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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 583
Gots: 159 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009)
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey on 4/29/10. 375 mL Batch 1 and Batch 2. Score is for Batch 1.

Batch 2: Pours hazy redish brown with decent off white head. Super tart raisin and sour grape aroma, along with oak and vanilla. Taste was super tart with a very dry muted finish. Over-carbonated and by itself an incredible beer. 4/4/3.5/3/4

Batch 1: Pours hazy muted brown with very little tan head. Aroma was very well blended with mild grape, a little apple and raisin. Flavor was incredibly complex and melded together. Great grape and vanilla flavor with great tartness. Medium body, and light carbonation and increidbly smooth finish. This blew batch 2 out of the water. 4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:44:30 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of Schmaltzy


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2 from Dave, Thanks.

A- Heavy pour yielded light thin off white head that remained around the outside leaving little to no lacing. Beer is a brownish red with orange hues around the edges.

S- Smell is awesome. Cherries, grapes, berries, citrus, nice almost sweet now and later candy scent, subtle hints of sweet vanilla on the finish with nice oaky smell.

T- Similar to the smell, just toned down slightly. Cherries, berries, lemon, slight dry funk, followed by a sweet shock tart/now and later taste, dry red wine finish and almost a dirt aftertaste, nice.

M- Light body, nice small carbonation that attacks the tounge almost too much, very dry vinous finish on this beer.

D- Nice beer, I enjoy Flanders but I think that this beer just doesn't deliver in the appearance department, maybe with time. Nice might seek out more to age.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:56:18 | More by Schmaltzy
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mothman for cracking this one open!
Batch 2 poured into a snifter.
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal head. The first thing I noticed was the aroma of the barrels followed by the aroma of fruit, especially grapes. Also get notes of the wild yeast, slight funkiness.
The taste is fairly good. Some sour notes along with the funk. Dark fruit also prevalent. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel was light.

Overall, very pleased with this one. Good overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 15:30:20 | More by kbutler1
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 22:00:00 | More by SpeedwayJim
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2.53/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Mud, blood, and swamp water. Not a very nice color, but less impressive is the head, which recedes seconds after it attains it's full height of about a centimeter. Vigorous swirling both immediately and minutes later produce nothing.

S- Rhubarb, grandma's dark hard candy, cooking wine, and fresh soil. Reminds me of Haandbakk and Avery Brabant, but sweeter and more subtle.

T- Like drinking sour red wine or grape juice out of a wooden barrel. Very tannic. More fresh soil, which is a nice aroma, but not such a nice taste. Lemons, apples, funk and leather in the background. Very dry, and the back of my throat feels like it's being stabbed. I get the same thing with Ommegang Rouge, but with that beer it's more tolerable, maybe because something in the flavor makes up for it.
Edit: There was some flavor I was trying to come up with but couldn't, now I've got it: Balsamic vinegar.

M- Carbonation is low, which in my opinion is not "to style". In fact, it was Lost Abbey low by the time I finished the glass. All I know is I need some bubbles to wash away the acid. My teeth hurt.

D- 12 ounces was jut not a pleasant experience.

Ever since I tried CdC and SFTO Rum, I've been a big Captain Lawrence fan. This is the second time I've had Rosso. I thought I just got a poorly sealed bottle the first time, but no. All the things I didn't like about Nor'easter and SFTO Wine (infected?) were summed up in this beer. It lacks whatever it is that makes Oud Bruins one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:56:51 | More by 7ways
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 - 375ml bottle poured into my Ithaca Brewing Co. tulip...

Pours a cloudy, dirty river water brown with maybe a hint of dark purple...no head forms, and pretty much no haze is left on top of the beer...this one definitely has not made a great first impression on me...

Tart cherries and grapes...acidic, lemony and astringent...some vinegar layered on top of some subtle musty funk and earthy scents...powerful and complex, definitely a nice aroma to lift my spirits with this beer after such a mediocre appearance...

Sour, tart and puckering...lots of oak shows through giving a drying sensation to the beer put together with loads of red grape skins really gives this beer an astringent, dry taste and feel...lots of ripe tart fruits with a bit of musty funk to add complexity. Somewhat like a tart/sweet yet dry red wine with a nice leathery funk mixed in...

Dry and tart, no real carbonation to speak of...I prefer my sours with some nice fine bubbles to kind of scrub the palette, but this one just falls flat. The oak and grape skin dryness lingers with each sip...

Was possibly expecting a little more from this beer, maybe it is my fault for pre-hyping a beer but this one let me down a bit...would like to try a batch2 and see if the carb level is better and perhaps the beer doesn't look like gutter water...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:23:39 | More by hawks10
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very lucky to end up with a couple of bottles of this through a friends, a trade, and a BIF. Had been wanting to try it for a long time.

Appearance- Pours a murky, slightly red tinged shade of medium brown out of the bottle and into my snifter. I get about a finger of off white head sitting on top and stop just short of pouring in the yeast sediment. Head dies back to a thin sheeting and then a ring in fairly short order.

Smell- Lots of vinous qualities here. I pick up on red wine grapes, wood barrel, and a nice whiff of lactic tartness. There is also a little bit of wild funk there but not really of the barnyard sort. Makes its presence known but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste- Starts off again with the red wine grape flavors making themselves known. Melds nicely with the wood flavors from the barrel that show through as well. Some funk towards the finish and a surprisingly mild lactic quality given the nose. To me, very reminiscent of Saint Lamvinus, but not quite on the same level.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice for the style, being both well carbonated and substantial enough. Drinkability is also quite good given the complexity of the palate and present but not overwhelming tartness.

Overall, a very nice American example of the style. Like I said before, this reminds me of Saint Lamvinus, though for me not quite equal despite being a very good beer. Would gladly have more of this though and you should give it a try if you're into the style and haven't had it before.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:46:32 | More by boatshoes
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into tulip glasses. Batch 1.

DISCLAIMER: had Batch 2 right after and it would have score at least a 4.4...I much preferred it to batch 1 as it had more of a fruit presence and was just much more balanced and flavorful.

A- Pours a murky, tan / brown color. Produced a fingers width of soapy, off white head. Reduced to a thin, soapy ring.

S- Combination of vinous grapes, vanilla and oak all in one. Good amount of acidity here.

T- Much more complex than the aroma. Sweet grapes and wine upfront. Finishes with an acetic, brown ale vinegarness. The middle lacked a bit because the beer soured pretty quickly.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Left the palate on the dry side.

D- Way more acetic than I expected. Really was hard to finish my portion, gave me a good amount of heart burn.

Overall, this beer soured a ton, especially when compared to the second batch. The complexity and fruit flavors that lacked here, were much more pronounced in the second batch as well. Guess what I'm saying is don't age this one. The fresher the better.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:17:05 | More by rhinos00
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Rhode Island

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

Batch 2 served at 48 degrees in my Allagash chalice. Poured a semi-translucent mahogany with a loose, half inch head that quickly dissipated into a consistent soapy cap. Copious tiny bubbles adhered to the bowl of the glass after the initial pour, but quickly dispersed - only a few strands of lacing present during the tasting. Exceptional nose with great complexity - vinous and vinegary (red wine) with a hint of cork and wood. Taste consistent with nose; however, wood expresses itself as a buttery presence. Tannins and some citric acid also revealed; tart, but not overly sour. Perhaps a hint of cherries in the mix as well, but very much subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a refreshing carbonation level and a slight acidity that stimulates the palate and salivary glands, culminating in a residual warmth in the mouth. Simply delicious. I've been waiting for the right mood to strike to crack this one and I am extremely happy with this beer. Truly top notch.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 22:52:04 | More by Jwale73
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side tasting of Batch 1 and Batch 2. Score is for Batch 1.

A: Both had a reddish-brown body with no difference between the two. A short lived off-white head that was relatively small. The batch 2 had significantly more carbonation and it kept the skim a bit thicker once the head settled down. Spotty lacing on both.

Batch 1: Oaky and woody. A decidedly earthy bitterness. Red wine grapes are present. (4.5)
Batch 2: Less oak. More fruity without the earthy bitterness. Here the grapes were the most prevalent aroma. A zesty orange bitterness is here in the background too. (4.0)

Batch 1: Complex earthy funk. Oak with a slight floral twinge. Red wine skins, and dark fruits. Leather and vinegar notes are also here. The flavors are intricately woven together. (4.5)
Batch 2: Lessy funky and oaky. The red wine skins are a bit "fresher." More fruit like and a little more sour. The orange notes from the nose are here too. The best way I can describe it is the flavor from orange sunkist soda. The higher levels of carbonation in batch 2 definitely played a part in this. (4.0)

Batch 1: Medium bodied with light, even carbonation. Nice bitterness in the back end. Good acidity and pleasantly tart. (4.5)
Batch 2: Medium bodied and a bit over carbonated. More sour and not as acidic. (3.5)

Batch 1: Delicious. Enjoyable to drink and pleasantly complex. (4.5)
Batch 2: Nice, but when put side by side with batch 2, it just isn't there yet. (4.)

A lot of the differences between the two batches are likely the product of aging. Nothing seems to be a recipe or barrel difference. Holding onto the rest of my batch 2 bottles for a while. If they age anything like batch 1, they will be superb.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 13:55:23 | More by callmemickey
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this! Batch #2 from the recent release.

A-pours a brownish copper color with notes of orange edges. The head is off white and creamy looking. Bubbles reside on top

S-the nose is quite nice with white grapes and a nice tartness touching the nose first. A nice oaky wood aroma and a touch of vanilla come in next, hints of sawdust underneath with a light sweetness and a touch of funk in the back

T-A tart but sweet note of grape comes in first. Earthy malts and the taste of musk fades in after the initial sweetness. The finish adds some cherries with some light vinigar acidity

M-the feel is great, full bodied, soft and creamy on the palate. The body holds through the entire drink coating the mouth. The finish is slightly prickly on the back of the throat.

D-This is a good beer with a nice level of complexity. Tart and sweet with a touch of funk and a terrific feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:17:42 | More by cpetrone84
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Kevin for sharing this! Batch #2 from the recent release.

A- Body is a very foggy, nearly opaque, medium brown with a very slight red tint. Pours with a 1 finger head that slowly fades to a thick collar. Traces of lacing left behind in the glass. Fogginess is dynamic.

S- Yes. This nose screams "Flanders Oud Bruin" Nose consists of a balance of oak, wood, vanilla, as well as a hint of vinegar and a hint of funk.

T- An acidic tartness not detectable in the nose is the first flavor to come through (which is a nice surprise), a touch of vinegar also comes through initially. Behind this is a touch of grape as well as a good dose of oak. The finish is dry and almost hot as a slightly metallic component comes through. Well put together and very complex.

M-Carbonation is low and body is medium weight with a feel that is smooth, creamy, and yeasty. Very well done.

D- This is a high quality sour brown that CL has put together. Its soft and very complex. Wonderful example of the style. Glad to have been able to try this gem!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 14:08:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:28:43 | More by nickd717
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing this 375ml bottle with Brewslut and myself on 4/9/10.

A - A hazy, semi-orb of burnt unber liquid with ruby red tones and a bright white ring around the edges that fully receded.

S - Nose is rather sour with a blend of tart cherries, semi-funky Brett and woody, oaky notes. A hint of perfume and light alcohol presence also develop after the liquid had a bit of time to warm up.

T - Oak and cherries up front with noticeable sour grapes. Flavor is very dry, fruity and woody, akin to a fine wine, although the alcohol presence remains restrained throughout. Finishes bone dry and Brett-y with more cherry tartness and oaky astringency.

M - Light to medium bodied with bristly carbonation. Finishes dry and tart on the palate that will make you pucker up.

D - Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this beer, as sours tend to be hit or miss with me. Rosso E Marrone is sour to the core, but not ridiculously funky or farm-like, which enhances its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 16:57:58 | More by ffejherb
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Rosso e Marrone pours a cloudy, red-brown, grape color with a thin, foamy, white ring on top. No lacing. Murky and mysterious.

Swirling the snifter brings out sour cherries, fermented red grapes, a touch of vinegar, oak, apples and other light fruits.

The flavor is full of cherries, apples and grapes. Very sour, like a punch to the mouth sour. This is an intense, yet refined beer. Funky brett notes, fairly crisp and sometime displaying sharp cheddar flavors. Wood comes through a bit, as does the high ABV, but not in an overwhelming way. Flavor is full and complex. Very enjoyable.

Lots of sour in the mouthfeel. This one will have you puckering a bit. A big body for a Flanders with some warming alcohol and slight acidity.

Drinkability is very good. This is definitely a sipper with the strong flavor and relatively high ABV. That being said, each sip was a pleasure. I'm not sure if I would drink an entire bottle by myself, but this is the kind of beer that is meant to be shared with others who enjoy the style, so I don't think finishing off a bottle will ever be a problem.

Overall, this is by far the best Flanders Oud Bruin I have had and an excellent example of the style. Big, bold, flavor that is nicely complex. The subtleties in this beer will have your tongue and your mind entertained for as long as you have some left in your glass. Truly a pleasure to drink. Great work Captain Lawrence.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 23:40:02 | More by sisuspeed
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, reviewed from notes.

The appearance is a murky muddy brown color that gets poured with a off tan head. The head is small, and is more like a gathering of a few bubbles.

The smell is of a vinous nature, with lots of darker characters that were not expected. It had a good amount of funk in the nose, with some brown sugar and acidic sinus clearing smells as well.

The taste is fairly sour, with some acidity coming from the wild yeasts and the grape. It possesses some wood and barrel as well as candied apricots and other interesting sweetness'.

The entire beer was part of the Captain Lawrence sour lineup that was very enjoyable, but overall Flaming Fury won pretty fair and square. This was no doubtingly a good beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:44:47 | More by Jmoore50
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Graciously provided by Peter at Dyan's place the other night. Wasn't sure how much I'd like this beer, as had heard there is/was a considerable sour element to this beer.

The beer pours an attractive hazy brownish rose color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is flat out outrageous. I get an astonishing melange of vanilla, chocolate, vinegar, wet blanket, cherry, sour funk and appled peel. I can only imagine what the brewer did to get this level of aroma and complexity into the aroma profile. Flavors generally replicate the nose, but aren't nearly as intense. In any event, I appreciate how the sour component is countered nicely by flavors of chocolate and fruit. This beer is medium bodied, but is pretty smooth on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good, though the vinegar flavor becomes increasingly pronounced as the beer warms, and that's a distraction (to say the least). The finish is very long and impressive.

Even a sour hater like myself can appreciate this fine beer. Very, very impressive!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 21:14:12 | More by John_M
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (batch 2) received in trade from hoppymcgee. Thanks yet again for another great beer Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy and yeasty light brown color with only a collar of cream colored head and an uneven layer of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Small amount of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and spicy up front with a dominant presence of brettanomyces. A bit of clove, mustyness, dirt, wintergreen, mint, licorice, a hint of caramel and red wine presence (maybe from the lactic, sour aromas). Very complex and interesting.

T - Lots of lactic sourness here. Some spices (coriander?), funky brett, dirt, licorice, red wine, wood, light caramel. Pretty impressive.

M - Thin in body, almost watery...carbonation is a bit on the high side of medium. Very lively. Sour and a bit puckering, but in a controlled way.

D - Another excellent offering from Captain Lawrence. Sad that this is only a 375ml bottle...could really go for a little bit more of this one. Really good flavors and quite complex. Definitely would like to sample again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:08:38 | More by portia99
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 04:11:56 | More by caresville
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:16:51 | More by Thorpe429
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to treyrab and CoolJosh for volunteering up one each of their hard-earned bottles of batch 2 to kick off our epic beer tasting. Being able to come back from the release with 4 bottles each definitely started the weekend off right.

Pours a hazy peachy brown color. The light carbonation produces a thin film of head which then fades to leave a ring of carbonation around the edges of the glass, depositing spotty lace on the sides as I swirl and drink.

The nose is nicely complex with bitter chocolate and some nice raspberry and cherry aromas. The tartness is slight, and the funk is well balanced. The taste brings on additional flavors of red wine and some unripened white wine grapes. Again, the sour character is neither acidic nor too funky, and the beer really shines through.

The slight carbonation and medium body lend this beer to easy drinking. I could easily enjoy one of these on my own. The pleasant balanced sourness sits nicely on the palate and brings enjoyment with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:52:02 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 16:30:36 | More by CoolJosh
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer of the Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of. Thanks, Josh and Trey!

Hazy murky red with a thin off white head that recedes to a disk leaving spotty lace.
The nose is interesting, a blend of chocolate, raspberries, fruity and vinous. The wine character is rather mellow, reminding me of a lighter, drier red wine rather than a big Zin or Cab. Leather is noticeable, and alcohol is present in the back. The funk character is low.

The palate opens quite sour and acetic with a leather and chocolate. Wine is moderate. There's a touch of solvent present. Grape character is moderate, this is kind of like a red wine/balsalmic vinegar. Drying on the finish with a moderate tannic character, cocoa powder. Moderately clean on the finish with a clean sourness. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is solid. Quite drinkable, a great Oud Bruin

**Edit 05 Apr 2014**

Batch 2. Again. As I craft my description of this beer, I'm astounded by how much it matches what I have above. Lemony, balsamic vinegar, musty grapes plenty of tannins and leather. Moderate sourness. Leather. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 16:07:21 | More by DefenCorps
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Very lucky to get to try this one. Poured into a flute style glass.

A: Rosso starts with a nice pop out of the cork with the ghostly smoke pouring out. Pours into the glass a nice brick red color with a spritzy white head that left a small disk of lace. Held to the light this was fairly murky yet not quite opaque.

S: As soon as I popped the cork I could smell the funk coming from the bottle. Very funky cheese with hints of tart cherry, and green grapeskins. Some dark baker's chocolate also is a prime element that really makes this beer stand apart. The vinegar component is apparent, but not overly so--very light.

T: The best oud bruin I have had. Tart green grapeskins are puckeringly sour and complement the tart lemon rinds and hints of sweet bakers chocolate perfectly. The red wine vinous character also shines on the end of your tongue towards the finish. Moderately dry, and very funky and sour.

M/D: Great, prickly carbonation that is perfect for the style. Not too much, not too little.

Overall, an amazing sour that really captures every element of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 14:41:56 | More by treyrab
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a small beige head that fizzles out quickly. Aroma is lactic and lemony with wine grapes and vinegar, berries. Nice subdued vinous flavor, very tart, acetic and lactic qualities, grapes and cherries, wood, acetone. Very nice and complex. Can definitely get lost in this one. Low on astringency, which is a big plus for a winey oaky beer. The body has some heft to it which is cut through nicely by the acidity. Very good sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 09:42:17 | More by illidurit
Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.