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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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,105
Photo of BrewIndy
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer overall. I drank it so quickly that I didn't have time to write down good notes. Lucky I got my scores :) Just finished a pint though.

New Belgium is hit and miss for me. Everyone LOVES fat tire. But not me. I enjoyed their Ranger IPA. Not enough to get another 6 pack of it but I wouldn't turn it down when offered. So when I had a chance to snag @BrewJockey's last Somersault I went for it. Glad I did. This is good stuff and a total departure from what I envisioned New Belgium to be. I'll be getting more of this beer this summer.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper with clean transparency, thin white foamy head that retains nicely throughout leaving spotty sea foam lace. The smell is fruity. Definite touch of apricot and fruity hops on a clean biscuit, bready malt backbone. Touch of light sweet caramels and floral tones and ginger touches. Nice flowery hops kick in the front of the tounge followed by light fruits of apricot, lemon and pineaple notes. Citrusy. Clean bready malts with a touch of caramel with a clean finish. A slight creaminess in the front with a slightly watery finish. Overall, watery but this is nice for a summer beer. Nice fruity, light and easy to drink beer. Nothing cloying in the fruit, great well rounded hop profile with a light bready malt. Great, easy to drink summertime beer.

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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 Claybo
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on BeerAdvocate, so bear with me on my virgin run.

Serving Type: Bottle to New Belgium globe glass.

A: Straw blonde in high light, amber in low light. 1/2" head when poured (maybe I poured too fast?), settling into a 1/8" head that lingers. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity and bright smell; apricot notes.

T: Bright and crisp with a hoppy pinch. A bit of sour. Fruity overtones with a smooth and malty finish.

M: A nice bite at first, with a malty middle and a bit of a watery finish. Little to no aftertaste.

O: Great summertime beer, and that is what it was brewed for. I love New Belgium beers, and this is probably second to Fat Tire. I would recommend this for a hot summer afternoon as it is crip and refreshing and not too heavy. I would also recommend this for someone who regularly drinks commercial beers and wants to explore new territory.

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Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, clear. Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks pretty good, nice foamy head. Lacing is great on the glass.

Very fresh smelling. Clean malts. Citrus hops. Touch of earthy.

Clean maltiness up front along with mild citrus hops at the end. Nice clean malts, a little sweet, slight caramel. There some earthy and fruity from the yeast. Hop character is moderate, I’m getting citrus-floral. Body is light-medium. Carbonation is very mild.

Clean dry finish. Slight citrus aftertaste.

Pretty good. Whole lot better than Skinny Dip.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Somersault in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color and crystal clear. Capped by a thin frothy white head, with a few bubbles rising in the glass.

Aroma is faint, with a few soft fruit notes and a hint of sweet grain.

Taste is good. A light lemon citrus flavor with some soft fruits along side. Apricots and peaches. With a dry slightly bitter cereal flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean.

All in all a very easy drinking summer ale. If this one is going to be on store shelves this summer, it could become a staple at my house, especially on sale.

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Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a transparent orange/yellow color. At first a one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. No lace is left behind.
S: Soapy, piny hops up front and center. Nothing much else that I can put my finger on.
T: Again the hops are very soapy and even oily. Pale malts with a light sweetness.
M/D: The body is very thin and watery. There is an oily consistency, and a bit under carbonated even. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

The overly soapy and oily hops detract for me. I love New Belgium, but there are many other beers for the summer that I will pick over this. Locally made at that. Nothing I would recommend.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a chill hazed golden orange body with a two finger vanilla head. Good retention with some patchwork lacing.

Aroma is a bit tame but has vague fruity esters, yeast, a hint of caramel, and floral hops.

Light medium body is well carbonated.

Taste opens with fruity ripe pear and caramel sweetness, followed by a balancing floral and grassy hop bitterness. A hint of yeast all the way through but the finish is clean and even.

A well constructed and sessionable blonde or golden ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber gold color with a medium sized off-white head.

Smell is pilsner malt with a pepper and grass hop scent. Fair amount of the scorched sugar scent that I associate with Fat Tire. That's about it not he most aromatic beer.

Starts out dry and grassy. Little bit of a scorched sugar taste and a little smoke. That's all, think bone dry Fat Tire and you will know what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability can be described as..Meh. Better that Fat Tire I suppose, but boring. No resell here.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean gold, with a nice head of fine white bubbles. Big frilly lace. Beautiful.

Aroma is grainy, lager yeast, and a little bready. There's a hint of fruit in there, and a little hint of hoppiness. Refreshing.

Taste is smooth and rich, with some hint of spice, hops, and a soft tint of fruit underneath it all. Quite complex, especially for a 5.4% summer ale. Excellent, and a brew I always stock up on in Summer.

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

Pours a glowing golden yellow color. Amazing clarity. Sports a bountiful, blinding white head, one that is firm, craggy and everlasting.

Aroma is flowery, honey-sweet and has a pils-like hop character. Bright and vibrant, but also pretty subtle.

Up front in the taste is a lemony tartness, almost reaching into citrus peel territory. Clean biscuit-like malt; something green-ish too, like sucking on the stem of a dandelion. Just the slightest bit of earth/soil, which could be the yeast peeking through. Light, bright herbal snap in the finish, along with that pervading lemon-ness.

The body is light and crisp, with healthy carbonation sizzle and a very light pucker at the end of the sip. If it were a lager, it would be drier, and it does edge toward dry, but it still has that more substantial linger of an ale...although overall Somersault totally drinks like a great pils.

This beer proves that fizzy, yellow beer doesn't always have to be the enemy (ya hear that, Koch?) so often is, of course, but this beer is my pick for Summer Beer 2011.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Faint yellow-gold. Clear. Lazy carbonation. 1 1/2 finger foamy head. Good lace.

S: Hmmm....smells like a light adjunct or macro wheat. A little citrus.

T: Interesting. Initially, it is a little citrusy with well balanced malt. Flavors of plums and light spice. Hops show up and compliment the sour/tangy components.

M: Bubbly, a little oily.

D: Very surprised by this one. A great summer beer while (IMHO) not a stellar overall brew.

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Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured from the Cool "Seasonal" Somersault (Bright Green/Blue Neon) tap into a pint glass for $4.50. Not sure a Keg date... Not put on by the distributor.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head off the bat, has good retention, and a clear, golden color body. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smell- Has nice fruity/apricot scents from the beginning and then a huge wheat after aroma.

Taste- Apricot taste upfront (mild) but good for the style. Its definitely a blond ale with its maltiness and has a medium bitterness to it. Anything more would kill it. Awesome balanced beer!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Light-Medium Viscosity, Appropriate Carbonation, smooth, and has a great finish on the palate with a fruitiness.

Overall- One of the best blonde ales I might have ever had (from an American Brewery)! Terrific for the summer and MUCH better than last summer's seasonal by New Belgium (Skinny Dip). I have had questions at the Pub if we are getting their Skinny Dip and I say, take a drink of this one! Fuckin right!

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

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight earthy malt, slight pine, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight pine, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of earthy malt, and slight spice. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale gold color with a small white head

S - A little bit of clove and lemon, but honestly, I couldn't detect too much in its aroma.

T - downplayed citrus, hint of hops and a bitter end

M - smooth and thin

D - very drinkable

I was very excited to try New Belgium's summer ale, but I just wasn't that impressed. I'll stick to Fat Tire.

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Photo of Stevewo
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure quite to expect but enjoyed this! Perfect for drinking on the patio on a Summer evening or with a light lunch! Been looking for a good summer beer since the demise of Petes Rally Cap! This has hints of citrus in a bright light beer that goes down all too easily!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess that summer now starts in May. On-tap at Lazy Dog Cafe and served in a 22 ounce shaker, on to the beer:

A paler orange color with long lasting head and string after string of lacing that sticks. Its aroma is mild, but intriguing. Lawn clipping, melon, canteloupe, a little hint of brewing salt.

My expectations were blown away when I tasted it. Blonde ales are typically light in flavor; I would say put the flavor intensity near the middle of the scale, yet remains very subtle and very easy to drink. Melons, canteloupe, dashes of clean hop pedals. On the lighter side and fairly crisp.

Summer doesn't have to be light. It can have a great taste while retaining its easy drinking qualities. That's what New Belgium has done with Somersault. It was very difficult to put down my glass during lunch. Excellent all around beer.

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Photo of HoppyToad
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow ... BA wouldn't accept my original review (since it was only 135 characters). Kind of ironic, since the bros can't seem to get enough of that Twitter sh*t!


A refreshing summer brew with characteristic NB flavor. Malts are grassy and smooth. Clean, spicy hops in the finish. Time for another.

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

Crisp and clear straw yellow body with a frothy white cap that leaves rings of lacing.

Delicate pale malts with a soft lemon zest nose. Subtle hops smell both zesty and grassy in the background.

Spicy and earthy hops cut through semisweet pale malts. Thin approaching medium body but is still rather watery with a crispy dry finish.

I like this beer for several reasons. Well first off, I do not find Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller Light, Coors Light (etc, etc, etc) refreshing. I know many BAs do. That disgusting husky grain smell and taste are just brutal. I get that smell/flavor in so many American Blonde Ales too. This beer skips that and manages to become incredibly refreshing and tasty. It's a great hot weather beer and also a perfect beer to pass on to a BMC drinker.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A - Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger off white head with little retention and slight lacing.

S - Not much in the nose, I'm struggling to come up with much. A little bit of citrus-hop but its faint.

T - Some malt, something earthy (like a grain), then a splash of citrus hops at the very end.

M - Pretty thin but for this style I'm sure its the norm. There's a little carbonation but again, not much.

O - Its a session beer and I can see where they were going with it. Its actually pretty refreshing I certainly could see drinking a couple of these on a summer day. Nothing though stands out in this one. But I can't say its not a decent beer either.

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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 eclaycamp
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somersault starts with the aroma, which has a certain level of lemony graininess. It also has a light sourdough bread characteristic that I usually get out of lagers. It’s a pretty beer, blonde in color, with a nice foamy head. I’m eating this with goat cheese and it actually goes really well together. The high carbonation of the beer helps to scrub the palate of the creamy goat cheese, and the citrusy taste plays well with the smooth cheese. I had this on tap earlier this week and didn’t really care for it, but for whatever reason tonight it’s kind of hitting the spot. Does a neat trick of being very light and easy to drink while remaining full flavored. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is an American blonde but I swear I got a feeling of a belgian pale from it. Light yellow-orange in color, decent head. Smells like orange a little. The flavor had a bit of citrus and peach but just a tiny bit and then I tasted spice (I swear). This wasn;t bad but I did not find it as refreshing as some of the other reviewers here and I most likely won;t revisit this.

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

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing.

There was a nice grainy malt aroma with a trace if hops in the background. The flavors were pretty much the same, an evenly balanced mix of grain and hops.

The body was on the thin side of average for the style. Drinkability was OK, but why bother when there are better examples out there.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,105 ratings.
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