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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

991 Ratings

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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 57
Gots: 45 | 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%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well, after having a bunch of beers with little to no head this one pours a very nice pillowy white head with sticky lacing, really makes me thirsty, well done. body is perfectly clear light golden color.
Aroma is biscuity and lemony, lofts nicely, impressive for a blonde ale i have to say.
Flavors are grainy up front with a light crisp body that makes the lemon and apricot flavors pop.

This is a well crafted beer, nice job New Belgium.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of ONUMello
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.

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of match1112
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of MaxBrewell
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of manitouman84
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of tykees88
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of lazjuarez
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.