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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 351
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by taylor714914:
Photo of taylor714914
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this rare gem. Very glad I got to try this one.

The beer pours an orangish-pink color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of brett notes, but also get some tart lemon and cherries. There is also a nice amount of oak in the aroma.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. There is a lot of brett funk along with a light to medium sourness from the lemons and cherries. The oak is also present in the flavor. I found the beer to be relatively sour and it finished very dry. The beer is highly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Outstanding overall.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Shared with SamuelJackson45 on a beautiful late summer/early fall morning on my front porch. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful golden hued, deep pink color. A slightly off white two finger head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but retains a nice foam cap for the duration of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S: The sour cherries are immediately apparent. Some green apple, lemon and brett funk notes also come through.

T: Again the cherries are pretty up front. Lots of other great flavors going on in here though. A bit of tart apple, some bready/cereal elements and a bit of funkiness as well.

M: Here is my biggest complaint about this beer. It is very, very highly carbonated.I realize that this is the way that it was intended to be. It's just a bit too much for me. A very nice, dry finish. It's just hard for me to get past that much carbonation.

D: Despite the issue with the overwhelming carbonation. I could drink a ton of this beer. I could have finished the whole bottle by myself and then some. It's a shame that there was so little of this beer produced. I would love to have this on a regular basis. Instead, I will keep drinking Supplication, which this beer actually reminded me of quite a bit. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite between the two.

Photo of 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.

Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a egg-shell white head, about 1.5 fingers in height. The head fizzles out rather quickly, leaving behind a thin cap on top. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of sour/tart cherries mixed with some other light fruits - lemon, apple, and a little pear. Nice funky/barnyard notes come through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma in that the sour cherries dominate and show up immediately. More apple and lemon with some bready malt rounding it out. The brett imparts some slight funk.

M: Medium bodied, nice and tart/acidic. Carbonation is a touch high, but I didn't really have a problem with it.

O: I am a fan of this beer, nice cherry flavor along with a great level of funk/tart. Too bad I will probably never have it again as it is tremendous.

Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Sean for bringing this one out at the Halloween eve tasting. Pours a super bubbly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is average American wild - lots of funky brett and lacto acidity, tart blueberries, some cherries in the background. Taste is sour and acidic, lemons, grapefruit, blueberries, light oak, some cherry sweetness, wet dough, a bit of brett in the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a heavy prickly carbonation, finishes very clean, a decent easy to drink example of the style.

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one Eeeeveryone's talking about. 750ml corked and caged wine bottle poured into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Graciously shared by schen9303.

A: Cork opens with a loud pop. This one's a slow gusher. Standard pour yields a 2 finger foamy, coarse white head with average retention, dissipating quickly into 1 finger of foam that stays atop the brew. Beer is a cloudy ruby red with an added bit of pink tint. Lacing is near non-existant. Very spotty with no cling.

S: Nose is very aromatic and pungent. Sour cherry puree, ethanol, and a slight Brett funk in the background. Conspicously missing is the woody and earthiness that I expected. Still, very clean and appetizing.

T: Opens with great sweet and tart cherry balance. Fruit flavors are kept very simple but robust at the same time. Funk is relegated to the background just as in the nose. Emerges more towards the finish as the tart dies out slowly. Finish is wheaty and puckering with a cherry skin aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Although this one pours big and bad, the bubbles seemed (thankfully) to fade quickly. Rather lively in the mouth and prickly going down. Finish is dry and puckering and aftertaste is sticky but doesn't linger.

D: Judging with a mind towards the beer its "supposed to be", Splinter Blue is a bit of a dissapointment. Very good but nothing outrageous. Flavors are simple, clean, and all around well executed. However, judging with a mind towards sours as a category in general, this is a very solid representation of the style. Great beer but not worth the hype. Comparable (almost) to Supplication.

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of UTvolFAN16
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mikey711
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be hanging out with someone who was kind enough to pop one of their bottles

A: Cloudy pink color, the same shade of pink lemonade, that poured with about an half inch of white head.

S: As described by the troegs bartender "sour cherry pie". i dont fully agree with that statement because i thought there were very nice tart cherry scent that was the dominant scent but there was a bit of sweetness and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: This is the most impressive aspect of splinter blue, it reminded me of fruit cantillon beers with a smoothed out fruity funkiness whiel still having a bit of mustiness. I am still not sure why it is called splinter blue because there is nothing blue about it. but the tart cherrys shine while the brett sits in the background and a bit of sour lemon came through as wel

M: if this was not as carbonated i would have assumed it was a belgian lambic, but the carbonation was a bit too prickly for the style, not vinegar notes and a slight acidity that adds to the beer overall

d: Taste wise this is definitely up there with the american wilds i have had because of the similar characteristics similar to belgians sours. Its one of the more refreshing sours that i have had and at one point it was like i was drinking raspberry lemonade. overall this is definitely worth trying

Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to soulforpeanuts, and another shared by nerd.

Pours cloudy medium amber with slight purplish hues and a quickly fading whitish head. Not blue.

Tart wheaty and funky aroma with substantial fruity notes. Tart cherries and oak as well.

Great tart cherry flavor with wheat and oaky -baly funk.

Acidic palate with medium body and slight grainiess.

Solid overall but not as impressive as the Gold. Have to give this an honest rating despite being a bit of a Tröegs homer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

The pour here is surprisingly calm in the glass, with a hazed rosy amber color that is topped with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This shrinks down pretty readily but swirling this gets it back up to a frothy ½ finger, which throws a robust looking cascade of soapy lace up on the sides of the glass where it then proceeds to slowly drip back down. The aroma is equal parts tart and sour on the edges of the nose, with a somewhat bright smelling core of cherries, yeast, and vanilla. Some light smelling notes of earthy and cheesy funk from the Brett glide along the back.

Some acidic sourness controls the front part of the taste but it doesn't seem too overly aggressive, as it gives way to a mix of tart cherries, green apples, grapes, and sweet sugars which linger and coat the mouth with their flavors. There is a bit of a light woody presence that surrounds the overall profile but it's mostly felt in the finish with a green feel and some deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while initially more viscous and lower carbonated, this does start to firm up and get livelier the longer it sits in the mouth. This definitely has some overall beef here (I'm not sure of the ABV) but I didn't pick up any alcohol and the tannic slickness of the body helped keep this one a pretty steady sipper.

This was another well done Bretted and barrel-aged offering from Tröegs. It didn't quite impress me as much as the Gold (the tartness and acidic notes were a bit less approachable here) but the mix of Brett, cherries, Dreamweaver base, and barrel notes kept this quite interesting on the palate.

Photo of KnightRider
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours and Rosie pink color into the glass.

S- The smell of Cherries and Brett yeast and notes of a champagne sour.

T- Taste of Apples and Cherries and a cereal bread dough taste at the end of the sip.

M- Very Dry bubbly to the pallet with cherries and apples and bread dough lingering through out the sip.

D- Shame only 400 bottles made but the beer was a treat to drink along with some Chimay cheese. Those who were lucky to get a bottle or two. Enjoy.

Cheers...

Photo of claaark13
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slatetank for sharing this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The wild ale looks like LeBleu (we opened LeBleu prior to this one). The reddish hue makes sense here though because cherries are involved. A white head, bleached, accompanied the ale.

S: The nose is sour but not overpowering. Paired with the lemony bite is a sour cherry presence.

T: Effervescent. That best describes Splinter Blue. The bubbly aspects refuse to quit, filling up each sip with an airy lightness. As the bubbles disappear, sour flavors emerge. The lemon aspect sits nicely atop the Dreamweaver base, sour wheat flavors are plentiful. A sweet cherry taste, with sour points in tow, delivers the final aspect of the ale. The whole combination is a wild light, tart but not overpowering, an introductory sour.

M: The mouthfeel is mildly sour, offset by the sweet tartness of the cherries. A pleasing flavor that doesn't get too far out of hand.

D: Very drinkable, a wheat base with tartness and sour cherries. I can't imagine that the beer is too strong with Dreamweaver as the base. A good use of a barrel, funk, and cherries.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Chaney, you're one generous MFer!

A - Splinter Blue pours a hazy apricot orange color with a fizzy off white head that disappears quickly due to the beers acidity.

S - Woody acidic barnyard sourness erupts from this beer with an orgasmic aroma! Light tart fruitiness trails behind with very tannic cherry skin and little hops or malt to ground it as a "beer".

T - Light blueberry and faint raspberry fruitiness trail behind the funky acidic sour power that is Splinter Blue! Barnyard and acid isn't overpowering, instead, it compliments the fruit. "Beer qualities" (i.e. typical malt and hop flavors) are absent.

M - Prickly carbonation dances on the tongue while the sourness and acidity of the beer grip the taste buds with gentle force. Light-bodied and smooth, this drinks like a dream.

O - Splinter Blue is a great American Wild that marries fruit and sour without getting too big with either. Delicious and drinkable, this sour power is a fantastic offering from the Tröegs brothers!

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

$23 at Tröegs tasting room on release day. 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

A: With the risk of an overflow in mind, a gentle pour produces a meager finger of bright white head that is quick to recede. A high level of carbonation is apparent and a steady stream of bubbles adds life to the thin collar that rests along the glass's edge. (Lacing is highly unlikely.) The body has an elegant rosé color, approaching pale, and is medium-light in saturation. Gorgeous. The last pour deposits suspended yeast sediment and likens the appearance to that of all natural grapefruit juice. Despite the spare head and lack of lacing, on the merits of the body's color alone, the beauty of this beer cannot be denied.

S: Heavily lactic, the nose on Blue brings about notes of earthy must and funky barnyard mixed with light aromas of sour cherry, generic berry and well-integrated oak. An excellent nose builds anticipation. My mouth is watering at this point.

T: Without prior knowledge, one would never guess that the base to this beer is Dreamweaver Wheat (although the grain IS somewhat evident). The sour cherry component is no bigger on the palate than it was on the nose. Green grape and sour apple provide additional fruit flavors to compliment the dry oakiness on the finish. Chalky. Cherry PEZ flavor comes to mind.

M: A holocaust of the taste buds of sorts. Violently carbonated, Blue has an effervescence that is expansive and very aggressive as it scathes the tongue. Ultimately the mouthfeel deters from the enjoyment of the flavor. A few heavy swirls are needed to release the excess carbonation and allow the flavor of the beer to shine through. Sharply tart, moderately sour with light acetic undertones. Finishes extremely dry and mildly chalky.

D: Pop the cork and get this beer into a glass. Let it sit for a while. If that doesn't bring this beer into its sweetspot, give it a good swirl or two. Once this beer opens up and the carbonation is tamed, Splinter Blue becomes wildly drinkable.

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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.