Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,106 Ratings
SomersaultSomersault
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,106
Reviews:
286
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
114
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,106 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of fields336
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into SA PP glass. Best before August 12 2012

A: A crisp looking, straw colored beer with 1 finger white/eggshell white head, which dissipates relatively fast. nice carbonation off of the bottom of the glass. lacing is minimal

S: sweet malts, lemon rind, light bready smell, a somewhat sweet cidery smell as well. Slight floral hops are distinguishable.

T: Sweet malts upfront leads the way to a bready malt, then almost a lemon pound cake flavor, then finishes with a sweet cidery flavor. little to no hops, but a slight bitterness is present, but doesnt linger. slight pepper/earthy finish

M: crisp dry mouthfeel, really refreshing and nice carbonation

O: great summer beer, would purchase a 12 pack of this easily.

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Photo of TrueMetalJake
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very crisp transparent gold with 3 fingers of bright white creamy head. Got some really good lacing. This is a beautiful beer. The bubbles are exploding up to the top of the glass like a mini A-bomb got dropped in my glass. Very enticing

Smells yeasty but in a fresh baked bread kind of smell with faint apricot notes. It smells very sweet and inviting. Maybe some grassy/floral hops... but very faint

The taste follows the nose but with some spice added to it. Bready, sweet but subtle apricot notes and a very very subdued pine/floral hop finish.

Light bodied and very refreshing. Very crisp and carbonated with a sweet semi drying aftertaste

Overall this was an excellent summer beer. Nothing over the top, just a very refreshing brew. I really liked the subtle apricot and how easy this beer went down. Definitely worth picking up a sixer. Now I just need New Belgium to can this beer so I can take it with me everywhere I go this summer.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hue with a huge head that has great retention and wonderful lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral hop aroma--so much lemon and orange all on top of a great grassy grainy quality

T: Subtle hop bitterness that complements the grainy maltiness but the lemon, citrus rind, orange, and apricot come through the most

F: Light to medium body with a surprising creaminess; the beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

D: Such a refreshing beer from NB--it is nice to have a balanced but still pleasantly hopped session beer; this is definitely a beer I will come back to this summer

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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 18 SEP 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Clear gold with very active carbonation and a white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, and biscuit.

T: Malty and smooth with a strong lemon presence and an apricot tartness. A very slight peppery kick. Just a touch of hops at the finish.

M: Light bodied without being watered down. Extremely drinkable.

O: Will be taking the rest of this sixer to the ballpark tomorrow. I enjoy this much more than any American Pale Wheat Ale I've tried, but it has all the summertime drinkability and lemon presence that many folks flock too during the hot months. This could be a summer staple for me.

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Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle dated BB 16OCT11. Purchased at Happy Harry's North Grand Forks. Served in a tulip.

A: Stellar. Clear and a touch darker than straw yellow with a nice white head that descends to a ring and laces down the glass.
S: Initially a strong hit of citrusy hops and sweet malt aromas. Later corn on the cob comes to the forefront.
T: Sweetness from the malt finishes quite dry. Some grapefruit and peach comes through. Interesting enough with a well balanced bItterness.
M: Strongly carbonated with a dry finish that has a light lingering fruitiness.
O: A nice summer beer that has a bit of complexity...

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of radiodome21
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tap at Pizzeria Uno...from memory:

A=Slightly amber golden hue...some cloudiness? Head was present but not memorable.

S=Citrus and hops.

T=Rather strong citrus and hop presence. Paired with pizza and other appetizers...was refreshing but not spectacular.

M=Nice, with minimal carbonation.

O=I am not overly familiar with the style, but felt that this was worth trying...will only try again if nothing else intriguing on the menu.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New summer beer from NB--oh, man I hope they didn't ditch Loft/Skinny Dip which was my fave. This is a bright, light gold colored beer with a small head. The nose is very perfumy, with lemony, lightly hoppy, wheat malt notes. The taste is the same, but it's very nicely balanced between hops and malt, with both providing interest. Slightly fruity yeastiness is apparent at the finish, together with a touch of spiciness.

Very quaffable beer, quite appropriate for the summer. But I still love Skinny Dip.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Adam_Lifts
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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