Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
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Cali-Belgique IPACali-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:
#4,923
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,456
pDev:
11.36%
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Ratings: 3,456 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty average, Very light in color, good carbonation, nice amount of carbonation climbing up the side of the glass. Leaves about a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears into a foam cap.

S - Tons of hop and citrus hit you right in the nose. The sweet orange and grapefruit create a nice balance with the spicy hops. There's some good Belgian yeast in this one, with a hint of lemons as well. OH and did mention hops?

T - Definitely a Stone brew. Huge amounts of hops and citrus carry over from the scent. I was right about the good Belgian yeast, gives this beer a unique but tasty quality. There's a good balance between the cloves and hops, and the citrus.

M - Thin bodied, very drinkable, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This was delicious. Being from Ohio I don't get a lot of different Stone brews but this definitely one of my favorite. It's not much to look at, but where it's lacking in appearance, they made up for it in taste and smell. and for $6 a bomber, you cant beat it.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just wish I would have bought more than one and I hope when I got back tomorrow that they still have a couple in stock.

This is a bloody good brew. From the smell to the taste to the aftertaste, great all the way through.

I am not all that strong in my Belgian beers, but from what I have been told, most of the aspects of this brew make this a great Belgian.

To be honest, there is not a lot I can say about this brew that you cannot get from your first taste. I am not a fan of a perfect brew, but this is bloody good...

Highly recommend this brew. And, best of all, it's not all that pricey for a bomber (5.99 where I live).

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Photo of DarkStarCrashes
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one.

Pours surprisingly clear considering the hops and the yeast retention.

The smell is great, good blend of powerful hops and fruity, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is awesome. The hops dance playfully with the tart and strong Belgian character.

Mouthfeel is really good, not too thin like some other Belgian IPAs I've had.

This is an awesome beer. It's interesting how much flavor comes from the yeast alone.

I am very Grateful for this brew. Best enjoyed with a fine "Black Throated Wind" from a good year, maybe '74.

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Photo of jarebobear
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TaySuth
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expected, a rather light amber. One and a half finger head that recedes steadily into a nice ring of lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma with a great amount of hops and definitely some belgian smell. Very inviting.

Taste: Excellent. Completely unique in comparison to Stone's standard IPA. Lots of hops in excellent balance with the sweetness of the grains. Really shows some Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a very smooth finish. Very good body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its original appearance had me going in with lower expectations but then it impressed the rest of the way. This taste was right up my alley and I will be on the lookout for more Belgian IPAs in the future.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellear contributPoured from my 22oz bottle.
Beautiful golden color. Heaviside medium thick. Carbonation bubbles mixed with a slightly hazy appearance, really a great looking brew.
aromatics of California come first. Centennial ,Chinook bitter pine, orange lemon citrus grass
All followed by a blast of Belgium. In the form of yeast spice goodness banana orange pepper clove spiced apple pear lemons and musty yeast cellar.
Taste is a welcome dominated Belgian flavor.pepper yeast citrus cellar lemon lots of grapefruit wheat blast of hops. Clean and refreshing.
Mouth feel is light bitter and well carbonated
In my opinion a great balance of west coast meets Belgium

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Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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

Got a bomber of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Clear amber orange in color with medium carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and chunky, bubbly lacing sticks to the glass. A good wisp remains and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

SMELL: Lots of hops on the nose. Grapefruit, lemon, light floral hops and some honeydew melon as well. Definitely some spicy notes in there from the Belgian yeast as well. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Some sweet melon and spicy yeast notes up front, moving into a bitter-sweet yeasty finish with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon citrus notes and a spicy bite at the swallow. Big and persistent aftertaste with plenty of bitterness, grapefruit and bitter lemon, spicy yeast notes and a touch of sweet melon lingers nicely on the palate. Tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light on the palate but silky and oily as well, creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Nice and refreshing feel to this one.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this one. One of the better Stone beers I’ve had, and one of the better Belgian influenced IPA’s I’ve come across as well. Still all that hoppy goodness that Stone IPA delivers, and the Belgian yeast contributes a nice spicy element that works really well. Quality stuff I’d definitely drink again. Recommended.

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Photo of kmckinnon87
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brentusaurus
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of KimenTshom
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of druptight
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of n00blar
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of suspect
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
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 +1%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of archey
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.3%
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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Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,456 ratings