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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 554
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 602
Gots: 146 | FT: 17
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 hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joe for this bottle! Poured from a Batch 1 375ml bottle into a Russian River "TION" glass (so I like to call it).

A: Reddish-brown with no head, but just enough bubbles to keep you intrigued.

S: A wonderful array of horse blanket, wild yeast, leather, funk, and burnt ciabatta bread. The beautiful grapes come out more as the beer warms up.

T: Musky grapes with a wine-like gentle sourness. A little lemon and grapefruit zest don't add as much to the flavor as they do to acetic character. A leathery aspect comes through next with a tart finish not too far behind.

M: Puckering with a dry wine-like finish. Just a touch of carbonation so as to not get in the way of the flavor profile.

D: Perfect for an aperitif. I really wish I had some nice cheese to pair with this.

Overall, this beer was not rated #1 by Wine Enthusiast in 2009 for no reason.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep golden copper with a thin ring of carbonation around the edge.

S: Wow. Big pungeant funky vinegar soaked grapes. Wonderful nose going on with this one.

T: Vinegar soaked grapes again. Much like the nose but even better since I can now taste it!

M: Good medium body with good carbonation.

D: If you haven't been able to tell yet I'm in love with this beer. Definitely one of the best sours I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy brown color with minimal white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S: Tons of lacto. Tons of fruit. Tartness. Red grapes. You do get a hint of oak as well. It came out more as the beer warmed.

T: Gland kicking tartness. This was one of the more tart beers that I had ever had. Amazing complexity though. You get the grapes and other light fruit. Little bit of funk as well.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

D: Off the charts. This is right up there with the Cuvee for me. I don't think this beer is getting the hype that is deserves. This is a world class American sour.

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Photo of gregc
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz wax dipped bottle...

Pours a nice pale red color with a small but nice looking white head.

The aroma is wonderful, so much going on...red wine, berries, oak, nice funk and sour cherries. I really can get a nice hint of all the wine grapes added to this during the aging process. Very wine like and very unique.

The taste was also spot on...smooth red wine taste, some oak and grapes, turning into a nice tartness that leaves a wonderful tart aftertaste.

the mouthfeel is wonderful, nice carbonation and finishes really well.

I could drink quite a few of these, although i think with some more time to develop, this is going to be known as a top quality sour.

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Photo of younger35
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from brewdogmrb after the release. Since I read about this brew it was on my target list. Captain Lawrence is amazing and I expect this thing to be bomb.com. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Batch #1 and perhaps the best looking bottle of beer I've ever encountered. I'm honestly pumping up the beer appearance a half point because the bottle and wax look so elegant.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red with hues of yellow around the edges with a fairly small bubbly head that recedes VERY quickly. No cap or collar is left and I can see some fairly aggressive carbonation in the glass as well as some chunks of grapes.
Smell- Very tart with a big green apple presence and plenty of apple cider vinegar. Not as dirty smelling as I was expecting but maybe the Brett hasn't fully sunk in yet. Loads of red and white grapes as well with a quenching smell that makes my mouth immediately water. I get a slight bit of vanilla but not a whole lot of wood from the barrels. Maybe it's hiding under all that extremely pungent acidity that seems to jump out of the glass.
Taste- Starts very tart and somewhat astringent with a VERY vinous character. Cabernet grapes and bing cherries add a crisp tartness and sharp acidity. Not really sour as it's just fleshy and lightly fruity with hints of melon at times. Some horsehair and tobacco add a deep musty earthiness that compliments the sour nicely. The astringency from the grape skins and oak gets damn strong on the finish. Vanilla and caramel ooze out of the oak as the dry, leathery finish just seems to suck the fruit out of your tongue.
Mouthfeel- Light and tannic that is super dry and puckering. Feels lightly crisp at times although the carbonation is very light.
Drinkability- This is definitely the most interesting beer I've had in quite awhile. The oak is fairly strong in the taste but mixed with those grapes it turns into an amazingly dry brew. This beer is very vinous and 350mL isn't nearly enough and that's my only complaint. Thanks much for the opportunity Mike!

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Photo of caresville
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bought bottle at captain lawrence last week at the release, split bottle with PaulMPap.

a- pours a shade of mahogany, little ring of a head that dissolves quickly and nice lacing for a sour.

s- easily one of the best beers in this category ever. sour grapes, sour apples, vinegar, peaches, smells like a complex chardonnay.

t&m- mouth puckering and mouth watering, grapes and lemons are the first things that hit that palate. an oaky, buttery, slimy mouthfeel while going down it attacks every possible orifice of the throat and mouth while souring them up to a point where its almost impossible to not press your lips together.

d- best sour i think i have ever had, very original with straight up tastes of everything advertised on the bottle. no strange tastes or anything to detract from this beer. if you have a chance to try this, dont miss out.

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Photo of boralyl
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, many thanks to Thorpe429 for providing the bottle.

A - The beer pours a very small off-white head that fades quickly with little to no lace. The beer is clear with a medium-red hue with a little orange/brown.

S - The aroma is very complex. I get red grapes, acidity, light malt sweetness and a little bit of vinegar.

M - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation.

T - The taste is just as complex as the nose. The red grapes shine and are very vibrant. There is also some vinegar and acidity which is cut by some malt sweetness towards the finish. The alcohol is not detectable at all.

This is quite an excellent beer, and is full of complexity. The grapes, acidity and malt sweetness play well w/ one another, making a great beer.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Belgian glass. Marked as Batch 2.
Attractive garnet/chocolate brown color with a 1/4" head that almost instantly fizzes away to a very thin layer on top of the beer, almost like a Berliner weiss. Never seen an oud bruin or a sour do that...
Very rich smells of ripe strawberry and sweet & tart cherry, oak, a touch of fruit candy. A little bit of blackberry jam even. Red wine vinegar, some kind of spiciness. Some other kind of red fruit, like pomegranate maybe. The brettanoymces is hiding out under all that stuff, giving a subtle sour/funky backbone.
Taste: just wow. Comes on with tart and slightly funky cherry and rhubarb, then pours a wave of rich red wine vinegar over the tongue and ends with mild brett funk. There's oak and red fruit mixed in every part, some non-sweet brown sugary notes. Pretty tart but manages an amazing balance between malt & fruit flavors, sourness, and brett. The aftertaste goes on forever. So rich and layered and complex, I am impressed.
The texture is very nice, medium bodied and smooth, silky even.
I immediately want there to be more for me to drink. Why does this only come in a 12.7 oz bottle? I imagine the ABV is fairly high but it hides it well. So delicious, and for its complexity and richness, very easy drinking.
This is my new favorite beer. Except for the appearance, there's so little wrong with this beer. Set a new standard for oud bruin for me, and beer in general. Damn.

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Photo of mikey711
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of mikereaser
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a pale pink with a small amount of foam

S - amazing! wine, berries, and a bit of oak, the smell was just incredible

T - nice red wine taste, it almost seemed like I was eating grapes, again a bit of oak and a funky bit of tartness

M/D - very smooth, incredible taste and aroma. I definitely recommend it to anyone if you can find a bottle.

Batch 2
sampled at the brewery, then a bottle on March 30, 2010

4 A - pours a reddish brown, very murky with just a ring of bubbles on the surface
4 S - fermented grapes hit your nose as soon as you open the bottle, oak, wood and vanilla, hints of vinegar
4.5 T - some acidity hits you right away, grapes and oak sneak in along with the tartness and pucker
4.5 M - finishes slightly dry, puckery throughout but not overly strong, fuller mouthfeel than I remember the first batch being
4 D - Great tasting now, I think it will only improve with age. 1 bottle at a time is enough, but it is definitely worth seeking out and experiencing

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Photo of drseamus
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to aerozeppl for cracking this one open. Sampled right after Gargamel.

A: Clear red but cloudy when the tasty yeast is added. Just a touch of white head.

S: Good and tart. Some tart cherries in the background. Not quite tart enough really.

T: Dear Lord!!! My tongue and glands just got assaulted by the tartness. I might press charges. All I know is that someone kicked by glands in the balls and all they left was some cherries and red wine.

M: Thin to medium bodied. Just where it needs to be.

D: It's glandy. Almost 90% of where I want it to be.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Batch no.1, waxed and capped bottle.

It pours a very cloudy colour of rust with a tiny head of foam..really just a ring around the glass. There's some lacing and I really like the look of the brew despite the lack of foam.

The smell is nice and sour and reminds me a lot of NB's La Folie except I can easily smell the grapes that are mentioned on the label.

The taste is the wow! Really tart start but about mid palate, I can definitely taste a solid caramel malt backbone that took me by surprise. Big notes of grape and oak with a good note of vanilla follow up and again, wow. At times, the sourness really puckers my mouth but that's not a bad thing at all. I'm loving it. How I acquired a taste for these sour babies I'll never know but I'm certainly glad I did. ;^)

Light bodied and lightly carbonated, it finishes very tart with a last dose of that grapey goodness. There's no abv for this beer that I can find but I'd guess that it was in the ~6% range.

Drinkability? I love well made Oud Bruins/Wild Ales that bring the sour so, for me, this is something I could sit down and "session" with. Easily. Damn, this is good!

Thanks again, Alan, for the chance to try this nectar of the gods!

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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 standardcherry
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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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 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 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 stimulus
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a CL tulip.
Batch 3.

A: Pours an opaque caramel with a white ring around the edge.
S: Tart sourness and grapes.
T: Complex: starting with an oaky wine flavor, this beer next shows some signs of lactic sourness, and finally finishes with a sweet red grape flavor and an alcoholic bite (must be at least 8% abv).
M: Crisp, acidic, medium bodied and well carbonated.
O: Perfect level of sourness, not too heavy, a fleeting hint of alcohol, but the grapes added to this beer help it finish perfectly, leaving a great aftertaste.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1126th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Snifter
500 ml

Batch 3

Thanks to CPAbeer and StormKing47 for the gift

Shared with GuruDel

App- Looks like a muddled mix of grapefruit juice and a bit of lemonade. Nice highlights run through out the beer. A small 1/2 in head formed and faded very quickly. Buzzing as it fell. Not a lot of cling maybe a couple dots.

Smell- I loved the smell of this beer. It was so assertive and sour. It really combined elements of a lot of beers that I have had included Gilgamesh that I had 2 beers before this. It was sweet, tart, fruity, funky. A mix of Supplication, 3F Sch. Kriek and more Boom to it!

Taste- Just so good across the board. Amazingly smooth and not prickly. Not over sour, not over fruity. A well layered sour that just kept enveloping more flavor as I kept sipping on it. Amazing to me that it could start a bit of a fruity tart and then move more to a oak layer and then back to a Brett note. And have earthy layers buried in it as well.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium and then a medium carbonation. Just a tad full for me with these layers. Residual flavors from oak, tannin, fruit, barn and cherry.

Drink- I can't thank Chad and Josh enough for the gift for being a trustee. This beer was so damn good. Layers upon layers and it did it effortlessly. I want it again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer is deep red with a small, bubbly, white head. A small amount of lacing is spotted around the glass.

The aroma is very nice. Tart Merlot and Zinfandel grapes with a low level of sweetness. There are some oak notes in the aroma that blend very well with the grapes. Brettanomyces add a complex layer of funk to the sour and tart red grapes. The aroma of this beer is very complex. I could sit here with my nose in the glass for hours, but at some point one must drink.

Initially sweet, Rosso e Marrone almost immediately becomes tart. The red grapes are outstanding with the Brett and oak. The bottle shows no indication of the ABV but it is noticeable in the distance. The added touch of sweetness to the sour Zinfandel and Merlot grapes makes for an infinitely complex finish.

Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a vinous profile. A unique and thoroughly enjoyable beer from Captain Lawrence. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to rlmartin for the hook-up

A - It pours brown and murky, forebodingly silent as it has no real head or obvious vigor. It looks sour, even from a distance.

S - HFS! What an amazing nose; I'm getting big notes of acid-sour, cherry, Band-Aid and even some impressions of Hermes Luggage.

T - The taste is pretty nice, but not as dynamic as the nose. I get lots of wood, caramel apple, strong sour-tart fruit nuances and some solvent flavor.

M - Very dry. Sparkling, too, despite the tranquility of its appearance.

D - Other than the rarity, pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a waxed and capped, 12.7oz bottle into a Struise tulip. Extra special thanks to javib458 for the trade and hook-up!

Batch 1

A: Pours a hazy and still, rose accented brown color with just a tiny amount of bubbly, light-pink head. The foam immediately moves from a loose congregation in the center to the edge of the glass, where it takes position 'till the very end. No lace was spotted save for one stubborn little glob near the rim of the glass.

S: Tart and earthy. Slightly metallic aroma, as it warms, along with saddle leather, red-wine soaked oak, sour cherry, vinegar, extremely unripe grapefruit, lemon, and tart/sour grapes.

T: Almost exactly as above. Add to this some very tart orchard fruit, red wine, and bark.

M: Surprisingly full bodied considering how sour it is. Very acidic with a pleasant touch of mellow sweetness that knocks one or two of the rough (sour) edges off and transports this to a whole new level. Finishes acidic, sweet, and dry.

D: The Captain does it again! I went into this expecting nothing short of greatness and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Many thanks go out to Javier for agreeing to this trade. I've been trying to put my hands on a bottle of this ever since it was released. I had one bottle break en-route to me (F.U.U.P.S.!) and a couple trades fall through/go nowhere. I'm really loving everything the Captain lays his hot little hands on!

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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy, murky cherry-plum. As you swirl the glass it appears to leave a thick film of what may be grape pulp on the glass. This one is not much of a looker.

Smell: Sour cherries (delicious) and heavy oak. Musty, leathery brettanomyces in a good way.

Taste: Perfect blend of sour, tart cherries, oakiness, musty leather brett, caramel, and a bit of funk. Some other dark berries, rhubarb, and perhaps a little curing tobacco. Incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly full, there is a good deal suspended in this one.

Drinkability: Highly complex and drinkable, although I think the smaller bottle is the perfect size.

I think this one is highly under-rated and some of the low reviews did not rate to style. Personally I think this is the best beer for this style. Much better than red poppy.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.