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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

Splinter GoldSplinter Gold

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%

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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Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Greg! From notes.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color. Bottle didnt gush surprisingly (had spent some time in the freezer), but the head was quite sturdy. Big effervescent foam, with some lace.

Aroma is really bretty, earthy, good amount of raw woodiness and some mineral-ish character combining with the alcohol presence. But mostly it's just straight brett. The taste is much of the same, bretty, earthy, dry. Some white grape and berryish fruity note mid-palate. Very subtle acidity before a harsh alcoholic, medicinal finish. And to quote Steve's notes on drinkability: "Not that drinkable".

I wanted to like it, but the harshness in the finish and lack of a sharper acidity hurt it for me. It was much more than just a barrel aged tripel, yes... but it needed more than the one-dimensional brett to take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 03:20:51 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:44:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:07:20 | More by craytonic
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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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…

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:24:37 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this at our tasting. 750 ml bottle into my Narke tulip...This was one the beers I was most excited to drink at our tasting and just like that movie you really hear great things about, I can't help coming away from the experience disappointed. Maybe its the hype or that I thought this was a wild ale, which I love....A pretty carbonated pour, not as bad as word on the street, nice gold color...The aroma is just weird, a very creamy character to it when I am expecting nice floral tartness, but instead more maltiness of caramel and fruits with some yogurt and a little funk but not enough for my liking. Interesting just not great...The taste to me is more of a let down, partly I'm distracted by the feel which is really carbonated. The taste is mostly sweetish fruits then lemons at the end, light alcohol, and some oak...Pretty drinkable at 12%.

Interesting try but not there for me, too much hype too little substance. If you go in with an open mind, not expecting any typical wild flavors and just try it, you'll be fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 18:22:09 | More by jrallen34
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 04:26:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought by me to our Epic Chicago Tasting. 750ml bottle poured into Rochefort tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange/gold with several fingers of head, sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, and a really nice cap on top to round things off.

S - Yogurt, barrel, funk/tart, sweet caramels, fruits.

T - Slight tart/sour, apples, peaches, slight alcohol hotness (but well-hidden for 12%). Not quite as funky as I was expecting, but it's there, no doubt about it.

M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - I like this one, however, I was satisfied after just one pour. Maybe not quite as good as this one was hyped to be, but surely not bad by any means. Very solid, very good, just not outstanding. This beer kills it was a tripel, but not as a wild. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 15:19:11 | More by Sean9689
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689 for bringing this to our Epic Chicago Tasting.

A - A very opaque golden color. Poured with a nice big head that dissipated to an uneven ring.

S - Very odd smelling beer, although by odd I don't mean bad. Has some definate sour notes to it, like an American Wild, but a bit more bready. Also smells like someone dumped a bunch of yogurt into it, very unique.

T - A little bit tart, with notes of oak, vanilla, and some sort of fruit, possibly pears, apples, and some peaches. A nice bit of funk, and that yogurt comes through for me, can't tell if it's just an overpowering smell or if it's coming in through the mouth as well. Something new for certain with this beer.

M - A medium bodied beer that goes down very smooth, quite creamy.

D - High marks here, I didn't get any alcohol on this and it is easy to down. A bit dangerous at 12%.

I think this is a good, not great beer, but quite overhyped. Unfortunately my low relative review will probably be seen as trashing the beer, which is not the case. I like it, and would drink it again, but I do not find it world class, even though it is a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 20:11:32 | More by AgentZero
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this long time want, Trey! This was the first beer of the tasting.

Hazy orange yellow with a dense, white head with great retention. Lacing is minimal. Nose is very Temptation like - dry, vinous, white wine and moderately fruity peach. Spicy alcohol is present. Brett is grassy hay and mildly horse-like. There's some honey as well. However, the most noticeable character is the fruit, and as is warms up, there's some orange peel.

The palate is good! Very dry with grassy and hay-like flavors. There's a mild spice character as well, with a blend of alcohol and the tripel base with clove. A touch oxidized with a stale malt character, the alcohol is definitely noticeable on the finish, boozy and warming. Tannic white wine is present, the combination of booze and tannins is a little harsh. Honey is present mid-palate , along with a touch of floral character. Medium-light in body, high in carbonation, this is great apart from the finish. The funk isn't very strong, this is all about the grassy funk. Solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 14:47:23 | More by DefenCorps
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:38:02 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 17:04:40 | More by drabmuh
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ffej for breaking this out at his tasting.

Pours a hazy, dark golden banana yellow color with paler golden hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy,pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Slightly funky Brett aroma with subtle horseblanket/barnyard notes as well as some earthy oak. There's also a lactic cream presence along with estery light fruit from the belgian yeast. Hints of banana, apple, pear and bread. It kind of smells like a Belgian golden ale/American sour/German wheat beer hybrid.

Tart and puckering up front but not acidic at all with nice dry Brett effervescence. The funky puckering notes are countered mid palate by lacto cream, estery crisp, light fruit, bread/yeast and sweet alcohol. Fuller bodied than expected with hints of wheat and banana as well as apple and pear notes. Lots of dry Brett but this beer is never too sour or abrasive. Very well balanced and the high ABV is decently masked with only slight sweet alcohol and warmth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:48:32 | More by corby112
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle on 1/23/11. Time to break out the Splinters!

A - Poured a hazy pale yellow straw color with some grit and carbonation bubbles, as well as a dense three-finger pillow of bubbly foam on top that reduced to swatches of sticky, bubbly lace.

S - Splinter Gold boasts a vibrant aroma of citrus fruit (especially orange pith), fruity esters, bread, and a hint of spicy, peppery yeast. The sourness is moderate at best and not obtrusive or overpowering at all. While there is just a hint of cellar funk, the sourness displays a more fruity character, which I found to be quite pleasant.

T - Citric and slightly funky with moderate sourness right off the bat, but paired with a spicy yeast presence and a tinge of pepper. Again, notes of citrus fruit appears, paired with a bready aspect and some sweetness in the mix too. Finish is quite tart.

M - Light to medium bodied with a subtle syrupy texture. Splinter Gold is crisp and effervescent with lots of bristly carbonation. Finishes bone dry and moderately sour on the palate. Alcohol presence is quite tame for a 12% beer.

D - This is definitely an approachable sour and an amazing first effort from Troegs. This is tasting great with a year of cellaring under its belt.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 13:55:31 | More by ffejherb
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours an extremely murky golden orange with two fingers of head and decent lacing.

The aroma is acidic with notes of lemon zest, peach cobbler, sunflower, earth, heavy oak, saran wrap, walnut shell...jesus christ it is insanely complex and amazing to breathe in

The flavor is a bit lighter and less complex than the nose led me to believe. Nonetheless, still tasty. Heavy oak, Belgian spiciness...the base beer Tripel really shows through. Not much sourness or funk at all despite the wild yeast. After swirling the glass a lot and letting this open up, lots of very subtle complexities peek through and keep me reaching for the glass trying to identify them. But I fail.

The body is medium and carbonation is high yet soft...not prickly or sharp which is a positive

Overall this is a very solid wild beer. Oddly, more sourness might have actually increased the drinkability for me since I felt perhaps it was missing one element to be truly great. Definitely one of the best Tripels I've ever had, but not one of the best Wild Ale's.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 23:28:43 | More by alcstradamus
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:59:01 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alcstradamus for this awesome beer.

750mL poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden with a finger's worth of head. No lacing left behind and just a small amount of light is let through.

S- Super complex. Some nice mild yeast and sour grapes. Just a tad bit of funk on the tail end. Maybe just a little bit of graham cracker rounds it out.

T- Brett, wild yeast and Belgian yeast. A lot of the Belgian tripel characteristics are present. Sour grapes and maybe some sparkling wine. Just a little bit of funk as well. The 12% is nowhere to be found.

M- Medium bodied that has good spritzy carbonation. Just a little dry on the finish.

D- Overall a pretty dang good beer. Dry on the finish and deeply complex. It doesn't get too sweet and there is a good balance between the tripel and the wild. A winner from Troegs for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 18:41:36 | More by Wisconsinality
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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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:33:42 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 03:50:04 | More by sulldaddy
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:54:08 | More by scottfrie
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprise case of bottles arrived at the Tröegs Brewing Company event at Winking Lizard for the scratch and splinter event. While setting up, the bartenders asked me if I knew anything about the 750ml bottles that owner Chris Trogner had dropped off earlier in the day. I explained that the event was to have Splinter Blue and Black, and I told them a bit about the descriptions of the beers. I also said that the Black was the first bottled run ever, so it wouldn't have labels. You can imagine the look on my face when the bartender pulled out a bottle with a gold label and asked "What about this one?"

So, Chris brought his last case of Splinter Gold to the Winking Lizard, where it was sold for $5 a glass. We had the Splinter Red on tap last year when it was just "barrel-aged Mad Elf". About a 6oz pour into a wine goblet, and I made sure I got the cleanest pour possible as these bottles have a ton of sediment. They're also slow gushers, with snakes of white foam with noticeable yeast chunks escaping the bottle until half of the beer has been poured. Use a stopper for this one if you're not planning on pouring it all at once.

The beer is a golden, almost chardonnay color with some suspended yeast. It's relatively clear, but later pours from the same bottle were muddy. The head is small but bright white and thick, and it leaves spotty but appreciable lacing on the glass.

The smell is dominated by a "horsehair" smell from the brettanomyces and some noticeable but subdued lactic sharpness. The brett has developed a ton in the last two years according to Chris, who commented that he thought the beer had reached its peak. Not as crazy as a Saison Dupont or anything, but some wild notes and fruitiness, reminiscent of eating apple skin and drinking white grape juice while walking around a barn. Some mild spice and oak. Really pleasant but paled in comparison to the expressiveness of Splinter Blue.

The beer tastes wonderful! It's brett based at first, then some Belgian yeast and chardonnay (oak and grape) flavors rush in. Just a hint of peach and green apple tartness, no lacto-sharp lemon flavors at all but for the very end. The oak has left some vanilla and mild spice and makes this very sophisticated. The malt is sturdy and has a Belgian Tripel like taste - sweet candy malt and a touch of herbs and citrus. More tripel than wild. And more wild than sour. Very well constructed.

The mouthfeel is courtesy of crisp carbonation and a medium body. The finish is dry with some oak and mild brett lingering. Imminently drinkable. I get that this is a rare beer and I'm very happy to have had it. What a wonderful surprise! But I must admit, if I had traded an arm and a leg for it instead of having it poured for $5, I probably would have a bit of traders remorse. It's just nothing that unique or extremely new or different. It is very well done, as were all the offerings at this legendary event. However, at the end of the night, there were bottles left while the cases of Black and Blue went quickly. I didn't see one person order a sampler and only get this beer, so maybe Cleveland beer people just don't "get it" or, it could be, the Blue and Black are just that much more world-class. Still a great treat - thanks, Chris!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 19:52:44 | More by jampics2
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Maltzilla contributed this one. thanks diego!

750ml corked and caged bottle with a tag describing it.

pours hazy golden orange with a huge white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. smells like a tripel or belgian ipa. corriander and belgian yeasty spice with some light hopping. bit of citrusy american hops.

taste is great. a lot like the aroma. no real sour character here. reminds me of a slightly sweet tripel or belgian ipa. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light herbal character. bit of citrusy american hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a pretty dry hoppy finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance, hiding most of its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:16:04 | More by grub
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 19:24:38 | More by mdfb79
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:56:17 | More by nrs207
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful with this one....lots of pressure and a bit of a gusher.

A-Hazy golden yellow with a HUGE billowing off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice lacing.

S-Slight sour twang with some mustiness and a light malt sweetness. Spicy notes come through on the backside with a bit of sour apple and pear notes too.

T-Big spicy tartness up front with an underlying Granny Smith apple zing in the background. Finishes with a BONE dry astringency.

M-Light bodied very SHARP and crisp with the most spicy of finishes. LONG lasting flavours and a drying bitterness. Almost makes my tongue shrivel!

D-Well...over 2 years in the making and costing $20+ per bottles...was this worth it...Hell Yeah! A super dry, spicy and flavourful brew. A most well done beer by the Brothers and company for something they have just dabbled in!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:31:37 | More by Deuane
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 18:10:01 | More by akorsak
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