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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 597
Gots: 155 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009

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Photo of meson13
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- very murky redish brown. intriguing and foreboding at the same time. there's something sinister to it, like a magically captivating death potion. the head fizzled away so quick i dont remember what it looked like, tho i believe it was a shade darker than off white.

S- tart, tannic, woody, red wine, green apples. melow but deep. very round.

T- cherrys, vanilla, vinegar. the grapes come through. I get some graham cracker and maybe even a hint of chocolate. sourness is mellow but never lacking. it plays nice with the rest of the beer. Oaky vanilla, tartness and cherrys linger long after each sip.

F- medium and slick. bit prickly at times

O- wonderfully complex yet extremely drinkable. no sign of that 10%. true craftsmanship here. absolutely delicious

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Photo of thepenguin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 3/14/12
Bottle aged 3.5 years

L: Very interesting color: a brown ruby. Very little head, though from appearance this beer seems very effervescent. Has an attractive haziness to it.

S: Tart, sharp yet pleasant. Reminiscent of of grapes and tart cherries, with a subtle sweetness behind the sourness and some licorice.

T: Those salivary glands took a hard hit during the first sip; this beer is that tart! It’s got a sour fruitiness about it. Cherry and lemon juice like sourness, but the red grapes are also somewhat perceptible. Finish is fairly dry and, again, tart. Very little hop bitterness. Also a subtle spice characteristic.

F: Seems to be just under medium in mouthfeel, surprisingly light. Medium carbonation. Some slight warmth from the alcohol but not nearly as much as you’d expect from a 10% abv beer; the age on this bottle may have smoothed it out considerably.

Overall: This was a very pleasant beer. Incredible drinkable despite the high ABV. Tart, vinous, and dry, this brew did not have the cloying sweetness that I find off-putting on many other oude bruins. It wasn’t as complex as I would have liked, but had that refreshing lactic sourness that you look for in Flanders sours.

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. This is Batch #4

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy rusty brown hue with a thin wispy tan head that fades quickly to leave even less wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of oak, vinegar, sweet tarts, tannins, little bit of funk and cherries.

T - Taste is oak, tannins, vanilla, cherries, little funk, nice vinegar. Smooth, alcohol hidden VERY well, nicely vinous. Really tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely tart, a little flemmy, alcohol hidden very well. Could be more carbonated though.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer, the solid taste more than makes up for the lackluster appearance and average nose.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives rusty and brown with a very modest head; not much lacing

Smell: Tart cherry, barnyard funk and oak

Taste: Tart cherry flavors, up front, with the funk developing; lactic sourness throughout, with a dry and woody finish; a touch of anise builds in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice take on the style; well-balanced and particularly enjoyed the anise in the finish

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Photo of zeledonia
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3. Tasted 3 August 2014.

Pours clean from the top of the bottle, muddy at the bottom from the yeast. Color is medium amber-brown. No head at all, not surprising for a sour.

Smell is a robust, barely fruity, tart acidic sour. Kind of woody and acidic. Not lemony or citric, more hollow.

Taste is a combination of sour and bitter that I don't really like. Starts out a little fruity, with some sweet to balance the sour. But then it turned to a dirty, muddy, slightly bitter, slightly tannic chalky biting sour. Dryish red wine tannins that don't work well for mNot a whole lot of variety to the flavor.

Feel is really nice. Medium-light; feels heavy but fluffs up with fizzy carbonation.

An okay sour. Biggest problem I have is that it doesn't have that much variety of flavor. It's straight-up sour, but a sort of dirty sour, with a bite to it that I don't like. Not my favorite, and not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY.

Batch #4, 2013 bottling.

I can't believe this guy is 10% ABV. Amazing how no alcohol presence is felt at all- until the end, when you can feel it creeping up on you.

Pours a murky, hazy brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells like grapes, cherries, other dark fruits, vinegar, lactic acid, and oak.

The taste is similar, and awesome. Very complex. It is quite sour, but not palate shredding, which is nice. It doesn't overpower the other flavors present- which are oak, vanilla, grapes, cherries. I don't know if this was aged in red or white wine barrels, but I get notes of both red and white wine. I'm not having trouble picking up any aspects of the underlying "bruin"- the brown ale- it's there, and providing some nice caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a tangy mouthfeel. Really, really drinkable, but you definitely want to take it slow to savor everything.

One of the best sours I've ever had, it's really well balanced, and really complex.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but slightly one dimension in its sourness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Guessing it was from a bottle; sampled at EBF. Rosso E Marrone pours a reddish brown, which I'm guessing is why the beer earned its name.

S-Tart cherries and a kind of Pinot Noir winey fruitiness. Funky and oaky as well. Also seems to have a brown maltiness.

T-A big, bold Flanders with lots of sweet and sour cherries.again, it reminds me of an old Pinot Noir or maybe even a Barrolo. Oakiness and genuine wine-grape flavors. Finishes with a sweet maltiness that is also infected with a lingering funk.

M-Alcohol is irrelevant. Soft carbonation and an agreeable body. Tannic.

O/D-I enjoyed Rosso E Marrone. It is sure to please any lovers of Wild Ales. I don't I will get to try this again but would absolutely love to sit down and nurse a whole bottle to see how it changes with some warmth.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch 2, bottle won at a benefit raffle at mikro in hamden.

A. Murky amber brown. Slight head forms then fades.

S. Tart cherries, red wine, vinegar.

T. More vinegar than pleasant tart, but not terrible. Just disappointing. Sweet malts over tart cherries, a tad funky.

M. Tart, astringent, light.

O. Sadly not what I wanted it to be. A good lambic impression but just a little off

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Photo of cbutova
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3. Huge thanks out to Emma for sharing an all-time want. Full review done over the weekend.

A- Split into four glasses with a murky, red-brown body. Frothy and foamy off-white head forms to a half finger or so with pretty good retention. A large ring and cloud remains atop the beer. Lacing is pretty hard to come by.

S- Fruity lambic feel in an insanely strong aroma. The Flanders Brown Ale feel is quite nice with some acetic and dried fruit feel. Grapes, super funky Brett, barnyard and a ton of lactic lemony tartness.

T- Complexity is massive in the flavor and this beer really encompasses a large umbrella of things. Most obvious is the intense sourness, just a battering of cheek puckering lactic lemony sour. Brett funk melds in with barnyard, sour cherry and a tiny bit of band aid. Vinous oak, sour grapes, fruit pits, figs, green apples, strawberry and Balsamic vinegar all come to mind.

MF- Light end and superbly dried out body. Carbonation at a high level and the texture is somewhat fizzy and silky like a Lambic. Sourness coats the taste buds and lingers, almost burns.

Superb blend of Flanders vinegar, fruit Lambic and Brett funky feels. One of the most sour brews I can think of in recent memory. Feels like a great mix of a Lambic and a Flanders Bruin.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12.7oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Batch 4. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Very dark tawny color with quick bubbly white head that didn't last long.

Smell- Cherries, raspberries, red grapes, sweet malts, red wine vinegar, vanilla, oak. Absolutely beautiful beer.

Taste- Very layered. Dark stone fruits, tart winey grapes, limes, tobacco, vanilla, oak, raspberries. Sour, but not aggressively so. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, medium-full carbonation, medium-full tartness, smooth finish, crisp, clean, refreshing.

Overall- Honestly, I didn't know what to expect from this beer. I figured it'd be good, but it's great. I'd be hard-pressed to find a better Oud Bruin (not even just an american one). Truly phenomenal. I want more.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy ruby, small off-white head and decent lacing. Very beautiful in the glass. Aroma is tart lemon, oaky, cherry, vinous, funk, basement. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity with light tartness and a bit of oaky astringency. Dries out on the finish leaving oaky and vinous notes behind. Medium body, very low carbonation.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bottle

A - Copper colored with brown and slight red accents

S - Sour tart cherries, oak, slight lemom and sweettarts

T - Sweettarts, vinegar, slight cherry and tart raspberry. Oaky presence near the back end as well as some tart lemon

M - Tart presence with a dry finish. Good amount of carbonation

O - Good Flanders ale with a good amount of tartness and not a ton of the copper and blood you sometimes get with a Flanders. Thought this one was well balanced and would have went well with some earthy cheeses.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an oversized wine glass. Batch info left blank? Assuming batch 4?

A gentle pour yields a dark yet bright ruby red, with minimal head, a light tan colored ring is left but shortly fades to nothing. Minimal lace and legs are left only after a swirl of the glass.

Aroma initially is boozey, solvent like. As it warms, the booze seems to fade bringing out some sour pie cherry, kind of a boozey concentrate grape comes to mind, sweet dark fruit, stone fruit maltiness blending with some rotted wood aromas.

Sour, but not intensely so, sour pie cherries, some grape, comes in more as it warms, a bit lactic, some concentrate grape juice, slight solvent booze at times, sweet rich sugary malt and hints of old oak.

Leaves a nice lingering citric/ sour cherry sourness on the palate after each sip. Medium in body, semi dry finish.

I'm not a huge fan of sours with a big ABV and this is really no exception. Seems to clash with the sourness and funk a bit. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but considering the price tag and the much better examples out there, I might pass on this in the future.

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Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Batch 4, poured into a Captain Lawrence snifter.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red, Concord grape and earthy brown. A bubbly, fizzy, bone colored head appears briefly but absconds quickly leaving a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, tart cherry, tangy apple, red grapes, tannic red wine, lightly acidic with a bit of apple cider vinegar. The flavors are in line, lots of tart stone fruit, good red wine presence, nice tannins, a bit of leather and tobacco smokiness, very much to my liking. Tangy apple is at the finish, a bit of citrus and a bit of vinegar at the end. The mouthfeel is good, carbonation is moderate, but on the lower end and could benefit from some added zip. Coating is decent and the finish is easy, not too puckery.

Verdict: A very nice American interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Tart and tangy, but not sour and mouth puckering. Very complex and rewarding, but needs body. I can only imagine how wonderfully this will age. A very, good beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to CaveDave for this beauty. Batch #4 on the label. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an almost opaque brown, with a slight reddish tint, and a very thin cap of khaki colored head that quickly settled into a ring.

The tart, fruity aroma blasted out of the bottle as soon as the cap was cracked. On further sniff, there was a very light grain base, but the funk clearly was the star. The fruitiness seemed to have more of a cherry scent, even though there are grapes in the brew. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar, although it was easily noted how much more tart the beer was. The fruit was at the front and dissipated quickly, leaving just a light grain taste and that delicious Brett flavor.

The body was good, I, maybe, would have preferred it a touch more full, but it was still nicely solid across the palate. The beer had a semi-dry finish, with the tartness lingering. Drinkability was very good, I could see having these on a semi-regular basis if it were local to me. Overall, an excellent brew. A must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a very dark amber/brown colour and settled completely opaque. A very insignificant amount of carbonation appeared to be present from the pour in the form of a few scattered bubbles that disappeared immediately.

S - Sour cherry and grape aromas with a big oak presence and some sweet breadiness.

T - Sour up front, just barely to the point of being puckering. Oak, tart cherry, sweet grape and a breadiness that is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a copper reddish brown.

The aroma has sweet bright cherry fruits and tartness along with a oak sweetness.

The flavor follows with a cherry and grape flavor along with caramel sweetness.The oak on the end cleans the beer up, without being too bold.

This is a really well balanced beer with its tartness, oak, and sweetness. The alcohol is extremely well hidden on this.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque ruby brown in an oversized wine glass; steady center-pour produced a finger of off-white head that slipped quickly into a persistent subtle collar; clean down the sides of the glass

S: grape must, tannin, faint sour black cherry; tart dark yeastiness

T: tart, dark cherries and pinot grigio; very wine-like upfront, but a brown malt backbone establishes itself behind the vinous flavors of wine grapes, dark, subtle sours and bright tart sparkles of orchard fruit, white grape, and pale wood

M: tight, taut, subtle mouth-puckering; light and clean; quenching of itself, drying; faint dark fruit puckering that lingers

O: fantastic brew - tart, dark wet Flanders Oud Bruin wine-ified with grape and vineyard characteristics. Splendid; felt very much like I was drinking a very fine wine/rare ale hybrid.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes on 9/25 at Old Toad.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a ruby tinge. Thin head, drop or two of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Fruitiness and yeast give it great sour notes Cherry and grape aromas. Oakiness comes out as it warms.

T: Great flavor. Really get the merlot grapes. Oak flavors are substantial. Sour comes through adding tartness to the blend.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Puckering. Dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall an amazing Oud Bruin. A must try for any sour fan. Complex, tart and easy drinking.

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Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A HUGE thank you to hoppypocket for surprising me with this one. Batch 4

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Oaky red wine, nice brett funk with a bit of vinegar, and some sweet malts with a touch of caramel. Nice.

Taste. Red wine with a ton of barrel, some vinegar and lemon-like sourness, some light cherry, and just a touch of sweet caramel malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little less than with low carbonation (I would prefer a touch more if I were to whine about something).

Overall. A really nice Flanders style brew with the grape addition shining through almost like it was a wine hybrid. Really nice stuff.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty in its own way, a deep, thick, murky dark orange with some brown and reddish-purple hues in it. On top, a tan head develops and rests at just under a finger for a good while. It deposits patchy lacing solidly on the glass.
This beer displays big notes of tart dark cherries, lots of barnyad funk, vinegar, and wood with somewhat sweeter notes somewhat like other dark fruits (ripe black grapes, maybe even raisin). It's vinous for sure, and lots more gape comes out with each sniff. There's plenty of red grape, that blend of tart and sweet, and whie grape is also evoked from the other elements in this beer, with ripe dark cherries beside. This is sulit-layered and complex, and the wood notes aren't too subtle but they take nothing away. Lots of nice oak just rides with it all. There's a note of spiciness that adds something to it as well.
It's thick for a medium body, pretty rich and with some depth. Crispness cuts through that, and carbonation is at a good level and just a little foamy at times. Oak dries it out a little, as well as the vinous nature, but the acidity doesn't thin it and it's fairly smooth, considering. All in all, this is fantastically tasty with so much depth.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml batch #4 bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a purplish-reddish brown with some translucency around the edges, just a thin white head forms when pouring that recedes fairly fast leaving just a thin circle surrounding the edge of the glass. Decent amount of carbonation with a nice consistency.

S- Grape skins, a little bit of grape must, a hint of cherries, balanced malts, slight barrel presence, faint cobwebs, doesn't appear to have too much brett coming out. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Grape skins, slightly tart grape must, brett definitely comes out a little bit more in taste then aroma, finishes with balanced malts, lightly sweet grape juice, and more grape must with a little bit of cobwebby funk. Decently balanced, fairly complex, plenty of flavor.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, pretty drinkable, abv well hidden.

O- This wasn't the best Oud Bruin that I've had, but it was definitely a very good attempt at one. The grape must made a nice presence combined with a decently balanced cobwebby funk. Overall however the tastes just didn't appeal to me as much as other Oud Bruins have but I'd have to say this is one of the better American attempts out there. Definitely worth trying and I wish I had another to see what a couple years of age could do to it.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep brown color with rosey red highlights. Not much in the way of foam. Light tan in color and just a bit under a fingers worth which quickly dissipates to a film.

S - the nose is nuanced and elegant. Grape-y with lots of other tart fruit character. Hints of raspberries and strawberries. A distinct brett character blends with a red wine vinegar note for complexity.

T - smooth malty flavors on the tip of the tongue. Dark bread, with slight hints of toffee. Sour fruit flavors evolve in the center with notes of grapes and tart berries. Prickly brett notes enter more on the backend which carries though the long sour finish.

M - slick textured. Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation.

O - interesting wild ale. If i had to guess i would think the carbonation will subside over time making this even more wine like. I've got a few bottles to test theory in a few years.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife, pours red a deep red, very nice. The nose is tart apples, cherries and oak. The taste is very pleasant not over the top, in the sour category, tart and slight Brett funk, . The back is oak and a nice berry flavor. My wife loves this beer, it is nice

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.