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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40447) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22099) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to our graciois host for this. Pretty cloudy amber beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is soft and airy. The Worcester sauce sourness turns a little acidic but there is a nice balance of soft wood. Finishes soft.with a whisper of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Thanks to Bruce for this PA whale. Pours lightly hazy gold with a creamy white head. The nose has wood, slight medicinal notes, a bit of toffee, mandarin orange. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of moist wood, sugary malts, tart citrus, lots of orange, vanilla, light acidic burn. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with tons of pale wood, honey, sugary pale malts, bread, toffee. The wood is strong here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle shared at the Massive Friday Tasting, big thanks to our host with the most - Bruce, 03/01/14. Murky orange amber with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is musty, candle wax, light booze strains, dank wood, orange rind, light funk, tarte fruit skins. Taste comprises bitter orange, aged apple core, musty wood, sweet notes, toffee apple. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light boozey knockings in the finale. Surprisingly easy drinking for 12% ABV! Decent enough, plenty going on, a little overly sweet for the style. Not top draw but decent enough work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16055) - 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 17/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2015
750mL bottle, sent from AltCarl (thanks a lot, Craig), pours an opaque dark orange amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out funky brett, lots of oak, and some stone fruits. Flavour is complex as hell, with oaky wood, vanilla, apricoty stone fruits, and funky brett. Very complex, with a great mix of vanilla, apricots and wood. Really excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13272) - 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
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of peach, horse blanket, barnyard, and citrus. Flavor of peach, brett, oak, citrus, restrained vanilla, and yeast with a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce at the 2014 Mega Tasting. It pours hazy golden with a small beige head and a few floaters. The taste is wood, musty, barnyard, coconut, vanilla, manure, funk and spice. The taste is tart, bready, acidic, funk, musty/blue cheese, white grape skin, big alcohol kick, wood and vanilla with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit hot and acidic for my liking. Would have probably have preferred this with a bit less alcohol. OK.

   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!

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