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Otiose - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012)
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks pat

Dark amber-brownish color with thin layering of white head on top, fades into a few traces of film and lacing.

Stark sourness in the nose with funky yeast and tropical fruits. A bit of oaked wine, warming alcohol and earthiness. Hints of acid and vinegar.

Intensely sour on the tongue with acidity and hints of malt vinegar. Guava and tropical fruit add a touch of sweetness, but the beer remains pretty aggressive on the palate. Red wine, oak, hint of leather. Finishes dry and slightly rough.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, extremely bubbly and full on the tongue. This one was a bit of a miss for me - a little too harsh and abrasive in feel and balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 13:14:28 | More by xnicknj
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:02:14 | More by Rifugium
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had good sours from The Bruery and I'm in the mood for the style.

Not paired with food. Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head - a bit thin - of nice cream and good retention. Body colour is a dark caramel-brown. Nontransparent; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A typical appearance for the style; there's nothing unique or special.

Sm: Fermented pineapple, tropical fruit esters, brown sugar, and traces of sourness. Too heavy on the pineapple. Kind of off-putting. An above average strength aroma.

T: Tart sourness hints on the climax. Caramel and fermented tropical fruit comprise the foundation. Little bacterial/wild yeast notes. Not particularly puckerworthy on the sour side of things. A weird medicinal note in the third act accompanies some acidity. Any oak is minimal. Balanced but underwhelming; I expect more complexity and subtlety in a sour. Some mellow malty notes in the late second act help guide it, but the backbone just isn't there.

Mf: A bit creamy. Coarse and tingly. Overcarbonated. Wet. Good thickness. Acidic.

Dr: Drinkable for its well hidden high ABV. It's quite pricey though. I wouldn't get this again; there are far better sours to be had at this price point - even from the same brewery. I'm glad I tried it, but it just doesn't bring the sourness and tartness as much as I'd like.

B-

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:13:50 | More by kojevergas
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 21:04:02 | More by womencantsail
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: brown mahogany pour, small head
Smell: A bit acidity, some tart and funky notes but very simple, not that complex
Taste: Oak, vinegar, malts. I didn't get any guava and found it a bit one-dimensional
Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a bit heavy and the carbonation is a notch too high
Overall: Not that impressive, I prefer la folie or something similar.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 18:28:57 | More by craytonic
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 14:52:37 | More by sweemzander
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 05:40:10 | More by Beaver13
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FosterJM

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:57:45 | More by FosterJM
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:29:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 19:53:16 | More by Thorpe429
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours mahogany with a large somewhat fizzy and frothy off-white head. Leaves a bunch off spotty disorganized lacing.

S: Acetic acid, brown malt, light fig, minor citrus.

T: Oak a malt heavy, with a definite acetic acid play, malt vinegar. Similar to a lot of other The Bruery sours. Some tropicality, but a real secondary flavour, the guava is hard to find.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, balanced medium acidity. Fairly easy drinking for how big it is. The 8.2% never really comes into play.

O: A good sour beer, but for $20/bottle, I expect some more than just good.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:47:45 | More by Halcyondays
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scottfrie

California

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Snifter, reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy dark raisin brown color with a very short lived light brown head that faded into a thin but long-lasting collar. I get dark fruits, vanilla and lightly tart notes of berries and acid on the nose. The carbonation is soft but very frothy on my palate. Acid bites at my tongue but the mouthfeel is buttery and greasy. Full body. Flavors follow the nose with the addition of red fruits and a bit of apple. I thought this was nothing special but it’s not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 16:43:25 | More by scottfrie
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in bruery snifter. The brew appears a dark brown with 3 fingers worth of thick khaki head. Some ruby clarity is noted when held to the light. A bit of patchy suds of lace stick to the glass and a swirl brings back a finger.

The smell is cheesy and funky with some fruited element that are minorly tropical along with earth and soft almost vanilla or caramel grain.The malt backing provided a nice contrast to the fruit and tart smell. As it warms up, acetone starts to poke through with hints of nail polish remover.

The taste has some caramel and vanilla sugar traces almost like figs, dates and molasses before getting sharp with lemony lactic acidity. There is a bit of lingering roast element almost a bit like bready grain towards the back. I think this brew has a very nice depth of compexity and despite having acetone in the nose, it is hidden pretty well in the flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A pretty nice brew overall. There is just something about the dark burnt sugary quality of this brew that really plays well with the sharp acidity. The alcohol is masterfully hidden making this efforlessly drinkable. I find some Bruery sours to have an awkward amount of vinegar, this one does not have that which might be why I enjoyed it so much.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 14:47:08 | More by stakem
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:15:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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harrymel

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian and Athena

Brown with blood rose tones. Smells like lemon, guava (turns out it has it in the beer), light vinegar. Tart, quite tart and some cherries, some lemon and a little white vinegar. Thin with cloying character and dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 07:06:28 | More by harrymel
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nondescript dark brown with a fairly thin head. Not much to look at.

Nose is a mix of dark sweet fruity malt (plums maybe?) and bright acidity. Hints of maple and ketchup.

Taste opens fruit and wood, fades to a more pure sourness, ends fruity again with some yeastiness. Fairly dry and woody in aftertaste. Overalls an excellent mix of sourness and sweet fruit.

Feel is rich, creamy, well carbed, good.

Good beer! Simar to La Folie but less good.

7.8/10

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:26:23 | More by AlexFields
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:12:51 | More by oline73
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jsanford

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:57:25 | More by jsanford
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 18:39:24 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 23:52:36 | More by SpeedwayJim
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that's just about black with a huge fluffy beige head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top and lots of stickies on the sides. Smells of sour and funk. Sweaty horse blankets meets tart cherries and lemons with a distant but solid aroma of dark sugary malt. The flavor is quite tart, lots of lemon and lactic acid up front. There's a solid brown sugar and caramel malt backing and some distant hints of vanilla and oak. Tart tropical fruit and a hint of earth rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and sweet tart puckering mouthfeel. Nice American sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:24:30 | More by johnnnniee
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:55:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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Rinkor16

California

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with my 2 brothers and sister-in-law.

A: A dark brownish red with very little head around the edge.

S: Smells of fruit and a little funk. Not quite sure what fruit...

T: Fruity and then instantly tart. The Guava isn't really noticeable. I can't quite pick it out.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed it. I wouldn't seek it out, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 18:06:10 | More by Rinkor16
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with no head and no lace. Smell is sour/tart/and funky with some fruity aromas. I really can't pick out guava though. Taste is also sour/tart/and funky with fruit flavors. There is an extremely sour and acidic aftertaste. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a super crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour but it's pretty intense.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 23:38:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in New York City.

Appearance is red-brown, small off white head. Its` nose has cherry, oak and vinegar; a decent amount of a tart aspect. The taste is tropical fruit, some more cherry and vinegar, pretty sour. It is rounded out by that wood and a sweetness. Mouthfeel is acidic with tannins and a dry finish. All things considered, a good sour beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 17:14:47 | More by mltobin
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Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.