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Tröegs Splinter Blue

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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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. Splinter Blue pours a cloudy rose color with copious carbonation and a Brettanyomyces yeast funk. The beer’s effervescence highlights it’s sharp acidic cherry flavor, followed by a doughy cereal-like finish that lets you know there’s wheat in there.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a light, hazy amber/pink with fizzy white head. Aroma has a very nice acidic note to it with bright citrus. Flavor has a great acidic cherry tartness with aged wood notes blended in with some hints of farmhouse and fruit. Mouth feel is light body with soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, great brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5025) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
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Bottle: The aroma consists of sour cherries, lemons, and mild funk. It pours. A hazy orange with a touch of pink and a small pinkish-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sour cherries. The finish adds some extra lemon tartness and a touch of oak. Medium bodied with lively but not prickly, carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
[Bottle] shared by Randall. Thanks! Pours a beautiful blueish, purpleish gold with a scant ring of foam. Aroma is lactic sharpness, tannin, a touch vinous, not much cherry, a hint of acetic. Flavor is moderately tart, a nice bit of tannin, light cherry, sharp and bright, moderate acetic/lactic. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle sample. Hazy apricot colored pour, minimal carbonation and a wonderful aroma of sugary tart lemons. Flavor is unbelievably sharp prickly sour which pierces your taste buds, sweet tarts and a lingering light bitter citrus aftertaste. Well done!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6816) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle shared by Kan, thanks! Poured a hazy reddish apricot with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had a pretty present oak note as well as sour cherry nearing acidic and funk. Flavor had a nice balance of sour cherry, acid, funk and a really nice backing oak note.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
750ml bottle. *** GUSHER ALERT *** A spewer, so have your glasses ready! Poured a cloudy amber color with a large sized head. Chunky lacing left on the glass. Aromas of wood, brett, and cherries. Tastes of tart cherries, brett, funky, and woody. Nice sour and tart finish with a dry finish.


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