- Style: American Wild Ale
- Serving: Bottle
- Volume: 750 ml
- ABV: 10.80%
Its return has been three years in the making, a Belgian-style Tripel aged in oak wine barrels and virgin oak barrels inoculated with two barrels of Splinter Gold (2010) and infused with Brettanomyces. Phew. Troegs says this “is a highly-carbonated, bone-dry wild ale boasting a rich Bret ‘funk’ married with lush vanilla, toasted coconut, and oaky tannins.” This is the only Splinter beer I’ve yet to try, I’m hoping it’s as good as they say it is.
Bottles of Splinter Gold were available at the Troegs tasting room for about a week or so, and I was lucky enough to be able to consume a bottle to myself. Served from the corked and caged 750 ml bottle, Splinter Gold pours out a hazy golden copper color, certainly along the lines of what you’d expect for a barrel-aged Tripel base beer. There’s a moderate head which settled out nicely considering the loud pop from the cork. Bits of minor lacing and a decent retention ring around the outside are left behind.
Aromas of funk, sweet pale malt, vanilla, bread, lemon, oak and huge chardonnay characteristics come through big. Lots of the white wine notes definitely stuck with the beer throughout the barrel treatment. On the palate, the brett has done some nice things to this beer. Classic Tripel-like alcohol notes are here along with some tartness and funk. Mid-palate has sweet bready malts along with hints of citrus and vanilla. It’s well balanced, very crisp, dry and drinks like a nice oaky white wine.
It’s true, there is highly active carbonation but it’s good for what I like in the style. Dry, woody and bubbly on the palate – certainly a nice mouth feel. To be honest, this was awesome. The brett worked wonders on this along with perhaps the Westmalle strain they used for fermenting. I’m eager to see how this one develops over time, so I’ll be holding onto my only bottle in the cellar. Well worth your effort to taste!
out of 100
Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.
He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.