Splinter Blue | 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): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
What is Splinter Blue? Splinter Blue combines three of our favorite things – Dreamweaver, tart cherries, and Brettanyomyces. To begin this process we fermented Dreamweaver wort with Belgian/Lambic yeast blend. After a complete fermentation we aged the beer in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria for one year and then added eighty pounds of tart cherries for another six months of aging.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
135
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
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337
Gots:
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Trade:
2
 
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 135
Reviews by weeare138:
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4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for providing this!

Appears a light gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into a gentle film and mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of funky, tart cherries, earthy, leather, apple, brett, with a ghost of the original wheat beer.
Taste is of the aromas with the tart cherries, and brett becoming the champions of this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, a touch of lactic burn leading to a dry finish.
Pretty damn nice!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mjyoung
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ scottfrie. Much thanks! Drank 6/25/11.

A: A nice ruby-red grapefruit color that initially poured a MASSIVE head that dissipated nicely.

S: Whew. Talk about barnyard funk indeed. Strong notes of Brett that dominate the nose. A hint of tart (green apples?) and some cherry comes through.

T: The Brett comes through in the taste as well, but in a very balanced way. This beer is a refreshingly delightful balance between tart green apple and sour Brett. There's a hint of cherry, but it appears to have faded a bit.

M: Nicely carbonated, and the body is oh-so-nicely intermediate. There is a bit of a syrupy finish that comes across as a bit off, but it's good.

O:This is an extremely tasty beer. It's a refreshing combo of sour and tart.

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Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at one of the Jackie O's releases, getting caught up on notes.

Definite gusher - as if it were shaken up.

Caramel colored at first, but quite light in color density with red/rose and orange hues in the light.

Smells nice and funky, sour, quite acidic, but she mellows over time.

Tastes sour but never really puckering. Blueberry and cherry flavors.

Extremely dry mouthfeel. This was a nice beer, but not worth the extreme hype it was getting when it was first released.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a egg-shell white head, about 1.5 fingers in height. The head fizzles out rather quickly, leaving behind a thin cap on top. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of sour/tart cherries mixed with some other light fruits - lemon, apple, and a little pear. Nice funky/barnyard notes come through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma in that the sour cherries dominate and show up immediately. More apple and lemon with some bready malt rounding it out. The brett imparts some slight funk.

M: Medium bodied, nice and tart/acidic. Carbonation is a touch high, but I didn't really have a problem with it.

O: I am a fan of this beer, nice cherry flavor along with a great level of funk/tart. Too bad I will probably never have it again as it is tremendous.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at JLindros' Birthday whale tasting last month. Thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy light pinkish cherry hue with a very, very nice two finger head that leaves a light blanket and good, solid lacing.

S - Alright! Cherries really pop on the nose; tart and sour. Some nice vanilla notes and brett/lambic aromas round things off.

T - Taste is lots of big, tart, sour cherries. Light funk, faint vanilla notes as well as barrel notes. Just slightly, slightly flemmy with some light wheat/grassy notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. High carbonation here but almost to the point of being distracting.

O - Overall a very nice sour cherry wild here. Quite well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of readbaron
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes - thanks to Dunt for sharing this one.

Pours a pretty hazy pink/orange color with white frothy head leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells good- sour, with cherries and some white grape sweetness. A bit of yeasty funk as well.

T-Tastes very balanced - sour but not exceptionally so, cherries come through, some funk, some grape sweetness, and a bit of something tropical as well - nearly lychee like.

M-Smooth, crisp, light, pleasantly carbonated.

Split a bottle four ways - would have been happy bogarting the whole thing.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours and Rosie pink color into the glass.

S- The smell of Cherries and Brett yeast and notes of a champagne sour.

T- Taste of Apples and Cherries and a cereal bread dough taste at the end of the sip.

M- Very Dry bubbly to the pallet with cherries and apples and bread dough lingering through out the sip.

D- Shame only 400 bottles made but the beer was a treat to drink along with some Chimay cheese. Those who were lucky to get a bottle or two. Enjoy.

Cheers...

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slatetank for sharing this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The wild ale looks like LeBleu (we opened LeBleu prior to this one). The reddish hue makes sense here though because cherries are involved. A white head, bleached, accompanied the ale.

S: The nose is sour but not overpowering. Paired with the lemony bite is a sour cherry presence.

T: Effervescent. That best describes Splinter Blue. The bubbly aspects refuse to quit, filling up each sip with an airy lightness. As the bubbles disappear, sour flavors emerge. The lemon aspect sits nicely atop the Dreamweaver base, sour wheat flavors are plentiful. A sweet cherry taste, with sour points in tow, delivers the final aspect of the ale. The whole combination is a wild light, tart but not overpowering, an introductory sour.

M: The mouthfeel is mildly sour, offset by the sweet tartness of the cherries. A pleasing flavor that doesn't get too far out of hand.

D: Very drinkable, a wheat base with tartness and sour cherries. I can't imagine that the beer is too strong with Dreamweaver as the base. A good use of a barrel, funk, and cherries.

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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 135 ratings