Splinter Gold | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Splinter GoldSplinter Gold

Brewed by:
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 jh1982
5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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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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5/5  rDev +16%

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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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
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