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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 164
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 681
Gots: 37 | FT: 6
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of corby112
4.21/5  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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks to Deuane for telling me about this rarity and then hooking me up with it. I skimmed the reviews before-hand and saw the high carbonation warnings, so I opened this over the sink with the aid of another. The cork required a corkscrew, and when I finally removed it from the bottle the foam slowly crept upward, though none was lost thanks to my careful and detailed planning. After the initial pour, I left the glass for a span of 3 minutes before returning to my desk to find that the foam in the bottle had risen half the height of the 750ml and was threatening to peer over the edge. Be careful with this one.

The beer pours hazy gamboge and free of sediment. The billowing white head rises three fingers above the liquid, exhibiting a seemingly sempiternal retention and marvelous lacing.

The fruit character is vivid, with note of granny smith apples, ripe pears, lemon, and Chardonnay grapes. Oak is buttery and it imparts a subtle spiciness that plays off the wet leather Brett notes. The wood has conferred an evident tannic quality on the beer. Belgian yeast is apparent, and it works quite well with the bready malt foundation. Other notes are of sugar and earth.

The flavor is a piquant amalgamation of granny smith apples, pears, lemons, and Chardonnay grapes. Oak is spicy and there's a light tartness accompanying the tannins. The malt is bready and there's noticeable Belgian yeast, as well as a dash of sugar midpalate and an earthy quality. The 12% is masterfully hidden. The flavor is great, but with a little guidance and coaxing from Brett's steady, adroit, and practiced hand, Splinter Gold is propelled to the next level of deliciousness and beyond (from 4.5-5.0 in BA terms). The Brett imparts a light mustiness and a wet leather subtlety that greatly adds to the balance and finesse.

I think the major flaw in this beer is the over carbonation, but that's easily swirled out and it's died down to a nice level as I type these words. Bone dry is an understatement, the landscape that is my palate is a barren, arid, and desiccated wasteland. It's fantastic. This is exceedingly drinkable, immensely enjoyable, and definitely worth seeking out. Serve this at 55 degrees to best observe the many complexities.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 12% ABV, "Pour slow to not rouse the yeast and serve at 55°F in a chalice".

Huge thanks to alcstradamus for sharing this rare brew I didn't even know about until the tasting. Fantastic though!

A - Hazy goldenrod color with a dense off-white head. Decent retention but low lace left over on the glass. Good looking but definitely could be a little better. Acidity probably has a lot to do with it.

S - Very sour, tart aroma with tons of Brett barnyard funk and horseblanket. Some Belgian yeast pokes through in the back with light candi sugar. Very complex and inviting! A bit of lemon citrus comes through too.

T - In the flavor the tripel in this beer comes through more than the wild that the nose displays. Lots of crystal malt and candi sugar sweetness, Belgian yeast, and low spiciness. Wild Brett funk is secondary to the tripel flavor. Light woodiness on the finish.

M - Sweet and smooth medium-full body with a light, crisp carbonation crisp finish. Sour and tart as well but not over-the-top.

D - Good wild that blends the styles very nicely. The balance between the two was fantastic. I like this one a lot; it's smooth and tasty. Too bad it's so damn rare.

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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.