Splinter Brown - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by taylor714914:
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Ordered at the Troegs tasting room, bottle is for in house consumption only. Despite asking the bartender to not remove the cork via pulling down on the bottle and up on the cork, she did so anyway, dang near losing the bottle. After asking to pour it, she said it was not allowed as people try to walk out with the bottles. I explained my Splinter Gold incident where the bartender glugged away when pouring allowing all sorts of sediment to come into my glass. Though I asked, and she acknowledged, she still managed to chug away pouring the beer that amounted to about ¾ head. Anyway, back to the review.
At first glance, this looks like an abbey dubbel, and smells like a mix of a dubbel and oude bruin. Tart dark cherries, a hint of lactic acid, tobacco, and some leather are present in the nose. The taste is similar, with the initial sip being a well-balanced hit of lactic acid and fruit, like a mix of dark cherries and figs. There is also something reminiscent of a Bordeaux wine. I’m not sure if it was the sherry yeast or oak or vinous flavor that seems to mingle with the other fruit flavors, but it’s there, albeit subtle. That is really all that is going on until you swallow and the finish brings out tobacco, leather, and a bit of earth. Some oak creeps in, providing a bit of dryness.
Mouthfeel was nice. Maybe we had a less than carbonated bottle or the bartender helped dissipate most of the carbonation, but I didn’t think these bottles were over carbonated in the least bit.
Overall, not my favorite of the Splinter series, but a solid offering. Like another review said, I think given another 6 months to a year in the bottle, this baby would really shine and start to round out nicely.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2013 22:27:58 | More by taylor714914
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4.13/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 13:21:43 | More by MikeWard
4.11/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at the source. Pour is dark hazed chestnut brown with a tight bubbly tan head. The nose has a lot of wood, some light vanilla notes, sour cherries and a hint of bandaid. Taste is fairly sour with high carbonation and a medium to light body. Taste has a fair bit wood and some vanilla undertones. Hints of brown malt meld with a strong balance of cherry, berry brett.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 15:50:27 | More by cpetrone84
Splinter Brown from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.