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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 692
Gots: 34 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -76.6%

UncleNeighborChris, Oct 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -47.4%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Hugonaut13, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -21%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

phishphorce, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

russwbeck, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

kscaldef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

craytonic, May 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Birdmarg741, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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…

1sophrosyne1, May 27, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

jrallen34, Aug 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ryser2k, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

chippo33, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ausonius, Aug 22, 2013
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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.