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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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 202
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 imbibehour
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

Photo of Duffman79
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 batch. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark Amber / maroon body with very little head, no retention and no lacing.

Aromas are lovely.. Tons of Brett, oak, musty basement, earthy.

On the tongue is a wonderful medley of lightly tart grapes, lots of Brett (much more than some other reviews would suggest), and a perfect amount of oak. Finish is vinous and drying, leaving a touch of lactic sourness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation.

Excellent balance here, very easy drinker. Quite complex. Really nicely done.

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

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bugs318
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells malt dominated, but taste is much drier. An excellent imperial US take on the style.

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

Review from batch 4.
A: Hazy dark amber ale with copper glints and a 1 inch off-white fuzzy head which quickly fades to nothing.
S: Smell is oaky, woody with a lactic sourness and a fruity scent, of grapes, cherry skins and tannins. Some leather and liquorice lingee. Very good balance from the nose. The lactiness is not cloying at all which can sometimes be the case in American Wild Ales.
T: Taste mainly follows the nose, with a rather tart, but not to agressive sourness upfront. Oak is dominating the palate, with wine notes and vanilla. Caramel malt, ripe fruits and grape skin come afterwards. The finish is dry and aftertaste is focused on wood and vanilla though not really longlasting.
M: Medium body, smooth, almost creamy palate with a good carbonation. Highly drinkable thanks to the dryness on the finish.
O: Very good dark American sour, without the defaults from the style, balanced and thirst-quenching, not much complex but deep enough to enhance the barrel qualities. Lovely.

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Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 661 ratings