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Otiose - The Bruery

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 343
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 69
Gots: 107 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Photo of jvillefan
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep hazy brown that has a tinge of ruby to it. There is a very white lacy head.

S: There is a sour apple estery aroma. There is both sweet and sour aromas present.

T: Incredibly complex flavors. There is a sharp sour flavor that starts this off. There is some fruit flavors of grapefruit, guava, and grape in the middle. To finish it off, there is a sweet caramel malt flavor present.

M: A thick silky smooth body with a ton but pleasant amount of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Worth getting and trading for.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark rust brown color.

The nose has vinegar, oak, acetic sourness, tart sour fruit.

The flavor follows with strong vinegar, vinous notes, tartness, and then the beer suddenly explodes into a fresh tropical guava note. The guava and tropical grapefruit notes really flavor off the tartness well. A light sweetness on the finish.

A really interesting beer that utilizes guava very well.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark brown pour with about a finger of off white head. Active bubbles raise up through the liquid.

S: Big sour hit with a boozy undertone. The guava is very noticeable, which I hadn't expected. I very much enjoyed the sour Guava Grove from Cigar City, so I'm excited about how this smells.

T: The taste continues the aroma, but is bolstered by a much stronger brown ale characteristic than I expected. The roast at the very end of the taste is a strange, but interesting addition to an American Wild Ale. Aggressive acidity with a nice guava hint. The booze is still noted, but the melody of flavors hide it well.

MF: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The sweet and sour mix is deliciously drinkable. So sour it makes your mouth ater.

O: This was very nice. Another reason I'm glad I'm in the Reserve Society. Bruery is doing American Wild Ales right.

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Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

Pours a nice dark brown with crimson highlights on the edges and a fizzy off white ring of head.

The smell is great, it has a great dose of guava and tropical fruit mixed with a pleasant funk and oaked aroma. Nice vinegar tinged aroma.

The taste is also bursting with flavor, nice rush of tropic fruit, good amount but not great amount of funk, good malt note and some bitter sour finish.

The feel is good, but not amazing, wish it was more sour on the palates but it is juicy.

Certainly another great sour from the Bruery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown with two fingers of slightly brown fluffy head, dissapates nicley and leavs a bit of lacing.... You can see tight tiny carbonation bubbles running up the side of the glass.... The head never really dissapates past a nice fluffy film across tye top of the glass.

S: sour funk with some musty toasted oak notes and a hint of vinegar, there are some subtle nitty brown malt notes along with a light tropical fruit aroma that emerge as the beer warms... A nice smellin sour.

T: sour tropical funk with nice toasty oak notes, dry cherry skin tannins, much like the nose a nutty brown malt character comes out a bit as this warms and intermingles with the oak and sour cherry skin tannins. There is deffinatly a chocolate note in there as well along with A bit of vinegar on the finish... It seems the tropical fruit comes out a bi more in the aftertaste as well.

M: medium body with high/medium velvety carbonation, the oak and the tannins keep this dry, nice sour tropical fruit aftertaste that lingers for a moment.... Nice

O: this is a very nice, complex sour, with layers of unfolding deliciouness coming into play as this brew warms... Another excellent bruery sour. Toasty oak meets nutty brown and chocolate malts with a sour tropical funk... Yum.

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros thanks to our rs membership.

A - Poured into a standard Kate the Great tulip a hazy chestnut brown hue that is quite dark with a one finger head that leaves a nice thin blanket.

S - Aromas of delicious guava notes. Mmmmm so freaking good and inviting with lots of sour barrel notes.

T - Taste is delicious with lots of faint fruits, namely cherries, with faint guava notes. Delicious sour tart barrels with tons of barrel vanilla. This is delicious. Super lightly sour and invitingly delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the style and superdrinkable for the style with nice light puckering notes.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Glad I have extra bottles damn the bruery can make good sours!

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Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red brown color with 1+ finger of a light tan head with good retention. When held up to light, body is clear with good visible carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, leather, brown bread, tropical fruit, lacto, mild earth and vanilla.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Medium clean sourness with mildly roasted malt, cherry, oaky red wine, dark fruit and leather. Maybe a hint of vanilla in the finish as well. Not much in the way of guava though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: Really impressed by this one. I my expectations weren't super high for this one, but it ended up being one of the better Bruery sours I've tried and gives a nice twist on a traditional sour brown ale. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown red with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, guava, vanilla, oak, sour cherries and other dark fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, some lactic acid.

T - Sweet caramel malts, guava, sour cherries and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, funky Brett, lactic acid, bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, warming finish.

D - Great sour brown ale. Nicely balanced and the guava is a nice touch.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks Trxxpaxxs for a free bottle. Can't beat that price.

The beer pours a deep dark brown with a quarter inch of a dense tan head and a generous amount of lacing and murky looking sediment. The beer is quite effervescent and maintains a thin blanketing of head throughout drinking. The beer's nose is funky with lots of strong fruity esters and acetone and equally potent notes of a distinct guava. The taste is dank and sour with a hefty malt bill to bring balance and drinkability. It's really an impressive beer with initial sweetness, that's not distinctly guava, which changes as it trickles onto my palate and becomes this dry, tart beastly sour. The beer's %abv is not even a factor, almost completely masked by the beer's potent sourness. I'd place this beer as having a medium body with great fruit and sour characteristics that finishes super dry. I really enjoyed this beer and don't think I'd hold onto another bottle long enough to see how it ages...

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Photo of jeonseh
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, spring '12
HF Wine Glass

A: Pours murky reddish hued brown color. Initially got nearly a full finger of light tan head. Leaves some sticky lacing all over glass on the swirl. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Getting that fruit character, but not sure its Guava. Actually pulling some tart cherry akin to a Flanders Red but less sour. Some caramel malt sweetness is there too. Maybe a touch of Balsamic vinegar like character too?

T: Some Flanders like tartness up front. Maybe not quite as tart, just like what I smelled. The malt bill is there in the middle of the mouth. Pulling some of those caramel like sweet notes. Meshes well with the light sourness of the brew. Leads to the typical dry finish. But it's not bone dry. This beers 8% ABV is really hidden. Drinks really easy.

M: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Thanks Dan!

A: Hazy medium brown body with a finger of fine light brown head. Light lace.

S: Sharp acetic acid, vinous oak, and sour fruit. Cherry, grape, and vanilla. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose. Tart, fruity, vinous, and lightly oaky Lots of red grape, light vanilla. Clean, tart finish.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation. Good.

O: One of the better Bruery sours I've tried. Really enjoyable, in a hybrid AWA/Oud Bruin kind of way. Good stuff.


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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery tulip because I could. Beer is dark brown and hazy with a soft off white head of small bubbles some retention an some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is bright and sour with a malic sort of sourness with a mild tannic fruity and lactic aroma.

Beer is light in body and bright on the palate. Very carbonated. Beer has this nice tartness on the back end in the corners and is moderately sour. Beer is quite good. The guava isn't totally obvious though. Is have it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep clear reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some light vinous notes and some oak. Taste is a complex mix of guava with some tart and oak notes with some light vinous notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity with some good drinkability with the nice guava presence.

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Photo of ediaz
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to DovaliHops, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: deep reddish color with a creme colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: sweet sour nose. Oak comes through nicely and hints of guava are noted. Slight notes of red wine vinegar.

T: the guava really comes through big in the taste. Vinegar taste comes through. Oak comes through in the end to pull everything together nicely

M: medium body with a really comfortable low level of carbonation.

O: I'm a big fan of CCB Guava Grove and this is slightly better IMO. I'd have again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.4.12

A - Pours a dark brown-orange with a small light tan head that lingers around.

S - Not much, some hard to place sweetness and a slight funk.

T - Smooth funky tartness, sweetness from the guava.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to light body.

O - Subtle sour funk and a nice sweetness.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy oude brune color with massive head that took a few minutes to calm down.

S: Scents of lactic signature tart Bruery yeast with brown malt and champagne finishing yeast

T: Lactic sourness. Wow, this is more sour than I had expected and filled with the familiar sour guava sweet flavors mixing with oak barrel and wild yeast. Guava seed and pulp flavors really are predominant mixing with the oak barrel and lactic brett blend. I pick up tart cherry , sweet vomit and tropical mixed drink along with oak and brown malts. Really the brown ale is hardly showing its face through the fruit and yeast. This is basically what I had expected except more in my face than desirable.

M: Very highly carbonated with a light body.

O: Overall its a nice sour brown ale. Typical of Bruery sours, it has that metallic twang and oak flavor. I would prefer oude tart to this on first comparison, but will have to revisit oude tart soon to confirm this. Guava is a great flavor, but perhaps there is too much in here is my first thought.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 2012 bottle into teku,
Roughly 1 year in the cellar

A: Rich brownish red with a fluffy off-white head. Carbonation is apparent from rising bubbles.

S: A tinge of sour on the now, but mostly vanilla and oak.

T: Tart up front. Disappointingly no guava in the taste, but I assume that it's faded with a year on this bottle. As it warms up lots a warm vanilla and tobacco. The barrel characters really shine nicely in this beer.

M: Like most The Bruery beers, great mouthfeel. Loads of fizzy carbonation without overpowering. Smooth, barrel character leaving a fruity tart aftertaste.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. At first I was expecting more tart along the lines of Oude Tart but with a year in the cellar this beer has really transformed into a nice oak aged sour with refreshing tartness but still lots of barrel character, esspecially as it warms up. The tobacco and vanilla and oak take over nicely.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with slight brown highlights and had a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: noticed some acidic vinegary notes upon the first whiff with mild funk, slight citrus, and barely any guava character.

T: the guava character was more apparent on the taste but still mild alongside slight funk, a tad of citrus, some acidity, and pleasent tart accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a mild funky, slight fruity, citrusy, acidic, a nd tart finish.

O: I thought it was solid all around and definitely would get my hands on some more. Good job

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Otiose from The Bruery
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