Obscura Vulpine | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Obscura VulpineObscura Vulpine

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The word vulpine means "like a fox." Here, we’re referring to the deep, reddish hues of Obscura Vulpine, a beer brewed especially for barrel aging. What goes into the wood as rich, malty, and ruby-colored, comes out a complex, sour, garnet ale. With notes of dried tart cherries, red currants, and oak, this is a beer as artful as our favorite forest canine.

Added by Halcyondays on 09-07-2011

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked/caged bottle served in a small Cantillon glass. Bought it in Oxnard and brought it home. It's a 2016 batch. The bottle says its 5.9%.

Pours reddish brown and moderately hazy. Not much head, not much carbonation. Smell is nice -- woody, tart, fruit/cherries.

Taste is less fruity, and more straightforward sour. Not bad, but not exciting.

Mouthfeel is very dry, thin. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The lacing on the surface eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and vanilla oak are present in the nose along with hints of cherries.
T: The taste has flavors of sour cherries with some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice balance between the sourness and cherries. It is a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is really crisp! Very sharply carbonated which causes the flavors to blend together. Has fruit notes of cherries and cranberries without being a fruity lambic. The wine barreling holds everything together and adds a subtle wood note

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Photo of RockAZ
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

New batch, it was brewed again. I don't usually review/rate sours because I feel I lack the palate but here it goes since this is one of the best I have had. Cherry nose and flavor, really like the subtle woodiness coming through. Sharp sour carbonation, tart not vinegar. No fruit used, but the wine barrel 18 month aging really shines through. A very refreshing and enjoyable sour beer, imho. I like it a lot. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New 2016 vintage 375ml cork and cage bottle served at cellar temps in a teku

Appearance: ruby red and hints of brown with plenty of carbonation, nice off white head.

Nose: sour cherries, vinous, strait lacto sourness, not terribly complex, other dark fruits like currants and cranberries

Taste: follows the nose very well. Not too sour but it is the one note Lacto sourness and no Pedio body that I can find. The fruity notes are very nice and the barrel does add a bit of complexity.

Overall: nice beer to enjoy on a hot day or while studying for a certification exam (hint hint). I would recommend this to a friend who likes lacto sours and doesn't want to get blown away by sour.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jkolls
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dominic4beer
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jessenimmo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of henskejk
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky reddish-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some malt and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a really acidic finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Obscura Vulpine from Telegraph Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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