Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,109
Photo of Jadjunk
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of New Belgium's Summer Folly Pack, and their current summer release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my New Belgium Fat Tire Pint Glass. Served in the low 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream white head of a thick and sudsy consistency with an above average retention. Lacing is medium thick. Body color is a mildly hazy golden amber with ample carbonation. Very nice appearance overall for a Blonde Ale and good head quality. 4

(Smell) Husky pale malts, citrus ream, a floral hop bouquet and a waft of tart grapefruit. A nice complex and balanced aroma. Despite having a mildly rugged aroma, the overall nose is clean, exciting and approachable. I like how the aromas blend and compliment one another, and the potency is high. Very nice. 4.5

(Taste) Bright citrus and pale malt flavor with a small touch of graininess that is followed through with a complex and refreshing floral hop, sweet honey and a mild tart apricot finish, not shockingly in-your-face like the Apricot presence in Magic Hat's #9. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Really high drinkability and the flavors are all bright and enjoyable, despite the drink's age. This is a very enjoyable Blonde Ale. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture has some foamy carbonation on the back of the tongue, finishes mildly tart and very slightly dry. Body is medium for a Blonde Ale, light overall. Alcohol presence is very low. The overall experience could thrive with a creamier or more spritely carbonation texture. 4

(Overall) Another fantastic seasonal by New Belgium. As always, this may not be making a return in the near future, but don't mind the date as those flavors are still vibrant and exciting even when not at their freshest. There's a little of something for everybody in this beer. Even if you don't enjoy Blonde Ales, I'd recommend you give this a shot anyway, as it's one of the most definitive examples of why Blonde ales don't have to be bland and predictable. 4.5

New Belgium Brewing Company's
Somersault Summer Seasonal

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly darker golden color. Nose is of hops, lemon and a bit of a floral vibe overall. Taste follows with a touch of other fruit like apricot. As a summer beer, I think this one lacks the crispness and refreshing qualities that I personally desire. It's a little busier than most of my sumemr favorites, but given the more pedestrian nature of New Belgium's line (Fat Tire, Ranger, etc), I do appreciate the uniqueness here.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with minimal head

S: Lemony, biscuity, peppery with some maltiness.

T: Follows the nose. Lemon, pepper, fresh-cut grass. Light and clean.

M: Smooth, medium carb, dry finish.

O: An excellent, highly drinkable summer beer. Clean, light and refreshing.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12 pack in Atlantic Beach, NC at Food Lion for $12.99.

Didn't pour, as I was on the beach all of the time....bottle looked nice though.

Smell - citrusy, a little malty.

Taste. First thought. Did they take Fat Tire, and add some citrus to it? Orange and maybe some lemon? Possibly lime? I bet they started with Fat Tire and got this...

Mouthfeel - Nice body, crisp, dry. Very nice for downing on a hot summer day.

Overall it is a nice, crisp, Complex, full bodied, very drinkable. Although I think they started with Fat Tire, that may be a good thing. Sometimes you do what you do best, and add to it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from somewhere in Minnesota. From notes.

A - Golden pour. Bright with a one finger fluffy white head. A few lace rings and a film of retention were left over.

S - Wheaty, orange, some sweet spice.

T - Peach or apricot, orange, wheaty, sweet spice, yeast.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, fruity and dry finish.

O/D - A nice summer blonde ale. Lot's of different fruity notes than the typical citrus, and really easy drinking.

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Photo of DannyHartman
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent beer.... Not close to the best beer out of the New Belgium Brewery, but certainly in the upper half of what I've had from this Fort Collins brewery.... It definately tastes better out of the tap.... It has a "not too hoppy" taste, but quite enjoyable.... It's almost as if there's more citrus notes than it being a super hoppy beer.... I prefer it over Shift, 1554, and would place it right around Fat Tire as far as quality of taste, though they are completely different tastes.

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Photo of TAMU99
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Wow! What a GREAT beer! Squarely in the excellent session beer category.

A - Light amber with medium head.

S - hoppy, citrus, malt background.

T - phenomenal! An incredibly well (properly) hopped beer. THIS is what hops should taste like. You can taste the interesting acids and tart flavors - a bitter bitter here and there - very engaging. Nicely balanced with a strong malt profile that tones down the bitterness. Citrusy sweet. Yum.

M - perfect - a bit bubbly, but just right

O - Exceptional! I will and have bought this frequently. Love this beer.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from the grocery store, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is! Appearance and mouthfeel are average, but the smell and taste were very flavorful. Lots of fruit (without being sweet), spice, yeast, and lemon make this a refreshing summer beer. I'd have this one again and again.

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Photo of MutualAid
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a really nice white head that clings to the glass. Aroma is very malty with a hint of citrus. Wow, flavor is not what I expected at all: again malty, but like a whole grain cracker with no sweetness. The hops make their presence known with a lime note in the finish. While this is an ale, it reminds me more of a pilsner and is equally drinkable on this hot Texas afternoon. I wish I had a sixer of this. Very, very easy to drink. Definitely one for those lawn chair days.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow with a slight amber hue, but remarkably clear. Evervescent bubbles leading to a sheet white, frothy head that has excellent retention. <4.5>

S - Sweet, malty, with a hint of pepper spice. Hops are very mild. <5>

T - Citrus, slightly tart hits the front of the pallet and holds through to the finish. Pale and amber malt flavors are present, but short-lived as is the alcohol, which breaks to a dry, mild bitterness. However, the tart citrus flavor returns to accompany the mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. <4>

M - Light body, moderate carbonation. <5>

O - Very drinkable, an interesting balance of citrus and bitterness that pushes the malt bill to the background. It has excellent lacing. Could easily put away 2 or 3 on a lazy afternoon. <4.5>

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Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white head. A nice bright, smooth aroma' a little grainy with big and kinda sweet and juicy lemon aroma. Flavor followed suit. A nice medium bodied and active mouthfeel. Overall, I was really surprised by this and quite enjoyed it. A very nice summer beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the Olympics? Nah, just good beer for the summer.

This poured a clear light golden yellow with a mountain of foam. Seriously!

There’s a delicate aroma of light orange and citrusy pollen that comes across, along with hints of lemon and lemon verbena. The aroma and the flavor are both very citrusy and very light. This is one easy drinker—the flavor has a defined, laid back citrus character with a rounded smoothness and some floral hints.

Enjoyable & easygoing.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Josiah2729
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Yellow, golden-blonde with little head, but nice lacing.

Smell: Spiced fruit, light malt, belgian yeast, some belgian style sweet alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malt, slight citrus hops, grassy yeast, slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with nice carbonation. Refreshing easy to drink.

Overall: A very pleasant surprise to find in the grocery store. Great belgian style blonde ale. Delicious!

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Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 7/8/2012: pours clear gold amber color with a fluffy white 2 finger head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, caramel, grass and musky hay; soft overall with some fruity notes.

Tastes of sweet malt, grains, citrus hops, lemon, biscuit, caramel, grass, musky hay, yeast and some fruit like apple or pear; nice balance and combo of malts and hops, for an overall tasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with mild zesty carbonation that's refreshing and easy to drink with a medium/light body. A summer beer with flavor that goes down easy and was perfect on a hot summer night. Well done, another winner by New Belgium.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to standard pint glass - BB Oct-12
*Notes taken on 07/21/12

A: Somersault pours golden blonde in color displaying some nice clarity despite the brewer’s “suggestion of cloudiness”. Streaming carbonation visible. Thick and soapy finger width of bone white head. Exhibits some decent retention efforts and leaves wavy branches of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of spiced apricot with lemon zest and stale crusty bread. Belgian yeast qualities are represented with a bit of tart phenol esters.

T: Taste opens up with a real tart lime citrus flavor. Apricot juice meets wet grains with a subtle phenol spice note. Peppery with some understated pine notes. Has a real zesty quality. Label states made with natural flavors? Thinking grains of paradise at first but website details the use of actual ginger. Not a distinguishable amount of ginger but does add a nice crisp bite to the brew. There are some light bubblegum notes with a moderate amount of bitterness. This is definitely hot weather nice. Zesty and full with fruit flavors.

M: Body is light and moderate with a nice creamy texture. Very smooth with a bone dry finish on it.

D: A successful summer seasonal. Light and fruity fresh. Easy summer drinking.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 larryi86
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- A bright clear golden color with a hint of copper and a three finger white head.

S- Getting some citrus and floral notes, hint of apricot, getting some malts, balanced.

T- Curtis hops stand out up front and goes great with somewhat fruity apricot finish. The whole beer is brought together with nice floral notes and good malt backbone.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- A great easy drinking summer beer that has a fairly big flavor. New Belgium came into my area about a year ago and I have been looking for a regular beer that lives up to the bar that the "Lips of Faith" beers set and this one does. Can't wait to have more.

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Photo of Strix
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw color, frothy initial head, nice lacing.

Muted smell - grains, with a bright citrus note.

Biscuity malt, a mineral-water flavor, crisp citrus note, spices - ginger? Very crisp.

Quite crisp and carbonated, really exceptional mouthfeel.

This isn't necessarily the most flavorful beer I've had recently, but I found this extremely thirst-quenching. Very nicely balanced, and very drinkable. Seems like a solid summer seasonal to me.

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Photo of oggg
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz mug at Lucille's BBQ in Cerritos

Beautiful blonde ale, nice and clear, with a really really special gorgeous foamy head that clung like mad to the glass in multiple rings, covered the entire top of the beer, and maintained itself at a tiny height of about half a centimeter the whole way down.

Light citrusy aroma that was mostly lemon to me but grapefruit to the wifey.

Juicy and crisp, with loads of hop flavor with a very mild bitterness to back it all up. Touch of malt in the dry finish. Supremely balanced. Light to medium bodied. Incredible! Most blonde ales aim for sweetness but this ale could pass for a less hoppy extra pale ale

Can I have another?

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somersault pours a nice amber color with a pure white, soft-looking head on top. There are small carbonation bubbles rising within the clear body.

The main aroma is piney hops. While distinct, the hops aroma isn't overpowering so I can tell the flavor will be fairly balanced between the hops and malt.

Again, I taste the piney hops well-balanced with the malt backbone. The beer isn't really bitter, but it has a nice crispness to it.

The mouthfeel isn't completely smooth, nor is it too strong. The amount of carbonation works perfectly for this style.

Overall, this is a really nice summer beer. I have enjoyed many beers by New Belgium in the past, but I haven't drank too many of their seasonals. This is a summer beer that I will look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.2% ABV, Serve at 7°C (45°F) in a New Belgium globe, Best By: 26Aug12

A - Deep golden yellow in color with great clarity and a billowing white head, Somersault's carbonation leaps toward the surface feeding the great retention. Sticky lace is left clinging all over the glass!

S - The playful aroma springs out with a citrus and earth blend that's accompanied well by a hint of apricot fruitiness and notes of ginger spice. The hop profile is quite reminiscent of Fat Tire's earthy, mulch-like aroma and gently overtakes the more subtle nuances of this beer.

T - The malt provides a good backbone and biscuit flavors for the lemon citrusy and earth-toned hops to spring-board off of while mild ginger spice and faint apricot fruit notes pull forward towards the end.

M - The crisp entry, abounding with carbonation, leads to a very oat-derived smooth, light body that still finishes clean and refreshing. Citrus, apricot, and ginger-like spiciness add a lively, lingering summer taste on the tongue.

O - A great summer beer from New Belgium, the playful fruit and spice complexities of Somersault give it distinctive flavor with a clean, soft finish for an all-around refreshing and enjoyable treat!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe -- how appropriate!

Appears to be a light coppery and/or apricot color. The off-white head recedes to random chunks of bubbles and film. Sticky lacing.

Smells ... bright floral and hint of citrus.

Tastes of bright citrus peels, peach sweetness, subdued malts, dry finish.

Very dry mouthfeel.

Overall, liked it for the first 6 ounces. Then the more I drank of the six pack, the worse it became. Another average New Belgium beer. Good enough to drink the entire sixe, but not good enough to buy again.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly colored blond with a fast-rising foamy white head; good torrent of carbonation bubbles

Smells lightly hopped, which is appropriate for the summer quencher they’re going for. Bottle says aroma comes from Centennial hops, and I can certainly smell something citrusy.

The beer is certainly light but not bland by any means. Flavor builds from a mild start to a fruity and hoppy finish. Notes of apricot are present (as described on the bottle), and they are supported by light doughy malt. Body and carbonation are spot-on with a drinkable lightness and a fairly high level of bubbles. Finish is pretty smooth and not especially sharp, though it does end somewhat dry.

Overall I like it and would consider it a good choice for a beer to bring to a BBQ or other outside, hot event where you want something thirst-quenching but also flavorful. However, it doesn’t blow me away to the point of wanting to buy a second six-pack, but I’d certainly be tempted to pick on up again next year.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,109 ratings