Rosso E Marrone | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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%
 
 
Wants:
580
Gots:
176
For Trade:
20
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmamay22
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny brown with ruby highlights at the edges of he glass. Khaki head holds up reasonably well to crest a thin mousse like layer. The aroma is very fruity and with heavier influence from oak. The cherry scent plays nicely with the vanilla and spiced oak tones.

The flavor is very fruity with the grapes coming through well. Still has a nice cherry pie background throughout. Mild tannins create structure and body. Finishes with a tart acidic bite and mild alcohol warmth. Very good.

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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeRose
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer courtesy of @cavedave.

The pour looks more like a cognac than a beer - very smooth, no real head, just a ring of minute bubbles that fade quickly. Looks virtually still, but a stream of bubbles flows from the bottom of the glass eventually. To me, this beer looks like maple syrup that is amazingly clear with a touch of red thrown in for interest. Beautiful to behold.

The smell takes a while to evolve. Initially it's just a little sour fruity thing, but it opens up. The red wine grape influence is evident - more so from a distance than from a heavy sniff from the glass. Fruity esters in general, and I get a faint note of bubble gum and banana. A little oak contribution from the barrel, and a promise of a vinegary sourness. There's a spice note I can't quite pin down that I will say nutmeg but could be cinnamon. A little malt sweetness and a delightful level of barnyard funk earthiness.

The taste is a riot of flavors, but none competing and none dominating. The opening is soft. A mild spiciness, a little sweetness, and a tingle from the carbonation. The assertiveness grows yet nothing becomes overwhelming. Tart fruitiness with just a touch of vinegar, and a little more fruit sweetness - cherries and grapes - pickled cherries make any sense? Red wine and oakiness. Tannins and earthiness add a layer of depth. There is a just a little hay-like character. As it warms, a bit of caramel comes in and there is a more floral note over the top. Slight peppery spice on the finish and the taste lingers gloriously and unwraps itself. There is a lot going on, yet it isnt super-intense. The sour level is fairly mild. Medium bodied, the flavor lingers nicely, and as it backs down I swear I do get a little Belgian-style bubblegum/banana note and more bright, fruity esters.

More or less medium on the mouth feel and a nice sensation of "reversal" as the aftertaste fades. Minimally carbonated, nearly still. Very wine or brandy-like experience, but not as "thick".

Overall - this is a well-conceived and well-executed beer that I would enjoy drinking repeatedly. It is full of flavor, yet it isn't delivered in excess - just a nice blend of flavor components that don't compete. It's a beer you can sit and dissect for a while, yet just as well drink it and just savor the experience. It blossoms as it warms yet doesn't completely change character. Well done, and absolutely recommended.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Deep burgundy red/brown. No head at all, on draft.

Aroma: grapes, some red wine vinegar.

Taste: tastes like a carbonated red wine. Grapes and or grape must.

Feel: light, clean, dry, great.

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Photo of nataku00
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch No. 2016.

Deep burnt red body color, with an almost gem shiny like appearance and a deep tawny like port showcase. Head is faint tan, slightly making some snappy noise off the pour, and manages a finger before quickly settling down to a nice collar and island volcano of suds in the center top. Excellent looking brew.

Beautiful nose. Really nice aromas of dark malt sweetness, soft cherry like fruit with very complex fruit tones all over that stick to darker berried. A nutmeg and soft cinnamon sweetness comes in as well, with out any of the drying heat, nearly cake like in its quality. Fantastic stuff here just a great bouquet.

Palate takes its softness and doesn't hold back. First sip is a bit of light peppery tingling carbonation which is very fun. Then the mid palate hits like a wallop. Sharp farmhouse funk and hay mixing in with a good amount of berried fruity flavor. Excellent contrast of malt sweetness that gets into tart caramel, rich body, but also some vinous tartness mouthfeel and flavors. Big pepper and almost clove like spices, which run a bit hot on the swallow but also bring diverse fruit complexity. Nearly dough like flavors as well which is quite impressive hinting towards a spice cake too.

A very fascinating brew, but it seems the brett has made it run quite a bit hot and packs a bit of punch. Takes away a bit from the base style but has ended up with a great creation regardless.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 651 ratings.
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