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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 690
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

01-24-2014 06:18:27 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7%

03-04-2013 02:16:03 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

01-28-2012 13:24:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Opened at a recent tasting with bmanning.

What a gusher this one was! Over the top foaminess after a lengthy battle to remove the cork. After filling cups with the initial foam burst so as to not waste any, this poured a brilliant gold with a slightly peachy hue alongside a mountainous bone-white head and beautifully-ringed lacing as it went down. The initial aroma was pure Brett goodness with some spice, citrus, oak, and hints of sweetness. Definitely funky.

The taste was very, very nice--initial Brett funk, which eventually melded quite well with all the other flavors, but definitely never subsided. Other flavors included oak, spice, green apple, citrus, and a bit of dry white wine. This all created a solid mouthfeel, with a spicy bone-dry feeling without too much of an alcohol presence. Drinkability was excellent--this one only got better as it warmed a bit, and was just an all-around phenomenal brew. Cheers to Troegs.

01-23-2010 17:33:41 | More by Thorpe429
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-26-2014 08:09:20 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-29-2012 03:08:35 | More by acurtis
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

I was finally able to acquire a bottle of this. Had not had a drink all week so I cracked this one open tonight, cause well to be honest, it was a hell of a day and I needed to make a nice night. Served at cellar temp I poured it multiple times into a six ounce snifter, thought after the second pour my wife knocked over the bottle making me lose about 6-7 ounces, which fit with the rest of the day quite nicely. Enough rant more beer, as I finished the last glass on 04/08/2010.

The pour was huge, big and better then I ever could have hoped for with a big golden amber color and a huge head of white that reached a height of nearly three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass with sticky white lacing and a thick covering of white that remained on top all the way through. Got much cloudier the further into the bottle you went.

Aroma is loaded with fruit, pears are dominant, as much as you would say blueberries are in blabaer, this has the most pronounced pear aroma and flavor I have ever come across. Light tartness builds as it comes up to room temperature giving you that horse funk you are looking for but keeping it light with tons of light grain and bready notes back building the pear and now light sour apple. Each sip seems to get even more complex then the one before. Rich pear and apple flavors, light sour notes, hints of grass and liht bready malts, complex as hell. Perfect carbonation, light, bubbly, full enough to coat the tonue, perfectly done with the abv so well hidden I thought it was 8 percent.

Overall damn near perfect. I expected great things but not this great. Seriously one of the best best things i have had in a while. Near perfection for the style.

04-09-2010 01:37:41 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: We've got a hell of a gusher here! Once able to corral the beer into a glass, it's a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: I didn't realize that this was a "sour" beer (perhaps the cause of the foaming), but I was pleasantly surprised by the nose. A nice tart fruit aroma, particularly green apples and lemons. There is a mild Brett funk, some oak, and the Belgian yeasty esters.

T: The flavor is just as interesting and enjoyable as the nose. The tartness is not quite as pronounced as in the nose, but still a nice apple and lemon flavor providing some pucker, along with some grapes, perhaps. The base Tripel does provide a nice spicey, malty, and yeasty flavor which goes well with the fruitiness.

M: The body is medium and very effervescent with a nice dry and crisp finish.

D: This was a beer I'd heard a lot about and was interested to try. This one met (and exceeded) my expectations.

02-24-2010 20:33:46 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

04-16-2012 17:22:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-31-2013 16:56:23 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-17-2013 06:43:52 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 06:24:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle shared by Nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy gold, highly carbonated with a big rocky white cap. The head retains very well, making for a pretty swanky looking beer.

The aroma is rich with barnyard-like must, hay, pears, green apples and a bit of tropical fruit. The brettanomyces aroma is outstanding, rife with funk, mustiness and fruit. Pear-like esters become especially prominent as it warms.

Light fruity sweetness coats the palate first, but it's quickly overcome by strong bretty funk and complex fruit character. Flavors of pear, apple, pineapple and lemon peel segue into a peppery, tannic, faintly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, carbonation is at an upper level and there's little indication that this is 12%. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and it's pretty unique to boot. Hope to try this again.

04-20-2010 22:47:42 | More by largadeer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

01-29-2010 20:32:31 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle shared courtesy of Sean9689 at last night's shindig. Also, big thanks to Tanger for sending me my own bottle - it'll get opened in a couple weeks. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Slow gusher. Pours with a big foam that eventually settles to a thick cap and leaves plenty of lacework. The body is a dark peach/apricot color with is hazy-to-murky with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Strong lactic notes, but more malt-forward than I expected. I think this should probably be reclassified back to Tripel, as I get only the mildest "wild" character from the brett. There are some vinous notes as well as plenty of vanilla and oak character. The alcohol is well-hidden, but there's a tiny big that still manages to peek through.

T - Taste has more sweetness, with plenty of peaches and other stone fruits, brown sugar, and oaky vanilla. There's again only a touch of brett character, that lends a slight sour lemon aftertaste. Wonderfully integrated, and shows that American brewers can use balance and subtly if they wish when crafting wild beers.

M - Nice smooth body that is medium in character, but matches the flavor more than the listed ABV. Thankfully there's no obvious heat. I had forgotten this was 12% and was a little taken aback when I looked it up again. Active and effervescent carbonation that doesn't ever get harsh.

D - This was an excellent brew - perhaps not quite as good as it's hyped up to be, but well worth seeking out. It's very easy-to-drink, and the alcohol is shockingly well hidden, as I probably would have guessed 8-9%. Looking forward to some of Tröegs' future barrel-aged experiments.

08-02-2010 01:36:26 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

04-19-2012 17:04:40 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

05-18-2013 18:17:45 | More by Slatetank
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oline73

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

05-25-2013 13:59:01 | More by oline73
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Mora2000

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-07-2011 06:15:28 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

04-24-2012 19:24:38 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-07-2011 18:48:23 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

01-23-2011 22:48:32 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

750 mL bottle shared with two fellow BAs, poured into tulips...

Cork was neigh impossible to pop, requiring the assistance of a corkscrew and immediately starts a slow, uninhibited gush. Color is clear, pale straw golden with a rocky, frothy off white head that reduces to a finger thick and clumps of thick lacing. One of us comments as soon as the bottle (finally) opens, wait, is that some Russian River (which we were trying later) already? Aroma is immediately funky and brett-y, immediately followed by a sweet fruity and ester-y triple aroma with light oak, but the wood presence is very subdued. Medium light body with fine, sharp carbonation and a fruity dry finish. Flavor is much more fruity than Belgian yeast to start with before subtly blending to a funky brett-y flavor. Fruit flavors are predominantly focused on apple and other ripe fruit and these flavors are strongest in the long finish. Alcohol does not exist in this beer. Anywhere. 12% ABV is well hidden. I went into this not expecting that much despite the hype, but I was very impressed.

01-09-2010 03:25:09 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +10%

*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.

06-26-2013 21:44:49 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

I finally decided to open one of the bottles that I acquired at the Splinter release. I shared this with user slk2go (a long time friend and mutual beer lover.)

Chilled this bottle down and had no problems with gushing. Granted the cork was a bit of a bugger coming out, but all was well and no beer was lost to spillage or overflow. Splinter Gold pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a white cap of foam more than 2 fingers strong for a head. Significant amount of lace clings all over the glassware; in this case a short snifter. Continuous bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface providing support for the head's retention. Aroma has a tangy kick of brett along with the base triple characteristics of pear, green sour apples and some citrus. Tail end of the aroma has some woodsy character mixed with funk and must. Taste of this beer is quite complex ranging from tart and sour upfront with brett funk to citrus and tang akin to pear and apples along with other forms of citrus. What is notable about this beer is that despite all the flavors throughout the entire tasting experience, it never loses the base belgian characteristics throughout the flavor profile. The finish of this beer is not only drying but includes tastes not immediately evident throughout the body, mostly oakiness prevails along with the 12% abv finally revealing itself with warmth. Light feel with a high amount of carbonation. Splinter Gold leaves a range of tastes clinging to the palate that I have never experienced before. Tastes of belgian like phenols meet flavors reminiscent of dry white grapes and spice similar to coriander blended with wood. Once this beer reaches room temperature, more malt character and sweetness comes through as does the alcohol in taste, not just warmth factor. This beer really is about as smooth as one could image or ever want in a beer and very drinkable.

Overall this was an awesome experience and I am really glad I got a chance to have it. About the only thing I can complain about is the lack of availability. After finally having this, I really want more. Damn you Troegs for only releasing 300 of these corked and caged bottles.

03-05-2010 02:32:15 | More by stakem
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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.