Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Splinter Blue | Tröegs Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Splinter BlueSplinter Blue
BA SCORE
4.29/5
Outstanding
135 Ratings
Splinter BlueSplinter Blue
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.

Added by Slatetank on 09-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
135
pDev:
8.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
339
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of aasher
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This beer pours a light bodied dark strawberry gold in color with a highly carbonated one finger white head. The nose is fruity and tart. It has some tart strawberry and blueberry. It is beyond approachable. The tartness and funk intermingled perfectly with the fruit character. The flavors are a mix of dry and funky Blueberry and strawberry sours with light brett. It's dry, earthy, funky. It's also a bit floral. I love it! It drinks very light with a lot of carbonation. It's very effervescent. This beer is superb, all around superb. The fiance loved it too. It was very unique and very good simultaneously. If this is ever available again I'm definitely going to search it out.

 723 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and some bonus bubbles, leaving minimal lace. The body is a hazed pinkish grapefruit juice color that is a little reminiscent of Veritas 007.

S - Pineapple brett character, light lactic sourness, some tart cherry, and a hint of plastic over top of some doughy pale malt. I'm starting to sense a consistent quality to the American Wild Ale starter.

T - Taste is more smoothed out with cherry tartness and some light lactic sourness in the finish. You can definitely perceive the wheat character of the base beer, just as you could the tripel in Splinter Gold.

M - A bit overcarbonated, and a medium-thin body. Since they don't list alcohol it's hard for me to know for sure, but this doesn't seem very strong. Dream Weaver Wheat is only 4.8%, so even if this picked up a few percent from barrel-aging and wild yeast fermentation it's still not a huge beer like Splinter Gold - guessing 6.5% or so. Finish is lightly dry.

D - Very easy to drink other than the prickly carbonation. The tart and sour components are quite attenuated, although my stomach seemed a little annoyed after I consumed this brew. A good but somewhat forgettable wild ale.

 1,285 characters

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

Thanks Matt, my first Splinter beer, although I really need to drink that black on the shelf soon.

Beer is hazy, sort of looks like a pinkish witbier. Wispy head, white bubbles, swirls, moderate carbonation, some lacing, looks interesting.

Aroma is sweet, tart, cherries, fruits, lactic, strong, mild acetic bite.

Beer is light in body, moderately sour, some tartness at the back of the palate, an interesting beer all around, mild maltiness up front, I'd have it again.

 473 characters

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this rare gem. Very glad I got to try this one.

The beer pours an orangish-pink color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of brett notes, but also get some tart lemon and cherries. There is also a nice amount of oak in the aroma.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. There is a lot of brett funk along with a light to medium sourness from the lemons and cherries. The oak is also present in the flavor. I found the beer to be relatively sour and it finished very dry. The beer is highly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Outstanding overall.

 632 characters

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

Thanks go out to Joe for busting this out at a recent tasting.

Splinter Blue comes into the tulip looking a dark golden color with some orange highlights towards the sides, a bit of a red hue depending on how you look at it. The head is 1/2 an inch of vanilla white and a tint of pink, no stick.

Smell is quite wonderful and pungent with just a touch of the base wheat bier coming through. The bugs really took a hold of this with some dry oak and brett essence. Some funky barnyard notes and a hit of brine with extreme warming.

Taste is exquisite. Very complex flavors coming from a simple Dreamweaver Wit base. Tastes of wheat are pretty tame, oak is pretty large, tannins, tart cherry flavor and some vanilla from the wood. The brett and other bugs put this over the top. It's surprising how great Troeg's sours come out considering they don't really do sour beer. I just get a whole lot of goodness from this.

Feel is very tame, light bodied and nicely carbed. The tartness is pronounced, the acidity is kinda tame yet enough to add another layer. The cherry flavor sticks around just enough and than the oak and brett blast out. A bit of that brine on the aftertaste when warmed up. Yummy!!

Overall, this is an excellent beer, well executed and complex from a simple style. A whole bottle to the head would be a no-brainer and easy to tackle.

 1,353 characters

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.

 758 characters

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Crazy thanks to Andy for sharing! Never thought I would get a chance to try this one.

(A)- Pours a hazy rose-blush color that produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Minimal lace.

(S)- A super dry by oaky tartness surrounded with hints of berry -like fruits. Ever so slightly funky.

(T)- Similar to the smell, though far more sourness than expected. Really nice dry oaky bits in there that meshes quite nicely with the berry (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry) fruits.

(M)- A really nice bubbly carbonation level. Balance is real good too with the sour, oak, and fruits. Harmonious is really the best word I can use here.

(O)- This is just plain nice. A lovely balance of oak, fruit, and sour that just helps it be that much more drinkable . Very well done!

 821 characters

Photo of KAF
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weeare138
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!

 491 characters

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ffej for busting this out at his tasting.

Pours a dark golden rosee color with with dark golden tangerine colored hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy head that is off-white and slightly pink. The head quickly fizzles away leaving no lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma with very subtle hints of funky brett, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The oak isn't as prominent as the other beers in the Splinter Series but there is a mellow vanilla presence that provides nice balance to the fruit notes.

Tight carbonation with a prominent dry Brett effervescence up front which is quickly countered by hints of grape and apple. I swear I can pick up the skin of the fruit. Puckering up front but not acidic at all and the sour element is nicely balanced by the sweet fruit notes. Fuller mouthfeel than expected with a puckering dry finish. I'm not sure what the ABV is but te alcohol is excellently masked and this beer is extremely quaffable.

 962 characters

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

 1,117 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Peter.

Mildly hazy pinkish red with a thin, white head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this beer looks OK. The nose, OTOH, is quite nice. Bright with cherries and wheat with a nice Brett funk present, this is fairly simple but well-balanced and refreshing. Some lactic notes are also present.

The palate opens with bright, ripe, red cherries with some cherry skin and minimal tannin character. A nice balance between the fruit sweetness and fruit sourness is present. A mild lemony sourness is also present. Drying on the finish with a little oak and a light tannin presence, this light bodied beer has a medium-high level of carbonation. Refreshing, enjoyable.

 684 characters

Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously provided by Sean...A light rose colored pour, looks eerily similar to Veritas 007...A nice balanced aroma showing off tart cherries, oak, and little sweetness...The taste is lightly tart as well throughout, makes it a tastey drinker, I only wish it was a bit more tart. This is a tart beer not lambic sour. The cherries show off nicely as does a touch of oak...The feel is nice, dry, slight pucker, full palate...Easy drinker.

After having the hyped up Gold I was ambiguous about trying this. However, this turned out to be the highlight of the night. An easy drinking wild with nice balance, could be a touch more tart but a good beer to start people off drinking on sours, or a fun easy drinker for those who enjoy the style.

 752 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Huge thanks to StormKing47 for trading me this!

A: Pours a hazy dark pink with a billowing, huge, off-white head that took a while to fade into a fuzzy film.
S: Lightly tart notes of cherries and red fruits with some funky notes of straight horse poo.
T: Green apples, apricots, raspberries, red apples, lemon zest sourness, vinous notes and gritty cherry skin tannins. This is one fruity beer. There is a decent amount of funk as well but it’s not crazy. I don’t get any cheese. The brett has the horse turned down but it is still very flavorful.
M: Clean, a few tannins, and pretty dry all around. The carbonation was pretty ample after the pour, but as it wore off the mouthfeel became quite pleasant.
O: I enjoyed this all around. A really tame sour but who’s says they all have to make your mouth pucker. The brett and fruit really went well together and it had a great mouthfeel. Thanks again, Jeff!

 952 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Chaney, you're one generous MFer!

A - Splinter Blue pours a hazy apricot orange color with a fizzy off white head that disappears quickly due to the beers acidity.

S - Woody acidic barnyard sourness erupts from this beer with an orgasmic aroma! Light tart fruitiness trails behind with very tannic cherry skin and little hops or malt to ground it as a "beer".

T - Light blueberry and faint raspberry fruitiness trail behind the funky acidic sour power that is Splinter Blue! Barnyard and acid isn't overpowering, instead, it compliments the fruit. "Beer qualities" (i.e. typical malt and hop flavors) are absent.

M - Prickly carbonation dances on the tongue while the sourness and acidity of the beer grip the taste buds with gentle force. Light-bodied and smooth, this drinks like a dream.

O - Splinter Blue is a great American Wild that marries fruit and sour without getting too big with either. Delicious and drinkable, this sour power is a fantastic offering from the Tröegs brothers!

 1,053 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a bright tranparent amber color with a bright white, lively head that is extremely bubbly and fizzly.

S-the nose has some light notes of a mushroom funk, light leathery brett, some dry oak almost sawdust like with a fair bit of sour cherries in the back.

T-brett and funk come in up front, earthy and mushroom like. the oak is extremely dry and works well with the earthy funk. some sweet green apple flavors and notes of peaches come in, sour cherries are very sweet and somewhat off in the mix.

M-lively and light, very carbonated and prickly on the throat with a fairly dry finish.

D-this has some intersting flavors going on, the cherries seem somewhat out of place and overly sweet or synthetic. the flavors are light and understated but the fruits are pleasant and the american funk is well done. nothing jumps out and it could be more vibrant but still rarther good. this could have been really interesting without the cherries.

 948 characters

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

Leave it to the ever-generous Sean6989 to show up with this at a fairly low-profile tasting.

A - A reddish/pinkish color that poured with an off-white head and head that left a little bit of lace.

S - Sour and tart, little bit of brett, there is a very sweet cherry flavor buried deep on the end of this one.

T - Sweet cherrys, but they are not overpowering. It is tart, but not overpowering. It is funky and has oak, but not overpowering. Notice a pattern? This is a very light tasting, but good tasting, sour.

M - Very light, effervescent.

D - Highly drinkable, as it is smooth and nothing is offensive in the least. Very enjoyable, light sour. I was pleasantly surprised after being let down with Splinter Gold.

 720 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Fizzy white head that falls almost as fast as it forms.

4.0 S: Oddly enough, it still resembles Dreamweaver fairly well. Clove, banana, and pepper bring back good memories of Pittsburgh where I drank a ton of Dreamweaver. Cherries add a layer of complexity, but they don't come through with a lot of strength (at this age anyway). Tart fruitiness and some tanginess, but not a lot of pure sourness. Lemon and apple notes. Funk is an outdoorzy funk featuring apple orchard, wood, and forest after a rain.

4.5 T: The taste is where all the components come together. Clove, pepper, and banana from the base. Tart cherry from, well, the cherries. Potent oak with vanillins and a touch of supple tannins. Brett funk gives apple orchard, clean sewer, forest, and wet wood. Notes of lemon, apple, and pear. Quite mellow and refined while also being sophisticated and complex. Very tasty beer.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly prickly and bubbly and superbly smooth.

4.5 D: This beer is criminally drinkable, where the crime is that Troegs only made 400 bottles of this. Not a super sour beer and I've certainly had others with way more funk, but this brings all the flavors together in a way that brings the best out of everything.

 1,335 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.