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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 it’s malty backbone, Otiose is a rich and decadent sour ale. 8.2%, Cellerable for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Amazing sour brown ale. The guava works really well. Great aroma and palate, amazing taste, very balanced. Everything I want from a sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1723) - 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!

   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. I’m guessing that’s the guava playing trick on my palate. Really sublime beer. Nice tart balance with some good fruit character. It’s a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle brought back from California. This beer pours to a red body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sour chocolate, oaked fruits, and malt. The flavor is sour chocolate malts with light oak and guava juice. Complex sourness and acidic palate. Like very good chocolates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10146) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"nice murky mahogony brown pour. nice slightly funky aroma with sweet and sour guava present. acidic feel...really nice. flavor is significantly more sour than the aroma without losing any of the other aspects. Yet another wonderful beer from The Bruery!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (890) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2012
Tap @ Barcade w Andy, James, Erica (Bruery event). Pours a rich, dark red into tulip. Aroma is loaded with cutting balsamic vinegar and some dark fruit. Palate much the same, but not as acidic as the nose. I actually thought this struck a good balance between acidity and fruit flavor/tartness. Absolutely delicious - I drank in gulps b/c I couldn’t help myself, whereas I have to sip most sours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CloakedDagger (1933) - - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a cloudy brown with a creamy, beige head. Amazingly complex aroma. Caramel, Brett and wood. Rich body, tart fruit and berries - raspberries in particular - with a lovely woody edge. Bretty, tart. Lovely. 130913

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1461) - 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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