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Otiose - The Bruery

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90
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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 61
Gots: 115 | 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:
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-02-2013 03:26:55 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-23-2013 22:12:50 | More by djrn2
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-14-2012 21:41:04 | More by nmann08
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-23-2013 23:24:49 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-10-2012 21:39:59 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-07-2012 00:08:51 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

01-13-2013 19:55:36 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-17-2013 23:42:37 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -1%

06-28-2012 06:15:37 | More by GRG1313
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-11-2013 15:17:31 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-27-2013 21:22:13 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-22-2013 06:32:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

07-17-2013 23:45:05 | More by nickfl
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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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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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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-13-2014 07:23:42 | More by SocalKicks
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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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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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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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Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.