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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 351
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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-04-2013 02:15:43 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-09-2012 00:03:30 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

A: pours a slight pink to orange with a bone white head the recedes somewhat quickly. Not a ton of lacing.

S: slightly tart cherries. More dominated by funk. Misty and a bit of earth. Probably mental, but i swear i can smell the dreamweaver underneath.

T: much better than the nose. Much more tartness and cherry flavor coming out here. A good bit of brett. Definitely seems like this is going to develop well; i don't think it has quite reached its potential yet...although id like to see the tart funkiness develop before the cherries fade too much as they're not terribly present right now. The base wheat beer is apparent.

M: a good amount of funk. Dry in he late palate but not so mug in the mouthfeel. Slightly lactic.

D: very nice all around. Will definitely age well. Right now, drinking better than Red but not as well as Gold.

09-24-2010 23:05:51 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

pours a light reddish color with a good head on top. Nice retention as well with sticky webbing up and down the sides of the glass.

lots of fruit at first, raspberries, touches of sour apple tartness, rich with a mild sweetness that starts to billow up, light woody notes and a hint of grapes now as well hint at a barrel in its past a nice sour bite right out in front, really impressive here. Vinegar and tart cherries,raspberries seamlessly woven in with a nice woody, earthy note. vanilla and light brown sugar underneath as well, Hints of a mild sweetness come through mid palate, again rich, complex. Dry finish, puckering with the last drops of sour

08-03-2011 21:43:01 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-09-2012 04:25:59 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

01-13-2011 22:39:07 | More by womencantsail
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-16-2012 06:50:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

11-15-2011 06:12:40 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

10-29-2010 22:20:15 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

10-31-2010 22:55:12 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

02-02-2011 20:34:10 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks Matt, my first Splinter beer, although I really need to drink that black on the shelf soon.

Beer is hazy, sort of looks like a pinkish witbier. Wispy head, white bubbles, swirls, moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks interesting.

Aroma is sweet, tart, cherries, fruits, lactic, strong, mild acetic bite.

Beer is light in body, moderately sour, some tartness at the back of the palate, an interesting beer all around, mild maltiness up front, I'd have it again.

01-12-2012 01:53:14 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

I picked this up on the release day -#173 in line- enjoyed on 2/13 at our wild ale tasting. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A slightly reddish hued amber with slightly golden accent - thick creamy cap of white which retains well w/ very fine bead. the clarity is mildly hazy. A funky sour and fruity odor w/ strong floral and lemony essence with mild juicy sour cherry ester. The ale smells lightly of the dreamweaver malt base. The feel is sweet and tangy with mild bretty essence and light acidity w/ high carbonation and slight creamy feel as a result of that and wheat body. There is a slight hint of acidity in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is strong with juicy cherry mild pie like flavor w/ crusty part from the wheat and juicy cherry with slight sour cherry note and the yeast also imparts some tanginess, but not intensely sour. The mild sweetness of the wheat provides a subtle cushion for the cherry and brett tartness and the wood provides and nice backdrop to the blend of these ingredients. I liked this a lot -a terrific tart and fruit flavored wild ale. there is some sweet tarts with lots of bretty-ness and it doesn't lack in sweetness. the splinter blue really takes the base of dreamweaver and twists it making a completely different and better beer with brett and cherry really making things interesting.

02-16-2011 01:45:27 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

03-04-2013 17:40:54 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

04-07-2011 06:11:40 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to Chaney; huge thanks Brandon, I was really excited to try this one!

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Very loud from the yeast, sounds like pop rocks in your mouth.

s - Smells of sour cherry, dark fruit, yeast, brett, and oak. Pretty funky and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, especially tart cherries, yeast, oak, and brett. Again very funky and I really enjoyed it.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, insanely smooth and easy to drink. Perfect mouthfeel.

d - I thought this was a great wild ale. I thought the smell and taste were very funky and full of tart cherries and oak. I also thought the mouthfeel was perfect. Would love to try this one again.

11-08-2010 23:51:19 | More by mdfb79
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Huge thanks to Ffej for busting this out at his tasting.

Pours a dark golden rosee color with with dark golden tangerine colored hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy head that is off-white and slightly pink. The head quickly fizzles away leaving no lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma with very subtle hints of funky brett, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The oak isn't as prominent as the other beers in the Splinter Series but there is a mellow vanilla presence that provides nice balance to the fruit notes.

Tight carbonation with a prominent dry Brett effervescence up front which is quickly countered by hints of grape and apple. I swear I can pick up the skin of the fruit. Puckering up front but not acidic at all and the sour element is nicely balanced by the sweet fruit notes. Fuller mouthfeel than expected with a puckering dry finish. I'm not sure what the ABV is but te alcohol is excellently masked and this beer is extremely quaffable.

01-23-2011 23:27:37 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to hopdog for providing this!

Appears a light gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into a gentle film and mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of funky, tart cherries, earthy, leather, apple, brett, with a ghost of the original wheat beer.
Taste is of the aromas with the tart cherries, and brett becoming the champions of this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, a touch of lactic burn leading to a dry finish.
Pretty damn nice!

12-29-2010 02:10:47 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-13-2012 23:59:02 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to jecker aka Josh who brought this to the inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours hazy pink with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of sour funk up front mixes well with the tart cherries, bready wheat, lemon, lactic sweetness, and dry oak. Not too over the top. Very nice.

T - Similar to the nose. Quite sour up front, once it dies down a bit you begin to pick up the tart cherries, chewy wheat from the dream weaver base, and some dry oak tannins. Finish is tart with some lingering funk. Not as sour as some of the other beers on the day but it still held its own. Very nice offering from the splinter series.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp, funky, feel with plenty of pucker in the finish lingering for some time.

D - Pretty high. I have had this beer a few times now but I finally decided to sit down and review it. The tart cherries are a perfect match for the dream weaver base. Another great offering from Troegs.

03-09-2011 01:17:43 | More by orangesol
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

02-14-2011 02:51:17 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to the folks who have shared this brew with me up till this point and to Matt (slatetank) for the most recent tasting where I could finally scratch down some notes on 2/13/11.

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. This brew appears a hazed pinkish red color with a big fizzy white head. The cap audibly pops and cracks away which is constantly supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Spotty and patchy lacework sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fruity sweet and pleasantly blended with funk. The fruit is bright and fresh yet not immediately identifiable as the cherries described on the label. It is fruity sweet smelling along with a familiar grain character that you can faintly identify as the dreamweaver base.

The taste is fruity, sharply acidic and funky with cheese notes. There is a base of fresh grain that provides a unique foundation for the funk and fruit to play off of. A light touch of wheat and grains is present to offset the contrast of fruity acidity. The flavor is quite wild and almost grapey at times with a light vinous touch. The alcohol's presence increases as the brew warms but is well incorporated.

This is a light bodied brew that is highly carbonated. It is a solid representation of the style, super enjoyable and easy drinking. For the most part the alcohol is well hidden. I fault the carbonation for being a little out of hand but that is easily taken care of with swirls of the glass. The dreamweaver base had me skeptical but they really pulled this one off. The tart cherries were a nice compliment. I'd love to see Troegs bring something funky into the regular/seasonal lineup.

02-28-2011 15:55:20 | More by stakem
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

12-04-2010 20:27:18 | More by mothman
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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.