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Rosso E Marrone | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Rosso E MarroneRosso E Marrone

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red wine grapes mixed with sour brown ale to create this truly unique sensory experience. Aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces to help marry the flavors and impart a distinct sour character found nowhere else. Rich, vinous, tart and tangy are the flavors of this classic American Sour Ale.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Green glass. Batch No. 2015. Hood cap n cage over a cork. Dull label. 12.7 fl oz.

"American sour ale."

HEAD: 1 finger wide of pale khaki colour. ~5 minute retention. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head ecedes.

BODY: Murky amber-brown. Some yeast particulate is visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated.

AROMA: Cherry skin, acetic acid, red grapeskin, faint lychee, backgrounded oak barrel/dampened vinegary oak wood, the beginnings of pleasant oxidation as indicated by a faint cardboardy tone, bacterial twang and intangible wild characteristics, mild (~2/10 in terms of intensity) sourness. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Supple grape skin marries well with the pungent acidity showcased in this balanced build, Harmonious notes of mild sourness (maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity), bacterial twang, and red grape mix in this delightful melange of flavour (if you'll pardon the pretension implicit in that phrasing). Depth of flavour is superb; flavour duration is apt. Flaovur intensity is mild.

Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, acetic, acidic, twangy, delicious.

The oak tones are a bit more muted than would be ideal, but the oak barrel overall does lend a natural cohesion of flavour to the build.

They really killed it with the mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Captain Lawrence surprises with this treat of a brew - a classic red wine barrel aged American sour ale with plenty of balance. Not just a lactobacillus bomb (like so many others in the contemporary sour ale arena), Rosso E Marrone is a brew that will impress even the most discerning of drinkers. I can't wait to have another.

B (3.65) / GOOD

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Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark Amber / maroon body with very little head, no retention and no lacing.

Aromas are lovely.. Tons of Brett, oak, musty basement, earthy.

On the tongue is a wonderful medley of lightly tart grapes, lots of Brett (much more than some other reviews would suggest), and a perfect amount of oak. Finish is vinous and drying, leaving a touch of lactic sourness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation.

Excellent balance here, very easy drinker. Quite complex. Really nicely done.

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

Review from batch 4.
A: Hazy dark amber ale with copper glints and a 1 inch off-white fuzzy head which quickly fades to nothing.
S: Smell is oaky, woody with a lactic sourness and a fruity scent, of grapes, cherry skins and tannins. Some leather and liquorice lingee. Very good balance from the nose. The lactiness is not cloying at all which can sometimes be the case in American Wild Ales.
T: Taste mainly follows the nose, with a rather tart, but not to agressive sourness upfront. Oak is dominating the palate, with wine notes and vanilla. Caramel malt, ripe fruits and grape skin come afterwards. The finish is dry and aftertaste is focused on wood and vanilla though not really longlasting.
M: Medium body, smooth, almost creamy palate with a good carbonation. Highly drinkable thanks to the dryness on the finish.
O: Very good dark American sour, without the defaults from the style, balanced and thirst-quenching, not much complex but deep enough to enhance the barrel qualities. Lovely.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a Belgian tulip.

Pours auburn and brown like some sort of wine I can't quite place. Frothy oatmeal-colored head. Lace and film remain as the head recedes. 5

Smell is tart, slight hints of vinegar, cherries, malt, oak and red wine. There's a good dose of maltiness that dances with the more vinous and tart notes. I'd love it a bit more without the vinegary hints. 4

Initial sip hints at some vinegar, but thankfully it recedes. A flavor develops that much like the nose is tart cherry, red wine, faint sweetness that I want to associate with brown sugar. Light vanilla creeps in with oak and accentuates the tart cherry flavor. Pretty damn nice. 4.25

So that vinegar is there enough to show from time to time and along with a mouth-puckering sour show when the vinous, tartness aren't shining. There's light sweetness and a good dry finish. From time to time, floral yeastiness rears it's head too. 4

I've wanted to try this for a while and I'm glad I did. It's nice. I like the vinous quality, cherry and hints of brown sugar.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think I should have let this age a little longer to let the Brett continue to work on the residuals in this beer. That said it was a deliciously tart and fruit forward beer. Nice barrel aged ale quality to work alongside the apple cider-like sour notes. There was a mouth drying sensation I'd attribute to tannins as well, which was really appealing and made for a highly drinkable beverage. I got a touch of earthiness in the aroma and flavor, but it was really underdeveloped from what I was expecting given the advertisement of brettanomyces on the label. Perhaps after a year or two of aging, some of the sharpest edges on the acidic front end would be dulled, and the funky yeast esters would have had more time to manifest.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch No. 2015: Pours brown/red color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that fizzed and dissipated very quickly , dropping to a whirlpool and leaving minimum lacing. I recall other beers of this style looking the same way.

Smells of tart and sour fruit like red grapes, green apple, pear, white grapes and other dark fruit, followed by funk, brown sugar, barnyard animal odors, sweet malt, grains and caramel. Some faint oaky notes, but this is all fruit and mostly sour smelling.

Tastes much more complex with the brett and yeast bringing out more funk and what seems like floral hops adding some bitterness to mix with the tart and sour fruit like the nose which includes red grapes, green apple, pear, white grapes, plum and other dark fruit like raisins. Each sip bring out more fruit and some let the brown sugar and candied sugar lead, which seem to bring trailing spices like cinnamon and coriander. The fruit is so mixed and blended that it's like a fruit juice wine with nice earthy oaky notes that totally hide the alcohol, making this very easy to drink..

Mouthfeel is very creamy on the tongue and feels thin and on the watery side, with nice funk, subtle bitterness, and then tart funky waves that keep it changing and evolving thanks to the brett and barrel aging influence. It's fun to drink because each sip is very different.

Overall it was a very good beer and quite dynamic, but it was very expensive for a 12 oz bottle. I'd definitely have it again, but it's a bit steep for the size of it.

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Photo of Jonada
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a 10oz taster glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown, almost a dark copper color with a small tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Body is mostly clear, but with a moderate amount of sediment.

Smell: Oak, tannins, mild funk, red grape, vinegar, cherries and a slight dark bready malt character.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, with again a good amount of oakiness. Sourness is medium (though lower than the aroma would lead you to believe), with notes of black cherry, dark fruit, brown bread, tannins, grape, funk, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and gentle carbonation on the lower side of medium. Finishes on the dryer side but with a hint of sweetness.

Overall: Good sour brown ale. Grapes and barrel aging add some nice complexity. Not knock your socks off amazing, but still very good. Would get it again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/21...pours cloudy, sediment rich, reddish brown, dark and murky. No foam. Oaky, wine grape nose. Rich . Very clean open, light sour throughout. Oaky woodsy earthy. Fringes of char but subtle. The barrel gives it a bitter. Tasty.

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Photo of meson13
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- very murky redish brown. intriguing and foreboding at the same time. there's something sinister to it, like a magically captivating death potion. the head fizzled away so quick i dont remember what it looked like, tho i believe it was a shade darker than off white.

S- tart, tannic, woody, red wine, green apples. melow but deep. very round.

T- cherrys, vanilla, vinegar. the grapes come through. I get some graham cracker and maybe even a hint of chocolate. sourness is mellow but never lacking. it plays nice with the rest of the beer. Oaky vanilla, tartness and cherrys linger long after each sip.

F- medium and slick. bit prickly at times

O- wonderfully complex yet extremely drinkable. no sign of that 10%. true craftsmanship here. absolutely delicious

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Photo of thepenguin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 3/14/12
Bottle aged 3.5 years

L: Very interesting color: a brown ruby. Very little head, though from appearance this beer seems very effervescent. Has an attractive haziness to it.

S: Tart, sharp yet pleasant. Reminiscent of of grapes and tart cherries, with a subtle sweetness behind the sourness and some licorice.

T: Those salivary glands took a hard hit during the first sip; this beer is that tart! It’s got a sour fruitiness about it. Cherry and lemon juice like sourness, but the red grapes are also somewhat perceptible. Finish is fairly dry and, again, tart. Very little hop bitterness. Also a subtle spice characteristic.

F: Seems to be just under medium in mouthfeel, surprisingly light. Medium carbonation. Some slight warmth from the alcohol but not nearly as much as you’d expect from a 10% abv beer; the age on this bottle may have smoothed it out considerably.

Overall: This was a very pleasant beer. Incredible drinkable despite the high ABV. Tart, vinous, and dry, this brew did not have the cloying sweetness that I find off-putting on many other oude bruins. It wasn’t as complex as I would have liked, but had that refreshing lactic sourness that you look for in Flanders sours.

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. This is Batch #4

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy rusty brown hue with a thin wispy tan head that fades quickly to leave even less wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of oak, vinegar, sweet tarts, tannins, little bit of funk and cherries.

T - Taste is oak, tannins, vanilla, cherries, little funk, nice vinegar. Smooth, alcohol hidden VERY well, nicely vinous. Really tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely tart, a little flemmy, alcohol hidden very well. Could be more carbonated though.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer, the solid taste more than makes up for the lackluster appearance and average nose.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives rusty and brown with a very modest head; not much lacing

Smell: Tart cherry, barnyard funk and oak

Taste: Tart cherry flavors, up front, with the funk developing; lactic sourness throughout, with a dry and woody finish; a touch of anise builds in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice take on the style; well-balanced and particularly enjoyed the anise in the finish

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Photo of zeledonia
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3. Tasted 3 August 2014.

Pours clean from the top of the bottle, muddy at the bottom from the yeast. Color is medium amber-brown. No head at all, not surprising for a sour.

Smell is a robust, barely fruity, tart acidic sour. Kind of woody and acidic. Not lemony or citric, more hollow.

Taste is a combination of sour and bitter that I don't really like. Starts out a little fruity, with some sweet to balance the sour. But then it turned to a dirty, muddy, slightly bitter, slightly tannic chalky biting sour. Dryish red wine tannins that don't work well for mNot a whole lot of variety to the flavor.

Feel is really nice. Medium-light; feels heavy but fluffs up with fizzy carbonation.

An okay sour. Biggest problem I have is that it doesn't have that much variety of flavor. It's straight-up sour, but a sort of dirty sour, with a bite to it that I don't like. Not my favorite, and not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased and drank at Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY.

Batch #4, 2013 bottling.

I can't believe this guy is 10% ABV. Amazing how no alcohol presence is felt at all- until the end, when you can feel it creeping up on you.

Pours a murky, hazy brown, with no head or lacing.

Smells like grapes, cherries, other dark fruits, vinegar, lactic acid, and oak.

The taste is similar, and awesome. Very complex. It is quite sour, but not palate shredding, which is nice. It doesn't overpower the other flavors present- which are oak, vanilla, grapes, cherries. I don't know if this was aged in red or white wine barrels, but I get notes of both red and white wine. I'm not having trouble picking up any aspects of the underlying "bruin"- the brown ale- it's there, and providing some nice caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a tangy mouthfeel. Really, really drinkable, but you definitely want to take it slow to savor everything.

One of the best sours I've ever had, it's really well balanced, and really complex.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but slightly one dimension in its sourness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Guessing it was from a bottle; sampled at EBF. Rosso E Marrone pours a reddish brown, which I'm guessing is why the beer earned its name.

S-Tart cherries and a kind of Pinot Noir winey fruitiness. Funky and oaky as well. Also seems to have a brown maltiness.

T-A big, bold Flanders with lots of sweet and sour cherries.again, it reminds me of an old Pinot Noir or maybe even a Barrolo. Oakiness and genuine wine-grape flavors. Finishes with a sweet maltiness that is also infected with a lingering funk.

M-Alcohol is irrelevant. Soft carbonation and an agreeable body. Tannic.

O/D-I enjoyed Rosso E Marrone. It is sure to please any lovers of Wild Ales. I don't I will get to try this again but would absolutely love to sit down and nurse a whole bottle to see how it changes with some warmth.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch 2, bottle won at a benefit raffle at mikro in hamden.

A. Murky amber brown. Slight head forms then fades.

S. Tart cherries, red wine, vinegar.

T. More vinegar than pleasant tart, but not terrible. Just disappointing. Sweet malts over tart cherries, a tad funky.

M. Tart, astringent, light.

O. Sadly not what I wanted it to be. A good lambic impression but just a little off

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Photo of cbutova
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3. Huge thanks out to Emma for sharing an all-time want. Full review done over the weekend.

A- Split into four glasses with a murky, red-brown body. Frothy and foamy off-white head forms to a half finger or so with pretty good retention. A large ring and cloud remains atop the beer. Lacing is pretty hard to come by.

S- Fruity lambic feel in an insanely strong aroma. The Flanders Brown Ale feel is quite nice with some acetic and dried fruit feel. Grapes, super funky Brett, barnyard and a ton of lactic lemony tartness.

T- Complexity is massive in the flavor and this beer really encompasses a large umbrella of things. Most obvious is the intense sourness, just a battering of cheek puckering lactic lemony sour. Brett funk melds in with barnyard, sour cherry and a tiny bit of band aid. Vinous oak, sour grapes, fruit pits, figs, green apples, strawberry and Balsamic vinegar all come to mind.

MF- Light end and superbly dried out body. Carbonation at a high level and the texture is somewhat fizzy and silky like a Lambic. Sourness coats the taste buds and lingers, almost burns.

Superb blend of Flanders vinegar, fruit Lambic and Brett funky feels. One of the most sour brews I can think of in recent memory. Feels like a great mix of a Lambic and a Flanders Bruin.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12.7oz bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Batch 4. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Very dark tawny color with quick bubbly white head that didn't last long.

Smell- Cherries, raspberries, red grapes, sweet malts, red wine vinegar, vanilla, oak. Absolutely beautiful beer.

Taste- Very layered. Dark stone fruits, tart winey grapes, limes, tobacco, vanilla, oak, raspberries. Sour, but not aggressively so. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, medium-full carbonation, medium-full tartness, smooth finish, crisp, clean, refreshing.

Overall- Honestly, I didn't know what to expect from this beer. I figured it'd be good, but it's great. I'd be hard-pressed to find a better Oud Bruin (not even just an american one). Truly phenomenal. I want more.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy ruby, small off-white head and decent lacing. Very beautiful in the glass. Aroma is tart lemon, oaky, cherry, vinous, funk, basement. Flavor is initially sweet and fruity with light tartness and a bit of oaky astringency. Dries out on the finish leaving oaky and vinous notes behind. Medium body, very low carbonation.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bottle

A - Copper colored with brown and slight red accents

S - Sour tart cherries, oak, slight lemom and sweettarts

T - Sweettarts, vinegar, slight cherry and tart raspberry. Oaky presence near the back end as well as some tart lemon

M - Tart presence with a dry finish. Good amount of carbonation

O - Good Flanders ale with a good amount of tartness and not a ton of the copper and blood you sometimes get with a Flanders. Thought this one was well balanced and would have went well with some earthy cheeses.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an oversized wine glass. Batch info left blank? Assuming batch 4?

A gentle pour yields a dark yet bright ruby red, with minimal head, a light tan colored ring is left but shortly fades to nothing. Minimal lace and legs are left only after a swirl of the glass.

Aroma initially is boozey, solvent like. As it warms, the booze seems to fade bringing out some sour pie cherry, kind of a boozey concentrate grape comes to mind, sweet dark fruit, stone fruit maltiness blending with some rotted wood aromas.

Sour, but not intensely so, sour pie cherries, some grape, comes in more as it warms, a bit lactic, some concentrate grape juice, slight solvent booze at times, sweet rich sugary malt and hints of old oak.

Leaves a nice lingering citric/ sour cherry sourness on the palate after each sip. Medium in body, semi dry finish.

I'm not a huge fan of sours with a big ABV and this is really no exception. Seems to clash with the sourness and funk a bit. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but considering the price tag and the much better examples out there, I might pass on this in the future.

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Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Batch 4, poured into a Captain Lawrence snifter.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red, Concord grape and earthy brown. A bubbly, fizzy, bone colored head appears briefly but absconds quickly leaving a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, tart cherry, tangy apple, red grapes, tannic red wine, lightly acidic with a bit of apple cider vinegar. The flavors are in line, lots of tart stone fruit, good red wine presence, nice tannins, a bit of leather and tobacco smokiness, very much to my liking. Tangy apple is at the finish, a bit of citrus and a bit of vinegar at the end. The mouthfeel is good, carbonation is moderate, but on the lower end and could benefit from some added zip. Coating is decent and the finish is easy, not too puckery.

Verdict: A very nice American interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Tart and tangy, but not sour and mouth puckering. Very complex and rewarding, but needs body. I can only imagine how wonderfully this will age. A very, good beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to CaveDave for this beauty. Batch #4 on the label. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an almost opaque brown, with a slight reddish tint, and a very thin cap of khaki colored head that quickly settled into a ring.

The tart, fruity aroma blasted out of the bottle as soon as the cap was cracked. On further sniff, there was a very light grain base, but the funk clearly was the star. The fruitiness seemed to have more of a cherry scent, even though there are grapes in the brew. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar, although it was easily noted how much more tart the beer was. The fruit was at the front and dissipated quickly, leaving just a light grain taste and that delicious Brett flavor.

The body was good, I, maybe, would have preferred it a touch more full, but it was still nicely solid across the palate. The beer had a semi-dry finish, with the tartness lingering. Drinkability was very good, I could see having these on a semi-regular basis if it were local to me. Overall, an excellent brew. A must try if you get the chance.

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

Batch #4. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a very dark amber/brown colour and settled completely opaque. A very insignificant amount of carbonation appeared to be present from the pour in the form of a few scattered bubbles that disappeared immediately.

S - Sour cherry and grape aromas with a big oak presence and some sweet breadiness.

T - Sour up front, just barely to the point of being puckering. Oak, tart cherry, sweet grape and a breadiness that is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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