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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 Opened at a recent tasting with bmanning. What a gusher this one was! Over the top foaminess after a lengthy battle to remove the cork. After filling cups with the initial foam burst so as to not waste any, this poured a brilliant gold with a slightly peachy hue alongside a mountainous bone-white head and beautifully-ringed lacing as it went down. The initial aroma was pure Brett goodness with some spice, citrus, oak, and hints of sweetness. Definitely funky. The taste was very, very nice--initial Brett funk, which eventually melded quite well with all the other flavors, but definitely never subsided. Other flavors included oak, spice, green apple, citrus, and a bit of dry white wine. This all created a solid mouthfeel, with a spicy bone-dry feeling without too much of an alcohol presence. Drinkability was excellent--this one only got better as it warmed a bit, and was just an all-around phenomenal brew. Cheers to Troegs. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-23-2010

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
In short: A funky and fruity strong blonde ale. Superb creation.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed fresh soon after the beer release (first and only batch so far). Post- BCTC 2010 tasting, shared by a very generous unidentified soul
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is Belgium style fruity yeast esters (bananas, etc.) and a strong leathery brett component. Taste is funky, lemony, horse blanket, leather, tropical fruits, light tartness, mild acidity. Not much alcohol presence. Aged in wine barrels but I didn’t get much (if any) vinous/wine barrel character from this one and this is a good thing. A fantastic beer. I’ve tried two Tröegs Splinters and I was blown away by both. I haven’t enjoyed getting Splinters ever since I broke up with Pinocchio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle at Winking Lizard Lakewood. Pours clear straw yellow color with white head. Aroma is brett, straw, barnyard, funky. Lively carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes dry. This is a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Smells yeasty, bright lemon, sourness, funky barnyard, and tons of wine essences (barrel, grape, etc). Taste is very bretty, funky, slightly sour, yeasty, and alcoholic. Finish is alcoholic, bretty, and slightly sour. Okay, just a massive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of barnyard funk, straw, horseblanket, light citrus, leather and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of straw, horseblanket funk, leather, light citrus and a hint of oak with a crisp dry tart lingering funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle (dregs)… Looks like hazy lemonade with a fluffy, white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is both fruity and funky. Medium-bodied with lazy carbonation. Tangy, woody flavor also offers pale grains, toffee and yeasty bitterness. Mildly bitter finish that dries way out. Thanks to OrlGamecock for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite. Pours a hazed gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Fuzzy light malt. Sweet and soft. A touch of funk and acid. Pretty. A bit of fuzzy yeast and malt. Toast, lingering musk and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
Dog Days of Summer Gathering, thanks Orlgamecock. hay golden color, smooth off-white head. brett goodness along with this typical Belgian yeast strain adding for a moderate earthly mouthfeel. Lots going on here, the whole abbey style along with a nice hoppy approach adding some tropical fruits, citrus bitterness coupled with a touch of tartness and here and there some hints of honey suckle, probably brown or candi sugar. Finish has nice warming notes, 12% is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2667) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Sampled at the Dog Days of Summer Gathering. Thanks to orlgamecock! Hazy yellow pour. Tart, bretty, musty, citrus hop aroma. Medium body, nice barrel notes, dry with lots of citrus hop bitterness busting through. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2010
750ml, courtesy OrlGamecock. The pour yields a very cloudy, medium golden colored body with a small but lasting layer of impossibly smooth, off white cream at the head. Each tilt of the glass is followed by a sudsy wash, of which just a few wet spots of lacing remain behind. The nose is really damn nice, based in enticingly dried out blonde sugars, hints of creamy flaked oats, and lightly fruity, creamy Belgian yeast. The brett strain is very much in the mold of Jolly Pumpkin, imparting an earthy dustiness with a hint of vinous character, effectively drying out any underlying malt sweetness and lending notes of farmhouse wood. Flavors do not disappoint, showing like an almost completely dried out, monster Belgian tripel. What little blonde sugars remain lend just a hint of sweetness to the overall creamy, lemony, yeast roll profile, while the earthen brett and the oak barrel effectively keep things dry and dusty. The palate provide for a much smoother, easier drink than the 12% ABV might suggest, as the dry, lively body dances all throughout the mouth, feeling much lighter than it actually is. Damn, this stuff is really good, and it completely exceeded my expectations. Great beer. If all tripels were subject to this type of treatment, I’d have a whole new appreciation for the style.

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