Petit Obscura | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Petit ObscuraPetit Obscura

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Telegraph Petit Obscura is a "small beer" brewed from the sour-mash second runnings of a batch of our Rhinoceros Rye Wine. Historically, a small beer was brewed as a way of utilizing the remaining sugars that are otherwise lost when making a big high-gravity beer. With a crisp, fruity, white-wine-like character, our little obscure one is a light-bodied "wild ale" with a subtle complexity that transcends its humble origins.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 02-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of 22Blue
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a one-finger, head of bubbly off-white foam. It left thin, sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled phenolic and funky with some fruity notes.

T -Fuity and funky with an acidic bite. Fruit flavors are orange, lemon and white grapes. There is a light grain flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice wild ale. Very unique with some sour and sweet flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of capra12
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed in a Foothills pint glass shared with RiceCracker

Appearance: Cloudy, straw, with carbonation still pumping from the bottom of the glass. Poured a 1 finger head.

Smell: I get a ton of tart and unripened strawberry nose. Reminds me of a berliner wiesse. There is a hint of sulfur which is hidden behind the mild funk.

Taste: This opens with a mild citrus tart that doesn't develop into much more. Very one dimensional with a mild straw profile on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a bit puckering.

Overall: A one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a wild ale that is sessionable and not overly aggressive on the palate.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GregSVT
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a big white bubbly head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. It actually looks flat after sitting for a while.

S: The nose is light amounts of lemon zest, orange peel, funky brett, and white grapes. It's got a bit of a wine quality with a funky and acidic element.

T: The beer starts with an acidic sour flavor and progesses to a lemon zest and sweet malt finish. Not much here besides the sour flavor but the stuff that gets through in the finish is good.

M: The feel is extremely dry with big bubbles of carbonation as you swirl it in the mouth.

O: Not the biggest sour beer I've had and I'm sure some people will complain about it not being sour enough. I thought the sour was well done and a bit more balanced than others in the style.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, poured into tulip glass. Thanks Ryan (DovaliHops).

Appearance: Golden, hazy, nice head.

Smell: Funky, tart, slight acidic, sourness... horseblanket is a good descriptor.

Taste: Nice, slight sour, not over the top, easy to drink... really nice.

Mouthfeel: light but well carbed. Refreshing and effervescent.

Overall: Really enjoyed, would buy and try again many times over. It's like a smaller, less sour, less complex version of DDG. Those aren't bad things... just a smaller version of DDG I thought which is a great compliment. Well done Telegraph, looking for more of their stuff in the future.

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4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 68.

Pours hazy light gold with a three inch head of dense white froth. A solid skim cap and some elongated dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with lemon pith, grapefruit, pineapple, and barnboards. A wine-like vineousity steps forward and offers a tannic, lactic preview.

Light bodied and quite crisp. Snappy and quenching mouthfeel.

The palate starts with a wheaty twang, lemon wedges, and pineapple skin. Hints of Chardonnay, bright acid, and grapefruit pith follow through.

Finishes nicely tart but short of sour, with plenty of lemon-spritzed wheat and mild funk.

Oh, this is a tasty one and I would say the SoCal version of Temptation. Nice.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Thanks Ryan.

Appearance: golden/straw color, hazy, pours one finger of thick white head that fades slowly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Funk, orange, vanilla, subtle spices, horeseblanket.

Taste: orange, funk, earthy, grassy, sour orange creamsickle.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: Another great, very drinkable beer from Telegraph. Sourt but not overly so. Very refreshing. Great funk.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend, poured into two tulips.

A: Golden yellow clear body with tons of white tight little bubbles. The head looks bubbly and fizzy, but does retain a great cap. Virtually no lace although for the style, this is rather acceptable and expected.

S: Lemon rind, Smarties candy, white grapefruit flesh, faint citrus undertones and a bit of dry grains towards the back end. Certainly an interesting smelling beer with a remarkable amount of flavors for being so low in ABV. To me, this smells more akin to a Gueuze than an American Wild.

T: Again, Smarties candy is up front along with more lemon rind. A tart, funkiness is mid-palate, the obvious by product of the brett and lacto. Hay, grassy notes and somewhat of a chalky flavor is in the finish. As discouraging as that may sound it's actually quite nice.

M: Lots of bubbles, light bodied but very easy drinking. The only downfall is that all the carbonation makes me feel a bit full after a glass. Dry and crisp in the finish.

This was honestly a pleasant surprise for both of us. We agreed it was tasty despite having a deep complexity. But for a 4% ABV beer, this packs a lot of flavor and will definitely satisfy someone who wants a funky beer. Once again, this flavor profile plays out more like a Gueuze than anything.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with large white head. Scent is Extremely funky with Brett aroma and sweat. A bit of horse blanket and citrus. As disgusting as it may seem, this aroma is pleasantly inviting. Taste is funky barnyard flavors with hay, lemon peel, and a lot of citrus. The Brett also makes its appearance. Mouthfeel is light bodied, somewhat like the Reserve Wheat, but with a creamy finish. Nice and tart bite to it. Drinkability is VERY high, as this low ABV beer quenches the thirst and tickles the taste buds. Overall, this beer was amazing and gives me hope foe this Santa Barbara brewery. Crossing my fingers for great things in the future.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Urge Gastropub

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a pretty thin white head.

S: The smell reminded me a bit of consecration, but a bit lighter. Sour cherries, currants, and a little apple cider vinegar.

T: There's a bit of sourness upfront. Sour cherries and green apples followed by a bit of lemon and white wine. The sourness is nice, but a little too muted and light. The finish brings some malt flavors and some breadiness. Overall, a solid sour, but nowhere near the RR lineup.

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3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

The small tan head rose up quick, fading into a small, but whisp broken crown that hung out on the top for the remainder of the session. The aroma was intresting. Subtle notes of grapes, hints of light woody and oak notes and a decent, yet subtle touch of sweetness to it. where is my funk??I have to say though I was a little dissapointed as it came across a bit light and not as full as I would have thought. Same could be said for the taste, while nice, decent notes of oak and a touch of even waht seemed like vanilla mixed in with a light funk, I just was not impressed with it. Maybe it needs more time, not sure, but this was not really what I was looking for.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

The beer is golden hued and hazy, with a soft white head. The aroma brings a light helping of various fruits with a mild funk. The flavor is decent and enjoyable, but quite conservative. I could use more fruit, more funk, just more in general. The body is on the thin side. Overall, this was OK. It wasn't bad, but has the potential to be much better. I'd have it again

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Petit Obscura from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 44 ratings