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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle from Wholefoods. Hazy deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Malty slightly sour fruit aroma and taste with green apple notes up front and a musty earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 Cider and honey nose with light green grapes. Taste is lightly sweet, lots of apple, some light sugars, a touch of lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle. Beer pours out sizzling, the head sizzled upon the beer hitting the glass and very quickly sizzled to absolutely nothing whatsoever. Not even a single...oh, wait...there are two clear bubbles left, clinging to the side of the glass. As this beer is the color of apple juice, it looks identical to glass of apple juice at the current moment. Whatís this...hmmm...the nose is practically a split image of apple juice. Slightly tart and straight up apply. Flavors are super light, a touch of apple sweetness, a touch of apple tartness, not much of anything else. Very watery light body...sparkling carbonation. If i tasted this blind, I would say itís martinelliís sparkling apple juice that someone diluted with sparkling water. Will be interesting to keep a few of these around for a year or three to see what the brett and lacro end up doing...right now, theyíre influence is very understated save a very faint whisper of some funk way way underneath this. I appreciate what theyíre going for here and thereís no denying that itís a refreshing concoction..but Iím wanting there to be more to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2011
759 thanks to BMan1113VR. Light aroma. Refreshing taste. Not distinctly sour by any means. Some fruity sweetness. Very much an excellent take on the small beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14093) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours med gold with a slight white head. Very mild sourish aroma. Mediumish body. Flavor is lightly sour and a bit wheaty. Finishes a hint salty. Qualifies as quite light and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours clear beery urine withalmost no head and a light floral aroma. There is a sour pale malt flavor , a little thin, as you would expect of a small beer, yet quite tasty. A unique brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle (batch 68). Pours with a hazy golden body with a small head that quickly fades. Aroma is lactic with plum skins, pitted fruits, stone fruit (peaches and nectarines mainly), cherry, pulots, white wine and passion fruit. Floral, perfumy with notes of honey. Flavor is lightly tart and lightly grainy with some acidity and light fruit. Lingering tropical fruit/passion fruit notes. I wish the acidity is a bit sharper (this seems like a fairly young sour). A bit thing with soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. I think Iíd rather have this on a summer day than their Reserve Wheat. Dry and quenching.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
City Beer Store, Telegraph Wild Ale Tasting (1/20/11). Another interesting effort from Telegraph. This is probably the best small beer that Iíve tried, but even this one still had that sorta watery feel and mild, washed out caramel flavor. That said, this beer also has some subtle notes that evince a degree of complexity not seen in most small beers. The beer has a great gentle fruitiness with notes of grapes, peaches and apples. Light caramel. Light funk. Very light tartness but an underlying sour flavor, separate from the pucker of a normal sour. This would be a very enjoyable session beer, and I hope that it manages to develop even further complexity with a brief stint in the cellar.

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