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Splinter Blue - Tröegs Brewing Company

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95
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 352
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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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 number1bum
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.

Photo of jjanega08
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
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.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a full hazy raspberry pink color, with light orange / grapefruit edges. A frothy white head rests on top, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries and some white grape provide the fruity aroma, while a robust oak presence imparts some vanilla notes as well.

Taste: Some light wheat up front, followed quickly by tart white grape and cherry flavors with ubiquitous vanilla and oak. It has a growing acidity as it lingers in the mouth, with the finish having a vinegary nature.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, crisp carbonation. Acidic tannins are present, with a medium body.

Drinkability: I found this to be pleasantly sour and complex without being over the top.

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

Shared by the very generous Habmike at yet another dirty south mediocre tasting.

Appearance: Rich and vibrant raspberry-purple color; smallish white head

Smell: Tart cherries with a lactic sourness. There are also some other berry-type fruits and a delicious funkiness of the earth, mushroom and horse blanket variety (not the diaper and plastic variety).

Taste: loud and brash sour cherries, delicious funk (such a great funk, some american brewers bring the wrong funk) with a nice cheese element and earthy tones, along with vinegar and fruit. I got a background note of vanilla and french oak.

Mouthfeel: medium body with aggressive carbonation

Drinkable: Please sir, may I have another? I really enjoyed this one, one of the highlights of the night - blew Russian River Framboise For a Cure out of the water (FFaC was the beer we opened before the Blue)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

$23 at Tröegs tasting room on release day. 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

A: With the risk of an overflow in mind, a gentle pour produces a meager finger of bright white head that is quick to recede. A high level of carbonation is apparent and a steady stream of bubbles adds life to the thin collar that rests along the glass's edge. (Lacing is highly unlikely.) The body has an elegant rosé color, approaching pale, and is medium-light in saturation. Gorgeous. The last pour deposits suspended yeast sediment and likens the appearance to that of all natural grapefruit juice. Despite the spare head and lack of lacing, on the merits of the body's color alone, the beauty of this beer cannot be denied.

S: Heavily lactic, the nose on Blue brings about notes of earthy must and funky barnyard mixed with light aromas of sour cherry, generic berry and well-integrated oak. An excellent nose builds anticipation. My mouth is watering at this point.

T: Without prior knowledge, one would never guess that the base to this beer is Dreamweaver Wheat (although the grain IS somewhat evident). The sour cherry component is no bigger on the palate than it was on the nose. Green grape and sour apple provide additional fruit flavors to compliment the dry oakiness on the finish. Chalky. Cherry PEZ flavor comes to mind.

M: A holocaust of the taste buds of sorts. Violently carbonated, Blue has an effervescence that is expansive and very aggressive as it scathes the tongue. Ultimately the mouthfeel deters from the enjoyment of the flavor. A few heavy swirls are needed to release the excess carbonation and allow the flavor of the beer to shine through. Sharply tart, moderately sour with light acetic undertones. Finishes extremely dry and mildly chalky.

D: Pop the cork and get this beer into a glass. Let it sit for a while. If that doesn't bring this beer into its sweetspot, give it a good swirl or two. Once this beer opens up and the carbonation is tamed, Splinter Blue becomes wildly drinkable.

Photo of sideshowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for yet again being a stand up generous BA and sharing this rarity with me. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The body is murky ruby color. Reminds me of Ocean Spray red grape fruit juice. This has a nice fluffy white head in the pour and it settles down to a thin layer of foam. The aroma warning me that this is sour! It however has a nice balance of sour cherries with a kiss of sweetness to round it out along with a crisp oak aroma. The taste isn't as sour as I had believed it would be from the aroma. Just a faint sour taste to it with a sweet oaky vanilla finish. The feel is kind of dry in the finish and the body is light and crisp. This is the most drinkable wild ale I've ever had. Basically chuggable.

Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmurren25 for this gem. Ruby red grapefruit color. Sizzling off white head. Lacing is not sticky and head retention is minimal. Nice bubbles on the side of the glass.

Tartness if immediately evident in the aroma. Not too overpowering to notice a nice sweet cherry scent. A bit of honey is also there.

Well this is a little bit sweeter than anticipated. The start has a nice smooth sweet cherry flavor that is immediately followed by a rush of dry sour sparkling grape juice like flavor.

Nice crisp mouthfeel makes for this to be a very enjoyable beer. Nice light body, just enough substance to slow me down a scotch. Very good, unique American Wild Ale. Very drinkable for the style.

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

Big thanks to urwithdave for sharing. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy, orangish, pink color. The pour produced a small off white head that faded to a thin rim.

A: Lemon, orange peel, small cherry. I get notes of flowers, grass, and spice. Lacto and brett also appear.

T: The citrusy, floral, spice really comes to the forefront of the brew. The funky sourness is somewhat subdued, but still present enough to give this one cred. Cherries take a back seat, and it finishes with a bretty goodness.

M: Medium body. Pretty high carbonation makes it sharp on the palate (as expected).

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty high, I don't think I would have a problem finishing off a bottle be myself. The only knock I can give this beer is, it may have been to young. I would really like to revisit this in 6 months, to fully appriciate the complexities of the brett on the beer. But overall, very good and highly recommended. Skal.

Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Enjoyed at home hours after purchase at the brewery release earlier in the day.

Poured a pinkish-red with a thin white head that didn't hang around too long. Carbonation was to be on the medium-high end.

Tart and sweet. Very enjoyable balance between the too. A little more sour would be nice in my book. Cherries are easily distinguishable. An oaky-barnyard fund rounds out the finish.

Very nice. Wish I could've bought more than two.

Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle in the midst of multiple cherry sours, krieks. Difficult one to rate as it's almost more in the berliner weiss style in its body and flavor profile. Pours clear salmon/amber with tons of bubbles exploding loudly, receding to nothing. Body is highly active. Nose is light, mineral, faint funk, faint lemon. Fairly nondescript when chilled. Flavor is a lot of mineral up front, light lemon, green apple, segueing into a nice earthy, mushroom funk. Prickly carbonation. Cherries don't really add very much, this is all about the subtle flavors and explosive body. As it warms the funk comes out, as do lighter fruits like pears and peaches. I liked it quite a bit. Amazing drinkability for sure.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of claaark13
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mikey711
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be hanging out with someone who was kind enough to pop one of their bottles

A: Cloudy pink color, the same shade of pink lemonade, that poured with about an half inch of white head.

S: As described by the troegs bartender "sour cherry pie". i dont fully agree with that statement because i thought there were very nice tart cherry scent that was the dominant scent but there was a bit of sweetness and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: This is the most impressive aspect of splinter blue, it reminded me of fruit cantillon beers with a smoothed out fruity funkiness whiel still having a bit of mustiness. I am still not sure why it is called splinter blue because there is nothing blue about it. but the tart cherrys shine while the brett sits in the background and a bit of sour lemon came through as wel

M: if this was not as carbonated i would have assumed it was a belgian lambic, but the carbonation was a bit too prickly for the style, not vinegar notes and a slight acidity that adds to the beer overall

d: Taste wise this is definitely up there with the american wilds i have had because of the similar characteristics similar to belgians sours. Its one of the more refreshing sours that i have had and at one point it was like i was drinking raspberry lemonade. overall this is definitely worth trying

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 taylor714914
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near as perfect a beer as I could imagine. The brett, cherries, wheat, and oak are all in harmony.

This poured a beautiful rose color, and smelled or sour cherries, oak, and brett.

The taste was all flavor to savor, with each sip allowing the combination of flavors to shine. The nose matched the flavor, and the carbonation was just perfect. Despite some reports of gushers, I found this carbonation to be spot on fine.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky with tiny prickly bubbles, just how I like it.

Overall, I'd drink this stuff everyday if I could. Troegs, make this a regular. seriously.

Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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