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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 583
Gots: 159 | FT: 20
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009)
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rosso is a fine-looking beer. It pours a ruby-to-brown color with a smallish white head that settles down into a ring. The aroma is a powerful mix of fruit and sour scents. The description talks about grapes, which I can detect in the wine-like scent, but there seems to be more cherry than anything else. There's also a faint undercurrent of must, kind of like some poorly-visited library stacks.

The taste follows the aroma, but the sour qualities now take the lead. The fruit flavors seem darker and sweeter than they did in the aroma -- plum or fig-type stuff. It almost tastes like there's a Belgian dubbel hiding underneath all that sour. But oh, the sour packs a powerful punch. Very tart and very dry. There's a definite woody character too, especially as it dries.

So Rosso is a solid, complex sour -- not the greatest I've ever tasted, but definitely worth waiting in line for once a year. But I can't for the life of me decide what a craft beer novice would make of it. There are other sours, particularly Oud Bruins, that rookies tend to like when I make them try one. But Rosso is odd. It's almost as if it's a different, sweeter style that somebody has painted over with a very sour brush. I guess I mean it's not as well-defined as some other sours, if that makes sense. Don't get me wrong, though -- it's a mighty fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 21:31:25 | More by CharlatanSin
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rye726

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for cracking this one open. After trying Cuvee de Castleton, I've wanted to try more of Captain Lawrence's sours. Nose has red wine barrels, sweet malts and tart cherries. Big notes of vinegar kind of get in the way here. Same with the taste. Good beer, but too much vinegar and acidity. Clean crisp body has a dry finish. Not bad, but too much vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:17:40 | More by rye726
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well I waited, patiently, it was a hard week and I diserve this. A brown color that tends toward garnett red when held to the light, initial pour appears with a half finger of white head that vanishes after minutes in the glass. Grapes, red wine, barrel, fresh cut wood, and just a hint of vinegar and acid hit the olfactory. Sour is on my tongue before this beer hits my lips. Grapey sweetness bounces to tartness and transforms to woody basement oak and a kick of brett funk, followed by more sour tart cherry and sour candy. The palate is left with scrubing bubbles of sour cleanliness. Feels like waves of mouth wash in a good way, puckering! I am so happy and sad. Happy I am having this great beer, sad it is leaving my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:56:04 | More by pmlondrigan
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DmanGTR

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to a very generous BA for breaking this out.

Poured darkish mahogany/raisin color with a light tan head. Slight sediment. Wonderful aroma! Sour cherry, probably of the Ranier variety is most prominent. Touch of wood and earth, but balanced with much sweetness of lighter fruits. Maybe even some wine character in here. Wonderfully tart, but not overly so. There's that distinctive Brettanomyces coming out now that it has warmed a little bit to challenge the tartness. Hint of leather too. Bubbly carbonation makes for a nice, fresh feel. I would drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 06:05:09 | More by DmanGTR
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billab914

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a mixture of brown and ruby colors with a very thin and bubbly head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of darker fruits to it. Grapes, raisins and figs all come through in it at first. It has a good amount of tartness to it with a moderate acidicness as well. There is a bit of musty sourness there as well.

The taste starts out with some of the sour grape flavors coming through. Towards the finish I get more of the woody oak flavors to it along with some of the dark fruit sweetness. Throughout the flavor I get some musty, sour grapes to it along with a moderate vinegar like flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Drinkability is decent, I liked the grape sourness to it. It had some nice complexity to it with a lot of flavors going on. It was a nice beer to sip on during and after dinner this evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:47:54 | More by billab914
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Received in a trade with koopa. Thanks again Dennis!

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Funky, musty aroma with prominent earthy oak along with some vanilla, brett effervescence and vinous dark fruit. Captain Lawrence does a good job of replicating the funk from Belgian lambics really well in their sours and this one is no exception. A lot of the American Wild Ales I've encountered recently are overpowered by a dry brett character but this one has a musty, earthy, barnyard/horsey presence to it. That's not to say that it's as intense as a Belgian sour but it's there. There's also a subtle vinegar presence and a very strong vinous dark fruit/red wine character. Lots of grape, tart dark cherry, currant and other berries.

Tart, puckering medium body that is pretty sour and slightly acidic but this is countered by the sweet vinous dark fruit notes, earthy oak, lacto, dry brett and subtle vanilla. This beer starts off pretty tart with a puckering sourness that lingers throughout. Again, there is some nice earthy/musty barnyard funk going on in addition to the dry brett presence. The funk is complimented by the dry brett and earthy oak. There's a very prominent sweet, vinous dark fruit presence mid-palate that balances things out. Hints of grape, tart dark cherries, currant, plum and other dark berries. The label says that fresh red grapes are added but I wouldn't be surprised if this was aged in a red wine barrel. The sweetness from the grapes is excellently compliment by the lingering vinegary puckering character in the dry finish. As soon as I put the glass down I'm salivating for more. There is some slight acidity but this beer is incredibly quaffable.

This is the best sour I've had from Captain Lawrence so far and one of the better American Wild Ales I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 08:21:19 | More by corby112
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/red color with a finger of head. The aroma is sharply acidic with a bit of lip gloss character. Big amounts of oak, as well as some sunflower seeds and dirt.

The flavor is tart grapes up front with a dry oakiness and some raisin in the finish. There is also an earthy character I'm having a tough time pinpointing. Very dry and somewhat sour.

The body is medium and carbonation is too high yet still fine for the style.

Overall this beer is good but there are some off flavors. Not sure I would go out of my way to seek it again, but I do enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 23:35:30 | More by alcstradamus
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy reddish brown with a nice head and some lace. The aroma is tart pie cherries with some booze and some farmyard cow dung on haystack with a sort of subdued horse blanket note. The flavor is intensely sour with lots of cherry and lemon rind with a nice bitterness for balance along with the earthy and oaky notes. This is pretty gosh darned sour and fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 18:34:15 | More by BieresDesMoines
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womencantsail

California

2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 04:40:05 | More by womencantsail
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Arbitrator

California

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review of a batch 2 bottle shared by womencantsail. Thanks, Andrew!

A: Pours a maroon body that leans more toward the brown side. A light haziness to it. It's capped by a small off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. The bottle had solid chunks in it (cherry skins?) that can only be called "disgusting."

S: I liked batch 1, but batch 2 is not so great. Butter, cat piss, mild sulfur. Some oxidation is evident (cardboard), with a sweet, brown-sugar aroma rounding it out. Tart cherries and cherry skins in the nose. Moderate acetic sourness. Grapes.

T: The taste captures the aroma well. It's lightly oxidized, buttery. The cat piss aromas give the beer a harshness that kind of works with the tartness of the white wine, barrel astringency, and acetic finish. [I guessed that it was aged in wine barrels, but realized later it was made with grapes. They're evident but I didn't have the skill / palate to identify anything about their color or strain.]

M: Light-medium bodied.

D: It's decent, but I'm not that impressed. Batch 1 was showing signs of bad oxidation (cardboard), though I still enjoyed it. Batch 2 has some off flavors. I am not impressed enough to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:54:30 | More by Arbitrator
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:23:07 | More by kkipple
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busternuggz

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 08:53:09 | More by busternuggz
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shrek806 (I think!) for this one.

375mL green glass pry-top bottle. Batch #2 (Jan 2010).

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with very little off-white head which leaves no spotting.

Nose is densely packed with raisin-y fruits and leather. Fresh and dried figs, dates and prunes, but also plums, starfruit, and orchids. Both bright and brooding.

Palate is bright and sparkly with some tight carbonation and high acidity. Bone freakin dry. This reminds me of a brut rose. Flavors are of dried fruits and leather, plus lots of granite or rocks-n-gravel minerality. Finish is drying, maybe from the oak?

Notes: All the flavors are spot on and all the pieces are right, but they don't quite fit together properly. I think it's too dry for it to work. I had this one at one of the BA beerfests a few years ago and remember it being better. Was probably Batch 1. Soccerman7 told me that this batch was bottled with Champagne yeast which would explain the dryness and the crackly carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:57:57 | More by SFLpunk
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier and Inflatablechair popped Batch #1 and 2 respectively side by side.... I thought #1 was on the way down hill, so this is for batch 2. Thanks Eric and Sammy!!

Pours with an okay white head... sorta orangish amber.... a little bit of haze.

Nose shows a bunch of sour notes... a bit acetic.. and musky sour... hints of cinnamon.

Flavor has big woody elements... tannic.... a bit vinous.. plenty tart... did I mention tannic? I'm having a hard time with the grapes.... instead I get cranberries and green apple skin... finishes very tart and oaky.

Body has more heft than expected ... and I like it... it helped cut back on a sorta spritzer like carbonation.

Interesting for sure... Not sure really what I think... I need another bottle :-)

The Batch #1 bottle was a bit messy... too sorta dusty...
seemed a touch oxidized.

Again, Big thanks to Eric and Sam.

3.5/3.5/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 07:27:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:04:30 | More by Mora2000
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2.
I've been staring at this beer in my fridge waiting 2 weeks for a night where my allergies weren't making me want to die.

A - reddish brown with finger of off white head, recedes to a few small bubbles around the rim.

S - I could smell the grapes the second I opened the bottle. Also brett, vinegar, and oak.

T - Initial acetic sourness with a nice grape character. A decent amount of malts makes this a little sweeter than I'd like.

M/D - very tannic and dry when it was straight from the fridge. Body really develops once it's warmed, carbonation is barely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:24:34 | More by xpimptastikx
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 20:18:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into my Narke tulip, batch 1. Thanks to my girlfriend for this birthday present...Pours a medium dirty, light tan head, ok retention, light lacing...Aroma is dominated by bret funkiness, oak, light vinegar, and a little red wine on the finish. Oak is the backbone, balanced and complex, could be a tad more tart. Smells is a little like consecreation mainly because of the oak...The taste is is very oaky, like the aroma is the backbone of the beer peaking out at all corners. Tart to start, a very sharp bite, but then it fades pretty quickly to light chalk, vinegar, and a tannic red wine finish. The feel is nice, very coated and full...Easy to drink oud bruin, light tartness, could be a little more tart a still drinkable.

An above average oud bruin, very drinkable, nice wine flavors, nice wine flavors, light tartness, more could show.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 01:23:52 | More by jrallen34
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light brown pour non vigorous with a white lacing only around the glass.

S: Funky brett sourness with tart, brown sugar, white grapes, wild yeast and wine aromas.

T: This is one beer that definitely tastes great even right out of the fridge (even though it is sinful) As it warms, more roasted malt flavors become evident along with a little leather and barrel. As with the smell, there is a nice brett presence with sour green grapes, green apple, oak, and brown sugar. Very dry finish with lemon

M: Medium mouthfeel for a Flanders oud bruin. Good carbonation and this one has not suffered from vinegar flavors that I dislike in some oud bruins.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 20:46:38 | More by alpinebryant
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:26:27 | More by hoppymcgee
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is from Batch #2 (handwritten on bottle)

Special thanks to Avalon68 for providing this nice beer. Frank is an excellent trading partner.

Very interesting pour. There is a slight head the immediately fades from the edges and vanished completely!!! Looks like a glass of sherry or wine after just a few moments. Gorgeous burgundy color with crisp clarity. No visible carbonation.

You can smell the vinous tones as you open the bottle. Very sharp aroma that notes the oncoming tartness. Really amazing aroma.

Oh man I love this. It has my favorite roasted nut flavor component. Just delicious. Lots of wood, tannins, vinous flavors and then the amazing nutty tone. As it warms I get some vanilla and the cherry flavor comes forward a bit. In the end more wine like vs. cherry.

Just a prickle of carbonation on the tongue, slick in your mouth yet delicate.

I just love this and will spend quite a bit of time with this bottle. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 21:55:41 | More by Reagan1984
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urwithdave

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to masterhomebrewer for the trade. Reivewing from notes. Cracked this one at a tasting. This is batch 2.

A- pours a murky brownish red color. A vigorous pour mustered up a finger of off white head that faded immediately. No lacing left. I would swear this was flat if it weren't for the bubbles racing to the top.

A- this is really nice. Sour grapes, raspberry, cherries, lemon, oak, and a bit of funk. A very nice smelling brew for sure.

T- Follows the nose. The sour grapes are the most dominant. The oak isn't as strong as I was anticipating. The flavors blend well. A pretty sour beer but there is a bit of sweetness is also present.

M- medium body with a pretty dry finish. A bit of a sour aftertaste lingers. Carbonation was fine despite the look.

D- If it were possible, I would drink this on a pretty regular basis. I enjoyed it. Definitely not in the top group of sours that were opened though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:18:55 | More by urwithdave
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 2, 375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Matt!

A: The first time I saw this beer opened it was a room-temp gusher, so I popped this one right out of the fridge. An initially gentle pour soon shows that overcarbonation won't be an issue, and the final picture is a perfectly adequate finger of coarse tan foam atop a dark reddish-brown body. The head demonstrates reasonable retention but only spotty lace. Not bad, but not especially great, either.

S: Amazingly intense, amazingly vinous aroma. It opens up with straight red wine grapes, then broadens with more fruits (lots of cranberry, some cherry), then some wild yeast spiciness, and finally oaky vanilla. Plenty of acetic sourness underlies everything, and beautifully outweighs the fruit and vanilla sweetness. Outstanding: one of the most intense and intoxicating aromas I've encountered.

T: Follows the incredible nose pretty closely, with the difference being that puckering sourness jumps out from the crowd and really dominates. Only on the finish does the delicate vanilla oakiness make its delicious presence known. Great, yes, but not quite the transcendent experience that is the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body that dissolves blissfully into soft effervescence. Perfect.

D: This category isn't the beer's strong suit - the overwhelming sourness and increasingly bitter cranberry flavor really work against it. It's the perfect beer to sip, though, as each mouthfull is prefaced by its amazing aroma. Edit: I originally gave this a 3 for Drinkability, but have now changed it to a 4 for overall - it's a great beer.

Notes: Awesome sour? Yes. Gold medal sour? I'm not totally convinced; I'll have to savor my other two bottles with a little more age on them to see how it develops. Huge thanks to Matt at NEBCO for generously trading me this bottle!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:55:46 | More by woosterbill
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:41:45 | More by ktrillionaire
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wethorseblanket

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:14:45 | More by wethorseblanket
Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.