Rosso E Marrone
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,188
4.26 | pDev: 10.33%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
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Notes: 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.
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JMRSN from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Aug 25, 2014
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 23, 2016
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PuFtonLyfe from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Apr 26, 2012
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NateF90 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 28, 2015
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boatshoes from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

May 19, 2010
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2016
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Nyrangersgrrl from New York

3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aug 01, 2015
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Mar 22, 2014
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ajzy from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Jul 06, 2013
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conoraugustine from North Carolina

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

Dec 28, 2015
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Etan from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours auburn with a small off-white head.

S. Fruity acetic nose. Apple skin, currants and cherry, vinous, a bit of caramel.

T. Tart grapes, vinous tannins, toffee, plum. The acidity is quite mild, with the malt character shining through.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. A nice, mild oud bruin. I was expecting something a little more acidic but nonetheless this was quite pleasant to drink.

Jul 20, 2013
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TomMorris from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 19, 2015
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alcstradamus from Iowa

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 04, 2011
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Nov 29, 2013
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 14, 2016
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randomdanger from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Nov 15, 2011
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VAbdoyan from California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

Jul 02, 2012
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 28, 2018
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.27/5  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.

Apr 03, 2010
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Atomicskis5 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Jul 05, 2013
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BEER88 from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 31, 2016
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jun 01, 2010
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dgeebs07 from New York

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 09, 2015
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version.

Pours deep, leathery reddish-brown with a ring of off-white lacing.

The nose is sour cherry jam and lemon. Intense. A little bit of a chocolate-covered cherry vibe as it warms and the malt character comes out.

The taste opens with big black cherry. Hints of lime and fresh cut herbs. Mild oak and breadiness in the background. Cranberry on the finish. 5/10 tartness. There's enough of an herbaceous/woody note to balance out the fruit character, but black cherry is the star of the show. 10% alcohol is almost completely hidden. I drank the whole bottle without any palate fatigue.

Overall, right up my alley. A red wine sour with a nice malt character.

Dec 03, 2017
Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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