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Solenna | Funkwerks

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12 Reviews

Brewed by:
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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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -2.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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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