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Solenna - Funkwerks

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BA SCORE
85
very good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Funkwerks visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Solenna pairs the fruitiness of a traditional Belgian yeast strain with the subtle spicy character of Brettanomyces and the floral notes of German hops. Notes of candy apple, cinnamon, and fresh-cut grass give way to a dry finish and firm lingering bitterness.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 08-17-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Dark amber, thick eggshell head, magnificent lacing

SMELL: Spice, yeast, pepper, nectarine, lawn clippings

TASTE: Crisp, lively, apple, light tartness, grassy, stone fruits, spicy, phenolic, faint cinnamon, toasty, biscuity, biting finish

This meeting between Brettanomyces, a traditional Belgian yeast strain and German hops yields a very pleasant and highly drinkable brew that boasts much complexity, but also remains approachable. Rustic and familiar, it grows on the palate with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:18:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-23-2013 20:20:50 | More by drummermattie02
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MistaT

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

As a huge fan of Funkwerks I'm always excited to catch something new from them. Solenna, billed as a Belgian style ale, is another good beer from them but it falls short of the excellent standard they've set with their Saisons.

Put a bomber down with dinner (homemade veal cutlets & orzo), and here's my take:

Appearance - not what I was expecting or hoping for. As a fan of Belgian pale ales I was hoping this would be lighter, and enhanced by the Brett. Instead it pours with a heavy, bubbly head that while quickly subsides isn't that attractive. Color is a dark orange caramel that is murky and hard to see through.

Smell - okay, not much here to excite which is disappointing as their yeasts normally bring more funk. Slight sour nose with standard dried fruits coming through.

Taste - again, disappointing as you'd expect a beer brewed with Brett to have more sour and complex flavors. This comes through flat and relatively devoid of flavors aside from the standard dark ale fruits. I did notice some sour flavors in the afteraste however...

Mouthfeel - good as it wasn't overly thick or syrupy which too often dark Belgian ales can be...definitely drinkable.

Overall - give it a go if you like dark Belgian ales and Funkwerks but if not, stick to the Saisons and their lighter ales (Provincial) which I believe they do much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:46:03 | More by MistaT
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the newest bottled offering from funkwerks finally made it into my home. it is a unique beer that pours a rust shade and boasts a two inch off white head, thick and lovely. the nose is sort of bland compared to some other funkwerks stuff, I really don't get the heavy dose of brett I was expecting, but there is a nice spice element from either rye malt or some added spices, hard to tell. the flavor features nicely roasted german malts, some fall spice, and a warming Belgian yeast finish. its complex enough, but I don't think this beer is up to the usually very high level of funkwerks beers, it seems to be missing or lacking something, but maybe age will help this one, as the brett continues to develop. it also seemed out of context, like more of a cold weather beer, but the craftsmanship is still impressive. good bubbles and a medium body that drinks smoothly. others in our group liked this one more than me, I was really hoping for more of a brett influence, but perhaps a good introductory beer to those intimidated by or unfamiliar with the power of brettanomyces.

Serving type: bottle

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California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle, thanks to doktorzee for lugging this one back from Colorado for me.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of finely textured, frothy, glistening foamy ecru head, which leaves some broad chunky hollow warren lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet pale malt, with a touch of caramelized cereals, earthy funk, softly astringent Belgian yeast, played-out chewing gum, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is grainy pale malt, dry, faintly fruity drupe skins, white pepper, somewhat ethereal bacterial funk, tame, surprisingly innocuous yeast, and earthy, weedy, and sort of grassy hops.

The bubbles are rather robust and thorough in their reach, the body medium-light in weight, and actually quite smooth, even a little beyond my creeping expectations. It finishes just off-dry, the malt exhibiting some staying power, while the subdued fruit esters and yeast bitterness balance things out, mostly.

I'm gonna quibble about the style designation here - this is by no means 'dark', so perhaps a plain ol' BPA would suffice. Aside from that, this is a tasty, decent Brett-infected Belgian ale. Not all that funky or sour, but evenly drinkable, and there's room aplenty in this world for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 05:05:22 | More by biboergosum
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Solenna from Funkwerks
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.