Rosso E Marrone | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip. This brown ale was aged in wine barrels with brett for a year before brewers added ripe red grapes. Batch 3.

Mostly clear light copper, shimmering between darker and lighter hues. The head is a thin half-inch of light tan that quickly fades to a large-bubbled ring.

The aroma reaches the nose way before I even get close to the glass. Cola, brown sugar and toast are noticeable at first; biscuits, funk and green apple are next.

Same deal in the flavor. Big cola notes are met with major oak and white wine, vinegar and funk. Lesser bits of brown sugar and touches of vanilla can be picked up amidst the impressive tartness.

Medium-light body, light massaging carbonation. The beer holds together well as it moves around. Tartness is so big as to be spicy.

Tasty and intriguing. The balance of cola, tartness and funk is out of control. A real winner from Captain Lawrence.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee in a trade several months back.

Batch 3, which I believe was bottled around April 2011.

Pours a gorgeous bright red, bordering extremely dark pink. Lightly translucent, Small, tight white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Aromas begin with a ton of vinegar and acetone, champagne white grapes and chardonnay oak. Not getting much red grapes but a lot of a champagne white vinous grapes. Earthiness and lighter tart green apples emerge as it warms.

The tastes directly follow the nose with everything I listed above. White grape, red wine vinegar, oak and a light earthy/musty component. Not overly tart or too complex even as it warms. For a 10% ABV Oud Bruin, there is not a drop of detectable alcohol which is impressive. That being said the flavor reminds me more of a sour/wild ale as there is not enough of a base beer presence here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. For a 10% beer I expected more of something, sourness, mouthfeel, tart, lactic, something... Finish isn't too dry either, really vinegar forward and a little too sweet for the style.

Overall this is quite a good beer, don't get me wrong, but there is nothing special about it. It's super balanced, which I usually like in my beers, but for the limited availability, I was expecting it to pop a little more. While good, I cannot recommend this unless this style is your absolute favorite and you "need" to try every example you can find. There is just nothing special here for me to need to revisit anytime soon, good just didn't meet my expectations.

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3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 into snifter.

A: Pours the murky color of baby poop. This is one nasty and cloudy diarrhea colored beer.
S: Big acetone and funk notes with grape and grape skins. This makes my eyes water.
T: Follows the nose with vinous dry grape skins and barnyard funk. I’m getting some hay, sweetish fruits and a hint of yeast as well. The finish is still bitingly acid.
M: Dry mouthfeel, soft carbonation, cleanish body and tons of acid.
O: Rough around the edges but I actually really liked the flavor. Gross looking beer though.

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4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1126th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Snifter
500 ml

Batch 3

Thanks to CPAbeer and StormKing47 for the gift

Shared with GuruDel

App- Looks like a muddled mix of grapefruit juice and a bit of lemonade. Nice highlights run through out the beer. A small 1/2 in head formed and faded very quickly. Buzzing as it fell. Not a lot of cling maybe a couple dots.

Smell- I loved the smell of this beer. It was so assertive and sour. It really combined elements of a lot of beers that I have had included Gilgamesh that I had 2 beers before this. It was sweet, tart, fruity, funky. A mix of Supplication, 3F Sch. Kriek and more Boom to it!

Taste- Just so good across the board. Amazingly smooth and not prickly. Not over sour, not over fruity. A well layered sour that just kept enveloping more flavor as I kept sipping on it. Amazing to me that it could start a bit of a fruity tart and then move more to a oak layer and then back to a Brett note. And have earthy layers buried in it as well.

Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium and then a medium carbonation. Just a tad full for me with these layers. Residual flavors from oak, tannin, fruit, barn and cherry.

Drink- I can't thank Chad and Josh enough for the gift for being a trustee. This beer was so damn good. Layers upon layers and it did it effortlessly. I want it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle of Batch 2, courtesy of a long ago trading partner, and poured in to a tulip. A bit of a hiss when the cap on this one is popped.

Appearance: Quite an unsightly thing, a bubbling, gurgling brown soup, laden with carbonation - plentiful, quick, zippy, and persistent - and very little else in the way of defining characteristics. The head that surges to the surface with a vigorous pour lasted precisely three seconds, and doesn't leave anything by way of lacing, a collar, or even a dusting of its presence on the surface. Perhaps it's stylistically appropriate, but I've even seen sours and oud bruins with more character than this.

Aroma: Fat, acidic, vinegar tartness mingles with green oak, sweet and sour stone fruit notes, and dark malts that hint at brown sugar and caramel, then maple syrup as it warms. A definite hint of herbal greenery - a little bit like dill, actually - is buried beneath the surface of this one, poking its head out as it warms, along with dashes of smoke and vanilla. The red wine tartness is amplified by the sour fruit notes, oak, and Brett notes, but stands in pleasant contrast to the heavier maltiness. Speaking of Brett, the funk factor is fairly low here - it's mostly straightforward acidity, though there is a slight hint of crusty cheesiness at points.

Taste: A pleasant and intriguing flavor profile. Spicy acidity is strong up front and indeed present throughout, though the sip definitely transitions from pure tartness to equal parts vinegar sour and mustier, sweeter, herbal funk. It mellows slightly as it warms, getting sweeter. The sweetness is nice, showcasing some of those malt notes mentioned above - maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, along with all the fruit sugars. Red wine tartness amplifies chalky wood notes, tannins, and grape notes, and the Brett wraps it all up nicely, interlacing funk and vinegar-like acidity with the fruity tartness, malts, and barrel notes.

Mouthfeel: Initially a little uneven, after about fifteen minutes this one settles out nicely, with a smooth, creamy body courtesy of a steady supply of carbonation and a fair amount of heft present as it is. It works fairly well with the flavor components here, with the steady lift augmenting and contrasting well with the tartness and sharpness and the heft doing likewise with the sweetness.

Drinkability: I haven't had a sour in quite some time, and this one took a little warming up to. I'd sat on it for a long time, because I read (somewhere) that, at the time of its release and shortly thereafter, it wasn't drinking "as good" as batch 1 had been. So I sat patiently on it for over two years, but with no point of reference all I can say is that this is drinking at about a "3.5/4.5/4.0/4.5/4.0" right about now. At 10.0% abv, 500 mL is just about right. Best sour I've ever had? Not close. Great beer? Most definitely.

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

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

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this my way in a BIF.

A - Kind of a ruby colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some stick on the sides of the glass.

S - A little bit of cherry, a lot of distinctive grape flavor. There's a bit of vinous quality to this. Some oak and earth tones.

T - This has a lot of grape taste in it, unexpected. A bit of vinegar which gives a lot of sourness. Some acetic acid. I like the grape sweetness in this, it's very distinct and sets this beer apart from a lot of others. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied beer, dry finish. There's appropriate carbonation in this one.

O - I liked this beer quite a bit. Easy to drink, has a nice flavor profile. If you're looking for a solid sour beer this one is quite nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to t8000shx. Thanks Ben.

Dark rusty red brown. Tart grapes and cherries. Wine barrel influence is strong. Some of the base brown can be picked out. Flavors are mostly mild sour cherry and oak. Lactic sour along with moderate vinegar. The brown comes through in the finish. The high ABV is hidden well. Medium body. Not bad but not world class in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Night of the Sours encore! Batch 3.

Murky brown pour, hazy, golden hues. Strong oak barrel presence in the nose. Tart fruit, grapes, yeast, and cherries too.

Interesting and complex taste: opens fruity and sour, strong barrel flavors in the middle, really nice blend. Mouth-puckering sourness. This is an intensely flavored sour, and it really grew on me as I sipped.

Between this and CDC, I've become a full convert to the glory of Capt Lawrence. Not missing another release, that's for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Rosso E Marrone from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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