Otiose - The Bruery

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 70
Gots: 113 | FT: 13
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Otiose is an English word (pronounced ‘oh-shus’) which means “without practical purpose.” It was a beer developed by our brewers during a rare space in the brewing schedule simply to satisfy their own cravings for a sour brown ale fermented with guava. Rich with tropical notes and balanced by a mellow roast, this beer brings your mind directly to a decadent Hawaiian luau, complete with the roasted pig.
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Ratings: 336 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike, Tim, and Ron for the split! Otiose pours a deep and murky mahogany color with some faint tints of ruby here and there. Lots of big, yeasty sediment chunks floating around everywhere, with a beige-gray head that plumes up quite quickly and then disassembles itself almost just as fast. Kind of ugly to look at, to be honest... but, what can you do?

The nose is largely a sour combination of vinegar, mild tropical fruit, cherry skins, and lacto yeast tartness banging on all cylinders. I said "tropical fruit", because the fruity essence is certainly more tropical than citric - but I wouldn't not be able to pull guava out of this explicitly. I know what guava smells like, and while Otiose's nose is largely tropical, I'm not specifically getting guava.

Similarly, the taste has a large fruit presence that is most certainly of the tropical persuasion, but doesn't capture the exact melody of the fruit in which it claims to have. Still, it smells quite nice. Other flavors walking the fruity line include more cherries (with a large tannic element) and a healthy bit of sour lemon flesh near the finish.

Vinegar is strong, but less strong on the palate, as it's balanced more evenly with the amped up fruit, as well as a large oak character that charges in without heed, even growing slightly vinous near the end. Sour and delicious, finishing with a dry oak-y and lemon-like acidity that's sharp, but not strong enough to burn your guts. Thin-medium bodied, carbonated well; soft, easy going mouth feel for the style.

Another good sour from the Bruery, although I don't know if I liked this one as much as Oude Tart. It was unique, with a nice tropical fruitiness, but I would have liked the "guava" to be more defined. Still highly drinkable, and not a touch of the 8.2% ABV was noticeable. Thanks again to the guys for splitting this one, glad I had a chance to try it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary acidic sourness with some fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some fruity tartness. There's quite a bit of acidity and some wood and some mouth-puckering sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour. A little too sweet for me.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

Dark, cloudy, somewhat amber and brown in color with a very thin light khaki colored head that leaves the glass messy with stick.

A somewhat tart, sour note is predominant, along with a hint of funk, and authentic fruit character, though if given this blind, I'm not sure I would pick out guava immediately.

The moderate level of sourness leads the way, along with juicy, authentic, ripe guava character. The guava flavor lingers on and on on the palate long after the swallow. Quite nice. I think they nailed exactly what they were going for on this one.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Nice sour with authentic guava flavor. I think they nailed their concept of this beer.

Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark walnut brown with a slight red hint. A light brown head sits on top.

S - Lactic acid and tart cherry that reminds me of a Flanders. There is a slight tropical fruit presence that comes thru with the guava as well as some oak near the back end

T - Tart up front with lactic acid, lemon, and light funk. There is cherry and tropical fruit that comes thru that gives it a twist from a normal Flanders. The back end was some light tartness, lingering funk and slight oak.

M - Tartness up front with lots of carbonation that gives it bite. As it goes on it becomes rather dry which lingers in the tongue as well as some funk flavors.

O - One of the better Breuey sours with a good amount of tartness and a unique twist to a typical Flanders with the guava added.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By way of Unwanted Whales 4 BIF. 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Big fluffy 1 finger light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is dark brown clay. Lacing is thick but sparse with good cling. Solid.

Subtle tartness. Moderately aromatic. Don't really get guava from this one though. Some oakiness and acetate in the back. Some vinegar too. Slightly above average.

Opens tart vinegar. Red fruit, some funk and woodiness at the middle. Guava comes through a touch to lighten this one. Brett at the end with a big, tart finish and filmy, spicy, vinegar aftertaste. Nice.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and slightly oily in the mouth and abrasive and lively going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. This one's playfully light. Hides the high ABV really well.

Along with Marron Acidifie and Oude Tart, Otiose is another successful sour from the Bruery. The choice to add guava in a dark sour beer does well to lighten the feel and overall flavor of the brew. Stands out as something very different from its brethren. Worth a try!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Good white head. Nice lacing. Dark reddish body.

Smell - Fruity. I guess it's guava, but I don't know that I'd know that without reading the label. More raspberry to me. Acidic.

Taste - Intense acidity. Demolishes the fruitiness. It comes back to a cherry flavor in the finish, but this is a sour bomb.

Mouthfeel - Very acidic and dry. Overly so and at the expense of the flavors I'd like to come out more.

Overall - Doesn't live up to its aroma. Sourness kills the flavor. Otherwise clean and decent.

Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly dark brown color. Generous frothy light beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Bready yeast aromas and guavas come through.

Taste: Sour citrus fruits and the guava fruit are upfront. The beer finishes with the Guava notes. The ISO:FT bottle I drank had more of a tropical fruit presence but this was tasty. The beer is balanced mid way between tart and sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. This beer had more carbonation than any of the Bruery sours I've had recently.

Overall: The guava works well in this beer. A good beer that I'm glad I picked up.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip (proper!). Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, tart cherry, wood, guava, and subtle vinegar. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart, sour, wood, fruit, tart cherry, dark fruit, and subtle passion fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The look on this one really reminded me of Consecration if I am honest. There was really a lot going on in this one to keep your nose and palate guessing what to expect next. The carbonation was a little high from what I am used to but still helped to make the brew a little more palatable as it felt like scrubbing bubbles on your tongue. It you like Consecration, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at Provisions May 12, 2012

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark and hazy red-brown with over two fingers of pale orangy-tan head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sour green grapes, sweet red apples and yes, some guava, but I doubt I would have picked up the guava specifically without knowing it was in there. Some nice woody funk is there too.

Taste. Nice sour and tart fruits. Apples, berries, lemons, and some tropical exotic fruits too. Some light funk and wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium amount of fine and smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer. Sour, and nice unique fruit flavours here. Loved it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown/amber with a small amount of off-white head

S - Sour, some funk and a big oak aroma.

T - Sour and lots of oak. Very dry. I can't pick out the guava at all. Although this was a very simple and uninteresting sour, it was one of the more drinkable ones that I have had. I enjoyed this one despite its lack of complexity.

M - Light to med body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of jsanford
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a fizzy ivory head that settles to a thin ring and very wispy haze. Definitely smells like a Bruery beer, exhibiting their signature house funk, oak, sour fruits (doubt I would have guessed "guava", but ok), a touch of dark malt, and some vinegar. Taste is just as bracingly sour, with more vinegar and tart tropical fruit, more signature Bruery yeast, a touch of citrus, and a moderately roasty malt profile. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, ample carbonation, and a dry, puckering finish. Pretty intensely sour, honestly. Overall a neat sour, really pleased to try something so unusual.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with a couple fingers of frothy white head. spotty lacing down the glass.

Lots of tartness in the aroma. Don't pick up much guava, but there is some citrus and a little darker malt to go along with the usual bugs.

Similar flavors to the aroma. Some bready malt. A little bit of citrus and tropical fruit although guava is not one I pick up on. There is some oak and sourness.

High carbonation levels. Medium bodied. Would not have guessed this one was 8.2%

Enjoyable beer although I've had better. I enjoyed the flavors, but yet again fail to get guava out of a beer that supposedly has it.

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with over a finger of off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: A bit lighter than most sour browns I've had. Definitely getting the tropical fruit and oak. I'm getting a mild funky with a touch of vinegar as well.

Taste: Follows from the smell with more tropical fruit. The guava is very nice with the sour notes. The oak is prevalent as well with some vinegar like sourness. The finish is fruity, oaky, and slightly funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the milder side with an extremely dry finish.

Overall: I was impressed by how well the tropical fruit went with the dark sour notes. The oak was quite good as well. I'm glad I have a few more of these stored away.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Clusterfork #3.

A: Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with a fine off-white head which leaves no lace.

N: Tropical fruit (guava) and passion up front with some oak notes present.

T: Guava and other tropical fruits combine with a mildly sour and tart astringency.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Initial sweetness gives way quickly to a mild sour finish.

O: Interesting. Not something I'd want to drink all the time, or a lot of, but good enough.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a large, fizzy and frothy off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with generic tart fruitiness with underlying toasted/caramelized brown maltiness. As it warms I can detect some darker fruits including light fig and there is also a light oak, acidic and lactic presence in the background.

The tastes begin pleasantly oak a malt heavy, with a definite acetic, malt vinegar flavor joining soon after. As it warms I get some tropical and dark fruitiness, but a real secondary flavor compared to the generic sourness and brown malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with medium frothy carbonation. The finish has a balanced acidity and is quite easy drinking for being 8.2% ABV.

Overall this was a quality sour which I would purchase on a semi-regular basis due to the quality balanced flavor profile. Many people just want their beers super sour and do not enjoy the malt playing a factor but I am one that appreciates a quality malt backbone in any beer regardless of style. Reminds me of a toned down version of Marron Acidife from the same brewers.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to bigsippin for helping this get to me.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed light brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention isn't very good and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Boatload of fruits in this. Big kiwi and strawberry (or maybe just the guava). Melon and a light citrus. Super tart with plenty of acetic acid, but also a good bit of lactic as well. Caramel, oak, rotting wood, and maybe some toastiness.

4.0 T: Lot going on in the taste. Solidly tart with a formitable acetic acid (which is the usual for the Bruery). Lots of unripened fruit notes. Tangy lactic acid and fruitiness - strawberry, kiwi, melon, and of course, guava. Not toasty, but something along those lines. Caramel, oak, and a mild tannic astringency. Fairly sweet, but not too sweet. Just right. Normally I like a lot of funk in my sours (which this has little of), but the fruitiness plays well with the "brown components."

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Upper end of normal for the carbonation. Lightly spritzy. Smooth enough for how acetic it is.

4.0 D: This is tasty. Probably my favorite Bruery sour of the year (of which I've had many).

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of either Rempo or claaark13. Regardless, huge thanks to both of them since they were both kind enough to hook me up with bottles.

This beer pours a light medium bodied dark, dirty brown in color with a one finger creamy beige colored head. The head dissipated within a couple minutes. The nose is nice, with some slight brown malty sweetness and a light slightly acetic tartness. It has a fleshy fruit character but I wouldn't necessarily say that it's guava. The oak is apparent and it also features fleshy white grape skins and has a nice level of sour resonating in the after taste. It drinks fine for the style and the alcohol isn't present but it does have a slight vinegar tinge as you go on. Overall this is a decent sour brown. I didn't buy it so I don't know the price point but I am glad that I have another bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a decent light tan head. Nose has a bit of guava an some slight acidity. Flavor pushes more acidity along with guava and light earth. Light and very dry. Much better than Sans P., IMO, but still not a huge winner.

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also shared with rudzud since the bible tells me so.

Nice creamy 1/2 finger head, fades semi slowly with nice head, hazy cola murky brown slight reddish sediment laden beer.

Nose great Flanders red, dark caramel malts, slight reddish. Great sour malt, tart fruit, some sour cherry and tart guava, little tart berry, and just a bit of funk. Just a touch of vanilla oak.

Taste starts light brown malts again, caramel reddish toasty, great sour malts, tart fruits, sour cherry, light soured guava, little raspberry even. Nice oak, toasty and vanilla, little brown sugar like sweetness, dusty oak, cherry vanilla caramel flavors, nice acidity, and little booze. Finish is a bit flemmy and acidic, nice lingering sour fruits and oak.

Mouth is fuller to med bodied, decent carb and soft booze, nice acidity.

Overall very nice, great tart sour fruits, nice vanilla dusty oak, nice malt balance to the sour fruit, good acidity, very tasty.

Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Darker rusty brown pour with a finger or so of off-white head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, dotting the glass with lace. Aroma of fruity esters, unripe pineapple, soured grains, earthy funky, notes of acetic acid and acetone. In the taste, caramel malts and unripe tropical fruits, moderate pithy and acetic sourness, toasted grain, mineral, with some acetone and mediciny notes in there that didn't seem quite right. Medium body, tingly carbonation. Kind of messy and a bit off overall, I thought, but not undrinkable. I wouldn't want more than a taster.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with off white almost tan head.

Smell: Fruity, vinegar, tartness.

Taste: Mild tart with moderate vinegar presence. The guava doesnt quite taste like gauva; its more of a vague sugary fruit that actually helps to balance the tart and vinegar. The barrel give a hint of wood notes closer to the finish of the beer.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Had CCB Guava grove(the sour version of the beer) a long time ago and did not think much of that beer. This beer is a huge improvement from the previous mentioned CCB beer. All that said with my second guava tried; I am not yet convinced that gauva is that greatest choice for a specific fruit to brew with. Still open to trying other beers brewed with guava though.

Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna-like brown color. Produced a small cap of white froth. Good lacing.

(S)- A deep raisin, prune, and spicy oak acidity. Tiny hints at vanilla. Very very dry.

(T)- Similar to the smell. a nice spicy oak and dark fruit vinegar acidity combo.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle tartness, but a definite dark fruit/oak/vinegar profile similar to a Flanders style.

(O)- Another solid sour by the Bruery. As I mentioned earlier, quite Flanders-like in style with a good profile. I think that in comparison to Marron Acidifie, Marron is a bit better if comparing similar beer profiles.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

With a name like that, I just had to grab the dictionary, and the only kind definition given is "being at leisure", while everything else tends toward the negative: "Idle", "indolent", "ineffective or futile", and "superfluous or useless". I'm hoping they're going for the first one... Regardless, this stuff pours a brackish ruby-garnet topped by a half-finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, tart fruits (particularly black cherry and dank raspberry), a hint of red apple skin, light clove (I think, anyway...), a bit of oak, and a light vein of sweetness I can't fully pin down at the moment. The taste brings in more of the same, with the vinegar coming through stronger, bolstered by the sour fruits, and that aforementioned sweet vein now fuller and more easily identifiable as mild vanilla bean. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a damn fine sour beast, one that verges on o'erwhelming without getting there. Get some.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Reserve Society Party 2012

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. The guava comes through a bit too aggressively for my liking. It gives off an almost perfume quality to the nose. Tart vinegar and a mild malt and fruit sweetness. The perfume is even more...robust on the palate and is quite off-putting to me. A nice tartness along with the fruit notes and a touch of leather. Maybe some kiwi and passion fruit going on in there.

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1230th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

Purchased from Provisions for $20

App- A semi clear maybe a slight hazy/murky brown color in the center with some orange and amber edges. For a sour it was nice to see a two finger mild khaki head form and fade. Left a little bit of cling on the sides.

Smell- Much like the other Bruery sours, has that distinct smell to it. A small bit of tart, damp, funk and a little bit of oak. I really couldnt tell from the nose it had any guava in it. Seemed just a bit middle of the road.

Taste- It's a tasty sour but it's missing something. I get more of the sour brown and oak than the guava. Maybe it just isnt as prevelant as I wouldve hoped. This was more of a malty sour with a soft sweetness.

Mouth- The body is a highpoint for me here. A nice full medium with a crisp sour and a large oak flavor. A bit sweet lingers around and then has a nice soft medium bubble activity.

Drink- This was a good sour, not great. Better than average. Just a bit plain is all. Doesnt pop or make you say WOW as most other Bruery sours do for me.

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Otiose from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.