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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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Polorl69 (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
Love it. It is a very very unique beer. has an excellent sweet sour balance and at 10.?% it packs a punch. It has almost a Pineapple/passion fruit taste with a nice tart to balance followed by the westmalle yeast used for bottling. Troegs has a winner here. Well worth the drive.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
Rating #5,000! Poured hazy medium golden with a well-retained cap of sticky white head. The aroma was right up there with the best I’ve ever smelled.. tangy oak and vinous notes over darker fruit, vanilla, and bready malts.. warmth brought out a soft, yet supple and savory funky Brett impression that settled with the barrel character around the nose.. vinous character also rose with warmth.. just perfect. The flavor opened with tangy lemon zest, vinous notes, and Bretty funk, with bready and fruity notes settling behind.. tangy and engaging throughout, with fruity Brett and residual barrel impression at the end.. warmth brought out clovey accents.. delicious! Medium-plus bodied and delightfully dry on the palate.. perfect barrel impression over a damn near perfect base beer. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1274) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
orangesol (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 *First and foremost, my scores reflect Batch 1, while the words reflect Batch 2*
This beer is still a Brett’d Triple, people need to remember that.... Bottle at the Brewery.
A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass. Nowhere near as much carbonation as Batch 1 had.
S - Smells of mild sugary sweetness, decent amount of barnyard funk from all that brett, white wine and oak from the barrels and a touch of booze. A bit of tropical fruitiness comes out as it warms to room temperature. A simple, yet complex nose.
T - Much like the nose, this one starts off with a dose of sugary sweetness that quickly gives way to hints of oak tannins, mild citric fruit, white grape skins and plenty of horse blanket / barnyard funk. Booze is ever present but it doesn’t really ever become a major player. Finish is quite dry, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Fizzy feel that slowly dies down over the coarse of the glass. Nowhere near as bone dry as Batch 1 was, that was nearly Champaign.
O - This is still one of the better Wild Ale’s out there. I personally preferred Batch 1 by a wide margin, that bone dry feel just had me coming back for more and more, but this batch has the potential to be just as good or better in the long run. If you ever have the chance to try this one I strongly suggest you do, you won’t be disappointed.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours hazy yellow with white head, big thanks to Jason. Aroma has notes of horse, lemon, cheese, barnyard, some yeasty spice. Taste is some nice barnyard, funk, cheese with some sweat, in a good way, some tart notes, slight yeasty spice, touch of bitter finish. Excellent beer, unbelievably complex, and delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2014
xloved this, so much flavors, usually bourbon aged blond sours are overpowered but his one was balanced very nicely. Every sip just kept getting better, very impressive troegs!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KornDogg (521) - 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...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8773) - 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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