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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

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jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Batch 2 bottle, 08/08/2013, thanks to franch and ceight, Pours dark golden amber, thin off-white head, fades to a haze on the surface, soapy lacing around the glass. Aroma is fruity malts, sweet caramel, green grapes and rich vanilla, apple brandy, sharp oaky vinous finish. Taste is golden caramel malts, tart green apples and spices, strong vanilla oak finish. Thick, creamy body, yet fairly boozy still. Really nice and complex, looking forward to see how this one ages.

brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pretty darn boozy as the oak-bourbon barrels and tripel yeast put in work. Funky/oaky. Glad I got to try this but it really needs some time.

orangesol (987) - 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.

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.

vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Orange pour with some white head. Some fruit, tartness, wine, brett and oak aromas. Flavor doesn’t follow though on the nice aroma build up, has malt sweetness and almost a vinegar tone, with some light tart and wine tones.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a well hazed golden hue, touches of amber, firm haziness. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a good filmy ring, laces ok. Aromas are firm sour, lambicus brett, yeast, and lactic sourness. Lemon, yogurt, some grapefruit. Good oak, some vanilla, honeycrisp malts in a peek with some bready malt, fruit. A lot going on, some winey tannins, fruit. Initial is fuzzy, prickly, some tangerine, white grape and some melon. Good fruity presence with some white wine, oak, and gentle fuzzy farmhouse and brett. Middle is touches of fruit, bread, good honeycrisp apple, decent sourness, oak, and funk. Backend is is dry, fuzzy, and bretty. Some oak, vanilla, and lingering fruit, decent sourness and prickly brett. Pretty damn good, rich fruit, decent sourness. Rich funk. Good oak. Nice.

AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
decent! champagne like mouthfeel, some residual sugar, mango and oranges, tart finish that lingers.

Bediddleby (13) - - MAY 21, 2013
750ml at brewery. Lots of wood flavor. Distracts a bit from the sour which is what I was after. Still a very worthy sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours very hazy amber color, finger-width head that quickly disappears. Fruity, boozy, carbonated flavor. Mouthfeel of sparkling juice. Goes down easy. Delicious and worth the special trip for a bottle. Fan-flipping-tastic. That’s a tmesis.

PhillyCraft (7225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Bottle from brad and brendon shared the day of the release at Capones. Pours murky gold with thick lasting white head. Notes of chardonay barrel, grape, bubblegum, wood, lemons, funk and whiskey. Wish this was a little more tart or sour. Not bad though. Tried a batch 1 bottle 6 years out, still not crazy about this one.

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