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Splinter Blue | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Splinter BlueSplinter Blue

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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Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this last night with mymrnngjckt and krisandajt. I've enjoyed reading the nonsense around this beer (rarity cherries, tastes like rare, etc), and am generally amused by the venom that is spewed by the haves and have nots after these limited releases. I do think the release was an example of both the good (the Trogners and brewery staff handing out donuts to the waiting crowd) and the bad (the substantial number of people who just seemed to show up and assimilate in the front of the line, causing our group to go from 160ish to 190 and many behind us who should have gotten beer leaving with none) of these beer releases. But in all seriousness, this is a good beer and rather unique for a sour in my humble opinion.

I had no issues with gushing when I popped the cork. It was a bit of a slow pour but nothing dangerous. Poured a cloudy, pink tinted amber color with a pretty substantial light beige head. Kept a chunky lace down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of tart cherries, some musty yeast and general funk. Not overwhelming in the funky horse blanket department but a nice brett aroma. There is a subtle sweetness to the nose with a bready quality as well. Subtle oakiness. Cherry pie? Not so much. But nice.

Taste also consists primarily of tart cherry, funk, and bready malt. Cherries are tart but not overly sour, and the funky brett flavor is also on a level where it does not overpower the other components. The wood is subtle as it was in the nose, lending some woody, earthy flavor to the beer. It is in the finish of this beer that the wheat base becomes noticeable, as a sweet, bready wheat flavor persists on the tongue. This is probably the most unique aspect of the beer. Certainly different than many sours. And very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a very prickly medium body. They were going for this level of carbonation I believe (they say in the video they were trying to take it to a champagne level) and I think for the most part it works. Maybe a tad softer would be nice.

At the end of the day this is not an earth shattering beer but it is a very good one. It will undoubtedly get trashed for merely being "very good," a product most likely of the inflated trade value that it will demand. How dare it not be epic!?!? Epic, no. Very good, yes. And I'm glad to have had it.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from klownsbery in an awesome trade and decided to crack it and share at thanksgiving.

A= The pour is a beautiful cloudy pink color. Actually one of the most interesting colors I've ever seen in a beer. The head is a slight pink color and very active akin to a sodas head rising up to about two fingers and falling somewhat quickly to a ring around the glass with no lacing evident.

S= The smell is tart cherries, wood, and loads of funk. The cherries hit me first with a nice tartness and are quickly swallowed by an earthy dirty funk smell. The wood stays underneath the entire smell yet is dominate enough to let you know that it is for sure there. A lot of acidity to it.

T= The taste is wonderful. Not too sour and not to sweet. The balance reminds me of Supplication. Great cherry flavor throughout and the funk doesn't play too much of a leading roll letting those who don't enjoy funk but love sours enjoy as well as those who love the funk keep guessing. The acidity is perfection in thise one letting the flavors come through without being so acidic you can't taste.

M= Perfection in a glass for a sour. The first sip I took it litterally felt like it danced across me tongue. Super high carbonation that actually is fun to drink. Akin to champagne. The mouth may actually be my favorite part of this beer.

D= I could drink this all the time. This is a beautiful beer. If this is any indication of where Troegs is moveing the the future I need on board. I hope they keep up with the Splinter Series and keep making sours for the East because this may top any sour I've ever had. I actually enjoyed this more than Cantillon sours as wild as that sounds. This is beauty in a glass.

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Photo of Spider889
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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 callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale reddish body capped by a moderate pinkish-white foam. Spotty soapy lacing. Lively carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Earthy, barnyard notes. A bit of wheat. Tart cherries complement a nice woodsy profile.

T: Some people might find the lack of huge cherry flavor disappointing... I however, think the subtle cherry combined with oak, and earthy funk quite nice. Certainly not the intensity of a Kriek, but thats not what I needed out of this. Only the slightest hints of wheat from the dreamweaver base.

M: Lively carbonation... my bottle wasn't over-carbonated as others have noted. Light-medium bodied. Assertive tartness that doesn't overwhelm either. Nice dry finish

D: A relatively unique and enjoyable American Wild. Quite glad to have hit this release up and picked up a few bottles with my wife.

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

$23 at Tröegs tasting room on release day. 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

A: With the risk of an overflow in mind, a gentle pour produces a meager finger of bright white head that is quick to recede. A high level of carbonation is apparent and a steady stream of bubbles adds life to the thin collar that rests along the glass's edge. (Lacing is highly unlikely.) The body has an elegant rosé color, approaching pale, and is medium-light in saturation. Gorgeous. The last pour deposits suspended yeast sediment and likens the appearance to that of all natural grapefruit juice. Despite the spare head and lack of lacing, on the merits of the body's color alone, the beauty of this beer cannot be denied.

S: Heavily lactic, the nose on Blue brings about notes of earthy must and funky barnyard mixed with light aromas of sour cherry, generic berry and well-integrated oak. An excellent nose builds anticipation. My mouth is watering at this point.

T: Without prior knowledge, one would never guess that the base to this beer is Dreamweaver Wheat (although the grain IS somewhat evident). The sour cherry component is no bigger on the palate than it was on the nose. Green grape and sour apple provide additional fruit flavors to compliment the dry oakiness on the finish. Chalky. Cherry PEZ flavor comes to mind.

M: A holocaust of the taste buds of sorts. Violently carbonated, Blue has an effervescence that is expansive and very aggressive as it scathes the tongue. Ultimately the mouthfeel deters from the enjoyment of the flavor. A few heavy swirls are needed to release the excess carbonation and allow the flavor of the beer to shine through. Sharply tart, moderately sour with light acetic undertones. Finishes extremely dry and mildly chalky.

D: Pop the cork and get this beer into a glass. Let it sit for a while. If that doesn't bring this beer into its sweetspot, give it a good swirl or two. Once this beer opens up and the carbonation is tamed, Splinter Blue becomes wildly drinkable.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a full hazy raspberry pink color, with light orange / grapefruit edges. A frothy white head rests on top, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries and some white grape provide the fruity aroma, while a robust oak presence imparts some vanilla notes as well.

Taste: Some light wheat up front, followed quickly by tart white grape and cherry flavors with ubiquitous vanilla and oak. It has a growing acidity as it lingers in the mouth, with the finish having a vinegary nature.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, crisp carbonation. Acidic tannins are present, with a medium body.

Drinkability: I found this to be pleasantly sour and complex without being over the top.

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Photo of craytonic
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared by the very generous Habmike at yet another dirty south mediocre tasting.

Appearance: Rich and vibrant raspberry-purple color; smallish white head

Smell: Tart cherries with a lactic sourness. There are also some other berry-type fruits and a delicious funkiness of the earth, mushroom and horse blanket variety (not the diaper and plastic variety).

Taste: loud and brash sour cherries, delicious funk (such a great funk, some american brewers bring the wrong funk) with a nice cheese element and earthy tones, along with vinegar and fruit. I got a background note of vanilla and french oak.

Mouthfeel: medium body with aggressive carbonation

Drinkable: Please sir, may I have another? I really enjoyed this one, one of the highlights of the night - blew Russian River Framboise For a Cure out of the water (FFaC was the beer we opened before the Blue)

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for yet again being a stand up generous BA and sharing this rarity with me. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The body is murky ruby color. Reminds me of Ocean Spray red grape fruit juice. This has a nice fluffy white head in the pour and it settles down to a thin layer of foam. The aroma warning me that this is sour! It however has a nice balance of sour cherries with a kiss of sweetness to round it out along with a crisp oak aroma. The taste isn't as sour as I had believed it would be from the aroma. Just a faint sour taste to it with a sweet oaky vanilla finish. The feel is kind of dry in the finish and the body is light and crisp. This is the most drinkable wild ale I've ever had. Basically chuggable.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to urwithdave for sharing. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy, orangish, pink color. The pour produced a small off white head that faded to a thin rim.

A: Lemon, orange peel, small cherry. I get notes of flowers, grass, and spice. Lacto and brett also appear.

T: The citrusy, floral, spice really comes to the forefront of the brew. The funky sourness is somewhat subdued, but still present enough to give this one cred. Cherries take a back seat, and it finishes with a bretty goodness.

M: Medium body. Pretty high carbonation makes it sharp on the palate (as expected).

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty high, I don't think I would have a problem finishing off a bottle be myself. The only knock I can give this beer is, it may have been to young. I would really like to revisit this in 6 months, to fully appriciate the complexities of the brett on the beer. But overall, very good and highly recommended. Skal.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Enjoyed at home hours after purchase at the brewery release earlier in the day.

Poured a pinkish-red with a thin white head that didn't hang around too long. Carbonation was to be on the medium-high end.

Tart and sweet. Very enjoyable balance between the too. A little more sour would be nice in my book. Cherries are easily distinguishable. An oaky-barnyard fund rounds out the finish.

Very nice. Wish I could've bought more than two.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmurren25 for this gem. Ruby red grapefruit color. Sizzling off white head. Lacing is not sticky and head retention is minimal. Nice bubbles on the side of the glass.

Tartness if immediately evident in the aroma. Not too overpowering to notice a nice sweet cherry scent. A bit of honey is also there.

Well this is a little bit sweeter than anticipated. The start has a nice smooth sweet cherry flavor that is immediately followed by a rush of dry sour sparkling grape juice like flavor.

Nice crisp mouthfeel makes for this to be a very enjoyable beer. Nice light body, just enough substance to slow me down a scotch. Very good, unique American Wild Ale. Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle in the midst of multiple cherry sours, krieks. Difficult one to rate as it's almost more in the berliner weiss style in its body and flavor profile. Pours clear salmon/amber with tons of bubbles exploding loudly, receding to nothing. Body is highly active. Nose is light, mineral, faint funk, faint lemon. Fairly nondescript when chilled. Flavor is a lot of mineral up front, light lemon, green apple, segueing into a nice earthy, mushroom funk. Prickly carbonation. Cherries don't really add very much, this is all about the subtle flavors and explosive body. As it warms the funk comes out, as do lighter fruits like pears and peaches. I liked it quite a bit. Amazing drinkability for sure.

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Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to be hanging out with someone who was kind enough to pop one of their bottles

A: Cloudy pink color, the same shade of pink lemonade, that poured with about an half inch of white head.

S: As described by the troegs bartender "sour cherry pie". i dont fully agree with that statement because i thought there were very nice tart cherry scent that was the dominant scent but there was a bit of sweetness and a slight bit of mustiness.

T: This is the most impressive aspect of splinter blue, it reminded me of fruit cantillon beers with a smoothed out fruity funkiness whiel still having a bit of mustiness. I am still not sure why it is called splinter blue because there is nothing blue about it. but the tart cherrys shine while the brett sits in the background and a bit of sour lemon came through as wel

M: if this was not as carbonated i would have assumed it was a belgian lambic, but the carbonation was a bit too prickly for the style, not vinegar notes and a slight acidity that adds to the beer overall

d: Taste wise this is definitely up there with the american wilds i have had because of the similar characteristics similar to belgians sours. Its one of the more refreshing sours that i have had and at one point it was like i was drinking raspberry lemonade. overall this is definitely worth trying

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Photo of taylor714914
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn near as perfect a beer as I could imagine. The brett, cherries, wheat, and oak are all in harmony.

This poured a beautiful rose color, and smelled or sour cherries, oak, and brett.

The taste was all flavor to savor, with each sip allowing the combination of flavors to shine. The nose matched the flavor, and the carbonation was just perfect. Despite some reports of gushers, I found this carbonation to be spot on fine.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky with tiny prickly bubbles, just how I like it.

Overall, I'd drink this stuff everyday if I could. Troegs, make this a regular. seriously.

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Photo of bbeane
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one for awhile... New Years Eve with some friends seemed like a great occasion to finally open it

A- Poured into a tulip... Starts with a nice white somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly and leaves little if any lacing. Beer looks like a blush wine but with lots of sediment

S- Some light notes of cherry with lots of funk

T- Wish I had more of this... The sour cherries are pretty subtle next to the yeasty funkiness that just dominates the flavor. It's not an overwhelming pluckiness, but just right

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- This is some awesome swill. Almost wish I had drank it sooner, and makes me wonder how different it might have been fresh. Kind of bums me out that they didn't release a splinter series beer this year since they're typically pretty stellar


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Photo of Jmoore50
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in the White Whale IV BIF from Hophead101. This was a delicious beer that is another great addition to the Splinter series.

I have no idea why, but Troegs feels that it is their responsibility to develop the most impossible ways to open their beer. This bottle had a synthetic blue cork that broke my bottle opener. Then once the bottle opened it exploded all over my kitchen. I would have to say about twenty percent of the bottle ended all over my kitchen. What made it into my glass was a beautiful pink and ruby color with a rocky white head. No real 'floaters' or anything of that nature, a really beautiful looking beer.

The bottle exploded, and when that event occurred my house filled with fresh scents of cherry pie. Tart and sweet cherry smells filled the room, accompanied by a very light must brought by the yeasts.

I do have to say that this beer reminded me of Russian Rivers Supplication. It has a great tart cherry flavor that is clean on the palate and not overbearing at all. This is an easy drinking sour that I could easily drink. Other than the great cherry flavor there is a sourness that brings a bit of lactic character to the beer with a dry Brett mouthfeel.

This was a great beer that I believe should be consumed as fresh as possible. The fruit flavor is delicious and the tart and sour flavors are perfectly balanced.


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Photo of readbaron
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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 fiver29
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard Lakewood. Pours hazy rose color with white head. Aroma is brett, funk, acid, tart cherry. Very highly carbonated. Flavors are tart, barnyard, sour cherry, a touch of vinegar, and finishes with a bready note a few moments later. Interesting. A very good brew.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split one of my bottles with Jwiss22 a few days after the release. Beyond excited for this one, reviewed from notes.

A- Beer pours a sexy looking paler ruby red color with a very thin white head and a massive amount of carbonation visible from the steady stream of bubbles. Really do not want to consume this piece of fermented art because it looks unbelievable, but drinking it is half of the fun.

S- Immediately I am greeted with a slap in the face of sour cherries almost like a freshly picked cherries from the tree. I also pick up the subtle, earthy and funk undertones brought to you from the oh so fantastic use of Brett yeast. After a little warming I am picking up some subtle notes of steeped grains that promote a freshly baked dough character.

T- Now for the best part, right away I am transported back in time to my first sip of Supplication. My tongue is punished with the sour cherry treat and the onslaught continues to please all the way throughout the experience. I also pick up the leather funk of the Brett, it is subtle and melded well into the experience. The final finish is doughy, like bread or grains and brings on some clove hints of a very well brewed wheat beer. It is obvious that dreamweaver was used as the base for this masterpiece.

M- Just like the genius Troegner brothers intended to, it is full of carbonation that prickles all over my tongue and mouth. I am loving the experience and am reminded almost of a fine champagne. The carbonation is very abundant almost to the point of too much, but I feel it's perfect and really leaves you wanting more and more after each sip.

D: Really wish this was a seasonal or that much more was produced, I will be hanging on to my remaining bottles to see how it develops or if an offer comes up that I can't refuse. I can honestly say I could have drank the entire bottle myself, but the experience needed to be shared with others. Really reminded me of Supplication with the tremendous use of cherries to meld well with the other flavors. The Troegner brothers hit a home run with there first sour beer and I can only hope for more of the same. Watch out for them in the near future, until then please John brew more blue!

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Photo of krisandajt
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying a Splinter vertical with friends, the Blue is the first on the list...

Appearance: Though I've had this brew before (thanks number1bum!), this time there was a peculiar lacking of the cork "pop". The carbonation appears minimal, there was only a cm worth of head that faded quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy, amber color, but the lack of fizz does give it a sort of lifeless appearance. Upon further examination, it looks like the cork lost its seal a bit.

Smell: Sour and funk, with the slightest bit of vinegar. No real hops, just a bit of malt.

Taste: Sour, which is great...but I'm thinking that the Ephraim I had prior to this did a number on my palate. My tastebuds got pounded harder than a cheerleader lost in the boys locker room with that one. Regardless, this brew has some great flavor, and I'm really enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: A bit lacking on the carbonation, but other than that it's pretty spot on here. Nice medium body, good texture.

Drinkability: An easy drinking sour, I'd certainly recommend it to those who are into the style. The bottle that I've had previously to this was better, but that was the result of a higher amount of carbonation. Troegs did a good job with this one, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one twice.

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Photo of muttyd
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Reviewed from notes*

Pale, hazy red pour with a thin foamy head. Funky, fruity (cherries and apples) aroma with a strong brett presence. The instant this beer hits my tongue, the sourness kicks in. Tart apples & cherries, woody, slight vinegar in the flavor. Grapefruit, acidic sourness. Dry finish with a funky flavor that persists long after the beer is gone. Very effervescent with a medium body.

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Photo of boralyl
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours with a small amount of white head that fizzes out pretty quickly leaving a small ring. The beer is a ruby red grapefruit color, that is clear with visible carbonation.

S - The aroma has strong wood notes with light vanilla. The lactic sourness is also present, but in a more subtle amount. There are also notes of sour cherries.

M - Light in body with sharp, active carbonation that tingles the tongue.

T - Sour cherries are up front. Next up is a woody character that is present through the finish. In the finish is a light-medium lactic sourness, some funkiness, and doughy malt.

An excellent addition to the Splinter Series. The wild yeast, cherries, and oak combine to form a delicious concoction.

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Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Sean for bringing this one out at the Halloween eve tasting. Pours a super bubbly hazy orange with an off white head. Smell is average American wild - lots of funky brett and lacto acidity, tart blueberries, some cherries in the background. Taste is sour and acidic, lemons, grapefruit, blueberries, light oak, some cherry sweetness, wet dough, a bit of brett in the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a heavy prickly carbonation, finishes very clean, a decent easy to drink example of the style.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.


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Photo of BucketBoy
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Tasted this at Ryan's Labor Day tasting 2011.

L - Wow, great color - translucent red/blue, nice spritely top bubbles.

S - Nice tart, touch of cherry skin, the wheat actually goes a long way in the nose too.

T - Solid! Again, wheat and nice tart cherry, perhaps nearly imperceptible blueberry - tastes very summery.

F - Pleasant and smooth flowing. Once more the wheat from the Dreamweaver has contributed its part to make this smoooth.

O - Refreshing, though not overly complex or fruit-forward.

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Splinter Blue from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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