Monday, January 16, 2017

Funkwerks Solenna Review

Name: Funkwerks Solenna
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
ABV: 6.3%
IBUs: 48

Ever since their arrival to Minnesota, Funkwerks has become one of my favorite new breweries to check out and today I have their Solenna, which is a Belgian Ale with Brettanomyces. I say Belgian Ale because that's not only what the brewery calls it but there's also websites and organizations that have different classifications for this beer.

Beer Advocate calls this a Belgian Dark Ale, while RateBeer calls this a Belgian Ale. Untappd, on the other hand, refers to this as a Saison. For all intents and purposes, we'll just refer to it as a Belgian Dark Ale

Appearance - Hazy brown color with no visible carbonation. The head starts off very foamy even with a gentle pour but the lacing is nice and abundant.

Aroma - Strong brett funkiness and caramelized malts upfront, followed by some mild floral hoppiness and a strong apple-like tartness.

Taste - The front of the palate starts things off with some strong Brett yeasts and moderate caramel malts, while the back end of the palate opens up to some mild floral hops and spice notes. In the aftertaste, I'm getting some of that light apple tartness that lingers for a couple of moments.

I like this. The Brett isn't too overpowering but it gives off just enough funk to make this a crowd pleaser. That said, if you aren't a fan of wild ales, this one isn't going to change your mind but for those who enjoys them will definitely find something to like here.

Funkwerks Solenna - 8.5/10

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