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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 583
Gots: 156 | FT: 20
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009)
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Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Story time: 5 ambitious, young beer advocates set out from the suburbs of Philadelphia at 5 a.m. on the 27th of March, 2010 to embark on an adventure that most would deem outrageous and stupid. The young beer advocates weathered 27 degree farenheit weather for roughly 2.5 hours of arrival only to be told that there was chance of an unsuccessful journey. That didn't stop the young enthusiasists, as they persisted to succession.

In honor of the beer advocates, 2 bottles of Rosso E Marrone were crack and poured. Shared with good friends Treyrab, nittanybeerfan, Dyan randawakes, and Ashherb17.

Poured into a stone 4oz taster, this beer pour a deep ruddy and rusted copper. Very hazy with a light white ring of head.

The smell is so floral, with some beautiful tart cherry flavors, and a really interesting slight bitter chocolate. Slight funkiness, unripened green grapes. Quite honestly one of the most complex wilds that I've ever had the pleasure of sniffin'. In the taste, the chocolate shines through sweetly. The sourness is more in the form of a mouthpuckering balasmic vinegar, not quite acidic. The vanilla and wine flavors are coming out great. Right now, this beer is a little bit too spritzy, and a little bit too overcarbonated. I'm hoping that this will curb with age. All in all, this has the potential to age into one of my favorite sours OF ALL TIME. Only time will tell.

CoolJosh, Mar 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
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.

MadScientist, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Red wax was quite a pain to get off this puppy!

Pours into my glass a deep garnet with good clarity and nary but a few bubbles on top. Decent active carbonation though. Aromas start off with a good deal of fruity vinous character. Wood melds in along with a bright funky sourness. Somewhat cheesy with a real nod towards red wine.

First sip is a cornucopia of fruit upfront akin to a sangria almost. Vinous character leads into woody tannins. A bright Brett funk shines through as it flows down with a puckering sour tartness. Not overwhelmingly sour, it works well here. Tons of flavors melding throughout this one. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is light with good steady carbonation. Not overly sour but puckering enough to be a sipper overall. Pretty complex overall and very glad to have had the opportunity to sample this one!

orbitalr0x, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of joel66
4/5  rDev -6.1%

joel66, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2; big thanks to woosterbill for this one

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with only a collar of head. Only small spots of lacing.

S - Aromas of red wine, funky brett, green apple, a touch of vinegar, a bit of cherry and oak and some surprising vanilla, along with some other aromas I can't identify. Very appealing aroma with a lot of depth. Not really any sweetness, just tart and funky through and through.

T - Similar to the nose, no sweetness to be found, just nicely sour and funky throughout, with even the slightest touch of bitterness. Flavors follow the nose pretty well, but the vinous aspect is the primary flavor component. Very nice.

M - On the fuller side for the style, but by no means heavy. Tart and quite dry. Quite smooth with low carbonation.

O - Very unique and tasty, with a lot of depth. The 10% really doesn't make itself known. Luckily, the sourness makes you sip this one slowly anyway.

warnerry, Jun 30, 2012
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

bishopdc0, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waxed cap bottle, batch #1. Pours murky, cloudy medium brown, dark plum. Head is around for just a brief moment, then its gone, leaving behind just very few tiny bubbles and no lace. On the low carbonation side. Fruity (sour plums), sour, Brett infused nose. Initially fruit on the tongue, then quickly the sour comes in to play. Funk, grapes, wood, horsey, grapefruit juice, sharply sour, intensely complex. World class sour. Wish I had a few bottles to age for a few years. Yet another home run for the good captain. Well worth seeking out via trade, if you can find any...looks like I will have to wait for the next batch..

Billolick, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Barrel Select and Flaming Fury. Batch 2.

The beer pours an amber-red color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some licorice and tart dark fruit. The flavor is sour cherries, licorice, sour grapes, oak and some brown sugar that adds just a little bit of sweetness to the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made sour beer.

Mora2000, Oct 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jaminjohnson, May 08, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of batch 3

A: Dark red/brownish color with very small head.
S: Wine, fruits (cherry/apple) and oak. Tart and funky.
T: Nice sourness, tart fruits, cherries, grapes, wine. Some malty sweetness. 10% alcohol is not detectable at all, very refreshing.
M: Medium bodied with nice, moderate carbonation.
O: Excellent beer, wish I had more.

standardcherry, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very lucky to end up with a couple of bottles of this through a friends, a trade, and a BIF. Had been wanting to try it for a long time.

Appearance- Pours a murky, slightly red tinged shade of medium brown out of the bottle and into my snifter. I get about a finger of off white head sitting on top and stop just short of pouring in the yeast sediment. Head dies back to a thin sheeting and then a ring in fairly short order.

Smell- Lots of vinous qualities here. I pick up on red wine grapes, wood barrel, and a nice whiff of lactic tartness. There is also a little bit of wild funk there but not really of the barnyard sort. Makes its presence known but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste- Starts off again with the red wine grape flavors making themselves known. Melds nicely with the wood flavors from the barrel that show through as well. Some funk towards the finish and a surprisingly mild lactic quality given the nose. To me, very reminiscent of Saint Lamvinus, but not quite on the same level.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice for the style, being both well carbonated and substantial enough. Drinkability is also quite good given the complexity of the palate and present but not overwhelming tartness.

Overall, a very nice American example of the style. Like I said before, this reminds me of Saint Lamvinus, though for me not quite equal despite being a very good beer. Would gladly have more of this though and you should give it a try if you're into the style and haven't had it before.

boatshoes, May 19, 2010
Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Cynic-ale, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jtladner, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SPRichard, Feb 02, 2013
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.

jeonseh, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of daveytheformer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for this bottle.

375ml red waxed dark green bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque dark plum flesh, nearly as deep a the red grapes that were used in the barrels. Small, somewhat fizzy head forms and dies immediately. No lacing.

S: Soft fruity and tannin notes with a healthy waft of the red grapes. Some vinous wine notes. Maybe some tart wheaty notes? Some hidden sweetness in the back, maybe light caramel.

T/M: Good sour and tartness level, right on the edge of puckering. The red grapes come out very nicely along with some cherry, red apple, and pear notes. Not overly funky with some wisps of barn and hay... I think I'd like to see a little bit more. More of the light caramel in the very back mixing well with the oak and vinous wine barrel. Body is medium light with decent carbonation. A bit dry on the tongue but not overly so.

D: Very solid brew and definitely my favorite Oud Bruin by far. Easily drinkable and refreshing, hard to sip and savor. I do think a touch more funk with a drier feel and finish would benefit this brew.

pwoods, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jmadrigal2
5/5  rDev +17.4%

jmadrigal2, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

acurtis, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheLevi4000
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TheLevi4000, Apr 24, 2013
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.

Brenden, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
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.

CloudStrife, Sep 28, 2013
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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.