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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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-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

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Ratings: 3,460 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 inch creamy white head; decent lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, floral hops, yeast, lemon, caramel, and earthy / grassy notes.

Very hoppy, yet the flavor complexities seem to come from the yeast and hop combo, which leaves a nice malty taste which has mild spices and a subtle alcohol warming feel and taste. Some of the tastes include hops, floral hops are noticeable, malt, yeast, orange peel or citrus, faint caramel and there's an earthy grassy taste and feel that give it some texture. Really nice beer that is easy drinking with lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation and a sweet malty finish that's slightly bitter. A great hybrid beer that goes down like water and was very enjoyable!

Another winner from Stone, and I really liked that they didn't feel the need to have a huge ABV to provide a huge flavor. It was very drinkable and enjoyable, and I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of pandow
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkanavel
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a biggun

A: Golden, light tinge of amber. Bubbly and exciting. Nice pillowy head, but low head retention.

S: Yeasty, doughy, citrus, lemongrass.

T: Undeniably Belgique. Lemony, yet sweet. Good deal of complexity going on here. Similar to New Belgium's Belgo IPA, yet more restrained, thought not necessarily more refined. Both are great, and super similar in their hop profile, and yeast profile. Not as ballsy as some Stone offerings, but this one is quaffable, as well as giving you plenty to contemplate.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

O: I re-iterate, similar in spirit to the Belgo IPA from New Belgium, but certainly bares the marks of its brewery. Lacked the hoppy freshness a lot of other Stone brews have.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 3" head. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of belgian yeast and bitterness is detectable.

Taste: yeast, pepper, some grapefruit, pears, golden apples, and a nice hearty bitterness creates a nice version of a Belgian IPA. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Some dryness late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast, spices, and bitterness linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one is a nice slow sipper and gets better as it warms. Worth picking this up if available.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuzzFee
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. I like the concept, and IPA combined with a farmhouse style ale, american style. Pour is nice, a good amount of carbonation and bubbly on top. Once the foam subsided, giving the beer a taste, you definitely catch the hops, immediately, I would expect nothing less from Stone. Strong taste, good amount of bitterness following up the fruity/hoppy mixture. Good amount of fruit/lemon flavor, and you get that light almost vanilla flavor present in a farmhouse ale. All in all a good combination, I think it was balanced well so all flavors come through equally. I think they did it right, I wouldn't change anything with this combo, overall a very solid beer and concept. It's probably been done before but its the first time I've seen it.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste not like a Belgian saison than anything. Mild hop. Presence in the beer.

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Photo of BDJake
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear, tawny orange with a foamy crown of eggshell that retained superbly and laced all the way down my glass.

S- Spicy and floral, with estery hops, and a bit of clove and citrus notes.

T- Despite being a form of IPA, the hops actually play a supporting role to the abundance of clove, babana, and citrus, with loads of bready malt.

M- Cloying, medium-bodied, with a sour-bitter aftertaste.

D- Very pleasant, modest abv, and good for any occasion.

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Photo of mchegash
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 4oz sample at Pasadena (Liberty Station) store

Appearance - 4.5/5
2 fingers of white foam. golden yellow, clear.

Smell - 4/5
Strong and crsip citrus and pine hops, slight breadiness

Taste - 4.5/5
Citrus with strong banana notes and a slight breadiness. I really like the breadiness and the bananas, they really balance the beer out; Stone IPAs are typically too hoppy for me, but this is great. A little spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, smooth yet crips, medium level carbonation

Overall - 4/5
Good IPA, probably my favorite IPA from Stone.

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Photo of RuinationMan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours clear copper with a small head that recedes quickly.

S: Hoppy citrus with some belgian sweet & spice.

T: Belgian Yeast + American Hops are a little strange to me. Not bad, just not my preference. Spicy & sweet front with a pale, bitter finish.

M: Solid, medium body & carbination.

D: 6.9% ABV is well masked. A few of these in the summer heat would sneak up on me.

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a white head that is full. There is good clarity. There is a good deal of lace as the head recedes.

Smell: It has aromas of vanilla, spices, some citrus, and earthly elements.

Taste: It has a malt character that is bread combine with spices, vanilla flavors, and earthly elements.

Feel: It has a medium light feel to it with a dry and moderately bitter finish.

Overall: This is a complex flavored beer with a complex balance with yeast and hops with a malt backbone that is present, but not dominant.

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Photo of rudedude985
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the glass is brought to life with light yellow gold and a light tangerine swirl. The body is reasonably active with a foamed blob sitting on top that left adamant sticky-filmed lace, a near bright white in color. Pleasant color for a nice sunny warm day

S: wow! a nice amalgamation of smells. I can gather the hoppy west coastness of oranges, pines, and grapefruit mixed with a spicy yeast whiff and most importantly, soft chunks of pink bubblegum. Good things so far...

T: the fusing of hops and Belgian brewing yeast could not be refined any further, it is really spot on. The hops hit the tongue with a slap of pine needles and a squeeze of grapefruit and then wash away slowly leading to a piece of clove spiced bubblegum and soft earthy-bready toasted notes. Man, as it warms I am gathering tropical fruit notes...hard to pinpoint...maybe some passion fruit with some California strawberries. Sounds crazy, but it is true. This thing is bonkers on the palate
After a few sips and gulps, I think that flavors lean more toward the Belgian style on the palate...this is by no means a complaint. This is great stuff and a good balance of the flavors that it holds

M: a good medium bodied brew. Things are not real creamy and yet it is easily accessible down the hatch. A good fit for the unique style

D: this is a tasty beer and I recommend it to those interested in giving the palate a workout. What do ya know, another solid Stone

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's very clear and light golden in color. There's a slight bronze tint to it. It's a very attractive color, though it is a tad disappointing. I was hoping for a hazy look with particles of yeast swimming about. That seems standard in other Belgian IPAs I've tried. At any rate, it's capped off with a foamy white head that's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty good.

Smell: The nose is impressive. There's a very strong Belgian yeast smell that kicks it off and really predominates throughout. It's delicious smelling. I love Belgian yeast. It's not often that an American brewer can pull this off, but Stone did a nice job here. Hops are easily detectable, but take a slight backseat to the yeast. Hops seem mostly citric and feature nice grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Smells like a little sweet malt is there, but it's faint. I like that. It remains yeasty throughout and smells somewhat biscuit-like on the tail. There's a very light whiff of alcohol in there, but it's not much.

Taste: There's some win in here. This is a really nice tasting beer. Belgian yeast is very prevalent (and tasty I might add). It's got a nice authentic Belgian flavor. Hops follow up the initial yeast taste very quickly. They piney, citric, and very west coast. The hop bitterness feels like its undercut a little by the strong yeast presence. But, it really doesn't have a substantial negative effect. The bitter flavor is just not quite as pronounced as in the typical Stone IPA. There is some pale malt that's sweet and was added in just the right amount. Very restrained. It remains yeasty throughout indeed. It is slightly biscuity. Finishes sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is active, but doesn't negate its smoothness to any material degree. Drinkability is extremely high. I find this to be a very satisfying beer that I could drink quite a bit of. At 6.9%, abv isn't too high to be intimidating.

Stone's got a winner here. I don't like it quite as much as their IPA, but this is well done. Given, I believe the look here could be improved a little. Perhaps by not looking so...filtered. A tad more hop bitterness might improve the flavor, as well. Otherwise, this is extremely impressive and Stone's IPA recipe works very well with Belgian yeast. Highly recommended if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of frozyn
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 9/6/15.

L -- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that sticks around for a long time and clings to the side, leaving a little lace behind.

S -- Yeasty and a little spicy. Hoppy to a lesser degree, mostly in the form of a light pine scent.

T -- Yeast and hops wrestle together for attention, with the yeast winning out at first. The hops add light citrus, floral flavors to it. The yeast leaves a spicy feel on the tongue in the aftertaste. Letting it warm on the tongue, I get more grapefruit rind and pine. Nearly room temp and banana becomes more prominent.

F -- Crisp, dry, bitter. Light-to-medium body. Reminds of the feel from some of the better Belgian tripels (not the same, but to me, similar).

O -- At first I was a bit confounded, trying to make this into an IPA or Belgian beer in my head. When I gave up making it one or the other, and let it be, it started to grow on me quickly. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The flavors seem to work well together, blending into something more than the parts. My favorite sips were the ones that came in piney and ended up yeThe Belgian yeast lends a lot to the scent/flavor/feel and is a good step away from hop bombs or malty marauders. If you have a friend who loves IPAs but was never sold on Belgians, this could be a good transition beer.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/burnt orange with a big amount of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly down to nothing but a ring. The aroma is a combination of orange and lemon/lime citrus with a spicy/fruity, slightly sour, Belgian yeast. Any malt character is subdued by the big yeast aroma. Flavor is fruity orange and mango but countered with a peppery spice of yeast. Malts are present more now than in the nose giving the hops a caramel/toffee backing. The spicy, clove, character dies down for the finish leaving only fruity hops and a bitter bite. Yeast subdues a massive hop character which goes well over a light and creamy body.

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Photo of evil
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't understand some the reviews. It has Belgian yeast. It says it on the bottle! This is a good value at 4-5 a bomber.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a candi sugar nose right off and spicy blegian yeast fermentation esters. Very fruity and surprisingly lacking in hops. (It's Stone after all) The lack of hops isn't a bad thing 'cause there's a lot of spice and malt complexity. I do get a citrus aroma but it is more in line with bitter orange peel than what I get from hops.

Deep golden and very clear. Poured with a nice big white head that ends up as a solid layer of foam that leaves a lot of lacing. But tehre's really no carbonation rising in my glass so it looks a little flat.

Flavor, well lookee here, I found the hops. Nice bitter quality and kind of un-stone. Meaning, there is good bitterness and hop flavor of a standard IPA. But the thing I get most is tons of crystal malt and tons of yeast esters. I get lots of fruit, pears, apples, peaches and cherries and some spice, orange peel again. Then the lingering aftertaste is hoppy.

Nice medium body but the carbonation level is kind of low so it feels a little heavy.

Overall I really like this. Riding the wave of hoppy Belgian beers is a good thing. I will keep buying this one.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very grateful gift from DaveCooks. In the fridge for about 6 months. Opened March 09.

A - Pours fluffy 2 finger head, lingering and lacing to start but doesnt hold the way down. Sexy clear golden color. One of the best looking beers of that color i've seen.

S - woah yummy. Flowers. But not typical hoppy, more like sweet garden flower type. Some citrus notes as well.

T - I dont know what to think. Ha. I have had the Green Flash belgian ipa and this one has it's own character...obviously. The finish is very ipa...can feel the drying and hop notes. Starts off sweet and a bit chewy. Quiet nice. I am really enjoying this. Mouthfeel is full and lingering. Again. lovely.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Light enough that it doesnt fill you up and the alcohol is very well disguised.

Had a hard time scoring this one b/c it is so easily enjoyed. Tried to back off the ratings a bit b/c the Le Freak I remember being more impressive on the palate but this is a very strong contender.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden color with a hint of copper and a big fluffy white head.

S- Very fruity, getting lighter fruits like apples and grapes, a little sour, Belgian yeast, hint of earthy spices/hops.

T- The sweetness up front, which is over close to the smell, just gets over powered by the bitter piney hop finish, at first. As the beer warms it seems to get more balanced, which I really helps, because after my first sip I didn't think that is had much balance.

M- Crisp, refreshing, smooth, medium body.

D- Once this gets to the right temperature, it become very good and very easy to drink. The taste up really reminds me paler Belgian beers and the finish is something you would expect from Stone. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip shaped glass at My Place in Newtown, Conn.

A: Russet amber color with excellent clarity and a two-finger head of sudsy, white foam. Retention is nice and cabonation is quite lively.

S: Spicy, herbal minty Belgian yeast aromas combined with a very grassy, earthy hop aroma. There's some caramel malt sweetness in the nose, but its basically all fruity hops and yeast.

T: Super-smooth grassy, herbal and spicy malted hop flavor up front with lingering bitterness and a lemongrass and smooth toffee finish. The lingering aftertaste is minted gum, banana, clove and some citrusy west coast hop characteristics.

M: Clean, sweet, smooth and meidum bodied with a spicy, effervescent mouthfeel to let you enjoy the Belgian IPA technology.

D: At nearly 7% ABV, this is a quaffable monster! Smooth, light, citrusy, west coast IPA hospitality smashed together with the delicate, spicy, herbal, sweetness of Belgian IPA yeasts. It's a match made in heaven for hop heads and ius a bomber I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,460 ratings