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-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:
#5,244
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,458
pDev:
11.36%
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Ratings: 3,458 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

22oz bottle to Dogfish Head IPA glass
Enjoy by: 04-16-04

A - Pours a clear honey amber with 1 finger of pillowy white foam on top. Impressive retention with polka dot lacing.

S - Belgian yeast upfront, taffy, limes, malt, lemon pepper, hints of thyme and rosemary, candied grapefruit and lemon oils comes out as it warms.

T - Ruby red grapefruit, with a sweet taffy/candy like malt in the background, old school bubblegum, the sweetness in quickly wicked away with a dry middle to finish. Lemon oils and herbs, lemon thyme, and some rosemary, the bitterness has a spicy sensation. Lemon/lime really come out more as this warms. Nice spicy finish.

M - Medium body, oily at first but the carbonation turns creamy mid palate providing a lush feel.

Very expressive flavors from the yeast that really meld with hops and malt. Complex herbal notes really took this up a notch. The bitterness is there but you have to think about it to really notice it, which to me, is impressive. Mouthfeel is has great transition and glides over the palate nicely.
The best American made BIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of RickS95
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's only an average looking IPA. Almost looks blonde. It's a dark straw color, pale-ish like you'd expect. Relatively clear with a thin white head that leaves the party quickly.

If you read the back of the bottle, it smells like you'd expect. It smells solely of fruit, but if you'd had a farmhouse saison, you get it. Like the bottles says, it's a funky yeast and it shines through in this beer.

Has a great flavor. The IPA influence is there, it's got a citrusy, piney backbone to it. However, the yeast gives off more fruity flavors as well. Making it both citrusy, sweet, and piney with the nice hoppy taste in the swallow.

Very complex. As I mentioned in the tastes, you get sweet, citrus, dry/piney and slightly bitter. A great test for your tongue.

This is one of my favorite beers, regardless of style. I love dark porters and stouts, and this is anything but. However, I also appreciate IPAs and fruit beers and this satisfies those likes very, very well. Good stuff.

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Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of tvghost
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

From bottle, pours hazy light golden with a frothy and creamy white head that laces quite well. Aroma is very faint but I get some sort of spice with Belgium yeast. Taste lemon, citrus, clove, orange peel not to bad.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of shand
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic. No date stamp, but bought from a generally reputable retailer.

This brew pours a very hazy apricot color crested with three fingers of head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aroma is a nice mix between some Belgian yeast funkiness and some nice west-coast hop dankness. Citrus aspects are also noted. The taste is a little less balanced then I thought, the Belgian aspects are really the stars of the shows here. There's a bit of a nice hop kick in the center, but the slightly funky Belgian yeast and fruity ester qualities really dominates the start and finish of this brew. More hops, please.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's firmly carbonated and a bit light on the mouth, and the drinkability suffers just a little bit from the Belgian dominance. Overall, still not my favourite style. I wish there was more of a focus on the IPA side of the "Belgian IPA" equation.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I twice tasted this one, took notes for rating, and each time lost the notes. This is the third one and this time I did not lose the notes. Third times the charm! It got better each time!
Pours a golden light amber and is very clear. Big foam head soon disapates but leaves a swirly cap and bubbly lacing.
In the aroma there is a hint of citrus/orange peel, sweet pilsner malt, Belgian yeast tones, and, interestingly, to my nose at least, hints of cherry.
The taste is doughy and biscuity. There is lots of Belgian yeast character and rustic earthy qualities. Some citrus flavor adds zestiness. Resiny hops add a great twist and a delightful mild to moderate bitterness that is felt especially in the aftertaste. Great balance as there is a fantastic interplay between sweet and bitter in the back of throat. Easy to drink, medium bodied but drinks light. Supremely quaffable. A perfect marriage between IPA and Belgian Pale Ale, kind of like Stone IPA meets Orval.
This could definitely become a go to beer. Delicious and wonderful! A true find!

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

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

Photo of Modernrickk
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crustal clear golden yellow pour, 2 fingers white fluffy head, excellent lacing. smells of pepper, coriander, orange peel, piney hop smell. initial piney taste, with a sweet caramel orange flavor in the backbone, tastes more like a belgian than an IPA and is surprisingly not bitter (weird coming from Stone!!). medium bodied with a slight spicyness to it that makes it very refreshing, moderate carbonation, slight creaminess. overall, a great warm weather thirst quencher with a decent abv% that isn't overwhelming. very tasty and very refreshing - it's a shame it's so hard to get in my area.

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Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3,458 ratings