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Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good
286 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
1,102
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
27.25%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
117
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,102
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a decent fluffy head and a bit of lacing. Citrusy hops on the nose, cereal and a touch of apricot. Biscuity grain on the palate with a decent hop background and a bit of apricot, though not sweet. Also it has that dry biscuit finish that I associate with a lot of New Belgium beers and I assume might be from the particular strain of yeast that they use. Decent summer beer and one I like more than some of their other offerings.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The seasonal in the welve mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellowish cloudy with 1/4 inch of white foam. Wheaty malt smell. Smooth taste, full of lemon with low carbonation. Strong lemon, very citrussy. Some oats at the finish round out the flavor. Very drinkable, good taste, likable.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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]

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Bread, malt, bland. Some grass and lemon.

T-Bread toast, lemon, pilsner malts, no skunkiness or bitterness.

M-Light, mild carbonation and crisp.

O-A boring, bland beer. This did nothing for me. I could drink it again but I have no reason to

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored body with a lumpy eggshell cap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Untoasted grain, citrus zest and herbal hops in the aroma. Mild but flavorful with a nice aggresive C-hop bite over a lean maltiness that falls just short of being really good but is a nice refeshing beer anyway. Soft, creamy mouthfeel no doubt from the addition of oats. A nice beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz spring seasonal

A- pours a clear golden/yellow color with minimal white head and some slim lacing

S- was malt and grain,bread some hops,with a slight lemon peel smell

T- follows nose.. grain with pale malts,slight hop flavor with a citrus lemon finish

M- medium carbonation with a somewhat crisp flavor

O- just an average ale for me,easy to drink..but not alot of intrest in this on

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Photo of tut2528
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pour is a yellowosh-gold, pours about 1/2 fingers worth of head formation that is very carbonated and thus dissipates quickly. carbonation is easily seen and the brew is mildly transparent.

S: smells of honey, lemon, hops, big apricot fruitiness, and slight grain.

A: more graininess here than in the nose but its not overwhelming. the fruitiness, mainly the apricots, as well as the hops help create more balance in this brew.

M: very light on the tongue, high carbonation, goes down very quickly. doesn't leave much on the palate.

O: i prefer more complex brews that have a bigger body. i was given this by a family member so I am very grateful to have tried it. It would be a nice brew for anyone first starting out in the micro/craft brew world. It provides a nice touch of simplicity, yet at the same time adds a few characters to help the palate grow.

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Photo of dataskatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Smell is grainy, dry, and some citrus. Taste is not that complex to me. It is very dry and grainy... Not very balanced, and the ABV seems higher than it is. This one goes straight to my head without any nuanced enjoyment. It feels light, but the finish is so dry that it hurts drinkability. It has more of a "liquor" feel to it than a beer feel. Maybe that's just the style, but I don't particularly care for it. I don't think I would buy this one again. It just seems like alcohol for the sake of alcohol... nothing special to give it taste enjoyment.

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Photo of icecube
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into a warm glass

A: Yellow color

S: Nice light malty aroma

T: Very light and slightly sweet. Faintly bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. Great on nice warm day.

M: Very crisp, refreshing and smooth.

O: Something I would reach for one nice warm day when I looking to have a few beers. Good summer style.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber hue with a slim fizzy head. Lacing is minor.

Smell -- The grist yields an aroma of damp malt, drupe-like fruitiness, and a modicum of malt sweetness. Additionally, there is an abundance of earthy/grassy hop character.

Taste -- Bready malt, damp graininess, apricot. Hop character is very earthy and grassy with floral overtones and sturdy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall -- An easy-drinker, but somehow doesn't hit the spot for me. The grassy hop bitterness grows tiresome over time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a bright yellow appearance, slightly cloudy, tiny and thin white bubbles amass at the top in a small .25" kind of way on the top of the beer. Aroma was crisp, spring like, effervescent.

Taste, maybe Noble hops, high carbonation, really light body, miniscule tartness and a tiny amount of bitterness. I thought it was enjoyable in the summertime, I dunno how much I'd be down for this one in cold weather. Whatever the yeast presence brings, its light, dry and refreshing. Never a heavy aftertaste or flavor component that lingers. Dry grass, mild and tame lemon notes.

Perfect keep your edge stuff for disc golf, barbecues, tailgates etc. . .

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe -- how appropriate!

Appears to be a light coppery and/or apricot color. The off-white head recedes to random chunks of bubbles and film. Sticky lacing.

Smells ... bright floral and hint of citrus.

Tastes of bright citrus peels, peach sweetness, subdued malts, dry finish.

Very dry mouthfeel.

Overall, liked it for the first 6 ounces. Then the more I drank of the six pack, the worse it became. Another average New Belgium beer. Good enough to drink the entire sixe, but not good enough to buy again.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Kegatron for gifting me up with a bottle of this months ago that got lost in my fridge. 12oz into a sensory glass, the brew pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a finger of white froth. Rising bubbles maintain a silky smooth layering atop that is less than a finger. Some strings of webby lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has a fresh grainy quality about it. Lots of citrus notes reminiscent of coriander fill out most of the profile with a very faint herbal hop and zesty inclusion. As the brew warms up and more smells are taken, the brew has a bit of a grassy quality that fits with the whole theme.

The taste has an oily coriander inclusion that is lemony and a bit herbal. Some sweet grain inclusion provides a bit of a wheat-like base. Mildly tart with the lemon flavor that is on the verge of being almost perfume-like. The alcohol while timid is felt in this brew with an accenting perfume quality and minor fusel tinge.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is easily drinking but with a bit of an exaggerated coriander and lemony feel that I just didnt dig all that much. For a summertime offering, yeah I could see throwing a few of these back without much effort. But it isn't something I would pick if I was given options.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: dark yellow, clear; thin head; good carbonation
S: sweet, fruity aroma; spritzy
T: sweet, almost a fruit beer it has so much berry and lemon in it; the aftertaste drops into seltzer-water territory, which isn't my palate's preferred destination, so I dock points for that; otherwise, a good choice for a hot-weather beer.

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Photo of Breen
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: Minimal head, quickly disappearing head, which left thick lacing. Very clear/clean and deep amber in color.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not quite as smooth as expected, but this is not a complaint.

Taste: Lemon throughout and some grassy hops giving it a very slight bitterness.

Overall another great brew from New Belgium that's worth your time. I certainly won't fault the high rating the bros gave to this one.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Transparent golden color, decent carbonation, small white head that dissipates fast but laces nicely.

Smell: Nice floral hops with a slight metal smell.

Taste: Sweet lemony citrus floral hoppy drink.

It's interesting because it's different but it's almost too much like cider and not so much like beer. I wouldn't buy another one because it's too sweet and weird.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip.

A: The body pours a pale straw color, with a thin white head that has little retention. Lacing is left in layered swaths.

S: The aroma shows good hop character, with a nice pale malt backbone.

T/M: The body is a bit thin, with a light citrus hop profile, and a bready malt body. The mouthfeel is a bit on the lacking end on fullness.

O: Overall this is a nice and drinkable brew, but the flavors are a bit low and overall very standard.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer drink!! looks good, clear gold color, nice bubbly white head with fairly good retention and an extensive, thin layer of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild, malty with a hint of fruitiness.

Tastes pretty good. Grassy hops bitterness in the finish, preceded by sweet fruitiness (apricots) and malts

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Nicely carbonated, very refreshing.

Overall pretty good - a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly colored blond with a fast-rising foamy white head; good torrent of carbonation bubbles

Smells lightly hopped, which is appropriate for the summer quencher they’re going for. Bottle says aroma comes from Centennial hops, and I can certainly smell something citrusy.

The beer is certainly light but not bland by any means. Flavor builds from a mild start to a fruity and hoppy finish. Notes of apricot are present (as described on the bottle), and they are supported by light doughy malt. Body and carbonation are spot-on with a drinkable lightness and a fairly high level of bubbles. Finish is pretty smooth and not especially sharp, though it does end somewhat dry.

Overall I like it and would consider it a good choice for a beer to bring to a BBQ or other outside, hot event where you want something thirst-quenching but also flavorful. However, it doesn’t blow me away to the point of wanting to buy a second six-pack, but I’d certainly be tempted to pick on up again next year.

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Photo of sommersb
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of VTR
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been looking to try this for a light different summer beer. The mixed Folley packs just reached my area of Florida. Nose was citrus, piney, hops, little apricot, and maybe a little doughy. Taste was good. It pretty much followed the nose except some nice spiciness came through. The spices mixed with the apricot and melded very well together. I do not think the fruitiness was overpowering. This is a nice light beer that I wish was available more often and in a 6 pack so I don't have to buy other beers that I am not excited about. I will probably try to get more of these before the end of summer.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the New Belgium etched glass raises a foamy white one finger head on top of the light golden amber body. The foam lingers and a collar remains until the bottom.

The strong citrus aroma is strong and sweet, then there is a slight spicy anise-like fade in the smell.

This beer is so crisp that it is almost impossible to separate the taste from the mouthfeel, but I'll try. The entry is wheat with citrus, although it's my more subtle than the nose. Plenty of taste through the fade with a lingering bitterness.

This is a bright, crisp, clean beer with a ton of carbonation. Light, but not thin.

Since I am not a hophead, I can't put this in my top ten. But, I certainly can appreciate it.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.59/5  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.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.
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