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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
750ml bottle. Ruddy brown brew with a ring of off-white head. Smells great - dark fruit, oak, sour. Tastes as sour as it smells - cherry and other dark fruit, woody. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Thanks to either bu11zeye or brystmar for sharing this bottle. Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of sour cherry notes with some oak, toffee and other dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a lot of tart, sour cherries. I also get some oak, vanilla and toffee character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Oh hey, a pretty good fruited sour from Bruery where the fruit (in this case guava) is barely detectable behind a malty sweetness with lots of tart acidity that burns going down. How many different beers like this will they release in one year?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (966) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
From a bottle at the brewery.This beer is a orange red in color,a very tarty tropical fruit in taste.Texture is thin and slick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (4501) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (3588) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6835) - .....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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1387) - 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.

   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.

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