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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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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 201
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 on...red 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 657 ratings
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