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-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
Ratings:
3,442
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,442 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of jsmith313
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can, brewed in Berlin, poured into Stone snifter.

A: Golden, clear, medium sized head which gave the impression it wanted to get away, left quite a bit of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Esters and Phenols drowned out the citrus hops.

T: Bubblegum, apples and some starch which seems the norm in certain Belgian styles, finished with a hit of bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp texture, coarse edge from the bitterness but went down well.

O: If this had been a blind tasting, I would have gone for a Belgian style Pale Ale flavoured with some new world hops, rather than an IPA.

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Photo of AirBob
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can. Lunch with Pedro at Guevara & Lynch. Paired with Viriato burger. In shaker glass. The belgian yeast seem to provide it a very pleasant and refreshing sugary touch that stands out over the hops. Very original brew

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of runeatdrink
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of wheat, peppers, clove, banana and anise. Pretty much straight up, well put together Saison characteristics with no hops cutting through.

Has a low carbonation with a soft farmhouse-like beginning, which suddenly turns overly dry and bitter without caring about the initial smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation leads to a watery, boring finish with the hops trying to mingle into the beers spice profile.

Tastes of banana, wheat and white bread dough, together with pungent herbal hops, containing lemon and orange rind, introducing instantly a pungent bitterness. This strange composition gets completed by peppers, cardamom and clove which cut through the hops and lead off to a spice defined finish, among water and an omnipresent dryness.

This is an odd duck, as it tries to combines so many things at the same time without making any compromises - which is the reason why it fails to convince. No subtle, harmonious flavors come up to tie the different strings together which makes this almost a mess, as for its missing balance. Put in the best of America and the best of Belgium and you'll end up with a beer combining best of both worlds, well, only on a gimmicky, superficial level.

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Photo of msp88
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Tarnished gold with big piles of crusty loose white. 3.75
Grapefruit pith, pencil erasers (the big pink ones,) broken crackers + flowers. 4
Caramel on toast, a whack of clove, Stone’s signature nettle tang straight up, plus a bit of peachy esters. 4.25
Medium, chewy, smooth. 4

Does phenols + hops = Belgian IPA? Esters come out as it opens and combines with the citrus to good effect. But IBUs + phenols come crashing in and *almost* ruin it. Not the best of both worlds, which this style should be.

Less than the sum of its parts. 3.75

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Photo of BWood
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: hazy golden appearance with nice fluffy head. The head lasts for a while and gives good lace.

S: hops and Belgian yeasts.

T: near a tripel without the complexity. The ipa taste is very noticeable and does mesh well with the Belgian.

F: lingers with hop bitterness.

O: nice beer. I think I would rather either have a ipa or a Belgian beer instead of a combination of both.

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Photo of JohnyFriday
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I twice tasted this one, took notes for rating, and each time lost the notes. This is the third one and this time I did not lose the notes. Third times the charm! It got better each time!
Pours a golden light amber and is very clear. Big foam head soon disapates but leaves a swirly cap and bubbly lacing.
In the aroma there is a hint of citrus/orange peel, sweet pilsner malt, Belgian yeast tones, and, interestingly, to my nose at least, hints of cherry.
The taste is doughy and biscuity. There is lots of Belgian yeast character and rustic earthy qualities. Some citrus flavor adds zestiness. Resiny hops add a great twist and a delightful mild to moderate bitterness that is felt especially in the aftertaste. Great balance as there is a fantastic interplay between sweet and bitter in the back of throat. Easy to drink, medium bodied but drinks light. Supremely quaffable. A perfect marriage between IPA and Belgian Pale Ale, kind of like Stone IPA meets Orval.
This could definitely become a go to beer. Delicious and wonderful! A true find!

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle ("bottled 05/03/16, enjoy by 09/06/16"), poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear gold towards and orange hue. Frothy head of fine white foam; streaky lace.

Smell: Fresh citrus (lemon, orange), spicy Belgian yeast, subtle banana and fruity esters.

Taste: Stone IPA backbone with solid malt body and biting bitterness, livened up by Belgian yeast spice and fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Nice harmony of hop laden West Coast IPA with added complexity of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark hazy yellow with a massive amount of head that has awesome lacing. Smells of sweet fruit, citrus, banana, and some orange in there. Taste is very nice, mouth full of fruity tastes & hops with that Belgium yeast backing it all up, just outstanding. The finish is smooth and leaving you wanting more. Stone has cranked this one out of the park, I am a big big fan of this beer, goes well in summer or winter, just a great beer.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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