Somnus Viduata | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bullfrog on 8/7/11. Served in a goblet.

A - Pretty coppery orange color with a reddish amber glow and a sturdy beige dollop of foam on top that produced a think wall of lace and yielded a nice frothy retention.

S - Exotic coffee notes greet the nose immediately, followed by some delicate vanilla notes. While the coffee aroma is quite authentic and pleasant, it camouflages the saison attributes overall, giving the aroma a predominantly rich, roasty coffee character with little complexity. With that said, the coffee character is pretty damn amazing!

T - The coffee traits are equally pronounced in the flavor, but this time the saison attributes come out to play, offering hints of barnyard and basement notes with a grassy hop twang in the backend. Finishes with earthy hop notes, some spicy yeast and a faint splash of citrus way in the background that gives the flavor profile the complexity of a saison that I really enjoy.

M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly spritzy carbonation and a somewhat (for lack of a better term) watery texture. Finish is semi-dry with decent hop bitterness and a hint of roasty astringency, the latter providing just a smidgen of sourness on the palate.

D - Props to Nate for crafting this very unique coffee beer that's got to be a first in the beer books. A coffee saison... whodathunkit?

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One fingers worth of off white head. Nice bit of lacing and a thin ring remains. Body is a clear reddish light brown.

Smells big time of coffee and some earthy hops. Touch if bready yeast and Carmel.

Taste is very coffee forward. Not much Belgian character cone through. Some earthy piney hops mixed with the Carmel sweet malts keep this one quite balanced.

Medium thin bodied, I'd like it to have more but let's move on. Medium carbonation keeps the palate clean in between sips.
A bit of lingering, coating hop bitterness rounds it out.

Overall it's a nice take on a new style beer for me, coffee saison.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled last week, 7/28, at the brewpub. Poured into a goblet.

A: The saison is dark, quasi noir, thanks to the Alabaster coffee addition. Transparent, the ale has a radiant, tawny look to it. I can see bubbles streaming up from the base of the glass. A thin head, a white color that contrasts with the ale.

S: Bitter coffee notes juxtaposed with sweet saison yeast and spices. Coffee is far, far stronger than the saison side, lending strength (minus the booze) and body. The saison spiciness finishes strong, even amongst the coffee, with light fruit.

T: The powerful blast of coffee rivals many coffee beers (stouts included). Bitter and roasted, the strength of the coffee is surprising. And to pair the strength with the sweet subtlety of a saison? Intriguing and risky. Luckily the saison touch continues at Bullfrog. Saison flavors, yeasty and spicy, add a noticeably sweetness that cuts through the coffee late in each sip. Coffee is present through, its firm flavor never wavering. Once you adjust to the competing flavors, the saison is quite nice.

M: Roasted and sweet, spicy with lighter fruits in abundance. Combining the two flavors was a risk but it works.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bullfrog last weekend. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin light tan head and not much in the way of retention or lacing. The nose brings forward quite a bit of coffee plus some odd Belgian yeast character. It sounded like it could be an interesting combination, but the coffee overpowers the saison yeast rather than complement it, so the finished product ends up being more like a coffee beer that has some strange Belgian character to it. Flavor is a bit more odd. Body is medium with decent carbonation. A bit strange in the finish as well. Overall, I just wasn't a big fan of this one.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KAP1356
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's last night. Served in a 13 oz Rodenbach tulip...

A - Reminds me a lot of Schnieder Aventinus in color and body - just not as nice. Murky brown color with slight hints of orange color in there. An eggshell white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick and recedes quite quickly.

S - Coffee comes out first and really is the main component of the nose. There are some subtle dark fruit scents and Belgian yeast notes as well. A very slight spice is evident but it is hard for it to break through the coffee.

T - First sip, and I thought it tasted like suntan lotion smells. I let it sit a bit and came back to a better result. Sweet roasted coffee is the standout here. There are some subtle fruit nuances along with candy sugar and Belgian yeasty flavors. The spices come out more on the palate than on the nose. An odd mix for my palate to be honest.

M - Creamy with a medium body. There is a moderate carbonation level; less than I am used to on most saisons, but it seems to work well for this concoction.

O - I got through the glass, but I was really not feeling this one as much as I would like. The coffee and saison just didn't seem like a well integrated flavor combination.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somnus Viduata has a cloudy brown body with a light tan head that is about a finger thick. Retention and lacing are fairly good.

I asked a question about “the saison” and was rewarded with two samples and no explanation, so I was really surprised when one smelled strongly of coffee. The aroma was pleasant enough, and I was interested enough to order a full glass. The aroma is rounded out by a bit of belgian yeast, but the coffe does all of the heavy lifting.

Interesting mix. I'm not sure that I like it, but it seems like it is well done for what it is. There's no doubt that it is really creative, that's for sure. The coffee dominates once again, with a fresh-brewed type of flavor and no harshness or bitterness. Alongside the coffee is a little bit of a candied sugar flavor. The yeast kicks in toward the finish, with a little bit of clove and some fruit. Probably slightly tart green apple would be the best way to describe it.

Somnus Viduata doesn't have the explosive carbonation that great saisons do, but it manages to have a nice creamy feel to it that seems to work. Maybe it has the perfect carbonation for a coffee saison?

I liked trying this one, and it's interesting, but I'm not sure I loved the combination. The flavors didn't clash, but they didn't come together perfectly either.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my bro, tenderbranson69 for bringing this to share - growler poured chilled into my la fin du monde tulip.

murky dark brown w/ medium brown highlights, the clarity is actually more like translucent. The head is a rocky cream of about 2 fingers high from a vigorous pour. The lace sticks ok and retention is good. The smell is a little roasty with some vegetal notes and slight peppery yeasty ester from the saison yeast. There is a mild alcohol note with slight tangy herbal element either from the yeast or hops or coffee which is earthy. The feel is good starts more roasty and moves toward spice from the saison yeast and has a gentle creaminess midway through indicating some wheat was used. I like the semi-dry/bitter finish which is both bean and tannic adding to the general complexity.

This tastes pretty odd at first I will be honest, very roasted and acidic coffee alongside a peppery slightly tangy yeast flavor but as the beer warms it gets better and becomes more blended with coffee and spice from the yeast doing there best to interact in a friendly way. I like how the creamy taste comes forward mid glass, but the caffeine level is certainly high as I am very alert and buzzing by the second glass. I recommend this- a good experiment and I could see myself drinking this as a pick me up. I thought it worked and if you like coffee you will probably enjoy this.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Dark brown ice tea with a white, mixed bubble head.

S – Huge black-roasted coffee bean aroma; deep and earthy. Almond and vanilla accents.

T – Coffee and a light sourness race to a dry fish, with the sourness eking out a win in the end. The coffee has a crisp bitter roast to it, and the sourness has a lemon twist and a complex bourgmont acidity.

M – Light body with a dry, semi-sour finish. Low carbonation for the style.

O – Incredibly interesting. The only coffee version of the style that I’ve had to date. The profile could benefit from a bit more integration.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on r 6th anniversary road trip.

appearance: copper orange brown with 1 finger head

smell: coffee, caramel, hops, malts,

taste: coffee, belgian yeast in the finish, sweet malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice take on a unique beer. It was the wives favorite out of the bunch.


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Somnus Viduata from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 12 ratings