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Otiose - The Bruery

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 343
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.5%
Wants: 69
Gots: 107 | 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:
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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 343
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with slight brown highlights and had a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: noticed some acidic vinegary notes upon the first whiff with mild funk, slight citrus, and barely any guava character.

T: the guava character was more apparent on the taste but still mild alongside slight funk, a tad of citrus, some acidity, and pleasent tart accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a mild funky, slight fruity, citrusy, acidic, a nd tart finish.

O: I thought it was solid all around and definitely would get my hands on some more. Good job

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1230th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

Purchased from Provisions for $20

App- A semi clear maybe a slight hazy/murky brown color in the center with some orange and amber edges. For a sour it was nice to see a two finger mild khaki head form and fade. Left a little bit of cling on the sides.

Smell- Much like the other Bruery sours, has that distinct smell to it. A small bit of tart, damp, funk and a little bit of oak. I really couldnt tell from the nose it had any guava in it. Seemed just a bit middle of the road.

Taste- It's a tasty sour but it's missing something. I get more of the sour brown and oak than the guava. Maybe it just isnt as prevelant as I wouldve hoped. This was more of a malty sour with a soft sweetness.

Mouth- The body is a highpoint for me here. A nice full medium with a crisp sour and a large oak flavor. A bit sweet lingers around and then has a nice soft medium bubble activity.

Drink- This was a good sour, not great. Better than average. Just a bit plain is all. Doesnt pop or make you say WOW as most other Bruery sours do for me.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Clusterfork #3.

A: Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with a fine off-white head which leaves no lace.

N: Tropical fruit (guava) and passion up front with some oak notes present.

T: Guava and other tropical fruits combine with a mildly sour and tart astringency.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Initial sweetness gives way quickly to a mild sour finish.

O: Interesting. Not something I'd want to drink all the time, or a lot of, but good enough.

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Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly dark brown color. Generous frothy light beige head head that subsided fairly quickly.

Smell: Bready yeast aromas and guavas come through.

Taste: Sour citrus fruits and the guava fruit are upfront. The beer finishes with the Guava notes. The ISO:FT bottle I drank had more of a tropical fruit presence but this was tasty. The beer is balanced mid way between tart and sour.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. This beer had more carbonation than any of the Bruery sours I've had recently.

Overall: The guava works well in this beer. A good beer that I'm glad I picked up.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

Dark, cloudy, somewhat amber and brown in color with a very thin light khaki colored head that leaves the glass messy with stick.

A somewhat tart, sour note is predominant, along with a hint of funk, and authentic fruit character, though if given this blind, I'm not sure I would pick out guava immediately.

The moderate level of sourness leads the way, along with juicy, authentic, ripe guava character. The guava flavor lingers on and on on the palate long after the swallow. Quite nice. I think they nailed exactly what they were going for on this one.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Nice sour with authentic guava flavor. I think they nailed their concept of this beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pronounced something like "Oceaous" (like ocean).

On tap at 2012 RS Initiation party. Taster glass.

A: Pours a dark, amber brown with a ring of light stone head. So-so retention and no lacing.

S: Sour guava is predominant, a little malt and darker fruit are discernible as well.

T: Guava, some funk and earthy backbone, a little hint of red wine grape. A moderate sourness hits you right away and maintains level throughout the sip.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: The most interesting thing about this beer is how well the guava comes through. Very nice. Overall, an above average sour with good drinkability considering the level of sourness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Otiose from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.