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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

973 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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 scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Pale, clear sunshine with a copper tinge. Good head and awesome foam retention. Nice stickage and bubbling.

Light, grassy hops with soft toasted malts in the nose and a faint Summer fruit nuance.

Faint, soft fruit from start to finish. Mild grassy, Earthy hop bitterness with a little lemon juice tartness on the finish.

Palate is a litle oily, but refreshing and vibrant.

scruffwhor, May 25, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.2% ABV, Serve at 7°C (45°F) in a New Belgium globe, Best By: 26Aug12

A - Deep golden yellow in color with great clarity and a billowing white head, Somersault's carbonation leaps toward the surface feeding the great retention. Sticky lace is left clinging all over the glass!

S - The playful aroma springs out with a citrus and earth blend that's accompanied well by a hint of apricot fruitiness and notes of ginger spice. The hop profile is quite reminiscent of Fat Tire's earthy, mulch-like aroma and gently overtakes the more subtle nuances of this beer.

T - The malt provides a good backbone and biscuit flavors for the lemon citrusy and earth-toned hops to spring-board off of while mild ginger spice and faint apricot fruit notes pull forward towards the end.

M - The crisp entry, abounding with carbonation, leads to a very oat-derived smooth, light body that still finishes clean and refreshing. Citrus, apricot, and ginger-like spiciness add a lively, lingering summer taste on the tongue.

O - A great summer beer from New Belgium, the playful fruit and spice complexities of Somersault give it distinctive flavor with a clean, soft finish for an all-around refreshing and enjoyable treat!

BeerFMAndy, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -21%

This pours a clear light golden colour with about an inch of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells fruity, of apricots mentioned on the label. A bit of hoppiness behind the fruit.

The taste is of apricots with some hop bitterness, a flavour of, umm..seltzer water? That could be because of how thin the body is. Not very flavourful, imho, and not a good substitute for Skinny Dip, which I enjoyed quite a bit more and was only 4.2%abv vs 5.2.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation, it has an okay mouth feel.

Drinkability is average because my palate just can't wrap itself around the total package that is Somersault. My summer can do without this beer..

Bitterbill, May 01, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Tried the Summersault at a school soiree held by some friends of ours. The beer pours light copper in color and mostly transparent. The fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path. The smell includes spicy and fresh hoppy aroma. The taste has a mellow malt backbone belgium style. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish. Overall this would be an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

WoodBrew, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, floral, some citrus. Taste is citrus, malts, a bit sweet, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

A- Beautiful golden color with a full and solid white head. Really nice lace with good retention.

S- Slight musty aroma with a light lemon note. Finishes with a slight tart fruit smell.

T- Light and mello with a slightly citrus taste.

M- Light and low carbonation

O- Decently drinkable for a summer ale but overall very underwhelming.

vfgccp, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Comes out of the tap a clear coppery orange amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and slightly fruit-sweet. Crisp, mainly fruity is almost like a dry cider, but it has malty and wheaty undertones as well as just a hint of lemon. Texture is fizzy and lively - a great way to welcome summer.

Cyberkedi, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 4 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings and patches.

S: Floral (like flowers) hop character up front. Sweet bready malt. Some citrus and apricot too.

T: Citrus and light malt sweetness. Maintains floral hop character throughout. Smooth transitions to a mild bitter finish with some residual sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth to a building mild bitter.

O: Easily drinkable. Not too over-flavored. Smooth and balanced.

Haybeerman, May 19, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Duff27, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +6.1%

RBorsato, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Pours a transparent orange/yellow color. At first a one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Soapy, piny hops up front and center. Nothing much else that I can put my finger on.
T: Again the hops are very soapy and even oily. Pale malts with a light sweetness.
M/D: The body is very thin and watery. There is an oily consistency, and a bit under carbonated even. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

The overly soapy and oily hops detract for me. I love New Belgium, but there are many other beers for the summer that I will pick over this. Locally made at that. Nothing I would recommend.

champ103, May 29, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle from somewhere in Minnesota. From notes.

A - Golden pour. Bright with a one finger fluffy white head. A few lace rings and a film of retention were left over.

S - Wheaty, orange, some sweet spice.

T - Peach or apricot, orange, wheaty, sweet spice, yeast.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, fruity and dry finish.

O/D - A nice summer blonde ale. Lot's of different fruity notes than the typical citrus, and really easy drinking.

tbeckett, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -13%

On tap at the Clips of Faith event in Santa Cruz. 3 ounce sample pours clear gold with a small white froth. Aroma is unripe apricots and honey malts with a floral tinge. Flavor is wheaty banana, tart apricots, floral hops, with a watery finish. Flavorful but the apricot thing gets old and the finish is too short.

illidurit, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer pours a very, very clear yet nice gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It is very light in body but very well carbonated. The aromas are of yeast, a honey like sweetness, and nice coriander/citrus zest. It smells pretty damn good. The flavors are of sweet pale malts, light honey, spices, and orange peels. It has a nice crisp bite to it. The flavor isn't quite as good as the aromas but it's pretty solid. It drinks well and is an excellent option for a hot summer's day. Overall, I'm kind of impressed by this one.

aasher, May 19, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

I know this is an American blonde but I swear I got a feeling of a belgian pale from it. Light yellow-orange in color, decent head. Smells like orange a little. The flavor had a bit of citrus and peach but just a tiny bit and then I tasted spice (I swear). This wasn;t bad but I did not find it as refreshing as some of the other reviewers here and I most likely won;t revisit this.

ArrogantB, May 22, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

706th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12 oz

Best 8/14/11

App- Darker lemon yellow which was still very clear. Nice bubbles all through the glass. Big three finger head with a sheen of cling as it falls.

Smell- Very grassy with a damp citrus note. This was balanced out by a pleasant hop bitterness.

Taste- When cold this was much better with the hops, citrus notes being more alive. When it warmed was much more of the malty blonde ales im not a fan of.

Mouth- This was right down the middle of med/med and light/high. A nice hop/citrus residual flavor.

Drink- As I mentioned, this was much better cold but still a tasty little beer. Unique on the balance between blonde and IPA or APA. Probably wont have this one again.

FosterJM, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

eawolff99, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mhaugo, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +6.1%

smartassboiler, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

twelveinches, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jfcaa193, Aug 05, 2012
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.