Tröegs Splinter Brown
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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NOTE: Splinter Brown is highly-carbonated – so high the pressure has pushed corks out of the bottling during the aging process. For safety reasons, this beer will only be served for on-premise consumption and all bottles must be opened by Troegs servers.

Splinter Brown’s roots extend to July 2010 with the brewing of Scratch #34, a Belgian-style Dubbel. Some of this wort made it into a “funk” tank to ferment with bacteria and a blend of ale, Brett and sherry yeasts, but a large quantity was bottled in one of the brewery’s earliest bottle-conditioning projects. When the bottles didn’t carbonate properly, a resourceful brewer blended nearly 100 cases of beer with the original “funk” tank beer and transferred it into oak barrels. Fast forward to 2013, and this beer has aged with a finely developed Brett character, but only minimal tartness. Splinter Brown’s third flavor profile was created by blending the barrel-aged beer with a fresh-brewed sour mash fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and aged for six months in French and Hungarian oak wine barrels. This unique merger of flavors has resulted in a wonderfully complex Sour Brown Ale that is truly a labor of love. Cheers!

jbdpsu82's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Fizzy pour into a tulip from a 750. Fine beige head quickly dissipates, leaving a little lacing. Nice funky aroma follows the typical dubbel smell. (Going to keep drinking, I'll finish later)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Clear dark amber body, small fizzy off-white head. The nose is sweet and sour with lots of cherries. Nice light woodiness. The flavor is well balanced between the sour cherry notes, woodiness, and darker malts. Medium bodied, sweet up front, but drying out a bit on the finish. Some nice lingering tannic notes. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess and lively fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (1742) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Aroma: Oak, Plum, Mildly Tart Cherry, Mild Vanilla Appearance: Brownish/Mildly Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Red Plum, Oakey, Mild Apple, Mild Cherry Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart, Mildly Sweet

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkitty (152) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Poured from bottle at the brewery: Clear dark brown with a wonderfully fizzy head. A nice lacing remains. Aroma is more fruity than funky with a bit of wood. Flavor is clean yet complex with a bit of fruit and wood. Malty enough backbone with moderate tartness. The alcohol is well disguised. A nice drinking experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Aroma of vinegar, oak, cherries, cherry coke, and iron. Pours murky brown with a great little filmy head. Taste is super acidic with tart cherry, red wine vinegar, spicy oak, light chocolate, and a caramel finish. Just a terrific Oud Bruin. What a great salvage from Troegs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours murky ruby brown with a big creamy beige head. Aroma bings the sherry and oak all out. Flavor has great tart yeast flavors with some malty sour brown sweetness ending on a solid body. The over carbonation is not reflected negatively on the body at all, it is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1143) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Purchased at the brewery because they won't let it leave the premises. Something about exploding corks blah blah blah. Pours a cloudy brownish grape color. Aroma is sour and peppery. Taste is sour but balanced with a nice brown ale backbone. I don't drink sours but this one is good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Bottle at the brewery.

A - Pours murky brown with a big bubbly two and a half finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving very little trails of lace down parts of the glass. The carbonation is evident immediately.

S - Smells of strong lactic sourness, very light brett funk, damp earthy must, woody oak, dark fruits like figs and maybe some dark cherries as well as some mild caramel and toffee sweetness from the base Dubbel. Smells really sour when first opened but it gets more balanced as it comes up to room temperature.

T - Starts off with the strong tartness but it quickly gives way to the earthy/funky must, mild sugary sweetness, dark fruits and a good bit of oak. Finish is quite dry with a bit of booze burn, lingering on the palate long after the finish. It took me awhile to finish the whole bottle by myself but I never felt like I wouldn’t be able to.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Sour, woody feel fades away as quickly as it appeared. The carbonation is definitely high in this one but I never felt like it really affected it all that much.

O - A fine example of a sour brown / Oude Bruin. It has all of the flavors I would want but it never really borders on being overbearing. I just wish I could have gotten a couple bottles to cellar, I think this one would age beautifully.

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