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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

976 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 56
Gots: 41 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New summer beer from NB--oh, man I hope they didn't ditch Loft/Skinny Dip which was my fave. This is a bright, light gold colored beer with a small head. The nose is very perfumy, with lemony, lightly hoppy, wheat malt notes. The taste is the same, but it's very nicely balanced between hops and malt, with both providing interest. Slightly fruity yeastiness is apparent at the finish, together with a touch of spiciness.

Very quaffable beer, quite appropriate for the summer. But I still love Skinny Dip.

allengarvin, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 18 SEP 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Clear gold with very active carbonation and a white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, and biscuit.

T: Malty and smooth with a strong lemon presence and an apricot tartness. A very slight peppery kick. Just a touch of hops at the finish.

M: Light bodied without being watered down. Extremely drinkable.

O: Will be taking the rest of this sixer to the ballpark tomorrow. I enjoy this much more than any American Pale Wheat Ale I've tried, but it has all the summertime drinkability and lemon presence that many folks flock too during the hot months. This could be a summer staple for me.

tito42, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle dated BB 16OCT11. Purchased at Happy Harry's North Grand Forks. Served in a tulip.

A: Stellar. Clear and a touch darker than straw yellow with a nice white head that descends to a ring and laces down the glass.
S: Initially a strong hit of citrusy hops and sweet malt aromas. Later corn on the cob comes to the forefront.
T: Sweetness from the malt finishes quite dry. Some grapefruit and peach comes through. Interesting enough with a well balanced bItterness.
M: Strongly carbonated with a dry finish that has a light lingering fruitiness.
O: A nice summer beer that has a bit of complexity...

kjyost, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a "best by" date of October 16, 2011. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Somersault pours a little bit darker than blonde, it's a step or two towards tangerine, and crystal clear. The white foam that crowns the beer hits three fingers in height, and displays above average head retention. The sides of the glass are left heavily coated in lacing. The nose has a light grainy sweetness, with a definite touch of apricot. The combination of grapefruit from the Centennial hops and a little bit of ginger forms an interesting counterpoint in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same, with a gentle, rolling bitterness serving as a transition between the sweet flavors and the hops and ginger mid palate. I'm pleasantly surprised at how nice and mild the grapefruit presence is, I haven't been a huge fan of beers that use predominantly Centennial in the past. The mouthfeel is nice, relatively light bodied for a summer ale and paired with a carbonation that does more than just cut through the beer, but stops short of the bubbly activity of, say, a well brewed Belgian. Somersault is a solidly put together beer, and one I could drink a lot of while hanging out with friends on a hot summer day.

axeman9182, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of radiodome21
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked it. I found it refreshing and very tasty. I was apprehensive about trying it because I didn't like some of the other beers from New Belgium but I really enjoyed this. Perfect for a hot summer night. Good fruity taste that is very smooth.

radiodome21, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of cordsbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great new beer from NB. Very refreshing and light. Great smooth lacing with a light golden color.

Hit with spicy flavors and smoth finish. Ice cold makes you want another taste. Great for summer time parties and a BBQ. You can eat good food and still have room for a another Somersault.

Another amazing product from an amazing AMERICAN owned company.

cordsbeer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

patre_tim, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a very clear, golden, amber color with a rocky white head. The aroma is a burst of citrus with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit and ginger. It tastes of ginger, lemon and orange with a bready aftertaste. The beer is light and full of soft carbonation, it also has a nice lingering finish. This beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching, a very nice summer beer.

JMad, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass on my deck.

Pours a lovely light straw/gold color, crystal clear. Slight head, which falls fairly quickly.

Aroma is as light as the color, but with character. It's here where the ginger appears. At first you know it's something, but can't quite place it. Eventually it hits you that it's a fresh ginger aroma. Very enticing. There's a graininess here too, but in a good way, not a husky type that can appear in some summer beers. No real hop aroma to speak of.

The taste is surprising for its cleanliness. At first it may appear that there's little here, but then you realize there's plenty here, it's just all in balance. The ginger is so subtle in the flavor as to easily be overlooked. There's a light citrus flavor to it as well. It's acidic enough to give it a good clean bite, but not over the top or in any way aggressive. In short, the flavor is just about everything you'd want in a summer beer. Nothing you *have* to think about, but you could if you so desired.

The mouthfeel is dead on. Light, crisp, acidic, and dare I say it... refreshing. It doesn't make you work at it, instead inviting you to take the next drink. In a summer beer, can you as for more?

Compared to the beer this replaced (Skinny Dip), I'd say New Belgium hit this one out of the park. It's not a great beer by any means, but it will be a mainstay in my summer fridge. Very nicely put together.

jokelahoma, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very crisp transparent gold with 3 fingers of bright white creamy head. Got some really good lacing. This is a beautiful beer. The bubbles are exploding up to the top of the glass like a mini A-bomb got dropped in my glass. Very enticing

Smells yeasty but in a fresh baked bread kind of smell with faint apricot notes. It smells very sweet and inviting. Maybe some grassy/floral hops... but very faint

The taste follows the nose but with some spice added to it. Bready, sweet but subtle apricot notes and a very very subdued pine/floral hop finish.

Light bodied and very refreshing. Very crisp and carbonated with a sweet semi drying aftertaste

Overall this was an excellent summer beer. Nothing over the top, just a very refreshing brew. I really liked the subtle apricot and how easy this beer went down. Definitely worth picking up a sixer. Now I just need New Belgium to can this beer so I can take it with me everywhere I go this summer.

dcloeren, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light gold with a thick, billowy, white head that has great retention and leaves some excellent lacing. The lacing was amazing, so amazing I had to give it a top score on appearance.

S-Malty, with a hint of hops, and a nice Belgian yeast note which surprised me.

T-Citrussy in the beginning and ends with a nice wheaty finnish. It is refreshing, but not as crisp as I remember skinny dip being.

M-Not too thick or too thin which helps make it easy to drink.

D-Very drinkable. It is on par with other summer brews.

thegodfather2701, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Chyren
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber, average carbonation, very thin head.

S: Fruity, tangy citrus, light bread.

T: Immediate apricot tang, mild citrus hop bitterness, clean malt with an oaty backbone. The flavors linger and meld together to fuse into what can only be described as a vaporous pie. That familiar New Belgium yeast flavor comes through just barely on the exhale.

M: Lively and sparkling but somehow more substantial that expected. Decent body, probably from the oats.

O: A very refreshing and satisfying beer on the lighter side of the spectrum. Clean, clean, and direct in its intentions to enliven your summer days. I enjoyed this one more and more with continued sips.

Chyren, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear light golden body under 2 fingers of sudsy white head; moderate carbonation bubbles; very nice lace

S - strong citrus scent with grain in the background; very pleasant

T - fruit juices (mainly citrus) mingle on the tongue with light grains, followed by a bitter lemon finish

M - medium body, high carbonation; could do with less bite from the carbonation; refreshing

O - not bad for a summer ale; light, but fairly complex

lwillitz, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Coplains
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle into cold chilled glass, golden colored clear, no haze moderate head that dissipates quickly. Light citrus flavor with light hoppy notes. Smell is quite floral but not overwhelming. A very solid summertime beer and a very good seasonal for hot summer days.

Coplains, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 4 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings and patches.

S: Floral (like flowers) hop character up front. Sweet bready malt. Some citrus and apricot too.

T: Citrus and light malt sweetness. Maintains floral hop character throughout. Smooth transitions to a mild bitter finish with some residual sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth to a building mild bitter.

O: Easily drinkable. Not too over-flavored. Smooth and balanced.

Haybeerman, May 19, 2011
Photo of elujan83
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I've had this beer it reminds me of Sunshine Wheat in that it was missing something...A orange or lemon slice and sad to say I didn't have either but I am happy to say a slice of grape fruit made this beer just right. If you get this beer I think a lemon slice would make it much better.

elujan83, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden rod yellow, 2 finger fluffy head, wonderful lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, hint of pine, malt

T: ginger, citrus (peach), malt, nice firm low subtle piney bitter finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation, dry finish

O: Very nice surprise! Usually Blondes are not my thing,
but this is a great summer/session/BBQ beer.
I would love to get more for next family food fest.

DELICIOUS, GET SOME!

BeerLover99, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into SA PP glass. Best before August 12 2012

A: A crisp looking, straw colored beer with 1 finger white/eggshell white head, which dissipates relatively fast. nice carbonation off of the bottom of the glass. lacing is minimal

S: sweet malts, lemon rind, light bready smell, a somewhat sweet cidery smell as well. Slight floral hops are distinguishable.

T: Sweet malts upfront leads the way to a bready malt, then almost a lemon pound cake flavor, then finishes with a sweet cidery flavor. little to no hops, but a slight bitterness is present, but doesnt linger. slight pepper/earthy finish

M: crisp dry mouthfeel, really refreshing and nice carbonation

O: great summer beer, would purchase a 12 pack of this easily.

fields336, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. Slightly off white head. Smells fantastic w/ a mild citrus hop. Taste is all citrus (Grapefruit and Apricot as promised on the bottle). Still quite fresh considering it's already October and this is their summer offering. I will be looking for this next summer.

Justin23060, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a frothy white head, excellent lacing, golden color, clear. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness, spicy hops and soft grain. Flavors are light but interesting and complex with apricot, and a hint of "fat tire" biscuityness. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is generous. Overall, this beer takes the concept of a blonde ale in some interesting directions. I don't know if they actually put apricots in it, or what the purpose of the oats were, but it works.

EagleTalon, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a golden hay color into my SA Summer glass. Quite clear with slight head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight floral hop character, pine, citrus aromas, and some bready malts.

Taste – A hint of citrus up front which includes melons and lemon zest. Pine, grass, and floral hops are in abundance. Nice pale, sweet malts at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation, crisp, clean bite.

Overall – I will be picking this up again. A great summer beer and one packed with flavor. Easy to quaff, and quenches the thirst.

SpdKilz, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with a frothy two-finger head. Lacing is decent. Nose is light with a hint of yeast and citrus.

Nice tang and lemon flavors predominate. Soft stone fruits liven up the mouthfeel. Yeast funkiness is present but is subtle and gentle enough to not overpower. Hint of orange. Crisp, snappy finish that is balanced nicely. A mild silkiness in the finish, but finishes dry nevertheless. Very interesting interpretation of the style. It has qualities of a a kristalweizen, a lighter saison, and an English-style pale ale; definitely something to look for if you'd like something different for your summer session.

Would be wonderful with a mild cheese plate (think brie) and a crisp dinner salad with chilled shrimp.

Zraly, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of ebeard2
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Somersault is a good summer brew. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a blond color to it, and as many summer brews has the fragrance of citrus.

This is not a sweet beer, so if you are the type that likes your summer beer to taste like you are drinking a glass of lemonade steer clear. However if you are in the mood for a beer that is a little bit bitter, and quite refreshing this is the beer for you.

This beer goes down very easy and is a perfect choice for a sunny day outside. Whether you are on the back deck, mowing the yard, or off to the beach, this beer is sure to satisfy.

ebeard2, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy, yet bright yellow with a two finger off white head that fizzles out leaving behind moderate lacing.

s: lemony citrus goodness with pepper and a slight breadienes to it.

t: spicy bready goodness with enough lemon and other summer fruit to make this enjoyable.

m: clean and sharp with a dry finish leaving you wanting more.

o: great summer beer that was enjoyed by all who took part in helping me drink this six pack.

match1112, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of toniogarces
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - It pours pale golden with very nice clarity and a decent head and beautiful lace.

S - A subtle blend of grainy malt, peach fruitiness, and citric hops.

T - A rush of citric, herbal hops meet your palate followed by a subtle malty, fruity sweetness that ends with a semi-short, dry finish.

M - Medium mouth feel due to the perfect level of carbonation in this beer.

O - It took me a couple of sips to like it, but now I can't stop drinking it. This beer can be quite assertive when you first try it, but believe me, it only gets better. Great summer beer. It could make a great pairing for an Asian salad or a Rosemary lemon chicken. Probably very good with Thai food as well.

toniogarces, Jun 27, 2011
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.