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Tröegs Splinter Gold

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Woodshop 5. Pineapple nose with just a touch of bandaid and plastic. Taste is very dry, lightly tart, some pineapple, some citrus, apricot and honey. A bit of the medicinal notes came through in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Ffej for breaking this out at his tasting. Pours a hazy, dark golden banana yellow color with paler golden hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy,pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing behind. Slightly funky Brett aroma with subtle horseblanket/barnyard notes as well as some earthy oak. There’s also a lactic cream presence along with estery light fruit from the belgian yeast. Hints of banana, apple, pear and bread. It kind of smells like a Belgian golden ale/American sour/German wheat beer hybrid. Tart and puckering up front but not acidic at all with nice dry Brett effervescence. The funky puckering notes are countered mid palate by lacto cream, estery crisp, light fruit, bread/yeast and sweet alcohol. Fuller bodied than expected with hints of wheat and banana as well as apple and pear notes. Lots of dry Brett but this beer is never too sour or abrasive. Very well balanced and the high ABV is decently masked with only slight sweet alcohol and warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
750 ml bottle, courtesy Orlgamecock. This one pours a hazy, golden yellow color and topped by a smooth off white head of foam. Some wet spots of lacing are left behind on the glass. The aroma is nice and complex showing notes of citrus fruit, candied sugar, flaked oats, and a fruity ester Belgian yeast strain. The brett imparts a nice earthy mustiness, which dries out the sweet malts and lends some funky, woody characters. The flavors follow suit with the citrus fruit and yeast lending a doughy feel with the candied sugar adding just a touch of sweetness and the earthy brett and vinous oak keeping things dry and funky. The mouthfeel is substantial yet drinks very easy for being 12% abv with lively carbonation that leads to a nice dry finish. This is a really tasty tripel and probably the best in the style that I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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 (6103) - 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 (1036) - 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 (13270) - 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 (10608) - 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 (9548) - 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.

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