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

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

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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,105
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from brown 12oz bottle purchased the day it hit the shelves at the local store. Poured to a pint glass. beer pours a golden honey straw color with a decent 1 finger white bubbly head. Perfectly clear. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Mild but pleasant aroma of peaches/apricot as well as a malty sweetness. Perhaps a hint of honey.

T - Similar to the nose though the malt is more pronounced. A biscuity bread flavor with medium sweetness. The peach aroma is more of apricot in flavor. Light bitterness. Finishes clean and crisp.

M - Light bodied and lightly carbonated. Slightly creamy.

O - Very easy to drink and therefore a nice summer brew. Not too complex but pleasant. The wife really enjoyed it. I will definitely buy more of this this summer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-02-2011 18:30:46

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Photo of plasma
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light creamy head with a bit of citrus and hops on the nose. Pale straw yellow color and clean appearance with steady flow of rising bubbles. Tight, sharp carbonation makes for great feel, also not to thin. Taste the same as the smell, slight hops with a citrus finish. A fairly drinkable beer, I'm sure I'll have it again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a perfect pint.

A. Pale straw colour with an off-white head. Nice retention and sticky lace.

S. Sweet fruits and some grain. A little lemon too.

T. Taste is more full than a lot of blondes I've tried. More lemon and sweet summer fruit flavours, a malty graininess plus a peppery spice character. Maybe a hint of clove. The hops are muted, as they should be for this style, but lend an earthiness to the beer.

M. Light in the body with a prickly carbonation and a deliciously dry finish.

O. Pretty good. I don't often drink a blonde ale, it just doesn't appeal to my palate. But this one is worthwhile. Nicely done.

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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 ChadQuest
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well, after having a bunch of beers with little to no head this one pours a very nice pillowy white head with sticky lacing, really makes me thirsty, well done. body is perfectly clear light golden color.
Aroma is biscuity and lemony, lofts nicely, impressive for a blonde ale i have to say.
Flavors are grainy up front with a light crisp body that makes the lemon and apricot flavors pop.

This is a well crafted beer, nice job New Belgium.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body, thin white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is faint, perhaps a bit of apple and yeast.

Taste is mellow, yeasty. Some grain and vague tart apple. Only a trace of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and coarse sudsy foam. Meh.

Overall a decent blonde, but almost totally unremarkable.

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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 ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pure clear golden color with lots of little bubbles streaming throughout, and a thin but lingering head. It almost shines when a ray of sunlight hits it.
S: Apricot, lemon and spices.
T: Quite acidic, with lemon, grapefruit and a bit of apricot. A bit of grain & spices. The hops just poke their head through at the end.
M: Light with good carbonation and an acidic bite.
O: This is quite good, though I'm disappointed I'm drinking my first at the end of October rather than the end of summer, as it would make a great summer drink. Perhaps a bit more acidity than I prefer on its own, but I will try pairing the next with food.

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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. Best by 27 November 2011.

A: Clear light golden color with yellow highlights and tiny trails of carbonation streaming to the top, an aggressive pour produced a thick eggshell head with excellent lacing.

S: very much like a hefeweizen, with bubblegum, clove, and a goodly dose of Belgian-esque fruity funk, floral hops, and a hint of sour vinous aroma.

T: the Belgian theme continues, with ripe tropical fruit, sour Belgian funk, clove, and citrus. Comes together nicely and somewhat unexpectedly. Reminds me of a Saison.

M: light-bodied, lightly satiny texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a refreshing and interesting take on a Summer sipping beer. There is plenty here to like.

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Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy, yet bright yellow with a two finger off white head that fizzles out leaving behind moderate lacing.

s: lemony citrus goodness with pepper and a slight breadienes to it.

t: spicy bready goodness with enough lemon and other summer fruit to make this enjoyable.

m: clean and sharp with a dry finish leaving you wanting more.

o: great summer beer that was enjoyed by all who took part in helping me drink this six pack.

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Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. Slightly off white head. Smells fantastic w/ a mild citrus hop. Taste is all citrus (Grapefruit and Apricot as promised on the bottle). Still quite fresh considering it's already October and this is their summer offering. I will be looking for this next summer.

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

A - Light yellow and fairly clear with a nice fluffy head that faded over time. Moderate lacing.

S - Slight fruity / floral aroma. Reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum.

T - Slight apricot up front with moderate esters. Finishes somewhat sweet and semi-dry. The balance is definitely towards the malt, but the Centennial hops add a lot of character.

M - Relatively light on the palate and highly carbonated.

D - A very drinkable beer. A perfect gateway beer for the non-craft drinker. I will certainly recommend this one, and look forward to next summer to have another.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow gold with exuberant white head that retains fairly well. Fairly strong lemon effervescence here, ginger, subdued floral hop pine aromas, biscuity malt character hides behind the fruit aromas. Lemon and citrus orange flavors up front, biscuit malt, crisp clean dry finish, very light, very refreshing in the summer.

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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 gueuzer
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Golden color with a one finger white head.

Sm- Maybe apricot, but it maybe the power of suggestion. Spicy yeast phenols and a little citrus character.

Ta- Delicate malt bottle. Very light and almost dry. Has that biscuity fat-tire flavor that flays with the fruitiness in there. Very refreshing.

Ov- Excellent summer session beer.

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

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: It pours mostly clear orange with a finger of white head that laces alright.

S: Lots of citrusy hop notes, light spicing, and a little graininess.

T: Light sweet citrus, light breadiness, and some sweet berries.

M: It has medium-light thickness with adequate carbonation.

O: This is quite flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of tykees88
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty nice light clear straw gold color. Decent enough lacing with a two finger soda pop like head.

S- Smell is mild. There is a pronounced lemon and wheat scent I think though. Yeasty maybe

T- The taste is more of that sweet lemon refreshing brew that you would want in the summer. Very rewarding after a hot day

M- It's very light bodied and a little water like.

O-It's a summer blonde ale. Take that into consideration. Great for non craft drinkers

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Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Sept 18th, 2011 date on the side.

This pours a light golden color with a large frofty head which pretty good retention and come lacing. The smell is light and crisp, a little citrus, a little floral, some apricot. Feel is medium to light. Overall a clean light taste but with a little hop bite and some lemon. I got to say this is pretty good compared to most summer beers I've had this year, wish I would have tried it earlier.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Gift from Carlos, from Cervezas in South Miami.

A: Very nice looking blond ale. Slight haziness, with a yellow golden hue that exudes summer. 1 1/2 fingers worth of a bright white head which dissipates slowly, leaving a some small spotted lacing. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose has big juicy citrus notes. Great lemon, grapefruit, and floral notes. The bouquet has a slight malty sweetness, albeit very faint.

T: Great hop bite, but even better refreshing citrus flavors that compliment the bitterness. Big lemon flavors are coming through. I can session this, but unfortunately it isn't available in my area.

M: Bordering on light to medium bodied. Mouth feel is velvety, coating my mouth and cheeks. Carbonation does a great job cleansing and moving the flavors along, as well as resetting my taste buds. At 5.2% ABV, I don't get any alcohol presence.

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

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a very clear, golden, amber color with a rocky white head. The aroma is a burst of citrus with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit and ginger. It tastes of ginger, lemon and orange with a bready aftertaste. The beer is light and full of soft carbonation, it also has a nice lingering finish. This beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching, a very nice summer beer.

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Photo of chicagobill13
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is blonde ale with a bright golden look to it. A very nice smell to this beer. Very well balance and of course perfect for the summer. Hints why it is New Belgium's summer season. I have to say I am very impressive with this beer. I have to say this is the first beer from this brewery I would drink on a day to day bases. A nice finish to this beer. I really love the after taste of this beer. Find it before the summer ends. Cheers!

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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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Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light golden yellow body with a large fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation/bubbly activity.

A- Belgian wheat yeast aroma. Very pleasant aroma.

T- Sweet malt flavor with a slight sour twang at the end. Has a very belgian yeasty flavor throughout. Sweet wheat malt aftertaste.

M- Medium body very smooth drinking perhaps from the oats. Moderate carbonation. Very refreshing feeling.

D- Very refreshing summer beer. I'd recommend picking up a few of these. Typical sweetness to New Belgium beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck, picked up on a road trip.
A) Pours with a two finger head - big bubbled and quick settling. Settles to about a quarter inch. Clear body, golden in color.
S) Light banana aroma. Some grain, hints of clove. Not what I would expect from an American Blonde.
T) Heavy Belgian influence. Banana, orange peel. Grainy. Subtle hops in the finish.
M) Light body. A light grittiness and some tannin.
O) Not what I expected but still an average brew.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a 12pak sapler from New Belgium -

Appearance - Pours a brite yellow copper with just the slightest haze, and a solid finger of brite white head. Nice soapy-web lacing left at the finish of the glass.

Smell - Ooooh, brite citrus scents of lemon and some sweet red grapefruit, and slight white grapejuice. Some slight grassiness and some freshly baked bread.

Taste - Starts citrus, then fresh bakery bread, then some light earthy grassy meadow flavors. I'm also picking up some slight minerals on the sides of the tongue. Carb adds some slightly tart crispness, finishes clean with lite dryness, really nice refreshing flavors here.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, carb adds nice tartness and crispness to the sip, flavors are all experienced during the sip but finishes clean and dry. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Overall - Not my favorite style, but this is an Excellent representative of this style. Really nice balance and combination of flavors, and lite enough to be very refreshing, and lower ABV makes this a great session beer, and a great thirst quencher for the warmer months.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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