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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: 691
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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ehammond1


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle (2009)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MordorMongo!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Not the typical POP! upon opening which has been typical with this beer, if reports do serve correctly. Only a mild "hmph" upon opening, and no gushing here to report.

Hazed dark golden and dark yellow in color with a small near-white head. Leaves the glass lined with stick. Pretty, though unremarkable.

Big notes of Brett funk--apparently this beer has evolved into this Brett monster over the years; it's a good thing I love me some Brett. Huge notes of earth and old, dirty stones (the depths of a well is what I'm picturing in my mind), with some hay and grass, and a bit of lemon, pear, and green apple character. Complex and powerful.

As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the delicious, complex, funky, evolving yeast: grass, barnyard, brick, and stones. Along with yeast is some mild lemon and sweet bread, with just a tiny bit of tartness, but this is one funky beer.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Perhaps would have been even better with high carbonation.

We want the funk, gotta have that funk, we need the funk, give up the funk!

01-19-2013 22:33:42 | More by ehammond1
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-16-2013 00:14:27 | More by ChrisPro
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4/5  rDev -7%

01-15-2013 20:57:05 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2012 00:59:46 | More by BillHilly
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2012 07:35:01 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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dsgolovin

California

4/5  rDev -7%

06-18-2012 04:52:52 | More by dsgolovin
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Bottle shared by yourfragile

Appearance: golden peach pour with good head and lacing
Smell: Mostly brett with some oak and very faint funk
Taste: Brett dominates, followed by oak
Mouthfeel: very dry, high carbonation
Overall: Very brett-forward beer, not sour at all though. I didn't find it particularly enjoyable.

05-21-2012 19:07:20 | More by craytonic
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-01-2012 22:14:35 | More by hoppymcgee
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

04-30-2012 02:22:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-09-2012 14:46:23 | More by Soonami
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-07-2012 16:17:48 | More by brystmar
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7%

02-05-2012 02:25:18 | More by Mrpickles
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mrbubbler

California

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2012 22:30:35 | More by mrbubbler
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afksports

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2012 19:56:49 | More by afksports
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-29-2012 22:15:51 | More by xnicknj
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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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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-28-2012 23:17:48 | More by whartontallboy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

01-28-2012 13:24:23 | More by djrn2
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-24-2011 06:51:53 | More by jophish17
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-21-2011 19:19:08 | More by Kaydogg
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

11-25-2011 01:16:44 | More by Exiled
Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.