Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 134
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 5.65%
Wants: 347
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:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-16-2010

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.
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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourd into LA Stemware

Pours a large fizzy white head that settles to a thin ring. It sounds like pop rocks. Color is hazy grapefruit pink. Active carbonation.

Aroma: Tart cherries, funky brett with some floral notes. It is oaky with a bit of spice, but the big flavors here are cherries and brett. Fairly young.

Taste: Big brett funk up front and lingers though. A bit of medicinal flavors follow through. The cherries are here and a bit tart, but nothing that sticks out heavily. It has oaky flavors. Some bready malts. A touch of spice as well. It isn't too tart or sour, which I expected more of.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and funky. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dyr with medicinal flavors.

Overall, it was an alright sour, but it really can't compete with the others out there. It was a good first attempt, but I think they need more experience. This one could have maybe used some other bugs and some more cherries. I wished it was sour and tart. I only got funk here. (998 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Those Pennsylvanians know how to get their breweries' names in the paper (**ribbit, ribbit*) so I was excited to try this.

Pours a very hazy orange. Orange? Eh? WHERE'S MY BLUE! Wait, it's a cherry beer? But Splinter REd was taken? Why not Splinter Cherry? SOMEONE STOP THE MADNESS.

Thin white crust. No real frothing.

Smells like muted, stale cherries and some lemon zest. Frankly, the lemon zest appeals more than the old cherries.

Taste is better, but still nothing to write home about. Cherries are tart, no real sweetness, but they also just seem stale. Not muted, or restrained, or not flavorful: kind of like old cherries. Some lemon zest, fairly sour ... tart puckering after taste ... a bit flat both flavor and carbonation wise. It's not there's anything unpleasant about this beer, the flavors just aren't popping or strong enough. Almost no wood/oak characteristics. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nerd. Thanks Mike. From notes.

A: Pours a murky salmon-colored body (I guess everyone was joking, "They should have called this Splinter Salmon") in my snifter. It's well carbonated, with a pinky finger of foam generated by my small pour. Eventually it falls into a collar and a swirl on top of the beer.

S: Lactic sourness with cherry notes. It's accompanied by a soft horse blanket aroma, suggesting brett. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of earth. A nice nose, but I was hoping it would be more pungent and expressive.

T: As noted above, it indeed has a lactic sourness, accentuated by tart, slightly bitter cherry skins. Soft vanilla and sharp American oak dominate the finish, which has a bretty horseblanket flavor rounding it out. As a cherry wild ale, it's quite good; no surprises, good balance of bacterial character. I didn't find it exciting, but I found it good.

M: Well-carbonated; great effervescence that supports the flavors and gives the beer a lively feel.

D: I prefer the Gold to this one. I'd have it again, but so far the Splinter series hasn't convinced me it is worth chasing with cellar highlights (except Gold, which I liked a lot). (1,201 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

Won this in an LIF from Imthatguy83. Shared it with a bunch of Ba's at my house.

A pinkish light peach color with a minimal light head.... It is odd, because the beer is clearly VERY carbonated, and yet the head doesn't retain-- it's like it bubbles itself away. The head was less than a finger at the start anyway.

Smells of oak and sour cherries-- but not sweet. The taste is dry, oaky, and hitting sour cherries.

The body is certainly overcarbonated. As this warms up, the gas escapes and it begins to feel better, but initially, the bubbles were so ubiquitous that it felt like they were bubbling themselves off my tongue. It does hurt my overall enjoyment a bit. The flavor is great, the taste is great, and the overall is still pretty strong. Not a bad beer here. (826 characters)

Photo of BucketBoy
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Dan for sending this one my way.

A: The cork pops and the pour is...orange? The head is large and white.

S: I get tart cherry notes on the nose along with a generally tart aroma (lactic acidity). Some lemon zest and a light oak aroma. For a sour cherry beer, this is sort of boring.

T: At least it has more cherry flavor than it does aroma. Lots of pie cherries and carbon dioxide going on here. The fruit and oak character are decent enough and the flavor is pleasantly tart.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer by any means but not terribly interesting. It was pretty easy to drink, though, which is a good thing. (679 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at one of the Jackie O's releases, getting caught up on notes.

Definite gusher - as if it were shaken up.

Caramel colored at first, but quite light in color density with red/rose and orange hues in the light.

Smells nice and funky, sour, quite acidic, but she mellows over time.

Tastes sour but never really puckering. Blueberry and cherry flavors.

Extremely dry mouthfeel. This was a nice beer, but not worth the extreme hype it was getting when it was first released. (482 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of mothman. Poured into a chalice a cloudy opaque apricot orange color with a slight collared head but lots of carbonation. Funky aroma with notes of cherry and lemon zest. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Has a more malty flavor and feel than I expected but it works nicely with this beer. Funky, fruity cherry and tart lemon flavors. Has some underlying funk flavor but not overly so. I wish the cherries showed a little more in this. Very easy drinking. Slight bitter notes in the end. Overall, this is an ok sour beer. Is it worth the hype? No, to me it isn't but I would drink this again given the chance. (633 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for cracking this one open a couple weeks back.

It pours a muddy pink salmon color. Why the hell is this called Splinter Blue? The head rapidly settles to a thin collar.

Lots of musty, funky brett character on the nose, sweaty and cheesy. Cherries are present too, sour with a hint of sweetness. Acidity is both lactic and acetic.

The palate opens with sharp lactic sourness, cheesy funk and sour cherry pulp. There's a bit of buttery oak that pops up mid-palate, but it drops off the palate almost completely in the finish. Actually, the finish is lacking in general - there isn't much to it. This is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, but it's nothing outstanding. (689 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*

Pale, hazy red pour with a thin foamy head. Funky, fruity (cherries and apples) aroma with a strong brett presence. The instant this beer hits my tongue, the sourness kicks in. Tart apples & cherries, woody, slight vinegar in the flavor. Grapefruit, acidic sourness. Dry finish with a funky flavor that persists long after the beer is gone. Very effervescent with a medium body. (401 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a Splinter vertical with friends, the Blue is the first on the list...

Appearance: Though I've had this brew before (thanks number1bum!), this time there was a peculiar lacking of the cork "pop". The carbonation appears minimal, there was only a cm worth of head that faded quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy, amber color, but the lack of fizz does give it a sort of lifeless appearance. Upon further examination, it looks like the cork lost its seal a bit.

Smell: Sour and funk, with the slightest bit of vinegar. No real hops, just a bit of malt.

Taste: Sour, which is great...but I'm thinking that the Ephraim I had prior to this did a number on my palate. My tastebuds got pounded harder than a cheerleader lost in the boys locker room with that one. Regardless, this brew has some great flavor, and I'm really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: A bit lacking on the carbonation, but other than that it's pretty spot on here. Nice medium body, good texture.

Drinkability: An easy drinking sour, I'd certainly recommend it to those who are into the style. The bottle that I've had previously to this was better, but that was the result of a higher amount of carbonation. Troegs did a good job with this one, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one twice. (1,270 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Peter.

Mildly hazy pinkish red with a thin, white head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this beer looks OK. The nose, OTOH, is quite nice. Bright with cherries and wheat with a nice Brett funk present, this is fairly simple but well-balanced and refreshing. Some lactic notes are also present.

The palate opens with bright, ripe, red cherries with some cherry skin and minimal tannin character. A nice balance between the fruit sweetness and fruit sourness is present. A mild lemony sourness is also present. Drying on the finish with a little oak and a light tannin presence, this light bodied beer has a medium-high level of carbonation. Refreshing, enjoyable. (684 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splinter blue pours with a rose colored body and a pink-tinted head.

The aroma has a good bit of sourness and a bunch of tart cherries.

Up front comes a considerable amount of sourness, with a drier, more musty brett flavor underneath it. A little bit of spicy oak mixes in there also, with hints of vanilla. The wood flavors are definitely in the background of this one. Lots of cherries pop up next, adding their own tartness and juicy cherry flavors. There are notes of some berries in the background, as well as a slightly vinous character. Some peppery phenolics come out in the finish.

Slightly puckering with a medium body and carbonation on the high side.

Splinter Blue is a good wild ale. It is balanced, complex and pretty tasty. (743 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dpuia for breaking out two bottles of this on 9/27/10 and sharing with everyone!

A - Poured a hazy pink-tinted liquid, almost ruby red and akin to grapefruit, with a bubbly patch of tightly compacted bubbles that reduced to nothingness.

S - Reminds me of a children's medicine cabinet: cherries and band-aids. OK, I'm not sure if there are many sour cherry cough remedies out there, but you catch my drift. Aroma is bold and fruity with a dominant tart quality and a hint of lactic sweetness to smooth things up a bit.

T - Woosh! Kicks the door open with a surge of cherry tartness accompanied by a band-aid funk and slight medicinal quality. Very acidic. Moderately alcoholic. After a while, drinking this is almost akin to a sour burp... you know, when you burp and accidentally puke just a little bit. Is that a bad thing?

M - Extremely bristly and prickly. Dryness encapsulates the entire mouth. It feels like my tongue is going through a car wash.

D - I would have never guessed that the base for this sour fest was Dreamweaver. However, the cherry and funk attributes are really what this beer is all about. I typically don't like beer to be this carbonated, but you know what? It really worked with the insane tartness and dryness of the brew. (1,267 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of jorg2619
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow am I glad I popped this splinter blue with my wife. This wild ale is awesome over carbonated just enough to overflow when the corks pops off. Into the glass huge carbonation with slightly tinted bubbles perhaps influenced by the dull light red hue of this brew. The smell is hints of sour and bready-ness with citrus sweet notes hinting at grapefruit or the cherries. The taste is sour sour sour with smacks of cherries and slices of razor sharp carbonation. The mouth feel is just right thin super carbonated and awesome. My wife and I enjoyed this hard to get beer. (571 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Taste the rarity...

A- pours a murky looking dark orange with a one finger pure white head. Very nice lacing, all the way up the glass

S- huge hit of cherries, oak, and FUNK. Smells amazing

T- tart cherries, not terribly sour. A little bit of the oak comes through as well. Finish is actually a little sweet. Really...weird flavor combinations.

M- alright, this is WAY too carbonatd. Bubbles all over the place, tastes very effervescent in my mouth as well. The one major downpoint to the beer IMO.

D- pretty drinkable. Not too tart, not too sweet...just right. Not really worth all the hype though (633 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and some bonus bubbles, leaving minimal lace. The body is a hazed pinkish grapefruit juice color that is a little reminiscent of Veritas 007.

S - Pineapple brett character, light lactic sourness, some tart cherry, and a hint of plastic over top of some doughy pale malt. I'm starting to sense a consistent quality to the American Wild Ale starter.

T - Taste is more smoothed out with cherry tartness and some light lactic sourness in the finish. You can definitely perceive the wheat character of the base beer, just as you could the tripel in Splinter Gold.

M - A bit overcarbonated, and a medium-thin body. Since they don't list alcohol it's hard for me to know for sure, but this doesn't seem very strong. Dream Weaver Wheat is only 4.8%, so even if this picked up a few percent from barrel-aging and wild yeast fermentation it's still not a huge beer like Splinter Gold - guessing 6.5% or so. Finish is lightly dry.

D - Very easy to drink other than the prickly carbonation. The tart and sour components are quite attenuated, although my stomach seemed a little annoyed after I consumed this brew. A good but somewhat forgettable wild ale. (1,285 characters)

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

750ml corked and caged bottle with tag describing it.

huge pop on the cork, but surprisingly it isn't a gusher. pours hazy reddish orange with a big white head. the head drops fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. bit of paint thinner and nail polish. cherry and raisin. bit of fig and date. fruity. bit of alcohol. lots of spice.

taste is great. similar to the aroma, but with more funk. leather and horse blanket. vanilla. bit of sherry. raw oak. lemon and malt vinegar.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a pretty dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance. moderate acidity and sourness works well. (746 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Enjoyed at home hours after purchase at the brewery release earlier in the day.

Poured a pinkish-red with a thin white head that didn't hang around too long. Carbonation was to be on the medium-high end.

Tart and sweet. Very enjoyable balance between the too. A little more sour would be nice in my book. Cherries are easily distinguishable. An oaky-barnyard fund rounds out the finish.

Very nice. Wish I could've bought more than two. (451 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmurren25 for this gem. Ruby red grapefruit color. Sizzling off white head. Lacing is not sticky and head retention is minimal. Nice bubbles on the side of the glass.

Tartness if immediately evident in the aroma. Not too overpowering to notice a nice sweet cherry scent. A bit of honey is also there.

Well this is a little bit sweeter than anticipated. The start has a nice smooth sweet cherry flavor that is immediately followed by a rush of dry sour sparkling grape juice like flavor.

Nice crisp mouthfeel makes for this to be a very enjoyable beer. Nice light body, just enough substance to slow me down a scotch. Very good, unique American Wild Ale. Very drinkable for the style. (696 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (2,010 characters)

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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.