1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Otiose - The Bruery

Not Rated.
OtioseOtiose

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

320 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 320
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 63
Gots: 114 | FT: 13
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:
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.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Photo of majaqua
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of micstache
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of hickmancase
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of amrozga
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rtaps
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tjfinkle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlexM
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DoctorB2B
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Miamilice
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of kevboat
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that looks ruby red when held up to the light. Large, cream colored white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is quite tart with some red wine vinegar. Quite the acidic aroma. Not much guava…but definitely some oak and cherries. Taste is where the quava comes in…still was hoping for more though. Lovely acidic notes with a ton of oak and some red wine characteristics. Not overly sour, with a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gum reducing acid feel. Drinkability is high…alcohol is WELL hidden. Overall, not the best sour from the bruery…but a great beer!

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: brown mahogany pour, small head
Smell: A bit acidity, some tart and funky notes but very simple, not that complex
Taste: Oak, vinegar, malts. I didn't get any guava and found it a bit one-dimensional
Mouthfeel: medium body, perhaps a bit heavy and the carbonation is a notch too high
Overall: Not that impressive, I prefer la folie or something similar.

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at Provisions May 12, 2012

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark and hazy red-brown with over two fingers of pale orangy-tan head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sour green grapes, sweet red apples and yes, some guava, but I doubt I would have picked up the guava specifically without knowing it was in there. Some nice woody funk is there too.

Taste. Nice sour and tart fruits. Apples, berries, lemons, and some tropical exotic fruits too. Some light funk and wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium amount of fine and smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer. Sour, and nice unique fruit flavours here. Loved it.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with a couple fingers of frothy white head. spotty lacing down the glass.

Lots of tartness in the aroma. Don't pick up much guava, but there is some citrus and a little darker malt to go along with the usual bugs.

Similar flavors to the aroma. Some bready malt. A little bit of citrus and tropical fruit although guava is not one I pick up on. There is some oak and sourness.

High carbonation levels. Medium bodied. Would not have guessed this one was 8.2%

Enjoyable beer although I've had better. I enjoyed the flavors, but yet again fail to get guava out of a beer that supposedly has it.

Otiose from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.