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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for this bottle.

375ml red waxed dark green bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque dark plum flesh, nearly as deep a the red grapes that were used in the barrels. Small, somewhat fizzy head forms and dies immediately. No lacing.

S: Soft fruity and tannin notes with a healthy waft of the red grapes. Some vinous wine notes. Maybe some tart wheaty notes? Some hidden sweetness in the back, maybe light caramel.

T/M: Good sour and tartness level, right on the edge of puckering. The red grapes come out very nicely along with some cherry, red apple, and pear notes. Not overly funky with some wisps of barn and hay... I think I'd like to see a little bit more. More of the light caramel in the very back mixing well with the oak and vinous wine barrel. Body is medium light with decent carbonation. A bit dry on the tongue but not overly so.

D: Very solid brew and definitely my favorite Oud Bruin by far. Easily drinkable and refreshing, hard to sip and savor. I do think a touch more funk with a drier feel and finish would benefit this brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge, huge thanks goes out for getting this one in my hands. This was another big want of mine for a while. All of these new American sours coming out are really getting quite hard to keep up with. Never the less, I feel I am doing a fairly good job at tracking most of them down. This one I waited until lasted night to finally open, and what a hard time opening it! Served chilled into a snifter, this one was consumed on 07/09/2009.
The pour was rather, well interesting to say the least. It started out with a light brown pour, kind of hazy and cloudy with a tight little head of white that came up and over the top to a height of around an inch before settling down to leave the top of it bare with nothing along the sides to show for it. Aroma of sour cherries, nice tannic notes, a light hint of grapes and a bunch of funky barrel creatures coming up through the air. I was intrigued now, but I let it continue to warm, inching closer to that optimum temperature. This brought out hints of caramel and a touch of toffee or butterscotch, very complex. As I take the first sip, the sour takes over immediately, shredding any taste buds I had left and leaving them in the dust. Again letting it come up and breath lets loose the complexity that lie within. The cherries start to show along with red wine characteristics. Definite sweet undertones pinned against it now as well. Quite nicely done I have to say. I am intrigued now as well as really quite impressed. So I  go forward, and the smooth body, not as highly carbonated as one would get from the style at times, rather mellow, light and coating as it goes down. Still though, crisp and amazing complex. Very drinkable I had no issue at all with this bottle as the night wore on.
Overall a very well done example of the style here. Different, a little sweeter then I would normally expect, but amazingly complex. Very happy to get to try this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dave for busting this out unexpectedly. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - This was kind of odd - Dave poured the first half and I poured the second. His glass is a lovely dark red-brown color with a finger of off-white foam. My glass has quick-dissolving foam and was a sort of homely brown color. I'm going to give this brew the benefit of the doubt here and go with Dave's glass.

S - Tons of brett in this one - reminds me a little of Consecration too. There's the obvious sour cherry flavor, but I get a lot of sweet red wine and grape notes as well. I like it better than La Folie and Red Poppy, both of which I had yesterday - there's a better balance of funk, tart, sour, and sweet flavors.

T - The taste has more sour and tart flavor, and is loaded with sour cherry and unripened grape notes. The tartness pervades into the aftertaste. There isn't a ton of wood in this one, as the fruit flavors seem to leap to the forefront. The funk and horse flavor is more restrained in the flavor to me.

M - Light medium body, with a dry finish and lots of residual cotton mouth sensations. The carbonation is fairly mild - strangely enough I prefer a little more active carbonation in my sour brews.

D - I keep reaching for my glass - there's no reason why I couldn't kill a 375ml bottle of this on my own. The aftertaste is strong but not overwhelming and the carbonation and ABV are both pretty low. I'd love to get my hands on another bottle of this one - maybe batch #2.

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Photo of kasper
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky burnt amber with ruby highlights; close to no head, just some medium-to-large tan bubbles that fade to a ring; no lacing.

S: Traces of a distinguishable vinous tartness appear the second the muddled "fizz" burps from under the cap; loads of brett, charred wood,

T: Quite acidic, pungent brown malt flavors and sweet grape peek through then fade towards a medium-dry, woody finish; you can really taste the wine barrel on the end, with lingering traces of brett. Ends kind of tangy, generally speaking

M: Medium bodied; low carbonation; stark acidity helps carry the feel.

D: I'm not a big fan of the Flanders Oud Bruin style, but this is probably one of the more enjoyable ones I've had.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to Dyan for the opportunity to try this limited beer, glad I have you as a trading buddy. Capped and red wax 375ml bottle, Batch No.1

Pours a cloudy tamarind brown with reddish overtones and a few bubbles on top. A thin ring forms around the glass.

Great aroma. A bit sharp and tart on the nose with various fruit aromas and a deep malt complexity. Sour orange, lemon, black cherries, brown sugar, toffee, caramelized malts, light oak, and low vinegar presence. After that first wave I can detect some prunes, plums, sweet and sour raisins, low chocolate notes, and some sherry-like notes all around. There's also a low level of spicy phenols and an equally low level of buttery notes. More plum, black cherry, and prune notes as the beer breathes. Hints of vanilla as well. A few leathery notes increase as the beer warms up. Red grape aroma intensifies as well as some alcohol in the background.

Sweet and tart combination with fruits in the middle, some acidity and acetic flavor, and oak tannins in the finish. Again, lots of sour/tart prune flavors, black cherry, lemon, some pear in the aftertaste, bitter and sour orange, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and more oak in the flavor than in the aroma. Grape skins in the aftertaste, almost as if I was chewing them. A little rough in the finish, you can almost taste the alcohol and then there is this bitterness from the oak. Quite acidic but I'm glad the acetic/vinegary characteristic is kept low. Medium-high dryness in the finish. Buttery and oaky in the finish. Some sour green apple flavors later on, as well as some leathery notes. My main complaints with this one is the noticeable alcohol and tannic bitterness in the end, if those two were toned down a bit this beer would be incredible.

Full bodied and medium carbonation with a good level of astringency. After about half of the beer gone, I can feel the acidity of this beer in the pit of my stomach.

Really tasty beer, glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1; Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, fizzy, tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, murky, plum color that shows a somewhat hazed, dark cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour cherries up front (though not as vibrant as sour pie cherries would be), tart lactic notes, tannic wood aromas, spicy oak and lots of woody plank like character. This is quite fruity smelling, but it is hard to break out the exact fruits that the nose evokes; it seems comprised of aromas like cherry, cranberries, a touch of concord grape character, some currant notes as well as something that is distinctly fruity, but that I can't quite describe. Towards the end of my glass (once the beer has warmed up quite a bit), musty Brettanomyces notes are noticeable with a touch of urea and some sweaty leather notes. The nose has a nice mix of wood and fruit, with a interesting backdrop of funkiness that boosts the complexity quite a bit.

The beer tastes tart as it first hits my tongue and the sourness becomes more gripping as it moves across my palate. The finish is a complex mix of tart, tannic fruit, wood, and berry-like notes. The carbonation adds a fizzy texture and there is also a tannic heft to the body of this beer that adds weight to what would otherwise be a light beer. This beer has an exquisite texture to it because of the oak and fruit; it really clings to the palate, with a texture that is beyond the finishing gravity. The oak adds some nice spiciness as well as an earthiness that is at least somewhat barrel influenced. As the beer warms up a light mustiness becomes noticeable, a touch of barnyard character also becomes noticeable though both are not much beyond a subtle touch.

This is a very nice beer; the grapes add a nice complexity that is boosted by the oak character and the ample, but not quite overwhelming, sourness. This is a nicely balanced beer, though the aroma really needs to warm up quite a bit before it becomes nicely complex from the underlying Brettanomyces influence.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy brown color with minimal white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S: Tons of lacto. Tons of fruit. Tartness. Red grapes. You do get a hint of oak as well. It came out more as the beer warmed.

T: Gland kicking tartness. This was one of the more tart beers that I had ever had. Amazing complexity though. You get the grapes and other light fruit. Little bit of funk as well.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

D: Off the charts. This is right up there with the Cuvee for me. I don't think this beer is getting the hype that is deserves. This is a world class American sour.

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Photo of drseamus
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to aerozeppl for cracking this one open. Sampled right after Gargamel.

A: Clear red but cloudy when the tasty yeast is added. Just a touch of white head.

S: Good and tart. Some tart cherries in the background. Not quite tart enough really.

T: Dear Lord!!! My tongue and glands just got assaulted by the tartness. I might press charges. All I know is that someone kicked by glands in the balls and all they left was some cherries and red wine.

M: Thin to medium bodied. Just where it needs to be.

D: It's glandy. Almost 90% of where I want it to be.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from tprokop7, thanks man!

375 ml bottle with a blood red wax seal, poured into a tulip. Batch 1.

Let's just start by saying CL needs to rethink their waxing methods. This reminded me too much of the Southern Tier Gemini nightmare, but worse if you can believe it. It took me at least ten minutes to crack the wax on this with at least three different tools...anyway, on to the beer.

Pours a muddy brown with no head what-so-ever. With no head, you get no lacing...sad looking brew to be honest. Smell is pretty tart; ripe grapes, funky brett, and oak. Some malts and earth in the nose as well with a touch of vinegar. Taste begins with a puckering vinegar punch, fresh rhubarb, and sour apples as well. Midway the smooth malt and leather emerge with a light bretty tingle. The wine flavors really come forward in the aftertaste, and I like it a lot. A light to medium body with an almost lifeless feel in the mouth, although it seems to fit pretty well. I'm not a huge sour freak (yet), but this is just too easy to drink. Another good one from the Captain. Thanks again Todd!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Batch no.1, waxed and capped bottle.

It pours a very cloudy colour of rust with a tiny head of foam..really just a ring around the glass. There's some lacing and I really like the look of the brew despite the lack of foam.

The smell is nice and sour and reminds me a lot of NB's La Folie except I can easily smell the grapes that are mentioned on the label.

The taste is the wow! Really tart start but about mid palate, I can definitely taste a solid caramel malt backbone that took me by surprise. Big notes of grape and oak with a good note of vanilla follow up and again, wow. At times, the sourness really puckers my mouth but that's not a bad thing at all. I'm loving it. How I acquired a taste for these sour babies I'll never know but I'm certainly glad I did. ;^)

Light bodied and lightly carbonated, it finishes very tart with a last dose of that grapey goodness. There's no abv for this beer that I can find but I'd guess that it was in the ~6% range.

Drinkability? I love well made Oud Bruins/Wild Ales that bring the sour so, for me, this is something I could sit down and "session" with. Easily. Damn, this is good!

Thanks again, Alan, for the chance to try this nectar of the gods!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass, Batch No. 001. Huge thanks to Beerworld for taking care of me!

Pours hazy dark red with lots of brown mixed in. No real head at all.

Nose is lots of red grapes, red wine, oak, very vinous, fairly clean. Some light cider vinegar at work as well underneath. Vanilla, even some caramel malt providing some body. Very nice.

Taste is quite sour up front, lightly acidic, kind of mellow; lots and lots of red grape skins, red wine, some vinegar, but the finish is where this one shines, with a rich, dry, mellow, earthy finish that carries notes of red grapes, oak, cabernet, and yeast.

Edit: I'll go against the grain with this one and say I actually prefer it with the sediment mixed up in it. Mellows the whole experience. Love it.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, though definitely not under-carbonated, some nice acidity at the back of the throat, full bodied.

Very nice beer, and certainly deserving of all the praise heaped on it. Top notch.

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Photo of younger35
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from brewdogmrb after the release. Since I read about this brew it was on my target list. Captain Lawrence is amazing and I expect this thing to be Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Batch #1 and perhaps the best looking bottle of beer I've ever encountered. I'm honestly pumping up the beer appearance a half point because the bottle and wax look so elegant.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red with hues of yellow around the edges with a fairly small bubbly head that recedes VERY quickly. No cap or collar is left and I can see some fairly aggressive carbonation in the glass as well as some chunks of grapes.
Smell- Very tart with a big green apple presence and plenty of apple cider vinegar. Not as dirty smelling as I was expecting but maybe the Brett hasn't fully sunk in yet. Loads of red and white grapes as well with a quenching smell that makes my mouth immediately water. I get a slight bit of vanilla but not a whole lot of wood from the barrels. Maybe it's hiding under all that extremely pungent acidity that seems to jump out of the glass.
Taste- Starts very tart and somewhat astringent with a VERY vinous character. Cabernet grapes and bing cherries add a crisp tartness and sharp acidity. Not really sour as it's just fleshy and lightly fruity with hints of melon at times. Some horsehair and tobacco add a deep musty earthiness that compliments the sour nicely. The astringency from the grape skins and oak gets damn strong on the finish. Vanilla and caramel ooze out of the oak as the dry, leathery finish just seems to suck the fruit out of your tongue.
Mouthfeel- Light and tannic that is super dry and puckering. Feels lightly crisp at times although the carbonation is very light.
Drinkability- This is definitely the most interesting beer I've had in quite awhile. The oak is fairly strong in the taste but mixed with those grapes it turns into an amazingly dry brew. This beer is very vinous and 350mL isn't nearly enough and that's my only complaint. Thanks much for the opportunity Mike!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big cheers goes out to Beerloco for this one!

Batch 1 in a waxed bottle.

Pours a murky red-brown with very little head and not much in the way of carbonation action.

Smells of sweet and sour fruit..apples, grapes, a tiny hint of cherry possibly.

Rolls onto the tongue very fruity and sweet and then becomes extremely sour with hints of grapefruit, grapes, and a mild breast aftertaste. No hop presence.

Carbonation is on the low end and this is around medium bodied. I would have preferred much more carbonation, but it's right on for the style.

This is very drinkable but I can't help but think it would age beautifully. A great sour but maybe the more generic wild ale category would fit this more than a Flanders.

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Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waxed cap bottle, batch #1. Pours murky, cloudy medium brown, dark plum. Head is around for just a brief moment, then its gone, leaving behind just very few tiny bubbles and no lace. On the low carbonation side. Fruity (sour plums), sour, Brett infused nose. Initially fruit on the tongue, then quickly the sour comes in to play. Funk, grapes, wood, horsey, grapefruit juice, sharply sour, intensely complex. World class sour. Wish I had a few bottles to age for a few years. Yet another home run for the good captain. Well worth seeking out via trade, if you can find any...looks like I will have to wait for the next batch..

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Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle thanks to Mike once again, thank you for sending me the second sour from Captain Lawrence, consumed on 2/22/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Chimay goblet, color is medium brown with tons of red in it, 3/4 inch white bubbly head, goes down rather fast, some minor lacing, aroma is of cherries, grapes, red wine, brettanomyces, tart, other wild yeast, and mild vinegar, great smell, flavor has so much wood in it that the dryness almost takes over while served chilled, lots of red grapes in the middle, mild malt that is a little sugary and malty at the same time, finish is dry with even more oak, sourness from the brett, love how the tart settles as it warms, sour, fruity, and mildly sweet mouthfeel, medium body, crisp and strong carbonation, could drink multiple bottles of this stuff but its dryness can really affect the drinkability after some time, goes down easily mostly though, can even be refreshing, this was by far the oakiest beer I ever had, this baby spent a long time in the barrel, great brew that I wish was more accesible for us here in California, will be drinking more in the future, highly recommended

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer is deep red with a small, bubbly, white head. A small amount of lacing is spotted around the glass.

The aroma is very nice. Tart Merlot and Zinfandel grapes with a low level of sweetness. There are some oak notes in the aroma that blend very well with the grapes. Brettanomyces add a complex layer of funk to the sour and tart red grapes. The aroma of this beer is very complex. I could sit here with my nose in the glass for hours, but at some point one must drink.

Initially sweet, Rosso e Marrone almost immediately becomes tart. The red grapes are outstanding with the Brett and oak. The bottle shows no indication of the ABV but it is noticeable in the distance. The added touch of sweetness to the sour Zinfandel and Merlot grapes makes for an infinitely complex finish.

Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a vinous profile. A unique and thoroughly enjoyable beer from Captain Lawrence. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a pale pink with a small amount of foam

S - amazing! wine, berries, and a bit of oak, the smell was just incredible

T - nice red wine taste, it almost seemed like I was eating grapes, again a bit of oak and a funky bit of tartness

M/D - very smooth, incredible taste and aroma. I definitely recommend it to anyone if you can find a bottle.

Batch 2
sampled at the brewery, then a bottle on March 30, 2010

4 A - pours a reddish brown, very murky with just a ring of bubbles on the surface
4 S - fermented grapes hit your nose as soon as you open the bottle, oak, wood and vanilla, hints of vinegar
4.5 T - some acidity hits you right away, grapes and oak sneak in along with the tartness and pucker
4.5 M - finishes slightly dry, puckery throughout but not overly strong, fuller mouthfeel than I remember the first batch being
4 D - Great tasting now, I think it will only improve with age. 1 bottle at a time is enough, but it is definitely worth seeking out and experiencing

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

Bottle, batch 1. Pours a murky brown/amber with no real head. Aroma is quite tart, some sweettart candies in there, and lots of oak barrel. Flavor of nice sour, oaky notes. Tart and acidic but light on the palate. Nice fruity notes from the grapes. A very nice sour and I think I prefer it to Castleton...maybe. Well done.
8/4/9/4/17 (4.2/5)

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Photo of gregc
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz wax dipped bottle...

Pours a nice pale red color with a small but nice looking white head.

The aroma is wonderful, so much going wine, berries, oak, nice funk and sour cherries. I really can get a nice hint of all the wine grapes added to this during the aging process. Very wine like and very unique.

The taste was also spot on...smooth red wine taste, some oak and grapes, turning into a nice tartness that leaves a wonderful tart aftertaste.

the mouthfeel is wonderful, nice carbonation and finishes really well.

I could drink quite a few of these, although i think with some more time to develop, this is going to be known as a top quality sour.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle at Capt. L's release

A - gorgeous pale pink hue with a clean white head.

S - Absolutely great. Wine, berries, funk, lemon, faint hops. Malt was nearly hidden.

T - Lemon and wine character up front, citrus tart and barnyard flavor kick up. Malt carried the flavor, with the hops keeping things in balance.

M - started off smooth but had a monster tart kick. Really the only element that was a bit rough. after the tart finish the flavors lingered pleasantly.

D - an awesome brew that I feel could compete with Russian River, though needs some time in the bottle to smooth out. Will try another in 6 months or so.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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