Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BA SCORE
80.6%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 3,447 ratings
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-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
Ranking:
#4,414
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
3,447
Liked:
2,779
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
11.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
707
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,447 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of JonCorbett
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,613 characters

Photo of JTuomi
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

 171 characters

Photo of JavierGC
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of k3ve
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can, brewed in Berlin, poured into Stone snifter.

A: Golden, clear, medium sized head which gave the impression it wanted to get away, left quite a bit of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Esters and Phenols drowned out the citrus hops.

T: Bubblegum, apples and some starch which seems the norm in certain Belgian styles, finished with a hit of bitterness.

M: Moderate carbonation, crisp texture, coarse edge from the bitterness but went down well.

O: If this had been a blind tasting, I would have gone for a Belgian style Pale Ale flavoured with some new world hops, rather than an IPA.

 610 characters

Photo of AirBob
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can. Lunch with Pedro at Guevara & Lynch. Paired with Viriato burger. In shaker glass. The belgian yeast seem to provide it a very pleasant and refreshing sugary touch that stands out over the hops. Very original brew

 217 characters

Photo of beerinabottle
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of runeatdrink
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a filtered golden-amber color with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of wheat, peppers, clove, banana and anise. Pretty much straight up, well put together Saison characteristics with no hops cutting through.

Has a low carbonation with a soft farmhouse-like beginning, which suddenly turns overly dry and bitter without caring about the initial smooth mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation leads to a watery, boring finish with the hops trying to mingle into the beers spice profile.

Tastes of banana, wheat and white bread dough, together with pungent herbal hops, containing lemon and orange rind, introducing instantly a pungent bitterness. This strange composition gets completed by peppers, cardamom and clove which cut through the hops and lead off to a spice defined finish, among water and an omnipresent dryness.

This is an odd duck, as it tries to combines so many things at the same time without making any compromises - which is the reason why it fails to convince. No subtle, harmonious flavors come up to tie the different strings together which makes this almost a mess, as for its missing balance. Put in the best of America and the best of Belgium and you'll end up with a beer combining best of both worlds, well, only on a gimmicky, superficial level.

 1,277 characters

Photo of msp88
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Tarnished gold with big piles of crusty loose white. 3.75
Grapefruit pith, pencil erasers (the big pink ones,) broken crackers + flowers. 4
Caramel on toast, a whack of clove, Stone’s signature nettle tang straight up, plus a bit of peachy esters. 4.25
Medium, chewy, smooth. 4

Does phenols + hops = Belgian IPA? Esters come out as it opens and combines with the citrus to good effect. But IBUs + phenols come crashing in and *almost* ruin it. Not the best of both worlds, which this style should be.

Less than the sum of its parts. 3.75

 546 characters

Photo of BWood
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: hazy golden appearance with nice fluffy head. The head lasts for a while and gives good lace.

S: hops and Belgian yeasts.

T: near a tripel without the complexity. The ipa taste is very noticeable and does mesh well with the Belgian.

F: lingers with hop bitterness.

O: nice beer. I think I would rather either have a ipa or a Belgian beer instead of a combination of both.

 379 characters

Photo of JohnyFriday
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 80.6% out of 100 with 3,447 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.