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Obscura Arborea - Telegraph Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

38 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beagle75 on 04-10-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

ricecracker420, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of moonknight31
3/5  rDev -11.2%

moonknight31, May 19, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Batch 77.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some fruity and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a vinegar-like flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a really crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that seems somewhat unrefined.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -11.2%

t0rin0, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rand
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Mikasa tulip glass

Batch 77

The beer is creamed-copper in appearance (if that's a legitimate color description) with a huge pillow-y head that never recedes. Tones of woodsy dank and unripe berries float about, but in the ether - the nose lingers and takes a few whiffs to pull it in.

The taste is much more pronounced with toffee-like malts playing against tart cherries. There are notes of drying oak that mix well with a subtle hop snap, keeping the sweet aspects in check. Alcohol is apparent but not aggressive. Finishes long, sweet and sour.

I don't get the low (or average) reviews here. My bottle's been aging for a little over a year (maybe longer) so that might be what 'smoothed' it out, but I don't think that's the entire reason. The brew produces a super-sudsy head, almost billowy, but it doesn't FEEL over-carbonated, something I can't stand. Over-carbing wouldn't get better with age. And I'm trying to pinpoint why the consensus feels this has a disjointed flavor profile - I'm getting a pretty smooth play of sweet and sour and bitter washing over the palate. Hmm...maybe I got a good batch? Or there's a bit of group-think here on BA? Well, no need to speculate...I've been drinking a lot of this style lately and this beer, at least my bottle, is a good example.

rand, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is amber in color with a big white head. Aroma starts off with a mild buttery note. Notes of citrus, light caramel, oak, and vanilla. Maybe a bit of apple and pear on the nose. Sort of has a fruit flavor baby food thing going on on the palate. Lightly tart, maybe some spice, a touch of oak and vanilla. Really a strange beer.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

CelticAleMan, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

jpajpajeff, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Michael for sharing this, this beer was a mild disaster.

OVERCARBONATED WARNING WARNING GUSHER.

Beer is amber and clear with a huge off white head of small and medium bubbles with annoyingly good retention. Ugh.

Aroma is blank.

Beer has this woody, grassy, cherry, light body, complex weirdness to it. None of hte flavors play together at all. Not a repeat for me, not even very enjoyable.

drabmuh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle sent by Bauermj, thanks! Batch 77

Cork nearly explodes from the bottle, but contents don't gush. Poured out into a pitcher regardless since any attempts to pour produce a massive fizzy cream colored head. Pours a clearish amber mahogany color with previously mentioned fluffy head, and abundant lacing. Aroma and taste both carry a surprising lack of anything resembling flavor or alcohol. There is some mild cherry and vanilla hiding behind a predominant oak flavor. Light bodied with a dry finish. This beer is just...

yourefragile, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a big, fluffy off-white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. Lots of lacing. Probably because the first few pours were 95% foam and we had to decant.

The nose carries a light bit of cherry and acidity. Some oak as well. Nothing too much. Very light. Flavor is the same. It's impressive that there is this little flavor in a 9% beer. Some light oak and a touch of cherry. Really not all that much going on.

Light body with just a touch of acidity through the finish. Interesting, but quite a bit too tame, even if it were a session beer.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

GuruDel, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of phichifiji00
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown color, tons of thick off-white head that fades slowly. The pressure in the bottle blew the cork out as soon as the cage was removed. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Tart, malty undertones, earthy, dark fruit, sour cherries.

Taste: Tart, sour cherries, dark fruit, earthy, oak, caramel, raisins, plums.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy, somewhat tart.

Overall: Another tasty beer from Telegraph. Not as sour as I'd have liked, but very drinkable.

phichifiji00, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

jmechy, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

stevefinny, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at The Blue Palm. A nice drinker for the style. Sour yes but very well malted backbone. Light brown and very lacy, something fine to look at. Sour and wild. Oaky, why I like these beers. Still decent mouthfeel. Satisfying. Suitably carbonated.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

bauermj, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle, batch #77.

LOOK: Lively carbonation, big head. Hazed brownish amber.

SMELL: Cooked veggies, fallen fruit, nutmeg, candied orange, musty yeast, chalk, toasted grain

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, wood, lemon grass, cellar funk, highly toasted malt, nutty yeast, chicory, sour candy, broth, faint bandaid, nougat, mint, bone dry finish.

Yup, it is a sour beer though not as mellow as what a Oud Bruin should be. I'd love to see another year or two on this bottle to see where it would go.

Jason, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours cloudy mahogany with a massive three-plus inch head of dense bone. A slow retreat revealed a solid skim cap and thick ropes of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with hints of chocolate malt, balsamic vinegar, appleskins, and caramel. A vineous hint steps forward.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sharpish mouthfeel.

Sour apples drizzeled with molasses and toffee starts the palate. Sweetish and slighty tart with plenty of malt and chocolate.

Finishes with lingering residual sugars, fig-smeared apples, and a light tartness.

Although this beer does share some character with an Oud Bruin, it is just too sweet and not vineous and tart/sour enough. It's like it just never got to finish it's path. Maybe some time in the cellar would help.

brewandbbq, Dec 21, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

nanobrew, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

marqoid, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured as carefully as possible given the foamy nature of prior reviews, this beer pours a hazed and slightly ruddy amber with some caramel copper highlights. An inch of foam soon became two inches however, and then three. A rush to the sink keeps the mess at bay. All the while the bottle keeps its cool and its contents in check. A creamy cap drops off sticky lacing as it settles.

Aroma is pleasant of sorts though rather singular in nature. Not much to be had in a sour sense, nor oak. Slightly tart and with a touch of yeast funkiness through the foam, may brighten up when/if the foam settles out a bit.

Flavor is thin and a bit muddled. Touch of cherry tartness is present but light and rather short on the finish, tending towards the chalky side of things on the close. Feel is decent but the high level of carbonation detracts as for the style. A second pour swells again like Arenal on a bad day, soon towering like a volcanic meringue dessert. A bit much really, and the champagne like carbonation masks the subtleties a bit too much, if they are there at all. Hmmm!

Note: ABV is well masked, not very sweet yet not very sour. Batch 77. Starts to smell like a Unibroue beer when it finally settles down...Not a bad beer yet not as expected/advertised.

HalfFull, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of rtaps
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out and all turned into foam, once in started to settle down. It was a very deep dark orange leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

smells of carmel and fruit. then just a hint of malt

The only way i can think to describe the taste is, like an apple juice with an ale bite to it. Can definitely taste the alc. in it.

mouth feel in med to full body. little bit dry afterwards.

overall the is a good beer. have to give it a little time for the foam to settle down but is worth the wait

rtaps, Oct 23, 2011
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2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a styro coffee cup in a hotel room--better than out of the bottle me thinks. Couldn't really tell you the color due to the cup plus 3" foamy head that refused to subside. Wasn't a gusher, but highly carbed and ready to foam at the slightest hint of a nucleation site. You've been warned.

Smells like highly diluted balsamic vinegar. And that's about it. Very one-noted. Just kinda blahhh.

Tastes was a little less blahhh. Maybe more of a blah. With the target being Flanders Oude Bruin, both the sweet and sour were way off the mark. More precise, though there is some sour there, there is really no sweet balance. In fact, this finishes unpleasantly bitter... oddly enough, a coffee bitter, with the coffee likely coming from the roasted malts and the bitter from the oak. It is not very refreshing as a result.

Not my cup o' brew.

jwjon1, Oct 05, 2011
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Obscura Arborea from Telegraph Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.