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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Been sitting on this one for awhile... New Years Eve with some friends seemed like a great occasion to finally open it

A- Poured into a tulip... Starts with a nice white somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves little if any lacing. Beer looks like a blush wine but with lots of sediment

S- Some light notes of cherry with lots of funk

T- Wish I had more of this... The sour cherries are pretty subtle next to the yeasty funkiness that just dominates the flavor. It's not an overwhelming pluckiness, but just right

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- This is some awesome swill. Almost wish I had drank it sooner, and makes me wonder how different it might have been fresh. Kind of bums me out that they didn't release a splinter series beer this year since they're typically pretty stellar

CHEERS

Photo of shageman331
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of sideshowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of aglose45
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!

Photo of randomdanger
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mikecharley
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Urbancaver
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
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.

Photo of ZX6Chris
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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

Photo of scottfrie
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!

Photo of mjyoung
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.

Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.