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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: 1,101 | Ratings: 3,398
Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/15....pours clear gold, see through, ring of white foam. Some lacing. Light belgian yeast nose, very faint. Taste is a burst of citrus bitter, more lime than lemon. Grapefruit too. Funky saison like flavor, yeasts. Bright.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear medium golden color. Two fingers of white head leave great lacing.

S: Bready malts and Belgian yeast. Bananas and cloves... spice and peppercorn.

T/F: Malts and bread up front quickly giving way to a classic Stone hop profile. Faint bananas... strong spice and peppercorn. Floral and piney. Medium carbonation and resinous. The end is bitter and dry.

O: Another great IPA from the Gargoyle and an interesting take on their classic style. I picked up the Belgian yeast more on the nose than the flavor.. and this is just a great IPA. A nice brew to have in their repertoire.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled in a tulip glass while at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2)
Appearance: Straw/gold in color. About 0.5 fingers of white head.
Smell: Well, this beer smells a lot better than it tastes. Hints of pine, citrus, and spices.
Taste: A bitter and off-putting mix of pine and pepper. It left a long and unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. This beer also advertises the addition of a Belgian yeast that adds a banana flavor, but I did not detect this. I am not a fan at all.
Mouthfeel: Moderate-high carbonation with medium body.
Overall: In general, I am a huge fan of Stone beers, just not this one. By far, it's the worst Stone beer that I have sampled. To put it simply, this beer just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/16/16, look is very typical of Stone who is notoriously good. Medium bodied mildly carbonated beer. Smell is typical of the style, Belgian. Tastes refreshing, light, and session able even though it is yeasty. Not bad at all

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden-honey color with a thick, snow white head and extensive lacing. It smells of Belgian yeast and spices, along with tangerine. It's a really interesting taste - something between a West Coast IPA and a Belgian Tripel. The flavors include grapefruit, Belgian yeast, Belgian yeast, and bitter hops. It has a biting, bitter aftertaste. This ale is crisp, dry, refreshing, and easy to drink with a manageable ABV of 6.9%. Overall, this ale is tasty and really fun to drink.

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Photo of Hambonillo
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is a light straw color, and the feel is like I'd expect from a Stone IPA.
The smell is too sweet for me.
The taste is kind of nutmeggy, and I find it to be objectionable.
Like mulled beer? The hoppiness is fine.
If you like pumpkin beer, this might be for you.

Of all of the Stone IPAs, this is the only one that I don't care for, much.
All of their other IPAs are great.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always found white IPAs to be stubborn and difficult to nail down, but this one works pretty well. Just the right subdued level of sweetness to help blend the Belgian floral notes with the IPA hops. Very well done.

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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 BWED
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Golden-orange. White head. 1/4" head with great retention. Lacing is just a little spotty.

S- Mix between citrus and stone fruits. Belgian spicy yeast. Smells a little like fruitcake.

T- Again, citrusy and fruity, with the spicy yeast notes. A little peppery.

M- Spicy, dry. Citrus pith bitterness. Body is medium.

O- This scale tips more to the IPA side. But the yeast adds that Belgian influence. Decent, but hop profile a little too strong.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this as part of a Christmas gift pack. Bottled on 8/20/2015. I didn't check the best by date (12/18/2015) until this evening, my bad, so it's 2 months past. Live and learn. Still...this was kept in my cellar, shelved in the dark at about 54 degrees, transferred to fridge for approximately 2 weeks at 38 degrees. Poured from bottle to shaker pint glass
Look: Mostly clear, light haze, yellow/orange gold color, 1/4 inch head with some lace, nice carbonation which lasted to the end.
Smell: Floral and sweet pushed by a yeast backbone.
Taste: Mild bitterness buffered by sweet malt and yeast. Hint of pine, bread and orange peel(?). Lingering aftertaste of stale chewing gum but not at all unpleasant.
Feel: Slightly creamy and effervescent.
Overall: Complex flavoring features the best of west coast IPA with solid Belgian roots. Very drinkable but the 6.9%ABV sits in the background which could spell trouble if you let consumption get out of hand. A nice beer to come home to after work and before dinner. I wish I had tried this before the best by date had passed, curious to know how much difference there is. Will keep this on my list for when friends are expected to visit but I'll buy and serve fresh from now on.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rather gorgeous deep straw with a powerful head. The aroma of pine takes primacy, supported by pineapple, grapefruit peel, and banana, which I imagine comes from the belgian yeast. The flavor starts with strong pine notes and excellent bitterness, rounding out into banana and spice, with the grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and guava backing up the main flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderfully fizzy but also coating. Overall what I appreciate most about this beer is that it does not shy away from bitterness - there is a solid tongue bashing quality without inviting in too much sweetness. All the flavors are well incorportated and work to a more effective whole.

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

Poured from a 12oz (bottled 12/5/15, enjoy by 4/3/16) Golden amber in color, just slightly hazy. Topped by a billowy white head that falls to a suds-y film. A good bit of sticky, cobweb-y lacing. Incidentally this beer comes in a bottle that one might find labeled two different ways ('Cali-Belgie' Or 'Cali-Belgique') as a nod to Belgium being a country with two different official languages, a nice touch. Mine was the former.

Nose has a mix of citrus hop tones, a trace of earthiness, along with some fruity tones, mostly banana and mango.

Just like with the standard Stone, IPA, this one starts with a bit of slightly sweet, bread-y malts that's then quickly overtaken by pine, bright, bracing grapefruit and citrus peel from the classic hops. The twist on this one comes from the Belgian yeast; there's definitely the yeasty, clove-y spice bite in the mid-palate, along with those distinctly tart, green apple-like flavors you might find in a Belgian strong-style ale, especially as the beer warms. The finish is quite dry, with pine resin lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and a touch oily, with moderate carbonation. ABV just shy of 7% keeps this one drinkable while still having some substance.

I'm a big fan of Belgian ales in general, and the distinct flavors imparted by the Belgian yeasts make this one an intriguing hybrid, and very enjoyable. Even though the California IPA style isn't my usual go-to in the form, I could see myself enjoying this one again, certainly.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, banana, and slight citrus hops. Tastes of nice citrus hops with the banana of the grain and the Belgian yeast aftertaste, all balanced very well. Beer is highly carbonated but still a very drinkable light bodied beer. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: more golden than yellow. Head with fine strands of lacing that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Citrus is the most dominant. Then comes big yeastiness with cloves and banana. You can smell the yeast. Then comes the piny scent.

Taste: Piney hoppines and sturdy malt backbone with plenty of yeastiness to be felt along the way.

Mouthfeel: i expected it to be softer on the mouth but was spightly harsher than I originally thought. Still very smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jmills3
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this in the store, and upon reading "California style IPA with a Belgian twist" I was expecting mind-blowing. I didn't get mind-blowing. I did get a very good beer, though. Zero complaints.

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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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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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