Solenna | Funkwerks

BA SCORE
86
very good
69 Ratings
SolennaSolenna
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funkwerks
Colorado, United States
funkwerks.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by denver10 on 08-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Wasatch for this funky treat

Pours darkest amber with red cast, big beige head that lasts, cloudy thickish look to it.

Layers of tart, ranging from berry tart to sharp lactic, are underlaid by righteous earthy and spicy funk. Hints of floral and honey sweet give it a delicious complexity. Med. strength, very alluring aroma.

Lactic tart fronts the parade with supporting cast of overripe peach, green apple, peppery spice, earthy funk, and sweet that never seems to show strongly but keeps the dry finish from being overdry. As it warms citrus pith and herbal bitter add complexity.

Highly viscous, med. carb., full bodied, with a heavyweight of a finish that stays clean.

Really tasty beer from master saison producers at Funkwerks. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TH28
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 10/3/16 bottle date. Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with a thick, frothy off white head and great lacing. Aroma: Sour apple, grassy, and a distinct brett funkiness. A touch of cinnamon. Taste: Light malt sweetness, grassy, tart apple, and a really strong barnyard, horsey funkiness from the brett. Fairly strong bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high carbonation Finish: Dry with a strong grassy, funky brett that lingers. Overall: With around 8 mths on this beer, the brett is aggressive and dominant in the aroma and flavor of the beer. Malt character is very low, and the dark amber color suggests there should be more there. Brett is really the showpiece of this beer, almost a little one dimensionally so.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 2016.07.27
ABV: 6.3%

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice cloudy brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some really nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is really nice, malty, yeasty, slight funkyness, with some slight spicyness, cinammon. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, funky, with some spicyness, cinammon. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmh21
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Huge thick beige head atop a cloudy brown body. Smell of nutmeg, hay, and earth. Root beer, malt, hard to describe, but likable.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of herman77
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy medium brown with a very large head. The aroma is full of brett notes, wet hay being very prominent, as well as prune juice, papaya, banana, clove, melon, vinous white grape, pepper, and raisin. The flavor offers bright white grape, clove, nutmeg, plum, apricot, and some barnyard notes. The mouthfeel is assertively fizzy and medium bodied. Overall this is an awesome beer, full of flavor, with huge funk and fruit present.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber, almost brown color with a bit of haze. A dense beige head forms with excellent retention and lace all the way down the glass.
S: Spicy, bready, lightly phenolic. Toasted malts, caramel apples with fresh baked bread. A really interesting mix that keeps growing on me.
T: Wonderful toasted and bready malts up front. Like fresh baked bread. Lightly tart cinnamon apples with a peppery and phenolic spice. The peppery flavor dances on the tongue as this finishes. A touch of earthy hop bitterness in the finish as well. Lots going on here, but everything is balanced and I like it more and more with each sip.
M/O: A medium body that is very smooth. Would like a bit more crisp carbonation bite though. Really enjoyable to drink. Something that is complex, but really welcoming and keeps drawing me in for more.

This wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I picked this up. I saw it on the shelf, and without thinking about just picked it up with no research. Cause, it is Funkwerks and everything they do is worth it. Without much description, other than "Belgian-Style Ale with Brettanomyces" I was thinking this is more along the lines of a Brett Saison. Which, this is pretty far from that style. Really more along the lines of a N'Ice Chouffe. The Brett is just slightly noticeable, but the beautiful maltiness and phenolic spice shine. Really interesting and well done.

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Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Gushing head that slowly settled to a foamy cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Heavy Brett aroma of barnyard along with some spicy hops. A dry beer despite the darker malts used. The Brett funk is first and foremost flavor which is complimented with spicy hops and bready malt. Body feels a lot thinner than the ABV would suggest. I think the carbonation blew its load during the pour and gushing of the bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong Brett aroma, with barnyard funk, grass, apple and rye. Taste is also very funky and grassy, with apple, rye and fruity esters all playing a role. Finish is very dry, but the body is not quite as effervescent as desired. Overall, this is a very nice...something. Almost like a mix between a Brett Pale Ale (like Orval) and a darker Rye Saison.

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Photo of Blazer22
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Solenna from Funkwerks
3.9 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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