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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

sweemzander, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ADTaber, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.8%

acurtis, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

djrn2, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

DefenCorps, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

Spider889, May 30, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

IdrinkGas, May 15, 2012
Photo of Spartan213
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Spartan213, May 11, 2012
Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%

Courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This beer pours a light bodied dark strawberry gold in color with a highly carbonated one finger white head. The nose is fruity and tart. It has some tart strawberry and blueberry. It is beyond approachable. The tartness and funk intermingled perfectly with the fruit character. The flavors are a mix of dry and funky Blueberry and strawberry sours with light brett. It's dry, earthy, funky. It's also a bit floral. I love it! It drinks very light with a lot of carbonation. It's very effervescent. This beer is superb, all around superb. The fiance loved it too. It was very unique and very good simultaneously. If this is ever available again I'm definitely going to search it out.

aasher, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of KnightRider
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

KnightRider, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

mdaschaf, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerThursdays, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jsilva, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of UTvolFAN16
4/5  rDev -6.8%

UTvolFAN16, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Shared with a few locals at a tasting and courtesy of the always awesome Alex....thanks buddy!

Lively light orangish pink pour with a short lived head that settles to a still surface. Tight stream of steady bubbles fire from center of the glass. Appealing to the eye.

Nicely tannic, peaches, lemon, and cherry up front. Light Brett funk is subtle. Everything seems in harmony. I kept my beak perched atop the glass for quite some time.

Smooth, tight, and dry. Sour peach and cherry with a medium level acidity. The blending and aging work extremely well here. Cherry really emerges as the beer warms. Thankfully, the Brett takes a back seat here, which is solid since he can be a fickle fuck. Finish is dry and crisp.

Effervescent and inviting, Splinter Blue is a really enjoyable and well executed Wild Ale. Cheers to Troegs for this treat.

BarrytheBear, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Mrpickles, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Soonami, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -6.8%

hoppymcgee, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of cwps48
4/5  rDev -6.8%

cwps48, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of beermeX2
5/5  rDev +16.6%

beermeX2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Jan 12, 2012
Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.