Rosso E Marrone - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 540
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 6.18%
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Gots: 148 | FT: 17
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee in a trade several months back.

Batch 3, which I believe was bottled around April 2011.

Pours a gorgeous bright red, bordering extremely dark pink. Lightly translucent, Small, tight white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Aromas begin with a ton of vinegar and acetone, champagne white grapes and chardonnay oak. Not getting much red grapes but a lot of a champagne white vinous grapes. Earthiness and lighter tart green apples emerge as it warms.

The tastes directly follow the nose with everything I listed above. White grape, red wine vinegar, oak and a light earthy/musty component. Not overly tart or too complex even as it warms. For a 10% ABV Oud Bruin, there is not a drop of detectable alcohol which is impressive. That being said the flavor reminds me more of a sour/wild ale as there is not enough of a base beer presence here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. For a 10% beer I expected more of something, sourness, mouthfeel, tart, lactic, something... Finish isn't too dry either, really vinegar forward and a little too sweet for the style.

Overall this is quite a good beer, don't get me wrong, but there is nothing special about it. It's super balanced, which I usually like in my beers, but for the limited availability, I was expecting it to pop a little more. While good, I cannot recommend this unless this style is your absolute favorite and you "need" to try every example you can find. There is just nothing special here for me to need to revisit anytime soon, good just didn't meet my expectations. (1,585 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 into snifter.

A: Pours the murky color of baby poop. This is one nasty and cloudy diarrhea colored beer.
S: Big acetone and funk notes with grape and grape skins. This makes my eyes water.
T: Follows the nose with vinous dry grape skins and barnyard funk. I’m getting some hay, sweetish fruits and a hint of yeast as well. The finish is still bitingly acid.
M: Dry mouthfeel, soft carbonation, cleanish body and tons of acid.
O: Rough around the edges but I actually really liked the flavor. Gross looking beer though. (534 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1126th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Snifter
500 ml

Batch 3

Thanks to CPAbeer and StormKing47 for the gift

Shared with GuruDel

App- Looks like a muddled mix of grapefruit juice and a bit of lemonade. Nice highlights run through out the beer. A small 1/2 in head formed and faded very quickly. Buzzing as it fell. Not a lot of cling maybe a couple dots.

Smell- I loved the smell of this beer. It was so assertive and sour. It really combined elements of a lot of beers that I have had included Gilgamesh that I had 2 beers before this. It was sweet, tart, fruity, funky. A mix of Supplication, 3F Sch. Kriek and more Boom to it!

Taste- Just so good across the board. Amazingly smooth and not prickly. Not over sour, not over fruity. A well layered sour that just kept enveloping more flavor as I kept sipping on it. Amazing to me that it could start a bit of a fruity tart and then move more to a oak layer and then back to a Brett note. And have earthy layers buried in it as well.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium and then a medium carbonation. Just a tad full for me with these layers. Residual flavors from oak, tannin, fruit, barn and cherry.

Drink- I can't thank Chad and Josh enough for the gift for being a trustee. This beer was so damn good. Layers upon layers and it did it effortlessly. I want it again. (1,322 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle of Batch 2, courtesy of a long ago trading partner, and poured in to a tulip. A bit of a hiss when the cap on this one is popped.

Appearance: Quite an unsightly thing, a bubbling, gurgling brown soup, laden with carbonation - plentiful, quick, zippy, and persistent - and very little else in the way of defining characteristics. The head that surges to the surface with a vigorous pour lasted precisely three seconds, and doesn't leave anything by way of lacing, a collar, or even a dusting of its presence on the surface. Perhaps it's stylistically appropriate, but I've even seen sours and oud bruins with more character than this.

Aroma: Fat, acidic, vinegar tartness mingles with green oak, sweet and sour stone fruit notes, and dark malts that hint at brown sugar and caramel, then maple syrup as it warms. A definite hint of herbal greenery - a little bit like dill, actually - is buried beneath the surface of this one, poking its head out as it warms, along with dashes of smoke and vanilla. The red wine tartness is amplified by the sour fruit notes, oak, and Brett notes, but stands in pleasant contrast to the heavier maltiness. Speaking of Brett, the funk factor is fairly low here - it's mostly straightforward acidity, though there is a slight hint of crusty cheesiness at points.

Taste: A pleasant and intriguing flavor profile. Spicy acidity is strong up front and indeed present throughout, though the sip definitely transitions from pure tartness to equal parts vinegar sour and mustier, sweeter, herbal funk. It mellows slightly as it warms, getting sweeter. The sweetness is nice, showcasing some of those malt notes mentioned above - maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, along with all the fruit sugars. Red wine tartness amplifies chalky wood notes, tannins, and grape notes, and the Brett wraps it all up nicely, interlacing funk and vinegar-like acidity with the fruity tartness, malts, and barrel notes.

Mouthfeel: Initially a little uneven, after about fifteen minutes this one settles out nicely, with a smooth, creamy body courtesy of a steady supply of carbonation and a fair amount of heft present as it is. It works fairly well with the flavor components here, with the steady lift augmenting and contrasting well with the tartness and sharpness and the heft doing likewise with the sweetness.

Drinkability: I haven't had a sour in quite some time, and this one took a little warming up to. I'd sat on it for a long time, because I read (somewhere) that, at the time of its release and shortly thereafter, it wasn't drinking "as good" as batch 1 had been. So I sat patiently on it for over two years, but with no point of reference all I can say is that this is drinking at about a "3.5/4.5/4.0/4.5/4.0" right about now. At 10.0% abv, 500 mL is just about right. Best sour I've ever had? Not close. Great beer? Most definitely. (2,872 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this my way in a BIF.

A - Kind of a ruby colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some stick on the sides of the glass.

S - A little bit of cherry, a lot of distinctive grape flavor. There's a bit of vinous quality to this. Some oak and earth tones.

T - This has a lot of grape taste in it, unexpected. A bit of vinegar which gives a lot of sourness. Some acetic acid. I like the grape sweetness in this, it's very distinct and sets this beer apart from a lot of others. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied beer, dry finish. There's appropriate carbonation in this one.

O - I liked this beer quite a bit. Easy to drink, has a nice flavor profile. If you're looking for a solid sour beer this one is quite nice. (750 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to t8000shx. Thanks Ben.

Dark rusty red brown. Tart grapes and cherries. Wine barrel influence is strong. Some of the base brown can be picked out. Flavors are mostly mild sour cherry and oak. Lactic sour along with moderate vinegar. The brown comes through in the finish. The high ABV is hidden well. Medium body. Not bad but not world class in my opinion. (373 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Night of the Sours encore! Batch 3.

Murky brown pour, hazy, golden hues. Strong oak barrel presence in the nose. Tart fruit, grapes, yeast, and cherries too.

Interesting and complex taste: opens fruity and sour, strong barrel flavors in the middle, really nice blend. Mouth-puckering sourness. This is an intensely flavored sour, and it really grew on me as I sipped.

Between this and CDC, I've become a full convert to the glory of Capt Lawrence. Not missing another release, that's for sure. (496 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Batch 2. Thanks for sharing Phyllis. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with no head. The aroma is big grape, some light brett, some caramel sweetness, and some lactic acid. The taste is sweet and quite sour. Big grape, some lactic and acetic acid, and a light brett funkiness. The finish is moderately dry with a bit of earthiness. Medium body. Low carbonation. It definitely could have used some more carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special. (455 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of monsterzero
1.51/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Batch #1 375ml bottle shared 4 ways.

A: Very murky/cloudy. Orange-red haze.

S: Apple cider vinegar with a hint of funky earthiness.

T: Fresh-squeezed orange juice (w/ pulp) with a splash of apple cider vinegar.

M: Very thin and surprisingly acidic.

O: Very much passed it's prime. Insta-drainpour. (302 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 - 12.7 oz bottle courtesy of Alex I believe. Thanks a bunch!

Pours a dark peach when held to the light. Head fizzles quickly while a steady popping of pinpoint sized bubbles pepper the surface. Lacing is minimal.

Grape skins are evident immediately upon opening. Quite vinous with a hint of Brett. Sourness instigates a preliminary salvo of anticipatory salivation.

Tart musty grapes up front. Brett puts a powerful headlock on the proceedings: much, much stronger than the nose indicated. Loads of red wine and barrel on the finish. Tannins and oak really dry out the sharp acidity along with the funk.
Aftertaste lingers long after the sip.

Carbonation is sharp and prickly, very champagne like.

Overall, Brett can be a funky proposition. I wish it were a little less prevalent here as it's slightly distracting. Otherwise, this is an interesting take on a Flanders Oud Bruin and an experience I'm happy to have had. (935 characters)

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

Batch 2. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Rosso E Marrone pours a raspberry color with caramel brown edges. A tiny off-white head lingers for a bit but eventually fades.

Smell: The aroma is of slowly decaying raspberry and grape. Lots of barnyard funk. Tart lactic cherries as well. This is very interesting and really excites my olfactory system.

Taste: The flavor is quite tart, with decomposing red grape and raspberry flavors. Lots of raunchy funk toward the end of the sip. Nice full cherry tannins and oak add some depth to the sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a light to medium carbonation and a medium body. I am surprised that it is not fuller, given the 10% ABV. The tartness creates some salivation and it fairly acidic.

Overall: This is simply delicious. (792 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: appears a deep reddish brown, 1 cm of head, decent lacing, very clear

S: candied fruit up front, lots of cherry, tartness is evident, notes of oak and acid come through along with some bretty funk and bubblegum. Very interesting variety of aromas.

T: seriously sour, acidic beginning countered by dry oak and lots of fruit, nice balance, great in your face flavors

MF: high carbonation, almost prickly on the palate

O: yet another delicious sour that is out there. The abv seems a bit high than other comparable brews, however, the added ABV is not noticeable. (568 characters)

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

12.7oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #3. Thanks to my buddy Beerwolf for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep blush colored crimson. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A good dry oak. Plenty of a dusty/chalky funk with vinous vinegar notes behind that.

(T)- Extremely similar to the smell. A big bone dry oak profile with a chalky funk and yeast. Finishes nicely tart with some bits of vinegar-like vinous fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very oaky and funky with a nice level of acidity. Equally both vinous and vinegar characters.

(D)- Another great sour from Captain Lawrence. Would be fun to see how this ages, though I do not know when I will see another bottle. (723 characters)

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

Batch 3

A: caramel colored, tid bit of head that's short-lived, tid bit of lace.

S: one of those strong Spanish olive oils, potpourri, cider-y funk.

T: sour apple Jolly Rancher, nail polish, lots of apple and cider, gooseberry, Chardonnay.

M: light body, firm amazingly sour, mouthwateringly bitter finish.

O: small but absolutely perfect doses. A shining example of the of the American Wild ale. (402 characters)

Photo of iwantmorehops
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Koopa for this bottle, batch 3

Cloudy light brown with a small head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. No lacing. Smells quite tart, theres some cherries, vinegar, oak, red wine, and a slightly funky note. It tastes just wonderful very similar to the nose, but it all comes through almost like grapefruit juice aged in a red wine barrel with a very sour dry finish. Absolutly no hint of alcohol anywhere, I think I drank this faster then any other 10% abv beer I've ever had. The carbonation is just a tad low for my liking, but the mouthfeel was still light

I'm relatively new to sours and this is my second Flanders Oud Bruin, the first being Petrus Aged Pale. I was expecting it to be a bit more effervescent, with a giant head. Once I got past the appearance I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a fan of wine at all, but Rosso E Marrone blends the taste perfectly in a great sour, I will seek this one out. (928 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #2

Pours a nearly clear, ruby with a light tan, 1-finger head that falls quickly to a ring without lacing. The 2nd pour yielded a murky, brown color.

The smell is noticeable right after popping the cap from a foot or two away. It's a tart, wine-like aroma with oak.

The taste is a very potent, teeth clenching tartness that hangs on during and after the swallow. I notice a bit of green apple, oak, vinegar and some funk. Definitely is a lot going on with this beer

Mouthfeel is so tart and dry that the back of my tongue almost hurt. Carbonation is mild and body is medium.

Overall: Even with the bracing tartness this is a very good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's complex and delicious for those who like this style which has additional elements above and beyond a Flanders Old Bruin, especially the funk. (829 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grape, sour, tart, earthy, funky, and must. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, vinegar, funk, earth, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one was definitely complex in both the aroma and flavor. The vinegar in this one added a very nice touch when coupled with the funky/earthy character here. A really nicely done brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I suggest you do the same. (790 characters)

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

12.7oz into a Russian River tulip, this is a batch 3.

Pours a cranberry red with an orange tint. A tiny 3cm or so head that dissipates instantaneously. Tiny bubbles dance slowly to the top of the beer and cause no foam.

On the nose, we have tart cherries upfront paired with grapes and a red wine vinegar-like acidity. Cranberries, and some medicinal aroma follow through in the background, as well as oak tannin. A tiny bit of balsamic quality as the yeast is introduced into the beer, and some airy musty funk.

Cherries with a stone fruit vinegar and wood in the foreground of the taste. A little bit of grape candy flavors behind that, which are overtaken by the acidity of the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with low carbonation. A drying character once swallowed.

Overall, a great American interpretation of an oud bruin. The grape addition is a bit over looked by the acidic flavors that turn into more of a tart cherry flavor. Not overly complex but definitely delicious. Recommended. (1,003 characters)

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

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Rosso – murky brown, almost orange…very thin head. Sweet tart all day. Some other fruits, but mostly tart. Delicsious, but super tart. Very good, very good. Well crafted with a balanced body. overall worth checking out. (286 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. The cap was beginning to show signs of rust. Removal produces a nice pop and then....gusher. It was a slow gush, but it still stirred up the beer enough to allow all the bottom sediment to circulate around. As the foam was coming up and over I poured an inch or so into the glass. I noticed some nice red phloem chunks floating around, so the rest of the beer was poured through a strainer. Using a palm tulip for this.

A - Deep brownish red. Quite cloudy due to the circulation. There was obviously a ton of foam, but it all died down nicely to a one finger spotty off-white head which eventually turned into some nice lacing around the edges.

S - Oak, vanilla, grapes, and vinegar. This smell is great, but not as complex as the flavor profile.

T - Tart grape juice. Lots of oak which provides a ton of dry wood and vanilla flavors. Vinegar and some light brett funk, finished up with just a hint of booze. Rather complex and very delicious.

O - Wow! I love this beer. I'm a big fan of flanders and oud bruins. This is just amazing. Extremely well made American wild. I've just got to appreciate the amount of time and dedication that Captn. Lawrence put into this beer. This is going back onto my wants list! (1,224 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip

Thanks to pvequalsnrt for the hookup

Batch #3

This beer pours with a cloudy reddish-amber hue to the body and a dirty white foam on the surface. The aromatics are stocked with lots of raspberry notes some dark fruits but there is a lingering tart smell as well. The flavor confirms the tartness, but I must say this rivals no fruit sours that I know. I must say that I rather enjoy this white grape flavor and raspberry plum tartness. There is a distinct finish here in my mind that says there is vanilla and brown sugar on the palate. Honestly I feel this is a well crafted beer. For it's style it has all the requirements. It's overall extraordinary because it carries a certain je ne sais quoi. Enjoyable and I would seek it out again. (759 characters)

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

Thorpe429 shared two bottles, batch 2 & 3 (thanks Mike!). The two bottles had some differences along with their similarities, and I think the batch 2 was better appreciated by us all.

It pours an amber color, brownish, with a few fingers of near-white foam. A tart aroma of vinegar and cherries, maybe some malts in back but mainly the acidic character comes through.

It tastes a bit more complex than it smells, grapes coming in with the cherries, both acidic and sweet. Medium carbonation, very easy drinking. I was very glad for the chance to try it, thanks again Mike! (576 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3

A: Exceedingly cloudy oxidized reddish brown in color. Pours with virtually no head and no lacing.

S: An odd, but appetizing mix of oak, grapes, and sourness.

T: Earthy oak with a complex grapey sweetness and an appreciable sourness. Rather vinous with notes of green apple and tart cherries.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

O: Sours are not my go to style and I am a bit of a fish out water trying to describe them. But I found this to be an enjoyable drink, quite complex and while the sourness was present, it was neither overwhelming nor distracting. (588 characters)

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