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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

997 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 69
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

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Ratings: 997 | Reviews: 272
Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild lemongrass notes, hints of light orange peel, just a hint of crackery malt character, and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Light golden color and effervesence cascades up the glass walls. Sticky and sudsy white foam persists.

Flavor: More light lemongrass character, hints of orange, and light background caramel sweetness. Very well balanced if slightly to the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight prickly carbonic bite.

Overall impression: Loved it! Really enjoyed that this wasn't just a boring, crackery, typical American blonde ale. I loved the light hop character in the aroma, flavor, and bitterness. It provided a nice counterpoint without killing the palate. Well done and great for the summer!

Photo of cbcrunch
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of carteravebrew
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 chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Liquor Depot in Rock Springs, WY. Around $8. Best before 28AUG11. Into a NB Globe.

A: Crystal clear pale gold in color with a stark white head that bubbles up to a about a finger's worth of head. Great retention and a few nice spots of lacing. A fair amount of carbonation moving up from the nucleation point.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Floral and a slight bit of yeast, has a distinct NB 'house' smell. A few spices but nothing really stands out.

T: Again, has a house NB taste that I've picked up in a few of their beers, kind of hard to describe, but I know it when I taste it. A light graininess on the finish, with a few spice notes, slightly floral. Practically no bitterness. Not bad, really light flavors but it works for a summer session beer.

M: A decent amount of body for a blonde ale, medium carbonation and a nice dry finish. Not bad at all here.

O: This will be a nice summer beer, nothing over the top and every bit as good as Skinny Dip. A welcome change to the summer line up. This will be nice to sip on as the weather continues to warm up. I would have no problem having a few of these at a barbeque or out camping.

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.

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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 magictacosinus
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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 drdiesel9483
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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 DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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 Jadjunk
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kushlash23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jimmah120
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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