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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

957 Ratings

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 55
Gots: 32 | 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%

03-27-2014 17:17:47 | More by DaveMiller
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

03-29-2012 02:00:54 | More by gleemonger
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-19-2012 06:02:10 | More by sansho
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-21-2014 00:20:30 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-06-2013 00:32:29 | More by chefduff2
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

11-09-2012 05:33:06 | More by Beerbuddy21
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:38:55 | More by NODAK
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 03:05:14 | More by BrownAleMale
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-10-2013 06:24:48 | More by danthehopslamman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 19:31:03 | More by Nugganooch
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2014 19:00:23 | More by ralerwen
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:36:43 | More by bnes09
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:40:13 | More by Nerudamann
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 16:15:50 | More by ONUMello
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-27-2012 00:11:51 | More by DerwinWentworth
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-14-2012 04:02:22 | More by ssjkyle
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-11-2013 15:55:08 | More by scottwurst
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from the grocery store, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is! Appearance and mouthfeel are average, but the smell and taste were very flavorful. Lots of fruit (without being sweet), spice, yeast, and lemon make this a refreshing summer beer. I'd have this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 17:24:29 | More by alysmith4
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color, frothy initial head, nice lacing.

Muted smell - grains, with a bright citrus note.

Biscuity malt, a mineral-water flavor, crisp citrus note, spices - ginger? Very crisp.

Quite crisp and carbonated, really exceptional mouthfeel.

This isn't necessarily the most flavorful beer I've had recently, but I found this extremely thirst-quenching. Very nicely balanced, and very drinkable. Seems like a solid summer seasonal to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:23:02 | More by Strix
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: dark yellow, clear; thin head; good carbonation
S: sweet, fruity aroma; spritzy
T: sweet, almost a fruit beer it has so much berry and lemon in it; the aftertaste drops into seltzer-water territory, which isn't my palate's preferred destination, so I dock points for that; otherwise, a good choice for a hot-weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 19:09:06 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-12-2013 19:43:46 | More by JMUbrewz
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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a golden yellow with a thin but steady head and spotty lace. Smell of the light apricot blending with the malt and hops. Taste has that light sweet apricot note with a light blend of hops that make it go down easy, but leaves a twang in the end. mouthfeel is light with good body and carbonation. Not bad, I like the initial flavor but not the cloying twang in the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:21:56 | More by Bookseeb
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

02-16-2012 00:28:00 | More by MrVonzipper
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-09-2012 08:26:06 | More by CarolinaKev
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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