Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist

AKA Stone Cali-België IPA

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.

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August 1, 2008
Belgian-Style IPA
6.9%
12oz bottles in six-packs, 22oz bottles & draft
Nationwide

DISTRIBUTION INFO
MoreCalBel
Spicy, Tropical, Cloves
77
97
120 Days
Magnum
Centennial & Chinook

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours golden with a white head.
Aroma
Banana and tropical fruit, spicy, cloves, with resiny and citrusy hop aromatics.
Taste
Spicy, cloves, lots of tropical fruit and citrus, with a resiny, piney finish and a long-lasting bitterness.
Palate
Dry and bitter.
Overall
This beer was created in 2008 when we used Stone IPA as the propagation wort for fermenting our Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale. We liked what the Belgian yeast flavors added to Stone IPA, so we kept brewing it and eventually released it as one of our year-round beers.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Summer rolls, warm brie and apple toast, ahi poke, tea-smoked chicken lettuce wrap
Salads
Fresh corn, spinach and strawberry, grilled peach
Entrées
Chicken quesadilla, yellow curry, roast turkey, fried chicken, herb-roasted rabbit, tilapia
Cheeses
Picodon, Haystack Mountain Snowdrop, goat cheese, Bucherondin
Desserts
Key lime pie, lavender sugar cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, fruit truffle
Cigars
Casa Toraño Churchill, CAO Gold Corona, Helix Blue Tubular

More Information

In 2008, as we readied ourselves to create the seventh beer in our Vertical Epic series, Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, we stepped back and thought about the way we culture our yeast. Up to that point, any time we brewed a Belgian-style beer, we would culture our Belgian yeast strain in Stone Pale Ale wort. For Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, we were aiming to brew our own version of hoppy Belgian beers like those our brewing masterminds, Co-founder and original Brewmaster Steve Wagner and current Brewmaster Mitch Steele, had tasted during an excursion to Belgium. They envisioned a light-colored beer and were concerned that Stone Pale Ale, with its rich copper hue, would be too dark to produce the results they were looking for. So, they asked themselves, “what if we culture the yeast using Stone IPA?” and promptly replied, “why not?”

After taking the yeast we needed for Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, we tasted the newly Belgo-fied Stone IPA and were happily surprised by the amazing flavor brought on by the fruity yeast-borne esters. We know in that moment that we needed to brew it on a larger scale and make it a part of our year-round lineup. But not before we took yet another step back and considered how we could tweak the beer to make it as good as it could possibly be. The answer, Steele concluded, was to dry-hop the beer with Chinook hops. Stone IPA is hopped with Centennial hops, making this yet another departure, but one that made perfect sense for this beer.

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

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