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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1172) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours out brown with plenty of golden-tinged head. Great aroma that smells like an authentic Flanders sour with some really nice fruity notes poking through. The taste is authentic and well-balanced, but misses the really puckering sour notes I was primed for and the guava seems harder to detect. Nevertheless an interesting beer that I’m glad to have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750ml bottle. Part of the society membership... Pours a dark mahogany, just barely transparent but lightly so, lesser intense, and topped with a thin level of off-white head... Aroma of dark currants, cocoa, and dark fruit, black cherry aspects with some semi-sharp acidic vinegar notes to go alongside the aforementioned... Flavors are more of the same with a dark fruit acidic aspects, fig, raisiny, and just a light guava note which adds a tart fruit note. Medium bodied with a semi-effervescent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14043) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at The Fruit Sour Tasting, London - big thanks to Ken for another Bruery sour! Pours cloudy brown with a frothy, off-white head. Salty dark berry aroma. Moderately tangy flavor, medium sweet, plenty of dark berries. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Tangy finish, lightly warming, with more dark berries, light earthy bitterness, salt. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a nice froth of light tan foam that lingers for quite some time. Aroma is sour, light roast, cherry, and course grain. I dno not smell guave or any tropical notes. Taste is intense, thick and sharp sour and tart with dark fruit (perhaps currants), grain, and what seems like light roast in the malt. Smooth, coating and yet also precise lingering mouthfeel. Very cohesive and enjoyable dark sour. Great beer from the Bruery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Super cloudy mud puddle looking pour w/ a fairly dense off white head with good lacing. Sweet then lightly sour malty aroma a tiny touch of leather and a hint of fruit. Well coated slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor is a light sour brown, hints of leather and tart fruits a very earthy finish with a clean finish. Quite good.,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours dark brown with a healthy tan head. The nose is rich vinegar, citrus and of course guava but its bit the only of the dark fruits, cherries and strawberries mix in with prunes as well. Taste is well balanced sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, light to medium boy with a long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9061) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ken at THE fruit sour tasting. It pours cloudy deep ruby with a small fizzy white head. The nose is red fruit, redcurrant, cherry, raspberry, guava, acetic, zesty grapefruit and wood. The taste is sour red fruit, guava, redcurrant, raspberry, blackcurrant jam, grapefruit, wood, light spice, Granny Smith apple and light acetic notes with a tart finish. Medium body and fine prickly carbonation. Smooth, sour and pretty tasty. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Rating #55. Dark reddish/brown with a light beige head. Dry and tart, tart berries are in the forefront. Decent stuff. (2571)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2204) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle - thanks Caleb! Nose is oaky with some subtle fruit notes. Pours dark brown with a nice off white head. Tart, a bit acetic, nice fruit and citrus in there too. Fun to try this beer but this is one that might be better to share.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Hazy dark amber pour with a light tan head. Generic tropical fruitiness, lightly gauva, quite acidic, red wine vinegar, lots of oaky wood, buttery, toffee, and thick caramel. Pretty tasty, but difficult to drink.

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