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 jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bottle

A - Copper colored with brown and slight red accents

S - Sour tart cherries, oak, slight lemom and sweettarts

T - Sweettarts, vinegar, slight cherry and tart raspberry. Oaky presence near the back end as well as some tart lemon

M - Tart presence with a dry finish. Good amount of carbonation

O - Good Flanders ale with a good amount of tartness and not a ton of the copper and blood you sometimes get with a Flanders. Thought this one was well balanced and would have went well with some earthy cheeses.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle a little above fridge temp poured into an oversized wine glass. Batch info left blank? Assuming batch 4?

A gentle pour yields a dark yet bright ruby red, with minimal head, a light tan colored ring is left but shortly fades to nothing. Minimal lace and legs are left only after a swirl of the glass.

Aroma initially is boozey, solvent like. As it warms, the booze seems to fade bringing out some sour pie cherry, kind of a boozey concentrate grape comes to mind, sweet dark fruit, stone fruit maltiness blending with some rotted wood aromas.

Sour, but not intensely so, sour pie cherries, some grape, comes in more as it warms, a bit lactic, some concentrate grape juice, slight solvent booze at times, sweet rich sugary malt and hints of old oak.

Leaves a nice lingering citric/ sour cherry sourness on the palate after each sip. Medium in body, semi dry finish.

I'm not a huge fan of sours with a big ABV and this is really no exception. Seems to clash with the sourness and funk a bit. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but considering the price tag and the much better examples out there, I might pass on this in the future.

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Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, Batch 4, poured into a Captain Lawrence snifter.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red, Concord grape and earthy brown. A bubbly, fizzy, bone colored head appears briefly but absconds quickly leaving a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is very nice, tart cherry, tangy apple, red grapes, tannic red wine, lightly acidic with a bit of apple cider vinegar. The flavors are in line, lots of tart stone fruit, good red wine presence, nice tannins, a bit of leather and tobacco smokiness, very much to my liking. Tangy apple is at the finish, a bit of citrus and a bit of vinegar at the end. The mouthfeel is good, carbonation is moderate, but on the lower end and could benefit from some added zip. Coating is decent and the finish is easy, not too puckery.

Verdict: A very nice American interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Tart and tangy, but not sour and mouth puckering. Very complex and rewarding, but needs body. I can only imagine how wonderfully this will age. A very, good beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to CaveDave for this beauty. Batch #4 on the label. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an almost opaque brown, with a slight reddish tint, and a very thin cap of khaki colored head that quickly settled into a ring.

The tart, fruity aroma blasted out of the bottle as soon as the cap was cracked. On further sniff, there was a very light grain base, but the funk clearly was the star. The fruitiness seemed to have more of a cherry scent, even though there are grapes in the brew. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar, although it was easily noted how much more tart the beer was. The fruit was at the front and dissipated quickly, leaving just a light grain taste and that delicious Brett flavor.

The body was good, I, maybe, would have preferred it a touch more full, but it was still nicely solid across the palate. The beer had a semi-dry finish, with the tartness lingering. Drinkability was very good, I could see having these on a semi-regular basis if it were local to me. Overall, an excellent brew. A must try if you get the chance.

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

Batch #4. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a very dark amber/brown colour and settled completely opaque. A very insignificant amount of carbonation appeared to be present from the pour in the form of a few scattered bubbles that disappeared immediately.

S - Sour cherry and grape aromas with a big oak presence and some sweet breadiness.

T - Sour up front, just barely to the point of being puckering. Oak, tart cherry, sweet grape and a breadiness that is present throughout.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a copper reddish brown.

The aroma has sweet bright cherry fruits and tartness along with a oak sweetness.

The flavor follows with a cherry and grape flavor along with caramel sweetness.The oak on the end cleans the beer up, without being too bold.

This is a really well balanced beer with its tartness, oak, and sweetness. The alcohol is extremely well hidden on this.

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

A: opaque ruby brown in an oversized wine glass; steady center-pour produced a finger of off-white head that slipped quickly into a persistent subtle collar; clean down the sides of the glass

S: grape must, tannin, faint sour black cherry; tart dark yeastiness

T: tart, dark cherries and pinot grigio; very wine-like upfront, but a brown malt backbone establishes itself behind the vinous flavors of wine grapes, dark, subtle sours and bright tart sparkles of orchard fruit, white grape, and pale wood

M: tight, taut, subtle mouth-puckering; light and clean; quenching of itself, drying; faint dark fruit puckering that lingers

O: fantastic brew - tart, dark wet Flanders Oud Bruin wine-ified with grape and vineyard characteristics. Splendid; felt very much like I was drinking a very fine wine/rare ale hybrid.

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

8oz pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes on 9/25 at Old Toad.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a ruby tinge. Thin head, drop or two of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Fruitiness and yeast give it great sour notes Cherry and grape aromas. Oakiness comes out as it warms.

T: Great flavor. Really get the merlot grapes. Oak flavors are substantial. Sour comes through adding tartness to the blend.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Puckering. Dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall an amazing Oud Bruin. A must try for any sour fan. Complex, tart and easy drinking.

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Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A HUGE thank you to hoppypocket for surprising me with this one. Batch 4

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with a thin off-white head.

Smell. Oaky red wine, nice brett funk with a bit of vinegar, and some sweet malts with a touch of caramel. Nice.

Taste. Red wine with a ton of barrel, some vinegar and lemon-like sourness, some light cherry, and just a touch of sweet caramel malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe a little less than with low carbonation (I would prefer a touch more if I were to whine about something).

Overall. A really nice Flanders style brew with the grape addition shining through almost like it was a wine hybrid. Really nice stuff.

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Photo of Brenden
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty in its own way, a deep, thick, murky dark orange with some brown and reddish-purple hues in it. On top, a tan head develops and rests at just under a finger for a good while. It deposits patchy lacing solidly on the glass.
This beer displays big notes of tart dark cherries, lots of barnyad funk, vinegar, and wood with somewhat sweeter notes somewhat like other dark fruits (ripe black grapes, maybe even raisin). It's vinous for sure, and lots more gape comes out with each sniff. There's plenty of red grape, that blend of tart and sweet, and whie grape is also evoked from the other elements in this beer, with ripe dark cherries beside. This is sulit-layered and complex, and the wood notes aren't too subtle but they take nothing away. Lots of nice oak just rides with it all. There's a note of spiciness that adds something to it as well.
It's thick for a medium body, pretty rich and with some depth. Crispness cuts through that, and carbonation is at a good level and just a little foamy at times. Oak dries it out a little, as well as the vinous nature, but the acidity doesn't thin it and it's fairly smooth, considering. All in all, this is fantastically tasty with so much depth.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml batch #4 bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a purplish-reddish brown with some translucency around the edges, just a thin white head forms when pouring that recedes fairly fast leaving just a thin circle surrounding the edge of the glass. Decent amount of carbonation with a nice consistency.

S- Grape skins, a little bit of grape must, a hint of cherries, balanced malts, slight barrel presence, faint cobwebs, doesn't appear to have too much brett coming out. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Grape skins, slightly tart grape must, brett definitely comes out a little bit more in taste then aroma, finishes with balanced malts, lightly sweet grape juice, and more grape must with a little bit of cobwebby funk. Decently balanced, fairly complex, plenty of flavor.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, pretty drinkable, abv well hidden.

O- This wasn't the best Oud Bruin that I've had, but it was definitely a very good attempt at one. The grape must made a nice presence combined with a decently balanced cobwebby funk. Overall however the tastes just didn't appeal to me as much as other Oud Bruins have but I'd have to say this is one of the better American attempts out there. Definitely worth trying and I wish I had another to see what a couple years of age could do to it.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep brown color with rosey red highlights. Not much in the way of foam. Light tan in color and just a bit under a fingers worth which quickly dissipates to a film.

S - the nose is nuanced and elegant. Grape-y with lots of other tart fruit character. Hints of raspberries and strawberries. A distinct brett character blends with a red wine vinegar note for complexity.

T - smooth malty flavors on the tip of the tongue. Dark bread, with slight hints of toffee. Sour fruit flavors evolve in the center with notes of grapes and tart berries. Prickly brett notes enter more on the backend which carries though the long sour finish.

M - slick textured. Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation.

O - interesting wild ale. If i had to guess i would think the carbonation will subside over time making this even more wine like. I've got a few bottles to test theory in a few years.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my wife, pours red a deep red, very nice. The nose is tart apples, cherries and oak. The taste is very pleasant not over the top, in the sour category, tart and slight Brett funk, . The back is oak and a nice berry flavor. My wife loves this beer, it is nice

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

12.7 oz bottle, batch 4, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky ruby / brown color, produces a finger of tan head, decent retention and spotty lacing.

S- Tart acidity, musty funk, earth, some fruitiness and oak.

T- Moderate lactic tartness, red grapes, cherry, as well as oak and a bit of sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel, very dry.

O- A very tasty sour, the booze is literally invisible, I would never have guessed it was as strong as it is. Captain Lawrence has really been hitting the acidity perfectly too, although this doesn't have the same level of complexity as Cuvee de Castleton, it's still a really good beer.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep ruby brown. No discernible head.

S: Nice acetic notes, malt sweetness, tannic oak and hints of vanilla.

T: Creamy malt sweetness up front, oak tannins and slight acetic tartness as it coats the tongue. Mild sourness lingers after each sip. Mellow, balanced and not overwhelming. Very unlike the past few CL sour beers I've tasted.

M: Medium-bodied, but very uncarbonated. Not necessarily a bad thing with the style, drinks like a wine.

O: A nice American Oud Bruin. More mellow than I'd like. I'm a fan of CL sours for their big oak and acid punch. Hopefully the acidity picks up on this one over time.

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

A. Pours auburn with a small off-white head.

S. Fruity acetic nose. Apple skin, currants and cherry, vinous, a bit of caramel.

T. Tart grapes, vinous tannins, toffee, plum. The acidity is quite mild, with the malt character shining through.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. A nice, mild oud bruin. I was expecting something a little more acidic but nonetheless this was quite pleasant to drink.

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

Had the 2012 release. Just a very well balanced beer. Great tartness with an excellent grape taste. I am hoping this ages well. The color reminds me of many other sour type beers. Taste sits in the mouth for the right amount of time without leaving any aftertaste. Great beer to try if you can find it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz, Batch 4
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Deep amber color. Somewhat clear. Thin layer of off white head. Turns into a collar of big bubbled head. OK carbonation.

S: Funk. Tart cherry. Tart grape. Dry oak. Wood. Leather. Dry finish.

T: Tart cherry. Funky sour grapes.

M: High carbonation. Medium bodied.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Labeled Batch No. 4 on the bottle

A: A somewhat dark copper with deep ruby highlights. The persistent, light tan head is made of thin layer of rocky bubble that settle into a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S: A medium aroma of red currents, tart cherries and sharp tartness. Some oak supports the fruit bring cinnamon and some vanilla to the mix. A moderate funk on the cleaner, more presentable side of the Brett aroma. The is a low spice and herbal note as well which is hard to tell of that's the yeast or hops bringing the spice.

T: The taste matches the nose so well; again with a medium aroma of red currents, more of a tannic red grape and sharp tartness. Oak also provides a supports the fruit bringing medium vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. The spice and herbal note is a bit strong in the flavor being about medium-low level. The balance is pretty tart with a moderate sweetness in the middle but a an off dry finish. Followed up with a quick currents and dried cherry aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A fruity beer with a great sweet-tart balance and some oak character. Pairs very nicely with food, probably a great compliment to a rich meal. An excellent sour beer that is well worth seeking out should you enjoy yous beer a bit on the tart side. It's not so tart as to be out of line and is well worth consideration as a classic example of the style.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Another from the trade with ShowerBeers

A-Deep brown in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last long, clear ruby when pouring.

S-Good deal of funk, grapes, oak and wine.

T-Very funky, balanced out with oak, grapes, ends with a nutty caramel note ala a brown ale.

M-Light to medium bodied, slight carbonation, not quite watery but near it.

O-A great sour, good balance and funky.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep red color with a fizz of head that dies to nothing at all quickly, no head. Others had a head in different glasses, in my dre fontenein glass it didn't have much at all.

The smell is very nice it has that savory pie like fruit cherry quality to it with a good slightly buttery malt base, but not in a infected way but in a nice composed way that works well with the funk and fruit notes. The taste is not quite as round as the smell suggested, it has more of a citric and acidic bite than I guessed, also some somewhat alcohol tasting center to the taste without a ton of malt to back it up. Interesting, not bad but not what I'd expect from an our bruin, very acidic, good amount of red grape as well.

The feel is ok, definitely sharp and under carbonated in some ways. Decent body to it. Overall decent beer but not amazing.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pour yields almost no head. Some mild bubbles creep up along the sides and leave a flimsy ring around the glass. Pours a nice dark ruby red with some slight copper hues. There is also an amber/brownish note to the brew.

Aroma starts off as expected with some intense tart notes mixed in with some nice fruity notes. Notes of sweet/sour cherries some tart apple skin notes with some vinous and slightly earthy wood aroma in there. There is some slight fruit juice sweetness in the aroma as well.

Flavor starts off smooth. Low carbonation but lots of flavor. Nice vinous character with some woody notes and some nice vinegary tartness. Balsamic notes as well as some woody funk are present. The sour notes are sharp and pungent but they don't last too long and they lead into a nice slight sweetness with some more woody earthy funk. There are notes of some sour apple skin and some slight lemony notes and tons of vinous grape skin notes with some slight juicy sweetness behind this. Balanced for a sour beer with a nice dry finish and a light feel.

Pretty yummy Flanders. Quite true to style. Great vinous notes. Grape skin tannins and some good slight grape juice notes plus some earthy wood and a nice vinegary tartness that isn't too intense.

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Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear plum like color with a wispy off white head that quickly dissipates into a very light ring. Not flat, but not much life.

The aroma is quite oaky. Tart on the nose, wine grapes come to mind. Slight vinegar acidity.

An oaky tart blast to start but it mellows nicely. When it mellows, the grape flavor comes out. Not grape juice but an enjoyable tart grape fruitiness. Some vinegar acidity but not palate crushing. No real malt flavor but enough of a presence to give the beer some stability. There is a nice brightness to the flavor.

Light feel with very soft, almost non-existent, carbonation. Sour and tart on the palate but its more than manageable.

A very well made beer. Not a huge fan of the style but Cpt. Lawrence made a flavorful and drinkable version in which serious sour fans and their more moderate cousins can enjoy.

#1600 finally!! Seems like it took forever between 1500 and 1600.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a lot to OldSock for the thoughtful share. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a few years, and somehow the stars never aligned until tonight.

The beer is hazy chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Audible hissing as the head rapidly fades. The aroma is grand, offering plenty of sourness and funk, with prominent yeast, fruits, caramels, bread. Sharp and biting feel, but not unpleasant. Certainly acetic though. A nice beer to sip and savor with a friend or two. Double digit alcohol is disguised quite well. A really solid beer, though not for everyone.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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