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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

974 Ratings

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Ratings: 974
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 Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

In place of Skinny Dip, this is NB's summer beer.

Pours a light peach. Clear and clean looking. Head seems forced, light and sparse

Aroma is fruity, but very light. Soft bread in the back ground. Slight spice. I think the fruitiness is apricot, my buddy says lemon.

Light flavor. There's enough malt to give it strength but not enough to give more than a soft biscuit impression. It fades when the light fruit comes in. I still say apricot, perhaps with spearmint or some other spice provided lightness to the fruit.
Somewhat crisp. For style this is pretty good. For me, it'd have to be a blazing hot day to drink it..just for the lightness of taste.

Mebuzzard, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-khaki colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Slight citrus aroma, which makes sense after reading the label. I noticed something else that must be the apricots, but I couldn't pick it out of the aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - smooth citrus flavor, enhanced and noticeable apricot flavor in the taste, slight bitterness at the end, but not as much of a hoppy bitterness than the kind that you actually get from eating something like a grapefruit. Tastes very "real". Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - a very interesting beer..not as much in concept but more in its actual taste.

Nerudamann, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

A - super clear golden-straw color with a fantastic head that leaves a chunky head and lace

S - citrus and floral hop aroma with a hint a malt and moderate yeast esters and spicy phenols as it warms up

T - modest malt with spicy and citrus-like hop flavor from start to finish with a slight bitterness on the finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

O - This is a decent enough session beer, but the extreme hop flavor and yeast profile for the style make it not as refreshing as other versions of the style. This beer is a bit out-of-balance for a summer thirst-quencher.

scoobybrew, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Pours a coppery golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute or two. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Slow, lazy bubbles come up from the laser etching on the bottom of the snifter.

S - Smells of sweet malt and honey as well as citrusy and floral hops. Like an IPA with a dollop of raw, spicy honey in it.

T - Honey sweetness and mild hop bitterness up front. This gives way to a very interesting mix of biscuit-like flavor mingled with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Leaves a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue and is slightly dry but refreshing. Great summer beer!

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium-to-thin body with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, I have to say my expectations are far exceeded with this new offering from New Belgium. I think I may have found my summer beer! I love how drinkable it is and yet the flavor profile strays just far enough away from the generic light and sweet pale summer beers to keep things interesting.

rundocrun, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of swooshjtb
3.43/5  rDev -9%

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass.

Somersault pours a golden color without much of a head and without much lacing on the way down.

It smells bright with hints of citrus, grains, and floral hops. The initial taste is one of citrus and grain with hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright, balanced, and well-carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent summer offering that is drinkable, especially on a hot summer day. However, it is lacking in taste compared to other summer offerings.

swooshjtb, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Pale gold in color. Absolutely crystal clear. Nice white head head on this.

S: Very light in flavor. There are some nice wheat bread smells as well as a good amount of citrus notes. A slight herbal scent as well.

T: A nice hoppyness that melds well with a fruity character. Some floral and herbal notes.

M: Light in body, a bit of a creamy mouthfeel, and very lively carbonation.

O: Overall tasty, this would be a nice summer brew. Although it is fairly forgettable. It matches the style well, but is not something I would get very often.

Beejay, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of CEversole
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

I picked up a sixer yesterday. This is the first summer seasonal I've had this year.

Appearance: Just like the style implies, blonde. A golden, and very clear appearance.

Smell: Very citrus-like aroma, earthy tones as well as some floral notes.

Taste: About the same as the smell, you can really taste the hops which is perfect for the target season. There is a bite toward the end that I cannot quite place. Suggestions? Great after being in the sun, bring on the summertime!! I would expect no less from New Belgium. Great beer.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp, this is perfect for a summer beer. Goes down very easily. I personally dont care for "heavy" or "thick" beers in the summer (Which is contiguous with winter stouts and ales.)

CEversole, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of kristofferjay
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

This ale has honey golden color with a head that clings for a long time. The smell is bright with a hint of complexity. The flavor has a medium body but a lot of balance between bitter and sweet and maltiness. The flavor stays on the tongue for a long time and continues to get better sip by sip. This is a fantastic session ale.

kristofferjay, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance – Pours a golden hay color into my SA Summer glass. Quite clear with slight head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight floral hop character, pine, citrus aromas, and some bready malts.

Taste – A hint of citrus up front which includes melons and lemon zest. Pine, grass, and floral hops are in abundance. Nice pale, sweet malts at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation, crisp, clean bite.

Overall – I will be picking this up again. A great summer beer and one packed with flavor. Easy to quaff, and quenches the thirst.

SpdKilz, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

the first thing that really catches me off guard about this beer is the nose....i have never smelled that in a beer before....a light and fluffy slightly spicy nose....i would image its the ginger, apricot, and centennial hops

the spiciness from the ginger really comes through in the taste, a bit overpowering....and its seems to linger for a while...the taste is pretty good but i think its the feel that i don't like...

overall not bad beer....they could go a little bit lighter on the ginger but other than that...

good job new belgium

nickthegun12, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Comes out of the tap a clear coppery orange amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and slightly fruit-sweet. Crisp, mainly fruity is almost like a dry cider, but it has malty and wheaty undertones as well as just a hint of lemon. Texture is fizzy and lively - a great way to welcome summer.

Cyberkedi, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jcartwright
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

A clear bright yellow gold color with just a hint of orange. Had about an inch of bright white head which quickly gets out of your way.

The nose is faint: floral with a touch of lemon.

A very smooth beer. Very nice mouthfeel. Bright and crisp with the lemony citrus the aroma promised you. The finish is a slight hoppy bite that (like summer itself) fades quickly on the tongue and leaves you longing for more.

I will definitely be enjoying several Somersaults this summer.

jcartwright, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

A: golden rod yellow, 2 finger fluffy head, wonderful lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, hint of pine, malt

T: ginger, citrus (peach), malt, nice firm low subtle piney bitter finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation, dry finish

O: Very nice surprise! Usually Blondes are not my thing,
but this is a great summer/session/BBQ beer.
I would love to get more for next family food fest.


BeerLover99, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BrewIndy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Great beer overall. I drank it so quickly that I didn't have time to write down good notes. Lucky I got my scores :) Just finished a pint though.

New Belgium is hit and miss for me. Everyone LOVES fat tire. But not me. I enjoyed their Ranger IPA. Not enough to get another 6 pack of it but I wouldn't turn it down when offered. So when I had a chance to snag @BrewJockey's last Somersault I went for it. Glad I did. This is good stuff and a total departure from what I envisioned New Belgium to be. I'll be getting more of this beer this summer.

BrewIndy, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Beautiful copper with clean transparency, thin white foamy head that retains nicely throughout leaving spotty sea foam lace. The smell is fruity. Definite touch of apricot and fruity hops on a clean biscuit, bready malt backbone. Touch of light sweet caramels and floral tones and ginger touches. Nice flowery hops kick in the front of the tounge followed by light fruits of apricot, lemon and pineaple notes. Citrusy. Clean bready malts with a touch of caramel with a clean finish. A slight creaminess in the front with a slightly watery finish. Overall, watery but this is nice for a summer beer. Nice fruity, light and easy to drink beer. Nothing cloying in the fruit, great well rounded hop profile with a light bready malt. Great, easy to drink summertime beer.

JayS2629, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Pouren into a noic a dull lighter golder with athinner but well defined white head that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Like others have said the aromas are quite yeasty and toasty,caramel/biscuit lends a little sweetness.Somewhat dry and grainy on the palate,the big yeastiness again is a big component of the beer.Its a good summer brew,a little bigger than many with its full on yeast attack.

oberon, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Claybo
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

This is my first review on BeerAdvocate, so bear with me on my virgin run.

Serving Type: Bottle to New Belgium globe glass.

A: Straw blonde in high light, amber in low light. 1/2" head when poured (maybe I poured too fast?), settling into a 1/8" head that lingers. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity and bright smell; apricot notes.

T: Bright and crisp with a hoppy pinch. A bit of sour. Fruity overtones with a smooth and malty finish.

M: A nice bite at first, with a malty middle and a bit of a watery finish. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Great summertime beer, and that is what it was brewed for. I love New Belgium beers, and this is probably second to Fat Tire. I would recommend this for a hot summer afternoon as it is crip and refreshing and not too heavy. I would also recommend this for someone who regularly drinks commercial beers and wants to explore new territory.

Claybo, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Deep golden color, clear. Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks pretty good, nice foamy head. Lacing is great on the glass.

Very fresh smelling. Clean malts. Citrus hops. Touch of earthy.

Clean maltiness up front along with mild citrus hops at the end. Nice clean malts, a little sweet, slight caramel. There some earthy and fruity from the yeast. Hop character is moderate, I’m getting citrus-floral. Body is light-medium. Carbonation is very mild.

Clean dry finish. Slight citrus aftertaste.

Pretty good. Whole lot better than Skinny Dip.

mjurney, May 30, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

I bought a six-pack of Somersault in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color and crystal clear. Capped by a thin frothy white head, with a few bubbles rising in the glass.

Aroma is faint, with a few soft fruit notes and a hint of sweet grain.

Taste is good. A light lemon citrus flavor with some soft fruits along side. Apricots and peaches. With a dry slightly bitter cereal flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean.

All in all a very easy drinking summer ale. If this one is going to be on store shelves this summer, it could become a staple at my house, especially on sale.

RJLarse, May 29, 2011
Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Pours a transparent orange/yellow color. At first a one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Soapy, piny hops up front and center. Nothing much else that I can put my finger on.
T: Again the hops are very soapy and even oily. Pale malts with a light sweetness.
M/D: The body is very thin and watery. There is an oily consistency, and a bit under carbonated even. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

The overly soapy and oily hops detract for me. I love New Belgium, but there are many other beers for the summer that I will pick over this. Locally made at that. Nothing I would recommend.

champ103, May 29, 2011
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle pours a chill hazed golden orange body with a two finger vanilla head. Good retention with some patchwork lacing.

Aroma is a bit tame but has vague fruity esters, yeast, a hint of caramel, and floral hops.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Taste opens with fruity ripe pear and caramel sweetness, followed by a balancing floral and grassy hop bitterness. A hint of yeast all the way through but the finish is clean and even.

A well constructed and sessionable blonde or golden ale.

merlin48, May 29, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Clear amber gold color with a medium sized off-white head.

Smell is pilsner malt with a pepper and grass hop scent. Fair amount of the scorched sugar scent that I associate with Fat Tire. That's about it not he most aromatic beer.

Starts out dry and grassy. Little bit of a scorched sugar taste and a little smoke. That's all, think bone dry Fat Tire and you will know what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability can be described as..Meh. Better that Fat Tire I suppose, but boring. No resell here.

Zorro, May 29, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Clean gold, with a nice head of fine white bubbles. Big frilly lace. Beautiful.

Aroma is grainy, lager yeast, and a little bready. There's a hint of fruit in there, and a little hint of hoppiness. Refreshing.

Taste is smooth and rich, with some hint of spice, hops, and a soft tint of fruit underneath it all. Quite complex, especially for a 5.4% summer ale. Excellent, and a brew I always stock up on in Summer.

secondtooth, May 28, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a glowing golden yellow color. Amazing clarity. Sports a bountiful, blinding white head, one that is firm, craggy and everlasting.

Aroma is flowery, honey-sweet and has a pils-like hop character. Bright and vibrant, but also pretty subtle.

Up front in the taste is a lemony tartness, almost reaching into citrus peel territory. Clean biscuit-like malt; something green-ish too, like sucking on the stem of a dandelion. Just the slightest bit of earth/soil, which could be the yeast peeking through. Light, bright herbal snap in the finish, along with that pervading lemon-ness.

The body is light and crisp, with healthy carbonation sizzle and a very light pucker at the end of the sip. If it were a lager, it would be drier, and it does edge toward dry, but it still has that more substantial linger of an ale...although overall Somersault totally drinks like a great pils.

This beer proves that fizzy, yellow beer doesn't always have to be the enemy (ya hear that, Koch?)...it so often is, of course, but this beer is my pick for Summer Beer 2011.

Metalmonk, May 27, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Faint yellow-gold. Clear. Lazy carbonation. 1 1/2 finger foamy head. Good lace.

S: Hmmm....smells like a light adjunct or macro wheat. A little citrus.

T: Interesting. Initially, it is a little citrusy with well balanced malt. Flavors of plums and light spice. Hops show up and compliment the sour/tangy components.

M: Bubbly, a little oily.

D: Very surprised by this one. A great summer beer while (IMHO) not a stellar overall brew.

ForWhatAlesYou, May 27, 2011
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.