Rosso E Marrone | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
651
Reviews:
198
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.5%

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1.51/5  rDev -64.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -52.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.58/5  rDev -39%
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.

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2.71/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Steve for sending me this one. A bottle from Batch 2.

A: The pour is a dark amber color that's perhaps a bit more on the brown side. The head is off-white in color.

S: The nose starts off with sweet malts, cherries, and red grapes. Red wine vinegar becomes very apparent quite quickly and is followed up by an unfortunate amount of butter.

T: Very heavy on the vinegar which provides a big sourness right off the bat. Unfortunately, lots of metallic and buttery flavors that just ruin this beer.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is light to medium. Grape? skins provide a bit of a chewiness...

D: I remember having a bottle of the first batch and thinking it was pretty good. However, this one didn't quite live up to that experience.

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2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a murky brown/red color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird funk is quite powerful with some sour and oak notes also noticeable. Taste is also overpowered by the weird funk notes which didn't agree with me (I usually did the barnyard notes but those were too much) and a sour lightly acidic finish. Body was quite full with medium carbonation. I had a hard time getting into this one - probably one of the worst from a usually excellent brewer.

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2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review of a batch 2 bottle shared by womencantsail. Thanks, Andrew!

A: Pours a maroon body that leans more toward the brown side. A light haziness to it. It's capped by a small off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. The bottle had solid chunks in it (cherry skins?) that can only be called "disgusting."

S: I liked batch 1, but batch 2 is not so great. Butter, cat piss, mild sulfur. Some oxidation is evident (cardboard), with a sweet, brown-sugar aroma rounding it out. Tart cherries and cherry skins in the nose. Moderate acetic sourness. Grapes.

T: The taste captures the aroma well. It's lightly oxidized, buttery. The cat piss aromas give the beer a harshness that kind of works with the tartness of the white wine, barrel astringency, and acetic finish. [I guessed that it was aged in wine barrels, but realized later it was made with grapes. They're evident but I didn't have the skill / palate to identify anything about their color or strain.]

M: Light-medium bodied.

D: It's decent, but I'm not that impressed. Batch 1 was showing signs of bad oxidation (cardboard), though I still enjoyed it. Batch 2 has some off flavors. I am not impressed enough to seek it out again.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle, Dyan.

Appearance: Murky, muddy reddish-brown. Pours with a tiny off-white head that disappears pretty quickly; carbonation levels are fairly low.

Smell: Damp, musty basement, tart tannic red wine, some spices, a bit of soap and cardboard. A very muddled beer.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour and tannic, a bit like grapeskin. Metallic mid-palate with some odd earthy funk. Heavyish body with low carbonation. The finish is somewhat mineral and oxidized, not entirely pleasant. Had this one side-by-side with Cuvee de Castleton, and thought that beer was far superior.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: tawny color. hazy. no head. 3.5
S: acetic acid. caramel. cherries. no sign of grapes. very flanders like. hot alcohol. 3.5
T: quite acidic. some harsh alcohol. 3
M. low carbonation. medium body. vinegar bite in aftertaste. 3
O: eh. nothing special. out of balance. 3

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of jethrodium
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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

I'm not really a sour beer guy

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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