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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (3100) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml bottle from Reserve Society. Pink / red color with no head in a snifter. Nose is red wine vinegar, tart cherry and yeasty funk. Flavor is not what I want in a sour. Sharp vinegar notes, real astringent oak and overripe fruit. For me I wouldn’t drink this again. I see why some people like it but... Not this guy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (2523) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Reddish dark brown. Decent lacing. Nose is cherries, oak, peaches and acetic vinegar. Insanely sour, very tart and oily finish. Grapefruit sort of sourness. fruity finish. just too intense for me. Glad I’m splitting it 4 ways.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
750 ml bottle from BroCanSail. Thanks, Andrew! Been waiting to pop this for awhile. Memorial Day Fun Day? Why not. Pours a nice darker brownish pour, a good darker middle and body, the copper brown glow and rusty red hues come out on the bottom and edges more. Brownish thicker filmy layer atop stays firmly sized, sticks around and laces ok. Aromas are potent sour cherries, red wine, and oak. Good tangy vinegar feel, quite tart, the guava gives a blast of tropical fruit over the top, giving this that American juicy spin. Also making it more complex, the guava really make this, adding some balsamic elements, touch of carmelization. Sour cherries, lactic acidity, lemon, tropical fruit and guava, firm oak. Bretty funk more mellow, the fruit presence grabs me. Initial is medium bodied, some good fruity vibrany up front, not as sour as the nose let on. Some guava, cherries, and pie fruit. Firm sour and tartness, lemon, sour cherries, and gentle cranberry. Some leathery funk, balsamic elements in the middle. A medium good sourness, lactic and cherry, some red wine, firm oak as we round the corner. A touch thinner but really nice flavors here I think. A bit of cocoa and biscuity malt peek through. It’s sourness trails off a bit but still remains a more potent sour overall. A bit of cocoa, lactic, cherries and some tart tropical fruit. Firm oak, mellow brett. Pretty nice. Can see the nose and front end being a bit much for others, but I much enjoyed this one. Not as harsh and brash as some of the Vitis series but not quite up there with Bruery’s most complete sour offerings. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
750ml bottle .. . moo boo to you .. . pours a lightly pinked amber .. . mild head, lacing is like a cloudy day .. . summer fruit, frut, F ruT, light guava seed, and light tartness .. . slick mouthfeel, decent finish .. . . MOC 1/Pa

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Pour is hazy deep brown with a small white head. Aroma and flavor deep and tart with faint fruity notes, light wood, and some faint sweet notes in the finish. Not getting too much guava - maybe a little in the aroma but would not have noticed if I did not know it was there. A great sour brown nonetheless.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing sour brown ale. The guava works really well. Great aroma and palate, amazing taste, very balanced. Everything I want from a sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle brought back from California. This beer pours to a red body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sour chocolate, oaked fruits, and malt. The flavor is sour chocolate malts with light oak and guava juice. Complex sourness and acidic palate. Like very good chocolates.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Had this at Where The Wild Beers Are. Pours a faintly hazed browned amber with a thin white head. Soft wood, chocolate, acid, old cherries. Cocoa, acid, acetone. Warm malt, lots of acid, chewy roast, acid and cocoa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (682) - USA - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma is lemon, tropical fruit notes, some tannic wood aroma. Dark red brown off white head spotty lacing. Taste sour, tart, tannic wood, lemon, tropical fruits. Kind of weird sour seemingly based in a Flanders style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
(750ml bottle thanks to SaucerSam) cloudy as hell, yeasty floaters, ruby-amber. Nose of strawberry, lightly acetic, wet barrel, pedio/lacto. Taste of oak, cranberry, light cherry, tart without vinegar, medium body, cherry and toasted oak linger. Liking the finish a lot.


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