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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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Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger rock solid white foamy head with great retention. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with golden yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a slight haziness. There are alot of little carbonation bubbles. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A Bright fragrant floral bouquet with lemon, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Other aromas in the beer are a slight toasted malt with a spicy, yeast aroma and some phenols.

Taste: A very perfumy, floral bouquet with fruity esters and some pine notes. The fruity esters are grapefruit with hints of oranges and lemons. The malt is slightly toasty with notes of yeast and phenols.

Mouthfeel: It is dry, carbonated, slightly astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a unique beer. I like the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of johnd513
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes to ducksfan for this one!
This beer pours a clear golden color with a two inch white fluffy head. Smells of sweet grapefruit and Belgian yeast. The taste is similar to the smell. Very citrusy with grapefruit and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, has a light body with lots of carbonation and is a little chewy. Drinkability is very good, I had no problem finishing this bomber. Overall a great beer from Stone.

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Photo of brushtachio
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my brand new Duvel tulip. Light copper color with a tight head that dissipates but never dissappears.

Smell is excellent and unique. Predominate smell I get is apricot. Also a floral, nectar-like scent that reminds me of honeysuckle.

Taste builds on this by adding some resiny pine and a sharp bitterness that blends nicely with the sharp crisp finish.

I like the carbonation. Along with the dryness in the finish, this is what reminded me of a traditional Belgian trippel.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown glass pry-top. Enjoy by 7.14.09 etched around base.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear with 1 finger of off-white sudsy head. Lots of staying power and leaves nice lacing.

Nose: Split between fruity aromas from the yeast and citrus aromas from the hops. The dusty/pine quality gives the hops a slight edge over the yeast.

Palate: The Belgian yeast strain plays a more important role on the palate. Lots of black pepper, seared grapefruit, toasted malt, and something brooding that reminds me of charcoal-grilled steaks. Hops pull up on the finish, coming back strong with grapefruit and pine, and drying.

Notes: A really unique beer that captures both styles really well. Probably best when fresh. Thanks Michael for getting this beer into Vermont!

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Photo of rdilauro
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about my 6th time tasting Cali-Belgigue. The pour , color and aroma is about as perfect as I would want to see in an IPA.
The unique combination of a hoppy IPA and Belgium style makes this very interesting.

The taste is very good, just a notch down from the smell and aroma. I found a hint of orange citrus with even a smaller amount of other spices (coriander like, but not as pronounced) The slightly darker than golden color and light cream head makes it very attractive.

I almost expected more Hop flavor based on the aroma. It starts so cleanly, fills my mouth and ends hoppier than it started.

I would love to try this one on tap

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to have this on-tap last week at La Cave Du Vin. Served to me in a Unibroue tulip glass. This beer draws a clear, medium golden color with a copper,orange glow. Fluffy white head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured and settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with nice spots of lace on the surface. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top of my glass. Aromas of citrus hops, some spices, followed by a malt presence. This beer has a good bitter citrus hop flavor, along with the aforementioned spice and a nice malt backbone rounding it out. Not a very complex beer in some ways, but damn good. Has a nice crisp, sort of oily, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent. I would certainly drink this on-tap again.


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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this extra in a trade! Poured into my La Chouffe glass that was a gracious extra from Jwale73!

A- Body is a crystal clear champagne-yellow color. Pours with a nice 2 finger creamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Smell is on the sweet side-with soft floral hops in the foreground followed by an immediate big Belgian candi sugar sweetness, a bready yeastness and a slight alcohol twinge.

T- The flavor upfront is very soft and contains herbal, floral, and medicinal hop flavors with a big sweet bready and sugary background. The flavor gets much sweeter for the finish as the hop flavors fade and sugary and bready flavors intensify. What is left to linger is a hop bitterness of minimal strength (but is long lasting) and the slightest medicinal burn.

M-Low to medium strength carbonation and a very light body.

D- This is a great offering from stone. Its no Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel but is still a darn tasty beer that is very drinkable and delicious. Good American interpretation of the style and a great beer overall.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped at The Pony, NYC:

A: Cloudy dark yellow body with firm white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Strong fruity, oily hop smell, complemented with the Belgian yeast

T: Hops are over the top and amazing, floral mainly, a bit citric, yeast is nice and spicy, malt is a great complement, as the beer gets something of a toasted bread aspect

M: Big up front, but the carbonation is a little light on the back end

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Given the Belgian style, the yeast gives it a great spice, and the malt is still bold. Great stuff.

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Photo of searsclone
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. honey golden color with a cloudy, bright white head and good lacing.

smells like bubble gum and grassy hops and spice

taste is mostly hops, nicely balanced by the sweet Belgian yeast.

medium body, wet finish. easy to drink. worth a try.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Cali beligium ipa

Appearance- Medium yellow. Not lively. Nice creamy vanilla head. Lacy. 4

Smell- smoke, yeasty interesting 3.5

Taste- complex. Honey, big hops, smokey flavor and amazing 5

Mouf- good 4

Drinkability- Oh, stone... why are you so drinkable? 4

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Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's only an average looking IPA. Almost looks blonde. It's a dark straw color, pale-ish like you'd expect. Relatively clear with a thin white head that leaves the party quickly.

If you read the back of the bottle, it smells like you'd expect. It smells solely of fruit, but if you'd had a farmhouse saison, you get it. Like the bottles says, it's a funky yeast and it shines through in this beer.

Has a great flavor. The IPA influence is there, it's got a citrusy, piney backbone to it. However, the yeast gives off more fruity flavors as well. Making it both citrusy, sweet, and piney with the nice hoppy taste in the swallow.

Very complex. As I mentioned in the tastes, you get sweet, citrus, dry/piney and slightly bitter. A great test for your tongue.

This is one of my favorite beers, regardless of style. I love dark porters and stouts, and this is anything but. However, I also appreciate IPAs and fruit beers and this satisfies those likes very, very well. Good stuff.

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Photo of jmhart
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Taco Mac @Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, served in a goblet

A - Honey-amber with a creamy head. Intricate web.

S - Honey, fruits, mild hops. Hint of citrus.

T - Wonderful balance of fruity/citrus notes with mild hobby flavor. Nicely balanced. Mildly yeasty, with a honey finish.

M - Balanced acidity and not much bite. Holds up well with a meal, but could stand well alone.

D - Different than other Stone offerings, but perhaps one of their best. Smooth with a mild bite on the finish.

Overall: A unique brew, but definitely paying tribute to traditional Belgium IPAs.

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Photo of ludachris
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A puck of frothy white head holds steady on top of its peachy orange body. Long legs of lace stretch across the glass. Its soft haze makes it tough to see its level of carbonation. She's a quaffable looking lady.

Belgian phenolics and American hop derived tropical fruitiness makes for quite an intriguing nose. Its ripe peach, mango, and apricot character takes an edge over the sweet bubble gum and soft banana that's also present. A bit of clove and a bit of band aid come through as the nose unravels over time.

A big rounded kick of peach and papaya comes with an assertive dank, grassy, grapefruit pithy bitterness. The American side of this IPA is much more prevalent here. There's a bit of biscuit and a bit of bread on its edges, ensuring its bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Subtle hints of bubblegum and band aid come through in the finish.

I love this for its assertive West Coast dryness and its ultra clean and crisp feel. For an IPA lover like me, this is dangerously drinkable at 6.9%.

All the components of a delicious, fruity IPA are wrapped perfectly into an approachable, clean, and quaffable package. Like the best IPA's I've had, what stands out most isn't its ridiculous level of bitterness or alcohol, its the feel; the vessel it's delivered in. I'd take this over their flagship IPA 5 out of 7 days a week.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very active golden color with truly minimal lacing. The amber tone of the beer rings out very invitingly. I am curious to why the lacing is so much less on this Stone brew than most other Stone's of IPA caliber.

S: A fruity and strong scent eminates from the glass. One of the best smelling Stone's I've ever had.

T: Distinct and cheerful. I don't know if I'd call the taste a "fruity" one, but it's definitely in that same class of thought. A slight piney undertone that reminds me of a sweet bark/sap flavor. This is definitely up to par with the rest of the Stone brewery.

M: A solid 5, or more. I can let this brew sit in my mouth forever and not get tired of it's high activity on my taste buds. Never gets old. A very solid IPA-thickness feel.

D: Also good. Solid on the stomach but definitely not overly so. Could drink a few and be happy!

Overall: My favorite India Pale Ale ever released by the Stone brewery. Distinct taste, smell, and presence. Would buy again!

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment floating around. Smells fruity and hoppy, the yeast adds a pleasant note. Taste is impressive, a very flavorful mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and rather bold hoppyness. It is also slightly grassy, and the sweet aspect falls off in the finish to leave a satisfying bite. Medium body, active carbonation. A very pleasant, enjoyable spin on an IPA. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the near future.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Orange Jell-O body. Glossy. In light, yolky bright orange. Off-white head. Three finger thick. Sudsy. More creamy actually. Pillow-y, spotty lacing. Head & lacing have great retention. Appearance meets the bar of a Belgian IPA.

S-Banana bread. Cinnamon. Clove. Yeasty. Honey wheat bread. Citrus. Sweet sticky pine. Very juicy. Floral.

T-Starts citrusy, combined with bananas. More orange forward. Excellent malt middle. A mushroom cloud of malt explodes in the center. Ends bitter and pine hoppy. Pine lingers nicely. Has the bittersweet aftertaste of grapefruit. Juicy. Sour yeast and baking spices on the finish as well. Resin billows up after sipping. Gets more bitter and resinous with time.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slight sediment on finish that feels like baking spices via Belgian yeast. Sour aftertaste. Tingly. Medium level of drying. And yet wets with every sip. You feel the beer evaporate at a nice pace off of the palate.

O-Thought would be better. The smell was good, but not thick and fragrant like a Belgo-IPA should be. The two worlds of Belgian brew & IPA were mild in scents and taste. Good for the style, but I didn't get too excited drinking. Just sipped nonchalantly. Good to slightly great beer, but not classic like a Stone brew should be.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off like an IPA and finishes like a Belgian (as the name suggests)

Appearance: Clear golden; little head and lacing

Smell: Quite fragrant with spices, hops, and citrus

Taste: Hops up front, spices (cinnamon)

Mouthfeel: Robust, lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: An excellent sipping beer; very flavorful

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Belgian IPA pours a golden color with a fairly small, but tenacious, effervescent white head. The smell is more Belgian than IPA with a malty banana scent. The initial flavor is all Belgian with classic flavors of banana bread, clove, cardamom, and a little pepper, though the spices are milder than in a full Belgian. In the aftertaste the IPA flavors (hops) kick in with both some pine and grapefruit elements. This beer is incredibly well balanced as I think many good Belgian IPAs are, which is why I’ve really come to love the style. Further this one walks a perfect line between the two being pretty much 50/50 belgian and IPA. Though I truly love many Stone beers I have to say that many are pretty intense in flavor and I wouldn’t want to drink too many of them in a row. This beer though, I could drink all day. Really this is one of the better Belgian IPAs that I’ve had and I think that California has quite a few good ones. My only complaint would be that some of the very elite push the alcohol limit a little higher and maintain good flavor as well. Even so I think this definitely deserves to be rated better.

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

Appearance - This is an amazingly brilliant orange in color with a modest white head that nonetheless left some good lacing.

Smell - The aroma here is modest even as the ale warms but I got some soft citrus hops that mixed well with a rich malt base. There's a nice sense of Belgian yeast to this nose as well delivering on the promised American/Belgian marriage.

Taste - This is much lighter in flavor than I expected. It is a very delicate ale. The hops show a particularly deft touch when considering past Stoner ales. The citrus from the nose I thought announced a heavy hop hand here but I was mistaken, and the obnoxious malt base that I anticipated was absent as well. This is a very balanced beer really with crisp but not overpowering orange-flavored hopping, little malt, and a clean, sophisticated yeast.

Mouthfeel - This is nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. I wouldn't even consider this medium-bodied, and the bitter feel is throughout the drink but again very reserved.

Drinkability - This is a very quaffable Cali/Belgian ale and proof that Stone can offer subtle quality when needed. This one grew on me as I went.

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

on tap at the BA Belgian fest yesterday, and reviewed based on notes, pours lighter amber, clear under an initially fluffy and dense off white head. I got resiny hops, some lime in the nose. Fruity, hoppy, yeast going on here. Complex, tasty offering. I love the regular Stone IPA, love the Belgian enjoying this one is a no brainer...I'd love to see this one in bottles locally sometime soon

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy orange into tulip glass. Small white head that disolves quickly. Great lacing all the way down. The smell is very Belgium-like. Almost smells like a good wit. Lots of spiced scents. The taste was much the same. The hoppy bit of an IPA with the orange spice of a belgium wit. This made for a absolutly great compliment to the Grilled Tuna I had with this beer. The carbonation was just right for a great mouthfeel and overall a very drinkable beer.

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

ok....bought this at a deli in Penn Station NYC before boarding...took a chance since the best before date is past by a few months...! but can't find this one anywhere else. now we try...actually a bit concerned....thought it said best before 12 (december) 2009...but can't tell if the one is rubbed off or not....maybe it's before 2 (february) 2009....!!! yeah, and it was $8 (hey, its NYC...) aahhgh

pours a 'fresh' quasi-clear orangy-amber with a super belgie-fluffy head and intricate lacing. at least it LOOKS great

as expected...smells like smelling a belgion ale and an extremem ipa simultaneously. very inticing. hopefully the nominally strong ABV allowed it to remain fresh in taste.

and it is simply delicious and very FRESH (still!). yeah, it's the two traditional styles blended. simply and seamlessly. i often find myself quickly bored or turned off by the classic belgian ale...this has those notes expertly interwined with the classic (Stone) IPA hallmark. hop-smacking chewiness that is somewhat (not diminished but) mellowed/enhanced by the yeasty flemish character of the european style. it's not really extreme, but rather balanced. a probably upgrade for those who have jumped into signature but non-extreme IPAs etc.

mouthfeel is luscious. too drinkable. i can only wonder what it tastes like 'fresh' !

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

22oz bottle (2010) into a Duvel tulip.
A: The murky golden body has a nice and orange color out of direct light, but also has a light yellow in the light. The white head pours a frothy two fingers, but settles to an island of foam.
S: A piny aroma, a bit of medium intensity, while nice subtle Belgian yeast notes are present.
T/M: The final off flavors are a satisfying dry bitterness. While sweet flavors remain, this is a nice and long lingering finish. The body finishes with a long and piny finish, still a hint of the creamy mouthfeel. The up front flavors are rich and vibrant. Good flavors, a bit more earthy overall, added a bit of Belgian funky yeast, but not enough, or too much for that matter.
D: Great all around Stone brew, a nice version of west coast IPA and Belgian influences. I find this flavorful brew to be a nice and easy drinking BIPA and deep earthy flavors are welcoming.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.90% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color, with a nice white head. The smell of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is rich with hops, grains, and malts. There is also a hit of spices in the smell of this brew. This IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing . Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up the rich hops and ginger spice. Then the nice smoothness of grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Stone Cali-Belgique IPA. What offsets this brew from other IPA's is the spices in this brew.Stone Cali-Belgique IPA , has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, is Bold, rich, spicy , clean , and smooth. It is also hard to pick up on the 6.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth and bold. Overall I'm giving Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, a 4.25 out of 5. Stone Brewing Co., did a nice job with this IPA, I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear bright Orange/gold color. Gold fluffy bright white head. Great lacing. Classic California hop nose win some yeasty undertones.

Oh wow. Really really god Damned good. Body is a little thinner then expected but still decently size. Tart fruitiness, soft yeast flavors, soft hop flavors. The most subtle and elegant ipa I've ever had. The Belgian yeast flavors along with he California hop flavors blend so well together. Incredibly smooth and balanced. This beer is straight up amazing. Well blended flavors, so concentrated. I love it

at 4.99 a bottle, its the best deal around.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,434 ratings.
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