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Tröegs Splinter Gold

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsy flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.

Splinter Red and Gold are both limited to 300 bottles and will only be available at the Tröegs Brewery Giftshop/Tasting Room.

2013 Splinter Gold originates from the Scratch #3 Triple recipe and is fully fermented with Westmalle yeast. The beer is then inoculated with two barrels of Splinter Gold (2010) infusing the beer with Brettanomyces for a secondary fermentation in oak wine barrels from Allegro Winery & Vineyards and virgin Pennsylvania oak barrels sourced from Keystone Cooperage. Three years in the making, Splinter Gold is a highly-carbonated, bone-dry wild ale boasting a rich Bret “funk” married with lush vanilla, toasted coconut, and oaky tannins.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Orange pour with some white head. Some fruit, tartness, wine, brett and oak aromas. Flavor doesn’t follow though on the nice aroma build up, has malt sweetness and almost a vinegar tone, with some light tart and wine tones.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a well hazed golden hue, touches of amber, firm haziness. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a good filmy ring, laces ok. Aromas are firm sour, lambicus brett, yeast, and lactic sourness. Lemon, yogurt, some grapefruit. Good oak, some vanilla, honeycrisp malts in a peek with some bready malt, fruit. A lot going on, some winey tannins, fruit. Initial is fuzzy, prickly, some tangerine, white grape and some melon. Good fruity presence with some white wine, oak, and gentle fuzzy farmhouse and brett. Middle is touches of fruit, bread, good honeycrisp apple, decent sourness, oak, and funk. Backend is is dry, fuzzy, and bretty. Some oak, vanilla, and lingering fruit, decent sourness and prickly brett. Pretty damn good, rich fruit, decent sourness. Rich funk. Good oak. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2871) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
decent! champagne like mouthfeel, some residual sugar, mango and oranges, tart finish that lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bediddleby (12) - - MAY 21, 2013
750ml at brewery. Lots of wood flavor. Distracts a bit from the sour which is what I was after. Still a very worthy sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours very hazy amber color, finger-width head that quickly disappears. Fruity, boozy, carbonated flavor. Mouthfeel of sparkling juice. Goes down easy. Delicious and worth the special trip for a bottle. Fan-flipping-tastic. That’s a tmesis.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3433) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Bottle from brad and brendon shared the day of the release at Capones. Pours murky gold with thick lasting white head. Notes of chardonay barrel, grape, bubblegum, wood, lemons, funk and whiskey. Wish this was a little more tart or sour. Not bad though. Tried a batch 1 bottle 6 years out, still not crazy about this one.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Beerathon (1278) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2013
I’m starting to have an appreciation for sours/wilds, but this one is just too much. The nose alone was a turnoff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by yourefragile at our sour and wild ale tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Michael! The beer appears hazy and golden yellow colored with a small white head. The aroma is very pleasant, with scents of oak, brettanomyces, funk, citrus. I am a big fan of the flavor. Everything I discovered in the aroma translates beautifully into the flavor profile. Citrus, yeast, oak, funk. Alcohol content is hidden gracefully. Overall, I thought this was fabulous. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-30-2012

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
750mL at Woodshop 7. Pours cloudy, glowing gold. Fizzy white head with large formation. Heavy Brett C and B nose: cedar and pineapple blend. Fresh and tropical. Taste is juicy, melon heavy, cantaloupe, pineapple. Palate is still thicker and oily with Brett effervescence. Easily loved Brett centric blonde. An easy winner from Troegs. This is a must for a re-release or for a year round release.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dunt (295) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle provided by Chris for Epic Tres. Pours a hazy light yellow/orange, with a half fingers worth off-white head. Nose is spicy, A little Brett, some honey, and a little phenolic. Taste follows the nose, spice and honey dOminate with some mild funk and apple in the background. Mouthfeel is light, good carbonation, dry, and a moderate finish. Good, not great, one of my least favorite of the tasting. Think I prefer splinter blue to this.


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