Solenna | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours bright amber and generates a ivory 3.5" foam cap that mounds up over the lip of the glass and has excellent retention

S: Belgian yeast aromas of fruit, cinnamon, and some grassy notes dominate.

T: starts with biscuit, spice, cinnamon, fruit, peach, and bubble gum building to a pleasant assertive bitter finish that squeezes out any hint of sweetness

F: incredibly creamy, mousse-like texture giving the beer a light airy feel with fine, soft carbonation

O: nicely balanced yet complex and layered and will only develop and improve as it matures

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Solenna from Funkwerks
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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