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Otiose - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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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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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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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:33:44 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason or Chris - thanks to whomever it was. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Light tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lace. Murky dark brown colored body.

S - Smells a lot like a Flanders Oud Bruin, with malt, oak, and lactic sourness dominating. There's some nebulous fruit pulp in there, but I'd never guess guava from the aroma. Alcohol isn't apparent at all - would have guessed maybe 6%.

T - Again, a good amount of malt sweetness, with a brown ale profile that featured nuts, lightly toasted grains, and perhaps a hint of milk cocolate. Lactic acidity and oak abound, with some light tropical fruit flavors in the periphery. Not very acetic for a Bruery sour.

M - Smooth, medium body, with moderate carbonation. Dry and tannic finish, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - This is a pretty nice beer, and it's a step in the right direction for the Bruery sour program. It's nothing mind-blowing, but it's an enjoyable American spin on the Flanders Oud Bruin style. I'd drink this again, but I probably wouldn't actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 21:46:59 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 14:38:02 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 12:55:19 | More by jlindros
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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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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From being a RS member. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip, split with my brother tonight.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, oak, guava, some tropical fruits like passion fruit, acidic, and vinegar. Nice and sour, more sour vinegar than fruity.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, oak, spice, guava, vinegar, fruity malts, and passion fruit again. Lots of vinegar; again, nice and sour.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Some acidity in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall a pretty good sour beer, though I preferred Sans Pagaie. I found SP a nicer mix of fruit and sourness, while this leaned more towards vinegar and sourness. Still a nice beer I enjoyed, and look forward to my other bottles of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 05:08:21 | More by mdfb79
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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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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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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. Making our way through some nice Bruery beers tonight. Served in a Bruery tulip of course.

The beer is dark maple brown with an inch of tan head. Lasting retention and ample lacing.

The aroma brings mango, lacto properties, citrus, tropical fruits.

The flavor imparts some dark malt, with tropical fruits and a subtle bubble gum character. A bit of alcohol and sourness in the finish.

Sufficiently tart. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, this was fun and enjoyable. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:22:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 10:48:09 | More by thagr81us
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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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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:30:43 | More by woosterbill
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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 22:59:53 | More by rudzud
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:43:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 13:57:12 | More by ehammond1
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 04:01:02 | More by ngeunit1
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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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Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.