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

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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Photo of BadgerBeer
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lstokes
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StoutishDan
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,106 ratings
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