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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

294 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 294
Hads: 578
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 29
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Reviews: 294 | Hads: 578
Photo of beveritt
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label depicts someone stirring a huge pot of something, with the words "Stone Soup" appearing in the surface. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with a small head; 3/8 inch of off white, big-bubble foam. This settles very quickly into just a ring around the glass and the faintest trace of foam. The beer itself is a honey orange and cloudy. A layer of sludge is left in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Very fruity and spicy aroma. Smells like a fresh hefe, oranges, bananas, and cloves. Distinct wheat tang.

Taste: Lots of carbonation bite upfront. Taste is very citrusy upfront, with a very slight metallic bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: Well, the weather has finally turned warm around here, so a spicy, fruity, easy drinking beer is great for coming off of some yard work. Not the best example of the style I have had, but another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Looks like a hefe...a cloudy yellow/orange

S-Big bubble gum...also hints of cloves, and bananas..not quite what I expected but still enjoyable aroma.

T-Spicier than the nose leads on...black pepper and cloves lead the way...a very nice blegian maltiness that includes some banana and bubble gum notes..very nice flavor..finishes with a little lemony qualities that really adds a thirst quenching element

M-Medium bodied...carbonation is spot on

D-I'm impressed...a nice stab at a Belgian Pale Ale....Not the greatest one ever made but I would have no problem having this one in the fridge at all times...

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Photo of malcontent
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden/straw body capped by a fizzy head which quickly dies down to a ring of lacing. Steady, pearl-like streams of bubbles climbing up the sides of the glass are a plus.

A nice bouquet of apples, yeast, clove, muted banana and lemon peel make for an alluring presentation.

The initial taste is dramatically thrown off by the over-aggressive carbonation. Refreshing, yes, but so forward that it distracts from the flavors being presented. A good mouth-puckering dryness is evident as are woody qualities. Like a great dry Riesling in this respect. Other than that, the beer is slightly on the watery side in respect to taste. Not offensive just a touch lackluster. Surprising when compared to offerings like Enigma or their fruit beers.

As previously mentioned, the mouthfeel is the most distracting element here although Belgian pales are supposed to be effervescent in character so I'll give it a break. I actually enjoyed this beer but just found it to be rough around the edges.

Thanks to kmpitz for the birthday present that keeps on giving.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An almost straw-colored brew with plenty of carbonation with a nice loud hiss from the bottle and lively foam in the glass. The voluminous amount of foam forms a delicate head on top of the bee that leaves lace as it falls. Stone Soup is reminding me of a Duvel, (at least in appearance).
The aroma is fruity and spicy with notes of lemon meringue. The mouthfee is soft like whipped butter; this is a very delicate beer. The malt has a pilsner quality and blends in a very subtle way with a very light spiciness. I detect a mineral-like quality to this beer, but maybe it's the just the name suggesting this to me. The dryness and slight tart character is very pleasant and makes this beer very sessionable. I'm thinking of it as Duvel lite.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers white head that dissipates to a froth white bubles left behind.

S - Clove, banana, lemon and a wheat/belgian yeast characteristic.

T - The initial taste reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Banana, clove, lemon and a bit of mix between wheat and belgian yeast.

M - Medium body but feels lighter with the fizzy carbonation which works well with this beer.

D - Not a bad beer, just too much candy banana flavor for my taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of terrabyte
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, light-yellow color with a medium white head that disapates quickly.

Aroma is quite strong. Starts off as a wheat beer with lemon. Not too unlike Spotted Cow. But there is so much yeast, that it transforms the lemon into something a little funky.

Flavor is quite sweet & tart. Lemon tartness with not too much wheat at all. Quite yeasty, and quite spicy in the aftertaste. Spices include clove and possibly coriander. Definitely others. It may remind you of spotted cow, but side by side this is a bigger beer. More spices and a ton more yeast.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, with a medium thickness.

Drinkability is fine, although a bit too sweet for my liking. All that spice, yeast and sweetness is too distracting for me. Then again, some of the big beers I like are distracting for others. This just moves in the wrong direction for me for normal enjoyment. Love the name, though.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took a bottle from the fridge and poured it directly into a clean glass. Pale to medium yellow, a little cloudy (which is no surprise since it's bottle conditioned), with a nice big white pillowy head. Not much of an aroma. Maybe a hint of citrus? Maybe it's my cold preventing me from smelling much? Lively carbonation. Taste was ok. Not bad. Not great. Almost a little hint of dryness. Hops and malt seemed well balanced, and I could certainly taste the cloves and ginger. Overall this was a good beer. I'll have no problem drinking the other 5 very soon.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a bright yellow body with a very slight haze and a big boiling carbonation racing to the surface. The snow-white head on top is made of big bursting bubbles and fades to a thin film after a bit.

S- The soft smell of soapy lemon is nice with a yeasty note and some smooth wheat notes. There is a hint of clove that adds a nice spice and some noble hops in the finish that increase as the beer warms.

T- The soft pale malt flavor blends with yeasty notes of bright tartness. The finish is a tartness followed by a bitterness that I presume is from hops. As the beer warms there is a note of dry field corn in the malt notes.

M- This beer has a big fizzy soda pop finish that washes out much of the flavor with a light mouthfeel buried underneath.

D- This beer has some nice yeasty tart flavors and a good soft grain and malt quality but the flavors are really covered up by the fizz. I don't taste the depth as described on the label and I was envisioning a totally different beer. Perhaps in a warm summer month I will try the rest of the 6-pack and have a different opinion. If so I will re review, but as of now I'm a bit under whelmed.

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Photo of dfried
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow in color, big sudsy white head dropped quickly to a half centimeter cap. The aroma is rich and jumps out at you during and after the pour. There is some fruity banana, quite a bit of cloves with some of the ginger lingering. Overall the aroma is quite earthy, some toasted grains and yeast, and some spicy, citrusy zest. The taste is relatively light in body, sparkling carbonation breaks up the sweet sugary malt well. Tangy and spicy with some banana and pear fruity undertones. Fresh and bready, a lot like some wheat beers.

Overall: this beer reminded me a lot of a hefeweizen, but with the banana and fruity notes toned back a bit and the spicy, clove and ginger more in the forefront. The carbonation was qutie sparkling, but I thought that it went well with the spicy and tangy nature of the brew, and kept it from being overly syrupy and malty. An interesting and original, and quite sessionable brew. Yum.

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Photo of Beertron
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, this was a bottle poured into a pint glass and left to warm to a decent temperature.

A - Huge, rapidly dissipating, bright white head. Very rocky and active, with carb bubbles of all sizes -- this stuff's alive (and it might even have ADHD). Unfiltered golden orange, or light caramel, in color with rapid bubbles throughout.

S - Citric Belgian yeast (tangy smelling) with toasty malt and plantain scents. A little dry-roasted peanut smell mixed in. This smells wonderful.

T - Taste is strange compared to the smell. The yeasty citrus smells show up on the palate and those soft hops hit at the end for a light bitter note akin to orange rind. This has a dry minerality and some lighter spice characteristics -- cardamom, fennel seed and coriander. This is REALLY subtle and after a few sips, its becoming more bland. Getting to the point where its difficult to note the tastes at all as they're mellowing far too much. Overall, this has a good balance but I'm wishing it was just slightly more bold in its flavor characteristics.

M - The mouthfeel here is relatively light and watery, similar to mineral water. The light hops stick to the bitter sensors in the back. The carbonation isn't nearly as overbearing to the mouthfeel as you would think from looking at it. Overall, its good by anything bad being mostly unnoticeable.

D - This is a tough one. Surely, you could drink plenty of these without overwhelming the palate or the tummy (or probably even the brain -- I'm not sure since it doesn't list the ABV). However, it's become so cloying after 3/4 of one that it certainly doesn't cause me to run and grab another. I'm adjusting the score to show that you could drink many, but you might not have a massive desire to do so.


Overall, I think this beer is a pretty good American version of the style. However, I think that it's slightly less bold in flavor than most in this class. Pump in a little bit more malt to this bugger and this would be stupendous.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer is very hazy and straw colored in appearance. There is a 2 finger foam over top that falls rapidly to a half-finger. This is maintained by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Taking a sniff, I find a very strong clove ester along with a more subtle fruity ester layered over a candied-sugar sweet base with just a hint of an edge from a grainey malt. The first sip brings a dominant fruit and clove ester, followed by a mild sugar sweetness and a hint of lemon, finishing with a moderate kiss of noble hop bitterness and a second wave of clove. It is very complex and flavorful without being overpowering. Mouthfeel is on the thick end of moderate with a very solid carbonation, but without being biting. My overall impression of this beer is very favorable. I think the balance in flavor really makes this one a winner. I could easily see having more than one in a sitting as well. It is slightly thick, without being chewy and the carbonation really breaks it up and keeps it from sitting heavy as well.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon yellow. Frothy snow white head. It fizzes away rather quickly. Lace is decent enough. Nice aroma. Bubblegum esters and clove and a little pepper. Almost like a hefe, but there's a little Belgian yeast contribution on the nose as well. Sweet candy like malts combine with slight bubblegum and Belgian yeast esters and spice to provide a nice little Abbey style ale here. Snappy carbonation, though not too gaseous. That's good. Light to medium body. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but not too special. Pours with a nice white foamy head. Some lace. Hazyyellow gold. Very nice fragrant aroma more similar to Bavarian wheat than Belgian to me. Bananas, bubblegum and spice present. Fully carbonated and consistant with style. Don't pick up much alcohol. Nice balance, clean, nothing untowards all the way through finish. Sweet with some citric counterpoint.

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Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a pillowy white head with good retention, but no real lacing. Smell gives me bready, clove, ginger, and perhaps a hint of lemon. I get some same characteristics in the taste as the smell, but with a little more spice and lemon to it. Strong carbonation, perhaps a bit too much, medium bodied. It's still a pretty drinkable beer despite the excess carbonation, and a pretty solid effort at a belgian style.

Additional note: I found this one to taste much better after swirling the glass to release excess carbonation. I would probably bump taste and mouthfeel up a bit after doing this, but I'm reviewing it how it came out of the bottle. Consider this a huge recommendation to let this warm and swirl your glass.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good American-made Belgian strong ale. It has all the right tastes in the liquid, but somehow seems to lack a bit of the subtlety that a Belgian counterpart (like a Duvel). Still, quite good.

The beer had a thick-ish yellow appearance, with fairly abudnant head. Aroma was spicy and good. Taste was extremely clovey, perhaps too much so, with some iso-amyl-acetate flavor (banana). This beer tasted good, but its carbonation made the mouthfeel a bit rough, rather than silky. I thought this beer was rather drinkable. All-in-all, it reminded me of a Leffe Blonde, a very respectable beer to be compared against.

It is interesting to watch New Glarus become more and more focused (and better and better at) Belgian styles, which many US craft brewers do not do very well. This is one of the better offerings I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a giant frothy head with a great lacing and a cloudy gold color. The head stays pretty thick and doesn't dissapear. The smell reminds me of a Belgian Triple with some banana like scents. The taste is very light and thicker in body than a triple. It has the backround of banana. The mouthfeel is excellent, the body is so thick and smooth and it goes well with a light flavor. Overall the drinkability is very good, it's something that's smooth down the throat, I love this because of it's thickness. I usually don't go for a lighter beer, but this is thick bodied and full. It's smooth, very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours into my chalice a light hay gold. Nontransparent with a thick white head that dissipates in seconds to barely a skim. When invigorated a wavy lacing reappears briefly.

Aroma: light malts, Belgian yeast with just a hint of banana and ginger, clove, coriander. Light.

Taste: light. Balanced, light malts, hints of light fruits, touches of the tropics. Easy on the palate.

Mouthfeel: way too carbonated. The carbonation makes it almost impossible to taste anything. Otherwise, light bodied, balanced in every aspect.

Drinkability: I just drank 4 in a row. Sessionable big time.

Note: I need to expand on this review after I think about this beer. My main thought is that it should sit for about 6 months so that the carbonation can mellow. It is really distracting.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.