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Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

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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%
 
 
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103
Gots:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Fat foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, citrus, and slight apricot/peach notes. Taste is of sweet malt, citrus, apricot/peach and unfortunately a cooked veggie flavor which really detracts from the taste. There is a good level of carbonation with a bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, the veggie flavor in the taste kind of ruins the beer. I would be willing to try this from a bottle to see if the same thing happens again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright deep golden body.

S: i almost get a smokey note out of this one with slight lemon sweetness and mostly a plae malt/barley base.

T: lots of honey and herbal notes, tart citrus hops, musty grains and malts.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is certainly drinkable and different in good ways. Wouldnt say I love it but can appreciate is appeal.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a great seasonal from new belgium. pours a very watery looking pale yellow color, clear as can be, with a small white fizzy head. smells like czech malts and lemon extract of some kind. flavor is very lemony, but not in a fresh lemons way at all. a light biscuity malt flavor comes in there too, right before the metallic brassy tart aftertaste comes in. pretty gross at the end actually. feel is too light, even for a summer beer, there is just no body here at all. medium carbonation is fine, but this beer isnt happening from the get go. it is sad to see the spring seasonal dig be replace by this one. dig was pro, this one is weak street.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Boise, ID last month.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of solid foamy off-white head, which has excellent retention, eventually giving up a broken wall of hanging honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of bready, biscuity malt, and zingy citrus hops, over a nice floral earthiness. The taste is soft biscuit/cereal malt, and well balanced citrus, leafy, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, a little acerbic, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding true, and the hops hollowing out, but agreeably so.

Said it before, I'll say it again - blonde ales just don't do it for me. That, mes amis, is why this one is special - west coast allusions in the hop register, to go with a solid, if stoic, malt base. While not exactly encouraging me to act out ass-over-teakettle notions, it's still a decent summer quaff.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Described as containing apricot and ginger, but honestly there was little trace aside from some light fruitiness.

Bright straw gold, trails of visible cabonation ascend upward. Lasting head of white foam, leaving rings of delicate lacing down the glass. Pretty much a textbook case of Belgian lace.

Soft appley yeast, mildly sweet and floral.

Tangy sweet apple notes leads off the flavor too, zippy with a little bit of earthy dandelion and residual herbal hop bitterness. Light orange citrus in the first few sips that becomes indistinct later on, giving way to the apple and herbal notes. Light bodied and easy drinking, great summer session candidate.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beige colour head of bad thickness, okay cream, and average retention. Colour is a clear light copper. Not particularly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Crisp clean barley, some cream, light hints of lemon, and lemongrass. Very light citrus and floral hopping. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean fairly full barley, some cream, lemon, and light vague hints of citrus ester hops. Straw. Not at all as full-bodied as it ought to be. Simple. Balanced alright. Built decently. Lacks complexity or subtlety. Pretty boring and bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Undercarbonated. Thin and weak. Hardly suits the flavours well at all.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. I wouldn't get this again (knowingly; I'd reviewed this beer before and got it again by accident). A substandard offering from New Belgium.

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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 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 nickfl
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Tart notes of apricot, wheat, and bread with some peppery notes.

T - Smooth, bready malt up front with some fruity tartness. Apricot and coriander in the middle and a finish of stone fruit, wheat, and light herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, though it is an odd one. The tartness is refreshing but the apricot flavor isn't to my liking.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper gold, with a finger of sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a robust ½ finger that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells grassy and lightly spicy with bright citric character, including some zesty lemon flavors. There is definitely some softer fruit present here as well that lends the nose some stickiness, while a crisp and bready malt presence firms things up along the back.

The taste has a refreshing citric bite to it, rounded out by some fleshy fruit notes, a smack of lemon, and some herbal tones. The oats underneath really give the profile a smooth underlying presence. The finish is dry with some light lingering bitterness and a touch of pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly on the tongue with a slick creamy feel to it underneath that gives this a smooth drinkable feel in the mouth.

This was pretty good. It definitely had a crisp and quaffable nature to it but didn’t get over sharp or aggressive feeling either. Between this and the Dig Pale Ale, I think New Belgium has two of the better warm weather beers that I’ve had lately.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Impeccably clean, brutally crisp. I mostly taste the lemon. A sourish flavor is the most noticeable trait. Very light and on the thin side. Really thin.

Clear pale golden color in the chalice. A slight head, but quite sudsy in the mouth. The mouthfeel is the opposite of "rich," whatever that is. I don't care for the sour feeling in my stomach as this goes down. Maybe it's a thirst-quencher, but not on an empty stomach. A hint of hops, but I only tasted them when I burped, sorry to admit. I am just not getting any aromas.

I suppose this is a matter of preference, whether you like the sharp and tart flavor. It doesn't relate very well to the Blonde category. More like a malt-free Wit with an overdose of citrus. From the 12 oz bottle. "Best before" 19 Aug 2012.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw-colored body (according to TheLibrarianGirl) with a finger-high cap of white froth.

Smell: Mild nose, with delicate notes of soda cracker, lemon verbena, spicy fresh ginger, and apricot.

Taste: Crackery, lightly biscuity malts with a low level of sweetness. Light apricot fruitiness as well as some dull lemon. Spicy ginger component throughout. Modestly bitter. Drying, somewhat tart, and quite crisp on the finish with the apricot and ginger creaking out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lively, active carbonation.

Overall: A good, refreshing summertime option and more enjoyable than the, oh, what was it, Skinny Dip, that's it - better than that one. The apricot is very light, not nearly as distinct as in Magic Hat's #9.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated "best before" 4 Sept. 2011, served in a pint glass.

Pours golden/light amber with an ample white head. Appears to have light, fine carbonation.

Aroma: some nice fruitiness, with a clear note of apricot, over a bed of light toasted grains, Centennial hops and baked bread.

Apricot is in the flavor as well, but the beer is not sweet. Instead, NB has achieved an excellent balance of sweet, tart and bitter. Other flavor components include some pepperiness (white), ginger, hops and lemon. These too are excellently balanced in this easy drinking but moderately complex and certainly interesting brew.

M - mildly crisp with a semi-dry and moderately tart finish. Excellent carbonation. Medium-light body.

O - a pleasant surprise. Although Somersault has a different flavor profile, there's enough similarity for me to highly recommend this to fans of Magic Hat #9. This one is probably best-of-style for me so far and one I anticipate seeking out in the future.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 08/28/2011. I think this will be my first blonde ale. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 fingers of fairly dense white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap that lasts. A nice amount of lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, biscuit, grass, spiciness, and other light fruitiness. Some very nice aromas here with good strength as well. Taste of lemon, pepper, spices, bread, citrus, grass, and a bit of tart graininess. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, bread, and spices that last for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moutfeel that is a bit on the watery side, but not in a bad way. Drinks really easily as I would have expected for a beer brewed for the summer months. No alcohol presence at all as expected. Overall, some seriously great stuff here. Nice amount of well balanced flavors and super smooth drinking.

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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 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 Jason
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright pale yellow golden color, head does its work and jumps on the glass. Peppery, lemon, wild flowers and hit of apricot with fresh baked cracker in the nose. Lighter body, very smooth. Graininess comes across semi-dry. Lemon grass, orchard fruit, faint mint and dry biscuits. Herbal and floral with a mild but very pleasing fruitiness. Bone dry finish.

I would not expect anything less from New Belgium, very easy drinking for a hot day but still packed with intricacies.

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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 tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a golden yellow with carbonation floating to meet the soft head. The nose offers up grains and fruit. Taste is sweet, fruit, and a hint of citrus; overall very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Another solid beer from NB.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I bought a blonde ale... sheesh.. maybe I'll luck out, I seemed to not mind the last blonde ale I had from New Belgium (Hoptober), let's pour into a nonic pint and see how it goes.

Really super clear body on this with a kind of nice brassy yellow and red hue to it. Head forms white and bright, kind of fluffy with a three fingers cap, settling with some valleys and real nice. Real nice looking beer.

Nose reminds me of a macro lager strangely. Macro sweetness, some faint bread toasty malt hiding. Clean. Overall though not really doing much for me.

Palate seems weird. This brew actually feels a little fizzy, but also strangely lemon sour and a strange astringency. The malt action on this comes out on the finish with a bizarre sticky slightly syrupy and yeasty aftertaste. Gets slightly better as it warms up.

Overall, sigh, not doing it for me, not having another one of these that's for sure, but it could be worse.

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

At the time of this review, this is #10 on the "Top Beers - American Blonde Ale" on beeradvocate.com. Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Purchased as a single from Village Pump for $1.50.

Beer is yellow to amber, clear with a nice steady carbonation. Nice white head, small bubbles, some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly malty with a subtle hoppiness. Smells nice.

Beer is light in body, a little bitter on the end, an interesting yeastiness to the beer, easy drinking, light, wet, not dry. Very nice. I may have it again.

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

Tried the Summersault at a school soiree held by some friends of ours. The beer pours light copper in color and mostly transparent. The fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path. The smell includes spicy and fresh hoppy aroma. The taste has a mellow malt backbone belgium style. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish. Overall this would be an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful golden color with a full and solid white head. Really nice lace with good retention.

S- Slight musty aroma with a light lemon note. Finishes with a slight tart fruit smell.

T- Light and mello with a slightly citrus taste.

M- Light and low carbonation

O- Decently drinkable for a summer ale but overall very underwhelming.

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

Picked up a six-pack while in OBX, seemed like a good beach beer. It was. Instead of the clean, bland blond ales you usually meet in the summer, this had a lovely mix of mild citrus hops and grapefruit sourness (not bitterness) that adds an extra-refreshing edge. The aroma has a mix of freshly toasted bread/malt and light apricot fruit. Overall, a great take on the style. I'm glad to see brewers finally figuring out how to make a fun and satisfying blond ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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