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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: 136   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5037) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle shared at weekly Tampa tasting poured an amber red color with aromas of tart fruits, leather, some sour cherries, and some lactic notes. Flavors were the same, tart not overly sour, tart cherries were nice, a great eer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Red wine vinegar, acetone, light raspberries, cherries, red wine, dark grapes, and oak in the aroma. Taste is big sour, vinegar, raspberries, nail polish, red wine, blueberries, doughy, sour fruits, light leather, and strawberry with a medium tart finish.Medium body with soft carbonation. Decent sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10311) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle @ Stephenís place. Pours a purplish brown appearance with a light brown head. Big vinegar, cherry, light caramel, a bit spicy aroma. Really sour brown, acetic, bubbly, caramel, vanilla flavor. Bleh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of cherry, slight guava, slight butyric but not bad, hints of oak, prett nice with some vinegar. Taste is a mix of tart fruits, slight cherry, butyric, acid, cherry, finishing fairly sweet, dry, slightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1546) - 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 (2853) - 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 (2004) - 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.

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