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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,093
Ratings:
3,370
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
682
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,093 | Ratings: 3,370
Photo of Veejuh
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and one I feel is definitely under-rated on here.

Although my experiences with belgian IPAs are very limited, this is hands down the best one I have had.

The funk and spice of the belgian yeast rides right alongside the california hops, both blending together and complimenting each other beautifully. I mean wow, I just drank a stone delicious IPA which was meh, this is WOW!

imagine if stone saison and stone ipa had a baby, this is that baby.

Give it a try if you like belgian style.

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Photo of Afullmer0317
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one tastes like an ipa and a Belgium style beer gave birth to a baby Jesus in a bottle. It has all the flavor I love in a Belgium and an ipa. How'd they do that?!? My recommendation is to develop a pallet for belgium styles then treat your senses to this bottle of perfection.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With the only difference being the yeast supposedly, there are some major differences. Unlike the Stone IPA (IPA) being a hazy gold color, the Cali-Belgique (CB) is crystal clear. The smell is also drastically different, the aroma is overwhelmed by spicy, belgian yeast aromas with only hints of the pine and citrus. The taste reflects this exactly, tastes like the IPA but overwhelmed by the flavors created by the Belgian Yeast. Overall an ok beer, but I definitely prefer the regular stone IPA. I feel the Belgian yeast hinders the flavor instead of improving it. Still an ok brew though, worth trying out. Especially if your into Belgian style beers.

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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful pale golden beer with a sizable white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Fruity, hoppy aroma, grapefruit-forward. A touch of pine and dry, spicy yeast.

Flavor is nearly a quintessential BIPA. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit, all meshed with Belgian yeast (representing as a little dry spice and a touch of bubblegum).

Very lively, drinkable feel; medium-light, with oily retention and a touch of dryness on the end.

This is a very, very good Belgian IPA, which happens to be a style about which I am not particularly fond. But this is an excellent, fruity, hop-forward example.

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

I am normally not the biggest fan of Belgian style ales/pale ales/IPAs, but make an exception for this. Quality 6.9% IPA with minimal after taste and full flavor

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

Appearance: Pours light yellow clear.

Overall: Started out bitter like an IPA but then added nice citrus and spicy Belgian yeasty flavors. Smooth yet crisp and overall a good IPA.

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Photo of Csikic93
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a strange brew. Pours a gold with a two finger head. Smells like wheat with hint of citrus. Initially tastes like a Belgian but then finishes almost with a bubblegum after taste. So strange but I like it.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great beer from stone however the Belgian IPA mix might not work for some. I think it's interesting but not sure I'd have it for more than a novelty.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12 oz bottle 6/26/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma faint – some spice and fruit
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct taste. It ends bitter as well. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured a golden orange with a frothy, two-finger head.

S - Similar to the regular IPA (fresh hops) with some berry notes. Interesting.

T - Again, similar to Stone's traditional IPA, only some of the hop flavor is subdued in favor of a crisp, apple-like sweetness and tartness. A little boozy on the aftertaste.

M - Pretty typical of an IPA. Medium-thin body with a good deal of fizziness.

O - Definitely more interesting than their traditional IPA, but still carries much of its profile. Why go back?

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

Stone does amazing IPAs, and this is no different. The only thing is with this beer is that it is very light. Much like a light IPA. I didn't get that strong IPA kick while I drank this one. Great for someone who's just starting out on IPAs or for someone looking for something light with a little IPA taste

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a shade darker than gold with a thick head. still very close to gold.

smell is Belgian candy yeast. straight up Belgian in this, like cotton candy.

taste is sweet and rounded. full of Belgian candy yeast. finishes bitter and sweet. certainly a Belgian style of beer but a good tasting beer.

overall this is a pretty good beer. i prefer IPAs with more straightforward American yeast strains but this is certainly unique and tasty. my 2nd time having this beer (first time was this time last year). a nice beer to mix it up.

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Photo of mchegash
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 4oz sample at Pasadena (Liberty Station) store

Appearance - 4.5/5
2 fingers of white foam. golden yellow, clear.

Smell - 4/5
Strong and crsip citrus and pine hops, slight breadiness

Taste - 4.5/5
Citrus with strong banana notes and a slight breadiness. I really like the breadiness and the bananas, they really balance the beer out; Stone IPAs are typically too hoppy for me, but this is great. A little spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, smooth yet crips, medium level carbonation

Overall - 4/5
Good IPA, probably my favorite IPA from Stone.

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

Judging by aroma and taste, this is stones standard ipa with Belgian yeast added for a sweeter candy-like background. Not as good as other brews from stone but still very good and enjoyable.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive never had a Belgian IPA before. I must say it is very different in my opinion, not saying its a bad taste but not at all what you'd expect from a usual IPA. The hop smell is there, the taste is typical Belgian flavors on the front, and hoppy on the back end. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of stone and the initial smell of the beer had me excited, but I didn't think the hops and belgian style quite worked here.

Haven't had many Belgian IPAs, but Flying Dog Raging Bitch is what I would recommend if you want one. For stone I will stick to their other great IPAs if I want some hops

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass,

A - 4 - Poured a semi-translucent gold with slight tinges of orange. Colored is that of a standard domestic brew. Really nice had potential and retention on this beer, formed up a 3 finger, dense and creamy bright white colored head. Spotty lacing.
S - 3.75 - Aromas of clove, light smoke, light bubblegum from the yeast strain and VERY distant hops. Not necessarily bad or good, just odd.
T - 3.25 - A little weak on the flavor. Would make a good transitional IPA. Faint hints of Belgian yeasty. Nutty, bubblegummy spicy yeast is very faint and past this there isn't much else going on unfortunately. More bitterness would take this IPA a LONG way.
F - 4.5 - Nice, smooth and oily mouthfeel.
O - 3.75 - This is an alright IPA. This is what I called a food pairing, lawn mower and shower beer. Very sessionable and easy to throw back. If you're an absolute die hard fan of the Belgian IPA style, then you might want to seek this one our, otherwise, it isn't anything crazy special.

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Photo of clager
2.72/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Look - clear golden color, good lacy head.

Smell - Yeast primarily, did not get the good fruit scent that others are describing.

Taste - Bread flavor prominent, as expected with a Belgian. Good bitterness level. Metallic taste not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - ruined by metallic taste for me. Well-carbonated.

I am big Stone fan but did not enjoy this mix, which is partially my preference against Belgians but also a metal flavor that limited my rating significantly.

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

Appearance: Poured a clear light golden yellow color, with a big fluffy white head. Very nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Some nice citrus and spicy aromas, with some back notes of bubblegum sweetness.
Taste: Pretty close to the smell, with nice citrus and spicy belgian yeasty flavors.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, slightly dry finish, quite nice.
Overall: Great addition to Stone's 12-pack, very nice IPA hoppiness and spicy yeast belgian flavors, good combination. I like this beer a lot.

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

Pours a light tangerine color with a two finger rocky white head. Aroma is yeast, bubblegum, and spice. Taste is balanced with mild hops, yeasty spice, faint bubblegum, and a bit of a bready or biscuity quality. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a nice twist on the regular stone ipa, worth checking out for fans of ipa's and belgians.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light golden yellow with a huge head of foam and good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Yeast and fruit.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, fruit, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced between a yeasty Belgian brew and an IPA, it's missing the usual Stone hop bitterness overload. Nice brew for an occasional something different.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-clear golden amber with creamy head of off-white foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Aroma: Yeasty and fruity. Very Belgian as promised, no doubt from the Belgian yeast used here.

Taste: Bitter, spicy, yeasty, fruity — definitely on the Belgian tip, this hopped-up ale brings a bitter, tangy counterpoint to the complex Belgian yeast content. A solid and faithful collision of classic Belgian and American IPA. Enjoyable, and one I’d enjoy again, no problem.

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Photo of cmq103
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the Stone Mixed IPA 12 pack that included the Ruination, Delicious IPA, Arrogant Bastard and he Cali-Belgique. Great sample pack from Stone. I really enjoyed this Belgian IPA.

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

Pours with very little head. Smells more Belgian than Ipa with some bready and sweet tones to it dont expect any smell of hops in this bad boy. Excellent malty taste with a good clean creamy finish. The hops were ever subtle but added to the overall great tasting experience. Overall a good solid 9 out of 10 Great Brew from the ever astounding Stone Brewing CO. This is a hybrid worth buying!

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Photo of chrisjws
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A: Light golden, two finger head
S: Yeast forward, little hops and a little caramel
T: Citrus, grapefruit, yeast and little pop of bitterness
M: Slight bite from the carbonation, finishes up with a lot of yeast and hop flavors left on the palate between sips.
O: Very enjoyable take, little beligian and a little IPA that make for a very unique experience.

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.
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