Otiose | The Bruery

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348 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
348
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.25%
 
 
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64
Gots:
103
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Ratings: 348 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beeradelphia
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of FullObs
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AApparel
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ediaz
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of Msquared2
5/5  rDev +25%

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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Otiose from The Bruery
4 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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