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Otiose - The Bruery

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 61
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of John11486


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-13-2012 17:10:36 | More by John11486
Photo of russwbeck


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

A: Clear, dark brown pour with about a finger of off white head. Active bubbles raise up through the liquid.

S: Big sour hit with a boozy undertone. The guava is very noticeable, which I hadn't expected. I very much enjoyed the sour Guava Grove from Cigar City, so I'm excited about how this smells.

T: The taste continues the aroma, but is bolstered by a much stronger brown ale characteristic than I expected. The roast at the very end of the taste is a strange, but interesting addition to an American Wild Ale. Aggressive acidity with a nice guava hint. The booze is still noted, but the melody of flavors hide it well.

MF: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The sweet and sour mix is deliciously drinkable. So sour it makes your mouth ater.

O: This was very nice. Another reason I'm glad I'm in the Reserve Society. Bruery is doing American Wild Ales right.

09-12-2012 23:59:35 | More by russwbeck
Photo of brotherliam


5/5  rDev +23.5%

09-08-2012 21:48:18 | More by brotherliam
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.93/5  rDev -3%

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).

09-05-2012 00:55:08 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jaasen64


4.05/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle shared during my cellar cleaning three days ago. Thanks to axeman9182 for this one. Reviewed from hand written notes while drinking. Poured into Lawson's tulip and split 4 ways.

A- Pours a pretty much opaque dark cherry brown with a little over a half finger of light off-white mocha brown head that slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving decent lacing. Average to slightly below average carbonation.

S- Mixed fruits with definitely some guave in there, decently tart with a tiny bit of earthiness and maybe a little bit of oak. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lightly sweet guava with some brown sugar, finishing with some tart sourness. Decent, well balanced, not too much tartness but definitely a decent amount present.

M- Fairly light, nice carbonation, very easy to drink especially considering the 8.2% abv.

O- This was a decent wild ale flavored with melons. There was a nice sweet melon presence to it that finished with a decent tartness that wasn't overly strong. Definitely easy to drink. Not sure if I'd pay $20 for this, but it was nice to try.

09-01-2012 20:20:43 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-29-2012 01:22:32 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

08-28-2012 23:29:47 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of beerpadawan


4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-27-2012 07:05:36 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of Callmecoon


4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-26-2012 21:20:39 | More by Callmecoon
Photo of scottiethebody


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-24-2012 19:10:26 | More by scottiethebody
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

08-24-2012 18:39:24 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Beeradelphia


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

08-22-2012 08:25:27 | More by Beeradelphia
Photo of Duff27


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

08-21-2012 23:43:08 | More by Duff27
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

08-21-2012 21:32:57 | More by mothman
Photo of kk73


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-21-2012 07:54:44 | More by kk73
Photo of FullObs


4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-20-2012 17:26:06 | More by FullObs
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

08-12-2012 05:08:21 | More by mdfb79
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

08-10-2012 05:43:43 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of AApparel


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-05-2012 22:31:50 | More by AApparel
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured into a Schlafly snifter from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark mahogany brown with a nice 1 inch very light tan head. There are some dense bubbles but they aren't as sticky and as it recedes it doesn't really leave lacing.

Tons of fruit sour notes start off with some nice vinegar notes as well. The fruit sweetness is very delicate but delicious. I can definitely notice the dark sugary notes of the guava fruit. The sweetness and tart vinegar notes play well together and there are some nice yeasty notes as well.

Flavor is intensely tart. Very strong vinegar notes with some malty grain notes and slight roast. There are some slight sweet fruit notes in the taste but they get overwhelmed mostly by the tartness. As the beer warms however they come to a better balance with the underlain sweetness. Woody notes are also perceived. The sweetness is definitely deep and reminiscent of the guava fruit. Body is crisp, tart and dry with some slight funk to it.

Pretty good sour but then again The Bruery knows how to brew them. Nice intense tartness. Not for the sour newbs but very well crafted.

08-03-2012 22:57:53 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-02-2012 23:24:30 | More by johnnnniee
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-01-2012 16:59:05 | More by JMRSN
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

07-27-2012 22:15:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of drabmuh


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

07-26-2012 14:38:02 | More by drabmuh
Photo of mmcnaughton


4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-25-2012 01:36:15 | More by mmcnaughton
Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.