Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,106 Ratings

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Ratings: 1,106 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bismarksays
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Coppery to pale golden, decent amount of head retention, clear

S- A bit of Belgian yeast...maybe citrus. Not much on the nose at all

T/M A touch of citurus, maybe a touch of pepper. Mouthfeel was thin and maybe even a touch watery.

Overall- I wanted to like this. I like blondes. It looked good. And while I went into it thinking that I should be comparing to session beers, not actual blondes, I still found myself bored and uninterested.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 benloho
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip snifter

Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head and nice lacing.

Light, malty biscuit notes with some grassy hops thrown in as well.

Lightly sweet biscuit malts with faint floral/grassy hops.

Medium body, with prickly carbonation.

Definitely a good warm weather beer. Easy drinking, with subtle, pleasant flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zac16125
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Stella chalice

A: Crystal clear, golden yellow, 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head, tons of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the class. Head has very good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Malty sweetness, floral, subtle doughy yeast, bright citrus. 3.75

T: Similar to the nose. Sweet malts, floral, yeasty, subtle fruity characters. 3.5

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is average. It leaves a distracting odd film in my mouth after each sip, which I’m not a big fan of. 3.5

O: Pretty solid Blonde. Not something I’m clamoring to have again, but a worthy beverage on this warm spring evening. 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap from Nice Ash Cigar bar poured into a New Belgium snifter glass

Appearance- A nice golden yellow with 1 finger of cloudy white head that stood pat for a good long time.

Smell- Got wheat with lots of citrus notes.

Taste- Wheat with lemon and orange flavors and a sour hop finish that works well with the wheat. Was really happy because I'm not a big fan of piney hops and I've noticed that many New Belgium beer uses the piney hops.

Mouthfeel- Nice amount of carbination mixed with a very drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall- Was impressed with this not being a big New Belgium guy. Very good summer beer. Not as good as some of the pale wheat ales but it holds it's own for summer beer.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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