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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - 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 (3013) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (4285) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4303) - 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.

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