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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 684
Gots: 35 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 71
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again the biggest baddest trading mutha fucka I know springs this one on us at a tasting. Adam you are the man!

Poured into my pint glass the beer is light golden yellow. About one finger of white head. Spotty lace.

The aroma is lactic sour with hints of lemon and green apples. The belgian spice and yeast are very present as well. The funk is mild. Much more mild than I had hoped.

The flavor is mild sour with tons of belgian influence. It's more like tripel with light funk and sour than a wild ale. I'm not complaining though.

Medium to light body. Loads of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall not exactly what I was expecting but delicious and very drinkable. So glad I got the chance to try this beer. Thanks again Adam.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Albert for the opportunity to try this one.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small bubbly white head receding to a small collar and spotty lacing.

The aroma is tart with lemon zest coming through initially. There is some light sweet fruit with some apricots and peaches and a hint of funk. There is also some vanilla and spiciness for both oak and possibly some other spices.

Taste might be a tad sweeter with peaches and apricots even more prevalent. There is a light zesty kick before the finish where the dry oak and funk take over.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation but still stays very smooth for the style.

This is an excellent and very drinkable wild for the high ABV. It seems almost impossible for this thing to have 12%. Excellent stuff.

Photo of mikereaser
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with Hophead101 on 12/29/09

A - pours an orangish yellow, hazy, with 2 fingers of white foam that slowly fades, it just looks like a tasty beer

S - orange & lemon along with a nice strong brett aroma, hints of clove and spices

T - citrus up front, brett sticks around long after its gone from the mouth, cloves throughout, flavor is clean, almost doesn't stick around long enough

M - dry mouthfeel, good carbonation, started foaming out of the bottle slowly, definitely not a gusher that some have reported

D - flavor sticks around just long enough to leave you wanting more

Photo of cpetrone84
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jeremy, Kevin, and Frank...awesome tasting!

A-big gusher here, pours a nicely hazed golden color with a creamy white head, good retention and a nice lace.

S-the nose is brilliant, notes of red wine, vinous, good oakiness to it, vanilla behind. great earthy tones towards the middle, wild yeast with a touch of funk. bananas, peach and pear come in last.

T-a well done cabernet, vinous and oaky up front with notes of vanilla. nice light wild yeast flavors with a good lemon zest behind. the finish adds some nice sweetness, peaches and a hint of tartness.

M-so soft and smooth, creamy medium body. perfect carbonation gives it a good clean crisp finish that is slightly dry.

D-this is awesome, so smooth and soft, the flavors blend together so well adding nice complexity and a great drink. simply awesome!

Photo of Jmoore50
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brought out by jh1982, James, with a few fellow beer lovers. This should be filed under Wild Ale, just because the base beer was a Trippel doesn't mean this is anything like a Trippel. It had one of the hardest corks to open, I thought someone was going to either drop the bottle or blow a blood vessel in their brain trying to get this open. When it did get opened, one of the best beers I have ever had was released.

The appearance is a thick oily golden color with a very strong white head. The head came up quick and left a very heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. It had thick alcoholic legs. The hazy golden color was beautiful, almost like it was projecting a sort of light.

Once the cork came out of the bottle a smell filled the room that was heavenly. This was one of those beer drinking moments that I will never forget. It was straight out of the fridge when we opened it, so it was really cold. When poured into the glass the aroma was intense. Green apples, lemon rind, horse blanket, Brett, white grape skin. It owned some acidic properties that a good lambic has, clearing the nostrils. Sweet fruit sugars with hints of Belgian spice. Amazing.

Right now I am thinking that this is probably the best 'Wild' beer I have ever tried. The complexities in this were just amazing, and a fellow taster said it perfectly, "You can actually taste all of the hard work that was put into this." There was lots of lemon citrus, dry Brett, silky spiced Trippel characters that were still present. Some vanilla, dry white oak, toasted biscuit, and even more citrus. It was fairly tart, with the flavors melding very well. There has been some age of these bottles, and I can just imagine that they are turning into something spectacular. This bottle was perfect.

The mouthfeel was strongly carbonated, and I can totally understand reviewers saying that it was a gusher. The Brett yeast strain is known for creating high carbonation, and in this beer it was perfect. Nice tart flavors with a thicker mouthfeel brought out all the barrel aging and bugs.

It was a once in a lifetime beer, so I was not gulping it down. I enjoyed every sip, knowing that it would eventually be my last. Just an amazing beer that really tested my palate and opened yet another door of my understanding of what a beer can be.
Near perfection.

Photo of nickd717
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of mikecharley
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared generously by Hophead4248 at a great tasting. Can't wait for them to re-release this one (in 3 years)...

Pours a Duvel-esque color. Straw and hazey as hell. The nice chalk colored head sticks around, and really complements this brew.

Smells a little tart, funky, bretty. Has a bit of Chardonnay(sp?) in there as well. Really makes me want to drink it. It smells very complex and well put together.

The taste is really fruity. Great interpretation of the style. It finishes just as the necktag states: "bonedry". Nice funk background in there too. I bet this is gonna age wonderfully. Worth the price of admission, without a doubt. This brew was the clear winner in this tasting, which included Consecration, and Splinter Red.

There is a great level of carbonation in the feel, especially for the 2-3 years this spent in barrels. Like I stated earlier, I cannot wait till this gets re-released (in 2012, or 13). Maybe "someone" will be nice enough to share one of theirs between now and then... Wonderful beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by nickd717 at Nick3's generous moving party. Thanks, Nicks.

A: Pours a straw-golden body with fluffy effervescence that rises to an inch in height even off my small pour.

S: Zesty lemon / mango, spice, and a nice bretty aroma that brings to mind barnyard funk and hay.

T: Lemon, green apple, pear, and apricot flavors are quite apparent up front. It gets progressively brettier in the mid-taste and finish, without obliterating the fruit entirely. Barnyard, hay, even a hint of leather. It reminds me of the R&D Golden Ale, actually.

M: Quite effervescent and clean in flavor. Light-bodied, dry, and crisp. Not a touch of the 12% is revealed.

D: Definitely a great beer, and one of the highlights of the evening.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle offered by mikey711 at a recent tasting with myself, beerloco, and mrsbeerloco thanks!

Appearance: Light peach to dark golden pour with a 1 finger white crown that shows lush bubbles, moderate retention, and good lace.

Smell: Lemon zest and orange zest over urine soaked hay with a healthy dose of brett and some minor spice notes from the yeast.

Taste: Lots of brett like the nose, but no lemon zest. Some white grape notes and a slightly orange citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely crafted light body with great carbonation.

Drinkability: Going down real easy and I want more!

Photo of slk2go
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split the bottle with stakem on 3/4/10. Thank you for standing in line to buy the bottle while I took my final.

Bottle was a pain to open, no pressure and the cork seemed to be longer than normal.

Crystal golden yellow color. Big white to cream colored foam that is composed of many visible bubbles, continuous release of carbonation. Nice thick lacing.

Musty cellar smell w/ noticeable bret scents. Also, crisp belgian yeast notes and subtle wood hints in the nose.

Very complex flavor. It starts out with light citrus hints of a belgian white and base flavors of a triple. Also. plenty of bret funk in the start. Green apple and pear notes are also evident as well as subtle wood notes. The finish shows some alcohol hints and some warming. Very dry from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and round and seems to get rounder as the beer rests. Great bubbly effervescent mouth feel.

Had a second glass 2 hrs after opening at room temp. Becomes even rounder and smoother and the pear flavor becomes more apparent.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Waited in line at the brewery release to pick this up. Have been anxiously waiting for the right time to open. And all I can say, I wans NOT dissapointed! Troegs really out-did them selves with this first time Brett use. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small brandy snifter. Cork ws a PITA to get off. This bottle wasn't a gusher, but after a couple seconds the head was definitely getting higher, coming very slowly out of the neck of the bottle. Poured a hazy golden/yellow with a huge white head. Lacing was awesome, sticking thick on the side of the glass for quite some time.

Aroma is strong of crisp fruit, lemon and apples being the biggest in the nose. The Brett aroma is actually very light, which is my only complaint to this point...I was hoping to get a little more of a funky sourness in the smell. I didn't pick up much of booziness...which really surprised me. Either way, was a mouthwatering aroma!

MMM, excelent beer! Very light and crisp on the Brett. Lot's of fruit, like the Belgian Tripels you're used to. Lemon, apple, pear...BOOZE! There's a malty breadiness mixed with the Belgian yeast. Agian, the Brett is coming through...although very light...but absolutely complimentory! Drank slightly chilled...light mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation, but not enough to kill the experience, and has a pretty dry finish. Way to go Troegs! Can't wait for the Black and Blue release!

Photo of stakem
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drank on 12.29.09 with mikereaser. i was anticipating the splinter red the most between the two new beers released by Troegs, but holy #$%@, this Splinter Gold surprised the heck out of me, what a phenomenal beer.

poured a beautiful golden yellow color with a HUGE frothy off white head which seemed to stick around forever. it left a nice frothy ring around the edge of the glass. small bubbles kept coming up from the bottom of the glass - all the while also leaving a decent amount of lacing as it was consumed.

smell was really nice - brett hits your nose right away but not in an overpowering manner. there was citrus and some other spices in there - maybe some clove - it was subtle so it was hard to pinpoint.

taste was awesome. very crisp, clean and light citrus in taste with brett intermixing with all the flavors which provided a nice balance but was not overpowering. it was extremely well carbonated - dry in the finish and simply left your mouth wanting more. the alcohol is totally hidden - i don't know how the heck they get 11/12% in this bad boy.

superb beer.

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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.