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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

960 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 56
Gots: 33 | 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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elujan83

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I've had this beer it reminds me of Sunshine Wheat in that it was missing something...A orange or lemon slice and sad to say I didn't have either but I am happy to say a slice of grape fruit made this beer just right. If you get this beer I think a lemon slice would make it much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:11:31 | More by elujan83
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good golden blonde color with great carbonation. Lacing is above average, as is thin layer of foam on top.

Smell: Very winey. Reminds me of a saison in a way due to its grape-like quality. Heavily malted and lightly spiced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a solid light wine. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: A superb summer beer.

Overall: A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 23:35:55 | More by tjsdomer2
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a golden yellow with carbonation floating to meet the soft head. The nose offers up grains and fruit. Taste is sweet, fruit, and a hint of citrus; overall very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Another solid beer from NB.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:26:54 | More by tdm168
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brewerburgundy

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best before 9/18/11.

The color is a clean yellow gold and there is a modest pure white head on top of this quaff. It all looks very clean and light.

Right off it smells a bit Belgian. Pilsener malt and Tripel-like yeast, spicy with light fruit. The hops don't seem as prominent as I recall from the first bottle I had several days ago. The spice is more than likely the ginger and the fruitiness a combination of hops and apricots. There's the sense that sugar was used about it.

Fruity but not sweet, this summer beer is moderately dry with ginger showing in the finish. Centennials live up to the "super Cascade" moniker here with a lemon-lime citrus punch that has a lychee twist. Good bitterness factor for only 28 IBUs.

It's a very light beer, which coupled with the bitterness and dryness does make it a very nice summer drink. Dry but not rough, New Belgium keeps is safe but interesting enough here.

I generally don't have much love for New Belgium, and wouldn't have even tried Somersault if it weren't for a mom that is learning to embrace craft beer. I'm not blown out of the water, but this light pale ale was kept tasteful while including some fruit and spices.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:07:27 | More by brewerburgundy
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csiewert

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head that dissipates rapidly but does leave some lacing. The aroma is weak but has some fruity hop notes as well as some maltiness. The flavor starts with sweet malt and then becomes floral and finishes with a slighty spiciness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes clean. Overall a decent summer ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 21:52:27 | More by csiewert
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

A nice golden yellow color that has a hint of cloudiness. It produced just about an average head that fades quickly leaving a small ring.
Average carbonation.
Aroama has some malts tart lemons grass and apicots.
Tart and slightly hoppy with minimium malts. Some ginger and apricot can be tasted, so can citrus hops.
Thin in a lager style. Tends to water down or wash out as it warms. A/C required.
Works well as a thrist quencher, as a sipper like at a BBQ I think it won't work.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 14:42:29 | More by micromaniac129
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illidurit

California

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:54:25 | More by illidurit
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aval89

California

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11-30-2011

a: clear golden with a finger head.. active carbonation streaming up..

s: graininess.. light citrus with some lemon peel.. hints of spice. rounded out with fruity esters that create an apricot aroma. maybe even some white grape?

t: again more graininess.. big yeasty characters & some spices. some floral notes as well.. very light on the citrus. the apricot comes in on the backend with faint lemon peel. refreshing.

mf: light-medium body with crisp carbonation. dry chalky finish begs for another sip.

o: a nice thirst quencher. just wish the yeast wasnt so overpowering..

Edit: had another couple bottles a few days later.. got a bit of a tart/sourness in the flavor.. its just slight though.. added a nice touch..

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 06:42:28 | More by aval89
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Rayek

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lo Do's. Served in a shaker pint glass. The beer was drawn very close to the rim, so there was little room for a head. The small soapy head that was there quickly fell to a patchwork film. Little lace was left in the beer's wake.

A light citrus bitterness mingles with straw-like malts to create a beer that packs a bit more flavor than your average pale lager. The light body and relatively low ABV make it easy to down.

Overall, I found this to be OK. New Belgium has done better work, but this beer is good at being a summer quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 02:52:50 | More by Rayek
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womencantsail

California

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

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The pour on this beer is a clear golden color with a frothy white head and some nice lacing.

S: Smells fairly sweet and fruity with lots of apples, pears, and berries.  Some bready malt notes along with sugar and floral hops.  There is a lot of yeast and quite a bit of ester notes.

T: The sweetness is apparent on the palate as well.  Fairly malty with a bit of sugar and a heavy floral quality. Light bitterness with some citrus peel notes.  Fairly light flavor overall.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: A decent enough light, summer beer. However, not really that great of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 15:26:09 | More by womencantsail
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mithrascruor

California

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation. Thin white head, but leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Light aroma with grains and yeast.

Taste: Mild flavor, mostly grain but with a hint of apple. Yeast comes in towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fairly prickly on the tongue, but not too strong. Otherwise light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth.

A pleasant summer ale at a moderate ABV. I wish that the yeast flavor weren't so present in the finish and aftertaste, however, as it seems to take out some of the refreshing aspect.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:32:28 | More by mithrascruor
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: A sharp aroma of wheat and yeast with a lot of fruit. Good amount of citrus centennial hops and apricot with a hint of ginger spices. One of the stronger smelling summer beers I've tried.

Taste: A fairly light and well balanced taste with wheat and bready malts followed by a good kick of citrus. Lemon and apricot with a touch of ginger spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and zesty.

Overall: A very good summer brew. One of the more complex ones I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:27:20 | More by MattyG85
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, pale-gold with lots of foamy, irregular head like a bubble bath. The head sticks around for some time, and lots of tiny bubbles rise from below to join it.

Aroma is light and fruity (with a hint of apricot), with a nice, crisp grassiness.

Flavor is very well balanced, with some bready malt, and an appropriate, hoppy bitterness. Some fruit lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, yet satisfying, with a palate-cleansing carbonation.

Overall, this is a well-rounded, highly sessionable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:13:01 | More by endincolorado
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BucannonXC5

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried the Somersault after having a Mothership Wit. Although it was completely different from the MW, it was a very nice improvement. The first sip had a nickel taste, but got batter after awhile. As I was finishing the beer, however, it became more of a blah taste. That could be it getting a bit warm, but it felt like it “faded out.”

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 05:19:22 | More by BucannonXC5
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, clear, short white head. Aroma is clean, with pale grain notes alongside a very fruity component. Apricot or peach.

Flavor relies on being smooth and light, but there's actually a decent hop kick here. Fruit component is mellower than the nose, which is welcome. Body is light, clean, and very drinkable. Interesting, slightly outside the box but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:53:49 | More by BretSikkink
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap this afternoon up at the brewery. Poured a clear golden color with a small lingering white head. Aromas of lime zest, wheat and yeast. On the palate, this one was fairly light bodied and very refreshing, with a flavors of wheat and light citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 06:44:57 | More by emmasdad
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear, slightly orangey yellow with a medium sized pale head that fades quickly. Smell is lemony and yeasty.

Taste is slightly sour, dominated my malt, mild, but interesting. Light and summery. Not bad, especially for one of the styles I'm not into.

Mouthfeel is light, a little slick and sticky, overall, pretty good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:54:36 | More by snaotheus
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radiodome21

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked it. I found it refreshing and very tasty. I was apprehensive about trying it because I didn't like some of the other beers from New Belgium but I really enjoyed this. Perfect for a hot summer night. Good fruity taste that is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:03:24 | More by radiodome21
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BJA

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: I got two fingers of bubbly and slightly creamy foam on a hard pour. The beer is a clear, golden straw color with lots of bubbles rising to the top. The head stuck around for a few minutes and left more lacing behind than I would have expected.

S: There is a light crisp scent with a bit of citrus and grass.

T: My first impression is of the crisp taste. There is a bit of depth in the flavor. It has a light malt taste with a touch of citrus coming through. It finishes short and clean.

M: It has a light mouthfeel. There is ample carbonation.

O: I have had almost a case of this beer now. I was really impressed with the beer when I first had it. I was staying in the desert and working outside all day. It was fantastically refreshing and flavorful in the heat. Now that I am in cooler weather in San Diego, I do not enjoy the beer as much. Still it is very well done, and is a good beer for initiating those who think they don’t like craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:52:40 | More by BJA
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litheum94

California

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

Clear, golden body. Brilliant looking when held up to the light. Bone-white head, small but dense. It settles out to a patchy covering. Minimal lacing.

Very fruity smelling, with aromas of peaches and apricots. Rolled oat fullness. Some lemony hops are present, but the profile is definitely more on the sweet side.

Zesty at first in the mouth, with orange peel and spice. Creamy mid-palate, with a slightly sour apricot flavor. Decent carbonation gives it a sparkling essence. Fairly dry on the finish, with some earthy and citrusy hops.

This was a great hot weather beer. Sweet enough to give it flavor, but dry and crisp to make it refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:45:15 | More by litheum94
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear pale wheat color, sugar white head of medium coarseness starts at about a half inch and retains well.

Smells a bit lagery. Good crisp dry barley malt. Hints of citrus.

Tastes of wheat and barley malt, again a bit lagery in the dryness. Some very mild bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, on the thinner side, with a mild sting of carbonation.

Goes down real easy, it's hard not to want to gulp this. A real thirst quencher. Tastes more like a lager than an ale except for the wheat and citrus notes. Sessionable without a doubt. Could drain a case of this on a hot summer day. All praise aside, it's not groundbreaking. But certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:08:55 | More by Cylinsier
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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with some grass from the hops. The flavor is more of the same with a little bit of citrus notes mixed in. Still, the dominant flavor is wheat with not too much else exciting going on. Easy to drink and I think this would go nicely on a hop summer day. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 01:26:53 | More by Mora2000
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Northsider

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at Fountainhead Chicago

Pours an amber yellow, clear, with great white head that leaves a nice ring around the glass.

Smell is a bit too piney for me, a little too hoppy.

Taste...I was expecting something more like a wit, but this was just too bitter and piney for me.

Overall I'd pass on this one again. Not a drainpour, but not sometime I'd actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:36:02 | More by Northsider
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw-colored body (according to TheLibrarianGirl) with a finger-high cap of white froth.

Smell: Mild nose, with delicate notes of soda cracker, lemon verbena, spicy fresh ginger, and apricot.

Taste: Crackery, lightly biscuity malts with a low level of sweetness. Light apricot fruitiness as well as some dull lemon. Spicy ginger component throughout. Modestly bitter. Drying, somewhat tart, and quite crisp on the finish with the apricot and ginger creaking out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lively, active carbonation.

Overall: A good, refreshing summertime option and more enjoyable than the, oh, what was it, Skinny Dip, that's it - better than that one. The apricot is very light, not nearly as distinct as in Magic Hat's #9.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:47:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Enjoy by date of September 18, 2011.

Appearance: Clear golden blonde. Moderate head that diminishes too rapidly, leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Floral, citrusy and spicy. Some semi-sweet orange and apricot.

Taste: Light crackery malt with citrusy hops. Maybe a tinge of apricot, but would not really notice if I didn't know it was there from the label. Finish is spicy, with a touch of ginger.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body with a dry, crisp finish.

Overall: A crisp, refreshing, fairly flavorful Blonde Ale, and as a summer seasonal, it is light years better than the old Skinny Dip. While the apricot and ginger additions are minimal, that may be a good thing, as it just provides balance and subtle complexity. Love the exclusive use of Centennial hops!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 13:28:23 | More by bsp77
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.