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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:
3,423
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
122
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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L growler a couple of days after it was filled. Poured into tulip with great two finger head. Deep gold in color, good retention and lacing. At first the citrusy west-coast hops hit me but then I noticed a yeasty, hefe-like nose. Spice, banana and some sweet fruit all present. A definite bready and yeasty taste along with a pleastant bitter hopiness. A little more of a bitter hop kick than a citric hop kick. Some sweetness, some malt, and some grain as well. A very unique blend of flavors. Good, medium mouthfeel with slightly oil, chewy aftertaste. Overall a great beer and unique for stone. Tastes a bit like the 8-8-8 epic I thought, but thats not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with incredibly white head that stuck around. A very lively beer.

A- That distinct belgian yeast aroma. I definitely noticed citrusy hops. Perhaps a bit of orange and coriander as well.

T- Wonderful belgian taste. Coriander and orange as well as some more citrusy hops with nice malt to balance it.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Eventaully left a slight alcohol warming.

D- I really liked this brew, I hope it becomes a more permanent brew. Quite refreshing and enjoyable.


Note: These notes are from memory, had this wonderful brew earlier today at the brewery.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear amber with a good foamy head that settles into lacing the whole way down. Great color.

S - Very very very pleasant. Floral and citrusy. The hops are citrusy and pleasantly bitter (two things that seem rare), and there is a sweet belgian banana twinge through it all. Very few beers smell this nice. This would be the perfect air freshener smell. Lovely.

T/M - Bitterness is earthy and grassy. Juicy, some hints of grapefruit rind. Not as rich as the smell, unfortunately. Tastes like a good standard IPA, but nothing terriffic.

D - It's good and somewhat easy to drink, but not exceptionally so. Moderate alcohol creeps up on you.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color, white head with tons of stick, although not as white and craggy as, say, the Houblon.

The nose is strongly aromatic, with tons of citric hops backed with some clove, aspirin, and other esters. The power is definitely there, and the ingredients are right.

Tastes exactly like you would imagine from the name; taking the Belgian high gravity yeast and imparting a serious hop edge to it. Some spiciness, although this is muted; so too is the alcohol.

Great ale, to be recommended with all but the very finest (I think that Houblon and Hopsinjoor are more drinkable) Belgian IPAs. Get thee to a brewery!

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Photo of hsway
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass in two sessions (over the course of one night, obviously). I put the open bottle back in the fridge between sessions.

a: Didn't generate much head despite a relatively strong pour - body is a medium golden color - glows nicely when you hold your glass up to a light.

s: Floral and hoppy.

t: I think this beer balances the Cali-style hopiness with the yeastiness of a Belgian quite nicely - rather than fighting each other, they complimented quite nicely.

m: Smooth but not especially memorable.

d: I thought this was quite easy going down, despite combining two rather intensely-flavored beer profiles.

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Photo of cpone
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bomber to tulip.

Two inches of off white head - some spotty lacing. Hazy copper/orange body. Very clean aroma. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, meyer lemon. Mild cereal grain. Taste is hop dominant, but not overpowering. Some malty sweetness and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is refreshing, but a little thin. overall a solid beer i could see myself going back to again and again.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice change..... A beer that is what it says.... A genuine IPA... All hops and oomph with a genuine twist of Belgian sweetness, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts.
Top stuff.

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Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stone IPA + Belgian yeast = Awesomeness. Moderately hazy, golden with foamy white head. Nice lacing that stays put. Bready aromas, slight fruitiness. A nice mellow hopiness flavor with that subtle hint of banana bread from the yeast. Pulls together nicely. Lightly carbonated with subtle stickiness that works.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thin white head, big clumps of lace. Smell: floral, spicy, lemon zest, a little musty grain, soft pear and a hint of pepper. Taste: spicy and lightly tropical, peppery + background clove, citrus peel, a little cantaloupe in the back of the finish. Everyone seems to be making west coast hopped Belgian IPAs, but this is a good one. Best by 7/10.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, thought that the West Coast and Europe went very well together.
A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy gold color, medium white head, a little clumpy, nice lacing.
Pretty much equal amounts earthy/yeast and floral/citrus in the aroma. They went well together.
The taste mimicked the aroma: funky/earthy with grapefruit and pine. I thought the grapefruit was the more predominant taste.
A well-constructed beer, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a fresh batch that the store just received within the past month. It was a hazy golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large white head that slowly settled to a constant foam cap and collar. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Really solid appearance.

This is a unique blending. The yeast, spice and bready malt from the belgique side blend in with the citric and pine hops from the cali side. Each is very good in it's own right and when combined they really do work together. So often, these hybrids had good parts but don't work together. That's not the case here. The taste is a really good blend as well. My taste buds keep going from really tasting one aspect to jumping to the other and then jumping back. Sounds odd but it really works and the combined taste is very interesting. Goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carbonation and a pleasing citrusy and yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer and one of the best Belgian IPA's. Really enjoyed the Stone creativity here. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - this will make the hop rotation for sure [R;Y]

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Photo of colforbin73
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent beer! i suppose take the style description with a grain of salt if you are a purest. it is however called the "CALI-Belgique" mind you.

pours a beautiful clear golden yellow with excellent carbonation and a thin white head of bubbles that trails off pretty quick and leaves no lacing. the flavors are well balanced, with crispy hops dancing on a flavorful malt base that gives good mouth feel. yeasty flavors play a central roll, giving you a little bit of sour in here too.

not easy to find, if you see it and haven't tried one -- pick it up.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found this just this weekend, bought it rigth away just becuase it's got "cali" in the name

A poured from the 22 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. Very bright lemon color - super clarity, thick rocky head that settles slow with grand lacing

S: fruity yeasty smell, nice yet understated

T: honestly the FIRST time I've really liked a belgian. this is nice, bright but not overly citrus.

M: not too heavy, ABV is nicely discreet

D: great for the abv. no bite at all.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Cloudy, yeasty pale orangey gold. Nice single finger of dense, white, whipped creamy head with very good staying power...never really disappears, just sinks down a bit over time. Gorgeous looking beer. Nice lacing left down the sides of the glass.

S - Nice and hoppy. Lots of citrus - fresh orange blossoms dominate. Good sweet malt undertones enhance the citrusy fruit aromas. Maybe a hint of mint in the aroma too. Slightly off-beat aroma for an IPA, but I have to say I like it.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. Some typical stone flavors, especially the malt, rich and caramelly underneath...Stone's IPA's and hoppy beers in general all seem to have this same character at the base. Definitely a slight minty (spearmint, I think) flavor and some grassiness in the mix. Hops are quite bitter in typical Stone fashion. The yeast strain they use doesn't scream Belgian to me, but it definitely adds a layer of complexity to this beer.

M - Medium in body and medium high carbonation. Minty flavors give a slight cooling sensation in the mouth, before yielding to the resiny bitterness that sticks around seemingly forever. Beer easily slides over the tongue and down the throat and begs for another sip.

D - At 6.9%, a little high to be sessionable, but the taste makes it so tempting to sit back and have a few of these. Very enjoyable IPA...definitely not like your average IPA. Very interesting character and well worth seeking out. First time I've had one of these in about 6 months...really wondering why I haven't bought more...

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Photo of MadCat
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with a lushous white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fragrant, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of yeast

Taste: Taste follows the nose up front, citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Then, the malt and yeast follows, bready, biscuity, spicy, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Would have liked if it followed Belgian styles, but that is the only real downside I see in this.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Holds up to Stone's standards very well.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

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Photo of bogus564
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall weizen glass...

Golden amber in color, with a straw-colored head that holds for about a minute before dissolving into lace that stays on the glass. Seems to be a Stone thing, the lace... finally, a color that I can love.

Now this is a smell I can get into - I'm hit first with a grassy note, then a spicy sensation that reminds me of light clove, and a citrus aroma that I'm thinking is lemon.

First taste - Wow! I didn't think I'd like anything from Stone more than Arrogant Bastard Ale, but I'm liking this just a tad more. It's well-balanced, between the lemon, grassy, clove and slight caramel notes. I really like this beer.

Mouthfeel is very good - I'm impressed by the balance of this beer, and I've had quite a few beers in this category.

I could have several of these over the course of a day and be happy. I can't believe how much I liked this brew. Stone is clearly no joke in the brewing world.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hay, clearish body with some carbonation streams moderately brimming within. Nice tall crown of crusty, big bubbly whitish foam grows firmly after a vigoruos pour into my Stone Ruination goblet. Lots of thick lacing in droopy strings and sheets is caked across the glass.

Aroma is a pretty decent combo of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Tangerine fuzz, lemony spritz, orange spray, and a twist of lime are co-mingling well with a dryish yeastyness that adds some clovish spice and slight medicinal tones to its nose.

Taste is crisp and steady with a good amount of hop flavors in the citrusy realm of bite and bitterness. All handled well with a good balance as the yeast pulls in a light puffy/airy dryness of yeast and mild bubblegum layered low underneath. Spiced mildly with a bit of brightness in citrus with lime, lemon, white grapefruit, and over ripe starfruit. Spiced in yeast with clove, floral pollen things, and some tannin. Overall, the balance is well-rounded and easy on the palate with a mellow tone that build slowly and gracefully into a stronger finish of complexity. Nice!

Feel, as mentioned within the taste, is crisp and steardy, round and a solid medium if not more so. Just a scootch more bubblegummyness and biscuity/doughy malt and this would be sublimely yummy. As is however, is still far more drinkable then one would think. The bomber flows fast and the glass drinks easy with this one.
Stone is finally making waves in Minnesota! Only took, what, like 8 years? But its here, at last!

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had it about 70 days from the best-by date

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber with a wavy, long-lasting head that settled into a sea of lace.

Smell: Piney hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The nose made me brace for massive bitterness, but that never came. Lots of Belgian yeast with moderate bitterness up front, into a bready malt backbone, and finishing with a long-lasting dry, bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with low carbonation, giving it a slick feel.

Overall: This was different than what I was expecting. Stone decided not to go overboard with the hops? Either way, all of the components went together well to create flavorful IPA.

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Photo of atsprings
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Belgian IPA has become one of my favorite styles, but like many other Belgian beers, they're never as good on-tap as they are bottle conditioned. This one, however, on-tap at Flying Saucer, is even better than the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of spice and citrus hops. The taste is a wonderful blend of spices, citrus hops and sweet malts that leaves a nice blend of spice and hops on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a touch of sticky alcohol. This is likely one of the best Belgian style beers I've had on-tap.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright sunny gold color with perfect clarity. Big fluffy white head that had nice retention. There was wonderful sticky lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma was very spicy and fresh. I was sensing a lot of ginger.

Lots of cracker flavors at first then a lots of spice comes into the picture. Licorice, mint and ginger. Behind all this remains the nice like malt flavors. Certainly a bit if light fresh hops at the end. Fairly subdued.

Bright/light mouth feel and fairly light body. Fantastic drinkability. I enjoy this one quite a bit.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper color, like a classic west coast IPA, tight bubbles, almost no head.

S: Enormous mixture of belgian yeast and northwestern US hops. An intriguing, awesome blend. Really well executed. No malt on the nose at all.

T: Again, fruit and citrus from the hops mix very well with the fruit flavors from the yeast. An assertive yet transparent malt backbone, not too thin.

M: Not too thin, but not enough body to withstand the bitterness, almost. Like mostly pefect but a little bit off for my preference in the style.

D: Very drinkable beer with a reasonable, sessionable-for-Belgian IPA.

Lovely all around. I heart stone and this is no exception.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- beer pours a nice darker golden color with a nice white head that does not fade fast. Looks like your typical IPA with a hazy appearance.

S-smell is blissful! It's got that west coast ipa smell of grapefruit, pine, some orange, and I get a pleasant scent of pineapple. The unique part about this beer is the Belgian yeast smell that you would get from a Belgian trippel. It has that banana zest that I really appreciate in a Belgian ale with the west coast IPA tartness.

T- awesome flavor! It has the bitterness of the Stone IPA along with its quintessential pine, orange, grapefruit and that pineapple that follows the nose IMO. The end has that sweet spicy Belgian yeast flavor that I know and love that really makes this beer stand out from the rest.

O- great beer it's a unique hybrid that stands in a class of its own. It has the standard west coast IPA flavor that Stone does damn well. Then they throw in the Belgian yeast that seriously puts this beer in an awesome spot in my book. I think this beer can appeal to both the IPA drinker and the Belgian ale drinker. I'm more of a Belgian guy myself and this beer is super refreshing to me for the warmer California months I know and love.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,423 ratings.
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