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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 354
Gots: 18 | 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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shageman331

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-25-2011 03:52:05 | More by shageman331
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-24-2011 06:50:57 | More by jophish17
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-16-2011 15:09:09 | More by ChrisPro
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-04-2011 18:23:53 | More by whallgren
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-25-2011 01:16:57 | More by Exiled
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2011 23:30:46 | More by Photekut
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-15-2011 20:03:23 | More by sideshowe
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Splinter Blue: Cracked to celebrate the life of my childhood puppy that had passed recently.

4/5 A: Pours a hazy light golden brown, with a pink hue.  The head was white, also with a pink hue, but receded very quickly.

4.5/5 S: The nose brings a blast of sour cherries and Brett.  The sour/funk is balanced by sweet cherries and wheat notes.

5/5 T: The taste is opposite the nose.  The sweet cherries lead the way, followed by sourness from the bugs, then some funky leather notes from the Brett.  The after taste has a cherry medicinal flavor melded with a wheat flavor.  There is some spiciness on the end as well.

4.5/5 M: Light bodied, highly carbonated and solidly sour.

5/5 D: Overall this beer is a winner.  Congrats to the guys over at Troegs!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:38:10 | More by aglose45
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-15-2011 15:00:06 | More by randomdanger
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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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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-15-2011 01:15:25 | More by jh1982
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 00:31:28 | More by mikecharley
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Desaparecido

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-14-2011 22:03:06 | More by Desaparecido
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2011 15:34:03 | More by Kaydogg
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whomever shared this with me at Jackie O's!!

Bottle Explodes on opening. A true gusher. Pours a hazy almost pinkish orange. A Touch of white head that dissipates immediately. Smells sweet and fruity. Peach perhaps? A nice subtle tartness on the nose and tongue. vanilla, oak, and tart fruity sourness. Smooth on the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:14:33 | More by Urbancaver
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:02:41 | More by AleWatcher
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ZX6Chris

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised when javib showed up to a bottleshare with this bottle. Thanks!

I didn't expect much based on old reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a beautiful pour with a nice berry/sour aroma. The taste and mouthfeel did not disappoint. This was a very peasant sour and it has aged very gracefully. I traded for a bottle of my own it was so good.

Update: I opened my bottle at Toronado last night(10/11/11) and shared it with the beertenders. Highly carbed, tart and sour without that harsh acetic bite. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 11:44:58 | More by ZX6Chris
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks go out to Joe for busting this out at a recent tasting.

Splinter Blue comes into the tulip looking a dark golden color with some orange highlights towards the sides, a bit of a red hue depending on how you look at it. The head is 1/2 an inch of vanilla white and a tint of pink, no stick.

Smell is quite wonderful and pungent with just a touch of the base wheat bier coming through. The bugs really took a hold of this with some dry oak and brett essence. Some funky barnyard notes and a hit of brine with extreme warming.

Taste is exquisite. Very complex flavors coming from a simple Dreamweaver Wit base. Tastes of wheat are pretty tame, oak is pretty large, tannins, tart cherry flavor and some vanilla from the wood. The brett and other bugs put this over the top. It's surprising how great Troeg's sours come out considering they don't really do sour beer. I just get a whole lot of goodness from this.

Feel is very tame, light bodied and nicely carbed. The tartness is pronounced, the acidity is kinda tame yet enough to add another layer. The cherry flavor sticks around just enough and than the oak and brett blast out. A bit of that brine on the aftertaste when warmed up. Yummy!!

Overall, this is an excellent beer, well executed and complex from a simple style. A whole bottle to the head would be a no-brainer and easy to tackle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:51:32 | More by BARFLYB
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Huge thanks to StormKing47 for trading me this!

A: Pours a hazy dark pink with a billowing, huge, off-white head that took a while to fade into a fuzzy film.
S: Lightly tart notes of cherries and red fruits with some funky notes of straight horse poo.
T: Green apples, apricots, raspberries, red apples, lemon zest sourness, vinous notes and gritty cherry skin tannins. This is one fruity beer. There is a decent amount of funk as well but it’s not crazy. I don’t get any cheese. The brett has the horse turned down but it is still very flavorful.
M: Clean, a few tannins, and pretty dry all around. The carbonation was pretty ample after the pour, but as it wore off the mouthfeel became quite pleasant.
O: I enjoyed this all around. A really tame sour but who’s says they all have to make your mouth pucker. The brett and fruit really went well together and it had a great mouthfeel. Thanks again, Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:17:21 | More by scottfrie
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mjyoung

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ scottfrie. Much thanks! Drank 6/25/11.

A: A nice ruby-red grapefruit color that initially poured a MASSIVE head that dissipated nicely.

S: Whew. Talk about barnyard funk indeed. Strong notes of Brett that dominate the nose. A hint of tart (green apples?) and some cherry comes through.

T: The Brett comes through in the taste as well, but in a very balanced way. This beer is a refreshingly delightful balance between tart green apple and sour Brett. There's a hint of cherry, but it appears to have faded a bit.

M: Nicely carbonated, and the body is oh-so-nicely intermediate. There is a bit of a syrupy finish that comes across as a bit off, but it's good.

O:This is an extremely tasty beer. It's a refreshing combo of sour and tart.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:03:27 | More by mjyoung
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:41:06 | More by jorg2619
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 06:35:45 | More by ktrillionaire
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Mora2000

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 16:34:43 | More by readbaron
Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.