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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing


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very good

920 Ratings

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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%

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 Josiah2729


4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Yellow, golden-blonde with little head, but nice lacing.

Smell: Spiced fruit, light malt, belgian yeast, some belgian style sweet alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt, slight citrus hops, grassy yeast, slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with nice carbonation. Refreshing easy to drink.

Overall: A very pleasant surprise to find in the grocery store. Great belgian style blonde ale. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:52:03 | More by Josiah2729
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 7/8/2012: pours clear gold amber color with a fluffy white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, caramel, grass and musky hay; soft overall with some fruity notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grass, musky hay, yeast and some fruit like apple or pear; nice balance and combo of malts and hops, for an overall tasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mild zesty carbonation that's refreshing and easy to drink with a medium/light body. A summer beer with flavor that goes down easy and was perfect on a hot summer night. Well done, another winner by New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 02:47:45 | More by CHickman
Photo of Nugganooch


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
Photo of Kegatron


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper gold, with a finger of sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a robust ½ finger that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and lightly spicy with bright citric character, including some zesty lemon flavors. There is definitely some softer fruit present here as well that lends the nose some stickiness, while a crisp and bready malt presence firms things up along the back.

The taste has a refreshing citric bite to it, rounded out by some fleshy fruit notes, a smack of lemon, and some herbal tones. The oats underneath really give the profile a smooth underlying presence. The finish is dry with some light lingering bitterness and a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue with a slick creamy feel to it underneath that gives this a smooth drinkable feel in the mouth.

This was pretty good. It definitely had a crisp and quaffable nature to it but didn’t get over sharp or aggressive feeling either. Between this and the Dig Pale Ale, I think New Belgium has two of the better warm weather beers that I’ve had lately.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 14:32:15 | More by Kegatron
Photo of larryi86


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A bright clear golden color with a hint of copper and a three finger white head.

S- Getting some citrus and floral notes, hint of apricot, getting some malts, balanced.

T- Curtis hops stand out up front and goes great with somewhat fruity apricot finish. The whole beer is brought together with nice floral notes and good malt backbone.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- A great easy drinking summer beer that has a fairly big flavor. New Belgium came into my area about a year ago and I have been looking for a regular beer that lives up to the bar that the "Lips of Faith" beers set and this one does. Can't wait to have more.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 23:48:20 | More by larryi86
Photo of Strix


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
Photo of oggg


4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz mug at Lucille's BBQ in Cerritos

Beautiful blonde ale, nice and clear, with a really really special gorgeous foamy head that clung like mad to the glass in multiple rings, covered the entire top of the beer, and maintained itself at a tiny height of about half a centimeter the whole way down.

Light citrusy aroma that was mostly lemon to me but grapefruit to the wifey.

Juicy and crisp, with loads of hop flavor with a very mild bitterness to back it all up. Touch of malt in the dry finish. Supremely balanced. Light to medium bodied. Incredible! Most blonde ales aim for sweetness but this ale could pass for a less hoppy extra pale ale

Can I have another?

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 23:16:57 | More by oggg
Photo of humuluslupulus8


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somersault pours a nice amber color with a pure white, soft-looking head on top. There are small carbonation bubbles rising within the clear body.

The main aroma is piney hops. While distinct, the hops aroma isn't overpowering so I can tell the flavor will be fairly balanced between the hops and malt.

Again, I taste the piney hops well-balanced with the malt backbone. The beer isn't really bitter, but it has a nice crispness to it.

The mouthfeel isn't completely smooth, nor is it too strong. The amount of carbonation works perfectly for this style.

Overall, this is a really nice summer beer. I have enjoyed many beers by New Belgium in the past, but I haven't drank too many of their seasonals. This is a summer beer that I will look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 03:53:11 | More by humuluslupulus8
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 18:52:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe -- how appropriate!

Appears to be a light coppery and/or apricot color. The off-white head recedes to random chunks of bubbles and film. Sticky lacing.

Smells ... bright floral and hint of citrus.

Tastes of bright citrus peels, peach sweetness, subdued malts, dry finish.

Very dry mouthfeel.

Overall, liked it for the first 6 ounces. Then the more I drank of the six pack, the worse it became. Another average New Belgium beer. Good enough to drink the entire sixe, but not good enough to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:21:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of JEdmund


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly colored blond with a fast-rising foamy white head; good torrent of carbonation bubbles

Smells lightly hopped, which is appropriate for the summer quencher they’re going for. Bottle says aroma comes from Centennial hops, and I can certainly smell something citrusy.

The beer is certainly light but not bland by any means. Flavor builds from a mild start to a fruity and hoppy finish. Notes of apricot are present (as described on the bottle), and they are supported by light doughy malt. Body and carbonation are spot-on with a drinkable lightness and a fairly high level of bubbles. Finish is pretty smooth and not especially sharp, though it does end somewhat dry.

Overall I like it and would consider it a good choice for a beer to bring to a BBQ or other outside, hot event where you want something thirst-quenching but also flavorful. However, it doesn’t blow me away to the point of wanting to buy a second six-pack, but I’d certainly be tempted to pick on up again next year.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:22:16 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Jsteez


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer on June 26th.

A-Light amber and golden color with a nice frothy head. Semi-sticky lace on the glass. Nice medium carbonation.

S-Citrus, light malt, lemon zest, orange peel, and a tiny hint of hops.

T-Similar to the nose: Citrus, light malt, orange peel, lemon zest, and peppery, yet dry aftertaste. A little crackery-bread flavor. Excellent taste.

M-A little sticky. A refreshingly dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied in texture.

Overall, this brew is great for hanging out on the patio during the summer. Very drinkable, and full of flavor. Drink it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:07:17 | More by Jsteez
Photo of BDIMike


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking golden beer with hints of amber. There is medium amount of carbonation with a nice thick white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the entire drink.
Smell has a great base of wheat beer. On top of that is some very nice citrus hop smells. The citrus is very nice but slightly different than most with a great combination of grapefruit, orange, and something slightly more.
Taste is just as good as the smell, even better. The citrus and fruity hop tastes are so strong that they add so much great taste. However, they are the perfect amount on the borderline of being too much, because they are nicely balanced with a base of wheat.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Not too thick, not too thin. But a very nice smooth feel.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A great balance of all things needed. The perfect summer seasonal beer. A beer could not be matched any better to a season.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 01:24:06 | More by BDIMike
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressively poured to a crystal clear, bright golden color with a white finger width. Sub-par retention results in a spotty, sticky lacing.

Smell - Pungent mix of floral and citrus hops envelop the nostrils; a faint, bready malt sits behind this.

Taste - Follows the nose; Starts with a lot of floral and citrus hops, then a big apricot note comes in midtaste. Slight hint of New Belgium's classic slightly nutty, slightly biscuity malt character in the background; becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Finishes with apricot and a lime citrus character mixing it up before fading away.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with the carbonation lending to a crisp, clean bite and a tingle on the lips. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Impressive summer seasonal from New Belgium. Complex, clean and crisp. Entirely drinkable, and session friendly. One of the better summer releases out there. Bud Light Lime, eat your heart out.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:27:41 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of garymuchow


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather bright yellow. Smallish head on this one and minimal staying power.
Aroma was faint and light. Soft malt and soft hops.
Pretty complex flavor that seemed to pretty much match the description on the bottle. The malt was smooth but definitely an ale. Nice fruit flavors noted too. Mild bitterness.
Moderately light body.
Easy summer drinker. Flavors are mild and well blended.
Thanks Bry.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 18:03:50 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Fatehunter


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Almost a finger of head and a clear, golden body.

Big citrus smell: lemon and grapefruit. A bit of pine.

Pine taste, grapes, apricots, a malt sweetness.

Super smooth and soft texture with a low carbonation and medium body.


Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:54:29 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal-clear golden body brings summer to mind right off the bat. Good start, and with the head to match: an extensively foamy eggshell white that diminishes quickly, but leaves lacing everywhere.

S: Bright, piney hops right off the bat – almost IPA-like – and with a thick, resiny quality that pops its head up from time to time. Other than that, there’s a touch of spring flowers and a fruity barley aroma.

T: Lemony wheat and a touch of artificial sweetener make this palate a lemonade-lover’s dream. Refreshing, but with that light malt flavor of grain husk that keeps each sip nuanced with full flavors. Not terribly complex, but it gets the job (of refreshment) done. Finishes a tad bready, and with lingering citric bitterness.

M: Light, fizzy, and a bit chewy – a feel I can only describe as frothy. It’s appropriately refreshing, but with enough grain backbone to hold its own as a sipper.

O: A more grownup shandy, though that’s not what the style classification designates. A lawnmower beer, for sure, and a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:48:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, poured into a standard pint cone glass...

A: Clear golden color, small(ish) head of less than 2-fingers, VERY bubblie…OK lacing…

S: Peppery, lemon & apricot, some floral scents and a hint of bread in there...

T: Light, clean, smooth. Hint ‘teases’ of hops (wish there was some more—boo/hoo)... Lemon grass & apricot…A hint of mint/pine is followed by a little bit of malt-bread flavor. Mellow end-notes with a…dry finish.
M: Light body with decent carbination…

O: Good mellow beer…VERY refreshing!...Chasin’ Cheers :~)

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 19:36:40 | More by scootpolute
Photo of estlinska


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! I’ve had it from the bottle and on tap. Pours a golden color, edging towards amber with 1 finger of pearly head with abundant lacing. The smell is distinctly hemp to me, very grassy and resiny. The flavor is full of grassy and flowery hops with an almost honey flavor. Very complex and almost seems to change from sip to sip. Palate is almost syrupy from the flavors, but not in a bad way. Overall a tasty little beer with lots of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:06:55 | More by estlinska
Photo of Aluman

New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chilled Pint Glass.

A: Light yellow with notes of amber.

S: You can smell the oats, its not strong like in a oatmeal stout but its there, mixes well with softer tones of centennial hops.

T: Reminds me of an orange malt shake, that is to say the malt is there and thick but there is a good deal of malt with underwhelming hop presence.

M: Light and breezy something I could drink all day long on a summer day.

O: Almost perfection, I think a bit thick on the oats, would like a bit better hop presence, but close...oh so close.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:06:04 | More by Aluman
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip snifter

Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head and nice lacing.

Light, malty biscuit notes with some grassy hops thrown in as well.

Lightly sweet biscuit malts with faint floral/grassy hops.

Medium body, with prickly carbonation.

Definitely a good warm weather beer. Easy drinking, with subtle, pleasant flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 09:06:01 | More by vkv822
Photo of jkrich


4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. dated bottle: poured a bright and clear golden color with an inch of foamy white on top. Once the head dissipates, the glass is left with intricate lacing.

The aroma was clean, faintly resinous with some mild tropical fruits.

The ale begins with a some honey flavor mixed with hints of apricot and other mellow fruits. The hops provide a nice counterbalance of bitterness; very flavorful with a lingering, tangy sweetness on the palate.

Appropriately light-bodied for the style with rather low carbonation. While the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, the lingering flavors on the tongue elevate this one above most blonde ales.

Overall, this was very good with a memorable fruity profile. Well worth seeking out during the hot months of summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:55:15 | More by jkrich
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I generally have a lot of confidence in anything that New Belgium brewing company turns out. I have yet to taste a brew they made that I didn't really like, so I am pretty much willing to try anything ey put out. This was poured from the bottle into my Boulevard tulip with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful lemony yellow color, clear almost transparently yellow. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for some time and leaves good lacing on the side of the glass. Also, some carbonation action can be observed inside the glass.

Smell - Lemon and pepper, with a hefty pop of some crackers and biscuits in there as well. Good aroma on this one, makes you want to try it for sure.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is a definite crackers and biscuits feel on the palate, which is balanced out with a hint of lemon, citrus, peppers, and spices. The taste is complex, inviting, and excellent, making you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel - Finishes bright, clean, and smooth, and like stated previously, makes you want to drink more. Good carbonation level and light bodied, almost goes down too easily!

Overall - An outstanding summer brew, I would highly recommend this to anyone. This could be a good brew to convert some of your AAL friends with, at least introduce them to some new styles! I will absolutely buy and drink this again. Everything about this brew says summertime, and I love summertime!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:47:33 | More by TheCondor
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2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #175
Served On: 06/19/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 09/16/2012

This was as a 12 oz bottle from a sixer I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD today. Love that place.

Look: Poured a super clear golden yellow color. Head was a thin concaved layer of random sized white bubbles. Carbonation bubbles seemed rather sparse on this brew – given the macro lager appearance.

Smell: Aroma was of musty basement with some weak hints of spice and citrus.

Taste: First was a wave of soapy biscuit with a well-defined bitterness that lead into an almost sour middle. The finish was a brief note of lemon rind. Aftertaste was very clean.

Personally, I can’t quite see how Ba (Jason) scored this at 100. Granted, the clarity and palate definition is impressive. But I would consider this another summer-type ale. High drinkability with the usual lemon component and a watery finish. Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:25:50 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:36:33 | More by mattcrill
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.