Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  IPA

6.9% Alcohol by Volume

77 International Bittering Units

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When reading the name “Stone Cali-Belgique IPA”, “Cali” hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word “Belgique” (which is how Belgium’s French-speaking population says the word “Belgian”; the Dutch speaking Belgians say “Belgie”). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone Brew – and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally. First Release Date: August 2008 Hop Variety: Columbus, Chinook & Centennial Stats: ALC/VOL 6.9%, 77 IBUs

ID: 31962 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank1151
Overall Percentile97.6
Style Rank63 of 4615
Style Percentile98.6
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.755
Weighted Score3.688
Standard Deviation0.399

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  • CHOPZ 5612 reviews
    rated 3.6 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a clear golden colour with a big off-white head that stays a while and creates foamy lacing. Citrus aromas with hints of Belgian Ale yeast, other fruitiness. Grainy malts taste start with a big bitter middle and lingering into the finish. Smooth oily mouthfeel. Lots of grassy notes, but not enough Belgian ones.

  • PALEALERIDER 2233 reviews
    rated 3.5 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a big huge foamy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Has a fairly clear golden amber appearance and has some sticky lacing all around. Excessive carbonation. Aromas are yeasty, malty and citrusy. Flavours are on the citrus side, some notes of grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits, a bit yeasty and some sweet malts. A good balance of bitterness and sweetness.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 4.6 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    I love Belgians. I also love IPAs. This is the best of both worlds. More of a Belgian if you ask me though. Pours just like a Belgian. Thin gold with a great foamy head. Smells yeasty and hoppy. Yay! Taste is Belgian yeast and hops. Finish is clean. I would drink this everyday if I could. Too bad I can't. Bravo for having the cajoles to mix styles.

  • HANTRAN 491 reviews
    rated 3.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    Nose is Belgium, some sour,some funk, like a mild Saison, but with hints of citrus (its all about the yeast.) Pours a foggy deep gold body with a long lasting tight white head with excellent lace. Mouth is medium bodied,nothing special. Flavor is NOT good, but its an interesting attempt. The taste is OK until the end when it goes terribly wrong; nasty medicinal off-putting flavors at the end are metallic...like a Saison gone wrong. They seem to indicate that they took the Stone IPA recipe and just changed the yeast, not a good idea. They got the head right but thats about it.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.5 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bomber from Central City. Clear gold pour, fluffy white head. Yeasty aroma, along with citrus. Flavour likewise. Decent mouth. Peppery - VERY peppery finish.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.1 6 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Stone do great ipa's but this one is a bit of a miss for me. The fruity citrus flavour that stone normally produce just wasn't there. Belgium yeast overpowered the hops and some how made it taste like I would imagine lemon pledge to taste like. Looks top notch for a while but fades too quickly. Average mouthfeel. Don't worry Stone, I still love ya.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This poured a dark golden color. The aroma was a ton of citrus as expected in Stone IPAs with that extra yeasty nose going on. The flavor is primarly on line with a Stone IPA with a lot of citrus going on like lemons and oranges. There is a backbone of the belgian influence and some sourness. As a hater of most Belgian IPAs I did like this one.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Two styles certainly collide within this brew. Bitter west coast hops provide a nice floral & citrus profile, while some biscuity malt and Belgian yeast combine to add a spicy and mildly tangy malt backdrop. Huge billowing head sits atop a golden~orange body. Tart, bitter and light to medium bodied. Pleasant concoction, I would guess this bottle had a small amount of shelf time, it was in good form regardless of it's age.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a straw yellow with a big white head that lasts a while. Very hop heavy aroma. Taste feels slightly watered down with a massive malt hit. Slightly dry. Goes down smooth. Not too bad but not in league with Stones other brews. Will have again.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a hazy gold with a slight touch of orange, creamy white head. Smell is malty sweetness with raisins and spice. Flavor is sweet and hoppy with a lot of spices. A nice little dry finish leaves you wanting to drink more.

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