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

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#1,013
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
664
pDev:
10.38%
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Ratings: 664 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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 GRG1313
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and poured with a small beige head that quickly faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste is sour and has some complexities with flavors of grapes and notes of wood.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the sour flavors are not that strong and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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 oline73
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Thanks Dan for sharing!
Quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.
Not sure of the batch, 375mL bottle.

Reddish orange body, thin skim of offwhite foam across the surface. Clarity is fairly murky, it may have been one of the last pours from the bottle, wasn't keeping track.

Acetic, vinous aroma. Red wine grapes, reminiscent of La Folie.

Dry and cidery, grapes and acetic acid. Medium bodied, not all that funk forward or complex, but it's good. Would take La Folie or a similar Flanders over this though, not really worth the extra effort to seek out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -35.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Carolus chalice.

Color is a dark cherry raspberry color. Glass has some yeast sediment in it and the beer is very hazy. Hardly any white head. No lace.

Aroma: Sour red grapes, some funk and brett, wood, and slight wine flavors. Very nice.

Taste: A little bit of a let down. Some leather. The grapes add a lot to the flavor. Wood and brett also stick out. Funky with cherries. Nothing to special, but good.

Mouthfeel: Very sour and tart. Funky. I was surprised that the body was fairly light. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and sour.

Overall, a pretty good sour, but nothing too special. I was a little bit let down by this one, but it was fairly drinkable.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4

A: Pours a clear dark garnet red in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate amounts of dark brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy pinkish beige head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a medium thick sudsy ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sour cherries, grapes, and oak from the barrel aging.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of initial tartness from the sour cherries with some moderate notes of grapes. There are lighter notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of prickly acidity. Just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden considering the strength. Upfront there is a sharp acidic tartness but that fades a bit as the beer warms up.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 664 ratings