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Stone Cali-Belgique IPAStone Cali-Belgique IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,097
Ratings:
3,382
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.8%
 
 
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117
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689
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Photo of ElSid
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#56

Bottled Date: None

A: Clean and gold with moments of amber highlights in the right light. The head is off white, active, and fades after a significant amount of lapsed time.

S: The nose is definitely yeasty along with ester qualities. The fresh "Cali" hop notes are there but play more of a supporting role.

T: The palate is more balanced; yeast and banana, faint pineapple esters paired with citrus, pine, and flowers from the the triple "C" west coast hop combination. The malt is sweet and biscuity with some caramel also.

M: Good amount of carbonation keeps the brew lively. The feel is moderate and powdery from the yeast. The linger is there but not as noticeable given the carbonation and yeastiness of the feel.

O: Overall the yeast tempers the normal crisp and fresh Stone IPA but also adds some interest to the palate creating a nice example of the Belgian IPA style. This style seems to be growing out here on the west coast keeping the hop heads occupied while also expanding the idea of what an IPA represents.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours light yellow clear.

Overall: Started out bitter like an IPA but then added nice citrus and spicy Belgian yeasty flavors. Smooth yet crisp and overall a good IPA.

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Photo of Mancer
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden amber with a 2 finger high off-white head. The head dissipated after about one minute. Lacing appeared thick. The initial smell of the beer is citrus, pine and an added sweetness. The initial taste of the beer was the citrus and pine, followed by a flavoring of fruits and some spice. There was something odd about the end of the beer and it may have been how the spices meshed together. This beer had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this wasn't the best Stone offering that I have tried. I like Belgian IPA's, but this one seemed alright, nothing really special, which caught me off guard for a Stone. Can't say it was bad, but I don't think I'll get this one again.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served at about 45-50 degrees.

A- Light, foamy 1.5-2 finger head came off of a pour into the center of a large wine glass. Very clear golden color. Very good looking beer.

S- Light fruity smell, more specifically citrus (shocking in an IPA, I know) with a good hint of a spice smell.

T- Very complex flavor. Initial very sweet, followed by a good spice note. A mild hoppy- bitter flavor follows this up. The hops are not as strong in this beer as I thought they would be, given Stone's aggressive attitude, but it was nice all the same.

M-Good mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

D- Very easy to drink. I drank on 22oz bottle as I wrote this review, and could definitely go for another.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

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Photo of bifrostguard
2.61/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Appearance is clear copper color with a tall off white head.

S - Spice and grains backed up by some citrus hops.

T - Spice and grains. The hops aren't easily detected.

M - Thin and unremarkable.

D - Too much spice for me, but if you like the Vertical Epic release you will probably like this as well.

This is definitely not my style. That being said if you like strongly spiced beers you'll enjoy this one. I would attempt to describe the spice but I dislike this one so much I don't care to try.

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Photo of B33R501
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one was just ok for me. im starting to get into the belgian ipa thing but lagunitas little sumpin wild is alot better. maybe this bottle little old the hops are not the usual stone in your face, the bubblegum flavor not as tasty here, too refined. pass on this one.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy golden yellow color with a two finger head. Falls to a slight ring of bubbles around glass. Good lacing.

S - There is an interesting blend of a yeasty bread and citrusy hops aroma.

T - The large hop characteris balanced form the Belgian bread and malt character, the hops don't trounce all of the flavors like the stone IPA, rather it's a more balanced beer with a good finish with touches of Belgian spices.

M - Medium body, good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer. Maybe not the best California IPA/ Belgian beer, but darn good.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: High clarity and pale yellow IPA. Thin white head and low carbonation.

S: Good Belgian yeast funk! Some clean and herbal hops, citrus, sweet white bread, cedar.

T: Mind blowing! This is really different than anything I've had before, I dig it! There is kind of a sweaty aftertaste, which it gets dinged for. Bonus for originality. Sour notes and moderate hop bitterness. I feel like there are some floral notes that want to come out but are masked. Heavy yeasty, malty flavor.

M: Dry and thin, light on the palate. Medium level carbonation. Lets the bitterness hang on just long enough.

O: It's great for a niche beer. I don't know if I could drink these every day, but I think it might come down to taste acquisition. Really unlike anything I've had before. A good example for home brewers to see what a big difference a yeast makes.

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

Bright golden color with a long-lasting white head. Spices dominate the nose with a slight citrus aroma. Spices and citrus again on the palate with maybe some lemon rind and/or orange peel. The hopping is definitely noticeable and comes through nicely to stand together with the fruity and spicy flavors. Very well blended overall but losing half a point for perhaps pushing the spice out front a little too much in my opinion. The variety of flavors really reaches every corner of the palate and creates a sensory whirlwind. Great carbonation that's lively and not overpowering. Very drinkable all in all but I would have liked the spices to be a bit more subdued. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw like color with a two finger head that fades quickly leaving excellent lacing.

Smell is soapy and spicy with notes of mustard seed, sage, thyme, coriander and peppercorns. Slight hints of toasted oats. Yeasty and distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Yeasty, malty and floral, the taste follows the nose with cracked white pepper, hints of sage and coriander mingled with thyme and rosemary. A tropical hop backbone of citrus provides an integral yet understated contrast to the overwhelming floral taste. Finishes dry with a baked banana-esque toasted cereal sweetness.

Highly quaffable, an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of ebrauser
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

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Photo of ChillMike
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden color with a little bit of an orange color. Pours with a nice two finger sized head that recedes a bit slowly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smells pretty similar to the IPA in respects to the hops used (I suppose that's a "DUH") being very tart and piney. However it does have a very slight bublegum-esque malty scent. Very nice.

T: Starts out with a nice Belgian Pale Ale type of flavor then instantly disappears and gives way to the familiarity of Stone's flagship IPA, and ends with a nice bitter hop after flavor with a slight hint of that Belgian returning. Stone was right in saying "an identical twin raised in a Belgian culture"

MF: Pretty identical to their IPA. I like a bit of a thicker beer so I'll be nit picky and say it's a smidgen watery but that's being really picky.

D: Very very drinkable beer, high marks on this one. I would absolutely love to see a 6 pack of this and the IPA together (3 & 3).

Cheers on another great beer Stone!

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Photo of mikeborglum
2.22/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured 22oz bomber in tulip glass; light amber color with nice tall head that does not last long but nice lacing; lighter than expected from a Stone IPA oily and flat with long astringent finish; too flowery in the aroma with smell of hay; bitter flowery taste to with strong alchohol; pretty dissapointing for a Stone brew!

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Photo of tylerprince
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Thin off-white head with poor retention gives way to meager lacing.

Smells of citrus, grass, orange peel, tobacco, honey and mint. On the weak side, presumably due to the lack of a good head.

Tastes like Stone IPA with a twist. Similar hop profile, but a good deal yeastier, bringing out a bready flavor. Honey, orange, and subtle pine notes are present. Delicious

Great MF. Crisp and clean; sessionable. A great, light bodied beer - awesome for summer. Very resinous; sticks to the teeth for quite some time.

A great twist on Stone's famous American IPA. I will most certainly seek this one out again.

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Vendome Beverly Hills (Olympic Blvd) - knowing full well that bottles from this dusty place are hit n' miss. Pulled one from cooler (there were plenty sitting on the shelf...WTF???)

Anywho, this review is only meant to complement my growler one.

Looking good, clear golden hues w great lacing on the bier mug.
Aroma remains tropical...other reviewers mentioned pineapple. Yes.

Some time in the bottle may have helped the taste a tad. My palate seems to prefer this version. Finishes nice n' dry...the hops are fairly subdued at this point, but this seems appropriate for the style.

Going down like a charm...as it warms up, I'm liking it even more.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

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Photo of RomanW70
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a fluffy white head. Very interesting nose, actiually like a combination of Belgium and Cali with yeast and flowers mingling with pine and grapefruitTaste is very smooth, with a lot of sweet malts up front and a light bitter finish. The strong hop aroma did not translate into the taste, although it was quite drinkable. Medium carbonation and body. An interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.9% ABV, 77 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - golden orange clear with one finger head.
S - grapefruit, lemon peel, tangerine, orange. banana indeed. raisin tartness.
T - Belgium yeast did play very well in this IPA, tastes like orange, with some rounded characteristic. bitterness come through, lack of maltiness.
O - very interesting marriage, u really can taste the diff from the yeast. complex, it's on the sweet IPA side, honestly I prefer piney malty IPA. but definitely worth to try! won't get it again tho.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to see this at a local store - I'd never heard of it, so was excited to give it a try. I didn't set my expectations too high when I noticed that they were using the very common yeast strain of Belgian beers. I'm quite wary of that bready, herb-spicey flavor.

Smell had that bready herb-spice smell, but definitely had that extreme hoppiness common of Stone brews. Taste was a pleasant surprise. The first notable thing was that wonderful Stone IPA flavor - very American. Grapefruit and refreshing bitterness. But that herb-spice that is common of Belgian beers was more of a sweet background. As it served in this beer, it worked quite well.

Overall, really shocking. I think I've found the first Belgian-yeast beer that I can find tolerable to sit through. Is it the best beer Stone's ever made? Definitely not. But it opens a window of hope for that Belgian beer that I was getting so bored of.

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

a: poured from a 22oz. bottle, Cali-Belgique is a honey colored light amber, producing a decent amount of white-tan head and some loosely forming lacing.

s: grapefruit, and the signature piny spice hops form the nose.

t: citrus grapefruit and hops translate from the aroma directly onto the palate, with the barley and yeast pretty apparant as well.

m: crisp and dry, well balanced carbonation.

d: not my favorite Stone brew by a long shot, this is nevertheless an interesting creation. though i won't be rushing back to buy another bottle immediately, it's still a quality brew that i wouldn't disparage if presented.

salud!

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Photo of dhd1491
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, yellow-amber. Thick off-white head with some lacing. Aroma and taste are very spicy: cloves and nutmeg. some buttery mouthfeel. Low carbonation creates a watery impression. Bitter hops and sweet caramel on finish.

Some really interesting tastes going on. Almost gave it a 4.5 on taste.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with enjoy by date of 06-17-10, big blurb on the back like most stones. BE AWARE: not the biggest fan of belgians so my review might be a little bias.

Pours a clear golden orange with a slow rising 1 finger head that leaves some lace trace as it settles. visible carbonation is present. deffinatly looks more like a belgian to me.

First whiff explodes into belgian spice, corriander, plum like tartness. The hops are there but hiding behing the belgian outblast.

This ale is has some very interesting characteristics, while drinking more towards a belgian style, the hops from the ipa even all the goodness of the fruity tart belgium spice into a more bitter hopsentric finish.

nice active carbonation with a semi-dry/semi-qwenching finish. very odd to me but being both styles in one i guess it fits the pillow.

This ale was wasnt that hard to finish but took me close to an hour, no more than one for me please.

Very interesing brew that stone has offered us here, letting this one warm up a little really helps balance the belgian into the ipa. I can see myself dinking this again in the future.

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Photo of setexascustoms
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden with orange highlights. Two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Citric hops backed by fruity esters and a slight funk.

T: Again, citric hops right up from fallowed by a definite funk that's a little sour, and even slightly salty. Fruity esters help carry you to the hop bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a some what course mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation.

O: This is certainly a unique brew that helped open my eyes to what a different yeast strain could do to change the flavor of a beer. I'm not acclimated to Belgian styles, and this was educational to say the least. I enjoyed to experience but I'm not sure I'm ready for funky beers, at least not any funkier than this one.

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Photo of ironlung
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal Clear golden tan. Pours with a nice 2 finger head that settles to nothing quite rapidly.

S: Smells like spring in the spice islands. I've never tried a Belgium beer b4,and I won't count this as my first(maybe stone knows that and made this just for me!).

T: When I was at Stone a few months back I'd herd that the guys went over to the abbys on an "education" excursion. If this is what they learned I'll take it!

M: Pretty neat. I like this beer. A nice way to mix up their ipa. Feels like I'm broading my horizons, but then I remember it's from San Diego.

D: A good fall brew. The spice is making me think of the coming holidays(where did the year go??).

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Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing
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