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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 688
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 12-17-2009)
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Reviews by Sterby:
Photo of Sterby
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Sterby, May 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TimoP, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

ehammond1, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ryser2k, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Soonami
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Soonami, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a hazy light golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart lemon rind with good amounts of heavier pears and apricots. Also present are mild hints of vanilla and even lighter hints of funk.

Tastes good but not quite as robust as it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of lemon and pear flavors. The fruits aren't nearly as tart as they are in the aroma which allows for the barrel influence to showcase itself more. Light vanilla flavors make their way out midway through the sip before giving way to equally light amounts of funk. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was a bit let down by the taste after the intoxicating aroma but it's still a very nice beer, even more so as it hides the high ABV so well. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

acurtis, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7%

Sammy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +16.3%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by hoppymcgee at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours a 1 finger fine, white, fluffy head with moderate retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy yellowish-orange. Lacing is frothy and thick with appreciable cling.

S: Nose is a pleasantly surprising pineapple and citrus. Tropical fruits. Funk and cane sugar. Very sweet with little to no hint of tartness. Bretty. Complex but not the most aromatic.

T: Brett funkiness upfront with hints of cobweb and booze. Not sour in the least with MAYBE a slight tartness in the background that's barely detectable. Am I missing something? I didn't know this was going to be a Brett bomb. Hoppy and yeasty bitterness in the finish with a slight fruit sweetness before it dries out. Finishes funky with an aftertaste of barnyard and bark.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. A bit harsh on the palate and abrasive and grainy going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. I'd rate this lower but given the high ABV, its very well executed.

D: Reading the other reviews of this beer, I can't help but wonder... is everyone else having the same thing I'm having? Splinter Gold is just... plain... its Bretty... its slightly sour... good balance... and somewhat unique...but its plain. Nothing that stands out and nothing that warrants praise. If you're looking for this one and haven't had the chance yet... don't bother. Totally not worth the trouble.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 17, 2010
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

DaGrizz, Jun 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Desaparecido, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

troegaarden, May 28, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Gonzoillini, May 25, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle via trade thanks to the extremely generous Deuane on BeerAdvocate. Yeah, Harrisburg! Shared with a small tasting group.

Pours a nice hazy golden-straw color with a huge white head that takes a dog's age to settle down.

Very nice bretty aroma, subtly funky with everyone's favorite smell, horseblanket, as well as a nice sweet malt background. Some light fruits as well.

Flavor is amazing and complex, yet light. Sweet pale malt, oak, Belgian yeast, brett, horseblanket/barnyard, green apple, lemon, and some other unripe fruits. I really like what they did here.

Medium-bodied with high carbonation. I can't believe this is 12%, as it has no real booziness at all.

Goes down incredibly easily for the ABV (if the 12% is real). A real joy to drink, and I kept going back for more. I'm really proud of my old hometown boys for coming out with a beer like this and mastering the great art of -bal aging.

nickd717, Apr 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bdel34, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. I had heard some stories about gushing with this one but I had it sufficiently chilled down enough so as not to produce any problems.

The beer pours a deep, hazy, golden orange, with a couple fingers of foamy bright-white colored head. Retention is fantastic here, pretty much holding at a sturdy ½ finger of froth that doesn't budge, throwing a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into thick swathes of foam. Just a great all around flare-up and look to this. The Brett in the aroma adds crispness to the nose that intermingles effortlessly with tart citrus flavors and spice. Sugary breads sit underneath with vinous notes and some earthy smelling tannic wood character. Man, this just overall has a fresh and crisp feel from the Brett that really is reminiscent of some of the best out there. I could have just stuck my nose in this all night.

The flow and balance of the flavors is somehow even better in the taste. The Brett flavor really isn't coming off as funky to me in the least, instead being much tarter and biting, blending in with zesty fruity notes of orange, lemon and green apples, as well as sugary tasting doughy bread. There is a touch of a vinous presence here but most of the barrel feel is coming out more as woody character that hangs in the back of the throat after each sip, lovingly lingering with leftover spicy notes in a dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an EXTREMELY smooth and easy carbonation in the mouth. This just has a tremendous feel from all of that tannic slickness, with this literally feeling like it slithers down the throat at times. And there is no way that this beer is 12%. There is just no way. I'm not getting one iota of heat or alcohol from this in any way, shape, or form. There is just some subtle warmth that starts to creep over my face as I work through the glass. Fantastic is all I have to say.

Fresh, tart, tangy, and oaky tasting, with a tremendous drinkibility, pretty much sums up this Splinter Series creation to a tee. The Brett addition and barrel-aging here had a delicate and deft touch to it that I was totally caught off guard by and I have to say that this honestly could easily hang with some of the better Barrel-Aged Wild Ales out there right now. If you have multiple bottles of this, I would definitely drink one now while the Brett is still fresh and then cellar one to see how the funk develops. I was very impressed by this effort and can't wait to see how Tröegs takes things from here.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2010
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

djw21, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

dsgolovin, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SpdKilz, May 28, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from the December 16 release. Shared with Mike, Jen and ksak on Christmas.

A: The tripel is straw-colored, golden and radiant. It retains its clarity, even cold. The bottle opened with a pop and slowly overflowed, requiring fast action to save the precious liguid. That head was craggy, clinging in spades to my glass.

S: The nose is great, bretty and wild with a strong vinous presence. Citrusy lemon is the result of the brett. Even the strength of the tripel manages to come through, with sweet sharpness.

T: The wood stands out from the first sip, adding both strength and heft to the ale. The barrels have imparted a mild red wine intensity that sings with the tripel. Brett is omnipresent, adding a touch of funkiness with an excess of citric sharpness. The wine-like presence returns at the end of each sip, a nice going away present.

M: A barrel, some funk and a solid tripel, what else do you need? The wine barrel is prominent in the flavor with the brettanomyces adding a lively sharpness.

D: At 12%, this is not a beer to take lightly. Shared between 3-4 people, it was damned near perfect.

akorsak, Dec 27, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Magery, May 07, 2013
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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.