Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!
Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices (clove, ginger), banana, and some malt. Taste is of Belgian yeast, the aforementioned spices, banana flavors, and some wheat-like malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean due to a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good Belgian pale ale beer but not one of my favorite styles. I am still glad that I got to try this one from New Glarus.
05-19-2011 04:56:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice hazy golden-bread color with a nice white head and a good dose of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some nice citrus with orange and lemons at the forefront along with a bit of grassy spice. Really nice. The taste is a bit of a fallback from the nose and the malt is accentuated a bit more for a bit of a bready domination. Good yeasty notes in the background though. Light, crisp feel. Really nice and drinkable and something I miss being able to grab packs of.
01-20-2011 02:33:58 | More by Thorpe429
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Sparkling honeycomb with golden haystack edges. Four full fingers of alabaster colored creaminess followed the pour. The foam has a decent enough texture, but it isn't quite worthy of the style. A less than extensively covered glass doesn't help either.
The aroma earns points for freshness, cleanliness and for smelling authentically Belgian yeasty. That said, it's nowhere near as bold or as complex as the best BPAs. Specifics include untoasted grains, hints of grassy hops, a generic fruitiness and subtle spice.
Stone Soup is good beer, but it isn't an outstanding version of the style by any means. Actually, it tastes like equal parts Belgian pale ale and American blonde ale; most likely because the Belgian yeast esters aren't very prominent. More boldness would be great.
Flavors include cereal grains, grassy hops (German and English varieties), crisp pear, a bit of banana and a light sprinkling of ground clove. Those last two add a hefeweizen vibe as well. A modest sweetness is easily overcome by bitterness, which leads to a clean, almost crisp finish and very little flavor linger. Quenchability, refreshability and drinkability are on the high side.
The mouthfeel isn't as creamy as the sound of the pour suggested it would be. It's much closer to light than to medium, with a zesty amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue while stopping short of being annoyingly buzzy. More heft and more lush silkiness would have garnered the next highest score.
Stone Soup is not one of New Glarus's most outstanding offerings. It needs more flavor, more depth and more complexity... all of which would be provided by more barley and more Belgian yeastiness. Dan Carey is a damn good brewer, but there's some room for improvement here.
07-30-2009 12:40:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a respectable head that leaves the occasional shard of lace
Smell: The Belgian yeast aroma pops right out of the bottle, with hints of cracker malt and grassy hops
Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and, after a few seconds, moves in the direction of a hefe (banana and clove) and a BPA (fruity yeast) at the same time; also, the grassy hops join the fray to add another angle; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols and the banana blend together nicely, while the hops fade to the back
Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation
Drinkability: Certainly an intriguing beer but, ultimately, not one that I would seek out again; the flavors each go in their own direction but never converge to provide a triumph
Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity
09-11-2010 18:10:29 | More by brentk56
4.25/5 rDev +13%
. Bright, cloudy, and fully of energy and life! I could not wait to dive further in to see what else this could indeed hold for me.
First chance to try and get a hold of the aroma yields a wonderful vibrant blend of aromas. Fresh grassy notes and a nice tart lemon smell start coming up right away. Very interesting and not what I expected at first, but very, very pleasant. Warming brings on almost a grape skin like note to it, just a touch of funk that blends in very well with the bright lemon that I am still picking up. Each sip now becomes more and more and exploratory effort into what can be done when you shed the constraints of a style and brew good beer, period. Smooth, subtle and building on the palate with each sip this lovely balance of light earthy hops, some notes of citrus, and light sour all blending as one. Nothing dominating here at all, just working together towards a common goal. It seems as if each sip is something more unique, more perplexing the one before. Prickly carbonation nips at the tongue, keeping the feel lively and fresh and allowing light flavors to penetrate every inch of the mouth.
07-06-2011 01:34:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Quite a nice beer we've got here. Fairly typical of good Belgian Pales. Pilsner malts create a base for a hazy strong-straw color, lots of airy carbonation and a froathy head that retained well. Aromas came across very Hefeweizen-like with the fruity esters (bananna, clove, and bubblegum), but with a heavier peppery quality and noticable alcohols. Flavors proved to be bolder with lots of candied sweetness, that replaces any heavy maltiness, with an increasing ester / phenolic flavors late. Pineapples, mangos, and appricots become more prevailant as the beer warms; but so do those phenolic characters. Comes across a bit soapy and a bit hoppy late (can't decide if it's more of a help or a hinderant) The finish bring some sweetness and dryness, leaving the mouth a bit tacky. Still alcoholic and phenolic in the aftertaste. Perhaps as good as American versions of the style get, but gets lost in the mix of good Belgian Pales overall. Thanks Clvand0.
10-02-2007 02:16:08 | More by BEERchitect
2.73/5 rDev -27.4%
Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly white head with little retention. Aroma of light malt with some very subtle spices is blander then expected. Taste is a mix between some dry malt with some light spices and very little yeast in the finish. Body is about average with some medium to low carbonation. This is definitely not one of the most interesting offering from this brewer.
07-27-2007 15:33:22 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, pale gold body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Littles galore! A little banana, a little clove, a little maltiness, a little citrusy.
Taste: Light, crackery maltiness with complimentary tastes of clove, spice, and banana. Sour yeastiness. Dash of lemon water. A few faint sugary hints. Spiciness lingers beyond the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit prickly.
Drinkability: It's alright for being a fairly mild Belgian ale.
05-28-2008 04:25:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Served in a shaker pint glass at the Brickhouse.
Another entry in the pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises clove, pepper, wheat, lemon zest, and coriander. The taste launches on a heavy banana and clove jag, coming down later with some pepper and cardamom. It may be pretty simplistic, but it is definitely effective. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly fluid feel. Overall, a very nice BPA, easily drinkable and readily enjoyable.
10-28-2010 04:30:09 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a glowing orange, good amount of white foam that soon settles. Active carbonation, looks like a Witbier.
Smells of banana yeast esters, slight mineral edge. Maybe malty, similar to a number of their beers.
Taste has some tropical hints, malt, some vague fruit, and chalky yeast. Very mild astringency from the carbonation. Supposedly contains clove and ginger according to the label, there's a certain apricot/persimmon in the aftertaste that is vaguely spicy.
Mouthfeel is effervescent, true to style. Smoothed out by the banana-y yeast. This could easily be a summer lawnmower type beer.
New Glarus should be commended for continually experimenting and brewing new styles.
04-12-2007 02:18:46 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
New Glarus has delivered a really interesting beer in their Stone Soup. I was initially unsure of what it was supposed to be. Holding it to the light I found a cloudy golden orange body that looked like a Belgian witbier. Of course, most of New Glarus' beers have a haze from bottle conditioning, but this was fuller. The frothy bright white head settled slowly into a creamy dollop on top, and it left short walls of solid lace behind as I drank. The nose was perhaps the most interesting part right out of the gate, giving off notes of creamy vanilla, soft bubblegum, mild clove, and a bit of some sharper spice, perhaps ginger or all-spice. In the mouth it was light and crisp, medium-light bodied and gently zesty with a very-fine bubbled natural carbonation. The flavor was unusual. It was somewhat sharp, a bit fruity, candyish, and spicy. It came on strong, then softened, revealed some malt and candyish vanilla and clove, and finally faded away in a long-lingering caress of residual spice and malt residue. ... ... kind of like a Belgian tripel, but without the strength. It's complex, but not full or rich. You could certainly drink a lot of these based on the body and flavor aspects, but I'm not sure you'd want to. It doesn't quite have the soft and delicate nature of a witbier, and yet it's not big enough to demand your attention. Still, I found it quite charming, and as I tend to drink several beers in an evening, the idea of a light Tripel is quite enticing. Beyond that, I think I'd really enjoy this while camping, hiking, or boating/canoeing. Nicely done. Very well balanced. Refreshing and enjoyable!
04-09-2007 21:15:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Pours a fairly clear gold. Nose is yeasty fruity goodness. Flavor is very nice. Nice balance. Yeast tones. Fruit edges. Noticed spices. Slightly thicker liquid body. Even a mediocre Belgian Ale used to be an accomplishment for an American brewer. Nowadays, I think that the bar has been raised and people are able to do some very nice interpretations. Very easy to drink. Very.
08-10-2009 21:19:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, some citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some background flavors of spices, citrus and bananas come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a lighter but very solid Belgian style beer to drink for a long time.
05-25-2011 02:42:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Abbey single here, pale golden color. Clear because the small amount of sediment was left in the bottle. Good lacing on the glass. Faintly complex aroma with bubblegum/taffy, medicinal herb and a biscuity malt. Big push of crispness is followed by a smoothness that floats the moderate sized body. Peach and pear fruitiness mix with a peppery flavor. Dry malt character comes off quite clean and the yeast drops some medicinal phenols to show its Belgian-esque flare. Hops are mild with more flavor than bitterness. Finishes with a nutty yeast and malt combo on the dry side.
Can't see drinking this one on its own, it is most certainly begging to be paired with a lunch though.
04-20-2009 01:24:32 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben!
Pours a fairly hazed bronze with a finger of cream colored head. Cleared a bit, some head retention & lacing
S: Apple peels, straw, pears & general orchard smells, plus juicy fruit gum
T: Bartlett Pear, a touch of green banana, & juicy fruit along with grapefruit & grassyness up front. Juicy fruit & lemon dominate as this warms, along with lemon zest, white pepper & coriander. Finishes a bit tart, grassy & lemony, with a kiss of warming booze the last 3 ozes or so
MF: Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, really good balance for the style
Drank really easy for the style, an approachable, yet fairly complex take on the style that is session worthy, when many others are just too damn potent. Yet another winner from New Glarus!
07-28-2009 01:58:18 | More by russpowell
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
Haz, sraw-gold appearance, bone white head.
Aroma: bubblegum, light spice, minor lemon...Hmmm...
Bright and zesty, clean, but flavorful...but a bit too light in the body. Missing depth and texture. Touch watery.
Very drinkable, quite consumable, but that doesn't make up for the utter lack of character.
A "sophisticated abbey style ale"? Not quite. I want to like it, but find it a bit too ...boring might be the word. Leans too much towards a weizen or a wit, while still lacking those characteristics.
Huh....Or as they say these days, Meh.
05-06-2009 09:16:27 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Another New Glarus thanks to levifunk.
A: A fizzy 2 finger head rises up quickly and fades quickly as well with big bubbles popping. It's a semi hazy slightly clear beer of pale golden wheat color.
N: Golden ale aromas, some light malts, toasty malts, a little wheat, Belgian light malts, a little Belgian fruity yeast aroma, and a slight lighter grassy hop aroma. The more I breath deep, the more I get a sweet deep Belgian malt aroma.
T: Starts with more Belgian toasty sweet malts, a slight citrus fruity flavor with a little lemon zest. A nice hoppy grassy and citrus hop flavor, with more orange peel, citrus fruit, wheat flavors, mild grassy hops. WIth that is a slight toasty malt flavor as well, and some Belgian sweet malty flavors.
M: Medium body with good carbonation.
F: Some bitterness with orange peel, grassy and citrus hops, spicy and floral hop flavors lingering, pale hop flavors, most mild on the initial taste but seem to get a little astringent on the finish, but ever so slightly. More lingering Belgian sweet malts, but dries a bit as well. A nice tasty Belgian pale I have to say, I would have liked a little more of the Belgian malt flavor, and a little more hoppy flavor, but that's my opinion, and it is a nice tasty beer.
06-05-2010 03:20:06 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to slasher007 for this bottle.
Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. The smell is sweet with a large fruity component. Very nice. The flavor is heavy on the fruit and malty sweetness with bananas and cloves being apparent. There is also a Belgian yeast character. Nothing necessarily stands out in this beer but everything meshes together nicely. A very drinkable beer that I would love to try again when the weather warms up.
12-28-2009 03:52:53 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a nice golden color with about an inch of white head.
s - Smells of cloves, bananas, malts, and some yeast.
t - Taste is also cloves and bananas, but is somewhat subdued. Light yeast taste. Pretty good.
m - Light body and light carbonation.
d - Thought this was a decent pale ale. Nice yeast and banana taste and very easy to drink. I'd try it again.
03-15-2010 02:54:52 | More by mdfb79
3.74/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours golden with a thin white head that lasts, leaving trailing lace.
The smell is of spiced bread, banana, sugar-coated orange and lemon rinds and a hint of floral hops.
The taste is of sweetened banana, light citrus and mild "Belgian-esque" spicing that leads to a dry-ish finish.
It is pretty cream and smooth. It leaves a fresh feeling in the mouth.
This is a nice version of a fruity (esp. banana), mildly spicy BPA.
11-09-2013 15:50:19 | More by jwc215
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.