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Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 588
Gots: 153 | FT: 18
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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Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
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.

sisuspeed, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
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.

J

Jmoore50, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of John_M
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!

John_M, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of portia99
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.

portia99, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of caresville
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.

caresville, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of CoolJosh
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.

CoolJosh, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of treyrab
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.

treyrab, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy ruby color with a minimal amount of head when poured that quickly fades leaving the beer to look just like wine. No lacing.

S: Nice brett notes and oak notes. Also grapes and graoeskins. tart cherries and some nice wine notes. Also some dryness is present.

T: Tart cherries and graps. Nice oak tannins. More tartness than sourness. Very winelike with a touch of pepper along with the brett. It is very very tasty.

M: Very mellow tasting with a lot of nice dryness that is both winelike and champagne like. Nothing too harsh about this one, actually smoother than most sours out there. Good body with a nice mellow feel

D: Wow i really wish i had more of this one. Seriously this may be the best sour beer i have ever had. It is very easy to sip on and at no point felt overwhelming. I was blown away by the rich flavors and and the dryness and wine like qualities. Well done

mikey711, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A waxed 375ml bottle - Batch 1. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. Rosso appears a somewhat murky crimson brown color with barely a finger of off white head. Nose and flavors consist of pears, grapes, oak, mild funk, cherries, currants, red wine, light sourness and vinegar, sweet dark sugar. Decent carbonation levels with very little alcohol; heat and at the very least, a medium body. Pretty well rounded after a year in the bottle. When I first sampled this last year, I thought to myself that 3 people could easily split a bottle. Now, I'd have no problems enjoying it solo.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 bottle received in an in person trade with beerloco thanks!

Appearance: Classy deep red waxed 375ml bottle pours an attractive burgandy with zero head.

Smell: Great bouquet of sour cherries, red grape skins, strong oak notes, and wild yeast. Well done.

Taste: Murky and flat up front until a wave of sharp acidity roles over you and keeps a medium length finish. Lots of brett here too that makes it fairly dry for the style. No "sweet and sour" going on here. But the oak has lots of presence and character which dances well with the sour cherries, grapes, and dry brett.

Mouthfeel: Murky and low on carbonation.

Drinkability: btw the sharp acidity and the mouthfeel I can't score this one high on the drinkability.

Batch 2 consumed 4.6.10

4.0
Appearance: Same as 08' but with a 1 finger beige crown that shows little retention and no lace.

4.5
Smell: Strong black licorice note and less oak than Batch 1.

4.5
Taste: Got that black licorice note again, less brett than Batch 1, but a bit more "sweet and sour" going on.

4.0
Mouthfeel: Better carbonation than the Batch 1 but still fairly moderate which is fine for this style.

4.0
Drinkability: Going down easy for me.

koopa, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

mothman, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of rasta16ry
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the release and have been aging it for a year or so, I think. The 375 ml bottle has red wax over the cap. Not anymore!

It pours very nicely with almost no head, just a little foamy around the end of the glass. It is very, very red and it smells strongly of grapes and sour....ness. Punch in the balls, really.

No big surprises on the taste; the smell gives a lot of the flavor away. But this is a very good, very tasty sour that I think gets a little better the warmer it gets. The one thing I didn't get was any of that kind of extreme brett-taste that, when too strong, makes wild beers harder for me to drink. This beer is strong in all the right places and understated where it should be.

Not much in the carbonation department for me. But it doesn't take away from the overall beer at all, in fact it complements the evenness of the body - great for a sour in my book.

This is very drinkable but I'm happy doing it as sort of a tasting, which is where I am drinking it. Tasty treat.

rasta16ry, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a dark tannish colored head that quickly disipitates, leaving nothing more then the body of the beer. No bubbles, no lacing, nothing. Just a muddled ruby red colored body.

S - Some nice tart/sour notes, but not too funky. Grapes, apples, pears, lots of nice sweet fruit mixed into the sour notes of the brett. There's a good amount of oak and red wine as well, as indicated that these were what the beer was stored in.

T - Tastes like grape juice with a kick of funk. The red wine, oak, and grapes are very present and right up front. The tart/sour quickly follows behind and finishes with a wine-ask tannic alcohol burn. A nice lip puckering sour finish.

M - Light to medium bodied. Has a feel similar to a red wine, perhaps a Pinot Noir but not as big as a Cabernet or Syrah. No real carbonation, which is a bit disappointing.

D - I actually think I prefer Red Poppy to this Flanders. I did enjoy this one, and wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. I think this has several more years of aging left.

Sean9689, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle, batch 1, courtesy of an extremely generous BA, poured into a tulip.

Pours a very murky reddish brown with a smattering of fizzy off-white bubbles that recedes immediately leaving nothing at all on top. Needless to say, no lacing on this one.

The aroma is massive with tons of tart cherries, red grapes and plenty of brown sugar sweetness. There is also hints of vanilla and maybe even some chocolate. The brett is present but not a dominant aroma.

The taste is a bit more tart and funky that the aroma and the sweetness of the sugar and vanilla is less prevalent. The brett starts to come out much more in the finish and it definitely has a dry, earthy funk in the aftertaste with some dry wine-like character as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry on the palate with very little carbonation.

This is a very good beer and an excellent example of the style. It goes down very easily and I think the funk will develop even more over time. Nice.

gford217, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 bottle from the cellar.

Pours ruby red with sparkling clarity and a quarter inch head at best. An exaggerated pour released a meagerish amount of white, soapy bubbles which remained around the placid surface that developed after.

Aromatics lead off with sour cherries, bright acid, vineous wine and a shade of tannic aspirin. Lush, sour, and wine-like.

Medium bodied with a sharp as tacks mouthfeel. Lightly chewy and smacking of tartness.

Ripe, red stonefruit and large, vineous overtones start the palate. A bright, fruity, acidic, profile steps forward quickly and is followed by oaky tannins and red wine. Loads of cherries, wine, and oak.

Finishes with lingering tart cherries, red wine, sharp acid, and drying oak.

Wowza, great beer. Since this one has dropped bright in the bottle it's really come into it's own.

brewandbbq, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really very generous of Shane to share this and Cuvee de Castleton with me. Thanks Shane!

Pours red with an inch of dark tan foam that quickly dies. Large bubbled. I don't offer that description very often.

Smells, wow, this blures the line between wine and beer moreso than Consecration or Sang Royal or a few others that come to mind. Big juicy, ... cabernet sauvignon? ... anyway, some sort of red grape, along with some vinegar to the nose. The flavor has the acidic, vinegar, vinous bite in spades. Damn this puppy tastes like a sour blended with wine. Grape grape grape. Juicy purple grapes, puckerish sour grapes. Grapes.

It's a pungent, strong tasting brew but drinkable for all that.

Overlord, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of heliosphann
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle. Red waxed. Batch One. Served in my DFH Snifter. Celebrating a Gold Metal win at the '09 GABF for Best American-Style Sour Ale.

A: Little or no head, but has a small ring of foam around the side of the glass. Pours a reddish brown. Very murky when held up to light. Lots of active carbonation going on. Lacing is decent.

S: Very strong overall, I can smell it from the table. Tart cherries, red grapes, rhubarb, currants and earthy notes. Is that some Twizzlers I smell in there? You also get some oak barrel funk, Brett and LOTS of vinegar.

T: Similar to the smell, tart cherries and red wine dominate. The brett and bugs are definitely there, adding a nice level of complexity. Gotta love what time in a good barrel does. Vinegar sourness hits towards the end, finishing very dry and tart.

M: Medium bodied. Over a year in barrels has smoothed this out nicely. Not much carbonation despite all the bubbles.

D: I had no problem enjoying this brew by myself. However, the dry, vinegar finish seems to be a little rough on the palate. Probably best to enjoy this brew on a night by itself.

A nice take on the Flanders Oud Bruin style by Captain Lawrence Brewing. I would have liked a little more maltiness to add to the complexity, as I feel that was the Rosso's one real weak point. I hope CL makes another batch next year, as I'd like to see if they make any tweaks.

heliosphann, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Batch 1

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

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

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

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

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

GbVDave, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

M: Good medium body with good carbonation.

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

drgonzo3705, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 27, 2009
Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.