1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

970 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 970
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 38 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Somersault Alström Bros
Ratings: 970 | Reviews: 272 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

06-10-2011 15:42:18 | More by dcloeren
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.

06-02-2012 01:36:45 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

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.

07-29-2011 01:00:21 | More by kkipple
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.

07-19-2011 23:35:55 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of sansho


3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-19-2012 06:02:10 | More by sansho
Photo of Kyrojack


2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

10-18-2012 14:55:39 | More by Kyrojack
Photo of e30todamax


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

11-30-2012 20:14:06 | More by e30todamax
Photo of DaveMiller


4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-27-2014 17:17:47 | More by DaveMiller
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-19-2014 05:57:17 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-21-2014 00:20:30 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Photo of carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-07-2012 10:38:08 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of ONUMello


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.

10-30-2011 16:15:50 | More by ONUMello
Photo of chefduff2


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-06-2013 00:32:29 | More by chefduff2
Photo of bnes09


4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

08-14-2011 01:36:43 | More by bnes09
Photo of dexterk1


4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-24-2011 03:40:03 | More by dexterk1
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.

07-24-2012 19:31:03 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of gleemonger


4.75/5  rDev +26%

03-29-2012 02:00:54 | More by gleemonger
Photo of NODAK


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Smell is rather faint here, although tart citrus (presumably the apricot) comes through foremost.

The taste is somewhat hard to define for me, but it's very crisp and clean. The body has a slight spiciness to it and a small citric hop character from the Centennial hops (as noted on label). The fruit shows on the backend, with some tartness helping to close the beer out, although I couldn't honestly tell you it was specifically apricot if the label didn't say so.

Very refreshing summer seasonal, as they should be. I highly enjoyed this offering!

04-20-2011 02:38:55 | More by NODAK
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

09-03-2012 03:05:14 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of scottwurst


3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-11-2013 15:55:08 | More by scottwurst
Photo of DerwinWentworth


4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-27-2012 00:11:51 | More by DerwinWentworth
Photo of danthehopslamman


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-10-2013 06:24:48 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of kodt


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-21-2013 19:35:56 | More by kodt
Photo of Fargrow


4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-18-2013 19:26:47 | More by Fargrow
Photo of Nerudamann


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-khaki colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Slight citrus aroma, which makes sense after reading the label. I noticed something else that must be the apricots, but I couldn't pick it out of the aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - smooth citrus flavor, enhanced and noticeable apricot flavor in the taste, slight bitterness at the end, but not as much of a hoppy bitterness than the kind that you actually get from eating something like a grapefruit. Tastes very "real". Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - a very interesting beer..not as much in concept but more in its actual taste.

06-08-2011 03:40:13 | More by Nerudamann
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.