Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist

Belgian-Style 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.

AKA Stone Cali-België IPA

About This Beer

Release Date
August 1, 2008
Package Types
12oz bottles in six-packs, 22oz bottles & draft
Featured Hops
Centennial & Chinook
When to Enjoy
120 Days
Flavor Profile
Spicy, Tropical, Cloves

Tasting Notes

Pours golden with a white head.
Banana and tropical fruit, spicy, cloves, with resiny and citrusy hop aromatics.
Spicy, cloves, lots of tropical fruit and citrus, with a resiny, piney finish and a long-lasting bitterness.
Dry and bitter.
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

Summer rolls, warm brie and apple toast, ahi poke, tea-smoked chicken lettuce wrap
Fresh corn, spinach and strawberry, grilled peach
Chicken quesadilla, yellow curry, roast turkey, fried chicken, herb-roasted rabbit, tilapia
Picodon, Haystack Mountain Snowdrop, goat cheese, Bucherondin
Key lime pie, lavender sugar cookies, pineapple upside-down cake, fruit truffle
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.