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
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
671
Gots:
32
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -13%

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 POTABLE83
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Invictus
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DaGrizz
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Tim
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Cdunk11
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of pecokid
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a freshly uncorked 750 mL bottle in the Troegs tasting room, consumed in several aliquots over 50 minutes with the intermittent aid of popcorn.

The first impression is of a boozy apple cider. A barmaid’s careful pour (designed to leave yeast undisturbed in the punt) lays out a pulpy cider base with a fleeting, ringed head to match, right down to the obvious cinnamon apple nose. Note that with a more aggressive second splash, a weakly retained inch of froth releases smells of sanded oak (from the aging) and hop-pine (from the noble buds).

Sawdust and orange peel are prominent in sips, preceded by a floral breeze ushered past the lips by ascorbic acid. Larger swills are punctuated by tight, piercing carbonation wrapped around that tart. These powerful components are still no match for a heady Roquefort funk—in sight, smell, and taste—that pervades all but the angular start and spicy end.

It lays out thick and deep in the mouth, falling over the back of the tongue and leaving a clamor of seasonings in its wake. A blanket of vanilla smoke woven by the long barrel time is not sufficient to contain the noisy pepper, tannic astringency, or cheesy funk. Ascorbate collects in paraglottic gutters through the smoldering finish.

In sum, this creation is a complex collection of sensations that unfortunately do not merge into a cohesive brew, despite all the love and patience sealed in each Burgundy bottle. A thick, bloody steak could provide the sinews to knit it together. But on its own, Splinter Gold is equal parts cider, wine, and beer all not well-married, but polyamorously cohabitating without sufficient common ground for any relationship beyond an exhibitionistic ménage-a-trois. This is not to say it wasn’t fun to be a voyeur…

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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 jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
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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5/5  rDev +16%

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