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 Jsteez
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer on June 26th.

A-Light amber and golden color with a nice frothy head. Semi-sticky lace on the glass. Nice medium carbonation.

S-Citrus, light malt, lemon zest, orange peel, and a tiny hint of hops.

T-Similar to the nose: Citrus, light malt, orange peel, lemon zest, and peppery, yet dry aftertaste. A little crackery-bread flavor. Excellent taste.

M-A little sticky. A refreshingly dry aftertaste. Light to medium bodied in texture.

Overall, this brew is great for hanging out on the patio during the summer. Very drinkable, and full of flavor. Drink it and enjoy!

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Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking golden beer with hints of amber. There is medium amount of carbonation with a nice thick white head that sits on top of the beer throughout the entire drink.
Smell has a great base of wheat beer. On top of that is some very nice citrus hop smells. The citrus is very nice but slightly different than most with a great combination of grapefruit, orange, and something slightly more.
Taste is just as good as the smell, even better. The citrus and fruity hop tastes are so strong that they add so much great taste. However, they are the perfect amount on the borderline of being too much, because they are nicely balanced with a base of wheat.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Not too thick, not too thin. But a very nice smooth feel.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. A great balance of all things needed. The perfect summer seasonal beer. A beer could not be matched any better to a season.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Aggressively poured to a crystal clear, bright golden color with a white finger width. Sub-par retention results in a spotty, sticky lacing.

Smell - Pungent mix of floral and citrus hops envelop the nostrils; a faint, bready malt sits behind this.

Taste - Follows the nose; Starts with a lot of floral and citrus hops, then a big apricot note comes in midtaste. Slight hint of New Belgium's classic slightly nutty, slightly biscuity malt character in the background; becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Finishes with apricot and a lime citrus character mixing it up before fading away.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with the carbonation lending to a crisp, clean bite and a tingle on the lips. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Impressive summer seasonal from New Belgium. Complex, clean and crisp. Entirely drinkable, and session friendly. One of the better summer releases out there. Bud Light Lime, eat your heart out.

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

Rather bright yellow. Smallish head on this one and minimal staying power.
Aroma was faint and light. Soft malt and soft hops.
Pretty complex flavor that seemed to pretty much match the description on the bottle. The malt was smooth but definitely an ale. Nice fruit flavors noted too. Mild bitterness.
Moderately light body.
Easy summer drinker. Flavors are mild and well blended.
Thanks Bry.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Almost a finger of head and a clear, golden body.

Big citrus smell: lemon and grapefruit. A bit of pine.

Pine taste, grapes, apricots, a malt sweetness.

Super smooth and soft texture with a low carbonation and medium body.


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

A: Crystal-clear golden body brings summer to mind right off the bat. Good start, and with the head to match: an extensively foamy eggshell white that diminishes quickly, but leaves lacing everywhere.

S: Bright, piney hops right off the bat – almost IPA-like – and with a thick, resiny quality that pops its head up from time to time. Other than that, there’s a touch of spring flowers and a fruity barley aroma.

T: Lemony wheat and a touch of artificial sweetener make this palate a lemonade-lover’s dream. Refreshing, but with that light malt flavor of grain husk that keeps each sip nuanced with full flavors. Not terribly complex, but it gets the job (of refreshment) done. Finishes a tad bready, and with lingering citric bitterness.

M: Light, fizzy, and a bit chewy – a feel I can only describe as frothy. It’s appropriately refreshing, but with enough grain backbone to hold its own as a sipper.

O: A more grownup shandy, though that’s not what the style classification designates. A lawnmower beer, for sure, and a good one at that.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, poured into a standard pint cone glass...

A: Clear golden color, small(ish) head of less than 2-fingers, VERY bubblie…OK lacing…

S: Peppery, lemon & apricot, some floral scents and a hint of bread in there...

T: Light, clean, smooth. Hint ‘teases’ of hops (wish there was some more—boo/hoo)... Lemon grass & apricot…A hint of mint/pine is followed by a little bit of malt-bread flavor. Mellow end-notes with a…dry finish.
M: Light body with decent carbination…

O: Good mellow beer…VERY refreshing!...Chasin’ Cheers :~)

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Photo of estlinska
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! I’ve had it from the bottle and on tap. Pours a golden color, edging towards amber with 1 finger of pearly head with abundant lacing. The smell is distinctly hemp to me, very grassy and resiny. The flavor is full of grassy and flowery hops with an almost honey flavor. Very complex and almost seems to change from sip to sip. Palate is almost syrupy from the flavors, but not in a bad way. Overall a tasty little beer with lots of complexity.

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Photo of Aluman
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chilled Pint Glass.

A: Light yellow with notes of amber.

S: You can smell the oats, its not strong like in a oatmeal stout but its there, mixes well with softer tones of centennial hops.

T: Reminds me of an orange malt shake, that is to say the malt is there and thick but there is a good deal of malt with underwhelming hop presence.

M: Light and breezy something I could drink all day long on a summer day.

O: Almost perfection, I think a bit thick on the oats, would like a bit better hop presence, but close...oh so close.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of jkrich
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. dated bottle: poured a bright and clear golden color with an inch of foamy white on top. Once the head dissipates, the glass is left with intricate lacing.

The aroma was clean, faintly resinous with some mild tropical fruits.

The ale begins with a some honey flavor mixed with hints of apricot and other mellow fruits. The hops provide a nice counterbalance of bitterness; very flavorful with a lingering, tangy sweetness on the palate.

Appropriately light-bodied for the style with rather low carbonation. While the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, the lingering flavors on the tongue elevate this one above most blonde ales.

Overall, this was very good with a memorable fruity profile. Well worth seeking out during the hot months of summer.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I generally have a lot of confidence in anything that New Belgium brewing company turns out. I have yet to taste a brew they made that I didn't really like, so I am pretty much willing to try anything ey put out. This was poured from the bottle into my Boulevard tulip with standard vigor.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful lemony yellow color, clear almost transparently yellow. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for some time and leaves good lacing on the side of the glass. Also, some carbonation action can be observed inside the glass.

Smell - Lemon and pepper, with a hefty pop of some crackers and biscuits in there as well. Good aroma on this one, makes you want to try it for sure.

Taste - Much like the nose, there is a definite crackers and biscuits feel on the palate, which is balanced out with a hint of lemon, citrus, peppers, and spices. The taste is complex, inviting, and excellent, making you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel - Finishes bright, clean, and smooth, and like stated previously, makes you want to drink more. Good carbonation level and light bodied, almost goes down too easily!

Overall - An outstanding summer brew, I would highly recommend this to anyone. This could be a good brew to convert some of your AAL friends with, at least introduce them to some new styles! I will absolutely buy and drink this again. Everything about this brew says summertime, and I love summertime!

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #175
Served On: 06/19/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.2%
Date/ Code: 09/16/2012

This was as a 12 oz bottle from a sixer I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD today. Love that place.

Look: Poured a super clear golden yellow color. Head was a thin concaved layer of random sized white bubbles. Carbonation bubbles seemed rather sparse on this brew – given the macro lager appearance.

Smell: Aroma was of musty basement with some weak hints of spice and citrus.

Taste: First was a wave of soapy biscuit with a well-defined bitterness that lead into an almost sour middle. The finish was a brief note of lemon rind. Aftertaste was very clean.

Personally, I can’t quite see how Ba (Jason) scored this at 100. Granted, the clarity and palate definition is impressive. But I would consider this another summer-type ale. High drinkability with the usual lemon component and a watery finish. Nothing special here.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild lemongrass notes, hints of light orange peel, just a hint of crackery malt character, and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Light golden color and effervesence cascades up the glass walls. Sticky and sudsy white foam persists.

Flavor: More light lemongrass character, hints of orange, and light background caramel sweetness. Very well balanced if slightly to the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight prickly carbonic bite.

Overall impression: Loved it! Really enjoyed that this wasn't just a boring, crackery, typical American blonde ale. I loved the light hop character in the aroma, flavor, and bitterness. It provided a nice counterpoint without killing the palate. Well done and great for the summer!

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Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with a frothy two-finger head. Lacing is decent. Nose is light with a hint of yeast and citrus.

Nice tang and lemon flavors predominate. Soft stone fruits liven up the mouthfeel. Yeast funkiness is present but is subtle and gentle enough to not overpower. Hint of orange. Crisp, snappy finish that is balanced nicely. A mild silkiness in the finish, but finishes dry nevertheless. Very interesting interpretation of the style. It has qualities of a a kristalweizen, a lighter saison, and an English-style pale ale; definitely something to look for if you'd like something different for your summer session.

Would be wonderful with a mild cheese plate (think brie) and a crisp dinner salad with chilled shrimp.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 Momar42
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

In my quest for a flavorful, sessionable summertime beer, next up NB Somersault:

A - Crystal clear deep yellow. Virtually no head but lacing is apparent...odd.

S - had to put my finger on the aroma here. Definitely some yeast and citrus but the most pungent is the artificial lemon smell. Dishwashing detergent comes to mind, please dont let the taste mirror the nose.

T - ok, whew, no detergent. Some jumbled up stuff going on here though. Cereals mixed with old lemons. As I drink it, maybe a hint of lemon pledge, but honestly ANY is unwelcome. I dont know, cant really distinguish WHAT I dont like, but I know its there.

M - heavier than I would want in a summer beer and almost chewy at times. Finishes sort of clean but the aftertaste is a puzzling mess too.

O - First off, I suppose its better than alot of the mostly crap summer offerings, but this NB is just not for me. I have been enjoying some high quality stouts and IPA/IIPA lately so maybe I am spoiled. This beer just furthers my belief that this time of year is the doldrums for beer. The search continues....

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 nimrod979
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before Aug 12, 2012. Into a pint glass.

Appearance: Blonde with a slight haze. Two finger white head. Great retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Fruity citrus and apricot. Floral and grass. Peppery. Good aromas swirling around.

Taste: Grainy, floral and citrusy zest. Apricot fruitiness. Lightly hopped with a floral, and grassy flavor again soem citrusy. Some peppery spice and dryness finishes with some sweet and dry caramel malt and breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Somewhat grainy but retains drinkability flavors are well balanced. Dry finish. Quite a flavorful beer for the style and a pretty damn good summer beer.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best by 8/12/12

Pours a clear straw yellow. Two-finger, white, head from an aggressive pour. Pretty decent retention with a nice little rim of lacing.

Nose is a bit understated. Grains, some zest, some grass, maybe a touch of apricot.

Nice cereal type grains, more lemon zest, hops are there but somewhat nondescript. A touch of apricot in the finish. A nice bitterness balances things out and lingers in the aftertaste. Subdued, but still complex.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are key in a good summer ale, and Somersault nails it. Light in body, excellent carbonation. Slightly creamy, but finishes dry. Exceedingly drinkable; perfect for a six pack on a sunny porch.

Overall this is an exceptional summer ale. You can tell the main focus here is drinkability, while still maintaining a layered and flavorful brew. They succeeded, but fell short in a couple areas. The nose is a bit weak, and I think they could have brought the overall flavor up a notch and still maintained the level of drinkability. Recommended to anyone looking for a really good summer ale. Cheers!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
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 fields336
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into SA PP glass. Best before August 12 2012

A: A crisp looking, straw colored beer with 1 finger white/eggshell white head, which dissipates relatively fast. nice carbonation off of the bottom of the glass. lacing is minimal

S: sweet malts, lemon rind, light bready smell, a somewhat sweet cidery smell as well. Slight floral hops are distinguishable.

T: Sweet malts upfront leads the way to a bready malt, then almost a lemon pound cake flavor, then finishes with a sweet cidery flavor. little to no hops, but a slight bitterness is present, but doesnt linger. slight pepper/earthy finish

M: crisp dry mouthfeel, really refreshing and nice carbonation

O: great summer beer, would purchase a 12 pack of this easily.

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Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One finger fluffy head, lots of lacing, cloudy orange body

S: Lemon, citrous hops, sweet malt

T: Peppery! similar to smell, I get citrous, lemon hops, bready malt, finishes slightly bitter, but not too much. I also taste little bit of lemon zest at the end. I wouldn't really call this hoppy or malty. Taste is not intense, but quite refreshing and well balanced.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Great summer brew!

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear clean pale gold, white 3 finger head, nice retention.

S- Malt on the forefront, bready, bright peppery and citrus notes throughout.

T- More citrus and peppery flavors, hoppy, but a nice malty base, floral taste on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation, crisp, fairly dry finish. Easy drinker.

O- Enjoyed it a lot, complex, but not overly so, nice beer to have on the porch on a hot summer night. Very refreshing! Went great with a veggie pizza.

Will definitely enjoy again this summer!

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Photo of jimmah120
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug

Look is clear golden yellow with a sudsy 2 finger head that subsides into a foamy froth. Smell is light pale malts, lemon and flowery hops. Taste is very bright and crisp. Lemon and flowers, coupled with ester-y sweetness not unlike magic hat #9 but much more enjoyable. It finishes sweet, with roasted undertones, and a touch of hop bitter.

Excellent beer, surprised it took me so long to try this one.

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