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Otiose - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 64
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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mmcnaughton, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +23.5%

tbeq00, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

nmann08, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt.

Pours a nice dark brown with crimson highlights on the edges and a fizzy off white ring of head.

The smell is great, it has a great dose of guava and tropical fruit mixed with a pleasant funk and oaked aroma. Nice vinegar tinged aroma.

The taste is also bursting with flavor, nice rush of tropic fruit, good amount but not great amount of funk, good malt note and some bitter sour finish.

The feel is good, but not amazing, wish it was more sour on the palates but it is juicy.

Certainly another great sour from the Bruery.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Brew33, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -1.2%

roblund, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ediaz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to DovaliHops, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: deep reddish color with a creme colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: sweet sour nose. Oak comes through nicely and hints of guava are noted. Slight notes of red wine vinegar.

T: the guava really comes through big in the taste. Vinegar taste comes through. Oak comes through in the end to pull everything together nicely

M: medium body with a really comfortable low level of carbonation.

O: I'm a big fan of CCB Guava Grove and this is slightly better IMO. I'd have again.

ediaz, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By way of Unwanted Whales 4 BIF. 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Big fluffy 1 finger light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is dark brown clay. Lacing is thick but sparse with good cling. Solid.

Subtle tartness. Moderately aromatic. Don't really get guava from this one though. Some oakiness and acetate in the back. Some vinegar too. Slightly above average.

Opens tart vinegar. Red fruit, some funk and woodiness at the middle. Guava comes through a touch to lighten this one. Brett at the end with a big, tart finish and filmy, spicy, vinegar aftertaste. Nice.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and slightly oily in the mouth and abrasive and lively going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. This one's playfully light. Hides the high ABV really well.

Along with Marron Acidifie and Oude Tart, Otiose is another successful sour from the Bruery. The choice to add guava in a dark sour beer does well to lighten the feel and overall flavor of the brew. Stands out as something very different from its brethren. Worth a try!

SpeedwayJim, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Msquared2
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Msquared2, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown with two fingers of slightly brown fluffy head, dissapates nicley and leavs a bit of lacing.... You can see tight tiny carbonation bubbles running up the side of the glass.... The head never really dissapates past a nice fluffy film across tye top of the glass.

S: sour funk with some musty toasted oak notes and a hint of vinegar, there are some subtle nitty brown malt notes along with a light tropical fruit aroma that emerge as the beer warms... A nice smellin sour.

T: sour tropical funk with nice toasty oak notes, dry cherry skin tannins, much like the nose a nutty brown malt character comes out a bit as this warms and intermingles with the oak and sour cherry skin tannins. There is deffinatly a chocolate note in there as well along with A bit of vinegar on the finish... It seems the tropical fruit comes out a bi more in the aftertaste as well.

M: medium body with high/medium velvety carbonation, the oak and the tannins keep this dry, nice sour tropical fruit aftertaste that lingers for a moment.... Nice

O: this is a very nice, complex sour, with layers of unfolding deliciouness coming into play as this brew warms... Another excellent bruery sour. Toasty oak meets nutty brown and chocolate malts with a sour tropical funk... Yum.

PeterIngemi, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -1.2%

PthPndr, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of afksports
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

afksports, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

thagr81us, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to JRSD for getting it out to me. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

The Bruery's Otiose pours a very dark brown, while still falling noticeably short of black. The beer lightens to chestnut along the edge of the glass, and supports three fingers or so of khaki colored foam. Head retention is good, though lacing is very spotty. The nose is fairly balanced between acidity and tropical fruits, with a healthy dash of oak woven in to complete the picture. A lightly citric tartness is much dominant in the flavor profile, though dulled from being overbearing by the guava fruitiness. Oak is still present, but a bit more muted than in the nose. No real funk to speak of, this is one wild ale that's all sour. The body is nicely dry for an 8% plus beer, with a lightly bubbly carbonation. When I first read the description for Otiose, I wasn't particularly enthused. The Bruery's turned out a very solid sour beer with this offering though.

axeman9182, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ms11781, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bsuedekum, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in New York City.

Appearance is red-brown, small off white head. Its` nose has cherry, oak and vinegar; a decent amount of a tart aspect. The taste is tropical fruit, some more cherry and vinegar, pretty sour. It is rounded out by that wood and a sweetness. Mouthfeel is acidic with tannins and a dry finish. All things considered, a good sour beer.

mltobin, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of majaqua
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

majaqua, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of micstache
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

micstache, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

aasher, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
4/5  rDev -1.2%

hickmancase, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

AleWatcher, Jun 04, 2012
Otiose from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.