Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Stone SoupStone Soup

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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Photo of Fartknocker
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a globe glass
A- Hazy golden color with sevral bands of suspended sediment
S- Friuty, with a bit of clove comng through
T- Emphasis on the clove and ginger, somewhat like a pumpkin pie
M- Very good
D- Absolutley, very smooth, and I am generally not a big fan of belgian ales

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Photo of beachscrat
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

purchased from a 12 by 12 oz sample bottle pack. poured into a Duvel chalice with laser etched bubble party in full effect.

appearance is cloudy, not much head retention unfortunately.

smeill: pale fruits abound. heavy pear, then light banana, and a kiss of apple. glorious!

taste: clean, delicious and pure. these guys are the champs. besides tommy and vinny, no one state-side even comes close.

mouthfeel: nothing spectacular, i would love a good full bodied finish on this one.

drinkability: smooth, delicate, fancy. pour that champagne in to the dog dish and give this a shot instead. toe to toe could kick the hell outta any french champagne at twice the price.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright yellow-gold with a huge head that dissipates to lingering foam over the course of a few minutes. Some frothiness and lacing persists.

The smell is the whole Belgian yeast thing - winter spices with bananas and some sweetness.

The taste is similar to the smell but the sweetness isn't as pronounced and what there is is held at bay by some pleasant tartness. The taste isn't aggressive but it's also not meek - pretty much a perfect taste for a beer that can be enjoyed with a meal or by itself. Reminds me of a less forceful tripel.

The feel is a bit too watery for me, though the higher than normal carbonation helps some in this regard.

As for drinkability, all day if I took it slow enough. Just a wonderfully comfortable beer that I could have with virtually any meal.

I first had this beer a year before I really got into beer and I wish I had followed up on it then. This is comfort food in a bottle.

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Photo of iamatotalbum
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

German hops, Belgian yeast and English Malt combine to form a single beer with optimal traits from Europe's best ingredients. Although some might classify this as a "summer beer," I think its versatile qualities make it a refreshing brew for any season or occasion. Highly underrated based on the reviews I have read.

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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 mynie
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a hazy, pale gold, with a cloud of floaty yeast in the middle of the glass. The head is a clean white with a foaminess like bubble bath. lacing is minimum.

The aroma is of sour fruit and spicy yeast. There's also a bit of dense citrus, like orange peel.

Flavor is deliciously refreshing. Light fruit, faint yeastiness, and a crisp, crackery malt. Mouthfeel is adequately viscous with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Another incredibly drinkable beer by New Glarus, and a testament to their ability to brew any style with complexity and finesse.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange color. The head is a solid half inch of foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is bubblegum, hints of anise, and light notes of other spices. The taste is of Belgian malt, bubblegum, anise, and spices. There is a lot of complexity here in both the taste and aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice Brabant stlye ale. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the New Glarus sampler.

A: Poured a partly cloudy golden color. It was interesting to watch the floaters bounce along the carbonation trails. It had a creamy white head that diminished but yet persisted throughout the whole experience.

S: Hops and fruit - kind of an apple banana mix - and a little spiciness.

T: The banana comes across as does the clove spiciness. It's a complex taste but very enjoyable without having one thing overpowering the other.

M: Very easy on the mouth. Medium body, good carbonation.

D: This is very easy to drink. I might actually have two per session (if I had more than just one). Major congratulations out to New Glarus on this one. This is my favorite of the line so far. So far, that is. I still have three to sample.

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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 EddieTheTrooper
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While the stone soup may appear unimpressive I can assure you it is anything but. The more distinguished palates can pick up traces of vanilla and subtle hints of citrus amongst it's sweet Ginger overtones. It drinks smooth and goes down easy (that's what she said).

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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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 jsulko
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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Photo of Lukafer
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Levifunk 

Pours a bright golden yellow, white head good lacing.  Smell some banana, yeast.  Tastes are some yeast, light banana a hint of apple at the finish.  Good amount of carb. The drinkability is out of this world, what a great beer especially for a regular in their lineup. New Glarus impresses me every time.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It looks great/classic. Golden-yellow with big white foam, moderate retention and some lace.

S - The aroma is basic pale malt, with yeast-imparted notes of banana, pear, and lemon-lime. There is a very slight alcohol that picks up towards the finish, and a small dose of hay funk.

T - This beer is specifically amazing for its very clear relationship to all other Belgian golden ale; it is clearly the littlest brother of the Tripel, obviously the younger sibling of the BSPA, certainly the urbane cousin of the Saison, and seemingly the parent of the Witbier. And this example, albeit from Wisconsin, has elements of the foundations of all the aforementioned styles, and is a dead-on take for the style. The taste is clean and slightly bready, with some tropical-fruit-y nuances. Hop flavors are low, mostly balancing and slightly herbal. Clean and dry on the finish until the very end where the banana bread kicks back in.

M - Feels light-bodied and semi-dry on the finish.

D - Very nice and refreshing, and evidently well-crafted.

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Photo of cooch69
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone soup pours into a tulip glass with a two finger pure white tight head and a few loose bubbles on top.
The nose is reminiscent of a fine Hefeweizen. Cloves sour apples and bananas are all present upfront.
A nice juicy pale maltiness with a salivating amount of spiciness and esters. Full on cloves followed by a slight bitterness in the finish. Sour apple and banana taffy present a lovely duet in the midsip with a semi sweet finish which is medium bodied. Pinpoint carbonation give this beer a creamy texture and a nice spritziness. I could drink this all night. I need more though.

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a water glass...had a rich caramel color, with light carbonation and a small fluffy white head. Aroma was predominately malt, with caramel and honey overtones. Taste was slightly chewy, lightly sweet, with cane sugar and bananna followed by vanilla and a touch of citrus.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass...I know....

A: Pours a glowing yellowish orange with a small white head with poor retention but some remains along the edges.

S: Malty with Belgian yeast with notes of ginger, clove, and other spices.

T: Fruity upfront with yeast turning into several spices mention in the scent. There's a sweet malty finish that bring some warmth.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, small bubbles of carbonation tickle the tongue with a medium body. The drinkability was pretty high, I could easily do a few of these. Very good overall.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy straw with one finger of tight white head.

Smell -- Massive bubblegum aroma, clove, yeast, bready malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: big bubblegum with clove, banana, yeast, honey, biscuity malt, grassy and floral hops. Finish is dry with a bit of wet hay and banana. Quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body, with plenty of carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability -- Easily my favorite New Glarus thus far. Great balance and Belgian pale ale flavors. Coupled with the exceptional drinkability of New Glarus beers: amazing.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light amber color with a slight, white head. The aroma is mild with scents of yeast and banana. The texture is pretty full with a decent about of carbonation delivering a smooth, mellow banana taste. Very well made and a great co-release with Staghorn Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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