Stone Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
3,442
Reviews:
1,111
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
709
For Trade:
2
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Photo of n00blar
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of suspect
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour at first warned of huge head so I backed it down and got about a two finger rocky white head that disappeared quickly to a whispy layer. Lacing is spotty.

S: Nothing is too overpowering, slight hop presence, definite Belgian bread-yeast profile and if I had to pick one aroma that stood out, it would probably be this one but I'm not sure it's fits in with the rest of the smells.

T: Falls in line with the aroma, again nothing is outstanding, all pretty toned down flavors. Slightly more balanced than the smell.

M: Creamy feel, hop oils coat the mouth nicely. Ample carbonation.

O: Man, this is a pretty average beer all around. I was really looking forward to this one as I love a good Belgian IPA and this one just felt so safe. I feel like Stone could have taken a few shots with this one and just didn't. I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz pour (from a 22oz bomber bottle) into a blank goblet glass. This was another beer from the beer and grilled cheese dinner event.

A: Yellow orange color. Amazingly clean and clear beer. Bright white bottle conditioned head. Stays around a while. Fingers worth of head. Nice lacing trails on the glass.

S: Gets lots of that Belgian flavor. Spicy clove and banana. Then some of those CA citrus hops that Stone beers are known for. Some sweet malt is hidden in there behind all of that to hopefully balance it out.

T: Interesting sip. The pine hop flavors on the tip of the tongue, blend into the Belgian flavors nicely. Spicy floral notes. Citrus like orange and lemon. But also clove. The finish is long.

M: Medium bodied with bottle conditioning that really helps to clear the palate.

O: This is a nice A- to A beer for me. I don't think that I have had a BAD Stone beer. This certainly doesn't disappoint. I like the creative approach to brewing that they have. Expanding on their regular solid line, but not straying too far.

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Photo of 00trayn
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while visiting the Stone Brewery in California at the World Bistro.

A - A light golden honey color that pours with a finger-width head. Good lacing and head retention. Very fresh (considering I was at the brewery, that's not surprising).

S - A subtle hoppy scent with a hint fruity spice to the nose.

T - A refreshing lightly hoppy beer that has flavors of pineapple and citrus. It has a slightly floral finish.

M - This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPAs and it's even more fantastic fresh on tap. The flavors are more subtle and for someone who is new to IPAs (like I was back when I had this), it's a great place to start.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a one finger head. Visibly effervescent and has good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Not a strong smelling beer but pleasant; hops are the most prominent scent followed by a little Belgian years.

T: Tastes very much like an IPA but with a fuller sweeter taste. Well balanced but nothing crazy.

M: Great feel- medium carbonation with a light to medium body that makes for a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden color with a thin, off-white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Bright citrus and bubble gum. Smells quite a bit like Juicy Fruit, but in a good way.

T: Leads with a whiff of Belgian funk before the sweet citrus fruit takes over. Fruit lasts long into the finish, joined by pepper and oak.

M: Fairly light with a bit of creaminess.

O: A nice example of the style, nothing earth-shaking, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best by 3/9/2012) into a tulip. Pours crystal-clear golden color w/ a thick creamy white head.

Aroma is fruity, flowery Belgian yeast, bubble gum.

Taste is bitter & hoppy up front, mellowed by the Belgian yeast. Dry biscuity malt, floral hops.

Overall an interesting version of Stone IPA, thanks to the Belgian yeast. It's softer and mellower than the original. I may prefer Belgian IPAs like Houblon Chouffe - as those are Belgian first, IPA second whereas this is IPA first, Belgian second - but it's a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jkanavel
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a biggun

A: Golden, light tinge of amber. Bubbly and exciting. Nice pillowy head, but low head retention.

S: Yeasty, doughy, citrus, lemongrass.

T: Undeniably Belgique. Lemony, yet sweet. Good deal of complexity going on here. Similar to New Belgium's Belgo IPA, yet more restrained, thought not necessarily more refined. Both are great, and super similar in their hop profile, and yeast profile. Not as ballsy as some Stone offerings, but this one is quaffable, as well as giving you plenty to contemplate.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation.

O: I re-iterate, similar in spirit to the Belgo IPA from New Belgium, but certainly bares the marks of its brewery. Lacked the hoppy freshness a lot of other Stone brews have.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KarlosT
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this at a stone beer tasting event.

Prefer more the hoppy/ipa style beers.

a: yellow

s: slight skunky heinekin notes, which i'm not a fan of

t: ok

mf: ok

overall: will focus on other beers in the stone offering. FYI: this was my wife's favorite beer of the bunch.

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In an attempt to "catch up" on my Beers of 2012 project, I am revisiting some old favorites. The Cali-Belgie from Stone Brewing is one that I've often labeled as my favorite from this West Coast Hop-head brewery. I had never been much of a hop-head myself and frequently found the beers from Stone a little too intense for my preference. I think my tastes have changed pretty drastically over the past few months, so Sara and I are revisiting this interesting little guy.

Stone Cali-Belgie is a twist on one of their old favorites. The brewers take their traditional IPA recipe but substitute a strain of Belgian yeast, giving just a little something 'extra.' The Cali-Belgie pours out a bright golden color with lots of soft, fluffy white foam. Foam is bountiful at first but fades slowly leaving just a small amount of lacing on the side of my Chimay glass.

The aromas of this IPA are far more interesting than I remember! There is definitely some mild hops present but they're much softer style than Stone is usually known for. The hops aromas are dominated by the floral/lightly citrus style hops without being too in-your-face or pungent. There is also a very interesting banana quality to it, very reminiscent of Juicy Fruit chewing gum.

On the palate I'm really surprised by how sweet this "IPA" is! Now don't get me wrong, there is a significant amount of hops on the tongue, but like the nose suspected its a very soft, smooth, and floral hops character. The citrus & banana component is uncanny! It tastes almost as if you were just chewing some Juicy Fruit and took a sip of a Stone IPA, it is absolutely wild!

During the time it took for us to work on this bottle of Cali-Belgie, we also had a few customers inquire about our half-full glasses. One guy was originally going to buy Bud Light but wanted to try something new. After just a couple sips of the Cali-Belgie he was converted. There are few things more satisfying than converting a Bud Light drinker to serious craft beer!

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/06/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch thick off-white and slightly fluffy head that recedes pretty quickly; Darker gold color; Visible and audible carbonation; Some lacing around the glass

S - Very inviting and complex aroma here; Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with notes of pineapple, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit, and orange; Spicy and yeasty characteristics come through as well

T - Fruit flavors mostly consist of passionfruit, apricot, pear, with citrus flavors being mostly absent; There's a little spice in the middle of the taste with a very crisp finish for an IPA; The aftertaste is a touch bitter and tart; As the beer warms, the fruits start to mellow and the spice becomes more prominent - no doubt a strong Belgian influence here

M - Moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Very smooth mouthfeel; Pretty crisp finish that leaves the mouth somewhat dry

O - This is a very interesting and unique beer for sure. It's hard to believe this is the same Stone IPA, but brewed using a Belgian yeast strain. It really does change the taste quite a bit, and while I did enjoy it, I am still partial to Stone IPA. This beer's biggest strengths were the aroma and mouthfeel, which were quite nice. I will certainly try this brew again sometime, and hope that I can try other offerings that experiment with different yeast strains much like this one.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, golden straw colored beer. Nice lacing.

Belgian yeast and a slight "double IPAness" in the aroma.

Ohh! Nice flavor. More Belgian pale to me than anything else. Great hop flavor. Great yeast flavor.

Medium bodied. Great carbonation.

I'm not really too super keen on the beers that are overly "Belgian" So... this one is a nice balance for me. It's really great.

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Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,442 ratings.
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