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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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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 Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 number1bum
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this last night with mymrnngjckt and krisandajt. I've enjoyed reading the nonsense around this beer (rarity cherries, tastes like rare, etc), and am generally amused by the venom that is spewed by the haves and have nots after these limited releases. I do think the release was an example of both the good (the Trogners and brewery staff handing out donuts to the waiting crowd) and the bad (the substantial number of people who just seemed to show up and assimilate in the front of the line, causing our group to go from 160ish to 190 and many behind us who should have gotten beer leaving with none) of these beer releases. But in all seriousness, this is a good beer and rather unique for a sour in my humble opinion.

I had no issues with gushing when I popped the cork. It was a bit of a slow pour but nothing dangerous. Poured a cloudy, pink tinted amber color with a pretty substantial light beige head. Kept a chunky lace down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of tart cherries, some musty yeast and general funk. Not overwhelming in the funky horse blanket department but a nice brett aroma. There is a subtle sweetness to the nose with a bready quality as well. Subtle oakiness. Cherry pie? Not so much. But nice.

Taste also consists primarily of tart cherry, funk, and bready malt. Cherries are tart but not overly sour, and the funky brett flavor is also on a level where it does not overpower the other components. The wood is subtle as it was in the nose, lending some woody, earthy flavor to the beer. It is in the finish of this beer that the wheat base becomes noticeable, as a sweet, bready wheat flavor persists on the tongue. This is probably the most unique aspect of the beer. Certainly different than many sours. And very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a very prickly medium body. They were going for this level of carbonation I believe (they say in the video they were trying to take it to a champagne level) and I think for the most part it works. Maybe a tad softer would be nice.

At the end of the day this is not an earth shattering beer but it is a very good one. It will undoubtedly get trashed for merely being "very good," a product most likely of the inflated trade value that it will demand. How dare it not be epic!?!? Epic, no. Very good, yes. And I'm glad to have had it.

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

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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
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