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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Rosso E MarroneRosso E Marrone

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468 Ratings
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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.5%

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009)
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Photo of VelvetExtract


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:15:47 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of NuclearRich


3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:49:55 | More by NuclearRich
Photo of cbutova


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:25:37 | More by cbutova
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:00:07 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of jbaker67


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:23:27 | More by jbaker67
Photo of jeonseh


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:35:21 | More by jeonseh
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:01:17 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of kevanb


4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:17:39 | More by kevanb
Photo of beertunes


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:43:10 | More by beertunes
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 23:21:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:13:22 | More by dar482
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 15:15:36 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 17:04:10 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:36:44 | More by Rutager
Photo of Brenden


4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 19:37:27 | More by Brenden
Photo of jaasen64


4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:04:22 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 03:07:19 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of bishopdc0


3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 01:11:51 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of WillCarrera


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, batch 4, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky ruby / brown color, produces a finger of tan head, decent retention and spotty lacing.

S- Tart acidity, musty funk, earth, some fruitiness and oak.

T- Moderate lactic tartness, red grapes, cherry, as well as oak and a bit of sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel, very dry.

O- A very tasty sour, the booze is literally invisible, I would never have guessed it was as strong as it is. Captain Lawrence has really been hitting the acidity perfectly too, although this doesn't have the same level of complexity as Cuvee de Castleton, it's still a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:00:37 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep ruby brown. No discernible head.

S: Nice acetic notes, malt sweetness, tannic oak and hints of vanilla.

T: Creamy malt sweetness up front, oak tannins and slight acetic tartness as it coats the tongue. Mild sourness lingers after each sip. Mellow, balanced and not overwhelming. Very unlike the past few CL sour beers I've tasted.

M: Medium-bodied, but very uncarbonated. Not necessarily a bad thing with the style, drinks like a wine.

O: A nice American Oud Bruin. More mellow than I'd like. I'm a fan of CL sours for their big oak and acid punch. Hopefully the acidity picks up on this one over time.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:24:21 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of Etan


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours auburn with a small off-white head.

S. Fruity acetic nose. Apple skin, currants and cherry, vinous, a bit of caramel.

T. Tart grapes, vinous tannins, toffee, plum. The acidity is quite mild, with the malt character shining through.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. A nice, mild oud bruin. I was expecting something a little more acidic but nonetheless this was quite pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 06:17:58 | More by Etan
Photo of Markito

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 release. Just a very well balanced beer. Great tartness with an excellent grape taste. I am hoping this ages well. The color reminds me of many other sour type beers. Taste sits in the mouth for the right amount of time without leaving any aftertaste. Great beer to try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:22:46 | More by Markito
Photo of inlimbo77


4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz, Batch 4
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Deep amber color. Somewhat clear. Thin layer of off white head. Turns into a collar of big bubbled head. OK carbonation.

S: Funk. Tart cherry. Tart grape. Dry oak. Wood. Leather. Dry finish.

T: Tart cherry. Funky sour grapes.

M: High carbonation. Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 18:53:29 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Labeled Batch No. 4 on the bottle

A: A somewhat dark copper with deep ruby highlights. The persistent, light tan head is made of thin layer of rocky bubble that settle into a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S: A medium aroma of red currents, tart cherries and sharp tartness. Some oak supports the fruit bring cinnamon and some vanilla to the mix. A moderate funk on the cleaner, more presentable side of the Brett aroma. The is a low spice and herbal note as well which is hard to tell of that's the yeast or hops bringing the spice.

T: The taste matches the nose so well; again with a medium aroma of red currents, more of a tannic red grape and sharp tartness. Oak also provides a supports the fruit bringing medium vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. The spice and herbal note is a bit strong in the flavor being about medium-low level. The balance is pretty tart with a moderate sweetness in the middle but a an off dry finish. Followed up with a quick currents and dried cherry aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A fruity beer with a great sweet-tart balance and some oak character. Pairs very nicely with food, probably a great compliment to a rich meal. An excellent sour beer that is well worth seeking out should you enjoy yous beer a bit on the tart side. It's not so tart as to be out of line and is well worth consideration as a classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:40:36 | More by MadScientist
Photo of rlee1390


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Another from the trade with ShowerBeers

A-Deep brown in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last long, clear ruby when pouring.

S-Good deal of funk, grapes, oak and wine.

T-Very funky, balanced out with oak, grapes, ends with a nutty caramel note ala a brown ale.

M-Light to medium bodied, slight carbonation, not quite watery but near it.

O-A great sour, good balance and funky.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 18:54:36 | More by rlee1390
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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.