Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 539
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 6.18%
Wants: 604
Gots: 147 | FT: 17
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but slightly one dimension in its sourness. (677 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a small beige head that quickly faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste is sour and has some complexities with flavors of grapes and notes of wood.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the sour flavors are not that strong and the alcohol is well masked from the taste. (545 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle of Batch 2 at the release on 03.27.2010.

A: Pours a somewhat-hazed ruby with a tight white head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Sour notes come out alongside earth, oak, yeast, a bit of anise, and a bit of red wine.

T: Very similar with some cherries coming in as well. Good grape flavor, and a bit of the anise shining through. Quite tasty, but not as complex as I was hoping it would be.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of dryness. Good sourness and carbonation.

D: Enough complexity to keep me finding new things, but nothing really tying everything together. A very good beer that I'm glad I got, but not the best that I've had. (665 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell: Tart cherry, barnyard funk and oak

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

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice take on the style; well-balanced and particularly enjoyed the anise in the finish (444 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a murky brown/red color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird funk is quite powerful with some sour and oak notes also noticeable. Taste is also overpowered by the weird funk notes which didn't agree with me (I usually did the barnyard notes but those were too much) and a sour lightly acidic finish. Body was quite full with medium carbonation. I had a hard time getting into this one - probably one of the worst from a usually excellent brewer. (490 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle, Dyan.

Appearance: Murky, muddy reddish-brown. Pours with a tiny off-white head that disappears pretty quickly; carbonation levels are fairly low.

Smell: Damp, musty basement, tart tannic red wine, some spices, a bit of soap and cardboard. A very muddled beer.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and tannic, a bit like grapeskin. Metallic mid-palate with some odd earthy funk. Heavyish body with low carbonation. The finish is somewhat mineral and oxidized, not entirely pleasant. Had this one side-by-side with Cuvee de Castleton, and thought that beer was far superior. (585 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks Dan for sharing!
Quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.
Not sure of the batch, 375mL bottle.

Reddish orange body, thin skim of offwhite foam across the surface. Clarity is fairly murky, it may have been one of the last pours from the bottle, wasn't keeping track.

Acetic, vinous aroma. Red wine grapes, reminiscent of La Folie.

Dry and cidery, grapes and acetic acid. Medium bodied, not all that funk forward or complex, but it's good. Would take La Folie or a similar Flanders over this though, not really worth the extra effort to seek out. (609 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, huge thanks goes out for getting this one in my hands. This was another big want of mine for a while. All of these new American sours coming out are really getting quite hard to keep up with. Never the less, I feel I am doing a fairly good job at tracking most of them down. This one I waited until lasted night to finally open, and what a hard time opening it! Served chilled into a snifter, this one was consumed on 07/09/2009.
 
The pour was rather, well interesting to say the least. It started out with a light brown pour, kind of hazy and cloudy with a tight little head of white that came up and over the top to a height of around an inch before settling down to leave the top of it bare with nothing along the sides to show for it. Aroma of sour cherries, nice tannic notes, a light hint of grapes and a bunch of funky barrel creatures coming up through the air. I was intrigued now, but I let it continue to warm, inching closer to that optimum temperature. This brought out hints of caramel and a touch of toffee or butterscotch, very complex. As I take the first sip, the sour takes over immediately, shredding any taste buds I had left and leaving them in the dust. Again letting it come up and breath lets loose the complexity that lie within. The cherries start to show along with red wine characteristics. Definite sweet undertones pinned against it now as well. Quite nicely done I have to say. I am intrigued now as well as really quite impressed. So I  go forward, and the smooth body, not as highly carbonated as one would get from the style at times, rather mellow, light and coating as it goes down. Still though, crisp and amazing complex. Very drinkable I had no issue at all with this bottle as the night wore on.
 
Overall a very well done example of the style here. Different, a little sweeter then I would normally expect, but amazingly complex. Very happy to get to try this one. (1,922 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Steve for sending me this one. A bottle from Batch 2.

A: The pour is a dark amber color that's perhaps a bit more on the brown side. The head is off-white in color.

S: The nose starts off with sweet malts, cherries, and red grapes. Red wine vinegar becomes very apparent quite quickly and is followed up by an unfortunate amount of butter.

T: Very heavy on the vinegar which provides a big sourness right off the bat. Unfortunately, lots of metallic and buttery flavors that just ruin this beer.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is light to medium. Grape? skins provide a bit of a chewiness...

D: I remember having a bottle of the first batch and thinking it was pretty good. However, this one didn't quite live up to that experience. (758 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Steve for this. Batch 2 shared with some Westsiders.

Pours amber brown/red with fine carbonation creating a thin, rapidly fading head. Smell is so great. Tart cherries and funky brett goodness. Taste is complex mix of oak tannins, cherry and berry, sour grape punch and just enough tart zing. Somewhat dry, vinous, and cat-like finish. Mouthfeel is bright, clean and prickly tart. Overall, really enjoyable and would certainly seek out again. Glad to try this. (471 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Batch #3. I've been looking forward to trying this brew for some time now. It pours a cloudy amber-auburn topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises tart raspberry, ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange, very light caramel, light brown sugar, red grapes, blueberry, currant, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light white vinegar. The taste holds notes of sour raspberry, green apple, pomegranate, very light brown sugar-cinnamon, plum, and vinegar. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice brew, something very complex and interesting to drink. (718 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 poured into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to Arenbeer for providing this one and finewinemike for hosting.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head. The head fades to just a trace on top of the pour.

Smell: There is a dominant vinegary sourness that hits you right away. Some malt sweetness and there was a slightly off smell that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Taste: Very tart and vinegary. There is a mild malt sweetness and a fruity note that reminded me of raspberries. I didn't pick up the off note from the smell in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really tart sour beer. The taste was nice and smooth given the abv. Didn't really pick up any alcohol. The smell took this down a notch for me. (812 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light bubbly head, hazy maple orange brown color.

N: Great wild barnyard funk, sour fruit, light tart cherry wild Brett but kept in check, some sweet reddish malts.

T: Sour tart fruit, wild barnyard funk, toasty malts, reddish malts, nice Brett like funk, sour light cherry, fruit, mouth watering, light lacto. Finishes dry and tart with a light sticky but dry, grape seed, sour grape flavors.

M: Med bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Great, awesome tart fruit, sour and wild funk with good malty balance. (575 characters)

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

Dark rusty-brown pour, with a small cap of foamy, off-white head. Lactic and acetic aroma, cherry, red wine, mildly earthy. The flavor reflected the aroma well, tart but balanced and not very puckering, sour cherries, red wine, tolerably acetic, not too woody, but there was a slight leathery quality to it, with subtle funk undertones and maybe even a dusting of cocoa powder (from the use of some darker malts, I'd assume). Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, and a nice drink overall. (493 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dave for busting this out unexpectedly. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - This was kind of odd - Dave poured the first half and I poured the second. His glass is a lovely dark red-brown color with a finger of off-white foam. My glass has quick-dissolving foam and was a sort of homely brown color. I'm going to give this brew the benefit of the doubt here and go with Dave's glass.

S - Tons of brett in this one - reminds me a little of Consecration too. There's the obvious sour cherry flavor, but I get a lot of sweet red wine and grape notes as well. I like it better than La Folie and Red Poppy, both of which I had yesterday - there's a better balance of funk, tart, sour, and sweet flavors.

T - The taste has more sour and tart flavor, and is loaded with sour cherry and unripened grape notes. The tartness pervades into the aftertaste. There isn't a ton of wood in this one, as the fruit flavors seem to leap to the forefront. The funk and horse flavor is more restrained in the flavor to me.

M - Light medium body, with a dry finish and lots of residual cotton mouth sensations. The carbonation is fairly mild - strangely enough I prefer a little more active carbonation in my sour brews.

D - I keep reaching for my glass - there's no reason why I couldn't kill a 375ml bottle of this on my own. The aftertaste is strong but not overwhelming and the carbonation and ABV are both pretty low. I'd love to get my hands on another bottle of this one - maybe batch #2. (1,493 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700! Figured I'd crack something nice for this one and have been wanting to open this for a while. Batch 3, poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Gulden Draak Belga Café tulip.

a - Pours a deep, murky, reddish brown color with three inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and a half and leaves a very tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of brett, funk, red grapes, oak, fruity malts, sour dark fruits and raspberries, vinegar, lactic notes, cherries, and light barnyard earthy notes. Tons of brett and funk, as well as sour dark fruits; a really awesome funky nose.

t - Tastes of sour red grapes, cherries, and raspberries, brett, oak, barnyard funk, dirt, fruity malts, vinegar, and sour apples. Again, a ton of sour fruit and brett; really loving this one, as it is quite tart.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty tart and dry.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer; another great sour from Captain Lawrence. Just a ton of sour red grapes and dark fruits, as wel as brett, which is perfect to me. Would love to get more bottles of this and will definitely be trying to go up to CL next time it is released. I think I prefer cDc a tiny bit more than this one, but this is probably up there with Barrel Select batch 1 as the second best CL beer I've had. (1,350 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 (I think) shared by Thorpe429, thanks!

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Beer is woody and acetic with strong lactic notes in the nose. Smells exactly like what I thought it would.

Making an Oud Bruin is a difficult beer. It is hard to pull off in general and this is a great example of one. I really like this beer. It is thin and bright, acetic and tannic. Very nice finish, mildly dry. I'd have it again, looking forward to tasting the other vintages and releases. (525 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to FooFaa for bringing these to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event.

Batch 1 & 2 tasted one after the other, starting with batch one. *My numerical ratings are for the batch one*

A - Both pour hazy amber, bordering on light red, with a small one finger tall head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - The batch one definitely has more sourness than the batch two. Both have hints of tart cherries, oak, dry brett yeast, and dulled red wine. I would say batch one was the clear winner in this category.

T - Batch one has way more sourness to it, while batch two has more brett and horse blanket dryness. Both have some underlining sweetness to go along with plenty of sour grapes, tart cherries, oak, and dry yeast. Finish on both is bone but it doesn't linger for very long. I greatly preferred the batch one but I still enjoyed the batch two. Very good stuff.

M - Both have a medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Batch one has quite a bit of pucker in the feel, while batch two has more of a bretty yeast feel to it. I prefer batch one here as well.

D - Very nice stuff. I would say batch one was the clear winner. The batch two seemed to be still developing a bit but I am not sure if it will ever get to batch ones level. Thanks again Dan for the chance to try these side by side. (1,346 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate amounts of dark brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy pinkish beige head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a medium thick sudsy ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries, grapes, and oak from the barrel aging.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of initial tartness from the sour cherries with some moderate notes of grapes. There are lighter notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of prickly acidity. Just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden considering the strength. Upfront there is a sharp acidic tartness but that fades a bit as the beer warms up. (970 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Carolus chalice.

Color is a dark cherry raspberry color. Glass has some yeast sediment in it and the beer is very hazy. Hardly any white head. No lace.

Aroma: Sour red grapes, some funk and brett, wood, and slight wine flavors. Very nice.

Taste: A little bit of a let down. Some leather. The grapes add a lot to the flavor. Wood and brett also stick out. Funky with cherries. Nothing to special, but good.

Mouthfeel: Very sour and tart. Funky. I was surprised that the body was fairly light. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and sour.

Overall, a pretty good sour, but nothing too special. I was a little bit let down by this one, but it was fairly drinkable. (690 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a lot to OldSock for the thoughtful share. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a few years, and somehow the stars never aligned until tonight.

The beer is hazy chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Audible hissing as the head rapidly fades. The aroma is grand, offering plenty of sourness and funk, with prominent yeast, fruits, caramels, bread. Sharp and biting feel, but not unpleasant. Certainly acetic though. A nice beer to sip and savor with a friend or two. Double digit alcohol is disguised quite well. A really solid beer, though not for everyone. (568 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1; Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, fizzy, tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, murky, plum color that shows a somewhat hazed, dark cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour cherries up front (though not as vibrant as sour pie cherries would be), tart lactic notes, tannic wood aromas, spicy oak and lots of woody plank like character. This is quite fruity smelling, but it is hard to break out the exact fruits that the nose evokes; it seems comprised of aromas like cherry, cranberries, a touch of concord grape character, some currant notes as well as something that is distinctly fruity, but that I can't quite describe. Towards the end of my glass (once the beer has warmed up quite a bit), musty Brettanomyces notes are noticeable with a touch of urea and some sweaty leather notes. The nose has a nice mix of wood and fruit, with a interesting backdrop of funkiness that boosts the complexity quite a bit.

The beer tastes tart as it first hits my tongue and the sourness becomes more gripping as it moves across my palate. The finish is a complex mix of tart, tannic fruit, wood, and berry-like notes. The carbonation adds a fizzy texture and there is also a tannic heft to the body of this beer that adds weight to what would otherwise be a light beer. This beer has an exquisite texture to it because of the oak and fruit; it really clings to the palate, with a texture that is beyond the finishing gravity. The oak adds some nice spiciness as well as an earthiness that is at least somewhat barrel influenced. As the beer warms up a light mustiness becomes noticeable, a touch of barnyard character also becomes noticeable though both are not much beyond a subtle touch.

This is a very nice beer; the grapes add a nice complexity that is boosted by the oak character and the ample, but not quite overwhelming, sourness. This is a nicely balanced beer, though the aroma really needs to warm up quite a bit before it becomes nicely complex from the underlying Brettanomyces influence. (2,118 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 bottle into a St. Bernardus glass late at night. Picked this up at the brewery.

A- Rosso has a reddish dark brown look and just looks murky all together. A steady pour into a non tipped glass produced only a faint cap of already fading active off white bubbles. The cap was gone by the time i was finished the bottle, no lacing.

S- The smell on rosso tells me that Im in for something good here. This has opened up quite nice in the past 6 months. Big scents of sour/tart cherries with alot of grapes as well. Being a CL beer, the oak is well versed also, a little wood. A big nose of brett funkiness. Also some vinegar in the nose common for this style.

T- Damn, this is great beer. Each sip better than the last. The main taste that compete head to head are the cherries and the grapes used to ferment rosso, they play well with one another. The brett used also gives some sour tartness with some musty barnyard smells. Oak and wood from the barrel and some acidity from the wild ingredients. This really reminds me of wine in a big way, but better.

M- The feel was medium bodied with a sprinkle of carbonation, just enough to let itself be known. Some acidity and overall rosso is tart. Not knowing the ABV I would say the alcohol is well hidden but not 100% away. Slowly sipping this I come to find this is damn refreshing

D- I took down my 12oz or so with no problem and loved every bit of it. This is a top notch version of this style. While being a wild ale the wildness is a bit tamed while the taste is wonderful. I think I just found my favorite Captain Lawrence beer to date, this was special. This has good legs for some aging, alot going on here. (1,673 characters)

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.