The Thirsty Thirty : Day Six – (cheers to the last day of le tour) New Belgium Somersault

“Somersault Ale was designed to be a fun roll around on the tongue while requiring only the minimum of palate gymnastics. In other words, this perfect summer lounge around beer is ridiculously fun and easy to drink. Even though the second Somersault goes down as effortlessly the first, our brewer Grady actually has quite a few remarkable notes at play in the nose, flavor and mouthfeel. There is an opening brace of citrus aroma from Centennial hops, a soft apricot fruitiness tucked into the flavor, a fresh snap from a sliver of ginger root, finished with oats in a long cool mash. Color is blonde with a suggestion of cloudiness. Somersaults all around!” from New Belgium

So before I get to the Somersault, a few words on Le Tour & enjoying an ale. For the past several weeks, I’ve been spoiled by being able to watch Le Tour every day, and I was heartbroken when I realized today was the last day. Even though it was the final day, today’s ride was quite cheerful – for most of the ride today none of the riders were stressed and everyone was enjoying some champagne (even the car drivers).

Professional cycling is incredibly strict and intense so it’s refreshing to see some smiles and riders enjoying something outside of their regimented nutritional routine. I like George Hincape even more (who thought that was possible?) for saying that during yesterday’s time trial he was going to sit back and enjoy a few beers. Apparently ages ago, when the riders came through the Alps every summer, farmers who were spending their summer’s up in the cool Alps with livestock would meet the riders with their own brews, handing them off to fortify the cyclists as they made their way to the summit.

They’ve worked hard so I hope they’ll be enjoying a few cold ones in the style of the original riders.

Well onto the Somersault…

All in all I just want to sit down in a rolling field of dandelions and have an afternoon picnic with several of these.

Recommend to a friend? Positively. You’ll be coming with me on that picnic right? It would be more convenient to have them in the bottles for the bicycle ride over, but I would strongly recommend enjoying this in a glass. The Somersault has the most beautiful honey color (and flavor) that would be wasted if it stayed in the bottle.

Safe for lightweights? 5.2%…still having some tame ones here. But I promise, tomorrow’s ale is at 9%

High five!

LabelingWhat I like even more than New Belgium’s labeling is the actual bottle. On the necks, “New Belgium” is imprinted into the mold so you can immediately identify a bottle as a New Belgium. Making your labels special is a necessary component for great packaging, but not that many breweries (as far as I know) invest in having a special mold made for the bottles. The lettering has to be just perfect, so that they don’t end up bleeding into each other during the glass blowing process, etc etc…Anyways, it’s nice to see something a little bit different on the bottles themselves.

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