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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

975 Ratings

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Ratings: 975
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 kemoarps
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw with a reasonable sized white head,that sticks to the side like something that sticks to the sides of glasses.

Smells slightly sweet with a hint of coriander, and a fruity lightness that promises refreshment and flavour.

The taste follows through on that promise. It's like a sundress on a beautiful woman: floral and light and perfect on a warm afternoon. Makes me glad I have eyes and a tongue.

I'm not normally real big on blonde (ales), nor lighter afternoon beers in general, but NB really did themselves proud on this one. Absolutely pick up some somersault if you get the opportunity. It's great on a sunny afternoon, but would be good otherwise as well. Even if you tend to prefer darker fuller brews (as I do), this is a well crafted and refreshing dalliance well worth your time and money. Well played New Belgium, well played...

kemoarps, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 18th of September; Sampled May 2011
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma at first smells of cracker malt and a light tartness that morphs into an apricot scent towards the finish. The apricot, once noticed, is a present part of the nose and there also seems to be a floral, slightly herbal, somewhat citrus like component here to the nose as well. Somehow the nose smells light and summer-like, but chewy and hearty at the same time.

Cool and crisp tasting up front, as the beer rolls across the tongue there is a nice, soft bitterness and in the finish is a full cracker like flavor that lingers with a light, slightly fruity tartness. The long finish after my first sip has me noticing a touch of distinct apricot flavor. The apricot subtly perfumes the flavor of this beer and adds a counterpoint to the cracker like grain character that is found here. The body is not the lightest, and in fact is a touch heartier than I was expecting, but still this is a beer meant for easy quaffing on a warm day. There is a certain spiciness to this beer up front, some of it is from a lightly peppery carbonation, but there is also a ginger quality to this beer; actually the finish almost has more of a ginger like taste to it than apricot after a while. There is quite a bit of pale malt and grain character to this beer, it is likely that the oats contribute to this, though they seem to contribute more to the body than to the flavor from what I can tell.

I really like that not one component of this beer plays the dominant role here. The fruit / spice add subtlely to the complexity and flavor of this beer without overwhelming it. I wouldn’t guess there were any additions to this beer necessarily, and that is a good sign when adding extra ingredients in a light, summer quaffer. I am definitely enjoying this beer; light, refreshing, malty, fruity, spicy and even a touch hoppy, this beer is quite complex and I am quite happy to be having a sixer of this. I have a feeling this beer is going to be completely overlooked by the beer-geek set, but I am quite pleased with it.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of blincoln
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden honey color with a thin layer of head (I’ve had this beer a couple of times and never really been able to get much head out of a pour). A lot of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Aroma :Sweet and floral with a bit of hoppiness.

Flavor: Pretty mild. At first I didn’t taste much as was pretty disappointed with this beer. But after letting it settle in, there is a really intricate subtleness about Somersault. It just a blend of fruits and some hops finishing of with a floral sweetness.

Palette: High carbonation. Really light…almost watery. Super dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink beer, and easy to dismiss as nothing special – admit tingly I did the first time I tried it. But as a light summer beer its got a really beauty to it. I’m glad I gave this one a second chance.

blincoln, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light gold with a thick, billowy, white head that has great retention and leaves some excellent lacing. The lacing was amazing, so amazing I had to give it a top score on appearance.

S-Malty, with a hint of hops, and a nice Belgian yeast note which surprised me.

T-Citrussy in the beginning and ends with a nice wheaty finnish. It is refreshing, but not as crisp as I remember skinny dip being.

M-Not too thick or too thin which helps make it easy to drink.

D-Very drinkable. It is on par with other summer brews.

thegodfather2701, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a "best by" date of October 16, 2011. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Somersault pours a little bit darker than blonde, it's a step or two towards tangerine, and crystal clear. The white foam that crowns the beer hits three fingers in height, and displays above average head retention. The sides of the glass are left heavily coated in lacing. The nose has a light grainy sweetness, with a definite touch of apricot. The combination of grapefruit from the Centennial hops and a little bit of ginger forms an interesting counterpoint in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same, with a gentle, rolling bitterness serving as a transition between the sweet flavors and the hops and ginger mid palate. I'm pleasantly surprised at how nice and mild the grapefruit presence is, I haven't been a huge fan of beers that use predominantly Centennial in the past. The mouthfeel is nice, relatively light bodied for a summer ale and paired with a carbonation that does more than just cut through the beer, but stops short of the bubbly activity of, say, a well brewed Belgian. Somersault is a solidly put together beer, and one I could drink a lot of while hanging out with friends on a hot summer day.

axeman9182, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB Globe.

Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden color with little head. Lacing is evident later on.

Smells very earthy, almost the kind of aroma you would get from a saison or other lighter Belgian beer. Some fruit in there as well, apricot and maybe some lemon.

Very nice and refreshing. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Get that earthiness right up front, with a little bit of pepper. The fruit flavors come directly next, citrus and apricot. Then there is a little bit of a hop bite. Some lightly toasted grains are in there as well. Fruit then comes back and stays with you for awhile. After taking a few sips, noticing that it has a little dryness to it which compliments the fruit and hops pretty well.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is a little lower than I would have expected, but not bad. Goes down very easily. Could drink these for quite awhile with no problems.

Overall this is a solid beer. Very refreshing and smooth. Could enjoy this all night long on a summer night.

ahq514, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous golden color. Clear and a lot of carbonation. Off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some decent lacing when taking decent sized swigs.

S: Light hop aroma of lemongrass and earthy undertones. Belgium yeast. Honey.

T: Much like the aroma, but better. Citrus (lemon) hops are the dominating flavor with temporary, and light bitterness. Grassy and earthy hop taste as well. Yeasty. Bready malts. Every so slightly grainy. Finishes clean, aside from some lingering and building sourness, though not a bad thing at all. Extremely well balanced.

M: Medium-Light and refreshing with some zing from the carbonation.

This is one of the best beers to drink on a hot day when your mouth is dry. Once you pop it open, you just can't stop drinking it. Easily sessionable, especially at 5.2%. Perfect summer brew. Gets high marks for a great tasting and supremely balanced beer.

iDrinknewglarus, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-02-2011
Freshness: Best before 08-14-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear golden/amber color, with a white head of 3 fingers. Good retention and lacing from the head.

S: Crisp hop aromas with a light citrus quality. Light fruit smells from the apricot. Little to no malt aromas.

T: Clean taste dominated by the medium hop bitterness. The apricot flavor is there in a slight fruitiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with a dry finish and light bitterness.

O: A good refreshing summer beer.

sommersb, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of ebeard2
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Somersault is a good summer brew. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a blond color to it, and as many summer brews has the fragrance of citrus.

This is not a sweet beer, so if you are the type that likes your summer beer to taste like you are drinking a glass of lemonade steer clear. However if you are in the mood for a beer that is a little bit bitter, and quite refreshing this is the beer for you.

This beer goes down very easy and is a perfect choice for a sunny day outside. Whether you are on the back deck, mowing the yard, or off to the beach, this beer is sure to satisfy.

ebeard2, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well well, another New Belgium seasonal has landed in my neck of the woods... I grabbed a 12oz single, chilled, and poured into my NBB goblet. It's a pretty goblet.

A. Looks a lot like this brewery's own Hoptoberfest, a beer which I posses an unadulterated, pure love for, much like Woody Allen has for Soon-Yi Previn. But I digress. Somersault is a shade lighter than that lovely beer. This is clear gold and fizzy, with a nice depth of color and a puffy white head that is in no hurry to die. The lacing on this one is fine.

S. Some nice malt / hop interplay going on here, slightly biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malts dance with some nice Czech-pils like hops. Green and earthy, lightly spicy, garden-y and all around pleasant. If the website is to be believed, this is a single-hop beer made with Centennial - if so, it's the best use of the hop I've come across.

T. Flavor is a little less engaging; this is a relatively straightforward American Blonde that in some ways seems like an American take on a large Pilsner. It's moderately crisp and gently hoppy-sour, but the odd lemon-sourness unfortunately lingers into the finish and is unwarranted. This would be much more refreshing without it. Still, you could do a lot worse.

M / D. Thin bodied, but what were you expecting? Good carbonation that falls just shy of being peppy, a head that goes the distance and that lingering, lemon-hop tang are the hallmarks here.

Somersault is no Hoptoberfest, but it has a lot to recommend it over Summer beers of the same price point. Give it a whirl and see what it does for you.

kkipple, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased Somersault at Superior Liquor (nice store) in Louisville, CO. Poured from the brown 12oz bottle (dated best before 09/04/11) into a New Belgium Fat Tire pint glass.

Color is between yellow and amber and is crystal clear capped by two fingers of pure white. Lace is solid, fine, and consistent throught the glass. A thin layer of foam stays for the entire session.

Aromas are faint citrus, light sweet malts, and stone ground grains. Nice, but nothing is very pronounced.

Flavor is great and refreshing on a hot day. A light but sweet and grainy malt is enveloped by a very nice sweet peach or apricot followed up by a bit of toasty white bread and lemony grass.
Very crisp and dry. I like it.

Feel is pretty light without being gutless. Carbonation is small bubbled making it exceptionally smooth.

Overall this is a great Summer blonde that will make most anyone happy they didn't pass it up. Additionally, it's a fairly low calorie beer which is an added bonus. I wish I had bought more of it.

DelMontiac, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

A: Light amber in color, white head that does not retain well or leave lacing.

S: A familiar smell that I found common in Belgian beers and a few of NB's beers which I believe to be malts. So malts, citrus hops, light and crisp taste.

T: Same Belgian malts, citrus hops, and lemon.

M: Crisp, refreashing, carbonation not a factor here.

D: Good session beer.

drowninginhops, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of iSip
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great thick head that lasts a good long time. The color was a deep amber. So far so good. Not much in the aroma department. The flavor comes on with a bit of bitter, then fades through some subtle fruit hints. I am a big New Belgium fan, but the Somersault did not have me doing somersaults.

iSip, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of chicano4craft
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white head that drops fast. Head becomes a white bibble crown. Pretty standard for an American Blonde.

Nose has citrus,mostly lemon, mixed with sweet apricot. Also some subtle ginger and dry grain. Real nice.

Everything in the nose is delivered in the taste. The apricot is nice. The hops due impart some balance. Citrus and ginger lead to a dry,but refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated without being distracting.

I'm reviewing this to style. As a Blonde I think it's very good. It's not my favorite style but this is great summer drinking. Refreshing without being too filling.

chicano4craft, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 9/4/11 on the label. Was a pale, golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and film. Standard quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pretty mild with some citrus hops, peppery spice and apricot. Not much to sniff. The taste was also mild with slight apricot and peppery taste. Not much there. Light mouthfeel with slightly watery taste.

Overall, while not bad, I just couldn't get into this one. Not much aroma or flavor so it doesn't stand out at all. If I want an easy drinking NBB, I'd rather grab a Mothership Wit. Avail here in TX. One is enough for me [N;N]

TexIndy, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of elujan83
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.

elujan83, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

tjsdomer2, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
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.

brewerburgundy, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of csiewert
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.

csiewert, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
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.

micromaniac129, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of aval89
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..

aval89, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Rayek
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.

Rayek, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jul 14, 2011
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.