Splinter Brown | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
NOTE: Splinter Brown is highly-carbonated – so high the pressure has pushed corks out of the bottling during the aging process. For safety reasons, this beer will only be served for on-premise consumption and all bottles must be opened by Troegs servers.

Splinter Brown’s roots extend to July 2010 with the brewing of Scratch #34, a Belgian-style Dubbel. Some of this wort made it into a “funk” tank to ferment with bacteria and a blend of ale, Brett and sherry yeasts, but a large quantity was bottled in one of the brewery’s earliest bottle-conditioning projects. When the bottles didn’t carbonate properly, a resourceful brewer blended nearly 100 cases of beer with the original “funk” tank beer and transferred it into oak barrels. Fast forward to 2013, and this beer has aged with a finely developed Brett character, but only minimal tartness. Splinter Brown’s third flavor profile was created by blending the barrel-aged beer with a fresh-brewed sour mash fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and aged for six months in French and Hungarian oak wine barrels. This unique merger of flavors has resulted in a wonderfully complex Sour Brown Ale that is truly a labor of love. Cheers!

Added by orangesol on 11-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered at the Troegs tasting room, bottle is for in house consumption only. Despite asking the bartender to not remove the cork via pulling down on the bottle and up on the cork, she did so anyway, dang near losing the bottle. After asking to pour it, she said it was not allowed as people try to walk out with the bottles. I explained my Splinter Gold incident where the bartender glugged away when pouring allowing all sorts of sediment to come into my glass. Though I asked, and she acknowledged, she still managed to chug away pouring the beer that amounted to about ¾ head. Anyway, back to the review.

At first glance, this looks like an abbey dubbel, and smells like a mix of a dubbel and oude bruin. Tart dark cherries, a hint of lactic acid, tobacco, and some leather are present in the nose. The taste is similar, with the initial sip being a well-balanced hit of lactic acid and fruit, like a mix of dark cherries and figs. There is also something reminiscent of a Bordeaux wine. I’m not sure if it was the sherry yeast or oak or vinous flavor that seems to mingle with the other fruit flavors, but it’s there, albeit subtle. That is really all that is going on until you swallow and the finish brings out tobacco, leather, and a bit of earth. Some oak creeps in, providing a bit of dryness.

Mouthfeel was nice. Maybe we had a less than carbonated bottle or the bartender helped dissipate most of the carbonation, but I didn’t think these bottles were over carbonated in the least bit.

Overall, not my favorite of the Splinter series, but a solid offering. Like another review said, I think given another 6 months to a year in the bottle, this baby would really shine and start to round out nicely.

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Split this one with BMart and dfhhead25 at the brewpub. Thanks guys!

Funny that Troegs won't sell this because of the cork bullet issues. Good thing 3F doesn't have the same regulations! Still, I honor their request.

Dirty mahogany-brown pour with a fizzy, off-white cap, that seemed like it should dissipate, but never truly did, keeping a solid ring through the session; minimal lacing left on the glass. Fairly musty aroma, yeasty, with a good hit of waterlogged wood, earth, toasted caramel. Taste was good, more mustiness, very woody, caramel, char, vinous, notes of dark fruits, with a moderate tart snap to it. However, underlying everything was what came off to me as an off-flavor indicative of infection. I'm not saying it was, but it seemed to be heading in that direction. Either that or the wood character was simply too intense. If the former is true, this beer should be consumed as soon as possible. If the latter, then maybe let it sit for a while more. But I don't know which it was, so I'll just say, "I don't really know what was up with this beer, but something just didn't sit right with me." Oddly, I thought the final, somewhat yeasty pour from the bottle was the best-tasting, lending a little more fruit and spice to the mix. Medium body, solid mouthfeel with a decent tanginess to it, but always that hint of infection. Definitely worth a try, and I'd actually like to try it again.

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Splinter Brown from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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