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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Batch no.1, waxed and capped bottle.

It pours a very cloudy colour of rust with a tiny head of foam..really just a ring around the glass. There's some lacing and I really like the look of the brew despite the lack of foam.

The smell is nice and sour and reminds me a lot of NB's La Folie except I can easily smell the grapes that are mentioned on the label.

The taste is the wow! Really tart start but about mid palate, I can definitely taste a solid caramel malt backbone that took me by surprise. Big notes of grape and oak with a good note of vanilla follow up and again, wow. At times, the sourness really puckers my mouth but that's not a bad thing at all. I'm loving it. How I acquired a taste for these sour babies I'll never know but I'm certainly glad I did. ;^)

Light bodied and lightly carbonated, it finishes very tart with a last dose of that grapey goodness. There's no abv for this beer that I can find but I'd guess that it was in the ~6% range.

Drinkability? I love well made Oud Bruins/Wild Ales that bring the sour so, for me, this is something I could sit down and "session" with. Easily. Damn, this is good!

Thanks again, Alan, for the chance to try this nectar of the gods!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass, Batch No. 001. Huge thanks to Beerworld for taking care of me!

Pours hazy dark red with lots of brown mixed in. No real head at all.

Nose is lots of red grapes, red wine, oak, very vinous, fairly clean. Some light cider vinegar at work as well underneath. Vanilla, even some caramel malt providing some body. Very nice.

Taste is quite sour up front, lightly acidic, kind of mellow; lots and lots of red grape skins, red wine, some vinegar, but the finish is where this one shines, with a rich, dry, mellow, earthy finish that carries notes of red grapes, oak, cabernet, and yeast.

Edit: I'll go against the grain with this one and say I actually prefer it with the sediment mixed up in it. Mellows the whole experience. Love it.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, though definitely not under-carbonated, some nice acidity at the back of the throat, full bodied.

Very nice beer, and certainly deserving of all the praise heaped on it. Top notch.

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Photo of younger35
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from brewdogmrb after the release. Since I read about this brew it was on my target list. Captain Lawrence is amazing and I expect this thing to be Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Batch #1 and perhaps the best looking bottle of beer I've ever encountered. I'm honestly pumping up the beer appearance a half point because the bottle and wax look so elegant.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red with hues of yellow around the edges with a fairly small bubbly head that recedes VERY quickly. No cap or collar is left and I can see some fairly aggressive carbonation in the glass as well as some chunks of grapes.
Smell- Very tart with a big green apple presence and plenty of apple cider vinegar. Not as dirty smelling as I was expecting but maybe the Brett hasn't fully sunk in yet. Loads of red and white grapes as well with a quenching smell that makes my mouth immediately water. I get a slight bit of vanilla but not a whole lot of wood from the barrels. Maybe it's hiding under all that extremely pungent acidity that seems to jump out of the glass.
Taste- Starts very tart and somewhat astringent with a VERY vinous character. Cabernet grapes and bing cherries add a crisp tartness and sharp acidity. Not really sour as it's just fleshy and lightly fruity with hints of melon at times. Some horsehair and tobacco add a deep musty earthiness that compliments the sour nicely. The astringency from the grape skins and oak gets damn strong on the finish. Vanilla and caramel ooze out of the oak as the dry, leathery finish just seems to suck the fruit out of your tongue.
Mouthfeel- Light and tannic that is super dry and puckering. Feels lightly crisp at times although the carbonation is very light.
Drinkability- This is definitely the most interesting beer I've had in quite awhile. The oak is fairly strong in the taste but mixed with those grapes it turns into an amazingly dry brew. This beer is very vinous and 350mL isn't nearly enough and that's my only complaint. Thanks much for the opportunity Mike!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big cheers goes out to Beerloco for this one!

Batch 1 in a waxed bottle.

Pours a murky red-brown with very little head and not much in the way of carbonation action.

Smells of sweet and sour fruit..apples, grapes, a tiny hint of cherry possibly.

Rolls onto the tongue very fruity and sweet and then becomes extremely sour with hints of grapefruit, grapes, and a mild breast aftertaste. No hop presence.

Carbonation is on the low end and this is around medium bodied. I would have preferred much more carbonation, but it's right on for the style.

This is very drinkable but I can't help but think it would age beautifully. A great sour but maybe the more generic wild ale category would fit this more than a Flanders.

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

Waxed cap bottle, batch #1. Pours murky, cloudy medium brown, dark plum. Head is around for just a brief moment, then its gone, leaving behind just very few tiny bubbles and no lace. On the low carbonation side. Fruity (sour plums), sour, Brett infused nose. Initially fruit on the tongue, then quickly the sour comes in to play. Funk, grapes, wood, horsey, grapefruit juice, sharply sour, intensely complex. World class sour. Wish I had a few bottles to age for a few years. Yet another home run for the good captain. Well worth seeking out via trade, if you can find any...looks like I will have to wait for the next batch..

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Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle thanks to Mike once again, thank you for sending me the second sour from Captain Lawrence, consumed on 2/22/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Chimay goblet, color is medium brown with tons of red in it, 3/4 inch white bubbly head, goes down rather fast, some minor lacing, aroma is of cherries, grapes, red wine, brettanomyces, tart, other wild yeast, and mild vinegar, great smell, flavor has so much wood in it that the dryness almost takes over while served chilled, lots of red grapes in the middle, mild malt that is a little sugary and malty at the same time, finish is dry with even more oak, sourness from the brett, love how the tart settles as it warms, sour, fruity, and mildly sweet mouthfeel, medium body, crisp and strong carbonation, could drink multiple bottles of this stuff but its dryness can really affect the drinkability after some time, goes down easily mostly though, can even be refreshing, this was by far the oakiest beer I ever had, this baby spent a long time in the barrel, great brew that I wish was more accesible for us here in California, will be drinking more in the future, highly recommended

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer is deep red with a small, bubbly, white head. A small amount of lacing is spotted around the glass.

The aroma is very nice. Tart Merlot and Zinfandel grapes with a low level of sweetness. There are some oak notes in the aroma that blend very well with the grapes. Brettanomyces add a complex layer of funk to the sour and tart red grapes. The aroma of this beer is very complex. I could sit here with my nose in the glass for hours, but at some point one must drink.

Initially sweet, Rosso e Marrone almost immediately becomes tart. The red grapes are outstanding with the Brett and oak. The bottle shows no indication of the ABV but it is noticeable in the distance. The added touch of sweetness to the sour Zinfandel and Merlot grapes makes for an infinitely complex finish.

Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a vinous profile. A unique and thoroughly enjoyable beer from Captain Lawrence. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a pale pink with a small amount of foam

S - amazing! wine, berries, and a bit of oak, the smell was just incredible

T - nice red wine taste, it almost seemed like I was eating grapes, again a bit of oak and a funky bit of tartness

M/D - very smooth, incredible taste and aroma. I definitely recommend it to anyone if you can find a bottle.

Batch 2
sampled at the brewery, then a bottle on March 30, 2010

4 A - pours a reddish brown, very murky with just a ring of bubbles on the surface
4 S - fermented grapes hit your nose as soon as you open the bottle, oak, wood and vanilla, hints of vinegar
4.5 T - some acidity hits you right away, grapes and oak sneak in along with the tartness and pucker
4.5 M - finishes slightly dry, puckery throughout but not overly strong, fuller mouthfeel than I remember the first batch being
4 D - Great tasting now, I think it will only improve with age. 1 bottle at a time is enough, but it is definitely worth seeking out and experiencing

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 1. Pours a murky brown/amber with no real head. Aroma is quite tart, some sweettart candies in there, and lots of oak barrel. Flavor of nice sour, oaky notes. Tart and acidic but light on the palate. Nice fruity notes from the grapes. A very nice sour and I think I prefer it to Castleton...maybe. Well done.
8/4/9/4/17 (4.2/5)

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Photo of gregc
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz wax dipped bottle...

Pours a nice pale red color with a small but nice looking white head.

The aroma is wonderful, so much going wine, berries, oak, nice funk and sour cherries. I really can get a nice hint of all the wine grapes added to this during the aging process. Very wine like and very unique.

The taste was also spot on...smooth red wine taste, some oak and grapes, turning into a nice tartness that leaves a wonderful tart aftertaste.

the mouthfeel is wonderful, nice carbonation and finishes really well.

I could drink quite a few of these, although i think with some more time to develop, this is going to be known as a top quality sour.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle at Capt. L's release

A - gorgeous pale pink hue with a clean white head.

S - Absolutely great. Wine, berries, funk, lemon, faint hops. Malt was nearly hidden.

T - Lemon and wine character up front, citrus tart and barnyard flavor kick up. Malt carried the flavor, with the hops keeping things in balance.

M - started off smooth but had a monster tart kick. Really the only element that was a bit rough. after the tart finish the flavors lingered pleasantly.

D - an awesome brew that I feel could compete with Russian River, though needs some time in the bottle to smooth out. Will try another in 6 months or so.

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