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Obscura Arborea - Telegraph Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Obscura ArboreaObscura Arborea

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26 Reviews

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 39
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 18.88%
Wants: 8
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:
Beer added by: beagle75 on 04-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with a peripheral residue of white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Surprisingly focused crystal malt that is accompanied by a lactic bite and a hint of rustic oak. There is a funky thread that comes and goes, sometimes suggesting green plant stems while giving more of an impression of an infected wound at other times.

T: Begins dry, with sourness that predominantly features lactic acidity, but with just enough of an acetic bite. Flavors follow the smell closely, with a definite malt presence of heavy toasted grain as well as more faint caramel. The sourness never steps outside of a restrained level of intensity, and the same can be said about the smoothing wood presence. Fruit is not featured here--if this is a kriek, then they weren't trying very hard. The finish remains malt-forward, leaving a hint of brown sugar to linger in the absence of bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced and slightly creamy on the palate whereas acidity is more tasted than felt, with moderate carbonation.

D: This is an approachable California-brewed sour that appears to model itself as a Flanders red ale. The detectable presence of wood adds credibility that the palate can sense, but some further transformation of the malt may be required for this to threaten the Rodenbachs of the world.

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Obscura Arborea from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.