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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2012
750 ml bottle - sampled during our motohome tour in California. Pours dark amber with a majestic light marroon head. Aroma of raisins, plums and tart citrus. Medium body with nice sourness and sweetness in the end. Taste is blueberry and caramel. Special, nce!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Amber dark pour. Minimal head, some lacing when swirling, head looks somewhat frothy or cloudy, culture. Aroma funky, damp, leathery. Vinegar, cherry taste, palate Ė hits the roof of the mouth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2682) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours excellently brown unclear amber in color with a creamy lacey beige head. The aroma brings soft guava fruit and tart notes. The flavor brings tart fruit guava flavors as well, with a nice tangy tamarind sour mix ending so easy on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma of tart guave and cherry. Nice malt background with tart cherry, guava, wood and sour dough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery Tulip produces a fat, two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite tart and lactic up front, with an earthy, oaky back drop. There is a pungeant, musky, ripe fruitiness to this beer; it smells like some sort of exotic, funky, perhaps tropical like fruit (though certainly not specifically of guava). Actually a second look at the nose does actually smell of guava up front smells of funky citrus and floral fruit. The oak really plays a significant role here, along with the malt, it accentuates a caramelized and nutty note. Other notes of peppery oak spice and fresh cut oak plant notes, as well as a soft vanillin note are noticeable.

Up front the beer is lightly tart, and fairly dry. Through the middle the beer has a light body, but does have a light viscousnous; there is a slightly nutty, significantly astringent and spicy oak tasting, along with a soft fruitiness that seems slightly cherry like, berry leaning, and perhaps a touch of raisin. A dry, toasty, nutty, whole grain malt character is noticeable here, and a dry caramelized character. The fruit & tart character leans towards tamarind at times, and there is perhaps a hint of spiciness to the acidity that suggests that there might be a touch of acetic acidity here. As the beer warms a bit of chalky, toasted malt character starts to come out in the finish, and the guava flavors actually start to come out; a bit like a funky citrus note, with a tropical edge to it.

The Guava really comes through more in the nose of this beer, but truthfully if I didnít know about it, I would think that this was just a tasty Sour Brown without any extra ingredients.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle shared by Nate31176r! Dark brown pour, decent 1 inch head and a slightly fruity sour aroma. Flavor has a nice decent malt base, very woody with a nice hint of the guava on the aftertaste. Good clean solid beer, but average compared to other sours.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1253) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A - pours hazy cloudy neutral brown with low fluffy tiny bubbled head. Some lacing. S - strong sour notes abound. Vinegar, sour Concord grapes, salt, eggs, funk, kiwi, guava, merlot. M - medium full bodied, medium palate. Lingering sour vinegar notes. T - sour grapes, vinegar, brown sugar, Concord grapes, guava, vinegar, sulfites , notes of caramel, banana, brown sugar. O - good, simplistic sour. Too similar to so many other bruery beers, tart of darkness and trois pules. 6+\7-

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cherries, yogurt, herbs, raisins, wood, and guava. Flavor of cherries, lacto, wood, guava, and vinous.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to bigsippin for helping this get to me. 3.5 A: Mildly hazed light brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention isnít very good and a small ring of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Boatload of fruits in this. Big kiwi and strawberry (or maybe just the guava). Melon and a light citrus. Super tart with plenty of acetic acid, but also a good bit of lactic as well. Caramel, oak, rotting wood, and maybe some toastiness. 4.0 T: Lot going on in the taste. Solidly tart with a formitable acetic acid (which is the usual for the Bruery). Lots of unripened fruit notes. Tangy lactic acid and fruitiness - strawberry, kiwi, melon, and of course, guava. Not toasty, but something along those lines. Caramel, oak, and a mild tannic astringency. Fairly sweet, but not too sweet. Just right. Normally I like a lot of funk in my sours (which this has little of), but the fruitiness plays well with the "brown components." 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Upper end of normal for the carbonation. Lightly spritzy. Smooth enough for how acetic it is. 4.0 D: This is tasty. Probably my favorite Bruery sour of the year (of which Iíve had many). Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2012 00:55:08


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