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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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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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left some soapy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very yeasty with fruity notes and some spiciness. There was a slight caramel aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone. There was a mild fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty blonde ale. Very high on the sessionable scale.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours goldenrod with a frothy medium white head, leaving good lacing, solid retention.

S: Grassy and slightly vegetal hops with a hint of biscuity malt.

T: Bready sweet malt with some good backing hops - hint of pine, grass, slightly sweet finish.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth. A refreshing ale for sure.

O: This is pretty much in the New Belgium simple summer beer style ala Skinny Dip. But it's better than that beer and is clearly well made. Worth a purchase in my opinion.

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Photo of SamN
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somersault is honey golden in color with pure clarity and very little carbonation visible. Aroma is light, sweet and tart; tart apricots and peaches, floral hops and a touch of honey sweetness. Quite an intoxicating smell, flowers and apricots is a wonderful combination for summer. Tart is flavorful, varies between fresh apples and apricots, a nice malt backbone and a pleasantly bitter hops finish. Encompasses a wide variety of flavors, quite an impressive beer from New Belgium. Mouthfeel is helped tremendously by the addition of oats to create a solid body for it's flavorful character. Impressively built.

Overall, a great summer beer. Bolder flavors and a bigger body make this a great sessionable brew.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden pale yellow color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Light floral hops in the front of the aroma. Bready sweet malt nose comes in next with the distinct New Belgium malt aroma. Light citrus hops give off a lemony aroma to finish everything off.

T- Light floral hop in the front with a bigtime lemon like overaroma. Middle of the beer shows a nice bready malt character with hints of grainy undertones. Citrus hops show up in the ending with light orange, more lemon overtones, and hints of apricot. Light alcohol flavors in the ending bring this beer full circle.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops, light bready malts, and hints of floral flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, apricot, hints of grainy bready malts, and citrus. Flavors were very well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present except a distinct New Belgium malt taste that creeps into a lot of their beers. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was good. Is it something I would drink a lot of?? Maybe not. A nice clean tasting summertime beer. Nothing over the top special about this beer but I did enjoy it. The ABV doesn't show up much. Overall another nice beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me back a couple bottles of Somersault from his trip down south. The only beer I have had from New Belgium was Fat Tire and I thought that this was a pretty good amber. From the looks of this I figured this was the brewery's popular summer seasonal, but with only 22 reviews I don't think that's the case. It had a best buy date of August 28, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks cool, I like how they turned a scenic summer landscape upside down. Somersault poured a clear pale golden straw color with four fingers worth of chunky white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left lots of nice looking lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is a good amount of sweet pale malts. Along with the pale malts there was also a good amount of floral and citrus hops that gave it a slight lemon aroma.

T- The taste incorporates all the things that stood out in the aroma and blends them all together to make for a balanced taste. The pale malts are nice and sweet with some graininess to them, they mixed well with the floral and citrus hops. Neither the floral or the citrus overpowers each other and theres a good amount of bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium light bodied, thicker then most blondes. The finish was medium dry and it had just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good, light, easy drinking blonde ale that would for sure hit the spot on a hot summer day. Everything was pretty on par for it's style and good, the only thing I would change is to have the finish be a little less bitter and maybe make the body a tad bit lighter. This brew had great drinkability, I could easily put down three or four of these while playing disc golf in the summer. If New Belgium was available in Michigan I would probably buy a couple six packs during the summer to enjoy, but since they aren't i'll have to enjoy the two I have. If you have access to New Belgium and want a good light summertime beer then you might want to give Somersault a try. So far the two beers I have had from New Belgium have been good, I hope the third one I have is just as good.

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Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, darker than straw with a one and a half finger high popcorn colored head. Has decent retention and lacing.

Rather bready and biscuit malts with a noticable peach and dried apricot fruit note. Light nose, slightly flowery, malt and yeast profile is distinctly derived from Fat Tire.

Starts a bit heavy for a blonde with biscuit malts, a touch of honey and oats. Brightens up considerably near the end of the drink with citrus hops and light lemon zest. The finish is bright and slightly cherry tart with some coarse cereal grains.

Slightly heavier than what I'd like for a summer beer, a bit too malty. Well balanced though with enough heft to carry on into the later months. Carbonation is average and the aftertaste is coarse and grainy making the beer feel slightly heavier.

Another seasonal with that "signature" Fat Tire biscuit maltiness, I like balance but I really prefer my summer beer to be lighter and more uplifting. The sour flash at the end of the drink is a nice surprise, decent effort but I think I'll stick with a nice wheat beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Always nice to see new faces in the mixed sixer section. This member pours a clear brass topped by a healthy finger of ever-so-slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light grapefruit peel, very light caramel and light orange zest. The taste holds notes of heftier (yet still mild) caramel, coriander, light lemon zest, light butter, mandarin oranges, and light grapefruit zest. The body is a slightly hefty light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, a nice little blonde, no pretenses toward anything but refreshment, and this brew delivers in that area. Not bad.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty clear golden color into the SA Perfect Pint Glass. Nice creamy white head that hung around for a couple minutes and nice lacing. Not a whole lot on the nose: malt, a little yeast, and some flowering overtones. Taste was pretty decent: malt, biscut, some citrusy flavor, and no bitterness whatsoever. Not bad for a summer brew, I guess, but there are better ones out there. Doubtful I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at Liquor Depot in Rock Springs, WY. Around $8. Best before 28AUG11. Into a NB Globe.

A: Crystal clear pale gold in color with a stark white head that bubbles up to a about a finger's worth of head. Great retention and a few nice spots of lacing. A fair amount of carbonation moving up from the nucleation point.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. Floral and a slight bit of yeast, has a distinct NB 'house' smell. A few spices but nothing really stands out.

T: Again, has a house NB taste that I've picked up in a few of their beers, kind of hard to describe, but I know it when I taste it. A light graininess on the finish, with a few spice notes, slightly floral. Practically no bitterness. Not bad, really light flavors but it works for a summer session beer.

M: A decent amount of body for a blonde ale, medium carbonation and a nice dry finish. Not bad at all here.

O: This will be a nice summer beer, nothing over the top and every bit as good as Skinny Dip. A welcome change to the summer line up. This will be nice to sip on as the weather continues to warm up. I would have no problem having a few of these at a barbeque or out camping.

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Photo of bfields4
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Filtered clear golden body.

Lemony citrus smells. A touch of sweet biscuity malt.

Light citrus and touch of the sweet malt. The new belgium house yeast is def present. Reminds me of a wheatbeer without quite as much lemon.

Nice light refreshing beer. Good summer seasonal. Not too much jumps out at me with this guy.

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

Its the lightest tasting ale I've ever had. Its almost tasteless in a way but very refreshing. Its not sweet not bitter not watery not much of anything but refreshing. The smell is pleasent but nothing different, the color is nice and light and the head is average. I recommend as a nice session beer.

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

Pours a light golden color, and produced a 1 finger white head.

The aroma was of malts, light hops, and citrus.

The taste was about the same as smell. It is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Finishes clean. No hop bitterness.

This is a very nice summertime session beer. Easy drinking, and tasty. I was disappointed to hear that the weren't bringing Skinny Dip back, but Somersault is good as the skinny.

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Photo of holden303
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a blonde/copper body with about 2 fingers of frothy head.

S: Picking up some light apricots as well as some floral notes.

T: Not a whole lot going on here, real light, crisp with a little fruity-ness but nowhere near being a fruit beer.

M: Good carbonation, very crisp.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing to look forward to either, I could see myself again drinking one in the summer at a BBQ or something if it was there, but won't go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hue with a huge head that has great retention and wonderful lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral hop aroma--so much lemon and orange all on top of a great grassy grainy quality

T: Subtle hop bitterness that complements the grainy maltiness but the lemon, citrus rind, orange, and apricot come through the most

F: Light to medium body with a surprising creaminess; the beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

D: Such a refreshing beer from NB--it is nice to have a balanced but still pleasantly hopped session beer; this is definitely a beer I will come back to this summer

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Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, inch of foamy head, retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Bready, some fruityness (apricot and a touch lemony), light floral presence.
T- Starts bready, lemony and a bit of apricot. There is a snap of a gingerlike flavor in the finish.
M- Relatively light, crisp carbonation.
O- A decent summer beer. Light and clean with some pleasant flavors. A good effort.

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Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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