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Splinter Brown - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 11-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

NOTE: Splinter Brown is highly-carbonated – so high the pressure has pushed corks out of the bottling during the aging process. For safety reasons, this beer will only be served for on-premise consumption and all bottles must be opened by Troegs servers.

Splinter Brown’s roots extend to July 2010 with the brewing of Scratch #34, a Belgian-style Dubbel. Some of this wort made it into a “funk” tank to ferment with bacteria and a blend of ale, Brett and sherry yeasts, but a large quantity was bottled in one of the brewery’s earliest bottle-conditioning projects. When the bottles didn’t carbonate properly, a resourceful brewer blended nearly 100 cases of beer with the original “funk” tank beer and transferred it into oak barrels. Fast forward to 2013, and this beer has aged with a finely developed Brett character, but only minimal tartness. Splinter Brown’s third flavor profile was created by blending the barrel-aged beer with a fresh-brewed sour mash fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and aged for six months in French and Hungarian oak wine barrels. This unique merger of flavors has resulted in a wonderfully complex Sour Brown Ale that is truly a labor of love. Cheers!
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 9
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Had a bottle to meself at the brewery. Bottled August 2013. As mentioned in previous posts, only available at the brewery for consumption at the brewery. Staff removed the cork, then handed me the bottle with two nice looking glasses. (Wife used the other one for her lemon-lime, she took a sip of the Splinter and passed on it) $22.95 for the bottle, an ouch for a guy like me who pretty much sticks to 12 ouncers.

First experience with a Flanders ale, so bear with me. I will likely state the obvious and stupid to those who know the style.

Appearance was a bit of a concern to me. Deep thick red wine color with brownish tones, and a small head that dissipated almost immediately. Looks flat. No lacing.

On the nose, hello, this smells pretty good. Wine, dried fruit, sweetness, even smells sour.

From the first mouthful I know I'm gonna love this. A sour wash throughout the mouth, picking up the dried fruit taste. Highly carbonated, even fizzy in the mouth. (What a noob) Faint feel of the wood, not much at all, and I like the strongwood flavor of oak aged beers. A refreshing flavor on a hot day. Loved the feel in the mouth, sour and fizzy.

Was able to pour the beer carefully enough so that a fair bit of sediment was left in the last 3/4 inch or so of the bottle. Dumped that into the wifes now empty glass and watch some funky reactions. Looked like it was growing.

Overall, really enjoyed this, and would love to find more in the style. Was pretty buzzed by the end of the bottle (90 minutes or so), so perhaps best shared with a friend.

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Splinter Brown from Tröegs Brewing Company
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