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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle brought by me to our Epic Chicago Tasting. 750ml bottle poured into Rochefort tulip. A - Pours a hazy orange/gold with several fingers of head, sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, and a really nice cap on top to round things off. S - Yogurt, barrel, funk/tart, sweet caramels, fruits. T - Slight tart/sour, apples, peaches, slight alcohol hotness (but well-hidden for 12%). Not quite as funky as I was expecting, but it’s there, no doubt about it. M - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, dry finish. D - I like this one, however, I was satisfied after just one pour. Maybe not quite as good as this one was hyped to be, but surely not bad by any means. Very solid, very good, just not outstanding. Recommend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Hazy golden color. Aroma has a nice brett dryness, some fruit, pineapple and peach with some citrus, wood and a bit of grape wine and alcohol. A bit warming and is definitely a nice sipper. Champagne like carbonation makes all the flavors really punch. Fruit and brett with some spicy yeast and citrus zest. Taste a little woody vanilla like tannins and more spice. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Bottle from the release, finally getting around to drinking this. Shared with Nate. Cork popped of, giving rise to some major gushing. It sat a somewhat hazy peach orange in the tulip glass. Aroma consisted of lots of ripe peaches, mangos, pineapples. A oaky, funky note definitely comes in too. Pretty robust aroma, outstanding. Flavor was a lot more dry and oaky, I guess more funky than the aroma. Still very peachy with lots of tropical fruits, but bone dry and way more wild in the flavor. Wow, this beer is like a book that keeps changing with each page. Carbonation is a little high but works well with the elegance of this. The wine isnt all that strong but it really melded the base Scratch tripel into something magical. This might be the best beer I’ve ever had and It’ll be a struggle not opening my last bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Huge thanks to Albert for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small bubbly white head receding to a small collar and spotty lacing. The aroma is tart with lemon zest coming through initially. There is some light sweet fruit with some apricots and peaches and a hint of funk. There is also some vanilla and spiciness for both oak and possibly some other spices. Taste might be a tad sweeter with peaches and apricots even more prevalent. There is a light zesty kick before the finish where the dry oak and funk take over. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation but still stays very smooth for the style. This is an excellent and very drinkable wild for the high ABV. It seems almost impossible for this thing to have 12%. Excellent stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (2966) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Nice pop and hiss as I uncorked this 750ml bottle. Hazy golden-orange body. Massive, frothy white head. Holds up for a while before forming a condensed but sizable skim. Heavy lacing left behind. S: Rich, soft oak-woodyness. Heavy blast of sour fruits (apple, pear and perhaps some lemon). The brett certainly made itself known as there is a nice whiff of funk throughout. Some softer, more typical belgian yeast notes shine through as I picked up some spice and banana. T: While the nose was pungent and powerful, the flavor is an entirely different animal. Sublime, textured, and delicious. Lots of brett funk upfront balances a nice spice presence. Towards the middle sour apples make themselves known, before concluding with a softer pear jab. Some oaky-chardonnay white wine character as well. There is quite a bit going on here and the beer really benefited from both the brett and the Westmalle yeast. In many ways this was reminiscent of Russian River’s (batch 2) Sanctification (my favorite of the RR wilds). Perhaps a tad more apple flavoring in Splinter though M: Light-medium bodied. Lively, but not overwhelming, carbonation levels fade effortlessly from the first splash on the tongue through the finish. The sour fruits and funk from the flavor don’t ripple into the mouthfeel as there is no noticeable puckering. Refreshingly crisp and dry finish. O: A superb effort from the Troegs brothers. I’ve always respected their efforts but this beer really pushes them up there along with Nugget Nectar and a handful of their Scratch Beers (#20 in particular). Totally worth the trip. Somewhat sad I traded my other bottle of the Gold, but I am glad that a fellow beer geek is going to get to enjoy a really impressive brew

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1467) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Big thanks to Jeremy, Kevin, and Frank...awesome tasting! A-big gusher here, pours a nicely hazed golden color with a creamy white head, good retention and a nice lace. S-the nose is brilliant, notes of red wine, vinous, good oakiness to it, vanilla behind. great earthy tones towards the middle, wild yeast with a touch of funk. bananas, peach and pear come in last. T-a well done cabernet, vinous and oaky up front with notes of vanilla. nice light wild yeast flavors with a good lemon zest behind. the finish adds some nice sweetness, peaches and a hint of tartness. M-so soft and smooth, creamy medium body. perfect carbonation gives it a good clean crisp finish that is slightly dry. D-this is awesome, so smooth and soft, the flavors blend together so well adding nice complexity and a great drink. simply awesome!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3346) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Taste thanks to Jeremy
Extreme gushing by Jeremy’s account. Hazy gold, thin wispy white head. Nose of lemon, red wine, lightly sweet tripel elements. More funk than tart sour flavor, light oak with more red wine and a stronger tripel presence. Controlled sweetness, balanced carbonation, and an Allagash-like wine-yeast balance makes this both an exciting experiment and a tried-and-true recipe for greatness.

Second bottle is a mess. Age did not treat this one well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2010
750ml bottle shared thanks to Tom. Poured a deep and cloudy golden color with a large sized and frothy off white head. Aromas of brett, funky, woody, oaky, vanilla, and some fruitness. Tastes of brett, honey sweetness, oak, vanilla, fruity, and citrus. This one grew on me more and more as I drank it...well done!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
750ml bottle via trade thanks to the extremely generous Deuane on BeerAdvocate. Yeah, Harrisburg! Shared with a small tasting group. Pours a nice hazy golden-straw color with a huge white head that takes a dog’s age to settle down. Very nice bretty aroma, subtly funky with everyone’s favorite smell, horseblanket, as well as a nice sweet malt background. Some light fruit as well. Flavor is amazing and complex, yet light. Sweet pale malt, oak, Belgian yeast, brett, horseblanket/barnyard, green apple, lemon, and some other unripe fruits. I really like what they did here. Medium-bodied with high carbonation. I can’t believe this is 12%, as it has no real booziness at all. Goes down incredibly easily for the ABV (if the 12% is real). A real joy to drink, and I kept going back for more. I’m really proud of my old hometown boys for coming out with a beer like this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KornDogg (534) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle, thanks to John. Aroma of brett and funk... golden body with thin head. Flavor is very well balanced between the brett hops, westmalle yeast and hint of wine barrels. Brett is the most distinct, followed by the yeast with a great wine barrel aftertaste. Dry finish leaves your palate wanting more...


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