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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

973 Ratings

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 56
Gots: 42 | 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 ralerwen
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ralerwen, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

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 dkw0063
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a very nice honey color with about a half inch of head. The lacing is okay, head retention is minimal.

The smell is pretty grain centered, light and crispy, slight hint of citrus.

Lemon, light white bread and a slight clover honey sweetness. Little hint of flowers and grass. Very summerish. Little watery going down, just a touch thin for the style.

If I weren't hop crazed I'd drink this more this summer. Though I do have to say, pretty hoppy for a blonde ale. Good sitting by the pool brew.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -20.4%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of litheum94
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Clear, golden body. Brilliant looking when held up to the light. Bone-white head, small but dense. It settles out to a patchy covering. Minimal lacing.

Very fruity smelling, with aromas of peaches and apricots. Rolled oat fullness. Some lemony hops are present, but the profile is definitely more on the sweet side.

Zesty at first in the mouth, with orange peel and spice. Creamy mid-palate, with a slightly sour apricot flavor. Decent carbonation gives it a sparkling essence. Fairly dry on the finish, with some earthy and citrusy hops.

This was a great hot weather beer. Sweet enough to give it flavor, but dry and crisp to make it refreshing.

litheum94, Jul 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kmanjohnson, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mithrascruor
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation. Thin white head, but leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Light aroma with grains and yeast.

Taste: Mild flavor, mostly grain but with a hint of apple. Yeast comes in towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fairly prickly on the tongue, but not too strong. Otherwise light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth.

A pleasant summer ale at a moderate ABV. I wish that the yeast flavor weren't so present in the finish and aftertaste, however, as it seems to take out some of the refreshing aspect.

mithrascruor, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DaveMiller, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of nzerbe
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Kyrojack, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

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 dcloeren
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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 sansho
3/5  rDev -20.4%

sansho, May 19, 2012
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber hue with a slim fizzy head. Lacing is minor.

Smell -- The grist yields an aroma of damp malt, drupe-like fruitiness, and a modicum of malt sweetness. Additionally, there is an abundance of earthy/grassy hop character.

Taste -- Bready malt, damp graininess, apricot. Hop character is very earthy and grassy with floral overtones and sturdy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall -- An easy-drinker, but somehow doesn't hit the spot for me. The grassy hop bitterness grows tiresome over time.

yeahnatenelson, Apr 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Well well, another New Belgium seasonal has landed in my neck of the woods... I grabbed a 12oz single, chilled, and poured into my NBB goblet. It's a pretty goblet.

A. Looks a lot like this brewery's own Hoptoberfest, a beer which I posses an unadulterated, pure love for, much like Woody Allen has for Soon-Yi Previn. But I digress. Somersault is a shade lighter than that lovely beer. This is clear gold and fizzy, with a nice depth of color and a puffy white head that is in no hurry to die. The lacing on this one is fine.

S. Some nice malt / hop interplay going on here, slightly biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malts dance with some nice Czech-pils like hops. Green and earthy, lightly spicy, garden-y and all around pleasant. If the website is to be believed, this is a single-hop beer made with Centennial - if so, it's the best use of the hop I've come across.

T. Flavor is a little less engaging; this is a relatively straightforward American Blonde that in some ways seems like an American take on a large Pilsner. It's moderately crisp and gently hoppy-sour, but the odd lemon-sourness unfortunately lingers into the finish and is unwarranted. This would be much more refreshing without it. Still, you could do a lot worse.

M / D. Thin bodied, but what were you expecting? Good carbonation that falls just shy of being peppy, a head that goes the distance and that lingering, lemon-hop tang are the hallmarks here.

Somersault is no Hoptoberfest, but it has a lot to recommend it over Summer beers of the same price point. Give it a whirl and see what it does for you.

kkipple, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

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 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

ONUMello, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Nugganooch, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Fargrow, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

e30todamax, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.