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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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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:25:08 | More by Hojaminbag
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Overlord

California

3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:03:31 | More by Overlord
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:15:11 | More by grub
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-19-2012 00:51:13 | More by ADTaber
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nickd717

California

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 18:38:27 | More by nickd717
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-15-2012 06:16:25 | More by IdrinkGas
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Arbitrator

California

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:49:11 | More by Arbitrator
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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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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 00:38:46 | More by bigfnjoe
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-22-2012 05:35:12 | More by hoppymcgee
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jampics2

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:14:09 | More by jampics2
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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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portia99

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 23:53:49 | More by portia99
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:28:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:40:26 | More by kbutler1
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Spider889

Ohio

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 20:13:07 | More by Spider889
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

08-26-2013 19:13:14 | More by dfhhead25
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-22-2012 22:14:55 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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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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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-07-2013 14:43:35 | More by DeutschesBier
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this last night with mymrnngjckt and krisandajt. I've enjoyed reading the nonsense around this beer (rarity cherries, tastes like rare, etc), and am generally amused by the venom that is spewed by the haves and have nots after these limited releases. I do think the release was an example of both the good (the Trogners and brewery staff handing out donuts to the waiting crowd) and the bad (the substantial number of people who just seemed to show up and assimilate in the front of the line, causing our group to go from 160ish to 190 and many behind us who should have gotten beer leaving with none) of these beer releases. But in all seriousness, this is a good beer and rather unique for a sour in my humble opinion.

I had no issues with gushing when I popped the cork. It was a bit of a slow pour but nothing dangerous. Poured a cloudy, pink tinted amber color with a pretty substantial light beige head. Kept a chunky lace down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of tart cherries, some musty yeast and general funk. Not overwhelming in the funky horse blanket department but a nice brett aroma. There is a subtle sweetness to the nose with a bready quality as well. Subtle oakiness. Cherry pie? Not so much. But nice.

Taste also consists primarily of tart cherry, funk, and bready malt. Cherries are tart but not overly sour, and the funky brett flavor is also on a level where it does not overpower the other components. The wood is subtle as it was in the nose, lending some woody, earthy flavor to the beer. It is in the finish of this beer that the wheat base becomes noticeable, as a sweet, bready wheat flavor persists on the tongue. This is probably the most unique aspect of the beer. Certainly different than many sours. And very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a very prickly medium body. They were going for this level of carbonation I believe (they say in the video they were trying to take it to a champagne level) and I think for the most part it works. Maybe a tad softer would be nice.

At the end of the day this is not an earth shattering beer but it is a very good one. It will undoubtedly get trashed for merely being "very good," a product most likely of the inflated trade value that it will demand. How dare it not be epic!?!? Epic, no. Very good, yes. And I'm glad to have had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 13:40:17 | More by number1bum
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from klownsbery in an awesome trade and decided to crack it and share at thanksgiving.

A= The pour is a beautiful cloudy pink color. Actually one of the most interesting colors I've ever seen in a beer. The head is a slight pink color and very active akin to a sodas head rising up to about two fingers and falling somewhat quickly to a ring around the glass with no lacing evident.

S= The smell is tart cherries, wood, and loads of funk. The cherries hit me first with a nice tartness and are quickly swallowed by an earthy dirty funk smell. The wood stays underneath the entire smell yet is dominate enough to let you know that it is for sure there. A lot of acidity to it.

T= The taste is wonderful. Not too sour and not to sweet. The balance reminds me of Supplication. Great cherry flavor throughout and the funk doesn't play too much of a leading roll letting those who don't enjoy funk but love sours enjoy as well as those who love the funk keep guessing. The acidity is perfection in thise one letting the flavors come through without being so acidic you can't taste.

M= Perfection in a glass for a sour. The first sip I took it litterally felt like it danced across me tongue. Super high carbonation that actually is fun to drink. Akin to champagne. The mouth may actually be my favorite part of this beer.

D= I could drink this all the time. This is a beautiful beer. If this is any indication of where Troegs is moveing the the future I need on board. I hope they keep up with the Splinter Series and keep making sours for the East because this may top any sour I've ever had. I actually enjoyed this more than Cantillon sours as wild as that sounds. This is beauty in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:10:32 | More by jjanega08
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:42:55 | More by callmemickey
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sirsteve42

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-24-2013 12:55:57 | More by sirsteve42
Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
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