Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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Reviews by kojevergas:
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Low A-

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.


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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of dmheinz57
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of delaced21
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of equinox1
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the unexpected hand-off...he's cool like that.
Honeycomb in color with a full two fingers of sticky, dense white head...suprisingly disappears quick with some decent lacing.
Spiced yeast up front with just a hint of floral hops.
Taste is what you'd expect from NG...clean, not overly hopped, and very true to the style. Less spice than what the nose was indicating, but an incredible yeast flavor.
With a little less carbonation, this would be a true session beer for me...
Tasty offering to say the least...well done.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of fenlop54
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of NoetheMatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mrw1zard
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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 DrKarl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a New Glarus sampler at Cambridge Cooler in Cambridge, WI.

Poured into a pint glass a hazy dark golden straw color with a good amount of head. Bit of a citrus smell. A nice medium bodied beer with a good flavor including quite a bit of citrus. Nice smooth drinking beer, very good and easy to drink. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I wasn't even sure of the style going in, but I really liked it and wouldn't mind having a few more.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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