Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 281
Hads: 1,063
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 83
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of zaphodchak
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body, thin white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is faint, perhaps a bit of apple and yeast.

Taste is mellow, yeasty. Some grain and vague tart apple. Only a trace of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and coarse sudsy foam. Meh.

Overall a decent blonde, but almost totally unremarkable. (312 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (642 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. Best by 27 November 2011.

A: Clear light golden color with yellow highlights and tiny trails of carbonation streaming to the top, an aggressive pour produced a thick eggshell head with excellent lacing.

S: very much like a hefeweizen, with bubblegum, clove, and a goodly dose of Belgian-esque fruity funk, floral hops, and a hint of sour vinous aroma.

T: the Belgian theme continues, with ripe tropical fruit, sour Belgian funk, clove, and citrus. Comes together nicely and somewhat unexpectedly. Reminds me of a Saison.

M: light-bodied, lightly satiny texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a refreshing and interesting take on a Summer sipping beer. There is plenty here to like. (733 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy, yet bright yellow with a two finger off white head that fizzles out leaving behind moderate lacing.

s: lemony citrus goodness with pepper and a slight breadienes to it.

t: spicy bready goodness with enough lemon and other summer fruit to make this enjoyable.

m: clean and sharp with a dry finish leaving you wanting more.

o: great summer beer that was enjoyed by all who took part in helping me drink this six pack. (437 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. Slightly off white head. Smells fantastic w/ a mild citrus hop. Taste is all citrus (Grapefruit and Apricot as promised on the bottle). Still quite fresh considering it's already October and this is their summer offering. I will be looking for this next summer. (288 characters)

Photo of MaxBrewell
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow and fairly clear with a nice fluffy head that faded over time. Moderate lacing.

S - Slight fruity / floral aroma. Reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum.

T - Slight apricot up front with moderate esters. Finishes somewhat sweet and semi-dry. The balance is definitely towards the malt, but the Centennial hops add a lot of character.

M - Relatively light on the palate and highly carbonated.

D - A very drinkable beer. A perfect gateway beer for the non-craft drinker. I will certainly recommend this one, and look forward to next summer to have another. (566 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow gold with exuberant white head that retains fairly well. Fairly strong lemon effervescence here, ginger, subdued floral hop pine aromas, biscuity malt character hides behind the fruit aromas. Lemon and citrus orange flavors up front, biscuit malt, crisp clean dry finish, very light, very refreshing in the summer. (335 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The seasonal in the welve mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellowish cloudy with 1/4 inch of white foam. Wheaty malt smell. Smooth taste, full of lemon with low carbonation. Strong lemon, very citrussy. Some oats at the finish round out the flavor. Very drinkable, good taste, likable. (314 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Golden color with a one finger white head.

Sm- Maybe apricot, but it maybe the power of suggestion. Spicy yeast phenols and a little citrus character.

Ta- Delicate malt bottle. Very light and almost dry. Has that biscuity fat-tire flavor that flays with the fruitiness in there. Very refreshing.

Ov- Excellent summer session beer. (352 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: It pours mostly clear orange with a finger of white head that laces alright.

S: Lots of citrusy hop notes, light spicing, and a little graininess.

T: Light sweet citrus, light breadiness, and some sweet berries.

M: It has medium-light thickness with adequate carbonation.

O: This is quite flavorful and easy to drink. (361 characters)

Photo of tykees88
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty nice light clear straw gold color. Decent enough lacing with a two finger soda pop like head.

S- Smell is mild. There is a pronounced lemon and wheat scent I think though. Yeasty maybe

T- The taste is more of that sweet lemon refreshing brew that you would want in the summer. Very rewarding after a hot day

M- It's very light bodied and a little water like.

O-It's a summer blonde ale. Take that into consideration. Great for non craft drinkers (461 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Sept 18th, 2011 date on the side.

This pours a light golden color with a large frofty head which pretty good retention and come lacing. The smell is light and crisp, a little citrus, a little floral, some apricot. Feel is medium to light. Overall a clean light taste but with a little hop bite and some lemon. I got to say this is pretty good compared to most summer beers I've had this year, wish I would have tried it earlier. (487 characters)

Photo of lazjuarez
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Gift from Carlos, from Cervezas in South Miami.

A: Very nice looking blond ale. Slight haziness, with a yellow golden hue that exudes summer. 1 1/2 fingers worth of a bright white head which dissipates slowly, leaving a some small spotted lacing. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose has big juicy citrus notes. Great lemon, grapefruit, and floral notes. The bouquet has a slight malty sweetness, albeit very faint.

T: Great hop bite, but even better refreshing citrus flavors that compliment the bitterness. Big lemon flavors are coming through. I can session this, but unfortunately it isn't available in my area.

M: Bordering on light to medium bodied. Mouth feel is velvety, coating my mouth and cheeks. Carbonation does a great job cleansing and moving the flavors along, as well as resetting my taste buds. At 5.2% ABV, I don't get any alcohol presence. (932 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a very clear, golden, amber color with a rocky white head. The aroma is a burst of citrus with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit and ginger. It tastes of ginger, lemon and orange with a bready aftertaste. The beer is light and full of soft carbonation, it also has a nice lingering finish. This beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching, a very nice summer beer. (407 characters)

Photo of chicagobill13
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is blonde ale with a bright golden look to it. A very nice smell to this beer. Very well balance and of course perfect for the summer. Hints why it is New Belgium's summer season. I have to say I am very impressive with this beer. I have to say this is the first beer from this brewery I would drink on a day to day bases. A nice finish to this beer. I really love the after taste of this beer. Find it before the summer ends. Cheers! (439 characters)

Photo of bismarksays
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Coppery to pale golden, decent amount of head retention, clear

S- A bit of Belgian yeast...maybe citrus. Not much on the nose at all

T/M A touch of citurus, maybe a touch of pepper. Mouthfeel was thin and maybe even a touch watery.

Overall- I wanted to like this. I like blondes. It looked good. And while I went into it thinking that I should be comparing to session beers, not actual blondes, I still found myself bored and uninterested. (445 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden yellow body with a large fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation/bubbly activity.

A- Belgian wheat yeast aroma. Very pleasant aroma.

T- Sweet malt flavor with a slight sour twang at the end. Has a very belgian yeasty flavor throughout. Sweet wheat malt aftertaste.

M- Medium body very smooth drinking perhaps from the oats. Moderate carbonation. Very refreshing feeling.

D- Very refreshing summer beer. I'd recommend picking up a few of these. Typical sweetness to New Belgium beer. (501 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a 12pak sapler from New Belgium -

Appearance - Pours a brite yellow copper with just the slightest haze, and a solid finger of brite white head. Nice soapy-web lacing left at the finish of the glass.

Smell - Ooooh, brite citrus scents of lemon and some sweet red grapefruit, and slight white grapejuice. Some slight grassiness and some freshly baked bread.

Taste - Starts citrus, then fresh bakery bread, then some light earthy grassy meadow flavors. I'm also picking up some slight minerals on the sides of the tongue. Carb adds some slightly tart crispness, finishes clean with lite dryness, really nice refreshing flavors here.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, carb adds nice tartness and crispness to the sip, flavors are all experienced during the sip but finishes clean and dry. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Overall - Not my favorite style, but this is an Excellent representative of this style. Really nice balance and combination of flavors, and lite enough to be very refreshing, and lower ABV makes this a great session beer, and a great thirst quencher for the warmer months. (1,132 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer several weeks ago but forgot to transcribe my notes to BA. Bottle stamped 30OCT11.

Appearance - Light clear coppy body. White foamy, loose head with low-medium retention.

Taste - Mild-moderate hp. Slight malt. Mild to no astringency. Tastes a little dead.

Mouthfeel - Flattish. No effervescence. All the bite is in the hop and there's not much of that.

Overall Drinkability - The mouthfeel really puts a damper on this beer. Makes it feel lifeless. Might make a decent session beer for newbies or as a gateway IPA/ESB. Meh. (541 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Deep gold with champagnelike carbonation feeding a frothy bright white head. A fair amount of lacing.

Nose is grassy and grainy with a slight mustiness and a gentle fruit presence. A wave of juicy sweet apricot and apple flavors up front, but a touch of tangy lemon keeps the sweetness in check. There’s a light earthy hop presence that lends a nice depth. Very lively feel to this stuff, tingly carbonation with a light toasty malt profile and a very clean, crisp finish. Regardless of style, this is a pretty damned refreshing brew (it was the perfect lawnmower beer on this day). As a blonde ale? Top notch. (652 characters)

Photo of BeeersJohnny
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, amber color. Medium to thin head.

S - Clean, citrus aroma. Light malt, toasty quality.

T - First sip was very refreshing, like a good pilsner or wit might be, but the experience is much more complex. Oaty. No hop bite. Caramel finish, similar to an amber ale.

M - Crisp, smooth.

O - Fantastic ale. Great for if you want substantive flavor without the high ABV of an IPA. Hard to categorize and/or compare head to head with other beers I've tasted, and I like that about it. (489 characters)

Photo of Chyren
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber, average carbonation, very thin head.

S: Fruity, tangy citrus, light bread.

T: Immediate apricot tang, mild citrus hop bitterness, clean malt with an oaty backbone. The flavors linger and meld together to fuse into what can only be described as a vaporous pie. That familiar New Belgium yeast flavor comes through just barely on the exhale.

M: Lively and sparkling but somehow more substantial that expected. Decent body, probably from the oats.

O: A very refreshing and satisfying beer on the lighter side of the spectrum. Clean, clean, and direct in its intentions to enliven your summer days. I enjoyed this one more and more with continued sips. (676 characters)

Photo of paxchristi
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deeply gold and hazy with an inch of light, white, frothy head.

Smell: citrus and mellow malt in the nose reminiscent of biscuits. The middle is the largest of the smell. Pine, ginger, and hops.

Taste: The combination of the multi-facted flavors is its strong point. I think perhaps that because I'm a D/IPA guy that it might have been a bit more underwhelming than what I would have liked. However, it really is an intricate taste that requires time to deconstruct. Its pretty light, crisp, sessionable, and refreshing without compromising intricacies or being 1-2 dimensional.

Mouth: Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Fruit lingers on the palate (NICE!).

Overall: A strong beer. Its probably one of my favorites from New Belgium. It amazes me how consistent this brewery is. I drank this beer whenever it was overwhelmingly hot outside. I have got to say that it filled the void well. While all of my lame friends were sitting around wasting their lives on lesser beer, this definitely gave me drinkable refreshment without compromising a complex flavor. One of the better ABA I've had. Wouldn't expect anything less from New Belgium. (1,166 characters)

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.