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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11560) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4183) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KornDogg (570) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
A: We’ve got a hell of a gusher here! Once able to corral the beer into a glass, it’s a hazy golden orange color with a fluffy white head. S: I didn’t realize that this was a "sour" beer (perhaps the cause of the foaming), but I was pleasantly surprised by the nose. A nice tart fruit aroma, particularly green apples and lemons. There is a mild Brett funk, some oak, and the Belgian yeasty esters. T: The flavor is just as interesting and enjoyable as the nose. The tartness is not quite as pronounced as in the nose, but still a nice apple and lemon flavor providing some pucker, along with some grapes, perhaps. The base Tripel does provide a nice spicey, malty, and yeasty flavor which goes well with the fruitiness. M: The body is medium and very effervescent with a nice dry and crisp finish. D: This was a beer I’d heard a lot about and was interested to try. This one met (and exceeded) my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is barnyard and citric. Sweet malt and nice brett fruity initially. Mild citric and dominant fruity base flavour. Nice and mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Thanks to Javier and Joe for both sharing this at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a glowing golden yellow with a small wispy white head, great lacing. Some yeast, faint Brett and a touch of dry oak in both the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Thanks to the Legend Smokepot23 at Woodshop 5.0 Appearance: Pours a bright pastel yellow with a gathering of white swirls atop. Aroma: Dank and flowery hops. Taste: Dry spicy Belgian yeast and orange. Mouthfeel: Fizzy and thick. Overall: I was very impressed with this beer. I vote for Troegs to make this beer part of their regular lineup!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
woodshop tasting. Thanks smokepot. Joe, you rock my friend!! Pours a cloudy yellow, nice head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity, bready and funky. Flavor is malty and a bit sweet with a wondeful mouthfeel. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tried at Woodshop 5.0. Huge foamy head. lightly sweet. Yellow color. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle shared by Javier and Joe smokepot23 at Woodshop 5.0. This is the best beer I’ve ever had from Troegs. I like their brews but this is just plain old fantastic. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is great, sweet belgian yeast. Taste is really great, and properly balanced.

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