Splinter Blue | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

Added by Slatetank on 09-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourd into LA Stemware

Pours a large fizzy white head that settles to a thin ring. It sounds like pop rocks. Color is hazy grapefruit pink. Active carbonation.

Aroma: Tart cherries, funky brett with some floral notes. It is oaky with a bit of spice, but the big flavors here are cherries and brett. Fairly young.

Taste: Big brett funk up front and lingers though. A bit of medicinal flavors follow through. The cherries are here and a bit tart, but nothing that sticks out heavily. It has oaky flavors. Some bready malts. A touch of spice as well. It isn't too tart or sour, which I expected more of.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and funky. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dyr with medicinal flavors.

Overall, it was an alright sour, but it really can't compete with the others out there. It was a good first attempt, but I think they need more experience. This one could have maybe used some other bugs and some more cherries. I wished it was sour and tart. I only got funk here.

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3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for cracking this one open a couple weeks back.

It pours a muddy pink salmon color. Why the hell is this called Splinter Blue? The head rapidly settles to a thin collar.

Lots of musty, funky brett character on the nose, sweaty and cheesy. Cherries are present too, sour with a hint of sweetness. Acidity is both lactic and acetic.

The palate opens with sharp lactic sourness, cheesy funk and sour cherry pulp. There's a bit of buttery oak that pops up mid-palate, but it drops off the palate almost completely in the finish. Actually, the finish is lacking in general - there isn't much to it. This is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, but it's nothing outstanding.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. Thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing.

Pours a big fizzy bubbly head, wild looking style head but a bit of lacing, bigger than expected too, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose Sour fruit, wild funk, some Brett horsehair funk, tart cherry and lambic notes.

Taste has big tart cherries, tart fruit, little wild Brett funk, some sourness, light wheat base and lambic flavors, grassy even, fairly tart finish, long finish with sour cherries, tart, little flemmy.

Mouth is lighter bodied, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, nice sourness, good tart cherries, nice overall flavors, quite well done.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a slight pink to orange with a bone white head the recedes somewhat quickly. Not a ton of lacing.

S: slightly tart cherries. More dominated by funk. Misty and a bit of earth. Probably mental, but i swear i can smell the dreamweaver underneath.

T: much better than the nose. Much more tartness and cherry flavor coming out here. A good bit of brett. Definitely seems like this is going to develop well; i don't think it has quite reached its potential yet...although id like to see the tart funkiness develop before the cherries fade too much as they're not terribly present right now. The base wheat beer is apparent.

M: a good amount of funk. Dry in he late palate but not so mug in the mouthfeel. Slightly lactic.

D: very nice all around. Will definitely age well. Right now, drinking better than Red but not as well as Gold.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

The pour here is surprisingly calm in the glass, with a hazed rosy amber color that is topped with a finger of foamy bright-white head. This shrinks down pretty readily but swirling this gets it back up to a frothy ½ finger, which throws a robust looking cascade of soapy lace up on the sides of the glass where it then proceeds to slowly drip back down. The aroma is equal parts tart and sour on the edges of the nose, with a somewhat bright smelling core of cherries, yeast, and vanilla. Some light smelling notes of earthy and cheesy funk from the Brett glide along the back.

Some acidic sourness controls the front part of the taste but it doesn't seem too overly aggressive, as it gives way to a mix of tart cherries, green apples, grapes, and sweet sugars which linger and coat the mouth with their flavors. There is a bit of a light woody presence that surrounds the overall profile but it's mostly felt in the finish with a green feel and some deep earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while initially more viscous and lower carbonated, this does start to firm up and get livelier the longer it sits in the mouth. This definitely has some overall beef here (I'm not sure of the ABV) but I didn't pick up any alcohol and the tannic slickness of the body helped keep this one a pretty steady sipper.

This was another well done Bretted and barrel-aged offering from Tröegs. It didn't quite impress me as much as the Gold (the tartness and acidic notes were a bit less approachable here) but the mix of Brett, cherries, Dreamweaver base, and barrel notes kept this quite interesting on the palate.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to Chaney; huge thanks Brandon, I was really excited to try this one!

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Very loud from the yeast, sounds like pop rocks in your mouth.

s - Smells of sour cherry, dark fruit, yeast, brett, and oak. Pretty funky and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, especially tart cherries, yeast, oak, and brett. Again very funky and I really enjoyed it.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, insanely smooth and easy to drink. Perfect mouthfeel.

d - I thought this was a great wild ale. I thought the smell and taste were very funky and full of tart cherries and oak. I also thought the mouthfeel was perfect. Would love to try this one again.

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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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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on the release day -#173 in line- enjoyed on 2/13 at our wild ale tasting. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A slightly reddish hued amber with slightly golden accent - thick creamy cap of white which retains well w/ very fine bead. the clarity is mildly hazy. A funky sour and fruity odor w/ strong floral and lemony essence with mild juicy sour cherry ester. The ale smells lightly of the dreamweaver malt base. The feel is sweet and tangy with mild bretty essence and light acidity w/ high carbonation and slight creamy feel as a result of that and wheat body. There is a slight hint of acidity in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is strong with juicy cherry mild pie like flavor w/ crusty part from the wheat and juicy cherry with slight sour cherry note and the yeast also imparts some tanginess, but not intensely sour. The mild sweetness of the wheat provides a subtle cushion for the cherry and brett tartness and the wood provides and nice backdrop to the blend of these ingredients. I liked this a lot -a terrific tart and fruit flavored wild ale. there is some sweet tarts with lots of bretty-ness and it doesn't lack in sweetness. the splinter blue really takes the base of dreamweaver and twists it making a completely different and better beer with brett and cherry really making things interesting.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light reddish color with a good head on top. Nice retention as well with sticky webbing up and down the sides of the glass.

lots of fruit at first, raspberries, touches of sour apple tartness, rich with a mild sweetness that starts to billow up, light woody notes and a hint of grapes now as well hint at a barrel in its past a nice sour bite right out in front, really impressive here. Vinegar and tart cherries,raspberries seamlessly woven in with a nice woody, earthy note. vanilla and light brown sugar underneath as well, Hints of a mild sweetness come through mid palate, again rich, complex. Dry finish, puckering with the last drops of sour

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4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: The beer appears a hazy pink rose hue with a nice, thick head. The carbonation is high, giving the beer a sound reminiscent of pop rocks. Snap crackle pop!

S: Tart cherries, brettanomyces, oak - funky and wild.

T: Really funky cherry sour, similar in some regards to Lou Pepe kriek. Wonderful and delicious.The wheat aspect comes through nicely, giving the beer a different feel than a traditional fruit lambic. Very well done.

M: Very tart with high carbonation. The beer is acidic but not vinegary.

D: This awesome beer gets my stamp of approval and is worthy of attention. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have sampled it.

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jecker aka Josh who brought this to the inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours hazy pink with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of sour funk up front mixes well with the tart cherries, bready wheat, lemon, lactic sweetness, and dry oak. Not too over the top. Very nice.

T - Similar to the nose. Quite sour up front, once it dies down a bit you begin to pick up the tart cherries, chewy wheat from the dream weaver base, and some dry oak tannins. Finish is tart with some lingering funk. Not as sour as some of the other beers on the day but it still held its own. Very nice offering from the splinter series.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp, funky, feel with plenty of pucker in the finish lingering for some time.

D - Pretty high. I have had this beer a few times now but I finally decided to sit down and review it. The tart cherries are a perfect match for the dream weaver base. Another great offering from Troegs.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Dan for sending this one my way.

A: The cork pops and the pour is...orange? The head is large and white.

S: I get tart cherry notes on the nose along with a generally tart aroma (lactic acidity). Some lemon zest and a light oak aroma. For a sour cherry beer, this is sort of boring.

T: At least it has more cherry flavor than it does aroma. Lots of pie cherries and carbon dioxide going on here. The fruit and oak character are decent enough and the flavor is pleasantly tart.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer by any means but not terribly interesting. It was pretty easy to drink, though, which is a good thing.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the folks who have shared this brew with me up till this point and to Matt (slatetank) for the most recent tasting where I could finally scratch down some notes on 2/13/11.

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. This brew appears a hazed pinkish red color with a big fizzy white head. The cap audibly pops and cracks away which is constantly supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. Spotty and patchy lacework sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fruity sweet and pleasantly blended with funk. The fruit is bright and fresh yet not immediately identifiable as the cherries described on the label. It is fruity sweet smelling along with a familiar grain character that you can faintly identify as the dreamweaver base.

The taste is fruity, sharply acidic and funky with cheese notes. There is a base of fresh grain that provides a unique foundation for the funk and fruit to play off of. A light touch of wheat and grains is present to offset the contrast of fruity acidity. The flavor is quite wild and almost grapey at times with a light vinous touch. The alcohol's presence increases as the brew warms but is well incorporated.

This is a light bodied brew that is highly carbonated. It is a solid representation of the style, super enjoyable and easy drinking. For the most part the alcohol is well hidden. I fault the carbonation for being a little out of hand but that is easily taken care of with swirls of the glass. The dreamweaver base had me skeptical but they really pulled this one off. The tart cherries were a nice compliment. I'd love to see Troegs bring something funky into the regular/seasonal lineup.

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