Splinter Gold | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Splinter GoldSplinter Gold

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsey flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.

Added by Deuane on 12-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, yes I did give this beer all 5's (which I know is supposed to be extremely rare) and second I am not from Pennsylvania so I'm not biased towards Troegs like so many Quaker Staters are (which isn't a bad thing). I simply think this is THE best beer I've ever had to date and was definitely worth $23/bottle and standing in the freezing cold to get my hands on some. With that said...

A - Pours a pale gold/light orange with a thick, super dense off white head. Extremely cloudy with a lot of yeast settlement on the bottom and you can see some of the brettanomyces floating on the top.

S - HUGE oak aroma up front with scents of white grapes, faint oranges, toasted wood, spices, and yeast-y esters.

T - Starts off with a light citrus flavor the instant it hits your tongue and then quickly shifts to a white wine/dry woody flavor. The grape flavors subside but the oak lingers while the beer transitions to a simple sweetness with hints of spices. The aftertaste is all oak on the palate. Very nicely complex flavor.

M/D - VERY dry, as expected, with lots of small bubble carbonation. Even with all the carbonation it is still quite smooth throughout with a medium-heavy body that does a great job of hiding the alcohol. Definitely a sipping beer meant for a special occasion and you almost feel bad drinking it because you don't want your chalice to run out.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe it was the 3 years of anticipation, but this lived up to everything I had hoped for.

Poured and split at the troegs tasting room 5/18/13
Appearance was a hazy, orangish yellow, reminding me of a darker dreamweaver.
Big fluffy head that dissipated quickly over a few minutes.

Smell was mix of tangy sourness, mild Brett, and white wine.

Taste ranged In flavors of white wine, oak, slight tartness, a bit of hay and barnyard, and a hint of rosemary.

Overall, this was everything I had hoped for and more.

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Photo of stakem
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally decided to open one of the bottles that I acquired at the Splinter release. I shared this with user slk2go (a long time friend and mutual beer lover.)

Chilled this bottle down and had no problems with gushing. Granted the cork was a bit of a bugger coming out, but all was well and no beer was lost to spillage or overflow. Splinter Gold pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a white cap of foam more than 2 fingers strong for a head. Significant amount of lace clings all over the glassware; in this case a short snifter. Continuous bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface providing support for the head's retention. Aroma has a tangy kick of brett along with the base triple characteristics of pear, green sour apples and some citrus. Tail end of the aroma has some woodsy character mixed with funk and must. Taste of this beer is quite complex ranging from tart and sour upfront with brett funk to citrus and tang akin to pear and apples along with other forms of citrus. What is notable about this beer is that despite all the flavors throughout the entire tasting experience, it never loses the base belgian characteristics throughout the flavor profile. The finish of this beer is not only drying but includes tastes not immediately evident throughout the body, mostly oakiness prevails along with the 12% abv finally revealing itself with warmth. Light feel with a high amount of carbonation. Splinter Gold leaves a range of tastes clinging to the palate that I have never experienced before. Tastes of belgian like phenols meet flavors reminiscent of dry white grapes and spice similar to coriander blended with wood. Once this beer reaches room temperature, more malt character and sweetness comes through as does the alcohol in taste, not just warmth factor. This beer really is about as smooth as one could image or ever want in a beer and very drinkable.

Overall this was an awesome experience and I am really glad I got a chance to have it. About the only thing I can complain about is the lack of availability. After finally having this, I really want more. Damn you Troegs for only releasing 300 of these corked and caged bottles.

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Photo of slk2go
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split the bottle with stakem on 3/4/10. Thank you for standing in line to buy the bottle while I took my final.

Bottle was a pain to open, no pressure and the cork seemed to be longer than normal.

Crystal golden yellow color. Big white to cream colored foam that is composed of many visible bubbles, continuous release of carbonation. Nice thick lacing.

Musty cellar smell w/ noticeable bret scents. Also, crisp belgian yeast notes and subtle wood hints in the nose.

Very complex flavor. It starts out with light citrus hints of a belgian white and base flavors of a triple. Also. plenty of bret funk in the start. Green apple and pear notes are also evident as well as subtle wood notes. The finish shows some alcohol hints and some warming. Very dry from beginning to end.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and round and seems to get rounder as the beer rests. Great bubbly effervescent mouth feel.

Had a second glass 2 hrs after opening at room temp. Becomes even rounder and smoother and the pear flavor becomes more apparent.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Waited in line at the brewery release to pick this up. Have been anxiously waiting for the right time to open. And all I can say, I wans NOT dissapointed! Troegs really out-did them selves with this first time Brett use. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small brandy snifter. Cork ws a PITA to get off. This bottle wasn't a gusher, but after a couple seconds the head was definitely getting higher, coming very slowly out of the neck of the bottle. Poured a hazy golden/yellow with a huge white head. Lacing was awesome, sticking thick on the side of the glass for quite some time.

Aroma is strong of crisp fruit, lemon and apples being the biggest in the nose. The Brett aroma is actually very light, which is my only complaint to this point...I was hoping to get a little more of a funky sourness in the smell. I didn't pick up much of booziness...which really surprised me. Either way, was a mouthwatering aroma!

MMM, excelent beer! Very light and crisp on the Brett. Lot's of fruit, like the Belgian Tripels you're used to. Lemon, apple, pear...BOOZE! There's a malty breadiness mixed with the Belgian yeast. Agian, the Brett is coming through...although very light...but absolutely complimentory! Drank slightly chilled...light mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation, but not enough to kill the experience, and has a pretty dry finish. Way to go Troegs! Can't wait for the Black and Blue release!

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Photo of Sterby
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass. Recommended drinking temperature is 58F.

A- Poured a cloudy, yellowish gold with small bubbles. A layer of white foam that dissipates quickly.

S-Oak, White Grapes, Barnyard funk

T-Sharp Oak is pronounced up front with sour barnyard funk, vanilla nuances, and white grapes. Multiple layers of complexity

M-Well carbonated, aggressive up front, velvety smooth in the middle and finishing dry. The palate is asking for more.

Overall, very complex and different than anything I've ever tried. Virgin oak is great, sour is just right, vanilla nuances are there and the finish has you asking for more. Finally, the live cultures in this batch make me very happy. Great job and cannot wait for the next rendition.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle shared with two fellow BAs, poured into tulips...

Cork was neigh impossible to pop, requiring the assistance of a corkscrew and immediately starts a slow, uninhibited gush. Color is clear, pale straw golden with a rocky, frothy off white head that reduces to a finger thick and clumps of thick lacing. One of us comments as soon as the bottle (finally) opens, wait, is that some Russian River (which we were trying later) already? Aroma is immediately funky and brett-y, immediately followed by a sweet fruity and ester-y triple aroma with light oak, but the wood presence is very subdued. Medium light body with fine, sharp carbonation and a fruity dry finish. Flavor is much more fruity than Belgian yeast to start with before subtly blending to a funky brett-y flavor. Fruit flavors are predominantly focused on apple and other ripe fruit and these flavors are strongest in the long finish. Alcohol does not exist in this beer. Anywhere. 12% ABV is well hidden. I went into this not expecting that much despite the hype, but I was very impressed.

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Photo of bbeane
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a tulip... Very carbonated. Starts with a thick clumpy white head that thins but never disappears completely and leaves lots of lacing coated on the glass. Beer is a cloudy straw color with some sediment floating

S- Very nice... Definately smell the brett mixed with fruity citrusy aromas and hints of wood

T- Again, definately smell the brett, mixed with citrus and maybe red delicious apple... all with a oak backbone. Not a hint of the high abv

M- Despite the high carbonation, very smooth with light/medium body

D- I'd stand in that f*ing line right now if there was more available. One of the best beers I've had. The alcohol is well masked making it extremely easy to drink


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Photo of Jmoore50
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brought out by jh1982, James, with a few fellow beer lovers. This should be filed under Wild Ale, just because the base beer was a Trippel doesn't mean this is anything like a Trippel. It had one of the hardest corks to open, I thought someone was going to either drop the bottle or blow a blood vessel in their brain trying to get this open. When it did get opened, one of the best beers I have ever had was released.

The appearance is a thick oily golden color with a very strong white head. The head came up quick and left a very heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. It had thick alcoholic legs. The hazy golden color was beautiful, almost like it was projecting a sort of light.

Once the cork came out of the bottle a smell filled the room that was heavenly. This was one of those beer drinking moments that I will never forget. It was straight out of the fridge when we opened it, so it was really cold. When poured into the glass the aroma was intense. Green apples, lemon rind, horse blanket, Brett, white grape skin. It owned some acidic properties that a good lambic has, clearing the nostrils. Sweet fruit sugars with hints of Belgian spice. Amazing.

Right now I am thinking that this is probably the best 'Wild' beer I have ever tried. The complexities in this were just amazing, and a fellow taster said it perfectly, "You can actually taste all of the hard work that was put into this." There was lots of lemon citrus, dry Brett, silky spiced Trippel characters that were still present. Some vanilla, dry white oak, toasted biscuit, and even more citrus. It was fairly tart, with the flavors melding very well. There has been some age of these bottles, and I can just imagine that they are turning into something spectacular. This bottle was perfect.

The mouthfeel was strongly carbonated, and I can totally understand reviewers saying that it was a gusher. The Brett yeast strain is known for creating high carbonation, and in this beer it was perfect. Nice tart flavors with a thicker mouthfeel brought out all the barrel aging and bugs.

It was a once in a lifetime beer, so I was not gulping it down. I enjoyed every sip, knowing that it would eventually be my last. Just an amazing beer that really tested my palate and opened yet another door of my understanding of what a beer can be.
Near perfection.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jeremy, Kevin, and Frank...awesome tasting!

A-big gusher here, pours a nicely hazed golden color with a creamy white head, good retention and a nice lace.

S-the nose is brilliant, notes of red wine, vinous, good oakiness to it, vanilla behind. great earthy tones towards the middle, wild yeast with a touch of funk. bananas, peach and pear come in last.

T-a well done cabernet, vinous and oaky up front with notes of vanilla. nice light wild yeast flavors with a good lemon zest behind. the finish adds some nice sweetness, peaches and a hint of tartness.

M-so soft and smooth, creamy medium body. perfect carbonation gives it a good clean crisp finish that is slightly dry.

D-this is awesome, so smooth and soft, the flavors blend together so well adding nice complexity and a great drink. simply awesome!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. I had heard some stories about gushing with this one but I had it sufficiently chilled down enough so as not to produce any problems.

The beer pours a deep, hazy, golden orange, with a couple fingers of foamy bright-white colored head. Retention is fantastic here, pretty much holding at a sturdy ½ finger of froth that doesn't budge, throwing a huge creamy cascade of lacing that settles into thick swathes of foam. Just a great all around flare-up and look to this. The Brett in the aroma adds crispness to the nose that intermingles effortlessly with tart citrus flavors and spice. Sugary breads sit underneath with vinous notes and some earthy smelling tannic wood character. Man, this just overall has a fresh and crisp feel from the Brett that really is reminiscent of some of the best out there. I could have just stuck my nose in this all night.

The flow and balance of the flavors is somehow even better in the taste. The Brett flavor really isn't coming off as funky to me in the least, instead being much tarter and biting, blending in with zesty fruity notes of orange, lemon and green apples, as well as sugary tasting doughy bread. There is a touch of a vinous presence here but most of the barrel feel is coming out more as woody character that hangs in the back of the throat after each sip, lovingly lingering with leftover spicy notes in a dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an EXTREMELY smooth and easy carbonation in the mouth. This just has a tremendous feel from all of that tannic slickness, with this literally feeling like it slithers down the throat at times. And there is no way that this beer is 12%. There is just no way. I'm not getting one iota of heat or alcohol from this in any way, shape, or form. There is just some subtle warmth that starts to creep over my face as I work through the glass. Fantastic is all I have to say.

Fresh, tart, tangy, and oaky tasting, with a tremendous drinkibility, pretty much sums up this Splinter Series creation to a tee. The Brett addition and barrel-aging here had a delicate and deft touch to it that I was totally caught off guard by and I have to say that this honestly could easily hang with some of the better Barrel-Aged Wild Ales out there right now. If you have multiple bottles of this, I would definitely drink one now while the Brett is still fresh and then cellar one to see how the funk develops. I was very impressed by this effort and can't wait to see how Tröegs takes things from here.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a corked and cage wine bottle into two pint glasses. One for me and one for my girlfriend who stood in that cold ass line with me.

Appearance: A bit of a gusher right out of the bottle. Poured with a huge 2+ white foamy head. Head receded just slightly and a 1 - 1.5 finger head lasted the whole time with big time lacing down the sides of the glass. Beer was a light golden sort of straw color. Lots of car bubbles flowing upward from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Funky. Definitely a wet horse blanket and hay aroma up front. Masked beneath is some citrus mixed with some orange, some white apple, and a little bit of oak which lends some sweetness. The Triple comes through just fine but the funk is definitely there.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty evenly. Funky up front followed by a lot of citrus, some orange, some floral tones, and an underlying oak sweetness. Has a bit of a wine character to it courtesy of the oak wine barrels. Brett comes back around in the finish for a semi funky, semi sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but it's a welcome thing. Gives the beer a lighter feel to it and cuts through the sweetness a bit. Finish is dry, very dry. Not sure where everybody got that this beer is 12% alcohol content, but it certainly doesn't taste it.

Drinkability: Very high. The brett is not overpowering, the sweetness is the perfect counterbalance, the fruitiness of the triple is still there, the carbonation is perfect and it's light enough in body that finishing the bottle is no problem.

Troegs, you outdid yourself. The only thing that could make this better is if it was sour. But nonetheless, phenomenal beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P-Troegs Brewery--Thanks to my wife for standing in line for 2 hours to get me this.


A- A nice pop of the cork and hiss of the beer and the beer starts to overflow. As i pour the head is huge and i have to stop and start. Very mountainous and fluffy. A hazy cloudy goldenrod yellow according to the wife. Maybe an apple juice like color.

S- wow the pungent aromas of fruity esters slaps you in the face. You have banana, apple and pear. The brett is pronounced as well. a nice oak wood smell rounds off the nose.

T- wow the flavor is out of this world. The pear and apple hits you right up front and then the brett and alcohol cover it up nicely. This is a perfect combination. A nice granny apple smith on the back end with wood oak taint as well. amazing!

M-highly carbonated like and sparkling apple cider. Smooth and bubbly and fruity in the mouth. every flavor is present and compliments each other so well.

D- somewhat dry but it has some wetness toit if that makes sense. Its a high abv beer but you couldnt tell from the initial downfall. I almost put 2/3rds of it down before i remembered the abv. it hits you all at once too.

Great beer one of the best i have ever had!

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Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

*First and foremost, my scores reflect Batch 1, while the words reflect Batch 2*
This beer is still a Brett'd Triple, people need to remember that....
Bottle at the Brewery, review #650!

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass. Nowhere near as much carbonation as Batch 1 had.

S - Smells of mild sugary sweetness, decent amount of barnyard funk from all that brett, white wine and oak from the barrels and a touch of booze. A bit of tropical fruitiness comes out as it warms to room temperature. A simple, yet complex nose.

T - Much like the nose, this one starts off with a dose of sugary sweetness that quickly gives way to hints of oak tannins, mild citric fruit, white grape skins and plenty of horse blanket / barnyard funk. Booze is ever present but it doesn't really ever become a major player. Finish is quite dry, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Fizzy feel that slowly dies down over the coarse of the glass. Nowhere near as bone dry as Batch 1 was, that was nearly Champaign.

O - This is still one of the better Wild Ale's out there. I personally preferred Batch 1 by a wide margin, that bone dry feel just had me coming back for more and more, but this batch has the potential to be just as good or better in the long run. If you ever have the chance to try this one I strongly suggest you do, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jbdpsu82
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very hazy amber color, finger-width head that quickly disappears. Fruity, boozy, carbonated flavor. Mouthfeel of sparkling juice. Goes down easy. Delicious and worth the special trip for a bottle.

Get a hold of this is you can. Excellent sour.
Fan-flipping-tastic! That's a tmesis.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Big thanks to Deuane for telling me about this rarity and then hooking me up with it. I skimmed the reviews before-hand and saw the high carbonation warnings, so I opened this over the sink with the aid of another. The cork required a corkscrew, and when I finally removed it from the bottle the foam slowly crept upward, though none was lost thanks to my careful and detailed planning. After the initial pour, I left the glass for a span of 3 minutes before returning to my desk to find that the foam in the bottle had risen half the height of the 750ml and was threatening to peer over the edge. Be careful with this one.

The beer pours hazy gamboge and free of sediment. The billowing white head rises three fingers above the liquid, exhibiting a seemingly sempiternal retention and marvelous lacing.

The fruit character is vivid, with note of granny smith apples, ripe pears, lemon, and Chardonnay grapes. Oak is buttery and it imparts a subtle spiciness that plays off the wet leather Brett notes. The wood has conferred an evident tannic quality on the beer. Belgian yeast is apparent, and it works quite well with the bready malt foundation. Other notes are of sugar and earth.

The flavor is a piquant amalgamation of granny smith apples, pears, lemons, and Chardonnay grapes. Oak is spicy and there's a light tartness accompanying the tannins. The malt is bready and there's noticeable Belgian yeast, as well as a dash of sugar midpalate and an earthy quality. The 12% is masterfully hidden. The flavor is great, but with a little guidance and coaxing from Brett's steady, adroit, and practiced hand, Splinter Gold is propelled to the next level of deliciousness and beyond (from 4.5-5.0 in BA terms). The Brett imparts a light mustiness and a wet leather subtlety that greatly adds to the balance and finesse.

I think the major flaw in this beer is the over carbonation, but that's easily swirled out and it's died down to a nice level as I type these words. Bone dry is an understatement, the landscape that is my palate is a barren, arid, and desiccated wasteland. It's fantastic. This is exceedingly drinkable, immensely enjoyable, and definitely worth seeking out. Serve this at 55 degrees to best observe the many complexities.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured after driving 4 hours round trip to and from Harrisburg. I think Troegs was pleasantly surprised with the turnout for the Splinter Red/Gold release with all 300 or so bottles selling out in just under two hours.

A: Nice pop and hiss as I uncorked this 750ml bottle. Hazy golden-orange body. Massive, frothy white head. Holds up for a while before forming a condensed but sizable skim. Heavy lacing left behind.

S: Rich, soft oak-woodyness. Heavy blast of fruits (apple, pear and perhaps some lemon). The brett certainly made itself known as there is a nice whiff of funk throughout. Some softer, more typical belgian yeast notes shine through as I picked up some spice and banana.

T: While the nose was pungent and powerful, the flavor is an entirely different animal. Sublime, textured, and delicious. Lots of brett funk upfront balances a nice spice presence. Towards the middle sour apples make themselves known, before concluding with a softer pear jab. Some oaky-chardonnay white wine character as well. There is quite a bit going on here and the beer really benefited from both the brett and the Westmalle yeast. In many ways this was reminiscent of Russian River's (batch 2) Sanctification (my favorite of the RR wilds). Perhaps a tad more apple flavoring in Splinter though

M: Light-medium bodied. Lively, but not overwhelming, carbonation levels fade effortlessly from the first splash on the tongue through the finish. The sour fruits and funk from the flavor don't ripple into the mouthfeel as there is no noticeable puckering. Refreshingly crisp and dry finish.

D: A superb effort from the Troegs brothers. I've always respected their efforts but this beer really pushes them up there along with Nugget Nectar and a handful of their Scratch Beers (#20 in particular). Totally worth the trip. Somewhat sad I traded my other bottle of the Gold, but I am glad that a fellow BA'er is going to get to enjoy a really impressive brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was finally able to acquire a bottle of this. Had not had a drink all week so I cracked this one open tonight, cause well to be honest, it was a hell of a day and I needed to make a nice night. Served at cellar temp I poured it multiple times into a six ounce snifter, thought after the second pour my wife knocked over the bottle making me lose about 6-7 ounces, which fit with the rest of the day quite nicely. Enough rant more beer, as I finished the last glass on 04/08/2010.

The pour was huge, big and better then I ever could have hoped for with a big golden amber color and a huge head of white that reached a height of nearly three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass with sticky white lacing and a thick covering of white that remained on top all the way through. Got much cloudier the further into the bottle you went.

Aroma is loaded with fruit, pears are dominant, as much as you would say blueberries are in blabaer, this has the most pronounced pear aroma and flavor I have ever come across. Light tartness builds as it comes up to room temperature giving you that horse funk you are looking for but keeping it light with tons of light grain and bready notes back building the pear and now light sour apple. Each sip seems to get even more complex then the one before. Rich pear and apple flavors, light sour notes, hints of grass and liht bready malts, complex as hell. Perfect carbonation, light, bubbly, full enough to coat the tonue, perfectly done with the abv so well hidden I thought it was 8 percent.

Overall damn near perfect. I expected great things but not this great. Seriously one of the best best things i have had in a while. Near perfection for the style.

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Photo of aglose45
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into a two DFH snifters. Shared with my future father-in-law.

A: Pours a nice light golden, straw color, with a massive near white, frothy head. The head clung to the walls of the glass and is retained throughout the duration of the beer.

S: The nose is full of many different flavors. It starts of with a funky Brett smell. Next a crisp citrus smell, lemons and maybe a bit of oranges, shines through the funk. At the end I can almost faintly detect a flower-like smell. There is also a pungent oak smell.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. It starts off with a quick hit of Brett, moves to a sweetness (sweet apples and maybe the floweriness I was detecting in the nose), and finally to a citric flavor (lemons and oranges). The oak wine barrels definitely have a say in the flavor as well.

M: The cabonation is high, but works perfectly with all the flavors and higher alcohol content. Just as advertised; this beer is bone dry.

D: I went into this beer assuming that the Brett would dominate, just like most other beers I have had with this strain of yeast. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it balanced out all of the other flavors, especially the sweet ones. This is an impressive beer. Well done Troegs!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at a recent tasting with bmanning.

What a gusher this one was! Over the top foaminess after a lengthy battle to remove the cork. After filling cups with the initial foam burst so as to not waste any, this poured a brilliant gold with a slightly peachy hue alongside a mountainous bone-white head and beautifully-ringed lacing as it went down. The initial aroma was pure Brett goodness with some spice, citrus, oak, and hints of sweetness. Definitely funky.

The taste was very, very nice--initial Brett funk, which eventually melded quite well with all the other flavors, but definitely never subsided. Other flavors included oak, spice, green apple, citrus, and a bit of dry white wine. This all created a solid mouthfeel, with a spicy bone-dry feeling without too much of an alcohol presence. Drinkability was excellent--this one only got better as it warmed a bit, and was just an all-around phenomenal brew. Cheers to Troegs.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared generously by Hophead4248 at a great tasting. Can't wait for them to re-release this one (in 3 years)...

Pours a Duvel-esque color. Straw and hazey as hell. The nice chalk colored head sticks around, and really complements this brew.

Smells a little tart, funky, bretty. Has a bit of Chardonnay(sp?) in there as well. Really makes me want to drink it. It smells very complex and well put together.

The taste is really fruity. Great interpretation of the style. It finishes just as the necktag states: "bonedry". Nice funk background in there too. I bet this is gonna age wonderfully. Worth the price of admission, without a doubt. This brew was the clear winner in this tasting, which included Consecration, and Splinter Red.

There is a great level of carbonation in the feel, especially for the 2-3 years this spent in barrels. Like I stated earlier, I cannot wait till this gets re-released (in 2012, or 13). Maybe "someone" will be nice enough to share one of theirs between now and then... Wonderful beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in the cellar for a year plus thanks to Cisco. Figured fathers day would be a good excuse to treat myself.

Hazy straw pour with a big foamy white head. Nice lace. Little bit of a gusher when the cork gave a satisfying pop.

Lots of funk on the nose. Some fruity citrus in the background but mostly funk.

Taste is dominated by the Brett up front but then some fruit kicks in. Sour apple maybe.

Overall a really different brew for troegs but I hope it's a precursor to what is coming in the new faciility.

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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle from the Troegs tasting room. 'Batch 2'
Wood hits your pallet pretty strong right off the bat, then wood and sour flavors blend nicely together.
Beer is a deep gold in color, with a little more carbonation then usual for this style.
Hints of sour apple and grape.
Overall a very well put together beer. Very sour, and for being 10.8%, hides the alcohol well.

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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Earlier this week Deuane asked me what beer I would most like to try in the world, and a few hours after I responded with the name "Splinter Gold," he cracked open a bottle from his basement for us. Thanks a lot Deuane!

Splinter Gold has a great look, with a cloudy golden body and a massive off-white head. The retention and lacing are both ridiculous; the thick cap of foam never really goes away, it just gets stuck on the side of the glass.

I spent a lot of time sniffing this beer before I drank it because it smells so damn good, and there is a lot going on in there. Some wood, a boat-load of musty brett, a little bit of tartness, light fruits, and a hint of sweet malt.

Although I would say that Splinter Gold smells better than it tastes, it still tastes very good. Up front comes notes of wood and a ton of brett. The musty, horsey flavors in this beer are as strong or stronger than any that I have experienced. Next hints of pear and green apple break through the brett in the middle of the beer, and coming with them is a little bit of tartness. A lot more brett characteristics follow, adding more funky-musty flavors and a ton of dryness, but underneath that I notice just a hint of ever-so-slightly sweet bready malt. The finish to this beer is insanely dry.

Well carbonated, nice body. Probably the driest beer that I have ever had.

I approached this beer expecting a lot of sourness, and not so much the dry, funky brett that I found. Despite that, and the massive amounts of brett and the extreme dryness, if I had not been sharing this beer I could have easily finished the whole bottle myself. Also, I was shocked to see that the ABV on this sucker is 12%. I would never have expected it was that high, and I was surprised to see it on the description here.

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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Consumed at the Troegs Tasting Room.
Batch #2, 10.8% ABV

A: Hazy golden copper colored beer, certainly along the lines of what you'd expect for a barrel aged Tripel base beer. Moderate head which settled out nicely considering the loud pop from the cork. Minor lacing and a decent retention ring around the outside.

S: Funk, sweet pale malt, citrus, bread, lemon, oak and huge chardonnay characteristics. Lots of white wine notes definitely stuck with the beer.

T: Up front the brett has done some nice things to this beer. Classic Tripel-like alcohol notes are here along with some tartness and funk. Sweet bready malts along with citrus. Well balanced, very crisp and dry -- drinks like a nice oaky white wine.

M: Highly active carbonation but it's good for what I like in the style. Dry, woody and bubbly on the palate. Nice mouth feel.

To be honest, this was awesome. The brett worked wonders on this along with perhaps the Westmalle strain they used for bottle conditioning. I'm eager to see how this one develops over time. Well worth your effort to taste.

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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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