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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

991 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 57
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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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Pint glass]

Poured a light yellow with an average sized frothy white head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was very mild of a grain malt and a moderate dose of floral hops with a hint of citrus (lemon), apricot and spices. It tasted very lightly sweet with notes of citrus and fruit at first then became a tad sour with a mild hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery yet a little dry in texture with a very soft carbonation. Overall basically a lager with a little more of a hoppy flavor, very little.

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Freshness date is 08/12/12.

Produces a blonde, golden color indeed, as well as some modest carbonation. No head to speak of, although a ring remains atop the glass and some laciness. There's an apparent thickness to this that definitely makes it a distinguishable ale rather than a generic lager.

Fantastic sweetness galore on the aroma, though! Other than sugar and honey, the yeast contains a strong flavor of pineapple, passion fruit, and perhaps strawberries. Far more tropical than I expected it to be, and contains a malty backbone underneath the hops, alcohol, and fruitiness. Pretty good, although remains subtle overall.

Hmm, far more malty than I expected, although the flavor seems to be a mixed bag overall. There's light hoppiness on the tongue, and immediate malty flavors at the beginning. However, the end is a little too alcoholic on the astringent side, and a texture and flavor equivalent to gelatin pops up out of nowhere. I honestly wish this retained the fruity aromas in the flavor, but there are barely any that are overwhelming enough. More disappointingly is perhaps the body of this beer: while it is moderately malty in nature, it's extremely watery towards the end. The strong alcohol taste further throws off the flavors that could of come around in this beer.

Not the worst beer of its kind, but horribly unbalanced. Why can't they make more beers like Dig, which are thick, juicy, and with a moderate hop explosion? This works aroma-wise but the drinking experience on its own is not my favorite. Works well with a meal due to its lightness, but it's definitely a blonde ale that was trying to be something else. Whatever it was, I've no clue.

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of doughanson78
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into 18oz. weizen glass.

A: Light golden color. Clear. Very bubbly 2 finger super white head. Just OK lacing. Lots of bubbles coming from bottom of the glass.

S: Some faint sweet malts, maybe caramel. Very light citrusy hops. Not much for smell. Very light.

T: Very light lemon. Faint clover. Faintly sweet. Faintly bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. VERY Chuggable! Not a huge taste but not bad.

M: Probably the best thing about this beer. Very crisp. Very refreshing. Light-bodied. Smooth. High carbonation, but it seems like a beer that should have that.

O: I was very thirsty when I was choosing what to review and out of all the beers I have, this one seemed the best for a hot day when your real thirsty. Definitely a good choice for that. Decent beer. Nothing to seek out or write home about.

Photo of u2carew
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck, picked up on a road trip.
A) Pours with a two finger head - big bubbled and quick settling. Settles to about a quarter inch. Clear body, golden in color.
S) Light banana aroma. Some grain, hints of clove. Not what I would expect from an American Blonde.
T) Heavy Belgian influence. Banana, orange peel. Grainy. Subtle hops in the finish.
M) Light body. A light grittiness and some tannin.
O) Not what I expected but still an average brew.

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A bright clear golden color with a hint of copper and a three finger white head.

S- Getting some citrus and floral notes, hint of apricot, getting some malts, balanced.

T- Curtis hops stand out up front and goes great with somewhat fruity apricot finish. The whole beer is brought together with nice floral notes and good malt backbone.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- A great easy drinking summer beer that has a fairly big flavor. New Belgium came into my area about a year ago and I have been looking for a regular beer that lives up to the bar that the "Lips of Faith" beers set and this one does. Can't wait to have more.

Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pure clear golden color with lots of little bubbles streaming throughout, and a thin but lingering head. It almost shines when a ray of sunlight hits it.
S: Apricot, lemon and spices.
T: Quite acidic, with lemon, grapefruit and a bit of apricot. A bit of grain & spices. The hops just poke their head through at the end.
M: Light with good carbonation and an acidic bite.
O: This is quite good, though I'm disappointed I'm drinking my first at the end of October rather than the end of summer, as it would make a great summer drink. Perhaps a bit more acidity than I prefer on its own, but I will try pairing the next with food.

Photo of bnes09
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in color and mostly transparent. Pours a fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path.

Spicy and fresh hoppy aroma.

Mellow malt backbone suggesting of biscuits. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor with a hint of salt.

Lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish.

This is an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored body with a lumpy eggshell cap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Untoasted grain, citrus zest and herbal hops in the aroma. Mild but flavorful with a nice aggresive C-hop bite over a lean maltiness that falls just short of being really good but is a nice refeshing beer anyway. Soft, creamy mouthfeel no doubt from the addition of oats. A nice beer.

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.

Photo of jimmah120
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug

Look is clear golden yellow with a sudsy 2 finger head that subsides into a foamy froth. Smell is light pale malts, lemon and flowery hops. Taste is very bright and crisp. Lemon and flowers, coupled with ester-y sweetness not unlike magic hat #9 but much more enjoyable. It finishes sweet, with roasted undertones, and a touch of hop bitter.

Excellent beer, surprised it took me so long to try this one.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of sommersb
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-02-2011
Freshness: Best before 08-14-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear golden/amber color, with a white head of 3 fingers. Good retention and lacing from the head.

S: Crisp hop aromas with a light citrus quality. Light fruit smells from the apricot. Little to no malt aromas.

T: Clean taste dominated by the medium hop bitterness. The apricot flavor is there in a slight fruitiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with a dry finish and light bitterness.

O: A good refreshing summer beer.

Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to standard pint glass - BB Oct-12
*Notes taken on 07/21/12

A: Somersault pours golden blonde in color displaying some nice clarity despite the brewer’s “suggestion of cloudiness”. Streaming carbonation visible. Thick and soapy finger width of bone white head. Exhibits some decent retention efforts and leaves wavy branches of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of spiced apricot with lemon zest and stale crusty bread. Belgian yeast qualities are represented with a bit of tart phenol esters.

T: Taste opens up with a real tart lime citrus flavor. Apricot juice meets wet grains with a subtle phenol spice note. Peppery with some understated pine notes. Has a real zesty quality. Label states made with natural flavors? Thinking grains of paradise at first but website details the use of actual ginger. Not a distinguishable amount of ginger but does add a nice crisp bite to the brew. There are some light bubblegum notes with a moderate amount of bitterness. This is definitely hot weather nice. Zesty and full with fruit flavors.

M: Body is light and moderate with a nice creamy texture. Very smooth with a bone dry finish on it.

D: A successful summer seasonal. Light and fruity fresh. Easy summer drinking.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap from Nice Ash Cigar bar poured into a New Belgium snifter glass

Appearance- A nice golden yellow with 1 finger of cloudy white head that stood pat for a good long time.

Smell- Got wheat with lots of citrus notes.

Taste- Wheat with lemon and orange flavors and a sour hop finish that works well with the wheat. Was really happy because I'm not a big fan of piney hops and I've noticed that many New Belgium beer uses the piney hops.

Mouthfeel- Nice amount of carbination mixed with a very drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall- Was impressed with this not being a big New Belgium guy. Very good summer beer. Not as good as some of the pale wheat ales but it holds it's own for summer beer.

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.