Stone Soup | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
579 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Newglarusguy on 02-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
579
Reviews:
293
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 579 |  Reviews: 293
Photo of Vixie
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with a bit of a white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell is sweet and malty, also can detect a bit of spice there, kind of a peppery scent.

Taste is ok, nothing really stands out. There's a bit of a citrus flavor, and just a touch of spice. There's a lot of an orange juce flavor there, and compared to the best Belgian ales I've had, this one is not in the same league.

Mouthfeel to me is thin, the carbonation is the main thing going on here.

Overall an ok Belgian style ale, but compared to what I am used to, nothing special. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not a standout either.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haz, sraw-gold appearance, bone white head.

Aroma: bubblegum, light spice, minor lemon...Hmmm...

Bright and zesty, clean, but flavorful...but a bit too light in the body. Missing depth and texture. Touch watery.
Very drinkable, quite consumable, but that doesn't make up for the utter lack of character.

A "sophisticated abbey style ale"? Not quite. I want to like it, but find it a bit too ...boring might be the word. Leans too much towards a weizen or a wit, while still lacking those characteristics.

Huh....Or as they say these days, Meh.

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Photo of KI9A
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy deep yellow, some sediment from teh bootom of the bottle. Fair lacing, not much head retention

S: Boozy and sweet. Obvious Belgian yeast. Scent of green apples, and pears.

T: Pretty much going on here. Dry maltiness, sweet Belgian-candy yeast. Peachy/pear/green apples. Finishes with definate green/granny smith apples.

M: Dry, crisp. Coats mouth with some sweetness.

D: Low ABV is good, I can see putting a couple of these back to back. Would be a good beer with some sweet/hot BBQ.

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Photo of dewalt
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Soup is nice and hazy gold in color, and pours with lots of bubbles and a light, foamy head. It smells sweet, bubblegum aromas. The smell is also lightly spicy, with hints of clove. It tastes sweet and fruity, a little bit tart, with flavors of green apple. It's strong at first, but soon mellows on the palate, and ultimately is ultimately a crisp, refreshing brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazey banana skin sunshine color.One finge head after the pour that recedes to a ring of foam around the inside of my glass. Just a little bubbling. A little white pepper, banana and cracked wheat aroma. Very yeasty smell overall. Taste starts with dry cracked wheat and pilsnery. This moves to some fruity yeast flavors. That finishes with some earthy hops and grass, and some gypsum dry malts. The palate is crispy dry, but yeasty and somewhat fruity. Good, flavorful, Belgian style session ale.

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Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, obtained via trade at DLD 2009.

Appearance - White frothy head, nice lacing clinging to the glass. Resolves to a nice ring of white. A robust carbonation feeds the lasting head. Coloring is golden yellow, with a slight haze.

Smell - Fresh nose that extends from the table to my nose quite easily. Rich Belgian yeast nose (i.e. a spicy quality). Estery with a vanilla presence.

Taste - Let's start from the finish: A rich, smooth banana finish that request another sip. The middle was very smooth with not a bite in sight. The Belgian yeast was quite the "show-stealer" here as it continued to make itself known. The start, well, candy flavor, but with a spicy opening. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation retains for the entire pour, so you have a good mouthfeel. Good density.

Drinkability - A bit in the overpowering "banana estery" family for me. Nice to see a good Belgian offering, but the balance was a bit off. Not able to get New Glarus in SC, so I'm very much a newbie in reviewing their offerings.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white winw glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, pale, straw-gold color with a thick and rocky, 2 1/2 finger, bright white head that leaves some droopy tendrils of lace.

S: Faint aromas of clove and bubblegum, along with toasted malt, banana bread, and some lemon-y hops.

T: See above. Clove and banana are more pronounced in the taste than the smell. White pepper in the finish that also has a mineral-y quality to it.

M: Spicy and peppery with a pleasing oiliness. Finish is quite dry.

D: A very nice warm weather/cook out beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with some cloudiness.
A: Looks great, good, golden color with nice white foamy head
S: Banana smell, much like a belgian.
T: Taste like a banana about to be ripe!
M: Good but I wish it had a little more body to it. Just a tiny bit too watery
D: This is a beer I could drink all day.
Overall, good but with a better mouthfeel it could be great.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/straw/hay color, with a perfect fluffy white head, although it fades quick, it still leaves a lot of lace.

Smell is fruity, light, with a touch of that belgian yeastyness. Nothing surprising there, but its exactly what I wanted from a belgian pale.

Taste and mouth are both really nice, nothing spectacular, but its a damn good beer, eminently drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from eyncognito. Thanks, Ian! Bottled 20th Jan, so this is fresh stuff

A: Decanted into my Russian River tulip, this beer is pretty darned gorgeous. A brilliant yellow with great clarity and plenty of carbonation. Head retention *could* be better, but I'm not complaining, this is quite pretty!

S: Gentle, delicate and elegant while being light, this beer is complex with a light spiciness (nutmeg and white pepper?) as well as a very delicate floral character. I'm not good with flowers, so my untrained nose tells me it's something like rose or jasmine. Mild phenols too, in a way that reminds me of a saison.

T: Quite brilliant. Opens up lightly spicy with a light white pepper note with which a floral presence is mixed.Mildly yeasty mid palate (after I've poured the yeast in, of course) with a little bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with a hint of spice.

M: Excellent. Light, crisp with carbonation with a deceptive smoothness on the palate and and excellent finish, this beer's a winner

D: This is an awesome beer I wish I had more of. More importantly, I wish this is what the Smutty Star Island Single was :-(

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

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, big head.

Smell: Sweet, some spicy clove, a little bubblegum.

Taste: Quite sweet, some clove mixed in, a little bit of banana, somewhat bready body.

Drinkability: On the lighter side but nice flavors and good price.

Picked up one of these in a mixed six pack. Another nice beer from New Glarus. Seems kind of similar to some of their other beers, maybe they use the same yeast on a lot of their products. Worth a try.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one inch head that is white in appearance. The body is a hazy golden brown color. There is also a lot of carbonation apparent in this beer. The head fades to a lace within a couple of minutes.

S - Malts, grains, and earthy notes along with some nice clove and ginger. There is also some faint sweetness that is present in this beer, maybe some raisins. The aroma from this beer is not as intense as other NG beers.

T - Grains, malts and some earthy notes along with a faint clove and ginger. There is a lot of carbonation present in this beer along with some sweet notes.

M - Carbonation enters your mouth early with the malts and grains. The medium body transitions well over to the clove and ginger notes towards the finish, which is smooth and clean.

D - Rather easy to drink. I could have a few in a sitting.

This is lawn mower beer in every sense. While its not my favorite NG brew, I can appreciate the style and enjoy one every now and then.

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

Many thanks to Pauly2X for this one. Always nice to pull some New Glarus out of a box.

Stone Soup is fairly hazy and a light straw color. A foamy white head rests on top and stands a couple of fingers tall. Carbonation is active and caused it to dissipate quickly. Lacing was very light.

The nose is pretty good, but a little one dimensional. It's spicy and featuers a strong clove aroma. Once you get past that, things are more difficult. A little light pepper, ginger, and vanilla follow. Grain and light earthy notes are present. Edit: It seems to open a little as it warms making secondary scents more apparent. A bump in score is warranted. Some light, floral hop notes emerge toward the end. Nice smelling beer.

A strong, spicy clove flavor kicks it off and resonates throughout. Light pepper and vanilla follow. They're secondary, but buttress the clove nicely. Belgian yeast is noted here and ramps up the flavor quite a bit. It is earthy and a little grainy. Hops have a grassy flavor and really intensify on the finish. They provide a nice spicy, slightly bitter bit. A little malt sweetness is also noted on the finish.

Its body is medium and is smooth despite active, crisp carbonation. The carbonation's a little distracting, but not to a material degree. Drinkability is very high. Stone Soup has a nice flavor and goes down way too easy. At 5.3%, it's easy to put down.

I was a little apprehensive about Stone Soup when I saw its overall score here. I'm pleased to report that it's better than it's scored. It's not exactly on par with some of the world's finest Belgian Pale Ales, but it's a nice take on the style. There's far worse choices out there. I'd recommend picking up a few bottles if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of ScarletLady
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy as expected. nice gold color kinda bright
Smell: hint of clove and banana
Taste: I was really happy with this one. Nice light but somewhat complex flavor that wasn't overpowering.
Mouthfeel: ok
Drinkability: good, enough of a flavor to keep u interested but not so much that it would keep you from going back for another

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Photo of PrAndo
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've got to say that I'm a little thrown off by this one. I like it, but it doesn't blow my hair back. I'd much rather have a Crak'd Wheat or a Dancing Man Wheat. This falls short of both of them.

I'd never had a Belgian Pale Ale before and this was not what I was expecting, and so maybe that's shading my review of the beer.

A - Dirty, yellow, cloudy, body with a white foamy head. Not great head retention. It looks like a hefe.
S - Bananas and cloves.
T - Like a slightly hoppy nefe, but not as much in the hop flavor arena as the Crak'd Wheat.
M - nothing great, thin.
D - You could drink as many as you'd like, but there are plenty of better options than this one.

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

Appearance: poured with some silky creamy off white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving just about no lacing. The beer is a cloudy yellowish gold.

Smell: Smells like ripe bananas, spicy clove, sweet caramel, and bit of sweet citrus hop.

Taste: Overripe banana, spicy clove, orange citrus, small amount of hoppy citrus, ending with a sweet caramel malt and apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very tingly on the tongue, nice small bubbles, leaves mouth a tiny bit dry, and light bodied.

Overall: Very easy to drink, good flavors, not too bold. A bit too tingly on the tongue but still a great beer!

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Photo of KBomb
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a beautiful looking beer. Brilliant "thick" gold, you can't see through it. Small but lasting foamy head with fine lacing. Quite a bit of banana, bubblegum, and a hint of yeast and citrus in the nose. Sadly, the taste is a bit bland. We get a little citrus-sour, but too little sweetness and nuanced flavors of the yeast. Mouthfeel is sharp on the tongue with high carbonation, and that same carbonation makes it a little filling.

There is so much that is right about this beer, but unfortunately the most important element (taste) is lacking. One of the rare "disappointments" to come from New Glarus. Far from a drain pour, but I won't be getting this again the next time I come through WI.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A= A slightly hazy yellow color with a two finger thick white head. Bubbles are rising replenishing the head quite frequently. Looks pretty got only not much lacing on it though.
S= Smells very sweet and chalky at the same time. It has quite the pungent odor but I just can't figure out what the smell is... Yeast maybe very nice though.
T= A sort of wintergreeny odd taste to it. Apples are there of course as well as yeast but the wintergreeny taste is odd. Also a little chalky like a guiness. Bannana's are their and maybe some pears. Lotta strange fruit in this one.
M= medium body and average finish. Really nothing to notable.
D= Pretty good but I dunno if I'll be drinking much more of it. The wintergreen taste is really weird.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.
Slightly hazy, straw yellow, attractive 2 finger head gradually fades into a cap and collar. This beer smells quenching. Mild fruits-pear, maybe a little apple, the spice is gentle-clove, light candy sugar, and slightly yeasty.

Taste is milder than the nose, slightly muted, sweeter, but not watery. Sweet belgian candy sugars, bubblegum-as it warms the spices become more apparent-clove and ginger. Malt is sweet, like crusty white bread and honey. Overall the taste isn't as impressive as the aroma, but I didn't deduct any points: the flavors aren't big, nor does a single aspect take center stage. Rather, they work in subtle harmony.

Light end of medium bodied, well-carbonated-tight bubbles. Incredibly drinkable-an overall strength of New Glarus year-round offerings.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium straw color, hazy, with a white dense head. Some lacing and okay head retention.

Smells fruity, sugary...and there are definite bubblegum notes!
Which is really interesting.

Taste is sweet at first, then finishes towards dry, complex enough, and sort of easy going.
Clean aftertaste, minimal hop bitterness. Good "snap" crispness to it.

Mouthfeel is excellent, dancing bubbles, high carbonation.

Drinkable, but the high carbonation can get filling. I rarely expect a Belgian Ale to be a session beer. Pair this with some great cheese and maybe dried apricots. Quality beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big rocky white head, lighter golden color.

Smell has distinctive Belgian character but not overpoweringly funky, clove, spicy, somewhat stale.

Taste is sweet, spicy, some clove, slight stale funkiness.

Decent feel, nicely carbed, very crisp.

Drinkable but nothing about it made me want to have another. Overall a pretty tame offering.

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Photo of Voonder
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TATURBO for this one!
Pours cloudy peachy yellow with big white head which dissapeared faitly quickly. Smell - very yeasty, some fruit flavours - pears, bananas, some grapes, just a hint of hops. Taste - yeasty, bready, sweet and fruity, finishes sweet. Mouthfeel - crisp, flavourful, very light. Drinkable to certain extent. Good brew!

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Is this marked as a leftover's beer or something that was made using the stone cheap ingredients?
Either way it seems like a farm house ale. Wheaty looking cloudy yellow piss beer. Funky oranges sour smell with bananas. Too many years of retail produce. I may have bought an old beer. Some really nice looking foam that died away.

Nice malty beer. Giant Bread Yeast Monster.
Sweet and crisp with a heavy finish. Some jucy fruit.
Fizzy on the pallet, makes for an interesting gulp.

Not a sipper, this is a six pack beer. No maybe a case. But be warned this is filling, the carbonation packs a one two punch.

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Photo of hendog
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a bit lighter than I thought it would be for an Belgium Abbey beer. Smell had a hint of being nutty or fruity. Smooth taste, finishes with a small hint of banana after taste, but not overpowering. No hoppy flavor whatsoever. A good beer, but I have had better Abbey's.

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