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Stone Soup - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

558 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have you ever dreamed of having a spicy, tasty Belgian that was also a session ale? Really? Never? Not even after you've down your third Bernie 12, tired to stand up, and then seen the ground rushing quickly towards you?

Well I have, I'll admit it. Trouble is, most every American brewery that's tried to make a small-alcohol BPA has been off--you either get fruity nodes or too much hop or the spice just isn't right.

Finally, an American brewer has made my dreams come true. Stone Soup pours PERFECTLY. It's like a De Dolle pour, beautiful honey champagne with a thick, soapy head.

Smells very strongly of firm BPA malt and a wonderfully complex and spicy yeast. Big huge yeast only with no burn.

Taste is a bit subdued compared to the smell, and I'm sorry to say that was a little bit offputting for the first sip. Aside from that, you basically have a solid and complex BPA--loaded with wheatmalt spice, light citrus nodes, and a wonderful yeasty twang--only without the alcohol burn of a bigger beer.

mynie, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy light yellow with a fizzy inch of bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with a mix of banana and clove. Yeast spiciness with some crisp pale malts in the background. A touch of hops in there as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a pale grain malt upfront that's quickly met by a mix of banana, clove and ginger. A light fruity aspect as there as it flows down with some nice yeasty spiciness. It finishes with just a touch of hops on the way down. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel has a solid creaminess to it with good steady carbonation. Goes down smooth, making this an easy to drink brew. Overall it's pretty tasty, but it didn't blow me away. A solid offering from New Glarus as usual.

orbitalr0x, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap. A trend I have noticed with New Glarus brews is the head retention. Not that impressive. I get the smell of cloves and ginger just like the bottle states. The taste is the same, spicey and peppery. It is light body and finishes crisp and clean. Very enjoyable to consume. If I had to compare this to another beer it would be a milder Cynic Ale by Surly. Being less intense it certainly is easier to enjoy.

morimech, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a head of tight, compact bubbles, good retention, with a mildly hazed body of golden yellow.

The aroma is nearly perfect, capturing the Belgian pale ale style very well, with honey, clove, ginger, and lemon-pepper mingling with subtle earthy yeast.

Crisp fruitiness and floral hops come on strong, then something akin to grapefruit juice. A burst of sweet-and-tart adds some spikiness to the finish. This is impressive at the front of the sip, but once the finish hits it seems off-balance, leaning heavinly on sugary sweetness and puckery tartness. The mouthfeel is a little distracting, sizzling up in the mouth, as if the carbonation is trying to prove something.

This is good on many levels, but if you're expecting it to compare to Belgians of the same style, you might come away disappointed. It does have the wild, farmhouse-y feel to it, and that raw, super-homebrew vibe some New Glarus stuff has. It's enjoyable, no doubt, but just a little below expectations.

Metalmonk, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bubble gum, cloves, wheat, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a yeasty, doughy blend jumping out in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, citrusy, and light bodied.

weeare138, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Dansting
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with a very light, white head. Aroma of apricot and banana. Nice mouthfeel. Flavor is consistant with many Belgians. Flavor is also apricot-like with a nice yeast finish to it. Not really what I expected, yet a tasty offering from New Glarus.

Dansting, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden straw color. Big head that immediatly dies. Very lively carbonation. Smells of simple fruit, malt and a little spice. Tastes of fruit, maybe a little clove, some malt, a little citrus and a tiny bit of hops. Feels medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Very highly drinkable.

franksnbeans, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden-yellow; fizzy white head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Cloves, grass, sight earthyness, hint of tropical fruit.

T: Grass; cloves; herbs; earthy-metallic; orange rind/zest; slightly grainy, biscuity American malt. Modest bitterness

M: Body is on the low side of moderate, well carbonated, crisp finish.

D: Not overly enticing, but certainly drinkable.

Derek, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with JeffKrenner.

A: The ale is an apple juice-colored, a yellow hue that has darker brown-yellow notes throughout. The head neared two fingers on pour but has reduced to nothing.

S: The nose has the hallmarks of a Belgian-style ale, candi sugars and funky yeast, well represented in the nose.

T: The flavors are surprisingly reserved compared to the nose. That nose had me expecting a tripel-like taste, so the malty emphasis threw me off. The maltiness has a slight wheat tartness that is nicely paired with a fuller grainy cereal flavor. Some earthy hops pep up the taste a bit before the candi sugars make a long-awaited appearance adding a sweetness as the sip fades. The funkiness matches the candi sugars at the tail end.

M: The mouthfeel nicely covers the bases: hops, wheat tartness, candi sugars and funky yeast.

D: The beer is an easy drink, lacking the strong alcohol and bigger flavors of a tripel without giving up all flavor.

akorsak, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice unfiltered golden color half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: strong wheat aroma backed up by subtle tones of hops seems like a crisp aroma very nice
t: strong wheat flavor, followed by a sweet grainytaste and light hop bitterness, crisp clean taste
m: medium to light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this was a good beer, but nothing that I will probably buy again

happygnome, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a kind of ruddy yellow gold, a decent enough head that last a few minutes, with scant lacing here and there. The aroma is a funny thing, some good spices of clove and pepper, some fruity esters, banana perhaps, a bit of bubblegum... banana bubblegum anyone?

The taste is also a bit nifty, a bit odd, and the mouth seems not to be holding up its end... it feels a bit thin and the carbonation could be a little more lively. There are some malts that want to be sweet, but fall just short throughout, the spices falling flat due to under-carbonation, some ginger in there brings that bit of nifty funk. I'd like it if the carbonation were there to liven it up, and if it were a bit sweeter, but unfortunately its just a bit... boring. In all, its not a bad beer, and one could probably sit down and drink quite a few of these with ease, but its just not all that interesting.

objectivemonkey, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Flyer
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours with a nice, full, enduring head, with good lacing. The color is kind of unappealing -- like diluted lemonade. Clovey aroma. Flavor is mostly clove, with a little ginger and pear. For me, this is just far too drinkable for the style. I always appreciate brewers who experiment, and if you have a few misses along the way, so be it. While New Glarus has some great beers, and they're always trying new things, it does seem that they've had more misses than hits lately.

Flyer, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$7.49 / Six Pack
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - A deep yellow if you can imagine it. There's a pretty noticable carbonation to this Belgian Pale Ale. The head is jagged and fades after a few minutes. There's a cloudy glow to the beer that's very nice.

Smell - That classic Begian beer smell. I love it. The only set-back is the stamina of the scent. It could linger a bit longer.

Taste - A full circle of taste through my mouth. Interesting and difficult to describe. Malty and sweet. I enjoy this fine Stone Soup.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation really comes through in the feel of this Abby style ale. Taking away a little but still the beer remains smooth and enjoyable.

~ I really like this beer. I think it's one of the better beers made in Wisconsin. If you haven't tried this one you're missing a very smooth and tastefully crafted brew.

I recomended this beer to a guy in JR Liquor the other day. I heard him from across the aisle say, "Stone Soup?"

So I walked over and suggested he give it a try. He kinda looked at me like, 'why are you talking to me?' So I walked away. At the checkout he had a 12er of MGD. I guess that's better than Bud Light.

Moral of the story is... Don't be that guy, try Stone Soup!

cdkrenz, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the small capped bottle into my Rodenbach tulip.
It delivers a hazy golden brew, with a nice foamy head reminiscent of a belgian wheat beer. The foamy head shows a nice retention, and it laces the sides of the glass and the top of the beer all the way down, ensuring its nice visual appearance to the last sip.
Aroma is nice, but quite faint for the style, with some bubblegum, yeast, clove and some spices.
Light-bodied but crispi, lively carbonated, it has little depth of flavor, but the flavor is nice nonetheless, fruity, yeasty and spicy.
Refreshing, quite nice, but not spectacular. Not a session beer, and not a big beer either.

brdc, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A - Pours a ncie cloudy yellow hue with a white head that dissolves quickly.

S - Wheat is the first and most preveland character noticable. Then followed by the malts backed with a very mild toned down hop presence.

T - This beer is smooth and wheat hits you followed by the grainy malt character.

M- Again smooth light bodied beer. The carbonation gives the mouthfeel a but of a kick.

D - Not a session beer but a great beer to sit down and enjoy.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of DragYourBone
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle. A very subtle beverage to take to the patio on a warm muggy day, to the beach, on the boat... a laid back drinker.

Sight - Golden honey ale w/inch thick Belgian style head that dissipates to a slight film after a few minutes. Plenty of carbonation present. The foam lingers nicely on each swirl of the goblet.

Scent - Sweetish Belgian nose, slight lemon and clove smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Wet and slick on the tongue. Lemon/citrus taste. Tongue smack factor is present on a subtle scale. Light and refreshing with only a slight trail of fizz.

Drikability - medium to high factor - goes down quick and easy.

This is a refreshing combination that New Glarus has concocted for when the weather gets warmer. I'm not sure of the ABV, but it is a light and easy drinker. Not as full bodied as I had hoped, but a nice brew nonetheless.

DragYourBone, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system but new so know it's fresh. Was a hazy golden honey color. Had a small head that quickly went away. There was a constant carb geyser in the center of the glass. The aroma was very hefe/wit like. It had the clove and bubblegum smells similar to a hefe and also had a ginger spiciness. The only complaint is that the aroma was slightly weak. The taste was really good. It goes down smooth like a hefe with a little bite like a good saison. It's not knock you off your feet great but I found myself grabbing for the glass as soon as I'd put it down after each drink. This would make an excellent session beer. The mouthfeel was nice and balanced with great carb. Overall, another excellent offering from NG. Just wish I could get more of it. Highly recommend. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- had a nice cloudy yellow with white head, poured really thick, 3 finger or so head, faded kinda quickly but the last 1/2 finger stayed awhile, not much lacing,

S- has a nice wheat and malt characteristic, can smell a little sourness

T- has a nice smooth wheaty malty start that turns to a relatively strong sourness which is different and pretty tastey

M- smooth, light, medium carbonation, good, fitting,

D- has a good flavor and drinkability, the sourness is nice, but doesnt lend itself in my mind to lots of them in 1 sitting

Atron67, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Discount in Milwaukee. Looks like orangina...yellow/orange with a thin patches of bubbles on top. Sour odor, hints of cumin, yeast and oranges. Tangy, spiced mulled wine flavor with a citrus bitterness. Slightly more bitter than i would prefer, but still a very well made, almost delicate beer. Almost a surprise for me when an interesting beer like this comes out of the same style bottles as spotted cow or naked (not to knock those, they're just plainer styles)

aforbes10, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of maundythirsty
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, bright and gold beer with a deep, fizzy, brilliant white head that falls to a healthy rim. Plenty of bubbling. Smells boozy beyond its alcohol weight; wet and yeasty, with an easy-going touch of sweet banana.

Fruity taste with a lemon twang and a light (clove?) spice bite. Candied banana and alcohol are soft. Sparky carbonation, but a touch creamy. Smooth, light mouthfeel.

Perfect throttled-back version of a tripel. Easy drinker with interesting characteristics. Great summer beer.

maundythirsty, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy, golden and pale body supports a growing head, which I thought would spill over. But it didn't and died out fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing, not very sticky.
Some hints of yeast and sour orange peel come out in the nose, maybe some honeydew as well. Not very rich, kind of light.
Taste needs some more richness. I didn't think (and didn't know) this was a Belgian PA until this review. I thought it more of a Pilsner with some kick. Yet it's a bit think for a BPA, imo. It is easy to drink and doesn't have any bad tastes, just doesn't fit the style.

Mebuzzard, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of scaliasux
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light yellow-orange. Somewhat cloudy. Foams energetically, but quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Smell - Sweet and yeasty. Prominant spicy orange aroma. Tempting.

Taste - Begins with unremarkable sweet malt flavor with mild orange spice flavor emerging at the end. Somewhat less flavorful than I expected from the aroma. A little alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and highly carbonated.

Drinkability - Though I'm a big fan of this local brewer, this beer doesn't really do it for me. Tastes just a few ticks off. I don't expect to get this one again.

scaliasux, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. a bit of spice. light clove and corriander. bit of sweet orange peel. bit of alcohol. touch of honey sweetness.

taste is good. orange and tangerine. touch of alcohol. light clove. low bitterness level. bit of honey sweetness. nice bread and cracker malt. bit of grainy character.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation is very refreshing. nice light body and a dry finish.

drinkability is great. really nicely balanced. refreshing and enjoyable while sitting on my patio.

grub, May 26, 2007
Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.