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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

988 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 55
Gots: 45 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Tamarack22, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mpayne5, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

AceMan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

MattyG85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

tjsdomer2, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hue with a huge head that has great retention and wonderful lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral hop aroma--so much lemon and orange all on top of a great grassy grainy quality

T: Subtle hop bitterness that complements the grainy maltiness but the lemon, citrus rind, orange, and apricot come through the most

F: Light to medium body with a surprising creaminess; the beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

D: Such a refreshing beer from NB--it is nice to have a balanced but still pleasantly hopped session beer; this is definitely a beer I will come back to this summer

dbossman, May 04, 2011
Photo of dhannes
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tap at Pizzeria Uno...from memory:

A=Slightly amber golden hue...some cloudiness? Head was present but not memorable.

S=Citrus and hops.

T=Rather strong citrus and hop presence. Paired with pizza and other appetizers...was refreshing but not spectacular.

M=Nice, with minimal carbonation.

O=I am not overly familiar with the style, but felt that this was worth trying...will only try again if nothing else intriguing on the menu.

dhannes, May 26, 2012
Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. Best by 27 November 2011.

A: Clear light golden color with yellow highlights and tiny trails of carbonation streaming to the top, an aggressive pour produced a thick eggshell head with excellent lacing.

S: very much like a hefeweizen, with bubblegum, clove, and a goodly dose of Belgian-esque fruity funk, floral hops, and a hint of sour vinous aroma.

T: the Belgian theme continues, with ripe tropical fruit, sour Belgian funk, clove, and citrus. Comes together nicely and somewhat unexpectedly. Reminds me of a Saison.

M: light-bodied, lightly satiny texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a refreshing and interesting take on a Summer sipping beer. There is plenty here to like.

Erish, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Heischman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Somersault/New Belgium Brewing
City/State- Fort Collins, Colorado
STYLE – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBU – 28
DATE – 17 Jun 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Tulip
APPEARANCE – golden honey color, poured with a thick head that settled to 1/8 inch and great lacing
AROMA- Sweet Citurs aroma
TASTE – Apricot right off the bat, a little over power at first but only because I was not expecting it. Good fruity beer that is not too sweet, has a bit of bitternes in the aftertaste.
MOUTHFEEL – Light and crisp with a bit of a puckerness for about ½ a second
CONCLUSION – I like New Belgium beer, and this one did not let me down. A nice crisp beer that goes well with a hot summer day.
-JH-

Heischman, Jun 17, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.