Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-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-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.

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Reviews: 1,110 | Ratings: 3,434
Photo of RickyS
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking hazy golden beer with foamy head, not so persistent. The aroma is dominated by belgian yeast and spicyness, those of a nice tripel. I get orange peel and coriander. The taste reveals the twist toward grassy hoppy notes, dry but persistent in the finish, kind of german hops. Even floreal notes in the aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation, light bodied. There is little in this beer which reminds about an IPA, but I don't mind as is a nice experiment. Nothing exceptional though.

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Photo of hman43
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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 damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/12/15. Best before 03/11/16. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear/bright golden yellow with a thin skin of white foam across the top. Some fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, and with the swirl, a tiny hint of sweetness that reminds me of a Belgian yeast. I hesitate to call it banana or clove like but it's notable.

Taste: Solid west coast IPA piney hoppiness + malt from start to finish, but with some other sweetness thrown in the middle. It's subtle and fleeting, but it's there. It's part Belgian and part sweet+spicy combination.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light carbonation but not flat. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I could easily have another or a 22oz bomber, but more of a slow sipping beer. This didn't pair well with a vegetarian stuffed pepper dish (stuffed with beans and rice) so I'll have to find the right beer to pair this with, but, I could see it working nicely drinking by itself. A nice take on an AIPA with a Belgian twist to it. It's not a Belgian IPA - it really is an AIPA with Belgian characteristics. Seems like a quibbling distinction, but it's not. The strong piney hops make it more AIPA than a BIPA.

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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 patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber and mostly clear. No carbonation, 3 fingers of candy yellow, rocky head.

Banana, phenols, granite, a hint of smokiness.

Phenols, banana, floral and fruity, a solid hoppy dull bitter finish. Champagne like, grape like quality.

Light, dry, body with very little carbonation.

Found in Chiang Mai, drank here Jan 15th, 2016. Well done, unique brew.

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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 Landohops
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell is strongly sweet. Bubblegum (as the bottle says) or Cognac.

The sip starts out sweet and malty (Belgian) only to follow with an onslaught of hops (the Cali IPA).

Definitely an improvement on the regular IPA.

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Photo of krh
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty basic mix of the 2 styles. Tasted like a sessionable ipa mixed with a standard belgian - nothing interesting enough to re-buy. I'm finding I'm not really impressed with Stone these days.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sept. 23, 2015

L- Clear golden-orange body with a frothy white crown with weak persistence.
S- Belgian yeast, spices, coriander and a subtle citrusy hops note.
T- Grapefruit hops, bitter belgian yeast, lots of spices. A belgian signature slight warm feel with every sip.
F- Rich, heavy.
O- Very nice mix of two styles, Im not a big fan of belgian yeast so I wont try this again, but by itself this was very well done and interesting.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/11/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - straw yellow, bubbly carbonation, skinny white head. Lacing is scattered.
Smell - citrus hops, coriander and yeast dominate the nose.
Taste - follows the nose, but flavor profile is full and strong!
Feel - light to medium body, dry and bitter finish.
Overall - quality Belgian IPA and perhaps my favorite of the style!

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Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a short, bright soapy foam with medium retention. Medium hop aroma of lemon zest with medium malt aromas. Medium belgian esters of pear and banana. No spicy esters. Medium bodied with medium carbonation up front and a creamy smooth feel from the middle to the end. Medium high citrus hop flavors up front that are muddled by medium high sweet esters. Medium high hip bitterness through the middle. Solid malt backbone. Finished semi-dryly with lingering bitterness and fruit esters. Aroma is well-balanced allowing hop, malt and belgian esters time to shine. Hop flavors and esters are difficult to differentiate. The lingering aftertaste takes points away from the drinkability.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Bottled on 23/09/15 Enjoy by 19/06/16
L: Pours a somewhat cloudy light golden amber nice lacing that clings.
S: Pine,citrus with hops in the back ground.
T: hoppy citrus flavors the Belgium yeast is there
O: Very interesting IPA that works nice on a hot day.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pours a golden yellow with some haze, webbing lace clings to the glass.

S - Hop Resin, Piney, Citrus zest, some euro skunk.

T - Lemon Grass, Yeast, biscuits, dough, citrus hops, resinous, oily.

O - An interesting mish mash of styles and it turns out to be a decent IPA, but it didn't blow me away. Something to try when you want something different.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Brewdog online shop (£3.50):
Another outstanding Stone beer &despite being a bit past its 'enjoy by' date but it has managed to hold up very well and still seemed fresh, crisp & quite lively with good carbonation levels. The beer went down very well with a good balance & had plenty of yeast giving that Belgian twist; I'm already on the look out for this one again & hopefully I'll be able to get hold of a fresher bottle next time round.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look ;pale golden yellow, doesn't look like a lot of carbonation, nice white 1 1/2" head that leaves a covering and moderate lacing
smell; malt, yeast, lemon, honey, coriander, very bright and full, sure i'm missing something
taste; lemon turns to grapefruit, coriander remains, banana, mmm malt, balanced finish
feel; medium full bodied, very smooth with a finish that is balanced but leans a tiny bit towards dry/bitter
overall; wow, a beautifully balanced fun to drink belgian with the good characteristics of a west coast ipa presented in crucial moderation
.congrats, stone, hope you explore this cali-belgi avenue further, I am not a fan of most stone products, all excellent but not my cup of piney hops and alchohol, this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with an off-white head. Smells yeasty, kind of sweet and earthy. It has light, bitter, spice hop with a funky, sweet Belgian yeast taste. Moderate carbonation with a light body. Highly comparable to the original Stone IPA, with a prominent Belgian yeast sweet, funky flavor. Overall a satisfying and enjoyable unique take.

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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 kitch
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 14th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 11th November 2015. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving thin sticky lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeasts, bready malt, honey, citrus lemon and orange.

Taste: Starts sweetish with honey, banana and bubblegum followed by biscuit and some light citrus orange, lemon and grapefruit giving it a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: The Belgian yeast really shows in both the aromas and taste and is a decently made Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgique-what? It's Stone. It's West Coast awesomeness. It's IPA. Don't fence me in.

The look is enticing. It's a deep amber color. The head is strong, an inviting eggshell color above the deeply amber brew. The head retains and laces well to the bottom of the glass, arrogantly displaying the exceptional malt.

The smell is delicious. Stone has calibrated their bold hops into and around an indefinable Belgium influence. It's spice and citrus, not dank pine. Along with Stone Saison, to which it has more than a passing resemblance, Cali-Belgique has one of the most refreshing scents on the market.

The taste is delicious, challenging, and deep. The spice and citrus from the hops form a unique and delicious flavor. The taste is refreshing and delicious, but has a strength that must be balanced by the malt. Here we seem to find the Belgian influence in a deep, luxurious malt with barely a hint of sweetness. Yes.

Perhaps it is worth comparing this IPA from Stone with Stone Saison and Firestone-Walker's Pale 31. The reason is that they are on a similar spicy and citric trajectory. Pale 31 is by far the lightest of these spicy brews, since it's a mere pale ale. Stone Saison falls in the middle. Cali-Belgique fully deserves the title of IPA. It's the fullest flavored and heartiest beer that I have enjoyed on this particular aroma-flavor arc. It pushes the volume of the flavors up, and I like that about it.

The feel of this beer is substantial. This is not a beer you are going to chug. The flavor is strong and heavy, even while maintaining thorough appeal. The malt is thick and has a hint of Belgian sweetness to balance the hops. One may be enough for a while, but not because this beer is unappealing. One may satisfy.

This is one of my favorite IPAs. It is completely different than the "classic" dank or piney IPA. I don't want to drink the same flavor of ales all the time. This unique and flavorful IPA never hits a false note. It's great.

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Photo of Easton70
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Spirit of Seymour. Light colour and a piney aroma. The flavour was quite sharp after the Post Mark IPA but the Hint of Belgian beer was interesting. This would be awesome with curry

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly snifter.

A light golden color, with a initially rather sizable head that dissipates quickly. A moderate amount of small bubbles that rise with varying degrees of velocity.

The prevailing scent that hits my nose is of sweet caramel, with noticeable hops in the background. The sweetness and caramel create a smell which reminds me of bubble gum. Definitely a nose I enjoy.

Considering the smell, the taste was surprisingly bitter. With me not being able to get past the sour and bitter taste which immediately hit my palate. The Belgian yeast-flavor is there, but relatively subtle. Bitterness is all well and good, but the taste (and style) had raised my hopes up for something that juxtaposed it. As one would expect from a Belgian inspired beer, the feel is marvelously light.

This beer looks and smells the part. In addition it's very drinkable. I just wish I could say more good things about the way it taste.

Purchased as part of a sampler 12-pack. Paid $20.

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

Sampled on 10/12/15. Poured from bottle (06/09/15) into TeKu glass. Deep golden color with a voluminous white head. Aroma of light roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a bit of coriander / orange zest. Some sweetness on the palate at first, then nice, resinous hoppiness with overtones of spice. Pleasant lingering bitterness and spiciness on the finish. Very solid and enjoyable offering from Stone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt and lightly citrus noble hops; proper European influence. Flavor is neutral malt with mild caramel, Belgian yeast and Belgian style noble hops, but half way through the taste, a strong citrus hop flavor develops and this finishes with a more North American traditional grapefruit rind and light citrus bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting hybrid o styles with a good flavor progression from old world to new. The initial flavor is quite true to Belgian style IPAs, but the finish has a lot more typical Stone citrus hop character. I like both and enjoyed the combination. This brewery really know how to put out a good and interesting IPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from the Escondido Store to wine glass 4.00 Color/Look: dark amber 4.00 Smell: Hoppy 4.00 Taste: nice bitter bite usual in IPA, well balance 4.00 "
Feel: really creamy" 4.25 Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to

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Photo of Safa1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok. If I didn't like cheeseburgers I wouldn't buy a cheeseburger then rate it. If you don't like Belgium yeast why would you buy a beer made from said yeast then give it a bad review knowing beforehand that you don't like the yeast used in brewing. Seems crazy. With that being said.

This beer is good. It's a sweet ipa with a great mouthfeel. It is not far off from what Stone always does and to be honest, it's worth every penny.

Try it once at least. But for Christs sake don't review cheeseburgers if you don't like meat.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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