Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 553
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 19.15%
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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 vonnegut21
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

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

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Photo of Markito
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz, Batch 4
Hill Farmstead wine glass

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

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

T: Tart cherry. Funky sour grapes.

M: High carbonation. Medium bodied.

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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 rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Another from the trade with ShowerBeers

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

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

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

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

O-A great sour, good balance and funky.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep red color with a fizz of head that dies to nothing at all quickly, no head. Others had a head in different glasses, in my dre fontenein glass it didn't have much at all.

The smell is very nice it has that savory pie like fruit cherry quality to it with a good slightly buttery malt base, but not in a infected way but in a nice composed way that works well with the funk and fruit notes. The taste is not quite as round as the smell suggested, it has more of a citric and acidic bite than I guessed, also some somewhat alcohol tasting center to the taste without a ton of malt to back it up. Interesting, not bad but not what I'd expect from an our bruin, very acidic, good amount of red grape as well.

The feel is ok, definitely sharp and under carbonated in some ways. Decent body to it. Overall decent beer but not amazing.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pour yields almost no head. Some mild bubbles creep up along the sides and leave a flimsy ring around the glass. Pours a nice dark ruby red with some slight copper hues. There is also an amber/brownish note to the brew.

Aroma starts off as expected with some intense tart notes mixed in with some nice fruity notes. Notes of sweet/sour cherries some tart apple skin notes with some vinous and slightly earthy wood aroma in there. There is some slight fruit juice sweetness in the aroma as well.

Flavor starts off smooth. Low carbonation but lots of flavor. Nice vinous character with some woody notes and some nice vinegary tartness. Balsamic notes as well as some woody funk are present. The sour notes are sharp and pungent but they don't last too long and they lead into a nice slight sweetness with some more woody earthy funk. There are notes of some sour apple skin and some slight lemony notes and tons of vinous grape skin notes with some slight juicy sweetness behind this. Balanced for a sour beer with a nice dry finish and a light feel.

Pretty yummy Flanders. Quite true to style. Great vinous notes. Grape skin tannins and some good slight grape juice notes plus some earthy wood and a nice vinegary tartness that isn't too intense.

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ellaimbo
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the style of beer that I LOVE and while Captain Lawrence got it right from the flavor, to the smell and appearance .. .the price is way TOO high. I figured I'd try it as it is locally brewed but you should save the cash and buy some Goudenband or Monk's instead

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trade bottle. Batch #4 and my first Captain Lawrence. Thanks!!! Pours a cloudy red with a big pink head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very sour cherry and vinegar. Beautiful sour cherry flavor with dry oak and a hint of sour grape. Much creamier mouthfeel than I have had from a sour. Prickly carbonation and a long lasting sour on the palate. No ABV content but there seems to be a bit of warmth on this. Good brew.

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Photo of scootny
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a combined review of two batch one bottles. The first consumed within a month of purchase. The second Four years later as I unwind from a day at work on my birthday. The day is past and I am enjoying a nightcap review.

The uncellared bottle pours a reddish brown withh a tight white head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves no covering. The aged beer show little carbonation, producing a touch of light soap bubbley foam for a brief moment. The fluid itself is the same, being quite cloudy with a bit of a glow as I look at it.

Smell is oaken and tart with a complex blend of vanilla, caramel, sour cherries, and grapes. Some malt sow with a bit of toasted breakfast muffins. The fresh bottle has a more upfront fruitiness that mellows with aged. It has a bit of olfactory pucker. The mature version is mellower with more wood, horse blanket and a whiff of alcohol that is not noticeable when new.

Taste is great any way you slice it. Vinous dry and tart, with all the nose players showing. Fresh, the sourness is tongue numbing with lots of fruit based tartness and a sourness that channels wine that must come from the grapes and oak barrels. The swallow and finish bring that oak forward and leaves a mouth puckering dryness that features a shot of tannins and sourness. The older version is less dynamic but no less impressive. The front leads with oak and and and cherries flowing onto a mellow grapeish fruit. The tannins are bigger here in the body and bloom into a wonderful sourness. The swallow allow the malt to peek out a touch and then quickly revert to vinous sourness.

Feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation when young and a just enough of a tingle to let you know it's beer when old. Crisp overall feel enhances drinkability.

Just a great beer. Refreshing and crisp. With a restorative dry quality that is wonderful I had it with pizza new and it was great, a spicy cheddar aged an it is superb. A beer for all seasons and reasons.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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 DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Pours a dark red/brown color. There is very little head.

This smells great! Definite dark fruits; things like cherry, and fig. There is some musty scent, but not too much.

There is a huge aspect to this. My teethe feel dried out by it and I can feel the burn as it goes down...Oak is pretty forward as well. Bring on the heartburn!

Mouthfeel is good, rather light bodies considering the 10% ABV. There is a great tart/dryness combo going on that leaves me desiring another sip each time I take one.

Overall, I'm not sure I'll ever fully love Oud Bruins, even though I love most sours and funky beers. There is just a harsh aspect to them, but this one is definitley one of the better ones I've had. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cavedave for pulling this bottle out. Batch #2
The beer pours a reddish amber with a thin halo of white head. The nose is reminiscent of acetone and sweet cherries. The acetone carries through to the beer's taste and mixes with the oak and now tart cherries and red plum. However, the acetone is a bit too pungent which throws off the beer's balance and drinkability. The aftertaste is dry and intense; this is one of the driest rouges I've ever had. Still very delicious and a treat.

Update from fresh bottle (batch#4)
The beer is still quite flat and has a significant sweetness compared to the dank, dry, acetone base I remember. There is also a bigger wine barrel presence and bitterness similar to an iced black tea. Different beer, I look forward to laying a few bottles down to dry out and age

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Photo of warnerry
4.44/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 served in a Portsmouth tulip. Not sure who shared, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark grape-like color with a dirty white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Tart green apple and lime rind with a lemony pith. There is some sweet fruit, maybe grape or some dark berry. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T: The taste follows the nose with some tart fruit skins, dark sweet fruits and mild acetone on the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied. For how big this beer is it drinks quite nicely. Medium carbonation.

O: I've never had an oud bruin that was this big and robust, but it drank like it was much lighter. Very solid and glad I was able to get to try this.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: tawny color. hazy. no head. 3.5
S: acetic acid. caramel. cherries. no sign of grapes. very flanders like. hot alcohol. 3.5
T: quite acidic. some harsh alcohol. 3
M. low carbonation. medium body. vinegar bite in aftertaste. 3
O: eh. nothing special. out of balance. 3

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3. Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a medium white head that diminishes very quickly. Scent is VERY inviting. Lovely red wine vinegar and nice tart aromas with some tart, red grapes. Quite least more funky than I was expecting. The Brett has done some good thing for the nose of this beer. Very sharp tart cherry/grape aromas with a good amount of wood/oak. Lovely nose. Taste is just as nice. At first it drinks like a burguny with some strong, somewhat tart, dark flavors. Then you get a good amount of sour grapes, which immediately turns to cherry sweetness. Very sour, vinegar-like beginning, with a smooth sweet cherry finish. Lovely oak flavors throughout, especially in the center of the palate. As the beer warms, the barrel really comes through with lovely oak flavors. You can definitely tell this is one of the higher ABV sour beers, but would never guess it to be as high as 10%! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a tingly, somewhat puckering carbonation. Drinkability is scary high for a 10% beer. Overall, this is a great Oud Bruin beer. Love the complexities of if.

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