Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
579 Ratings
Stone SoupStone Soup

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pale, golden hue. Very thin head that disappears quickly. Unremarkable.M
S: cloves, banana, spiced fruit. Very sweet. Candied apple maybe.
T: A lot of the sweetness comes through at the front. Bready malts combined with the previously mentioned spices. Perhaps a tad muted considering how intense the smell was. Toward the back, its a tad spicy, vey pleasant though.
M: medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A nice finish with a tasty hang.
O: this is not the best version of this style I have sampled. However, NG has done very well. The essence of the style shines through and its extremely quaffable. Its damn good and you could have several.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up directly at New Glarus Brewing Company.

Pours a medium orange with a thin off-white head that fizzed away quickly, leaving only a trace of bubbles behind.

Upfront esters with notes of banana, clove, a little cinnamon. Sugar-like malty sweetness.

Soft, sweet maltiness melding with yeast-driven esters that offer up touches of fruitiness, a mild vanilla, and a scant orange peel. Low bitterness, dry finish.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate high level of carbonation. Rather effervescent.

Overall this is an easy drinking version of the style that lacks a bit of the complexity some of the finer examples offer. Perhaps a fresher bottle would have more character.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Found this one tucked away, may as well give it a go.

Appearance: This pours an iridescent golden color with a small off white head. Initially just a bit of foam, this fades rather quickly and noticeably leaves no lace.

Smell: Muscat grapes, biscuity malt, and a bit of champagne yeast.

Taste: The biscuity malt is noticeable, setting the table for what could be a complex set of flavors. White grapes and a bit of green apple provide the fruit flavors, and a bit of spicy yeast leads into a slightly grassy ending. The finish is a little boozy, actually, which was surprising.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light to medium side, starting sweet and becoming a little dry by the end. The carbonation is crisp despite a light grainy texture.

Overall: I thought this was an take on the style, but noting about it really draws me in or keeps my interest.

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Photo of TheStove
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian beer glass. Have been holding onto this one for since I left the Midwest and it is well preserved!

Pours a nice grapefruit color, with bright yellow at the top of the glass and a hazy orange/yellow complexion in the middle. Has a light lace that quickly disappears.

Yeast, clove and a bit of citrus are in the nose with some slight vanilla undertones which no doubt come from the clove. The flavor matches the nose with that Belgian taste and citrus from the wheat coming through. Finishes with a faint malt and more clove.

Awesome bright mouth feel typical of a good Belgian Pale though there is a noticeable lack of hops in comparison to some other Belgian Pale Ales I've had.

A very enjoyable beer. Glad I picked up a few before this one was retired.

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Photo of zachary80
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness Pint. Influence given from earlier notes. No date is visible (those hashes are impossible) but the rest of the mixed 12 pack tasted fresh.

Head starts off nice but quickly fades to a thin layer of white bubbles. Body is a cloudy and a nice golden straw color, reminiscent of hefeweizen. No lacing

Smell typical of belgian yeast, although there is some of that german banana aroma. Pretty light on the aroma

Taste is somewhat light and almost entirely malty, with some bread character. Yeast influence is mild. Hops? What hops?

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too much carbonation if anything.

Overall it is an average beer. Almost seems diluted - not much character

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent head when poured into my Duvel glass following the Duvel pouring instructions. Head quickly dissipates, although the characteristic bubble fountain continues from the bottom of the glass. Initial smell has a bit of a corn element to it, but this quickly vanishes. Taste and mouthfeel is pleasantly subtle, though not quite as delicate as the finest Belgian ales.

I can't think of a better beer to start with when first exploring the style. This is no Duvel, but it is a very balanced and drinkable beer that will leave one interested in seeking out other Belgian ales.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in duvel tulip.

Hazy gold body starts off with a towering 4 finger head of fluffy white bubbles. Before I can even take a sip... After a few sips I'm down to a little collar of foam.

Smells like: bubblegum, cloves, and banana-- really, lots of banana. Wow. What's the deal with the banana? The beer tastes lightly sweet, then WAY too yeasty.

Light, heavily carbonated, airy body.

Overall-- BPA's aren't a style I dink a ton of, but this is not one I'll plan on having again. It isn't terrible, but it is low on the spectrum of how I like the style.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Aroma is malty, a bit fruity. The taste is lacking any real spice you might expect from a belgian, but does have a hint of bananas and cloves at first, followed quickly by a malty smoothness and finishes lightly bitter and sour. This beer definitely improved as it warmed. Decent while cold, I think this is a good beer, but not an excellent one.

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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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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- translucent gloden color with burnt orange and lemon meringue tones intermingled. A good healthy two fingers of off white head recedes quickly and no matter how hard one swirls there is no revival. Great color, poor head.

S- The monastic yeast steals the stage in this soup of a brew. Gentle but assertive fruit esters and spices jump out with notes of green apple, under ripe peach, Ginger and clove. Herbal spicey hop character gives this abbey ale a unique spurce/wintergreen tinge. Finishs with a dry crunchy sugar Ginger snap cookie malt in the finish.

T- Starts out with pale malt honey sweetness that seems to linger through out the flavors like a painters canvas. The hebal hop notes give a subtle spicy character. Yeast flavors come in with white grape, green apple and clove flavor. Finishs dry with a bready malt and cracked grain.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with an average carbonation and medium body.

D- extremely drinkable. This beer is complex yet understated. However it is just a bit lacluster in the flavor from the amazing aroma. I could drink this all night if I didn't eBay to think about my beer. Delicious and quenching.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a New Glarus pint glass

a-pours a sort of hazy golden color. the white colored head rises and falls fairly quickly.

s-belgian yeast and some fruit sweetness and dark sugar.

t-another review called it a Belgian tripel but a light version, which is kinda accurate IMO. yeasty flavor give way to a slight hoppiness and then some fruity, sweetness. not much finish, but goes down smooth

m-a little over-carbonated for me personally, and i think it hurts the flavors a bit. very easy drinking and goes down pretty smooth but nothing heavy.

overall, I dont mind this beer. Its another drinkable session beer from New Glarus. Nothing amazing or eye-opening, but a very drinkable beer that I would much rather reach for than any macro ever available.

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Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 579 ratings.
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