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Otiose - The Bruery

Not Rated.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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.

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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 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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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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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 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 kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 stakem
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half inch tan head On a reddish brown body. Leaves a collar and a little lacing.

ReTARTed smelling. Fruits!

"Vinegary guava sour." Nice fruity notes. Tame tartness, I'd give it a 3 on the 10 point sour scale.

Well carbonated, medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

Pretty nice beginner sour here with good flavor. Hides the alcohol well. Don't expect world class and you won't be let down.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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.


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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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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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Otiose from The Bruery
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