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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 135
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 344
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 135
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to urwithdave for the share

A - It pours a turbid pink hue, not dissimliar to pink grapefruit juice, and is capped with a tight and respectable cap of froth.

S - The nose offers some tropical fruit notes as well as general bushy berry notes, and not necessarily cherries. There is about equal parts sharp-tart gingery Brett and sour Lacto, and the brew smells just about as sweet and fruity as it does wild-sour.

T - In a night of phenomenal brews, this one more than holds it own. First off, the flavor profile is fairly distinct from other wild/sours; it seems to have an interesting underlying sweetness that is reminiscent of Flanders Red. There is some luscious tart cherry flavor; I distinctly perceive blueberry, and assorted berries to a lesser degree, as well. The cherry-berry-drupe melange is coupled with strong farm-y Lactic notes; fruity and bright Brett suggests tropical fruit, a la Mai Tai, on the finish. This is just fantastic tasting stuff.

M - The brew is fairly creamy for the style; the feel seems to highlight the sweetness. I'd have to say the feel is good, because I couldn't imagine it being different.

O - This brew reminds me in a strange way of mixed berry yogurt. At any rate, it is phenomenal, unusual, and emminently enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of readbaron
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes - thanks to Dunt for sharing this one.

Pours a pretty hazy pink/orange color with white frothy head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells good- sour, with cherries and some white grape sweetness. A bit of yeasty funk as well.

T-Tastes very balanced - sour but not exceptionally so, cherries come through, some funk, some grape sweetness, and a bit of something tropical as well - nearly lychee like.

M-Smooth, crisp, light, pleasantly carbonated.

Split a bottle four ways - would have been happy bogarting the whole thing.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to urwithdave for sharing. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy, orangish, pink color. The pour produced a small off white head that faded to a thin rim.

A: Lemon, orange peel, small cherry. I get notes of flowers, grass, and spice. Lacto and brett also appear.

T: The citrusy, floral, spice really comes to the forefront of the brew. The funky sourness is somewhat subdued, but still present enough to give this one cred. Cherries take a back seat, and it finishes with a bretty goodness.

M: Medium body. Pretty high carbonation makes it sharp on the palate (as expected).

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty high, I don't think I would have a problem finishing off a bottle be myself. The only knock I can give this beer is, it may have been to young. I would really like to revisit this in 6 months, to fully appriciate the complexities of the brett on the beer. But overall, very good and highly recommended. Skal.

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Photo of orangesol
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a full hazy raspberry pink color, with light orange / grapefruit edges. A frothy white head rests on top, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries and some white grape provide the fruity aroma, while a robust oak presence imparts some vanilla notes as well.

Taste: Some light wheat up front, followed quickly by tart white grape and cherry flavors with ubiquitous vanilla and oak. It has a growing acidity as it lingers in the mouth, with the finish having a vinegary nature.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, crisp carbonation. Acidic tannins are present, with a medium body.

Drinkability: I found this to be pleasantly sour and complex without being over the top.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of muttyd
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for yet again being a stand up generous BA and sharing this rarity with me. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The body is murky ruby color. Reminds me of Ocean Spray red grape fruit juice. This has a nice fluffy white head in the pour and it settles down to a thin layer of foam. The aroma warning me that this is sour! It however has a nice balance of sour cherries with a kiss of sweetness to round it out along with a crisp oak aroma. The taste isn't as sour as I had believed it would be from the aroma. Just a faint sour taste to it with a sweet oaky vanilla finish. The feel is kind of dry in the finish and the body is light and crisp. This is the most drinkable wild ale I've ever had. Basically chuggable.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another Splinter that I have had multiple encounters with but have yet sit and pound out a review for.

A-Golden kissed copper with lustrous orange highlights. A voluminous pinkish tinted off-white head quickly dissipates to a thin cap and leaves attractive swaths of lace.

S-Sweet cherry, sharp brett mustiness and dry oak. Almost comes across to me as a dessert with light hints of vanilla in the background adding to the complexity.

T-Prominent dry Brett bite up front which is nicely balanced by the vanilla/cherry sweetness combination. Tart, but not overly sour. A nice acidic zing in the drying finish.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp and effervescent with a good lingering tartness.

D-This one just does it for me. The brett, fruit and oak combination are just about perfectly blended resulting in an infinitely complex, light, bright and crisp brew. Absolutely enjoyable!

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Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale reddish body capped by a moderate pinkish-white foam. Spotty soapy lacing. Lively carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Earthy, barnyard notes. A bit of wheat. Tart cherries complement a nice woodsy profile.

T: Some people might find the lack of huge cherry flavor disappointing... I however, think the subtle cherry combined with oak, and earthy funk quite nice. Certainly not the intensity of a Kriek, but thats not what I needed out of this. Only the slightest hints of wheat from the dreamweaver base.

M: Lively carbonation... my bottle wasn't over-carbonated as others have noted. Light-medium bodied. Assertive tartness that doesn't overwhelm either. Nice dry finish

D: A relatively unique and enjoyable American Wild. Quite glad to have hit this release up and picked up a few bottles with my wife.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a bright tranparent amber color with a bright white, lively head that is extremely bubbly and fizzly.

S-the nose has some light notes of a mushroom funk, light leathery brett, some dry oak almost sawdust like with a fair bit of sour cherries in the back.

T-brett and funk come in up front, earthy and mushroom like. the oak is extremely dry and works well with the earthy funk. some sweet green apple flavors and notes of peaches come in, sour cherries are very sweet and somewhat off in the mix.

M-lively and light, very carbonated and prickly on the throat with a fairly dry finish.

D-this has some intersting flavors going on, the cherries seem somewhat out of place and overly sweet or synthetic. the flavors are light and understated but the fruits are pleasant and the american funk is well done. nothing jumps out and it could be more vibrant but still rarther good. this could have been really interesting without the cherries.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Avalon68 for proving this in a recent trade. Frank is an excellent trading partner.

Effervescent & active pink head that builds and fizzles out almost immediately. Clearly a pinkish shade to the amber color with some cloudiness. Quite a bit of quickly rising carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Fruity tart aroma and an aroma of baby aspirin or orange Smarties.

Very nice flavor. I am quite excited that I get my favorite roasted nut flavor in this beer. Light tart flavor with a slight cherry taste, followed by the nutty notes. There is a nice complexity to the flavor while remaining quite delicate. Certainly acidic and filled with brett notes, but the more tart vs. sour.

Very light body with a spritzy carbonation. Fairly dry in the finish and very refreshing.

I am really enjoying this beer. Well done by the folks at Troeg's. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle in the midst of multiple cherry sours, krieks. Difficult one to rate as it's almost more in the berliner weiss style in its body and flavor profile. Pours clear salmon/amber with tons of bubbles exploding loudly, receding to nothing. Body is highly active. Nose is light, mineral, faint funk, faint lemon. Fairly nondescript when chilled. Flavor is a lot of mineral up front, light lemon, green apple, segueing into a nice earthy, mushroom funk. Prickly carbonation. Cherries don't really add very much, this is all about the subtle flavors and explosive body. As it warms the funk comes out, as do lighter fruits like pears and peaches. I liked it quite a bit. Amazing drinkability for sure.

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