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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

999 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 73
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

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Ratings: 999 | Reviews: 273
Reviews by oggg:
Photo of oggg
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz mug at Lucille's BBQ in Cerritos

Beautiful blonde ale, nice and clear, with a really really special gorgeous foamy head that clung like mad to the glass in multiple rings, covered the entire top of the beer, and maintained itself at a tiny height of about half a centimeter the whole way down.

Light citrusy aroma that was mostly lemon to me but grapefruit to the wifey.

Juicy and crisp, with loads of hop flavor with a very mild bitterness to back it all up. Touch of malt in the dry finish. Supremely balanced. Light to medium bodied. Incredible! Most blonde ales aim for sweetness but this ale could pass for a less hoppy extra pale ale

Can I have another?

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouren into a noic a dull lighter golder with athinner but well defined white head that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Like others have said the aromas are quite yeasty and toasty,caramel/biscuit lends a little sweetness.Somewhat dry and grainy on the palate,the big yeastiness again is a big component of the beer.Its a good summer brew,a little bigger than many with its full on yeast attack.

Photo of Breen
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: Minimal head, quickly disappearing head, which left thick lacing. Very clear/clean and deep amber in color.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not quite as smooth as expected, but this is not a complaint.

Taste: Lemon throughout and some grassy hops giving it a very slight bitterness.

Overall another great brew from New Belgium that's worth your time. I certainly won't fault the high rating the bros gave to this one.

Photo of MutualAid
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a really nice white head that clings to the glass. Aroma is very malty with a hint of citrus. Wow, flavor is not what I expected at all: again malty, but like a whole grain cracker with no sweetness. The hops make their presence known with a lime note in the finish. While this is an ale, it reminds me more of a pilsner and is equally drinkable on this hot Texas afternoon. I wish I had a sixer of this. Very, very easy to drink. Definitely one for those lawn chair days.

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright pale yellow golden color, head does its work and jumps on the glass. Peppery, lemon, wild flowers and hit of apricot with fresh baked cracker in the nose. Lighter body, very smooth. Graininess comes across semi-dry. Lemon grass, orchard fruit, faint mint and dry biscuits. Herbal and floral with a mild but very pleasing fruitiness. Bone dry finish.

I would not expect anything less from New Belgium, very easy drinking for a hot day but still packed with intricacies.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a chill hazed golden orange body with a two finger vanilla head. Good retention with some patchwork lacing.

Aroma is a bit tame but has vague fruity esters, yeast, a hint of caramel, and floral hops.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Taste opens with fruity ripe pear and caramel sweetness, followed by a balancing floral and grassy hop bitterness. A hint of yeast all the way through but the finish is clean and even.

A well constructed and sessionable blonde or golden ale.

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same with a little bit of citrus notes mixed in. Still, the dominant flavor is wheat with not too much else exciting going on. Easy to drink and I think this would go nicely on a hop summer day. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Enjoy by date of September 18, 2011.

Appearance: Clear golden blonde. Moderate head that diminishes too rapidly, leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Floral, citrusy and spicy. Some semi-sweet orange and apricot.

Taste: Light crackery malt with citrusy hops. Maybe a tinge of apricot, but would not really notice if I didn't know it was there from the label. Finish is spicy, with a touch of ginger.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body with a dry, crisp finish.

Overall: A crisp, refreshing, fairly flavorful Blonde Ale, and as a summer seasonal, it is light years better than the old Skinny Dip. While the apricot and ginger additions are minimal, that may be a good thing, as it just provides balance and subtle complexity. Love the exclusive use of Centennial hops!

Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: A sharp aroma of wheat and yeast with a lot of fruit. Good amount of citrus centennial hops and apricot with a hint of ginger spices. One of the stronger smelling summer beers I've tried.

Taste: A fairly light and well balanced taste with wheat and bready malts followed by a good kick of citrus. Lemon and apricot with a touch of ginger spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and zesty.

Overall: A very good summer brew. One of the more complex ones I've had.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright yellow appearance, slightly cloudy, tiny and thin white bubbles amass at the top in a small .25" kind of way on the top of the beer. Aroma was crisp, spring like, effervescent.

Taste, maybe Noble hops, high carbonation, really light body, miniscule tartness and a tiny amount of bitterness. I thought it was enjoyable in the summertime, I dunno how much I'd be down for this one in cold weather. Whatever the yeast presence brings, its light, dry and refreshing. Never a heavy aftertaste or flavor component that lingers. Dry grass, mild and tame lemon notes.

Perfect keep your edge stuff for disc golf, barbecues, tailgates etc. . .

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated "best before" 4 Sept. 2011, served in a pint glass.

Pours golden/light amber with an ample white head. Appears to have light, fine carbonation.

Aroma: some nice fruitiness, with a clear note of apricot, over a bed of light toasted grains, Centennial hops and baked bread.

Apricot is in the flavor as well, but the beer is not sweet. Instead, NB has achieved an excellent balance of sweet, tart and bitter. Other flavor components include some pepperiness (white), ginger, hops and lemon. These too are excellently balanced in this easy drinking but moderately complex and certainly interesting brew.

M - mildly crisp with a semi-dry and moderately tart finish. Excellent carbonation. Medium-light body.

O - a pleasant surprise. Although Somersault has a different flavor profile, there's enough similarity for me to highly recommend this to fans of Magic Hat #9. This one is probably best-of-style for me so far and one I anticipate seeking out in the future.

Photo of chicagobill13
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is blonde ale with a bright golden look to it. A very nice smell to this beer. Very well balance and of course perfect for the summer. Hints why it is New Belgium's summer season. I have to say I am very impressive with this beer. I have to say this is the first beer from this brewery I would drink on a day to day bases. A nice finish to this beer. I really love the after taste of this beer. Find it before the summer ends. Cheers!

Photo of Stevewo
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure quite to expect but enjoyed this! Perfect for drinking on the patio on a Summer evening or with a light lunch! Been looking for a good summer beer since the demise of Petes Rally Cap! This has hints of citrus in a bright light beer that goes down all too easily!

Photo of nickthegun12
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first thing that really catches me off guard about this beer is the nose....i have never smelled that in a beer before....a light and fluffy slightly spicy nose....i would image its the ginger, apricot, and centennial hops

the spiciness from the ginger really comes through in the taste, a bit overpowering....and its seems to linger for a while...the taste is pretty good but i think its the feel that i don't like...

overall not bad beer....they could go a little bit lighter on the ginger but other than that...

good job new belgium

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

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Boise, ID last month.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of solid foamy off-white head, which has excellent retention, eventually giving up a broken wall of hanging honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of bready, biscuity malt, and zingy citrus hops, over a nice floral earthiness. The taste is soft biscuit/cereal malt, and well balanced citrus, leafy, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, a little acerbic, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding true, and the hops hollowing out, but agreeably so.

Said it before, I'll say it again - blonde ales just don't do it for me. That, mes amis, is why this one is special - west coast allusions in the hop register, to go with a solid, if stoic, malt base. While not exactly encouraging me to act out ass-over-teakettle notions, it's still a decent summer quaff.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressively poured to a crystal clear, bright golden color with a white finger width. Sub-par retention results in a spotty, sticky lacing.

Smell - Pungent mix of floral and citrus hops envelop the nostrils; a faint, bready malt sits behind this.

Taste - Follows the nose; Starts with a lot of floral and citrus hops, then a big apricot note comes in midtaste. Slight hint of New Belgium's classic slightly nutty, slightly biscuity malt character in the background; becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Finishes with apricot and a lime citrus character mixing it up before fading away.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with the carbonation lending to a crisp, clean bite and a tingle on the lips. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Impressive summer seasonal from New Belgium. Complex, clean and crisp. Entirely drinkable, and session friendly. One of the better summer releases out there. Bud Light Lime, eat your heart out.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing golden yellow color. Amazing clarity. Sports a bountiful, blinding white head, one that is firm, craggy and everlasting.

Aroma is flowery, honey-sweet and has a pils-like hop character. Bright and vibrant, but also pretty subtle.

Up front in the taste is a lemony tartness, almost reaching into citrus peel territory. Clean biscuit-like malt; something green-ish too, like sucking on the stem of a dandelion. Just the slightest bit of earth/soil, which could be the yeast peeking through. Light, bright herbal snap in the finish, along with that pervading lemon-ness.

The body is light and crisp, with healthy carbonation sizzle and a very light pucker at the end of the sip. If it were a lager, it would be drier, and it does edge toward dry, but it still has that more substantial linger of an ale...although overall Somersault totally drinks like a great pils.

This beer proves that fizzy, yellow beer doesn't always have to be the enemy (ya hear that, Koch?)...it so often is, of course, but this beer is my pick for Summer Beer 2011.

Photo of aval89
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11-30-2011

a: clear golden with a finger head.. active carbonation streaming up..

s: graininess.. light citrus with some lemon peel.. hints of spice. rounded out with fruity esters that create an apricot aroma. maybe even some white grape?

t: again more graininess.. big yeasty characters & some spices. some floral notes as well.. very light on the citrus. the apricot comes in on the backend with faint lemon peel. refreshing.

mf: light-medium body with crisp carbonation. dry chalky finish begs for another sip.

o: a nice thirst quencher. just wish the yeast wasnt so overpowering..

Edit: had another couple bottles a few days later.. got a bit of a tart/sourness in the flavor.. its just slight though.. added a nice touch..

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a golden yellow with carbonation floating to meet the soft head. The nose offers up grains and fruit. Taste is sweet, fruit, and a hint of citrus; overall very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Another solid beer from NB.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best before 9/18/11.

The color is a clean yellow gold and there is a modest pure white head on top of this quaff. It all looks very clean and light.

Right off it smells a bit Belgian. Pilsener malt and Tripel-like yeast, spicy with light fruit. The hops don't seem as prominent as I recall from the first bottle I had several days ago. The spice is more than likely the ginger and the fruitiness a combination of hops and apricots. There's the sense that sugar was used about it.

Fruity but not sweet, this summer beer is moderately dry with ginger showing in the finish. Centennials live up to the "super Cascade" moniker here with a lemon-lime citrus punch that has a lychee twist. Good bitterness factor for only 28 IBUs.

It's a very light beer, which coupled with the bitterness and dryness does make it a very nice summer drink. Dry but not rough, New Belgium keeps is safe but interesting enough here.

I generally don't have much love for New Belgium, and wouldn't have even tried Somersault if it weren't for a mom that is learning to embrace craft beer. I'm not blown out of the water, but this light pale ale was kept tasteful while including some fruit and spices.

Photo of secondtooth
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean gold, with a nice head of fine white bubbles. Big frilly lace. Beautiful.

Aroma is grainy, lager yeast, and a little bready. There's a hint of fruit in there, and a little hint of hoppiness. Refreshing.

Taste is smooth and rich, with some hint of spice, hops, and a soft tint of fruit underneath it all. Quite complex, especially for a 5.4% summer ale. Excellent, and a brew I always stock up on in Summer.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good golden blonde color with great carbonation. Lacing is above average, as is thin layer of foam on top.

Smell: Very winey. Reminds me of a saison in a way due to its grape-like quality. Heavily malted and lightly spiced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a solid light wine. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: A superb summer beer.

Overall: A great summer beer.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body, thin white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is faint, perhaps a bit of apple and yeast.

Taste is mellow, yeasty. Some grain and vague tart apple. Only a trace of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and coarse sudsy foam. Meh.

Overall a decent blonde, but almost totally unremarkable.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip.

A: The body pours a pale straw color, with a thin white head that has little retention. Lacing is left in layered swaths.

S: The aroma shows good hop character, with a nice pale malt backbone.

T/M: The body is a bit thin, with a light citrus hop profile, and a bready malt body. The mouthfeel is a bit on the lacking end on fullness.

O: Overall this is a nice and drinkable brew, but the flavors are a bit low and overall very standard.

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

Tried the Summersault at a school soiree held by some friends of ours. The beer pours light copper in color and mostly transparent. The fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path. The smell includes spicy and fresh hoppy aroma. The taste has a mellow malt backbone belgium style. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish. Overall this would be an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.