian yeast spiciness is definitely present as well as a strong hoppiness characteristic of Stone beers.

Not a bad effort, not sure if these styles match though. The strong piney hoppiness clashes a little with the sweet belgian yeast flavor, takes a little getting used too. Very different than other belgian IPAs, but a decent brew.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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