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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
85 88 82 3 14 8
Rosso e Marrone by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Sour Ale
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by pwoods on 07/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 18 3 9 2009
Thanks to tprokop7 for this bottle.

375ml red waxed dark green bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque dark plum flesh, nearly as deep a the red grapes that were used in the barrels. Small, somewhat fizzy head forms and dies immediately. No lacing.

S: Soft fruity and tannin notes with a healthy waft of the red grapes. Some vinous wine notes. Maybe some tart wheaty notes? Some hidden sweetness in the back, maybe light caramel.

T/M: Good sour and tartness level, right on the edge of puckering. The red grapes come out very nicely along with some cherry, red apple, and pear notes. Not overly funky with some wisps of barn and hay... I think I'd like to see a little bit more. More of the light caramel in the very back mixing well with the oak and vinous wine barrel. Body is medium light with decent carbonation. A bit dry on the tongue but not overly so.

D: Very solid brew and definitely my favorite Oud Bruin by far. Easily drinkable and refreshing, hard to sip and savor. I do think a touch more funk with a drier feel and finish would benefit this brew.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 05/23/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009
A big thanks goes out to Dyan for the opportunity to try this limited beer, glad I have you as a trading buddy. Capped and red wax 375ml bottle, Batch No.1

Pours a cloudy tamarind brown with reddish overtones and a few bubbles on top. A thin ring forms around the glass.

Great aroma. A bit sharp and tart on the nose with various fruit aromas and a deep malt complexity. Sour orange, lemon, black cherries, brown sugar, toffee, caramelized malts, light oak, and low vinegar presence. After that first wave I can detect some prunes, plums, sweet and sour raisins, low chocolate notes, and some sherry-like notes all around. There's also a low level of spicy phenols and an equally low level of buttery notes. More plum, black cherry, and prune notes as the beer breathes. Hints of vanilla as well. A few leathery notes increase as the beer warms up. Red grape aroma intensifies as well as some alcohol in the background.

Sweet and tart combination with fruits in the middle, some acidity and acetic flavor, and oak tannins in the finish. Again, lots of sour/tart prune flavors, black cherry, lemon, some pear in the aftertaste, bitter and sour orange, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and more oak in the flavor than in the aroma. Grape skins in the aftertaste, almost as if I was chewing them. A little rough in the finish, you can almost taste the alcohol and then there is this bitterness from the oak. Quite acidic but I'm glad the acetic/vinegary characteristic is kept low. Medium-high dryness in the finish. Buttery and oaky in the finish. Some sour green apple flavors later on, as well as some leathery notes. My main complaints with this one is the noticeable alcohol and tannic bitterness in the end, if those two were toned down a bit this beer would be incredible.

Full bodied and medium carbonation with a good level of astringency. After about half of the beer gone, I can feel the acidity of this beer in the pit of my stomach.


Really tasty beer, glad I was able to try it.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 05/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2009
Batch 1; Sampled April 2009
A solid pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, fizzy, tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is a dark, murky, plum color that shows a somewhat hazed, dark cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour cherries up front (though not as vibrant as sour pie cherries would be), tart lactic notes, tannic wood aromas, spicy oak and lots of woody plank like character. This is quite fruity smelling, but it is hard to break out the exact fruits that the nose evokes; it seems comprised of aromas like cherry, cranberries, a touch of concord grape character, some currant notes as well as something that is distinctly fruity, but that I can’t quite describe. Towards the end of my glass (once the beer has warmed up quite a bit), musty Brettanomyces notes are noticeable with a touch of urea and some sweaty leather notes. The nose has a nice mix of wood and fruit, with a interesting backdrop of funkiness that boosts the complexity quite a bit.

The beer tastes tart as it first hits my tongue and the sourness becomes more gripping as it moves across my palate. The finish is a complex mix of tart, tannic fruit, wood, and berry-like notes. The carbonation adds a fizzy texture and there is also a tannic heft to the body of this beer that adds weight to what would otherwise be a light beer. This beer has an exquisite texture to it because of the oak and fruit; it really clings to the palate, with a texture that is beyond the finishing gravity. The oak adds some nice spiciness as well as an earthiness that is at least somewhat barrel influenced. As the beer warms up a light mustiness becomes noticeable, a touch of barnyard character also becomes noticeable though both are not much beyond a subtle touch.

This is a very nice beer; the grapes add a nice complexity that is boosted by the oak character and the ample, but not quite overwhelming, sourness. This is a nicely balanced beer, though the aroma really needs to warm up quite a bit before it becomes nicely complex from the underlying Brettanomyces influence.

Served In: Tulip

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