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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 349
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:
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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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 81
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.02/5  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.

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this bottle over and split with friends.

A - Pours a reddish/pink, off-white head, some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass, and a thin cap. Nothing blue about it, but still, a decent-looking beer.

S - Medium level of funk/tartness, some sweet berries, and oak. Nothing overly complex here, but very solid.

T - Nice level of funk, some raspberries, oak, sour/tart notes. Not overly sour, a "pleasant" level, but more funky then Splinter Gold. Again, pretty straight forward but enjoyable.

M - Medium, maybe a touch too much carbonation, dry finish.

D - Really enjoyed this one. Much more then Splinter Gold. Hopefully, I'll be able to trade for another bottle or someone else will land one. Recommend.

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Violet and dark rose in color with an eggshell-white head. Leaves spots of stick down the glass.

Vibrant cherry with big notes of dirt/earth Brett character. Funky and fruity, I like it.

The flavor is complex--much more so than the aroma would indicate. A lovely combination of an interesting earthy/dirty/Fall leaves funk, and lots of vibrant, juicy cherry flesh and skin character. Moderate sourness, but not over the top.

Medium to near full in body for the style with low/moderate carbonation. Perhaps a bit heavy.

Exceptional. One of the favorites among a star-studded tasting.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last month, I drove 2 hours, waited in line for 4 hours +, and came damn near close to being late for work back in DC. Fast forward a little over a month: The guys seemed pretty stoked to try this beer and it was my pleasure to bring this to a fantastic tasting!

A: Pours a clouding pink/orange/salmon color, bubbly, and a good bit of head that quickly dissipated. Someone at the tasting mentioned that if you put your ear up to the glass, you can hear a snap or pop sound that resembles pop rocks. Cool!

S: Wheaty, sour cherry, with Brett very evident from the get-go. All of these ingredients are very soft in nature and don't bury the nose in too much sourness.

T: Sour fruit upfront, with wheat ("Dreamweaver") that washes over the Brett creating a kind of "sour-dough" quality that is unique and just plain awesome!

M: Not vinegary in any way, the doughy bread-like flair combined with the bubbly carbonation is comfortable to say the least, and the acidity is there but blended well into the ingredients.

D: To say this is highly drinkable almost brings me to tears. Since the odds of me ever trying this beer ever again are slim (only 400 bottles made), I will just leave it at, "Unfortunately, this stuff is very drinkable...."

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to soulforpeanuts, and another shared by nerd.

Pours cloudy medium amber with slight purplish hues and a quickly fading whitish head. Not blue.

Tart wheaty and funky aroma with substantial fruity notes. Tart cherries and oak as well.

Great tart cherry flavor with wheat and oaky -baly funk.

Acidic palate with medium body and slight grainiess.

Solid overall but not as impressive as the Gold. Have to give this an honest rating despite being a bit of a Tröegs homer.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nerd. Thanks Mike. From notes.

A: Pours a murky salmon-colored body (I guess everyone was joking, "They should have called this Splinter Salmon") in my snifter. It's well carbonated, with a pinky finger of foam generated by my small pour. Eventually it falls into a collar and a swirl on top of the beer.

S: Lactic sourness with cherry notes. It's accompanied by a soft horse blanket aroma, suggesting brett. Oak, vanilla, and a touch of earth. A nice nose, but I was hoping it would be more pungent and expressive.

T: As noted above, it indeed has a lactic sourness, accentuated by tart, slightly bitter cherry skins. Soft vanilla and sharp American oak dominate the finish, which has a bretty horseblanket flavor rounding it out. As a cherry wild ale, it's quite good; no surprises, good balance of bacterial character. I didn't find it exciting, but I found it good.

M: Well-carbonated; great effervescence that supports the flavors and gives the beer a lively feel.

D: I prefer the Gold to this one. I'd have it again, but so far the Splinter series hasn't convinced me it is worth chasing with cellar highlights (except Gold, which I liked a lot).

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two 6oz pours from a 750ml into a wine glass. Purchased for $5 each at the Tröegs Brewing Company scratches and splinters the Lakewood Winking Lizard event. Enjoyed with good friends and Chris Trogner.

Splinter blue is a pinkish-grapefruit color with mauve and salmon colored highlights plus a white head. It looks absolutely stunning in the glass. The compact white head leaves behind some nice lacing. Some active carbonation is noted but the beer is cloudy for the most part.

The beer is so pleasant and it's pretty expressive. It's composed of sour cherry and brettanomyces, giving it a wild and sour aroma. Some earthiness from the wood leaves subtle vanilla hints. The cherries go well with the wheat and brett, and the horsehair/sour combination is a winner.

The taste is wonderful with tart cherries, wheat, and funky brett. Apples, cherry skin, oak, vanilla, and wheat make an intricate and balanced splash on my palate. Not too sour, and the wheat from the Dreamweaver Wheat beer that was used as a base is still a component. The barrels are all virgin barrels made of Pennsylvania oak, and the newness of the wood has some tannin qualities. The cherries are ripe and juicy and add a lot to this beer. Very complex and divine.

The mouthfeel is lively and well carbonated. The beer is light-bodied but packed with flavor. This beer is just 4% ABV, so it's imminently drinkable. Just a fantastic American Wild from Troegs. To have nailed this beer on the first shot shows some real mastery or ninja skills. Either way, this was the best American Wild I've had in a long time and runs circles around beers that have way more brash flavor with no real underlying consistency. Thanks to Chris for bringing out these amazing beers, this was the best event of the 2010 Cleveland Beer Week so far. Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle generously shared at jlindros 30th birthday tasting by Duffy and Kyle. Big thanks for getting the opportunity to try this major want of mine. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A - Pours a well hazed, pale grapefruity juice looking liquid in the glass. A fizzy, thin head of white bubbles forms briefly and falls to the surface leaving only a thin collar of bubbles and not much for lacing.

S - Super funky and barnyard! Tons of brett influence here. Powdered sugar, cherries galore, super tart and sour! I am liking this a lot.

T - Lots of cherry up front to make the first impression. Sweet, a bit sugary overall although quite tart and sour. Funk isn't as strong as in the aroma but definitely here to make an impact at a medium level intensity. Very nice.

M - Thin/medium body with a very high carbonation that gives a foamy feel in the mouth...nice and funky and tart.

O - Definitely didn't let me down. Been wanting to try this for a long time after being unsuccessful in landing a bottle myself. Glad to try this one!

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Taste the rarity...

A- pours a murky looking dark orange with a one finger pure white head. Very nice lacing, all the way up the glass

S- huge hit of cherries, oak, and FUNK. Smells amazing

T- tart cherries, not terribly sour. A little bit of the oak comes through as well. Finish is actually a little sweet. Really...weird flavor combinations.

M- alright, this is WAY too carbonatd. Bubbles all over the place, tastes very effervescent in my mouth as well. The one major downpoint to the beer IMO.

D- pretty drinkable. Not too tart, not too sweet...just right. Not really worth all the hype though

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one Eeeeveryone's talking about. 750ml corked and caged wine bottle poured into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Graciously shared by schen9303.

A: Cork opens with a loud pop. This one's a slow gusher. Standard pour yields a 2 finger foamy, coarse white head with average retention, dissipating quickly into 1 finger of foam that stays atop the brew. Beer is a cloudy ruby red with an added bit of pink tint. Lacing is near non-existant. Very spotty with no cling.

S: Nose is very aromatic and pungent. Sour cherry puree, ethanol, and a slight Brett funk in the background. Conspicously missing is the woody and earthiness that I expected. Still, very clean and appetizing.

T: Opens with great sweet and tart cherry balance. Fruit flavors are kept very simple but robust at the same time. Funk is relegated to the background just as in the nose. Emerges more towards the finish as the tart dies out slowly. Finish is wheaty and puckering with a cherry skin aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Although this one pours big and bad, the bubbles seemed (thankfully) to fade quickly. Rather lively in the mouth and prickly going down. Finish is dry and puckering and aftertaste is sticky but doesn't linger.

D: Judging with a mind towards the beer its "supposed to be", Splinter Blue is a bit of a dissapointment. Very good but nothing outrageous. Flavors are simple, clean, and all around well executed. However, judging with a mind towards sours as a category in general, this is a very solid representation of the style. Great beer but not worth the hype. Comparable (almost) to Supplication.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of mothman. Poured into a chalice a cloudy opaque apricot orange color with a slight collared head but lots of carbonation. Funky aroma with notes of cherry and lemon zest. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Has a more malty flavor and feel than I expected but it works nicely with this beer. Funky, fruity cherry and tart lemon flavors. Has some underlying funk flavor but not overly so. I wish the cherries showed a little more in this. Very easy drinking. Slight bitter notes in the end. Overall, this is an ok sour beer. Is it worth the hype? No, to me it isn't but I would drink this again given the chance.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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