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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left some soapy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very yeasty with fruity notes and some spiciness. There was a slight caramel aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone. There was a mild fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty blonde ale. Very high on the sessionable scale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a frothy medium white head, leaving good lacing, solid retention.

S: Grassy and slightly vegetal hops with a hint of biscuity malt.

T: Bready sweet malt with some good backing hops - hint of pine, grass, slightly sweet finish.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth. A refreshing ale for sure.

O: This is pretty much in the New Belgium simple summer beer style ala Skinny Dip. But it's better than that beer and is clearly well made. Worth a purchase in my opinion.

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Photo of SamN
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somersault is honey golden in color with pure clarity and very little carbonation visible. Aroma is light, sweet and tart; tart apricots and peaches, floral hops and a touch of honey sweetness. Quite an intoxicating smell, flowers and apricots is a wonderful combination for summer. Tart is flavorful, varies between fresh apples and apricots, a nice malt backbone and a pleasantly bitter hops finish. Encompasses a wide variety of flavors, quite an impressive beer from New Belgium. Mouthfeel is helped tremendously by the addition of oats to create a solid body for it's flavorful character. Impressively built.

Overall, a great summer beer. Bolder flavors and a bigger body make this a great sessionable brew.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden pale yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Light floral hops in the front of the aroma. Bready sweet malt nose comes in next with the distinct New Belgium malt aroma. Light citrus hops give off a lemony aroma to finish everything off.

T- Light floral hop in the front with a bigtime lemon like overaroma. Middle of the beer shows a nice bready malt character with hints of grainy undertones. Citrus hops show up in the ending with light orange, more lemon overtones, and hints of apricot. Light alcohol flavors in the ending bring this beer full circle.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops, light bready malts, and hints of floral flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, apricot, hints of grainy bready malts, and citrus. Flavors were very well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present except a distinct New Belgium malt taste that creeps into a lot of their beers. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was good. Is it something I would drink a lot of?? Maybe not. A nice clean tasting summertime beer. Nothing over the top special about this beer but I did enjoy it. The ABV doesn't show up much. Overall another nice beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a couple bottles of Somersault from his trip down south. The only beer I have had from New Belgium was Fat Tire and I thought that this was a pretty good amber. From the looks of this I figured this was the brewery's popular summer seasonal, but with only 22 reviews I don't think that's the case. It had a best buy date of August 28, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks cool, I like how they turned a scenic summer landscape upside down. Somersault poured a clear pale golden straw color with four fingers worth of chunky white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left lots of nice looking lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is a good amount of sweet pale malts. Along with the pale malts there was also a good amount of floral and citrus hops that gave it a slight lemon aroma.

T- The taste incorporates all the things that stood out in the aroma and blends them all together to make for a balanced taste. The pale malts are nice and sweet with some graininess to them, they mixed well with the floral and citrus hops. Neither the floral or the citrus overpowers each other and theres a good amount of bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium light bodied, thicker then most blondes. The finish was medium dry and it had just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good, light, easy drinking blonde ale that would for sure hit the spot on a hot summer day. Everything was pretty on par for it's style and good, the only thing I would change is to have the finish be a little less bitter and maybe make the body a tad bit lighter. This brew had great drinkability, I could easily put down three or four of these while playing disc golf in the summer. If New Belgium was available in Michigan I would probably buy a couple six packs during the summer to enjoy, but since they aren't i'll have to enjoy the two I have. If you have access to New Belgium and want a good light summertime beer then you might want to give Somersault a try. So far the two beers I have had from New Belgium have been good, I hope the third one I have is just as good.

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Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, darker than straw with a one and a half finger high popcorn colored head. Has decent retention and lacing.

Rather bready and biscuit malts with a noticable peach and dried apricot fruit note. Light nose, slightly flowery, malt and yeast profile is distinctly derived from Fat Tire.

Starts a bit heavy for a blonde with biscuit malts, a touch of honey and oats. Brightens up considerably near the end of the drink with citrus hops and light lemon zest. The finish is bright and slightly cherry tart with some coarse cereal grains.

Slightly heavier than what I'd like for a summer beer, a bit too malty. Well balanced though with enough heft to carry on into the later months. Carbonation is average and the aftertaste is coarse and grainy making the beer feel slightly heavier.

Another seasonal with that "signature" Fat Tire biscuit maltiness, I like balance but I really prefer my summer beer to be lighter and more uplifting. The sour flash at the end of the drink is a nice surprise, decent effort but I think I'll stick with a nice wheat beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Always nice to see new faces in the mixed sixer section. This member pours a clear brass topped by a healthy finger of ever-so-slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light grapefruit peel, very light caramel and light orange zest. The taste holds notes of heftier (yet still mild) caramel, coriander, light lemon zest, light butter, mandarin oranges, and light grapefruit zest. The body is a slightly hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a nice little blonde, no pretenses toward anything but refreshment, and this brew delivers in that area. Not bad.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty clear golden color into the SA Perfect Pint Glass. Nice creamy white head that hung around for a couple minutes and nice lacing. Not a whole lot on the nose: malt, a little yeast, and some flowering overtones. Taste was pretty decent: malt, biscut, some citrusy flavor, and no bitterness whatsoever. Not bad for a summer brew, I guess, but there are better ones out there. Doubtful I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Liquor Depot in Rock Springs, WY. Around $8. Best before 28AUG11. Into a NB Globe.

A: Crystal clear pale gold in color with a stark white head that bubbles up to a about a finger's worth of head. Great retention and a few nice spots of lacing. A fair amount of carbonation moving up from the nucleation point.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Floral and a slight bit of yeast, has a distinct NB 'house' smell. A few spices but nothing really stands out.

T: Again, has a house NB taste that I've picked up in a few of their beers, kind of hard to describe, but I know it when I taste it. A light graininess on the finish, with a few spice notes, slightly floral. Practically no bitterness. Not bad, really light flavors but it works for a summer session beer.

M: A decent amount of body for a blonde ale, medium carbonation and a nice dry finish. Not bad at all here.

O: This will be a nice summer beer, nothing over the top and every bit as good as Skinny Dip. A welcome change to the summer line up. This will be nice to sip on as the weather continues to warm up. I would have no problem having a few of these at a barbeque or out camping.

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Photo of bfields4
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Filtered clear golden body.

Lemony citrus smells. A touch of sweet biscuity malt.

Light citrus and touch of the sweet malt. The new belgium house yeast is def present. Reminds me of a wheatbeer without quite as much lemon.

Nice light refreshing beer. Good summer seasonal. Not too much jumps out at me with this guy.

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Photo of TonyElOso
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its the lightest tasting ale I've ever had. Its almost tasteless in a way but very refreshing. Its not sweet not bitter not watery not much of anything but refreshing. The smell is pleasent but nothing different, the color is nice and light and the head is average. I recommend as a nice session beer.

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Photo of TCMike
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, and produced a 1 finger white head.

The aroma was of malts, light hops, and citrus.

The taste was about the same as smell. It is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Finishes clean. No hop bitterness.

This is a very nice summertime session beer. Easy drinking, and tasty. I was disappointed to hear that the weren't bringing Skinny Dip back, but Somersault is good as the skinny.

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Photo of holden303
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a blonde/copper body with about 2 fingers of frothy head.

S: Picking up some light apricots as well as some floral notes.

T: Not a whole lot going on here, real light, crisp with a little fruity-ness but nowhere near being a fruit beer.

M: Good carbonation, very crisp.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing to look forward to either, I could see myself again drinking one in the summer at a BBQ or something if it was there, but won't go out of my way to drink it.

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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 jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, inch of foamy head, retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Bready, some fruityness (apricot and a touch lemony), light floral presence.
T- Starts bready, lemony and a bit of apricot. There is a snap of a gingerlike flavor in the finish.
M- Relatively light, crisp carbonation.
O- A decent summer beer. Light and clean with some pleasant flavors. A good effort.

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Photo of jpro
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at EVO...

A: Serves up a nice clear golden color, with a tinge of copper; thin white head doesn’t manage much retention and leaves no lace.

S: Light grains; light tartness; some fruity notes; nothing too crazy... smells refreshing!

T: Light and sweet grainy malts; some citrus zest; very lightly bitter and very clean.

M: Light-bodied (maybe leaning slightly on the light-medium side) and high carbonation... that’s about it.

O: A nice spring ale - refreshing, crisp and clean. But not too flavorful... probably won’t be picking up any sixers of this - oh, well.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear light golden colour with about an inch of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells fruity, of apricots mentioned on the label. A bit of hoppiness behind the fruit.

The taste is of apricots with some hop bitterness, a flavour of, umm..seltzer water? That could be because of how thin the body is. Not very flavourful, imho, and not a good substitute for Skinny Dip, which I enjoyed quite a bit more and was only 4.2%abv vs 5.2.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation, it has an okay mouth feel.

Drinkability is average because my palate just can't wrap itself around the total package that is Somersault. My summer can do without this 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 NickRivers
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a pale clear yellow with two fingers worth of white soapy head. Smells very wet, some yeast, very grassy, and lots of earthy hops

T&M - Sweet and grassy, medium body, crisp honey on the front with a hoppy end.

O - The hills are alive with the taste of Somersault.

Picked up a Spring Folly Pack in which this beer is featured. Not much to say, I wasn't extremely impressed like I was with Mighty Arrow. Its sort of a pale Ranger. Very very earthy, takes you to the meadow pictured on the label. Probably won't pick it up separately, but be sure to pick up NBB's Folly Packs, they're amazing and are better than most beers in your local market. Stay thirsty my friends!

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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and crystal clear with a fluffy white head that lasted a bit, then subsided, leaving nice thick lacing. Small columns of bubbles were present.

Smell is strangely pungent-earth along with wet grains, a hint of florals, hint of fruit, and a hint of citrus.

Tastes better than it smells. A little fruity, I can finally obviously sense the apricots along with a nice hops presence, and a noticeable smooth carbonation. There's a mix of malts in there too.

Body is light, yet smooth from the silky carbonation. Fruit and malt aftertastes. Although the label says serve at 45F, I think this one is better when ice cold. It's a summer beer, and is quite likely to be pulled from a cooler. I can't see a reason to wait.

It's a tasty beer, but skinny dip and sunshine wheat are better in their summery type range of offerings.

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Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is rather faint here, although tart citrus (presumably the apricot) comes through foremost.

The taste is somewhat hard to define for me, but it's very crisp and clean. The body has a slight spiciness to it and a small citric hop character from the Centennial hops (as noted on label). The fruit shows on the backend, with some tartness helping to close the beer out, although I couldn't honestly tell you it was specifically apricot if the label didn't say so.

Very refreshing summer seasonal, as they should be. I highly enjoyed this offering!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color. Not much head or lace. Clear and minimal carbonation.

S: Modest dose of sweet malt, faint peach aroma.

T: Semi-sweet biscuit, a little bitterness and ginger in the finish. Not very complex, but pleasant. Apricot in the aftertaste is nice.

M: Light body, good for a hot summer day. Carbonation adds a bit of creamy feel.

O: A pleasant quaff. Will be good for the warmer weather, and I can see spending some time with this on the front porch a couple of months from now. Also has potential as a brew to lure the uninitiated away from BigMegaCorpSwill.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass on my deck.

Pours a lovely light straw/gold color, crystal clear. Slight head, which falls fairly quickly.

Aroma is as light as the color, but with character. It's here where the ginger appears. At first you know it's something, but can't quite place it. Eventually it hits you that it's a fresh ginger aroma. Very enticing. There's a graininess here too, but in a good way, not a husky type that can appear in some summer beers. No real hop aroma to speak of.

The taste is surprising for its cleanliness. At first it may appear that there's little here, but then you realize there's plenty here, it's just all in balance. The ginger is so subtle in the flavor as to easily be overlooked. There's a light citrus flavor to it as well. It's acidic enough to give it a good clean bite, but not over the top or in any way aggressive. In short, the flavor is just about everything you'd want in a summer beer. Nothing you *have* to think about, but you could if you so desired.

The mouthfeel is dead on. Light, crisp, acidic, and dare I say it... refreshing. It doesn't make you work at it, instead inviting you to take the next drink. In a summer beer, can you as for more?

Compared to the beer this replaced (Skinny Dip), I'd say New Belgium hit this one out of the park. It's not a great beer by any means, but it will be a mainstay in my summer fridge. Very nicely put together.

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Photo of cordsbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great new beer from NB. Very refreshing and light. Great smooth lacing with a light golden color.

Hit with spicy flavors and smoth finish. Ice cold makes you want another taste. Great for summer time parties and a BBQ. You can eat good food and still have room for a another Somersault.

Another amazing product from an amazing AMERICAN owned company.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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