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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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282 Reviews

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 1,080
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 87
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 6/27/15. Clear dark golden color, thick and fluffy one finger head. Good retention and lace quite nicely. Grassy and piney aroma, with just a hint of cracker or bread. Just a hint of ester on the taste, followed by a nice piney taste and cracker flavors. Mouthfeel was thick and juicy and well carbonated. Overall, I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised, pretty good stuff, I can see why the Bros rated it the way they did. (477 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 27Sep15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter of a finger's worth of white foam that shrinks down to a single line within one minute. Pale yellowish orange in color. Bubbles are very scarce as is lacing.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of pale malts, apricot, ginger, and citrusy hops that entangle with a hint of caramlized malts.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors that brilliantly combine with mild citrusy hop and pale malt flavors. Mild ginger and a hint of carmalized malts enter immediately after as apricot flavors persist, but hop and pale malt flavors fade to subtle. Finally, a touch of oat enters the palate all while the citrus hop and pale malt flavors remain subtle, ginger and caramilzed malts grow a tad stronger, and of course the apricot flavors power through.
FEEL: Medium-bodied, highly carbonated yet very smooth. This beer has such a crisp finish, when you look up "crisp" in the dictionary, it shows a picture of Somersault.
NOTE: I had this beer previously in just the bottle and it was such a different taste compared to when I poured it in a glass. In the bottle, it is very hoppy and the apricot flavors are more difficult to detect. (1,227 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed out of the bottle. Personally, I can't see why it was given such a good rating from the Bros. Has the recipe changed since the Bro's 2011 rating? I'm hoping so, otherwise I can't understand his rationale. For me, this was a fine summer ale, but not complex in the slightest. Not offensive or bad, but nothing I'd normally seek out or care to drink. It's just... boring. (377 characters)

Photo of VTR
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been looking to try this for a light different summer beer. The mixed Folley packs just reached my area of Florida. Nose was citrus, piney, hops, little apricot, and maybe a little doughy. Taste was good. It pretty much followed the nose except some nice spiciness came through. The spices mixed with the apricot and melded very well together. I do not think the fruitiness was overpowering. This is a nice light beer that I wish was available more often and in a 6 pack so I don't have to buy other beers that I am not excited about. I will probably try to get more of these before the end of summer. (615 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear golden color with big fluffy white head, streaky lace down the glass. Smell: pale backing, note of sweet citrus, apricot, note of ginger. Taste: lots of apricot, a little orange citrus, spicy. Light bodied, crisp-ish finish. Nice summer beer. (263 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly chill hazed yellowish amber color, perhaps there is some suspended yeast in this one. The head starts off think, and is super white, dissipating fairly fast into a thin cover over the brew. The carbonation appears to be fine and the lacing is decent, with small patches of whispy foam clinging to the side of the glass. Good overall look!

S- Citrus like hops, from the Centennial variety, are prominent, with peach/apricot kernels blended in. There is also a fresh piney aroma on the back, that is subdued and balances a light biscuit aroma. Very nice!

T- Front loaded flavor, which includes a good dose of malt sweetness, balanced by citrus rind tartness that is mild and very natural in flavor. The hops on the finish keep this beer super refreshing and clean, not really leaving any lingering tastes on the palate. There is possibly some sweeter fruits such as nectarine/apricot in the profile as well....super nice taste overall!

M/O- Very smooth and leans into more of a medium body, this beer keeps the flavor close to the palate, and exits with a clean feeling that makes me crave more. I would think this is an excellent brew to enjoy with some spice such as a light Thai dish! I will definitely pick this up again when in Montana....highly recommended! (1,293 characters)

Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden beer, a bit grainy, with a fresh hop smell...the charcuterie is restrained. Simple and straightforward, this beer is mildly fruity...citrus and apricot, and has a mild peppery hop flavor as well. Light to medium in body. Average. (247 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stange, as the Blonde Ale is supposedly similar to the Kölsch. Clear yellow in appearance, with virtually no bubbles apart from fluffy white head. Very pure. Very light nose of pale grains, with strong lemon scent. Same on the tongue, with grain weaker and lemon stronger. Maybe a little bready, and a little peppery, there are herbal or rindy hops in the linger/finish. Very comforting buttered bread aftertaste. Light- to medium-bodied with significantly higher level of carbonation than the appearance would indicate. Smooth, crisp, drinkable, and refreshing.

Glad I finally found this beer. There was no end in sight of Folly packs with Porch Swing as the Revival Beer. I started looking for this weeks ago. I was right to be worried as the same thing happened when the Folly pack had 2 Below. Saw that one twice. Snatched it up the second time. Then gone for good. (884 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Stella chalice

A: Crystal clear, golden yellow, 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, tons of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the class. Head has very good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Malty sweetness, floral, subtle doughy yeast, bright citrus. 3.75

T: Similar to the nose. Sweet malts, floral, yeasty, subtle fruity characters. 3.5

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is average. It leaves a distracting odd film in my mouth after each sip, which I’m not a big fan of. 3.5

O: Pretty solid Blonde. Not something I’m clamoring to have again, but a worthy beverage on this warm spring evening. 3.75 (776 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter golden color with white head. Some bread, a little light fruit, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes fairly dry. (153 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/28/12

A) Bright and shiny medium gold with a 2 1/2 finger cap of foam. The head doesn't hold save for a thin layer. There is, however, an impressive wall of speckled lace.

S) Clean grainy and citrus aroma. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, cracker and dusty yeast.

T) Juicy citrus leads off - lemon and tangerine. Undertones of tangy apple. Fruit aspects seem quite ripe. Lightly toasted grain and cracker. Grassy as it warms.

M) Lighter body with a moderately crisp feel. Subtle granular feel bleeds into appropriately average carbonation. Fairly clean finish.

D) Simple; pretty tasty and easy to drink. (639 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with a slight orange tinge, over the top lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy white head with great retention like a marshmallow.

S: Citrus hops, pine needles, sweet light floral, honeydew melon, a bit of children's aspirin.

T: Light, flat ginger ale, the citrus hops and pine needles come through, watered down lemonade.

M: Light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Very light, very refreshing. Love the art on the label, great bottle from New Belgium as always, great name that suits the brew. Good refreshing summer beer. Got it in NC, drinking it in China. (616 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, floral, some citrus. Taste is citrus, malts, a bit sweet, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer. (251 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good, solid pale ale.

Gold, big white head steadily shrinks to thin foamy top and foamy lace.

Aroma is nice, being grain, hay, lemon, light fruitiness ( mostly peach).

Taste is soft light sweetness with light herbal grassy bitterness, stronger at finish, peaches & hay up front, long grain-cracker-peach finish with hint of mineral water. (356 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Kegatron for gifting me up with a bottle of this months ago that got lost in my fridge. 12oz into a sensory glass, the brew pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a finger of white froth. Rising bubbles maintain a silky smooth layering atop that is less than a finger. Some strings of webby lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has a fresh grainy quality about it. Lots of citrus notes reminiscent of coriander fill out most of the profile with a very faint herbal hop and zesty inclusion. As the brew warms up and more smells are taken, the brew has a bit of a grassy quality that fits with the whole theme.

The taste has an oily coriander inclusion that is lemony and a bit herbal. Some sweet grain inclusion provides a bit of a wheat-like base. Mildly tart with the lemon flavor that is on the verge of being almost perfume-like. The alcohol while timid is felt in this brew with an accenting perfume quality and minor fusel tinge.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is easily drinking but with a bit of an exaggerated coriander and lemony feel that I just didnt dig all that much. For a summertime offering, yeah I could see throwing a few of these back without much effort. But it isn't something I would pick if I was given options. (1,304 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Tart notes of apricot, wheat, and bread with some peppery notes.

T - Smooth, bready malt up front with some fruity tartness. Apricot and coriander in the middle and a finish of stone fruit, wheat, and light herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, though it is an odd one. The tartness is refreshing but the apricot flavor isn't to my liking. (574 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright deep golden body.

S: i almost get a smokey note out of this one with slight lemon sweetness and mostly a plae malt/barley base.

T: lots of honey and herbal notes, tart citrus hops, musty grains and malts.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is certainly drinkable and different in good ways. Wouldnt say I love it but can appreciate is appeal. (437 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. . . (653 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a yellowosh-gold, pours about 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that is very carbonated and thus dissipates quickly. carbonation is easily seen and the brew is mildly transparent.

S: smells of honey, lemon, hops, big apricot fruitiness, and slight grain.

A: more graininess here than in the nose but its not overwhelming. the fruitiness, mainly the apricots, as well as the hops help create more balance in this brew.

M: very light on the tongue, high carbonation, goes down very quickly. doesn't leave much on the palate.

O: i prefer more complex brews that have a bigger body. i was given this by a family member so I am very grateful to have tried it. It would be a nice brew for anyone first starting out in the micro/craft brew world. It provides a nice touch of simplicity, yet at the same time adds a few characters to help the palate grow. (864 characters)

Photo of baos
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice lacing over a golden body with the a tiny tiny bit of haze. The look of it is great. Nice lemony grassy taste and smell. This is a very refreshing summer ale. I'm having it in the wet fall right now, and its still almost perfect, but in the hot sun this one would be spot on. (287 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Bread, malt, bland. Some grass and lemon.

T-Bread toast, lemon, pilsner malts, no skunkiness or bitterness.

M-Light, mild carbonation and crisp.

O-A boring, bland beer. This did nothing for me. I could drink it again but I have no reason to (297 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of New Belgium's Summer Folly Pack, and their current summer release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my New Belgium Fat Tire Pint Glass. Served in the low 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thick and sudsy consistency with an above average retention. Lacing is medium thick. Body color is a mildly hazy golden amber with ample carbonation. Very nice appearance overall for a Blonde Ale and good head quality. 4

(Smell) Husky pale malts, citrus ream, a floral hop bouquet and a waft of tart grapefruit. A nice complex and balanced aroma. Despite having a mildly rugged aroma, the overall nose is clean, exciting and approachable. I like how the aromas blend and compliment one another, and the potency is high. Very nice. 4.5

(Taste) Bright citrus and pale malt flavor with a small touch of graininess that is followed through with a complex and refreshing floral hop, sweet honey and a mild tart apricot finish, not shockingly in-your-face like the Apricot presence in Magic Hat's #9. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Really high drinkability and the flavors are all bright and enjoyable, despite the drink's age. This is a very enjoyable Blonde Ale. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture has some foamy carbonation on the back of the tongue, finishes mildly tart and very slightly dry. Body is medium for a Blonde Ale, light overall. Alcohol presence is very low. The overall experience could thrive with a creamier or more spritely carbonation texture. 4

(Overall) Another fantastic seasonal by New Belgium. As always, this may not be making a return in the near future, but don't mind the date as those flavors are still vibrant and exciting even when not at their freshest. There's a little of something for everybody in this beer. Even if you don't enjoy Blonde Ales, I'd recommend you give this a shot anyway, as it's one of the most definitive examples of why Blonde ales don't have to be bland and predictable. 4.5

New Belgium Brewing Company's
Somersault Summer Seasonal
4.43/5.00 (2,014 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly darker golden color. Nose is of hops, lemon and a bit of a floral vibe overall. Taste follows with a touch of other fruit like apricot. As a summer beer, I think this one lacks the crispness and refreshing qualities that I personally desire. It's a little busier than most of my sumemr favorites, but given the more pedestrian nature of New Belgium's line (Fat Tire, Ranger, etc), I do appreciate the uniqueness here. (434 characters)

Photo of Hatzilla
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with minimal head

S: Lemony, biscuity, peppery with some maltiness.

T: Follows the nose. Lemon, pepper, fresh-cut grass. Light and clean.

M: Smooth, medium carb, dry finish.

O: An excellent, highly drinkable summer beer. Clean, light and refreshing. (275 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 pack in Atlantic Beach, NC at Food Lion for $12.99.

Didn't pour, as I was on the beach all of the time....bottle looked nice though.

Smell - citrusy, a little malty.

Taste. First thought. Did they take Fat Tire, and add some citrus to it? Orange and maybe some lemon? Possibly lime? I bet they started with Fat Tire and got this...

Mouthfeel - Nice body, crisp, dry. Very nice for downing on a hot summer day.

Overall it is a nice, crisp, Complex, full bodied, very drinkable. Although I think they started with Fat Tire, that may be a good thing. Sometimes you do what you do best, and add to it.

Serving type: bottle (640 characters)

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