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The Bruery Otiose

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 138   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (2268) - 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 (1575) - 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 (638) - 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 (7508) - 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 (11652) - 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 (22450) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1833) - 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 Iím 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 (18720) - 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 (1462) - 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.

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