Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
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Gots: 149 | FT: 18
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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 kkipple
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a Batch #2 375'er of this at a small little palate buster during the Dirty South tasting sessions in Charlotte with that Craytonic guy. Thanks Matt!

A. Dark and dingy red rust. Small reddish tan head. No lace.

S. Here we go... sharp white oak, sweet and very red wine-cherry-shiraz-tannic... every smell sort of flows into the next, or maybe I'm getting drunk. Tangerine, sour-funk. Nice.

T. Quite sour and red wine vine-y, loads of white oak for dryness, tartness and lactic acid abound. Unfortunately there is a lemony acidic note that burns your throat in that way I really dislike in sours. It should be sour, not acidic... but I digress. Not really an Oud Bruin, either, this lacks any real malt heft and the sour is out of control. Might have started out as one though, who knows. It is what is is and there is enough actual flavor to like here. Fairly complex, but not mind blowing.

M / D. Dry and woody sour finish, that damm acidic sharpness lingers and takes this down a notch. Light carbonation and body.

Rosso E Marrone is a rough US sour, not one of the greats, but worth a try if you can get it. Captain Lawrence is hit or miss on their sours for me, but for people who like theirs acidic and bold, this is recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

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 having trouble picking up any aspects of the underlying "bruin"- the brown ale- but that doesn't matter.

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  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!

Photo of warnerry
4.44/5  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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  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..

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  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.

Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.47/5  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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jack for breaking this out. Review from notes.

A: Pours a reddish/brown color, slightly hazy with a one finger off-white head on top. Decent retention leaving a very thin cap on top. Small bits of lacing form on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruit, some red grapes, dark cherries, and a bit of raspberry mixed with some funk/hay and vinegar sourness. Very nice.

T: Tart and acidic right away mixed with some winey fruit. Red grapes, dark cherries, plum, and currants come through as wells as some oak, a little vanilla, and a touch of barnyard funk.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Quite tart with a slightly dry finish.

O: A very good Oud Bruin, right up there with La Folie for sure. Would love to have a bunch of this sitting around to open whenever I wanted.

Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ShogoKawada for sending this one my way. Batch 2. Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler (probably shoul have used my Rodenbach tulip/flute - oh well).

Rufous body, cloudy with a burnt sienna glow. A small active head leaves an extended collar of soda bubbles after it recedes.

Bright tart aromatics with lemon zest and balsamic vinegar punching through the mild wild barrel-derived funk.

Sweet and sweaty palate entry, with unripe caramel apple, gym sock, and chardonnay notes. Red wine vinegar, sour grapes, and a touch of earthy Brett. come across as well. Long slowly evolving finish vascillates from bright fruit to musty cork and back again, with a tart faintly mineral-laden finish.

Creamy (almost sticky), but rather light-bodied, with low carbonation.

While I prefer a few other examples of the style, this has attributes of an Oud Bruin as well as an American Wild, a subtle originality which distinguishes it from its peers.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 shared by schen9303. Poured from a 375ml. bottle into a snifter.

A: Very vigorous pour creates a 1 finger coarse, off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Beer is a muddy, cloudy reddish-brown clay. Lacing is very spotty to non-existent and with no stick.

S: Aroma of cherries, raspberries, lemon, citrus, slight acetic acid and a robust, full sweetness. Earthy and slightly woody though the latter is barely detectable. Overall, a very pleasant nose that sets up the taste well.

T: Red fruit (cherries, raspberry, strawberries), prunes and lemon. Earth, dirt, with a strong malt backbone. Tart in the beginning to the middle but proceeds to get sweeter as it sits on the palate. Great balance. Finish is a messy red fruit puree with an aggressive tartness that lingers. Aftertaste lingers for a long time, accented by a burst of booziness.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, and very carbonated. Lively in the mouth and tickles the back of the throat. Slightly dry finish that is nonetheless quite messy. Aftertaste lingers.

D: Great beer, not sure what the hype is about. Very complex with a pleasantly enticing sweet nose. However, the look of this brew is terrible and that lowers my expectations of it from the start. Mouthfeel is lively as it should be and really serves to separate the different flavors. Seek it out if you can but don't go overboard. Its not worth it.

Photo of mikey711
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy ruby color with a minimal amount of head when poured that quickly fades leaving the beer to look just like wine. No lacing.

S: Nice brett notes and oak notes. Also grapes and graoeskins. tart cherries and some nice wine notes. Also some dryness is present.

T: Tart cherries and graps. Nice oak tannins. More tartness than sourness. Very winelike with a touch of pepper along with the brett. It is very very tasty.

M: Very mellow tasting with a lot of nice dryness that is both winelike and champagne like. Nothing too harsh about this one, actually smoother than most sours out there. Good body with a nice mellow feel

D: Wow i really wish i had more of this one. Seriously this may be the best sour beer i have ever had. It is very easy to sip on and at no point felt overwhelming. I was blown away by the rich flavors and and the dryness and wine like qualities. Well done

Photo of nickd717
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle via trade thanks to BeerWorld. Shared at a tasting.

Pours reddish-amber with a small off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is extremely vinous. Lots of red wine, oak barrel, and lactic and acetic tartness.

Flavor is also dominated by red wine. Oak and vanilla barrel, along with slight caramel and nuts. Really tannic grape skin notes.

Drying and tannic on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. Significant acidity.

Really enjoyable beer - or beer/wine hybrid - overall.

Photo of heliosphann
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Red waxed. Batch One. Served in my DFH Snifter. Celebrating a Gold Metal win at the '09 GABF for Best American-Style Sour Ale.

A: Little or no head, but has a small ring of foam around the side of the glass. Pours a reddish brown. Very murky when held up to light. Lots of active carbonation going on. Lacing is decent.

S: Very strong overall, I can smell it from the table. Tart cherries, red grapes, rhubarb, currants and earthy notes. Is that some Twizzlers I smell in there? You also get some oak barrel funk, Brett and LOTS of vinegar.

T: Similar to the smell, tart cherries and red wine dominate. The brett and bugs are definitely there, adding a nice level of complexity. Gotta love what time in a good barrel does. Vinegar sourness hits towards the end, finishing very dry and tart.

M: Medium bodied. Over a year in barrels has smoothed this out nicely. Not much carbonation despite all the bubbles.

D: I had no problem enjoying this brew by myself. However, the dry, vinegar finish seems to be a little rough on the palate. Probably best to enjoy this brew on a night by itself.

A nice take on the Flanders Oud Bruin style by Captain Lawrence Brewing. I would have liked a little more maltiness to add to the complexity, as I feel that was the Rosso's one real weak point. I hope CL makes another batch next year, as I'd like to see if they make any tweaks.

Photo of OddNotion
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3
Got my share of this on release day at Captain Lawrence.
Poured into my Captain Lawrence glass.

Appearance: Pours a light mahogany with a one and a half inch off white head that recedes to lacing quickly. Very active carbonation. Accidentally got some of the dregs in this glass.

Smell: A good amount of that funk I am beginning to love in these beers. I get the fruitiness and sourness. My mouth is already salivating as it awaits the sourness of this beer.

Taste: Nice and tart/sour. The sourness is surely there but not nearly the most sour I have ever had. I get a good amount of funkiness after the sourness leaves. The end of the sip is fruitiness and actually some breadiness. Kind of weird as the bottle I am currently drinking is less sour than my previous samples, actually a little disappointed with this aspect of this bottle.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light, carbonated, not thin at all.

Overall: I like it. I am very glad I got a bunch of these at the release. Certainly worth the drive and money.

Photo of nickhiller
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

A: caramel colored, tid bit of head that's short-lived, tid bit of lace.

S: one of those strong Spanish olive oils, potpourri, cider-y funk.

T: sour apple Jolly Rancher, nail polish, lots of apple and cider, gooseberry, Chardonnay.

M: light body, firm amazingly sour, mouthwateringly bitter finish.

O: small but absolutely perfect doses. A shining example of the of the American Wild ale.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grape, sour, tart, earthy, funky, and must. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, vinegar, funk, earth, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one was definitely complex in both the aroma and flavor. The vinegar in this one added a very nice touch when coupled with the funky/earthy character here. A really nicely done brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I suggest you do the same.

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear plum like color with a wispy off white head that quickly dissipates into a very light ring. Not flat, but not much life.

The aroma is quite oaky. Tart on the nose, wine grapes come to mind. Slight vinegar acidity.

An oaky tart blast to start but it mellows nicely. When it mellows, the grape flavor comes out. Not grape juice but an enjoyable tart grape fruitiness. Some vinegar acidity but not palate crushing. No real malt flavor but enough of a presence to give the beer some stability. There is a nice brightness to the flavor.

Light feel with very soft, almost non-existent, carbonation. Sour and tart on the palate but its more than manageable.

A very well made beer. Not a huge fan of the style but Cpt. Lawrence made a flavorful and drinkable version in which serious sour fans and their more moderate cousins can enjoy.

#1600 finally!! Seems like it took forever between 1500 and 1600.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.