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Splinter Gold - Tröegs Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 689
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

troegaarden, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SpdKilz, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

pecokid, May 27, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a freshly uncorked 750 mL bottle in the Troegs tasting room, consumed in several aliquots over 50 minutes with the intermittent aid of popcorn.

The first impression is of a boozy apple cider. A barmaid’s careful pour (designed to leave yeast undisturbed in the punt) lays out a pulpy cider base with a fleeting, ringed head to match, right down to the obvious cinnamon apple nose. Note that with a more aggressive second splash, a weakly retained inch of froth releases smells of sanded oak (from the aging) and hop-pine (from the noble buds).

Sawdust and orange peel are prominent in sips, preceded by a floral breeze ushered past the lips by ascorbic acid. Larger swills are punctuated by tight, piercing carbonation wrapped around that tart. These powerful components are still no match for a heady Roquefort funk—in sight, smell, and taste—that pervades all but the angular start and spicy end.

It lays out thick and deep in the mouth, falling over the back of the tongue and leaving a clamor of seasonings in its wake. A blanket of vanilla smoke woven by the long barrel time is not sufficient to contain the noisy pepper, tannic astringency, or cheesy funk. Ascorbate collects in paraglottic gutters through the smoldering finish.

In sum, this creation is a complex collection of sensations that unfortunately do not merge into a cohesive brew, despite all the love and patience sealed in each Burgundy bottle. A thick, bloody steak could provide the sinews to knit it together. But on its own, Splinter Gold is equal parts cider, wine, and beer all not well-married, but polyamorously cohabitating without sufficient common ground for any relationship beyond an exhibitionistic ménage-a-trois. This is not to say it wasn’t fun to be a voyeur…

1sophrosyne1, May 27, 2013
Photo of Sterby
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass. Recommended drinking temperature is 58F.

A- Poured a cloudy, yellowish gold with small bubbles. A layer of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S-Oak, White Grapes, Barnyard funk

T-Sharp Oak is pronounced up front with sour barnyard funk, vanilla nuances, and white grapes. Multiple layers of complexity

M-Well carbonated, aggressive up front, velvety smooth in the middle and finishing dry. The palate is asking for more.

Overall, very complex and different than anything I've ever tried. Virgin oak is great, sour is just right, vanilla nuances are there and the finish has you asking for more. Finally, the live cultures in this batch make me very happy. Great job and cannot wait for the next rendition.

Sterby, May 27, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jpd7374, May 26, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

outoffocus, May 26, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Gonzoillini, May 25, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at the Troegs brewery. Batch #2 poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head. The smell is tart up front and reminds me a bit of vinegar. I'm also getting a strong sweetness along with some white wine and a lot of woody notes. The taste follows from the smell, but it's a bit more complex. Lots of woody characteristics from the barrel. Funky and tart with a sweetness that balances it out a bit. I'm also getting some spice from the yeast along with white wine and a tropical fruit note. There are a lot of large bubbles and the finish is extremely dry.

oline73, May 25, 2013
Photo of reizorc
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

reizorc, May 24, 2013
Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle from the Troegs tasting room. 'Batch 2'
Wood hits your pallet pretty strong right off the bat, then wood and sour flavors blend nicely together.
Beer is a deep gold in color, with a little more carbonation then usual for this style.
Hints of sour apple and grape.
Overall a very well put together beer. Very sour, and for being 10.8%, hides the alcohol well.

HoppyKilaMonster, May 21, 2013
Photo of djw21
5/5  rDev +16.3%

djw21, May 20, 2013
Photo of jbdpsu82
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very hazy amber color, finger-width head that quickly disappears. Fruity, boozy, carbonated flavor. Mouthfeel of sparkling juice. Goes down easy. Delicious and worth the special trip for a bottle.

Get a hold of this is you can. Excellent sour.
Fan-flipping-tastic! That's a tmesis.

jbdpsu82, May 19, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe it was the 3 years of anticipation, but this lived up to everything I had hoped for.

Poured and split at the troegs tasting room 5/18/13
Appearance was a hazy, orangish yellow, reminding me of a darker dreamweaver.
Big fluffy head that dissipated quickly over a few minutes.

Smell was mix of tangy sourness, mild Brett, and white wine.

Taste ranged In flavors of white wine, oak, slight tartness, a bit of hay and barnyard, and a hint of rosemary.

Overall, this was everything I had hoped for and more.

taylor714914, May 19, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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.

ShanePB, May 19, 2013
Photo of nrs207
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking out of the bottle in the Troegs Tasting Room

A - Hazy golden color with a nice 1 finger off white head. Retention is great for a 10.8% wild ale.

S - Tons of oak, a good amount of white wine. Nice funkiness from the Brett. Smells nicely tart, but not an extremely sour beer. No trace of alcohol.

T - Goes along with the smell for the most part. I prefer wild ales/gueuzes/etc to be extremely sour, which this is not, but the funkiness and oak tannins with the white wine backing really give it a nice complexity. I'm curious how some age will treat this.

M - Gave it high marks because the alcohol really just isn't present. 10.8% is like nonexistent. Carbonation level is nice for the style. I'd describe it as medium. Medium mouthfeel in terms of body as well. It drinks pretty easily. I could easily down a 750 of this, which I did, but split over 2 bottles over a few hours with a friend.

O - Really good beer. This beer drinks way under the abv, and has a lot of barrel character. Really well done. I'm surprised how small a release this was given the size of the brewery. I'd knock it down because of the limited release size, but if you live close enough I think it'll be available at the tasting room for a bit. Definitely worth the 1:40 drive I made. Best Troegs beer I've had to date for sure.

nrs207, May 18, 2013
Photo of billyshears
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

billyshears, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bigfnjoe, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BMart, May 18, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Slatetank, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Magery, May 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerThursdays, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle that is a few years old. Thanks to my brother Brian for getting me this as a Christmas present.
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with some tan sediment suspended in the pour. Bleached white head of .5 cm sticks around to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is apricots, musty blankets and dry Brett dominance.
First sip reveals an average to lighter body with fine tingly carbonation.

Flavor is briefly sweet fruitiness with citrus notes and apricot but rolls to musty dry notes and some cracked black pepper notes. I also get warm booze on the finish and amazingly dry palate after each swallow.
Very drinkable enjoyable brew. Glad to have had a the chance to consume.

sulldaddy, Feb 04, 2013
Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.