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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,105
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden hue with white head, thick at first, then retains a thin rim layer. Nice. Nose is on the light side, with some herbal notes & gentle funk in the background. Palate offers a pleasant spicy to herbal character, a little earthy/dirty, medium bodied (not too light!), and finishes herbal/spicy too. Enjoyable.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured in to a New Belgium globe.

A: Pale straw color, crystal clear, with a thin white head that quickly settles. Lacing is sticky, but does not coat the glass. Head retention is decent, although I would have preferred a bit more.

S: Very fruity up front. Almost a hint of green apple, along with some spice and citrus peel. Hops lend a floral scent on the tail end.

T: Like the smell, fruit is dominant up front. Apricot, apple, and a hint of pear leads way to coriander, and some lemon peel. Finish is dry, with a spicy, floral hop profile.

Notes: This is perhaps the cleanest brew I have tasted from New Belgium. Light in body, yet very full-flavored. This is an ideal Summer brew. Very well-balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of Atlas1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've often thought summer seasonals were my least favorite seasonal beers out there. But over the years I've come to appreciate their subtle elegance. Often crisp and clean with fruity notes, they not only beat the heat but compliment lighter cuisine. Especially down here in south TX where it gets nasty hot even this early in the summer.

Poured into a barrel pint glass. Golden straw color with a nice healthy two-finger head on top. Unexpected lace. The nose consists of light fruit (maybe peach?) and earthier herbal notes. Heavier malt scent than many summer beers usually deliver. Taste follows suit, with a fruity, peach-pear flavor that goes down smooth and finishes clean. Very refreshing. Solid mouthfeel.

This is one of the better summer seasonal ales I've had in a long time. A very nice American Blonde ale. I will happily return to this a few times this year without hesitation.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 4 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings and patches.

S: Floral (like flowers) hop character up front. Sweet bready malt. Some citrus and apricot too.

T: Citrus and light malt sweetness. Maintains floral hop character throughout. Smooth transitions to a mild bitter finish with some residual sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth to a building mild bitter.

O: Easily drinkable. Not too over-flavored. Smooth and balanced.

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Photo of aasher
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very, very clear yet nice gold in color with a one finger bright white head. It is very light in body but very well carbonated. The aromas are of yeast, a honey like sweetness, and nice coriander/citrus zest. It smells pretty damn good. The flavors are of sweet pale malts, light honey, spices, and orange peels. It has a nice crisp bite to it. The flavor isn't quite as good as the aromas but it's pretty solid. It drinks well and is an excellent option for a hot summer's day. Overall, I'm kind of impressed by this one.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden in color. Foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing as it resides.

S - Floral hops dominate the nose upfront. Smells like roses, grains, some earth. Smells like nature. Smells like old lady perfume. Weird but I kinda dig it. First time Ive smelled this in my beer. Lest hope it doesn't taste like perfume.

T - Surprisingly it sorta does taste like perfume. There is some bitterness from the hops with very little malt sweetness. There is a medicinal floral perfume background that throws me off. Why do I like this? Did they throw flowers into the boil?

M - Smooth, crisp. Very nice.

O - I'm going to buy a six pack for sure. If I had bought a sixer to begin with I wouldn't have been disappointed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium globe glass. Described as containing apricot and ginger, but honestly there was little trace aside from some light fruitiness.

Bright straw gold, trails of visible cabonation ascend upward. Lasting head of white foam, leaving rings of delicate lacing down the glass. Pretty much a textbook case of Belgian lace.

Soft appley yeast, mildly sweet and floral.

Tangy sweet apple notes leads off the flavor too, zippy with a little bit of earthy dandelion and residual herbal hop bitterness. Light orange citrus in the first few sips that becomes indistinct later on, giving way to the apple and herbal notes. Light bodied and easy drinking, great summer session candidate.

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

Another blonde ale arrives from New Belgium in their standard 12 oz. branded bottle. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass, the Somersault pours a clear deep straw with half an inch of not quite white foam. Offers decent retention and lace.

Aroma is a bit subdued with a hint of spice, some grain and a bit of light citrus. A maltiiness lingers in a so so sort of way as the aroma opens up with warming to add a bit of sour mash aroma.

Flavor is coarse and dry, presumably from the addition of oats, and offers bready lemon notes and a bit of spice on the finish. Offers a smooth and full/bready feel with a light hint of bitterness. Overall a bit dense and not overly refreshing for the style, yet pleasant enough.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright pale yellow golden color, head does its work and jumps on the glass. Peppery, lemon, wild flowers and hit of apricot with fresh baked cracker in the nose. Lighter body, very smooth. Graininess comes across semi-dry. Lemon grass, orchard fruit, faint mint and dry biscuits. Herbal and floral with a mild but very pleasing fruitiness. Bone dry finish.

I would not expect anything less from New Belgium, very easy drinking for a hot day but still packed with intricacies.

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

Tried this first in the bottle, then picked up a 1/6th barrel for my kegerator, so this review is from the tap.

One and a half to two fingers of head after the pour(this is debateable because of CO2 pressure levels) but comparatively I keep mine average. Nice lingering lace with each sip. Head did diminish a bit but still covered the top of the beer well enough.

Aroma: Floral, pleasant, nothing spicy here.

Appearance: For a Blonde, this is on the darker side, but clear and a touch of gold.

Taste: Nothing abrasive here, lightly floral, citrusy a light apricotty finish.

Drinability. One of the smoothest I've had. It drinks very well. A great summer beer.

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