Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 680
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 12-17-2009

The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsey flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.
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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

Photo of Devman171
1.3/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle batch 2, aroma is heavy acetone and oak. Taste is thick and funky with a dry heavy oak finish. Tried a second day, heavy wood and nail polish still there

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i didnt love this one as much as others. its heavy on the wine barrel characteristics, which is almost a fruity double jeopardy with the belgian yeast, and the wild yeast, which is mostly brett from what i gather, doesnt make nearly as much of an impact as i was hoping for. still, the beer is good, almost like a tripel in its yeast and body, and in that its sweet all the way through it an unapologetic for that. carbonation is awesome, its very alive, and the wood on it is enormous. im not sure the wine barrel was the best choice though, neutral oak may have been more appealing, but the fruitiness is pleasant too. slightly tart and tannic, but never sharp. it also doesnt need to be so strong. i might have like this better around 8% abv, the extra booze does little for the beer and is distracting in some contexts. it improves as it warms though, and the funk comes out a bit more. this is fun beer, but i expected a lot more from it honestly.

Photo of jbaker67
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange amber with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is musty, candle wax, light booze strains, dank wood, orange rind, light funk, tart fruit skins. Taste comprises bitter orange, aged apple core, musty wood, sweet notes, toffee apple. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light boozey knockings in the finale. Decent enough, plenty going on, a little overly sweet for the style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Nice off white head.

Smell - Very malty. Minimal acetic acid. Stone fruits. Nice acidity to the nose.

Taste - Stone fruit. A little peachy. Sour. Lots of oak. Caramel. Estery.

Mouthful - Medium heavy for a sour. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Reminds me of a Cascade sour. Oaky with a nice stone fruit complexity.

Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

*First and foremost, my scores reflect Batch 1, while the words reflect Batch 2*
This beer is still a Brett'd Triple, people need to remember that....
Bottle at the Brewery, review #650!

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass. Nowhere near as much carbonation as Batch 1 had.

S - Smells of mild sugary sweetness, decent amount of barnyard funk from all that brett, white wine and oak from the barrels and a touch of booze. A bit of tropical fruitiness comes out as it warms to room temperature. A simple, yet complex nose.

T - Much like the nose, this one starts off with a dose of sugary sweetness that quickly gives way to hints of oak tannins, mild citric fruit, white grape skins and plenty of horse blanket / barnyard funk. Booze is ever present but it doesn't really ever become a major player. Finish is quite dry, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Fizzy feel that slowly dies down over the coarse of the glass. Nowhere near as bone dry as Batch 1 was, that was nearly Champaign.

O - This is still one of the better Wild Ale's out there. I personally preferred Batch 1 by a wide margin, that bone dry feel just had me coming back for more and more, but this batch has the potential to be just as good or better in the long run. If you ever have the chance to try this one I strongly suggest you do, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a freshly uncorked 750 mL bottle in the Troegs tasting room, consumed in several aliquots over 50 minutes with the intermittent aid of popcorn.

The first impression is of a boozy apple cider. A barmaid’s careful pour (designed to leave yeast undisturbed in the punt) lays out a pulpy cider base with a fleeting, ringed head to match, right down to the obvious cinnamon apple nose. Note that with a more aggressive second splash, a weakly retained inch of froth releases smells of sanded oak (from the aging) and hop-pine (from the noble buds).

Sawdust and orange peel are prominent in sips, preceded by a floral breeze ushered past the lips by ascorbic acid. Larger swills are punctuated by tight, piercing carbonation wrapped around that tart. These powerful components are still no match for a heady Roquefort funk—in sight, smell, and taste—that pervades all but the angular start and spicy end.

It lays out thick and deep in the mouth, falling over the back of the tongue and leaving a clamor of seasonings in its wake. A blanket of vanilla smoke woven by the long barrel time is not sufficient to contain the noisy pepper, tannic astringency, or cheesy funk. Ascorbate collects in paraglottic gutters through the smoldering finish.

In sum, this creation is a complex collection of sensations that unfortunately do not merge into a cohesive brew, despite all the love and patience sealed in each Burgundy bottle. A thick, bloody steak could provide the sinews to knit it together. But on its own, Splinter Gold is equal parts cider, wine, and beer all not well-married, but polyamorously cohabitating without sufficient common ground for any relationship beyond an exhibitionistic ménage-a-trois. This is not to say it wasn’t fun to be a voyeur…

Photo of Sterby
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass. Recommended drinking temperature is 58F.

A- Poured a cloudy, yellowish gold with small bubbles. A layer of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S-Oak, White Grapes, Barnyard funk

T-Sharp Oak is pronounced up front with sour barnyard funk, vanilla nuances, and white grapes. Multiple layers of complexity

M-Well carbonated, aggressive up front, velvety smooth in the middle and finishing dry. The palate is asking for more.

Overall, very complex and different than anything I've ever tried. Virgin oak is great, sour is just right, vanilla nuances are there and the finish has you asking for more. Finally, the live cultures in this batch make me very happy. Great job and cannot wait for the next rendition.

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at the Troegs brewery. Batch #2 poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head. The smell is tart up front and reminds me a bit of vinegar. I'm also getting a strong sweetness along with some white wine and a lot of woody notes. The taste follows from the smell, but it's a bit more complex. Lots of woody characteristics from the barrel. Funky and tart with a sweetness that balances it out a bit. I'm also getting some spice from the yeast along with white wine and a tropical fruit note. There are a lot of large bubbles and the finish is extremely dry.

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle from the Troegs tasting room. 'Batch 2'
Wood hits your pallet pretty strong right off the bat, then wood and sour flavors blend nicely together.
Beer is a deep gold in color, with a little more carbonation then usual for this style.
Hints of sour apple and grape.
Overall a very well put together beer. Very sour, and for being 10.8%, hides the alcohol well.

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very hazy amber color, finger-width head that quickly disappears. Fruity, boozy, carbonated flavor. Mouthfeel of sparkling juice. Goes down easy. Delicious and worth the special trip for a bottle.

Get a hold of this is you can. Excellent sour.
Fan-flipping-tastic! That's a tmesis.

Photo of taylor714914
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe it was the 3 years of anticipation, but this lived up to everything I had hoped for.

Poured and split at the troegs tasting room 5/18/13
Appearance was a hazy, orangish yellow, reminding me of a darker dreamweaver.
Big fluffy head that dissipated quickly over a few minutes.

Smell was mix of tangy sourness, mild Brett, and white wine.

Taste ranged In flavors of white wine, oak, slight tartness, a bit of hay and barnyard, and a hint of rosemary.

Overall, this was everything I had hoped for and more.

Photo of ShanePB
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Consumed at the Troegs Tasting Room.
Batch #2, 10.8% ABV

A: Hazy golden copper colored beer, certainly along the lines of what you'd expect for a barrel aged Tripel base beer. Moderate head which settled out nicely considering the loud pop from the cork. Minor lacing and a decent retention ring around the outside.

S: Funk, sweet pale malt, citrus, bread, lemon, oak and huge chardonnay characteristics. Lots of white wine notes definitely stuck with the beer.

T: Up front the brett has done some nice things to this beer. Classic Tripel-like alcohol notes are here along with some tartness and funk. Sweet bready malts along with citrus. Well balanced, very crisp and dry -- drinks like a nice oaky white wine.

M: Highly active carbonation but it's good for what I like in the style. Dry, woody and bubbly on the palate. Nice mouth feel.

To be honest, this was awesome. The brett worked wonders on this along with perhaps the Westmalle strain they used for bottle conditioning. I'm eager to see how this one develops over time. Well worth your effort to taste.

Photo of nrs207
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking out of the bottle in the Troegs Tasting Room

A - Hazy golden color with a nice 1 finger off white head. Retention is great for a 10.8% wild ale.

S - Tons of oak, a good amount of white wine. Nice funkiness from the Brett. Smells nicely tart, but not an extremely sour beer. No trace of alcohol.

T - Goes along with the smell for the most part. I prefer wild ales/gueuzes/etc to be extremely sour, which this is not, but the funkiness and oak tannins with the white wine backing really give it a nice complexity. I'm curious how some age will treat this.

M - Gave it high marks because the alcohol really just isn't present. 10.8% is like nonexistent. Carbonation level is nice for the style. I'd describe it as medium. Medium mouthfeel in terms of body as well. It drinks pretty easily. I could easily down a 750 of this, which I did, but split over 2 bottles over a few hours with a friend.

O - Really good beer. This beer drinks way under the abv, and has a lot of barrel character. Really well done. I'm surprised how small a release this was given the size of the brewery. I'd knock it down because of the limited release size, but if you live close enough I think it'll be available at the tasting room for a bit. Definitely worth the 1:40 drive I made. Best Troegs beer I've had to date for sure.

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery tasting room split with my wife August in two tulips from the chilled 750.

The color is dark golden with mild haze and thick quick to drop white head with very fine bead. The smell is very wild with some hints of wine barrel odor and light alcohol but mostly brett with some woody esters. The feel is good but is tart up front with some barrel tannin and light sweetness with moderately high carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.

I like the flavor more than the smell, there is a nice yeastiness with some slight malt adding a sweet taste but generally vinous with some tropical almost pineapple and light white grape flavor alongside the mild brett and belgian yeast which compliments the oak in the taste. I nice tangy hint of grapefruit as it finishes with some alcohol adding a little bite to the finish on top of the carbonation. I enjoyed this a lot considering I never tried one of the original bottling, but found it a little green and the higher than average alcohol listed as 10.8% on the bottle I consumed was apparent near the end of the glass.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle that is a few years old. Thanks to my brother Brian for getting me this as a Christmas present.
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with some tan sediment suspended in the pour. Bleached white head of .5 cm sticks around to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is apricots, musty blankets and dry Brett dominance.
First sip reveals an average to lighter body with fine tingly carbonation.

Flavor is briefly sweet fruitiness with citrus notes and apricot but rolls to musty dry notes and some cracked black pepper notes. I also get warm booze on the finish and amazingly dry palate after each swallow.
Very drinkable enjoyable brew. Glad to have had a the chance to consume.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MordorMongo!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Not the typical POP! upon opening which has been typical with this beer, if reports do serve correctly. Only a mild "hmph" upon opening, and no gushing here to report.

Hazed dark golden and dark yellow in color with a small near-white head. Leaves the glass lined with stick. Pretty, though unremarkable.

Big notes of Brett funk--apparently this beer has evolved into this Brett monster over the years; it's a good thing I love me some Brett. Huge notes of earth and old, dirty stones (the depths of a well is what I'm picturing in my mind), with some hay and grass, and a bit of lemon, pear, and green apple character. Complex and powerful.

As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the delicious, complex, funky, evolving yeast: grass, barnyard, brick, and stones. Along with yeast is some mild lemon and sweet bread, with just a tiny bit of tartness, but this is one funky beer.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Perhaps would have been even better with high carbonation.

We want the funk, gotta have that funk, we need the funk, give up the funk!

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourfragile

Appearance: golden peach pour with good head and lacing
Smell: Mostly brett with some oak and very faint funk
Taste: Brett dominates, followed by oak
Mouthfeel: very dry, high carbonation
Overall: Very brett-forward beer, not sour at all though. I didn't find it particularly enjoyable.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile at our sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Michael!

The beer appears hazy and golden yellow colored with a small white head. The aroma is very pleasant, with scents of oak, brettanomyces, funk, citrus. I am a big fan of the flavor. Everything I discovered in the aroma translates beautifully into the flavor profile. Citrus, yeast, oak, funk. Alcohol content is hidden gracefully. Overall, I thought this was fabulous.

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Michael! Big want of mine.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, fruity malts , oranges, citrus hops, and some spice. Nice brett and oranges, I like the nose.

t - Tastes of a ton of oranges and brett, fruity malts, citrus hops, spice, yeast, bready malts, lemon. Taste has even more brett and oranges; just awesome. A step up from the nsoe for me.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Nice but a little too carbonated, keeping the body from being great.

o - Overall a really nice beer. Wasn't overly sour at all, but had a ton of oranges and brett which I love in a beer. Worth checking out, looking forward to them brewing this one again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Served in a Troegs cervoise. At the time of this review, this is #7 on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" list and #78 on the "Top Beers - United States" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin wispy white head, moderate retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bretty and oaky, very oaky, mild sourness, mostly funk.

Beer is light in body with a pretty dry finish, a really dry finish, very oaky, very strong, very tannic on the finish. Odd bitterness, nice mild tartness and lactic, interesting beer. I'm glad I got to try.

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing your bottle at the tasting, nerd.

A: Pours a hazy pale lemon brown with a thin bubbly white head.
S: This beer has a perfumey kind of funk with a mix of fruit and horse blanket. Smells good.
T: Sweet, not really that sour but there is some acidity to the finish. Very fruity with flavors of golden fruits and peaches. The brett is there as well though, and maybe a touch of green apple and spices.
M: Full body with no harshness. Smooth, and like I said, not really that sour overall. Ample carb.
O: Tame sour but a really really good fruity-brett flavor. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in the cellar for a year plus thanks to Cisco. Figured fathers day would be a good excuse to treat myself.

Hazy straw pour with a big foamy white head. Nice lace. Little bit of a gusher when the cork gave a satisfying pop.

Lots of funk on the nose. Some fruity citrus in the background but mostly funk.

Taste is dominated by the Brett up front but then some fruit kicks in. Sour apple maybe.

Overall a really different brew for troegs but I hope it's a precursor to what is coming in the new faciility.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a long time.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is extremely funky. I get a lot of brett funk as well as some bready malt, oak and orange citrus notes. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tart lemons and oranges along with some oak and brett funk. The sourness is definitely present but I find it less sour than the Splinter Blue. Overall, I would say the beer is more funky than sour. The beer is very dry and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for bringing this bottle to kick off the tasting. This was a big want of mine, and I am happy I got to try it.

The pour produces a hazy dirty straw colored liquid with a thick creamy head. This, like all of the Splinter series, is very carbonated. Thick and sticky bands of lace stick to the sides of the glass. This looks like part tripel and part saison...

The aroma is in line with the prediction from the appearance. Fruity, funky and dry, the nose also brings white vinous notes and grassy bretty characteristics. The flavor also translates similarly, as the grassy funk and white wine are again contributors. Caramel and butterscotch in the mid-palate give way to some sawdusty oxidation and boozy warmth from the 12% alcohol content.

Very highly carbonated with a medium body, the carbonation does lighten it up a bit. It should be interesting to see how this ages, given the hints of oxidation that we noticed in the finish.

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