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Otiose - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 64
Gots: 116 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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 davelag
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beagle75
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy, medium brown color with over one finger of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Floral and sharply oaky. Weak yeast funk is present but depth is lacking overall. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with oak, rye, cured tobacco, and moderate tartness. The middle turns toward the sweet as ripe generic fruit takes over. Wood is reasserted in the finish as other flavors become austere. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate for the style, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A respectable American wild ale, apparently inspired by Flanders-style sour beers but special in its own right. Oak outpaces fruit in all sensory categories, with the smell being the least developed. Flavors are much cleaner and focused on barrel and sour qualities, rather than brettanomyces complexity. This beer is as unapologetically original as Russian River's sour ales, and just as well crafted.

Photo of pschul4
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jsanford
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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1/5  rDev -75.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.