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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-28-2009

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Photo of LeRose
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TimHitchings
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kalosjakar
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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 gonzo000
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of julielynndubee
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Daniellobo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OrangeMen
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~ 1 month from bottling, no bottle date but was just released

Appearance- Pours a reddish brown, mahogany color, murky and hazy. Half finger thick, soapy off-white colored head. Some spotty head lacing on glass and thin layer of alcohol legs.

Aroma- Tart fruits, cherries, berries, grapeskins, raisins. Soft oak, floral spice, red wine grape, vinous. Rich maltiness, sour acidity, red wine vinegar. Wet hay, earthy funky tang.

Taste- Malty, tangy, red wine vinegar, slight acidity. Tart fruits, sweet cherries, lemon, red wine grapes. Oak, floral, slight spice, vinous, funky tang, earthy wet hay.

Feel- Medium bodied, moderate level of tart acidity that hits up front and fades off. Crisp and fluffy carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- Real unique combination of tangy and tart flavors. Lots of vinegar qualities up front followed by a host of fruit flavors including the red wine grapes. Oaky, vinous notes and brettanomyces yeast adds a whole lot of complexity, even more tang and funk comes through on the finish.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
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 ClavisAurea
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 667 ratings