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-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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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a tumbler Omnipollo glass.

A: The body is medium hazy with a one finger thick head. Shows lots of lacing and some retention.
S: The aroma has a strong belgian yeast profile, providing an almost belgian pale ale aroma to this beer while being very subtle. In back, a minor citrus profile of tangerines is present.
T: As said before, there's a great influence of belgian pale ale results on this beer. This yeast also provides an acidic touch to an Indian Pale Ale, getting it closer to an hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more citrus than expected, resulting in this interesting Cali-Belgique.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is too high and bit harsh. Bitterness is mild.
O: I must admit that I don't like very much this style, but yet, Cali-Belgique might easily be the best Belgian IPA I've had so far.

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

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikey440
2.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

While Stone is one of my favorites, this beer has never been something I really enjoyed. The look is fine and it has notable smell, but I don't think the Belgium elements blend well with an IPA recipe. It honestly tastes like hotdogs, something that I think works against it. I didn't hate this beer and I will drink it, but I would have no problem passing over it either.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Accidentally aged this puppy a year, and I actually like it better now. Last brew of a mixed 24 pack bottled on 9/28/2015. Last year I remember liking this even less than the 6% ABV Pale Ale 2.0 that came in the pack, but it seems to have softened with age...

L: A fine, foamy 1.5 finger white head, lingers well and leaves a nice-looking thin layer that lingers very well. The base is an orange-yellow amber color with haze that appears in vertically oriented streams, very noticeable when swirled in the goblet. Lacing is peppery and sparse.

S: Makes me think of a farm. It still has that spicy rye bread flavor, which I remember being the redeeming flavor of this beer, and the funky, earthy aromas have diminished a bit. Pear and white grape are still prominent, and it still has that fermented fruit aroma reminiscent of most white wines, but ends poorly with butyric acid and general mammalian body odor.

T: A quick sour white grape and apple splash runs into a wall of mandarin and grapefruit rinds, crumbling into toasty crust of sourdough and spicy rye bread. Not nearly as bad as I remember, but that sour, bitter armpit-y funk still clings to the tongue for a long finish. I usually don't like brews made with Belgian yeasts, but this is definitely drinkable.

F: Good, sturdy texture. A little syrupy, but the finish is dry.

O: I definitely have a little more faith that one day a Belgian Ale will knock my socks off. It was very nice to finally experience an improvement in a beer from aging.

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Photo of chard_wells
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank 4/21/14 on draft @ Candlelite.

Clear urine color.

White head; thick lace.

Banana & light citrus nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Clove, black pepper, mild banana & faint strawberry flavors. For all that, this is ultimately bland.

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Photo of jkhara12
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dalv
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catalin90
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Can from J P Alsem. Clear orange pour with a decent white head. Notes of rye bread, banana, coriander, honey, funky brett, barnyard. Medium body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet and salty finish.

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Photo of Italiano86
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucnifter
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger creamy, cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Slightly opaque, bright golden in the glass. Smells faintly of citrus, some strong Belgian yeast esters banging around, slight banana/clove going on. as it warms there is some earthiness coming out. Taste is initially spicy and then start picking up the fruitiness of the yeast along with some citrus in there. First taste was initially very bitter, but as it warms up it mellows out and has a more full taste with less bitterness. Very little residual sweetness going on, finish is pretty dry with almost a lemon peel taste on finish. Good beer, grabbed this as a mix 6, will restock with a six pack of this when I trim down my stash

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

Photo of brayton
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonCorbett
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Frosty haze of burnt orange, and an of-white coloured head made up of loose and frothy foam. Dissipates in irregular patterns.

Aromas: Semi sour mash of apple and apricot. There is some green hoppy character and fresh budding florals with a slight dankness. After it has a chance to warm up a bit, it also carries subtle hints of lightly toasted fresh white bread.

Taste: Earthy green bitters, and not much else... so I let it sit a few minutes. Once the chill comes of, it contains a surprisingly large amount complex flavours. There is a sweet intro which quickly succumbs to the juicy piney hop. The bottle says keep refrigerated, but I say pop and pour but let it warm slightly first. especially for the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: If you serve it too cold it will leave some of the stronger earth impressions on the tongue, but if you hit that right temperature it will have a slick and buttery medium body with a fairly zest carbonation.

Overall: at first I wasn't sold. It really seemed a lot like their other IPAs, but once I waited it out a bit, and let it sit - the flavours came through far more representative of the French-Belgium vibe they are going for. Still it's an OK IPA, but for me it's still missing something.

Pairing: I'd serve this at 4 to 8 C and once it's buttery texture starts to take effect, you can start throwing your food of choice at it. It has plenty to offer, but I think a good spice would really open it up. A stronger asian spice curry or kung pao chicken, or pad thai - with an extra kick of crushed chilis all of those would be great with this version of Stone.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear golden color, two finger white head, messy lacing, minimal carbonation.

S: Hops.

T: Hops.

F: Very smooth and drinkable.

O: Interesting but not anything great.

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Photo of JavierGC
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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