Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

very good
286 Reviews

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of jcartwright
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CEversole
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.)

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy amber color with a two finger thick head. A fairly passive looking beer with little carbonation activity.

As far as the taste goes, it's dominated by mild malt and a sweet fruitiness. Passion fruit comes to mind. The beer is very crisp, and incredibly drinkable. Carbonation is light, which suits my preference.

This is pretty damn close to a perfect summer ale. Despite the light feel, this has quite a lot of complexity. Kudos to New Belgium!

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Photo of bnes09
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in color and mostly transparent. Pours a fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path.

Spicy and fresh hoppy aroma.

Mellow malt backbone suggesting of biscuits. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor with a hint of salt.

Lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish.

This is an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Olympics? Nah, just good beer for the summer.

This poured a clear light golden yellow with a mountain of foam. Seriously!

There’s a delicate aroma of light orange and citrusy pollen that comes across, along with hints of lemon and lemon verbena. The aroma and the flavor are both very citrusy and very light. This is one easy drinker—the flavor has a defined, laid back citrus character with a rounded smoothness and some floral hints.

Enjoyable & easygoing.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Wow! What a GREAT beer! Squarely in the excellent session beer category.

A - Light amber with medium head.

S - hoppy, citrus, malt background.

T - phenomenal! An incredibly well (properly) hopped beer. THIS is what hops should taste like. You can taste the interesting acids and tart flavors - a bitter bitter here and there - very engaging. Nicely balanced with a strong malt profile that tones down the bitterness. Citrusy sweet. Yum.

M - perfect - a bit bubbly, but just right

O - Exceptional! I will and have bought this frequently. Love this beer.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper-ish yellow with just about no head. Very clear, lots of carbonation bubbles. Not very impressed by the looks.

The smell is very light, slightly sweet with some very light hops. Pretty decent.

Flavor is light and bready with a slight citrus touch. Finishes very clean, with only a touch of hops. Very very good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but it is still smooth. By now the carbonation is pretty much gone.

Overall, this is really excellently drinkable stuff. I will definitely get this again some other time.

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Photo of Beerfayce
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bitburger Liter at Von Trier..

A: Slightly hazy copper color with close to 2 inches of a fluffy white head. Some lacing, retention was good although it didn't outlast the liter.

S: Very citrusy and some pine, scents of grain/bread as well. very pleasant.

T: Lots of flavor for the style, I thought it was more like a summer ale than a blonde, mostly Citrus and some piney hops but not overly bitter. The citrus is balanced by some slight malty grain flavor, but none of it lingers long, inviting me to take another drink!

M: This serving was well carbonated and light bodied.

D: I found this beer to be very drinkable and I took care of my 33.9 oz surprisingly quickly. If the weather had been warmer (and I had no obligations that evening) I wouldn't have hesitated to order another. Very

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.2% ABV, Serve at 7°C (45°F) in a New Belgium globe, Best By: 26Aug12

A - Deep golden yellow in color with great clarity and a billowing white head, Somersault's carbonation leaps toward the surface feeding the great retention. Sticky lace is left clinging all over the glass!

S - The playful aroma springs out with a citrus and earth blend that's accompanied well by a hint of apricot fruitiness and notes of ginger spice. The hop profile is quite reminiscent of Fat Tire's earthy, mulch-like aroma and gently overtakes the more subtle nuances of this beer.

T - The malt provides a good backbone and biscuit flavors for the lemon citrusy and earth-toned hops to spring-board off of while mild ginger spice and faint apricot fruit notes pull forward towards the end.

M - The crisp entry, abounding with carbonation, leads to a very oat-derived smooth, light body that still finishes clean and refreshing. Citrus, apricot, and ginger-like spiciness add a lively, lingering summer taste on the tongue.

O - A great summer beer from New Belgium, the playful fruit and spice complexities of Somersault give it distinctive flavor with a clean, soft finish for an all-around refreshing and enjoyable treat!

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A bright clear golden color with a hint of copper and a three finger white head.

S- Getting some citrus and floral notes, hint of apricot, getting some malts, balanced.

T- Curtis hops stand out up front and goes great with somewhat fruity apricot finish. The whole beer is brought together with nice floral notes and good malt backbone.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- A great easy drinking summer beer that has a fairly big flavor. New Belgium came into my area about a year ago and I have been looking for a regular beer that lives up to the bar that the "Lips of Faith" beers set and this one does. Can't wait to have more.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with minimal head

S: Lemony, biscuity, peppery with some maltiness.

T: Follows the nose. Lemon, pepper, fresh-cut grass. Light and clean.

M: Smooth, medium carb, dry finish.

O: An excellent, highly drinkable summer beer. Clean, light and refreshing.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 pack in Atlantic Beach, NC at Food Lion for $12.99.

Didn't pour, as I was on the beach all of the time....bottle looked nice though.

Smell - citrusy, a little malty.

Taste. First thought. Did they take Fat Tire, and add some citrus to it? Orange and maybe some lemon? Possibly lime? I bet they started with Fat Tire and got this...

Mouthfeel - Nice body, crisp, dry. Very nice for downing on a hot summer day.

Overall it is a nice, crisp, Complex, full bodied, very drinkable. Although I think they started with Fat Tire, that may be a good thing. Sometimes you do what you do best, and add to it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed on phone.

Pours clear golden with half finger of foam. Aroma is mild with crisp citrus hop aroma.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Nice dry finish. Perfect summer beer. Nice lingering sweet citrus flavors. Would get again for sure.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Deep gold with champagnelike carbonation feeding a frothy bright white head. A fair amount of lacing.

Nose is grassy and grainy with a slight mustiness and a gentle fruit presence. A wave of juicy sweet apricot and apple flavors up front, but a touch of tangy lemon keeps the sweetness in check. There’s a light earthy hop presence that lends a nice depth. Very lively feel to this stuff, tingly carbonation with a light toasty malt profile and a very clean, crisp finish. Regardless of style, this is a pretty damned refreshing brew (it was the perfect lawnmower beer on this day). As a blonde ale? Top notch.

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Photo of kristofferjay
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of baos
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice lacing over a golden body with the a tiny tiny bit of haze. The look of it is great. Nice lemony grassy taste and smell. This is a very refreshing summer ale. I'm having it in the wet fall right now, and its still almost perfect, but in the hot sun this one would be spot on.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking golden beer with hints of amber. There is medium amount of carbonation with a nice thick white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the entire drink.
Smell has a great base of wheat beer. On top of that is some very nice citrus hop smells. The citrus is very nice but slightly different than most with a great combination of grapefruit, orange, and something slightly more.
Taste is just as good as the smell, even better. The citrus and fruity hop tastes are so strong that they add so much great taste. However, they are the perfect amount on the borderline of being too much, because they are nicely balanced with a base of wheat.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Not too thick, not too thin. But a very nice smooth feel.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A great balance of all things needed. The perfect summer seasonal beer. A beer could not be matched any better to a season.

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Photo of BeeersJohnny
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, amber color. Medium to thin head.

S - Clean, citrus aroma. Light malt, toasty quality.

T - First sip was very refreshing, like a good pilsner or wit might be, but the experience is much more complex. Oaty. No hop bite. Caramel finish, similar to an amber ale.

M - Crisp, smooth.

O - Fantastic ale. Great for if you want substantive flavor without the high ABV of an IPA. Hard to categorize and/or compare head to head with other beers I've tasted, and I like that about it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of bready pale malts and some floral hops.

Tastes of slightly sweet pale malts layered with some hop notes. Malts lead off and give some slight grainy sweetness and bread notes. Some light fruits come through as well. Hops add floral, grassy, and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good blonde, and I can easily say it is one of the best for the style.

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Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 7/8/2012: pours clear gold amber color with a fluffy white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, caramel, grass and musky hay; soft overall with some fruity notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grass, musky hay, yeast and some fruit like apple or pear; nice balance and combo of malts and hops, for an overall tasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mild zesty carbonation that's refreshing and easy to drink with a medium/light body. A summer beer with flavor that goes down easy and was perfect on a hot summer night. Well done, another winner by New Belgium.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug

Look is clear golden yellow with a sudsy 2 finger head that subsides into a foamy froth. Smell is light pale malts, lemon and flowery hops. Taste is very bright and crisp. Lemon and flowers, coupled with ester-y sweetness not unlike magic hat #9 but much more enjoyable. It finishes sweet, with roasted undertones, and a touch of hop bitter.

Excellent beer, surprised it took me so long to try this one.

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Photo of Claybo
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess that summer now starts in May. On-tap at Lazy Dog Cafe and served in a 22 ounce shaker, on to the beer:

A paler orange color with long lasting head and string after string of lacing that sticks. Its aroma is mild, but intriguing. Lawn clipping, melon, canteloupe, a little hint of brewing salt.

My expectations were blown away when I tasted it. Blonde ales are typically light in flavor; I would say put the flavor intensity near the middle of the scale, yet remains very subtle and very easy to drink. Melons, canteloupe, dashes of clean hop pedals. On the lighter side and fairly crisp.

Summer doesn't have to be light. It can have a great taste while retaining its easy drinking qualities. That's what New Belgium has done with Somersault. It was very difficult to put down my glass during lunch. Excellent all around beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of New Belgium's Summer Folly Pack, and their current summer release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my New Belgium Fat Tire Pint Glass. Served in the low 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thick and sudsy consistency with an above average retention. Lacing is medium thick. Body color is a mildly hazy golden amber with ample carbonation. Very nice appearance overall for a Blonde Ale and good head quality. 4

(Smell) Husky pale malts, citrus ream, a floral hop bouquet and a waft of tart grapefruit. A nice complex and balanced aroma. Despite having a mildly rugged aroma, the overall nose is clean, exciting and approachable. I like how the aromas blend and compliment one another, and the potency is high. Very nice. 4.5

(Taste) Bright citrus and pale malt flavor with a small touch of graininess that is followed through with a complex and refreshing floral hop, sweet honey and a mild tart apricot finish, not shockingly in-your-face like the Apricot presence in Magic Hat's #9. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Really high drinkability and the flavors are all bright and enjoyable, despite the drink's age. This is a very enjoyable Blonde Ale. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture has some foamy carbonation on the back of the tongue, finishes mildly tart and very slightly dry. Body is medium for a Blonde Ale, light overall. Alcohol presence is very low. The overall experience could thrive with a creamier or more spritely carbonation texture. 4

(Overall) Another fantastic seasonal by New Belgium. As always, this may not be making a return in the near future, but don't mind the date as those flavors are still vibrant and exciting even when not at their freshest. There's a little of something for everybody in this beer. Even if you don't enjoy Blonde Ales, I'd recommend you give this a shot anyway, as it's one of the most definitive examples of why Blonde ales don't have to be bland and predictable. 4.5

New Belgium Brewing Company's
Somersault Summer Seasonal

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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