After 4 years of featuring Skinny Dip as their summer seasonal beer, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing has changed it up with an all new summer beer called Somersault.
Labeled as an American Blonde Ale, this 5.2% abv ale, is a departure from the traditions usually found in New Belgiums offerings. This beer is mashed with oats for smoothness, hopped with a generous dose of Centennial hops, brewed with some apricot and ginger, and then fermented with an American Hefeweizen yeast.
Somersault pours a bright, clear blonde color, with a short white head that lingers in the glass until the end. It is carbonated fairly high up on the scale, and has strong aromas of grassy hay and hops with some honey flavors lingering in the background. The malt flavors are very subdued and serve more as a playground for the other flavors to romp around on. Big, bold, citrusy hops with just a touch of fruitiness are the initial flavors, followed by a small taste of yeast and maybe some honeyed ginger. The finish is mildly bitter and fairly dry. Although it says to serve at 45 degrees, pulling one of these ice cold beers out of the cooler on a nice sunny day would be my preference. While it is a departure from their tried and true summer seasonals, I think this one will stick around for a while. Cheers!
I am a huge fan of most of New Belgium’s beers, and their Lips of Faith series is a great opportunity to try out some of the brews from NB’s creative side. Their Belgian Style Blond is a strong golden ale, light in color, with moderate body and a crisp finish. Belgian yeast provides banana and clove notes for a very crisp flavor profile. The ale is mildly hoppy, but has a quite a kick of about 8.5% ABV.
This brew pairs excellently with fish, and white sauce pastas.
Yesterday while browsing through the beer aisle at my local grocers, I came across a new brew from New Belgium that I had to try. Eric’s Ale is a sour peach ale, and in their own words, “a sour ale for those who don’t like sour ales, and a fruit ale for those who don’t like fruit ales.” While I can agree with the fruit statement, I don’t think I can really agree with the sour statement. This is definitely a sour ale. If you don’t like sour ales, you probably won’t like this one either. Not that it’s bad in any way. Compared to New Belgium’s La Folie sour brown ale, this beer is mild in the sour dept, but still packs a pretty good kick.
Eric’s Ale pours a clear amber with minimal head, taste is of sour apple and honey, Acidity is present but not overpowering in any way, which is a plus for this beer. Finishes long and dry with a taste of unripe peaches. The Ale weighs in at 7% ABV, but doesn’t quite seem that heavy, probably due to the fact that its a sipping beer, not a chugging beer. Eric’s Ale would pair nicely with bbq dishes, teriyaki, or any other dish that was heavier on the sweet and needs some acidity to balance it out.