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: 1,106
Photo of donmonkey1
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Transparent golden color, decent carbonation, small white head that dissipates fast but laces nicely.

Smell: Nice floral hops with a slight metal smell.

Taste: Sweet lemony citrus floral hoppy drink.

It's interesting because it's different but it's almost too much like cider and not so much like beer. I wouldn't buy another one because it's too sweet and weird.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear light golden body under 2 fingers of sudsy white head; moderate carbonation bubbles; very nice lace

S - strong citrus scent with grain in the background; very pleasant

T - fruit juices (mainly citrus) mingle on the tongue with light grains, followed by a bitter lemon finish

M - medium body, high carbonation; could do with less bite from the carbonation; refreshing

O - not bad for a summer ale; light, but fairly complex

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed on phone.

Pours clear golden with half finger of foam. Aroma is mild with crisp citrus hop aroma.

Very refreshing and drinkable. Nice dry finish. Perfect summer beer. Nice lingering sweet citrus flavors. Would get again for sure.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a frothy white head, excellent lacing, golden color, clear. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness, spicy hops and soft grain. Flavors are light but interesting and complex with apricot, and a hint of "fat tire" biscuityness. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is generous. Overall, this beer takes the concept of a blonde ale in some interesting directions. I don't know if they actually put apricots in it, or what the purpose of the oats were, but it works.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean an clear pale golden color with a thin white head.

S: Lemon, orange, apricot, and some lime with a spicy hop note, cracked white pepper and a touch of bready malt.

T: Lots of citrus upfront, mainly lemon with some crackery malt, peppery hops and a touch of tropical fruit. Apricot very present as well. Super easy to drink without sacrificing depth of flavor. Really impressed. Maybe the best summer beer I've come across.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A -crystal clear pale orange with a perfect 3 finger head. Decent retention. Best looking beer for this style I've seen yet.

S - interesting combo of strong malt presence and some hops as well.

T - I think I've found a new summer drinker. This beer is perfect for the style. Easy to drink, incredibly flavorful with a smallest hint of lemon, strong malt body with a flavorful hop crispness to boot. Perfectly crafted.

M - perfectly fine

Oveall - There is a new summer beer champion and its name is New Belguim Somersault.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully clear with a vibrant yellow color. A fluffy white head sits on top for a while, dissapating slowly and leaving a nice patchwork of lacing. Tons of visible carbonation up from the bottom feeding that pretty head. The aroma has a nice full breadiness to it, touches of grain intermingled with a lemony crispness. There is an orangey or apricot aroma as well, making for a well-balanced aroma. Very pleasant.

Medium bodied, displaying a nice range of flavors from malts, fruits and a light touch of hops. The malt is very lightly toasted, not getting in the way of the apricot and lemon freshness. There's a slight tartness from these fruits, just enough to be pleasantly summery without making you pucker. The hops in the back are citrusy and a touch floral, giving a quick bitterness that is packed full of citrusy flavor and adding to a dryness to a juicy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick and goes down incredibly easily. This would be a fantastic beer to sit down and enjoy a few of on a hot summer afternoon. Chock full of more flavor than your average summer beer, this one is definitely worth a buy.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: dark yellow, clear; thin head; good carbonation
S: sweet, fruity aroma; spritzy
T: sweet, almost a fruit beer it has so much berry and lemon in it; the aftertaste drops into seltzer-water territory, which isn't my palate's preferred destination, so I dock points for that; otherwise, a good choice for a hot-weather beer.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a New Belgium Goblet. Bottle kept in fridge, best by 8-12-12.

A- Pours a clear medium to dark golden color. Has 2 fingers of foamy white head that quickly goes away leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

S- Earthy hops, a little citrus, a nice breadiness.

T- Refreshing, crisp, slightly tart.

M- Nicely carbonated, with a little dry finish.

O- I look forward to summer seasonals. This one is an easy drinker after mowing the yard on those hot summer days.

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Photo of dhannes
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tap at Pizzeria Uno...from memory:

A=Slightly amber golden hue...some cloudiness? Head was present but not memorable.

S=Citrus and hops.

T=Rather strong citrus and hop presence. Paired with pizza and other appetizers...was refreshing but not spectacular.

M=Nice, with minimal carbonation.

O=I am not overly familiar with the style, but felt that this was worth trying...will only try again if nothing else intriguing on the menu.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from from 12 ounce bottle to jigger glass

Appearance: Nice two finger head of white foam that faded to some lacing. The color was straw/golden color and clear.

Aroma: Citrus and fruity apricot from mainly the hops and malt note at the end.

Taste: Tangy fruit start with a smooth malt finish almost like a sweet and sour sauce.

Mouthfeel: High amount of carbonation that fades to clinging to the palate

Overall impression: This beer doesn't fit into my normal scheme of brews. The sweet and sour nature is like yen and yang going at it. I like sweet beers and I like sour IPA's.. But the contrast is balanced and is interesting. I think this beer would be nice in a breakfast situation or with grilled fish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear sunshine with a copper tinge. Good head and awesome foam retention. Nice stickage and bubbling.

Light, grassy hops with soft toasted malts in the nose and a faint Summer fruit nuance.

Faint, soft fruit from start to finish. Mild grassy, Earthy hop bitterness with a little lemon juice tartness on the finish.

Palate is a litle oily, but refreshing and vibrant.

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Photo of Jyc4
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has the same high brownish/dark yellow hue of many IPA's when poured from a 12oz. bottle. Had the same distinctive fruit and hop smells of a classic IPA. Even tasted something like a mild IPA upon first taste. However, finished with the sweet malt notes of a lager. Imagine if Sam Adams Boston Lager had slightly more pronounced hop notes and toned down its big malt finish a bit. Very interesting and VERY good beer.

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Photo of intensify
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started this thing off with a semi-aggresive pour down the middle. created a 2 finger off-white head with blazing fast retention and minimul lacing. Poured a golden body and clear as daylight. Plenty of tangy, zesty fruits on the nose. Orange peel, apricot and spices mostly. Taste followed closely behind but with a lemon zest kick. Sweet throughout the whole drink and it doesn't tune it down with some bitterness that I detect. Medium-High(ish) carbonation makes it similar to drinking a wine cooler. not the best mouthfeel, but not the worse.
Overall not a bad brew. It definately fits perfectly with the seasonal category as its offered. Ill probably drink this again with some grilled chicken at the lake.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I bought a blonde ale... sheesh.. maybe I'll luck out, I seemed to not mind the last blonde ale I had from New Belgium (Hoptober), let's pour into a nonic pint and see how it goes.

Really super clear body on this with a kind of nice brassy yellow and red hue to it. Head forms white and bright, kind of fluffy with a three fingers cap, settling with some valleys and real nice. Real nice looking beer.

Nose reminds me of a macro lager strangely. Macro sweetness, some faint bread toasty malt hiding. Clean. Overall though not really doing much for me.

Palate seems weird. This brew actually feels a little fizzy, but also strangely lemon sour and a strange astringency. The malt action on this comes out on the finish with a bizarre sticky slightly syrupy and yeasty aftertaste. Gets slightly better as it warms up.

Overall, sigh, not doing it for me, not having another one of these that's for sure, but it could be worse.

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Photo of Breen
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: Minimal head, quickly disappearing head, which left thick lacing. Very clear/clean and deep amber in color.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not quite as smooth as expected, but this is not a complaint.

Taste: Lemon throughout and some grassy hops giving it a very slight bitterness.

Overall another great brew from New Belgium that's worth your time. I certainly won't fault the high rating the bros gave to this one.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Impeccably clean, brutally crisp. I mostly taste the lemon. A sourish flavor is the most noticeable trait. Very light and on the thin side. Really thin.

Clear pale golden color in the chalice. A slight head, but quite sudsy in the mouth. The mouthfeel is the opposite of "rich," whatever that is. I don't care for the sour feeling in my stomach as this goes down. Maybe it's a thirst-quencher, but not on an empty stomach. A hint of hops, but I only tasted them when I burped, sorry to admit. I am just not getting any aromas.

I suppose this is a matter of preference, whether you like the sharp and tart flavor. It doesn't relate very well to the Blonde category. More like a malt-free Wit with an overdose of citrus. From the 12 oz bottle. "Best before" 19 Aug 2012.

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

A- pours a light gold color with a thin white head.

S- lemon, pepper, floral hops, and a little yeastiness.

T- pepper, lemon, some tropical fruits, poppy seed, and bread.

M- mild carbonation and a nice dry finish and a subtle bitterness.

O- This a great blond from NB. It's a great summer beer and I look forward to drinking this on a nice hot summer day.

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

Appearance: Yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus, hint of grass.

Taste: Very lemony, almost artificially lemony. There is a hint of black pepper in there and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light as it should be. If you can deal with the lemon it is pretty drinkable.

I'm not a big blonde ale fan, this has more flavor than many, but that flavor is an artificial-tasting lemon. Not offensive, but not really what I am looking for in a beer.

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Photo of CTraft
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 2-finger head, which stays for a little while, has a dark, cloudy yellow appearance. I did not detect much of an aroma in this one.

Taste: strong, yeasty, but tasty! with a yeasty finish

Mouthfeel: strong, tangy, carbonated, goes down easy

Overall: a great sipping beer for a warm, summer day

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Photo of BadgerBeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 6 pack at a local liquor store.

Absolutely love Somersault from New Belgium, one of my favorite Blonde Ales and summer seasonal. The taste is fantastic, a nice blend of citrus and smooth finish. I highly recommend this beer to anyone for a summer beer, very easy to relax and enjoy a nice summer's day with.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Freshness date is 08/12/12.

Produces a blonde, golden color indeed, as well as some modest carbonation. No head to speak of, although a ring remains atop the glass and some laciness. There's an apparent thickness to this that definitely makes it a distinguishable ale rather than a generic lager.

Fantastic sweetness galore on the aroma, though! Other than sugar and honey, the yeast contains a strong flavor of pineapple, passion fruit, and perhaps strawberries. Far more tropical than I expected it to be, and contains a malty backbone underneath the hops, alcohol, and fruitiness. Pretty good, although remains subtle overall.

Hmm, far more malty than I expected, although the flavor seems to be a mixed bag overall. There's light hoppiness on the tongue, and immediate malty flavors at the beginning. However, the end is a little too alcoholic on the astringent side, and a texture and flavor equivalent to gelatin pops up out of nowhere. I honestly wish this retained the fruity aromas in the flavor, but there are barely any that are overwhelming enough. More disappointingly is perhaps the body of this beer: while it is moderately malty in nature, it's extremely watery towards the end. The strong alcohol taste further throws off the flavors that could of come around in this beer.

Not the worst beer of its kind, but horribly unbalanced. Why can't they make more beers like Dig, which are thick, juicy, and with a moderate hop explosion? This works aroma-wise but the drinking experience on its own is not my favorite. Works well with a meal due to its lightness, but it's definitely a blonde ale that was trying to be something else. Whatever it was, I've no clue.

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Photo of lstokes
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a fluffy three-finger head and lots of lacing. Smell is grainy and not great, but the taste is nice--toasted grain, tart citrus hop, a little bit of apricot. Faint sourness in the aftertaste which makes it not as easy of a drinker as I would like. Would probably drink again in the summer.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from Publix $8.99.

A - From the bottle poured into a Tulip glass (I've been on a Tulip glass kick lately, regardless of whether it matches or not. Pours a super clear light Gold color. I've got lacing all the way down the glass and the head is still hanging around.

S - Not too much on the nose. Some hops, citrusy, and clean.

T - A little tart from the hops used. Malty finish, but not too sweet or creamy. Light bodied, but sturdy enough. Goes down easy. Hop bitterness is low, but still there. Nice and refreshing. I like this! Definitely a Summer beer.

O - I liked this. It was worth buying a sixer. The time I've been looking forward to trying this beer was worth it.

If I was to rank it from 0-100 I'd give it an 89.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a great seasonal from new belgium. pours a very watery looking pale yellow color, clear as can be, with a small white fizzy head. smells like czech malts and lemon extract of some kind. flavor is very lemony, but not in a fresh lemons way at all. a light biscuity malt flavor comes in there too, right before the metallic brassy tart aftertaste comes in. pretty gross at the end actually. feel is too light, even for a summer beer, there is just no body here at all. medium carbonation is fine, but this beer isnt happening from the get go. it is sad to see the spring seasonal dig be replace by this one. dig was pro, this one is weak street.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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