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The Bruery Otiose

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Defined as "serving no practical purpose", the recipe for Otiose was developed during a rare break in the brewing schedule; a recipe we came up with to satisfy our own desires and nothing more. The result is a sour brown ale aged in oak barrels to which we added guava. Riddled with tropical notes which are balanced by it’s malty backbone, Otiose is a rich and decadent sour ale. 8.2%, Cellerable for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7028) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with drsordr and a couple others. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart/sour berries, tropical notes which I’m sure is the guava, sweetness, caramel, wood, acidic, nice combo of sweet/sour, very drinkable, glad I have more bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1540) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours hazy dark brown. Nose tart, some sweet malt, definite fruit character. Taste mild tart then nice sweeter character. Definite guava. Mid palate continues with the fruit. Light sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"nice murky mahogony brown pour. nice slightly funky aroma with sweet and sour guava present. acidic feel...really nice. flavor is significantly more sour than the aroma without losing any of the other aspects. Yet another wonderful beer from The Bruery!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a murky ruby reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is tart, vinegar, caramel, sweet. Flavor is grapes, fruits, sweet, woody. Finish is vanilla, wood, tartness and grapes. Lingering tartness and acetic acid. Medium body, weak carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle... Poured murky, deep brown with a mild forming off-white head. Aroma of lactic acid and tartness with mild barrel notes. Dry, sour, some charred grains and darker malts with a lively sourness and fruit character. Focuses and contained as far as the acidity. Complex and balanced. Nice drinking sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Huge thanks to Brett for sharing this bottle! Opaque, turbid red-orange pour with a decent off-white head. Nose and flavor hold unripe strawberry, guava, big balsamic and red wine vinegar, grape must, vin cotto, acetic acid, and hints of vanilla. The acidity works in this beer, but more fruit and less heaviness would have made it better. Still, a pleasure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5689) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
pours hazy light brown-red with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. vinous and fruity character - cherries, red grapes’ skin, other red fruitiness, lemon hints, layers of caramel and fruity-nutty maltiness, pinch of dirt, bit of sweetness balanced by a citric/lactic/acetic blend. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, gently tart and grassy-spicy finish. nice fruity sour. enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2178) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Pours a nice dark reddish-brown topped by a small oftwhite ring that offers some light lacing. Aroma of red fruits and light vinegar. Taste is fruity and really tart. Tartness hinders my capability to clearly identify any fruits. Body is light to medium. Nice and not too harsh but still a little unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3889) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). From Tom, thanks! Dark copper with reddish reflects, a medium beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, wood, acetic notes and caramel. Taste is about the same with the sourness being more present. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. A tad too acetic, but complex and fairly drinkable. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2595) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours burgundy/mahogany with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, berries, sourness. Taste is of red fruits, cherries. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Pretty good. Fruity, sour. A tad too acid. Not really complex beyond the fruits.

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