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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: 3.72/5   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 itís malty backbone, Otiose is a rich and decadent sour ale. 8.2%, Cellerable for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary acidic sourness with some fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some fruity tartness. Thereís quite a bit of acidity and some wood and some mouth-puckering sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour. A little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
A - Dark brown red with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet caramel malts, guava, vanilla, oak, sour cherries and other dark fruits, funky Brett and other yeasts, some lactic acid. T - Sweet caramel malts, guava, sour cherries and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, funky Brett, lactic acid, bit of booze. M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, warming finish. D - Great sour brown ale. Nicely balanced and the guava is a nice touch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Sample on 3/21/2013. This sour/wild ale pours a somewhat cloudy dark amber brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized off white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, tart and slightly funky. Some wood as well. A medium bodied sour/wild ale. The malts are fruity, sweet, tart and funky. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Kind of tropical and woody as well. Good balance between the funky, tart and wood, which in turn is balanced by the nice malt backbone. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is moderately tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a deep umber brown with a touch of ruby on the edge. Finger or so of eggshell foam. Bright acidic nose with touches of vinegar, juicy fruit and wet wood. The palate is very acidic with a tart biting edge. The guava pops mid to late palate and saves this beer from just being too overbearing. I really enjoyed this beer when I opened a bottle at a large tasting and only had a 4oz pour but when I opened it with two friends last night it became overbearing and just to acidic to drink... But the guava juiciness lends a lot to the sour brown style. Id love to see it integrated a little more and have the base beer be a lot softer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from GAManiac. Big thanks! Straight murky brown with off-white to tan head. Tart vinegar nose with some berry/raspberry and musty melon with light toasted malt. Flavor is quite tart with more raspberry and to a lesser extent strawberry. More musty melon and toasted, near roasted sour malt. Finishes moderately dry. Lingering nutty toast. Almost like faint peanut butter toast. An oddly interesting beer. Mouth-watering sour that eventually evens out. Nice palate cleansing for the next sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Brown pour with a decent white head. Aroma is sour fruit, a bit tropical, tart and acidic. Some slight caramel notes. Flavor is sour fruit, cherries, but not quite. Raspberries, but not quite. Iím guessing thatís the guava playing trick on my palate. Really sublime beer. Nice tart balance with some good fruit character. Itís a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Tart, sour grapefruit, and light cherry flavors. Notes of oak and fruit at the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7428) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Thanks to Blake and Jenny for sharing! Poured cloudy, deep brown witha nice cap of off-white head on top. The aroma picked up sour oak, cherries, and a little raspberry.. quite a lot of sourness evident.. some alcohol warmth on the back of the nose. The flavor found sour berries, oak, and slightly metallic notes throughout.. light leather and fruity notes as support.. finished sour and a bit funky. Sour throughout with a lot of fruity character.. a tad heavy-handed in some regards, but tasty overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
750ml bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Vinegar, fruity, with some chocolate and caramel. Nice tart and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
23rd November 2012
THE Fruit Sour tasting. Hazy dark brown beer, big pale tan - cream coloured head. Palate is crisp and dry, turning soft with fine carbonation. Vinegary dark fruits. Minerals. Dry finish. Not bad this one.

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