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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: 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 Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: The beer appears a hazy pink rose hue with a nice, thick head. The carbonation is high, giving the beer a sound reminiscent of pop rocks. Snap crackle pop!

S: Tart cherries, brettanomyces, oak - funky and wild.

T: Really funky cherry sour, similar in some regards to Lou Pepe kriek. Wonderful and delicious.The wheat aspect comes through nicely, giving the beer a different feel than a traditional fruit lambic. Very well done.

M: Very tart with high carbonation. The beer is acidic but not vinegary.

D: This awesome beer gets my stamp of approval and is worthy of attention. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have sampled it.

Huhzubendah, Nov 06, 2010
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ShanePB
4/5  rDev -6.8%

ShanePB, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

beertunes, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

chippo33, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously provided by Sean...A light rose colored pour, looks eerily similar to Veritas 007...A nice balanced aroma showing off tart cherries, oak, and little sweetness...The taste is lightly tart as well throughout, makes it a tastey drinker, I only wish it was a bit more tart. This is a tart beer not lambic sour. The cherries show off nicely as does a touch of oak...The feel is nice, dry, slight pucker, full palate...Easy drinker.

After having the hyped up Gold I was ambiguous about trying this. However, this turned out to be the highlight of the night. An easy drinking wild with nice balance, could be a touch more tart but a good beer to start people off drinking on sours, or a fun easy drinker for those who enjoy the style.

jrallen34, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Leave it to the ever-generous Sean6989 to show up with this at a fairly low-profile tasting.

A - A reddish/pinkish color that poured with an off-white head and head that left a little bit of lace.

S - Sour and tart, little bit of brett, there is a very sweet cherry flavor buried deep on the end of this one.

T - Sweet cherrys, but they are not overpowering. It is tart, but not overpowering. It is funky and has oak, but not overpowering. Notice a pattern? This is a very light tasting, but good tasting, sour.

M - Very light, effervescent.

D - Highly drinkable, as it is smooth and nothing is offensive in the least. Very enjoyable, light sour. I was pleasantly surprised after being let down with Splinter Gold.

AgentZero, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at JLindros' Birthday whale tasting last month. Thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy light pinkish cherry hue with a very, very nice two finger head that leaves a light blanket and good, solid lacing.

S - Alright! Cherries really pop on the nose; tart and sour. Some nice vanilla notes and brett/lambic aromas round things off.

T - Taste is lots of big, tart, sour cherries. Light funk, faint vanilla notes as well as barrel notes. Just slightly, slightly flemmy with some light wheat/grassy notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. High carbonation here but almost to the point of being distracting.

O - Overall a very nice sour cherry wild here. Quite well balanced and tasty.

rudzud, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BMart, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Reagan1984, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

olradetbalder, Tuesday at 03:10 PM
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.

ffejherb, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Fizzy white head that falls almost as fast as it forms.

4.0 S: Oddly enough, it still resembles Dreamweaver fairly well. Clove, banana, and pepper bring back good memories of Pittsburgh where I drank a ton of Dreamweaver. Cherries add a layer of complexity, but they don't come through with a lot of strength (at this age anyway). Tart fruitiness and some tanginess, but not a lot of pure sourness. Lemon and apple notes. Funk is an outdoorzy funk featuring apple orchard, wood, and forest after a rain.

4.5 T: The taste is where all the components come together. Clove, pepper, and banana from the base. Tart cherry from, well, the cherries. Potent oak with vanillins and a touch of supple tannins. Brett funk gives apple orchard, clean sewer, forest, and wet wood. Notes of lemon, apple, and pear. Quite mellow and refined while also being sophisticated and complex. Very tasty beer.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly prickly and bubbly and superbly smooth.

4.5 D: This beer is criminally drinkable, where the crime is that Troegs only made 400 bottles of this. Not a super sour beer and I've certainly had others with way more funk, but this brings all the flavors together in a way that brings the best out of everything.

DavoleBomb, Nov 18, 2012
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!

scottfrie, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Deuane, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

millerbuffoon, Jul 19, 2014
Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.