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Rosso E Marrone | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of scootny
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a combined review of two batch one bottles. The first consumed within a month of purchase. The second Four years later as I unwind from a day at work on my birthday. The day is past and I am enjoying a nightcap review.

The uncellared bottle pours a reddish brown withh a tight white head that fades somewhat quickly and leaves no covering. The aged beer show little carbonation, producing a touch of light soap bubbley foam for a brief moment. The fluid itself is the same, being quite cloudy with a bit of a glow as I look at it.

Smell is oaken and tart with a complex blend of vanilla, caramel, sour cherries, and grapes. Some malt sow with a bit of toasted breakfast muffins. The fresh bottle has a more upfront fruitiness that mellows with aged. It has a bit of olfactory pucker. The mature version is mellower with more wood, horse blanket and a whiff of alcohol that is not noticeable when new.

Taste is great any way you slice it. Vinous dry and tart, with all the nose players showing. Fresh, the sourness is tongue numbing with lots of fruit based tartness and a sourness that channels wine that must come from the grapes and oak barrels. The swallow and finish bring that oak forward and leaves a mouth puckering dryness that features a shot of tannins and sourness. The older version is less dynamic but no less impressive. The front leads with oak and and and cherries flowing onto a mellow grapeish fruit. The tannins are bigger here in the body and bloom into a wonderful sourness. The swallow allow the malt to peek out a touch and then quickly revert to vinous sourness.

Feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation when young and a just enough of a tingle to let you know it's beer when old. Crisp overall feel enhances drinkability.

Just a great beer. Refreshing and crisp. With a restorative dry quality that is wonderful I had it with pizza new and it was great, a spicy cheddar aged an it is superb. A beer for all seasons and reasons.

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

Dark rusty-brown pour, with a small cap of foamy, off-white head. Lactic and acetic aroma, cherry, red wine, mildly earthy. The flavor reflected the aroma well, tart but balanced and not very puckering, sour cherries, red wine, tolerably acetic, not too woody, but there was a slight leathery quality to it, with subtle funk undertones and maybe even a dusting of cocoa powder (from the use of some darker malts, I'd assume). Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, and a nice drink overall.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of batch 3

A: Dark red/brownish color with very small head.
S: Wine, fruits (cherry/apple) and oak. Tart and funky.
T: Nice sourness, tart fruits, cherries, grapes, wine. Some malty sweetness. 10% alcohol is not detectable at all, very refreshing.
M: Medium bodied with nice, moderate carbonation.
O: Excellent beer, wish I had more.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Batch 3

Pours a dark red/brown color. There is very little head.

This smells great! Definite dark fruits; things like cherry, and fig. There is some musty scent, but not too much.

There is a huge aspect to this. My teethe feel dried out by it and I can feel the burn as it goes down...Oak is pretty forward as well. Bring on the heartburn!

Mouthfeel is good, rather light bodies considering the 10% ABV. There is a great tart/dryness combo going on that leaves me desiring another sip each time I take one.

Overall, I'm not sure I'll ever fully love Oud Bruins, even though I love most sours and funky beers. There is just a harsh aspect to them, but this one is definitley one of the better ones I've had. Certainly worth a try.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jack for breaking this out. Review from notes.

A: Pours a reddish/brown color, slightly hazy with a one finger off-white head on top. Decent retention leaving a very thin cap on top. Small bits of lacing form on the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruit, some red grapes, dark cherries, and a bit of raspberry mixed with some funk/hay and vinegar sourness. Very nice.

T: Tart and acidic right away mixed with some winey fruit. Red grapes, dark cherries, plum, and currants come through as wells as some oak, a little vanilla, and a touch of barnyard funk.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Quite tart with a slightly dry finish.

O: A very good Oud Bruin, right up there with La Folie for sure. Would love to have a bunch of this sitting around to open whenever I wanted.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 657 ratings
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