Stone Soup
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #78
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,418
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
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New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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85
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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear gold color. Initially quite effervescent. Thin one finger tight white head.

Aroma has notes of clove, ginger, fruity esters, and a light hop aroma.

Taste has notes of clove, ginger, some light bready malts and a touch of lemon and golden delicious apple. Flavors are clean and crisp.

Feel is bright, crisp, and easy drinking. Moderately carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall a unique but tasty Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Lucular
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you gave this beer to 100 BAs I'll bet at least 90 would guess it's a hefeweizen - and a good one at that. I'm struggling with this being called a Belgian pale ale. It has classic hefe aromas and flavors of clove, banana, and bubblegum. At least it's a very tasty beer, even at 6+ months old.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear lighter golden color. There's a 1 finger white head. Retention isn't the best, but there's a lot of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose is a very nice sweet malty aroma. Slightly fruity. Some spices to the nose.
Taste - It is slightly sweet. I do get slight fruit, to me apple, but very slight. Minimal hops.
Feel - crisp feeling. Nice carbonation in my palate. Lighter bodied, but not watery.
Fairly easy drinking beer. Quite pleasing to my palate.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoy new glarus and their lagers, but this one feel short for me. Tasted like it wanted to incorporate hefeweizen elements into the base lager feel and grains, but instead sat on top giving hefeweizen orange, bubble gum and wheat, following by heavy lager yeast and grains. Has nice orange and lager malt aromas, but also smells a little like beer burps, somewhat off putting. Just didn't come together for me in feel either, with higher carbonation adding to the confusion of hefe and lager layers. Not that this was bad, just not a do over

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing. Aroma is banana that is bordering on becoming too ripe with a touch of clove and yeast. Flavor follows the nose completely. Feel is light. Overall a nice beer from a style that I usually don't appreciate.

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Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finger or so of bright white foam, slightly irregular surface, dissipates to a surface coating that stays steady at that, no real lacing to speak of. Darkly golden hued liquid, filmy, noticeably large bubbles both in beads and scattered, inviting. At first the nose is almost totally banana and bubblegum, over time clove, white pepper, damp yeast, lemon zest blend in, yellow apple, pear to apricot fruit scents appear, achieves a fine balance between richness and freshness, never feels sluggish in the nostrils. Lighter attack but in the end medium-bodied, the carbonation tends to fluff it up more than tickle the tongue. That banana, bubblegum and yeastiness more than met by spicy coriander, cardamom, clove notes. Less peppery though and more floral, lilacs and fragrant cut flowers. Clean, little funkiness or mustiness and develops a mineral water touch at the end. More scone or muffin than bread per se. More orange than lemon citrus but both present. The fruit comes off a little lean, apricot, pineapple, apple but this also helps rein in the sweetness. Very easy drinking, perhaps more expressive warmer but more poundable cold.

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Photo of SB2017
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Tasty beer! Overall, I was most pleased by the nose (apricot, peach, funky wheat) and the initial burst of flavor (clean, mango, mild hops at the end, mild malts in the middle). Primarily a fruity beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm guessing I first Had Stone Soup in 2009 and it was one of the few beers I haven't liked from New Glarus, my favorite brewer.So I avoided it in its future releases until now, summer 2016. I'm glad I gave it another chance. I believe New Glarus does everything very well in this beer, except the yeast... which seems to be about average for American crafters.

Stone Soup really lacks the richness and complexity of a very good Belgian yeast. Otherwise, Stone Soup is a fine pale. While having average Looks (not much foam), its Smells convey the spices and malt in balance. Taste comes through genuinely the same. While the carbonation works as a table beer to cleanse the palate, it tingles my tongue a bit.

OA: An important lesson. Brewers who know what they are doing will eventually figure out how to perform outside of their comfort zone. Stone Soup is now in New Glarus' comfort zone.... now do the impossible and figure out how Belgians use their yeast.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Pours semi cloudy golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain and Belgian yeast. Tastes of sweet grain with almost a taste of corn. Beer is heavily carbonated light bodied, nice finish. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew is a clear yellow color with persistent white froth from rising bubbles resting atop. Some patchy lace sticks.

The smell includes notes of clove, pear, apple and herbal grassy hops. A sweetness like belgian candy sugar is also present.

The taste is much the same, clove spice blending to grassy hops. Some pear/apple skin fruitiness with some straw aftertaste break things up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A decent mix of character that I wasnt crazy about but the hops kinda worked with the yeasty spice since it wasnt too bitter.

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Photo of IllNate
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with ample head, mild retention. Nose is wonderfully fruity and spicy. Taste follows with more fruit and spice and some bready malt. Mouthfeel is thin but smooth.
Overall a nice beer. Not the best of style but a very drikable beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a tulip.

pours a bright yellow with a nice inch thick white head. no lacing. smell is very much like a hefe...very crisp and lemony. taste is much more Belgian like. dry for sure, not very sweet. bitter finish. good. mild body, mild carbonation.

overall nice Belgian ale! recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bound4er
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Hazy straw appearance with lots of carbonation bubbles. White, puffy two finger head with good lacing.

S. Pepper, clove, citrus, yeast and bready malt. Very nice.

T. Spicy clove, lemon/orange, biscuity cracker. Very clean, easy drinking beer.

M. Light to medium body with nice carbonation.

O. Very nice BPA knockoff. Not quite in the same league as Duvel but a hell of a lot less money and just as enjoyable to drink. Another well made beer from NG.

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, hazy straw orange from a bottle I smuggled back from Milwaukee. A fine, fairly thick head forms but falls off quickly, leaving a slight effervescent lacing.

Smells fantastic. Lots of fruit, citrus and spice. There's a much stronger smell than I thought there'd be, but that's a good thing.

This is probably the best Belgian Pale I've had. Scratch that, one of the best beers. This is a fall beer, with massive fruity notes and some coriander, clove, and ginger thrown in for good measure. It feels fantastic on the tongue, too, just thick and bubbly enough to hold one's attention. It finally leaves the mouth with just a hint of malt at the very end. Extremely smooth though, I could drink this as a classy session beer.

Overall, Stone Soup is my new favorite from New Glarus, (as the Alt isn't around anymore) and I can only hope that limited distribution brings this wonderful brew out west. Otherwise I'm going to need a bigger bag coming back next time.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with pillowy white head. Nose is spicy with strong Belgian yeast character, notes of lemon, cracker, clove and coriander all come through. Flavor is spicy and features plenty of Belgian pale characteristics. On point for style. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, pretty straightforward beer here. Not on the level of something like Duvel, but well balanced and flavorful nonetheless.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very hazy golden body with a bubbly white head that holds decent retention; littlebfor lacing
S - Belgian yeast, fruity, banana, biscuity, grassy, nutty
T - biscuity, fruity, yeast, spice, banana, lemon, grass; refreshing with nice complexity
M - creamy and tangy, finishes a bit tart with a lingering lemon taste
O - excellent example of the style; refreshing and goes down easy. No complaints here, but there usually aren't any with New Glarus

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, purchased 2013-08-30
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I disagree with others about the excellence of this beer: it's good in an easily drinkable sort of way, but it's too confused as to where it's coming from and not nearly as nuanced as what I'd consider superior versions of the style. It tastes more like a hefeweizen-Belgian mix than any abbey single/pale ale style I've had, and is nowhere near the complexity or obvious Belgian yeast influences that Westvleteren's or Westmalle's pale ales/singles have. I'd get another several of these, if just because it's highly drinkable, not and I enjoy banana esters, more than that it's a good Belgian pale ale.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of small and medium-sized bubbles, white in color, creating a very fluffy-looking froth. Retention is above average, the foam lasting slightly over two minutes in a gradual decline to a 0.2cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but fairly marginal, a few small dots and lines cling to the sides of the glass, disappointing for a Belgian style. Body is a deep golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is noticeable through the largely transparent (10-20% opaque) body, numerous and quite active.

Aroma is of mild yeast with slight mustiness, along with present and subdued phenolics, banana ester, and a touch of old, dried lemon peel.

The primary flavors in this beer are a heavy yeastiness with banana esters and mild pale malt sweetness and breadiness; phenolics and mustiness are of a much lesser presence, with only slight other flavors. Adding the yeast from the bottom of the bottle increases the amount of phenolic and yeast characters, as expected. Front of palate is of light pale malt sweetness with hearty banana esters, mild yeast and spicy phenolics. Mid-palate of smooth, sweet pale malts with slight breadlike qualities merged seamlessly with hearty banana esters, bubblegum, light yeast, slight must, and subdued spicy phenolics. Back of palate finds sharper phenolics with reduced emphasis on breadlike malt characters or banana esters, though these are still present. Closes with grainy malts tied to residual pale malt sweetness, strong banana esters, and only hints of sharp phenols.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that's not correct for the style (more carbonation for style), but fits with this beer well enough. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thinner layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of yeasty, spicy, and fruity esters with a good dose of bready malt. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, coriander, and white pepper spicing. Pale malt and wheat with bready hints of grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Good hints of banana fruit and bubblegum. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and pineapple. Some earthy hops in the background as well. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a good mix of yeasty esters, spice, fruit, and bready malts with a Belgian twist. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and spicy notes of clove, white pepper, and coriander. Bready pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, and crackers. Big taste of bananas. Some bubblegum taste. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, mango, and lemon zest. Some earthy hops come through towards the finish. A good yeasty and zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, zesty, and very smooth feel.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a lighter Belgian style ale. Good yeasty taste with some nice fruit and malt notes.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very nice golden haze. Foam was a little lacking and disappeared pretty quickly.

S - Notes of citrus, spice, and yeast. Nothing overpowering.

T - Good clean citrus taste. Belgian and German flavors are melded together nicely.

M - Clean and crisp.

O - Another great beer from New Glarus. I don't quite like it as much as Dancing man or the most recent thumbprint (Imperial Weizen), but it's very tasty none the less. Prost!!!

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Photo of martyl1000
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous gold, with a huge fluffy white head that goes nowhere.

Sweet honey and malt in the aroma, with banana and pear.

First is sweetness on the tonue, honey and banana taffy, with a flash of bitterness. The significant carbonation keeps it from being cloying.

Incredibly crisp and light, while impressing with full-ish flavor. Yet, because I'm mostly used to bigger Belgians, I experience a confusing lack of body and phenols.

Overall, this is the closest thing to the real deal (as opposed to weaker pretenders, like New Belgium Abbey, or, egads, Blue Moon Abbey). This will hold a regular place in my fridge.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as an Abbey Ale because it identifies as such both on the label and on New Glarus' website. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Glarus style label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 (thanks, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. This is my first time using this glassware. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I've adored.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Decent cream and thickness. A highlight is the soft smooth delicate complexion of the head. Fluffy but not frothy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass at all, even when I tip it. Head retention is pretty good - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent yellow of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Abundant carbonation bubbles suggest adequate carbonation.

Looks pretty good for a self-described Abbey Ale. But for a Belgian Pale, it looks great. No obvious flaws. It does look special to me; is that just my new glassware?

As it warms, it does start to gain lacing. Odd, but the even consistent lacing is quite intriguing. Perhaps the glass was too cold from when I washed it?

Sm: Quite flowery in a very natural sense; it's luxurious. Bright phenols. Lemongrass. Clean barley. Belgian pale malts. Subtle nuanced spicing, including clove, cilantro, a dash of white pepper, and maybe some allspice. Banana. Saltwater taffy. Belgian biscuit malt. Peach and pear fruit. Floral and lightly fruity hop character. It's got a lot going on for a simple little Abbey Ale. The banana is evocative as hell, and the beer is packed with subtlety relative to the style. Good complexity here. I'm damn impressed. An amazing aroma of mild to moderate strength. Fantastic execution.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Crisp clean pear. Not so much of the peach. Light lemongrass with some lemon fruit zest and complementary citrusy hops. Boy, the subtlety is already evident. Nothing beats you over the head; each note is carefully delicately placed. Banana. A healthy amount of phenols. Clean barley. Belgian pale malts comprise the bulk of the body. Clove. A kiss of white pepper. The Belgian yeast lends it a very clean feel; quite refreshing. Floral hops. A contained, balanced beer. Perfect sweetness/bitterness balance. Plenty of interesting taffy note here; I guess some might call that bubblegum. Has such great cohesion that it comes off gestalt. It could be more complex, but the subtlety is incredible. This is up there with the best in the style, undoubtedly.

Maximal depth of flavour for the style; quite impressive. Average intensity and duration of flavour; it's not overbearing.

No alcohol comes through.

Really fucking enjoyable.

Mf: As refreshing as can be. Sinfully soft. Delicate. Just a touch buttery. Perfect coarseness and dryness, toying with the palate but satisfying. Has a light spritzy crispness. Light fleeting presence on the palate. A biteen on the acidic side. Near perfect carbonaton; bottle conditioning was a great choice. Perhaps just a biteen too thick. Good body. Definitely comes off custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, biting, or hot.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable. The perfect beer to pair with almost any food. I could happily down this by the pitcher, and would buy it regularly if I was able to. I already want another one (or ten) and I'm hardly halfway through this one. Another fantastic brew from New Glarus. Right up there with the best beers in the style. I'd compare it to Chimay Doree or Westvleteren Blonde. I'd definitely recommend this to friends. For those who appreciate true balance and nuance in a beer, this is a real treat. I imagine this will stay under the radar because it's not a rare overhopped monstrosity and it's not aged in an obscure liqueur. More for me, hopefully. As sessionable as they come. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

This would be heaven paired with a salad or something equally light.

I wouldn't age it.

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03/26/14. 2nd bottle acquired from Duff27. Truncated notes below:

Looks pretty good, but not unique or special.

Solid Belgian pale malt aromatics. Lovely subtle fruit and spicing. The banana is fantastic, and dominates. Can't wait to try it.

Banana does dominate, but boy does this have great intricacy and nuance for the style. Excellent depth of flavour. Incredibly tasty stuff. Very enjoyable.

A biteen overcarbonated, but otherwise spot-on. Good execution. Refreshing. Smooth and wet. But a bit biting. If I was altering my initial score, I'd drop the mouthfeel down to a 3.5.

Very drinkable. Could easily kill a 6er of this in a night (and would want to), but the overcarbonation does get to me. Great beer.

B+

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, dehydrated pee color. Fizzy white head is quick to fizzle out into a thin collar. Strong, messy spice aroma with some drier barnyard/sun soaked sawdust. Ginger. The strong, monotone clove and ginger spice carries over heavily into the flavor. Dry, herbal hop. Some coriander-like citrus as it warms.

Messy, too spicy and dry IMO. Instantly reminded me of smaller, home brewed version of Victory's Golden Monkey and that's never a good thing.

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Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful glowing gold with a dense clean white head.

S: Smells of fresh banana, cloves, light crisp hoppiness, vanilla, mango.

T: Taste brings some mild banana and bubble gum esters, yeasty bread, stone fruit, faint peppery bite, dry finish.

M: Light-bodied with medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

O: A flavorful yet sessionable BPA with a yeast profile very close to that of a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, soapy, white head. A nice, banana-clove/hefe-esque aroma. Straw Yellow color. Starts with a nice, banana-clove and malt biscuit sweetness, a touch of floral hops and low bitterness. The finish is wonderful, amazing, delicious New Glarus maltiness.

Wow, this is lovely. It reminds me a LOT of a Tripel, but in a very good way (and minus the booziness). If you like a hefe-like Tripel, this is a must.
Man, I REALLY want NG to make a tripel!

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 623 ratings