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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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a 2 inch white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices (clove, ginger), banana, and some malt. Taste is of Belgian yeast, the aforementioned spices, banana flavors, and some wheat-like malts. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean due to a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good Belgian pale ale beer but not one of my favorite styles. I am still glad that I got to try this one from New Glarus.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of kojevergas
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing orange, good amount of white foam that soon settles. Active carbonation, looks like a Witbier.

Smells of banana yeast esters, slight mineral edge. Maybe malty, similar to a number of their beers.

Taste has some tropical hints, malt, some vague fruit, and chalky yeast. Very mild astringency from the carbonation. Supposedly contains clove and ginger according to the label, there's a certain apricot/persimmon in the aftertaste that is vaguely spicy.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, true to style. Smoothed out by the banana-y yeast. This could easily be a summer lawnmower type beer.

New Glarus should be commended for continually experimenting and brewing new styles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a respectable head that leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: The Belgian yeast aroma pops right out of the bottle, with hints of cracker malt and grassy hops

Taste: Opens with the cracker malt and, after a few seconds, moves in the direction of a hefe (banana and clove) and a BPA (fruity yeast) at the same time; also, the grassy hops join the fray to add another angle; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols and the banana blend together nicely, while the hops fade to the back

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an intriguing beer but, ultimately, not one that I would seek out again; the flavors each go in their own direction but never converge to provide a triumph

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Pours a massive 3 finger fairly straight white head. Head fades away after a few minutes to 1/4 finger. No lace. Color is slightly hazy, but mainly clear light golden orange.

Aroma: a lot like a Belgian Pale Ale should smell like. Spices, orange peel, cloves, some bananas. Reminds me of a more complex hefeweizen, not to heavy though.

Taste: A lot of spices going on here. Orange peel is the dominate here. Cloves and bananas also recognizable. Definitely has the Belgian yeast to it.

Mouthfeel:Very, very crisp. Medium bodied. Very high carbonation. Leaves a clean aftertaste with notes of spices.

Overall, this is an OK beer. Not one of NG's finest, but still decent. Too much carbonation for me. I could drink more, but I would choose to switch it up instead.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus has delivered a really interesting beer in their Stone Soup. I was initially unsure of what it was supposed to be. Holding it to the light I found a cloudy golden orange body that looked like a Belgian witbier. Of course, most of New Glarus' beers have a haze from bottle conditioning, but this was fuller. The frothy bright white head settled slowly into a creamy dollop on top, and it left short walls of solid lace behind as I drank. The nose was perhaps the most interesting part right out of the gate, giving off notes of creamy vanilla, soft bubblegum, mild clove, and a bit of some sharper spice, perhaps ginger or all-spice. In the mouth it was light and crisp, medium-light bodied and gently zesty with a very-fine bubbled natural carbonation. The flavor was unusual. It was somewhat sharp, a bit fruity, candyish, and spicy. It came on strong, then softened, revealed some malt and candyish vanilla and clove, and finally faded away in a long-lingering caress of residual spice and malt residue. ... ... kind of like a Belgian tripel, but without the strength. It's complex, but not full or rich. You could certainly drink a lot of these based on the body and flavor aspects, but I'm not sure you'd want to. It doesn't quite have the soft and delicate nature of a witbier, and yet it's not big enough to demand your attention. Still, I found it quite charming, and as I tend to drink several beers in an evening, the idea of a light Tripel is quite enticing. Beyond that, I think I'd really enjoy this while camping, hiking, or boating/canoeing. Nicely done. Very well balanced. Refreshing and enjoyable!

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another New Glarus thanks to levifunk.

A: A fizzy 2 finger head rises up quickly and fades quickly as well with big bubbles popping. It's a semi hazy slightly clear beer of pale golden wheat color.

N: Golden ale aromas, some light malts, toasty malts, a little wheat, Belgian light malts, a little Belgian fruity yeast aroma, and a slight lighter grassy hop aroma. The more I breath deep, the more I get a sweet deep Belgian malt aroma.

T: Starts with more Belgian toasty sweet malts, a slight citrus fruity flavor with a little lemon zest. A nice hoppy grassy and citrus hop flavor, with more orange peel, citrus fruit, wheat flavors, mild grassy hops. WIth that is a slight toasty malt flavor as well, and some Belgian sweet malty flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Some bitterness with orange peel, grassy and citrus hops, spicy and floral hop flavors lingering, pale hop flavors, most mild on the initial taste but seem to get a little astringent on the finish, but ever so slightly. More lingering Belgian sweet malts, but dries a bit as well. A nice tasty Belgian pale I have to say, I would have liked a little more of the Belgian malt flavor, and a little more hoppy flavor, but that's my opinion, and it is a nice tasty beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from ughsmash so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, some citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some background flavors of spices, citrus and bananas come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a lighter but very solid Belgian style beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a golden amber color with a thick and active bright white head. The head settled down a lot after the first minute or so and didn't leave much for lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a crisp, lemony citrus flavor to it with some yeast, banana and clove spiciness as well. The Belgian yeast seems to provide the majority of the aromas coming from it.

The taste has a lot of lemony citrus, banana and clove flavors up front, but the sweeter malt starts to come through a bit more in the finish. Again like the nose though the Belgian yeast has a pretty strong influence on the flavor. It seems to have a lot of Hefeweizen type flavors to it.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was an interesting beer with a mix of some good flavors. I wouldn't say that it was outstanding in any of the flavors though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice hazy golden-bread color with a nice white head and a good dose of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some nice citrus with orange and lemons at the forefront along with a bit of grassy spice. Really nice. The taste is a bit of a fallback from the nose and the malt is accentuated a bit more for a bit of a bready domination. Good yeasty notes in the background though. Light, crisp feel. Really nice and drinkable and something I miss being able to grab packs of.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben!

Pours a fairly hazed bronze with a finger of cream colored head. Cleared a bit, some head retention & lacing

S: Apple peels, straw, pears & general orchard smells, plus juicy fruit gum

T: Bartlett Pear, a touch of green banana, & juicy fruit along with grapefruit & grassyness up front. Juicy fruit & lemon dominate as this warms, along with lemon zest, white pepper & coriander. Finishes a bit tart, grassy & lemony, with a kiss of warming booze the last 3 ozes or so

MF: Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, really good balance for the style

Drank really easy for the style, an approachable, yet fairly complex take on the style that is session worthy, when many others are just too damn potent. Yet another winner from New Glarus!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, pale gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Littles galore! A little banana, a little clove, a little maltiness, a little citrusy.

Taste: Light, crackery maltiness with complimentary tastes of clove, spice, and banana. Sour yeastiness. Dash of lemon water. A few faint sugary hints. Spiciness lingers beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation, though it's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: It's alright for being a fairly mild Belgian ale.

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