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-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
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
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Ratings: 3,447 |  Reviews: 1,112
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEER88
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best until July 4th 2015.

Deep golden brass and orange bronze body, clear but with an opaque non see thru appearance. Great roaring middle of column rising carbonation matching a creamed nitrous looking two finger top head. Settles with sheet like lacing and manages a very thick looking collar. Big, aggressive and unique great looker.

Basic sense of Belgian candy like sugar and soft malts on the aroma. Mild sensing citrus fruit a bit, but seems to lean more to sugar. Slightly bready a bit as well. Solid if a bit different.

Palate has the hop forward angle of American grapefruit like hops in the mid palate. Mild sensing Belgian sweetness taken over by hop forward action in the aftertaste, with hinting oils of lemon and orange zest. Finishes quite clean and dry. Lots of hop bitterness which tends to obfuscate a lot of the Belgian character. Warmth brings up some more juicy fruit character as time goes on, even a hint of pepper like notes on the finish as well.

Overall though it's a match of styles that seem to clash and can't quite seem to find the perfect balance between the two, or the direction to go. Well made, but also doesn't seem to appeal to my right senses.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the BA Belgian fest yesterday, and reviewed based on notes, pours lighter amber, clear under an initially fluffy and dense off white head. I got resiny hops, some lime in the nose. Fruity, hoppy, yeast going on here. Complex, tasty offering. I love the regular Stone IPA, love the Belgian addition..so enjoying this one is a no brainer...I'd love to see this one in bottles locally sometime soon

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear orange amber with a thin creme head. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor comes off as the skins of some fruit to me. Grapefruits I think. I don't like to eat grapefruit skins, and I don't really want to drink them. There's also a bitter acidic bite from too much hops, I am guessing. Earthy dirt aftertaste a bit. Carbonation is slightly aggressive and the liquid is smooth. Overall this is a below par Belgian IPA IMO. The hops are too prevalent to let the Belgian Ale side shine and it doesn't have the balance I would seek out from this style.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer poured with a honey-gold color, with a tall, frothy, bright white head. The beer looked like it had a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it. Citrus, Belgian spice, and resiny bitter-sweet aromas on the nose. The smell is very vibrant and full. The beer itself is bitter-sweet, with heavy malted and spiced flavors forming a backbone for the dry, pepper spiced hops profiles. The beer has a sweet and sour balanced aftertaste, with some bitter hops giving the beer a dry finish. The beer is sweeter than most IPAs, and the Belgian funk makes this one difficult to drink lots of, for my personal tastes, at least.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours golden with a thin white bubbly head.

The smell is interesting - tart-ish funkyish Belgian yeast with a citric hoppiness. The yeast strain seems to dominate the hops at times. I found that they don't necessarily clash - but almost.

The taste follows the nose to a tee - tartish, bready yeast with a firm, but not strong, citric American hop bitterness with some maltiness. Finishes bready and dry.

Doesn't quite have the Belgian body, more of a medium IPA-ish one, which is fine, but nothing particular special about the body, to me.

As much as I love American hops, I think this is decent, and a great idea, but it just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. There have been Belgian IPA's I preferred over this, and another American brewery's attempt that I prefer as well. Nice enough, but didn't come together quite the way I was hoping. Still, worthwhile to try, as it is interesting and creative.

According to the label, about half say Cali-Belgie (Flemish) and the other half (the one I have) is as it is listed here (French). Cool that they thought of both Belgian cultures.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, citrus hops, piney hops, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine hops, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, slight alcohol, strong yeast, and slight spice. Overall, good aroma, blend, appearance, complexity, and body.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Appearance is slightly golden colored body with a deccent half finger white foamy head; decent amount of lacing left in the wake; carbonation is seen rising at a somewhat fast pace (bubbly - maybe sort of); aroma has strong Belgian yeastiness up front that ends up getting somewhat balanced through the hops that are added; taste is a balancing act of Belgian yeast to the hops - wow, really like how that is done; somewhat of a sweet yeasty aftertaste and a dry yeasty finish; easy on the palate - maybe, somewhat; overall, wow, a very well done beer that I would have again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly clear deeper golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour with lovely streams of carbonation rusing from the bottom of my glass. Leaves light spotted and mild streaks of lace.

Smell- Scents of fusel alcohol, toasted malts, belgian yeast strains and of course fruited hops.

Taste- Well balanced with lots of flavors. Not sure how many hops they used in here. Guessing two, but could even be one....which would be amazing if that was the case. Fresh perfumy and unripe grapefruit bitter hops flavors abound. A bit of sweetness and earthyness from the lightly toasted malt...maybe even a slight touch of chocolate dusting. A little dash or corriander and some white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry, quite quenching, sharp and crisp. Medium carbonation level with a nice light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers I have had. Makes you want to guzzle it. Going to buy another one or two on my way home for SD tomorrow.

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