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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

538 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007)
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TheStove

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian beer glass. Have been holding onto this one for since I left the Midwest and it is well preserved!

Pours a nice grapefruit color, with bright yellow at the top of the glass and a hazy orange/yellow complexion in the middle. Has a light lace that quickly disappears.

Yeast, clove and a bit of citrus are in the nose with some slight vanilla undertones which no doubt come from the clove. The flavor matches the nose with that Belgian taste and citrus from the wheat coming through. Finishes with a faint malt and more clove.

Awesome bright mouth feel typical of a good Belgian Pale though there is a noticeable lack of hops in comparison to some other Belgian Pale Ales I've had.

A very enjoyable beer. Glad I picked up a few before this one was retired.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 07:10:55 | More by TheStove
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zachary80

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness Pint. Influence given from earlier notes. No date is visible (those hashes are impossible) but the rest of the mixed 12 pack tasted fresh.

Head starts off nice but quickly fades to a thin layer of white bubbles. Body is a cloudy and a nice golden straw color, reminiscent of hefeweizen. No lacing

Smell typical of belgian yeast, although there is some of that german banana aroma. Pretty light on the aroma

Taste is somewhat light and almost entirely malty, with some bread character. Yeast influence is mild. Hops? What hops?

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too much carbonation if anything.

Overall it is an average beer. Almost seems diluted - not much character

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 01:05:17 | More by zachary80
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anglagard1

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head when poured into my Duvel glass following the Duvel pouring instructions. Head quickly dissipates, although the characteristic bubble fountain continues from the bottom of the glass. Initial smell has a bit of a corn element to it, but this quickly vanishes. Taste and mouthfeel is pleasantly subtle, though not quite as delicate as the finest Belgian ales.

I can't think of a better beer to start with when first exploring the style. This is no Duvel, but it is a very balanced and drinkable beer that will leave one interested in seeking out other Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:55:31 | More by anglagard1
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in duvel tulip.

Hazy gold body starts off with a towering 4 finger head of fluffy white bubbles. Before I can even take a sip... After a few sips I'm down to a little collar of foam.

Smells like: bubblegum, cloves, and banana-- really, lots of banana. Wow. What's the deal with the banana? The beer tastes lightly sweet, then WAY too yeasty.

Light, heavily carbonated, airy body.

Overall-- BPA's aren't a style I dink a ton of, but this is not one I'll plan on having again. It isn't terrible, but it is low on the spectrum of how I like the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:34:33 | More by AleWatcher
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KrautAficionado

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Aroma is malty, a bit fruity. The taste is lacking any real spice you might expect from a belgian, but does have a hint of bananas and cloves at first, followed quickly by a malty smoothness and finishes lightly bitter and sour. This beer definitely improved as it warmed. Decent while cold, I think this is a good beer, but not an excellent one.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 07:50:16 | More by KrautAficionado
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:34:53 | More by mikesgroove
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- translucent gloden color with burnt orange and lemon meringue tones intermingled. A good healthy two fingers of off white head recedes quickly and no matter how hard one swirls there is no revival. Great color, poor head.

S- The monastic yeast steals the stage in this soup of a brew. Gentle but assertive fruit esters and spices jump out with notes of green apple, under ripe peach, Ginger and clove. Herbal spicey hop character gives this abbey ale a unique spurce/wintergreen tinge. Finishs with a dry crunchy sugar Ginger snap cookie malt in the finish.

T- Starts out with pale malt honey sweetness that seems to linger through out the flavors like a painters canvas. The hebal hop notes give a subtle spicy character. Yeast flavors come in with white grape, green apple and clove flavor. Finishs dry with a bready malt and cracked grain.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with an average carbonation and medium body.

D- extremely drinkable. This beer is complex yet understated. However it is just a bit lacluster in the flavor from the amazing aroma. I could drink this all night if I didn't eBay to think about my beer. Delicious and quenching.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 03:18:23 | More by Viciousknishs
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crewfan16

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a New Glarus pint glass

a-pours a sort of hazy golden color. the white colored head rises and falls fairly quickly.

s-belgian yeast and some fruit sweetness and dark sugar.

t-another review called it a Belgian tripel but a light version, which is kinda accurate IMO. yeasty flavor give way to a slight hoppiness and then some fruity, sweetness. not much finish, but goes down smooth

m-a little over-carbonated for me personally, and i think it hurts the flavors a bit. very easy drinking and goes down pretty smooth but nothing heavy.

overall, I dont mind this beer. Its another drinkable session beer from New Glarus. Nothing amazing or eye-opening, but a very drinkable beer that I would much rather reach for than any macro ever available.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:08:54 | More by crewfan16
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:42:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:56:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle date stamped Aug 19th 2010 if I've decoded the Julian date correctly. Stored in my basement for a low ABV cellaring experiment. I will be adding to this review in the future when I open further bottles later.

A. Lightly Hazy yellow-gold. For want of a more polite description, I am forced to concede that it is urine colored.
S. Fortunately it smells much nicer than pee. The smell reminds me of extra-gingery gingersnap cookies. Or of DFH's Pangaea smell. But that actually has ginger in it, while this brew, to my best knowledge, does not. There is a honeyed sweetness mixed with HEAVY belgian yeast esters. I daresay time in the basement may have amplified my yeast quite nicely. :)
T. She's gone dry! The sweetness in the smell is rather absent from the taste. Now there is mostly crispness, spice notes, yeast, and some mustiness mixed with tangy funk from belgian yeast. However, the dryness isn't quite...balanced with the spice. This beer is actually making me thirstier as I drink it, I forget what the official tasting terminology is for that, but it is the opposite of thirst-quenching. The Malts are sort of....flat and dead for reasons unknown.
M. The crispness of the ginger is intense on my tongue. I like it.

Mixed results here. I wonder how it will mutate further in the cellar as time goes on.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:52:16 | More by WastingFreetime
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my roommate that had family bring this out from Wisconsin. Poured a hazy gold with a white head.

This is a spicy, slightly sweet, mostly dry Belgian pale - a session beer as Belgians go. Reminds me a lot of the recent hefeweizens I had over the weekend for the smooth fruit candy character. There's touches of orange blossom and pale malt, but the yeast dominates here. I'd want a little more depth here, but it's a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:33:06 | More by tempest
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ngeunit1

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy head. The head fades fairly quickly down to a thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and other fruits and yeast aroma. There is just a bit of malt and some banana and faint hops.

T - Starts off with some yeast flavor and banana and citrus flavors. Just a touch of hop flavor mixed in. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and fruits come through. There is also a bit of spices that come through. The finish is a mix of fruity flavors (banana) some spices and breadiness that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. Mouthfeel of the finish feels just a touch off.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors for the most part are complex and work well together. The banana flavors and the spices compliment each other nicely. Felt like it could have poured a bit nicer and the aroma was a touch lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:31:16 | More by ngeunit1
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dcloeren

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale pale straw color with 1 finger of FIZZY white head that instantly disappeared and left no trace of it even being there...

Catching a lot of fruity yeast up front and still waiting for the rest of the scent like a small child after school waiting for a forgetful parent and stupidly hopping that they will show up soon... but it never does. So I will start my metaphorical walk home...

This tastes like a belgian knock off... It would be the equivalent of buying a pair of oakleys from a stranger on the street corner for 10 bucks. Getting some belgian yeast, some biscuity quality but definitely lacking on hops and depth.

This is nothing but a fizzy mess in my mouth. Body is very thin and extremely carbonated. Just to keep up with the trend of comparisons, I'll throw this one out there. When I sip on this beer it makes me feel like I just ate Pop Rocks and took a sip of pepsi. Fail

I'm extremely surprised this carries a B+ avg on here. It was one of the most disappointing craft beers I have ever had...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:42:40 | More by dcloeren
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite of styles to begin with.

A: Hazy pale to yellow. Not overwhelmed by the head retention, but poured two fingers of bone white foam.

S: Not much in the way of smell. More hoppy than fruity or grain.

T: Bitter. This pale ale has more bite than expected from the style and doesnt have the catty staleness that ive experienced in others.

M: Hops in the pockets of the cheeks, and lingering grainy on the tongue.

D: Not the one I would choose for the style, but it was ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 19:00:28 | More by BasementBer
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TheMiser

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy yellow with a good head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell: banana and spice. Taste: more banana and spice against a sweet malt backbone, producing a flavor that reminds me a lot of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum, but in a good way. Medium mouthfeel. Crisp finish. A very drinkable and pleasant beer in a style I admittedly know nothing about. Goes great with pork chops.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 18:32:55 | More by TheMiser
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with fizzy diaspating head

smell: belgian yeast

taste: clear and low taste belgian pale. Maybe wheat malt... Belgian yeast flavors are present, mild hop flavors and a touch of spice. tastes like a Belgian Light

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: forst beer from new glarus and this was not that great. an avg belgian pale. It's a intro to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:33:21 | More by CampusCrew
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beergod1

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is hazy yellow with good carbonation and a thick foamy head. Aroma of banana and yeast. Taste is creamy and fruity. Starting with a light to medium body that goes down smooth with a very creamy feel. Finish is a fruity yeast flavor with a nice banana taste and a faint bitterness. Smooth, but light in taste, for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:55:21 | More by beergod1
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jsulko

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Hazy gold color with decent head that does not linger

Smell has little hop scent the hint of the traditional Belgium is there

Taste is smooth with a slightly spicy finish

A very drinkable beer but it seems like it is in the process of being retired

Something to look forward to a comeback

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:55:08 | More by jsulko
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hacienda

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly settles into a thin film that persists but leaves little lacing.

S: The smell is not overpowering. I get orange, banana, and spice, but I would like it to be a bit fuller.

T: More orange in the taste, spice and yeast. Some bubblegum ginger, and clove, a little sweet. Not much malt here. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: This is a light-bodied beer with somewhat heavy carbonation, which gives it a prickly mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite style, but a solid beer. I wouldn't more than one or two of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:41:30 | More by hacienda
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Brunite

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The head poured thick but settled quickly. No lacing to speak of. The body is slightly hazy (due to some yeast being agitated) and golden.

S: The initial smell is that of bubblegum, green apple, banana, and citrus. Also some distinct Belgian yeast notes. This really smells just like Juicy Fruit gum.

T: The flavor is quite fruity. Juicy fruit! Some mild citrus and banana notes. Some dry grain character. Not much hoppiness as there is more tang on the backside than bitterness. I am reminded of Unibroue here. Nice job.

M: The body is medium thin with decent carbonation.

D: Nice light flavors lead to easy drinkability. This is a tasty BPA at a decent price. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:17:07 | More by Brunite
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a small head that disapated. There isnt much of a smell at all. The taste is full of spices, and a strong organe flavor, very simialir to a belgian witbeir. Nice carnonation and easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but much like a belgian pale ale, but its still enjoyabe, I was expecting a differnt taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:05:40 | More by vette2006c5r
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2-18-11

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel Tulip.

A- Nice white 2-finger head, which dissipates rather quickly. Color is a nice pale yellow/golden and slightly hazy

S- Orange, banana, light floral hops. Nice, but not overwhelming. Could use a bit more kick, but pleasant enough to make me want to sip it.

T- Pale malt, orange, clove, banana, wheat, slight yeastiness, moderately dry. Very refreshing.

M- Carbonation level is spot on, it bites the tongue just enough; any less would feel flat, any more would sting. Finish is dry

D- I've only had a few of these, but they have grown on me considerably. I would certainly seek this one out again when available. Drinking them in 20-30 degree weather feels wrong though. I may save some for spring/early summer so I can really enjoy them.

Overall this is a solid beer from New Glarus. Give it a shot if you have the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 23:04:52 | More by mychalg9
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steveh

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a sixer of this on my last foray beyond the Cheddar Curtain. I actually couldn't remember the style -- so basically bought blind on NG's reputation.

A -- Slightly hazy, pale gold color with a very firm, resilient white head.

S -- Mild bubble gum and banana with citrus fruit esters and sweet, bready malt peaking through.

T -- Graininess up front, citrus esters in the middle, finishing with a spicy dryness that melts off the tongue. Only the mildest of spicy, bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light-medium body.

D -- Becuase of its clean finish, the estery character in the flavor of this beer doesn't overpower the palate. This is a perfect summer-on-the-deck, lazy afternoon beer. I may have to reassess my rating after I study the style and finish the six pack. Other than color, NG may have nailed the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 22:26:51 | More by steveh
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for giving me this bottle

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white frothy foam. The smell is strongly of Belgian yeast components a good majority of which is clove, orange zest and a touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon comes through on the taste buds as well there is almost a hefeweizen like taste to this beer and I'm surprised to find out that it was not. There is a lot of clove on the tongue and the wheat provides a bit of a smoother mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant beer for the spring and summer weather. I wish it wasn't so cold out right now I would have to go out and enjoy this beer outdoors. A very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:21:34 | More by Vdubb86
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.