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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:
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!

(Beer added by: orangesol on 11-01-2013)
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Split this one with BMart and dfhhead25 at the brewpub. Thanks guys!

Funny that Troegs won't sell this because of the cork bullet issues. Good thing 3F doesn't have the same regulations! Still, I honor their request.

Dirty mahogany-brown pour with a fizzy, off-white cap, that seemed like it should dissipate, but never truly did, keeping a solid ring through the session; minimal lacing left on the glass. Fairly musty aroma, yeasty, with a good hit of waterlogged wood, earth, toasted caramel. Taste was good, more mustiness, very woody, caramel, char, vinous, notes of dark fruits, with a moderate tart snap to it. However, underlying everything was what came off to me as an off-flavor indicative of infection. I'm not saying it was, but it seemed to be heading in that direction. Either that or the wood character was simply too intense. If the former is true, this beer should be consumed as soon as possible. If the latter, then maybe let it sit for a while more. But I don't know which it was, so I'll just say, "I don't really know what was up with this beer, but something just didn't sit right with me." Oddly, I thought the final, somewhat yeasty pour from the bottle was the best-tasting, lending a little more fruit and spice to the mix. Medium body, solid mouthfeel with a decent tanginess to it, but always that hint of infection. Definitely worth a try, and I'd actually like to try it again.

Rifugium, Nov 27, 2013
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Splinter Brown from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.