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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 353
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

What is Splinter Blue? Splinter Blue combines three of our favorite things – Dreamweaver, tart cherries, and Brettanyomyces. To begin this process we fermented Dreamweaver wort with Belgian/Lambic yeast blend. After a complete fermentation we aged the beer in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria for one year and then added eighty pounds of tart cherries for another six months of aging.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-16-2010)
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-19-2014 20:20:56 | More by millerbuffoon
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-26-2014 08:11:42 | More by zestar
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-09-2014 20:53:57 | More by BMart
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zrab11

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-16-2013 14:09:48 | More by zrab11
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle generously shared at jlindros 30th birthday tasting by Duffy and Kyle. Big thanks for getting the opportunity to try this major want of mine. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A - Pours a well hazed, pale grapefruity juice looking liquid in the glass. A fizzy, thin head of white bubbles forms briefly and falls to the surface leaving only a thin collar of bubbles and not much for lacing.

S - Super funky and barnyard! Tons of brett influence here. Powdered sugar, cherries galore, super tart and sour! I am liking this a lot.

T - Lots of cherry up front to make the first impression. Sweet, a bit sugary overall although quite tart and sour. Funk isn't as strong as in the aroma but definitely here to make an impact at a medium level intensity. Very nice.

M - Thin/medium body with a very high carbonation that gives a foamy feel in the mouth...nice and funky and tart.

O - Definitely didn't let me down. Been wanting to try this for a long time after being unsuccessful in landing a bottle myself. Glad to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 23:53:49 | More by portia99
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-26-2013 19:13:14 | More by dfhhead25
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claaark13

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

08-03-2013 20:58:57 | More by claaark13
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-03-2013 20:55:55 | More by cosmonick
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kdmcguire10

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-19-2013 12:17:12 | More by kdmcguire10
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Tasted this at Ryan's Labor Day tasting 2011.

L - Wow, great color - translucent red/blue, nice spritely top bubbles.

S - Nice tart, touch of cherry skin, the wheat actually goes a long way in the nose too.

T - Solid! Again, wheat and nice tart cherry, perhaps nearly imperceptible blueberry - tastes very summery.

F - Pleasant and smooth flowing. Once more the wheat from the Dreamweaver has contributed its part to make this smoooth.

O - Refreshing, though not overly complex or fruit-forward.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 16:41:36 | More by BucketBoy
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sirsteve42

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-24-2013 12:55:57 | More by sirsteve42
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joefuzz

New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-22-2013 20:16:47 | More by joefuzz
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near as perfect a beer as I could imagine. The brett, cherries, wheat, and oak are all in harmony.

This poured a beautiful rose color, and smelled or sour cherries, oak, and brett.

The taste was all flavor to savor, with each sip allowing the combination of flavors to shine. The nose matched the flavor, and the carbonation was just perfect. Despite some reports of gushers, I found this carbonation to be spot on fine.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky with tiny prickly bubbles, just how I like it.

Overall, I'd drink this stuff everyday if I could. Troegs, make this a regular. seriously.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 16:44:39 | More by taylor714914
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-07-2013 14:43:35 | More by DeutschesBier
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

05-05-2013 17:40:49 | More by spycow
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at JLindros' Birthday whale tasting last month. Thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy light pinkish cherry hue with a very, very nice two finger head that leaves a light blanket and good, solid lacing.

S - Alright! Cherries really pop on the nose; tart and sour. Some nice vanilla notes and brett/lambic aromas round things off.

T - Taste is lots of big, tart, sour cherries. Light funk, faint vanilla notes as well as barrel notes. Just slightly, slightly flemmy with some light wheat/grassy notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. High carbonation here but almost to the point of being distracting.

O - Overall a very nice sour cherry wild here. Quite well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 17:58:56 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. Thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing.

Pours a big fizzy bubbly head, wild looking style head but a bit of lacing, bigger than expected too, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose Sour fruit, wild funk, some Brett horsehair funk, tart cherry and lambic notes.

Taste has big tart cherries, tart fruit, little wild Brett funk, some sourness, light wheat base and lambic flavors, grassy even, fairly tart finish, long finish with sour cherries, tart, little flemmy.

Mouth is lighter bodied, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, nice sourness, good tart cherries, nice overall flavors, quite well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 17:40:54 | More by jlindros
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-04-2013 02:15:43 | More by t0rin0
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-19-2013 15:14:15 | More by ShanePB
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-17-2013 14:12:31 | More by Mbrown44
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Violet and dark rose in color with an eggshell-white head. Leaves spots of stick down the glass.

Vibrant cherry with big notes of dirt/earth Brett character. Funky and fruity, I like it.

The flavor is complex--much more so than the aroma would indicate. A lovely combination of an interesting earthy/dirty/Fall leaves funk, and lots of vibrant, juicy cherry flesh and skin character. Moderate sourness, but not over the top.

Medium to near full in body for the style with low/moderate carbonation. Perhaps a bit heavy.

Exceptional. One of the favorites among a star-studded tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:01:20 | More by ehammond1
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-15-2013 20:59:13 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

01-12-2013 00:23:41 | More by beertunes
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Fizzy white head that falls almost as fast as it forms.

4.0 S: Oddly enough, it still resembles Dreamweaver fairly well. Clove, banana, and pepper bring back good memories of Pittsburgh where I drank a ton of Dreamweaver. Cherries add a layer of complexity, but they don't come through with a lot of strength (at this age anyway). Tart fruitiness and some tanginess, but not a lot of pure sourness. Lemon and apple notes. Funk is an outdoorzy funk featuring apple orchard, wood, and forest after a rain.

4.5 T: The taste is where all the components come together. Clove, pepper, and banana from the base. Tart cherry from, well, the cherries. Potent oak with vanillins and a touch of supple tannins. Brett funk gives apple orchard, clean sewer, forest, and wet wood. Notes of lemon, apple, and pear. Quite mellow and refined while also being sophisticated and complex. Very tasty beer.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly prickly and bubbly and superbly smooth.

4.5 D: This beer is criminally drinkable, where the crime is that Troegs only made 400 bottles of this. Not a super sour beer and I've certainly had others with way more funk, but this brings all the flavors together in a way that brings the best out of everything.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:55:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Crazy thanks to Andy for sharing! Never thought I would get a chance to try this one.

(A)- Pours a hazy rose-blush color that produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Minimal lace.

(S)- A super dry by oaky tartness surrounded with hints of berry -like fruits. Ever so slightly funky.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though far more sourness than expected. Really nice dry oaky bits in there that meshes quite nicely with the berry (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry) fruits.

(M)- A really nice bubbly carbonation level. Balance is real good too with the sour, oak, and fruits. Harmonious is really the best word I can use here.

(O)- This is just plain nice. A lovely balance of oak, fruit, and sour that just helps it be that much more drinkable . Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:10:41 | More by sweemzander
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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.