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 cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -1.1%
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%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.4%
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 +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 homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -1.6%
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 -3.4%
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 +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 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 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 kojevergas
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +8%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 8/26/2013.

This beer pours deliciously well, with a straw golden body and a fluffy 3cm white head that recedes into a fairly placid surface with bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Its very appealing to look at. Not much lacing to speak of, looks like a very clean and refreshing beer.

Smell is very yeasty. Lots of Belgian yeast here. Spicy cloves and some banana here. A little bit of sweet honey in the background. But mostly dominated by the yeast here. The beer's taste is also very yeasty on the Belgian end. Lots of spicy cloves and ginger, which is great. There is a tiny bit of lemon zest, not sour but more fruity.

Carbonation is very good, body is medium with a nice refreshing quality to it. The aftertaste is mostly ginger. Not difficult to drink at all, very clean flavour.

Overall this is a smooth BPA that isn't too complicated. Easy to drink, hits the yeasty notes with a small bit of honey sweetness and ginger bitterness in the background. Not the best BPA out there. It mainly could use a little bit more body and carbonation along with some more sweetness. Its a bit too one-dimensional with the dominant yeast here.

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Photo of Benish
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Glarus Pilsner glass. A foamy white head rapidly built up while pouring but then quickly broke down. No remaining foam present at the surface. Also no lacings present. Glass is completely clear with no sediment remaining on it.

The beer presented a pale straw color. Carbonation is present and is beautiful to look at from the glass.

The beer presented a nice array of aromas including ginger, banana, spices, and a touch of sweetness - maybe honey. Also notes of yeast.

Taste-wise most dominantly I get notes of bread and yeast. There is also that honey'ed sweetness followed by subtle bitterness - almost like a tiny bit of zest of citrus. There are no surprises to the taste - taste like a solid Belgian pale ale.

It has a light bodied mouthfeel and clean finish. The malt and bread notes sits around for a little bit.

Overall a nice refreshing beer. Not my favorite from New Glarus but it still is a decent beer. Glad to try another of their offerings.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date poured into tulip glass

look is a cloudy, pale, straw color, with a 2 finger head that fades extremely quickly into a small ring. lacing is minimal. smell is yeasty, wheaty, slight lemon. i agree that it's very clean smelling. taste is crisp wheat and malt, sweet and bready. then the belgian flavors hit: clove and spice into faint bubblegum, pineapple, pears, apple.

Balanced, low-ABV, but crammed with flavor. A+

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Photo of Fcolle2
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden in color with a 1.5 finger white head that has decent retention.

Nose has a clean scent typical to most new glarus beers. Belgian yeast is pretty subtle on the clove notes but there is also a very faint hint of tart cherry esters. Malt is slightly straw like.

Taste is great, not much of a Belgian tang however the clove is still present along with a slight ginger like spice, malt finishs with a mildly sweet grainy attribute.

Mouthfeel is great, clean and crisp with a moderat carbonation.

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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 Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Hazy golden straw with a fluffy 2.5 finger white head. Rentention is nice and leaves a thin cap; minimal lacing.

S - Banana and fruit esters mixed with Belgian yeast. Straw, grass and some sweet bread with a touch of honey.

T - Starts off with grass, straw and Belgian yeast, but the fruit flavors follow quickly. Some banana and other light sweet fruits mixed with light bready malt and a touch of sweet honey. I even get a hint of spice at the end, not much but I do notice it.

M - Light bodied with full carbonation. Crisp yet it goes down smooth.

O - A very well done Belgian style pale ale. Is there any style Dan can't brew well?

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a finger and a half of head that quickly fades into just a small ring.

Smell is bubblegum, pepper, banana, clove, mint and some slight tropical notes.

Taste is really nice, orange... Not hop orange more a deeper orange, pepper and other spicy notes, slight banana, bready malt, bubblegum, all plays very nicely with the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium light with heavy carbonation while still remaining slick.

Good stuff, will be drinking this all fall long, a lot of flavor for 5.3%abv, NG maybe you should brew a bad beer just so I know that you are not cheating! I kid of course!

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A friend of mine brought back a few of these beers for me on his last trip to Wiscinsin. I see they are discontinued now, so these are probably some of the last few bottles left on the shelves. 12oz brown bottles with no freshness date, so no way to tell if these are still fresh or out of date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale gold color with a 1-finger white head. Retention wasn't that good and neither was the lacing.

Big fruity smell - like opening a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Lots of banana for sure along with other tropical fruits, maybe pineapple and mango. Also getting that funky Belgian yeast smell.

Taste is surprisingly spicy. Lots of clove and coriander, which I didn't pick up in the nose. Malt is dry and biscuity and the fruit is a lot tamer in the taste than it was in the smell. Not much in the way of hop bitterness.

Crisp, light, and on the dry side, but with lively carbonation.

Interesting mix of flavors. Not the best New Glarus had to offer, but not the worst either.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
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