Cali-Belgique IPA | Stone Brewing

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Cali-Belgique IPACali-Belgique IPA
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3.96/5
Very Good
3,458 Ratings
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:
#5,165
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
3,458
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,458 |  Reviews: 1,113
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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of lochef81
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of Belgium ales and an even bigger fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to sample this hybrid. This ale pours a gorgeous golden color with a thick long lasting white head. Very European in appearance. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of Belgium yeast and malty notes. Though there is definitely and underlying aroma of west coast hops. This one has a lighter body than I expected. The flavor of this ale is more European influenced than I expected with a lot of sweet yeast flavors and Malt. Yet there is a definite American ipa influence. A very decent amount of hops that would not be found in a typical belgium ale. This is not my favorite Stone offering or my favorite belgium ipa but it is a very good well crafted ale blending two of the best styles if beer ever created.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

22oz : tulip

Pours a clear, golden orange with a dense, frothy white head.

Aroma and taste are both quite hoppy. With big citrus notes initially blended very nicely with a lightly spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast character.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A really great beer. The hops and yeast compliment each other very nicely and make for a tasty, easy drinking, yet complex beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. YES! Stone is now available in MN, happy day! Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazy amber honey color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that slowly recedes and leaves lace as it does. Fruity aroma right off the bat and as I inhale deeper I get a nice hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Fruit like notes up front which I can only really describe as Fruity Pebbles, a mixture of orange, grape, and cherry. The hops fight back with a flare in the end with a long drawn out bitterness. No real hints at the alcohol in the nose nor the taste. The bitterness is nice but lingers on just a little too long for me.

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2.23/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my personal opinion this is the one of the worst beers that i have ever tasted, and i am a hug Stone Brewery fan.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

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1/5  rDev -74.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger creamy, cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Slightly opaque, bright golden in the glass. Smells faintly of citrus, some strong Belgian yeast esters banging around, slight banana/clove going on. as it warms there is some earthiness coming out. Taste is initially spicy and then start picking up the fruitiness of the yeast along with some citrus in there. First taste was initially very bitter, but as it warms up it mellows out and has a more full taste with less bitterness. Very little residual sweetness going on, finish is pretty dry with almost a lemon peel taste on finish. Good beer, grabbed this as a mix 6, will restock with a six pack of this when I trim down my stash

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