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Splinter Gold | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
166
pDev:
13.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i didnt love this one as much as others. its heavy on the wine barrel characteristics, which is almost a fruity double jeopardy with the belgian yeast, and the wild yeast, which is mostly brett from what i gather, doesnt make nearly as much of an impact as i was hoping for. still, the beer is good, almost like a tripel in its yeast and body, and in that its sweet all the way through it an unapologetic for that. carbonation is awesome, its very alive, and the wood on it is enormous. im not sure the wine barrel was the best choice though, neutral oak may have been more appealing, but the fruitiness is pleasant too. slightly tart and tannic, but never sharp. it also doesnt need to be so strong. i might have like this better around 8% abv, the extra booze does little for the beer and is distracting in some contexts. it improves as it warms though, and the funk comes out a bit more. this is fun beer, but i expected a lot more from it honestly.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at the Troegs brewery. Batch #2 poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head. The smell is tart up front and reminds me a bit of vinegar. I'm also getting a strong sweetness along with some white wine and a lot of woody notes. The taste follows from the smell, but it's a bit more complex. Lots of woody characteristics from the barrel. Funky and tart with a sweetness that balances it out a bit. I'm also getting some spice from the yeast along with white wine and a tropical fruit note. There are a lot of large bubbles and the finish is extremely dry.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy gold, highly carbonated with a big rocky white cap. The head retains very well, making for a pretty swanky looking beer.

The aroma is rich with barnyard-like must, hay, pears, green apples and a bit of tropical fruit. The brettanomyces aroma is outstanding, rife with funk, mustiness and fruit. Pear-like esters become especially prominent as it warms.

Light fruity sweetness coats the palate first, but it's quickly overcome by strong bretty funk and complex fruit character. Flavors of pear, apple, pineapple and lemon peel segue into a peppery, tannic, faintly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, carbonation is at an upper level and there's little indication that this is 12%. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and it's pretty unique to boot. Hope to try this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

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3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Michael! Big want of mine.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, fruity malts , oranges, citrus hops, and some spice. Nice brett and oranges, I like the nose.

t - Tastes of a ton of oranges and brett, fruity malts, citrus hops, spice, yeast, bready malts, lemon. Taste has even more brett and oranges; just awesome. A step up from the nsoe for me.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Nice but a little too carbonated, keeping the body from being great.

o - Overall a really nice beer. Wasn't overly sour at all, but had a ton of oranges and brett which I love in a beer. Worth checking out, looking forward to them brewing this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Nice off white head.

Smell - Very malty. Minimal acetic acid. Stone fruits. Nice acidity to the nose.

Taste - Stone fruit. A little peachy. Sour. Lots of oak. Caramel. Estery.

Mouthful - Medium heavy for a sour. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Reminds me of a Cascade sour. Oaky with a nice stone fruit complexity.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the brewery tasting room split with my wife August in two tulips from the chilled 750.

The color is dark golden with mild haze and thick quick to drop white head with very fine bead. The smell is very wild with some hints of wine barrel odor and light alcohol but mostly brett with some woody esters. The feel is good but is tart up front with some barrel tannin and light sweetness with moderately high carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.

I like the flavor more than the smell, there is a nice yeastiness with some slight malt adding a sweet taste but generally vinous with some tropical almost pineapple and light white grape flavor alongside the mild brett and belgian yeast which compliments the oak in the taste. I nice tangy hint of grapefruit as it finishes with some alcohol adding a little bite to the finish on top of the carbonation. I enjoyed this a lot considering I never tried one of the original bottling, but found it a little green and the higher than average alcohol listed as 10.8% on the bottle I consumed was apparent near the end of the glass.

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Photo of orangesol
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: We've got a hell of a gusher here! Once able to corral the beer into a glass, it's a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: I didn't realize that this was a "sour" beer (perhaps the cause of the foaming), but I was pleasantly surprised by the nose. A nice tart fruit aroma, particularly green apples and lemons. There is a mild Brett funk, some oak, and the Belgian yeasty esters.

T: The flavor is just as interesting and enjoyable as the nose. The tartness is not quite as pronounced as in the nose, but still a nice apple and lemon flavor providing some pucker, along with some grapes, perhaps. The base Tripel does provide a nice spicey, malty, and yeasty flavor which goes well with the fruitiness.

M: The body is medium and very effervescent with a nice dry and crisp finish.

D: This was a beer I'd heard a lot about and was interested to try. This one met (and exceeded) my expectations.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Splinter Gold from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 166 ratings
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