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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 183 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Arbitrator on 10-07-2010

Batch 1 (2010) - Sonambic base, 5.9%
Batch 2 (2011) - Temptation base, 6.5%
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Ratings: 892 | Reviews: 144
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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- This beer pours a beautiful rose in color with a 2 finger, foamy head. The retention of the head is very good, and lacing is also very good. The body of the beer is is fairly clear with constant rising carbonation. The color is on the deeper side of the rose spectrum with almost an orange tint.

S- Tart base beer and raspberries hit your nose first in a juicy and fruit bouquet. The raspberries pick up their prominence in the middle of the drink and turn a little toward the sweet side. Overall, the tart scent of the beer is slightly acidic in quality.

T- This one starts off with a juicy and slightly tart raspberry bang before the sour base beer kicks in. After the initial somewhat fruity flavor, the tartness from the base beer turns the flavor profile towards moderately sour. The sourness is a little acidic, but fairly balanced by the little bit of raspberry juiciness that remains. The flavor turns dry towards the end and a little bit of sour flavor is left lingering on the tongue.

M- This beer feels just like a sour should, with a light body and a fairly high level of carbonation. The flavor profile and tartness makes this one more of a sipper, but it does drink very easily.

Overall, this is a very well done fruited sour. The balance between the fruit flavor and the sourness is almost perfect, with neither flavor ever taking over the other. It's been a while since I've had a Russian River sour, and I really miss them now.

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yeahnatenelson for this one. As a raspberry whore, it's been on my wants list for a while. This is the 2012 batch, which also uses Temptation as the base. It pours the color of a ruby-red grapefruit with a gradient of deep ruby in the center and borderline pink at the edges. The soapy foam cap is a mix of lavender and pink and it gone within a minute or two, leaving behind only a little ring around the edge.

Raspberries lead the aroma profile, but Framboise for a Cure is far from one dimensional. I'm also picking up a noticeable amount of apples and grapes and cherries, all providing a jolt of sweetness and tartness. Plenty of funk roaming around; the critters are running wild in this one, no doubt. The more and more I smell this one, the more seemingly tart it gets. Plenty of overtly sour notes that pinch the saliva glands and start making my mouth water.

Once again, there'll be no surprise when I say that the flavor profile opens up with a large mound of raspberries. Other "berry" flavors seem relevant, too, along with lighter bouts of grapes and cherries. Very juicy, gushing with fruity flavors all around. Plenty of mildly vinous notes, including a nice amount of oak and tannin. Certainly tart and puckering from the middle to the end. It has a very crisp mouth feel from heavy carbonation and feels so light and effervescent. The funk is a bit more subdued on the palate, but still includes lots of cork, must, and cellar-like funk. Mouth watering and delicious.

Framboise for a Cure is damn good. As I stated earlier, I'm a huge fan of raspberries and I tend to be somewhat biased towards beers with well-integrated raspberries - exactly what this beer is. That being said, and somewhat shockingly so, I think I prefer the regular Temptation to this batch of Framboise for a Cure (which is essentially Temptation with raspberries). Nevertheless, still a fine brew and sure to make any raspberry and/or sour lover go nuts. Get some!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, batch 2.

Pours a crazy pink color with a small white/pink head. Nose is very fruity with raspberry and tart lime.

This is a sour bomb, it's mouth puckeringly delicious, fresh raspberries dominate and the mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation. Finish is very dry and sharp.

Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sending this bottle to me, kristalynn and leschkie! Cheers!

Shared this bottle with my sister months after her APL leukemia was declared "in remission." Cheers, to her!

A gorgeous, bright pink and deep near-red in color. Very minimal sediment throughout. Small-bubbled light rose/pink crown of persistent foam sits atop. Gorgeous framboise.

Very bright, expressive aroma of raspberries (and if I was given this blind, I would probably mention cranberries). Lots of fruit, along with a definite, sharp sour acid presence, and only a mild funk character. This is expressively berry-forward.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with huge notes of raspberry, cranberry, some oak, and complementary, though very mild funk. There's a moderate level of sour presence, though it's not overwhelming. A complete, incredibly drinkable framboise.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very nice.

Delicious.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did not expect to roll into the liquor store (Ledgers) and find bottles of this! And then Toronado, and then City Beer store!

Beautiful and vibrant pink color, just like Rose de Gambrinus, but even cleaner and plenty carbonated to perfection! Yummy raspberry and sour aromas, just a great tartness and fruit so present. Stays away from horse blanket funk type of descriptions, this is clean, berryful and sour.

Taste, jeez, this just doesn't let up! Incredibly flavorful, rich raspberries, seemingly picked at the height of sweet and tenderness. Somehow neither the immense fruitness or sourness envelope each other. Russian River really outdid themselves on this one.

Photo of 01001111
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

A: Raspberry red, appropriately.

S: Wet straw, dusty hops, saison funk.

T: Slight tartness, berry sweetness, a wash of raspberry juice.

M: A hint of syrup but with a mostly dry finish.

O: Good, but not quite befitting the frenzy. Happy to have tried it, happy to have not had to deal with the craziness at Russian River to do so.

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

A - Bright strawberry red, clear body, and a small white head

S - Tons of raspberry that intersects with lots of lactic acid to give it a slight sour flavor

T - Really tart like a raspberry warhead crossed with a sweettart candy. Lactic acid really comes through near the end to leave a tart bit in the finish

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Dry finish and light tartness that leaves a tingle on the tongue

O - Really tart beer with a good raspberry presence. Wished they made it more often and definitely love that they are doing this for a cause.

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for sharing this 375 ml., Tom. well, very pink bodied for starters. A great aroma of fruit dessert. The taste came off quite well, with sourness and fruitiness. I could have easily have finished it myself if someone had not kept grabbing the bottle. Certainly worthy of RR. Good mouthfeel for a sour.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to one who doesn't wish to be named for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white cap atop a clear orange brew. Lacing is thick and stringy but with little cling.

S: Nose is wonderfully musty. Raspberry puree is prominent along with cobweb and band-aid Brett. Lemon rind adds a tickle of sour. Not the most aromatic but very all the flavors are incredibly appealing and appropriate.

T: Opens tart lemon rind that sets the tone. Raspberry comes in strong towards the middle, lending a certain sweetness that intensifies the sour. Brett background and a slight yeastly bitterness. Raspberry fades out rather quickly leaving lemon rind and slight woodiness. Finishes yeasty with a clean, slightly dry, puckering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive around the edges. Tingly. Slightly dry right towards the end and puckering. Finishes pretty clean with a dry, slightly oily and lingering aftertaste.

D: I'm really thankful to have gotten the chance to have this one as there was a bit of craziness when it first debuted. I have to say though, this one lives up to the hype. An amazing creation by Vinny and his team. Worth the trouble to seek out.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to abecall98

2011 vintage

pours a bright murky pink and magenta. pinkish head piles high and slowly dissipates.

mainly raspberry and oak on the nose

lots of dry raspberry with a hint of old musty oak. slight lemon with a great sour kick. lip puckering up front.

very moderate carbonation, nice body, dry finish

very drinkable and one of the best american framboise i have had. never overpowering and well integrated through out. no sign that temptation is the base for this.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Bright pink body with a pink head that settles to a pink collar. Beautiful beer.

Smell - Bright raspberry aroma. Acidic. A bit of wine and oak.

Taste - More wine forward. Less raspberry at first. Dry musty sourness. The raspberry comes stronger in the back end. Tart without being too sour. Wine and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, nicely tart. High carbonation.

Overall - The aroma builds anticipation that doesn't fulfill in the flavor, but the base beer is too good for this to be anything but tasty. Temptation is subdued, but holds this on its shoulders.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a positively glowing, hazy deep pink with a 2 and half fingers tall, extremely light pink head that gradually recedes down to about a a half finger's height. For a sour the head has a ton of retention.

Aroma: (4.75)
As soon as your raise the glass to your nose, waves of fresh picked, ripe, juicy raspberries engulf your nostrils with soft, gentle notes of acidity. The acidity isn't harsh of overbearing; it is very clean, nuanced and really melds perfectly with the naturally lightly tart fresh raspberries. Accompanying this refreshing tartness is a balancing, rustic mustiness from the Brettanomyces and lactic acid producing bacteria; sun won leather, tangy pineapple juice, apricot flesh and damp earth. Some faint vanilla overtones from the oak barrels become apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.5)
Like the nose, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're overcame with fresh, sweet, yet tart raspberry juice and very clean, almost lemon like acidity. Beneath this tartness are the soft, but funky layers of Brettanomyces that were found in the nose; old leather, damp earth, wet hay and pineapple. Just before the very dry finish, your palate is gently kissed by a lightly doughy malt presence that really highlights the creaminess taken from the wine barrels this beer was aged in. The beer finishes pleasantly tart with long, lingering overt tones of fresh, juicy raspberries, pineapple, apricots musty hay, leather and a gentle vanilla presence from the oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Medium bodied with firm and determined carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
This year's vintage of Framboise for a Cure was blended 80% to 20% with Russian River's spontaneously fermented sour, Beatification. The hint of the lambic, or "Sonambic" as Russian River calls Beatification, really adds a layer of nuanced funkiness that really sets it apart from the previous two vintages which utilized purely their blonde sour, Temptation as the base beer. While not Russian River's most complex of their sours, the 2013 Framboise for a Cure really harnesses the raw essence of fresh raspberries like no other beer I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of thagr81us
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings! Batch 001! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured BRIGHT orange with a half finger pure white head that had a slight pink hue that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, sour apple, tart, sour, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent! Holy Christ I have been wanting this beer on my palate for so long it is not even funny! It did not disappoint at all... Excellent flavor profile going on in this one. The sour and tart aspects on this are quite strong and almost bring on the duck-face HARD, but I resisted (even though I shouldn't have). The smell on this one is nothing short of phenomenal either. An absolute must try even if you have to trade BIG for it. Thanks again Mike for bringing this one out to share as it was QUITE the experience!
Appearance= 5.0 Smell= 5.0 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 5.0

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Thank you SO much Morgan!!! Batch #2! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a vibrant blood red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Having had the opportunity to have had Batch #1 (thanks mikesgroove) I can honestly say that Russian River is doing GREAT things with this brew on both batches. Everything is very well balanced and it definitely brings the pucker factor. If you call yourself a sour head you need to get this on your palate as soon as you possibly can. If you want to step your game up a notch get down on a Batch #1. You won’t regret doing so with either,[Men’s Warehouse owner voice] I guarantee it [/Men’s Warehouse owner voice].
Appearance= 4.5 Smell= 4.5 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 4.5

Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at ramnuts house by our host. Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Thanks to Frank for inviting me over to try this whale and thanks to arbitrator for sending a bottle up to Portland. Review from notes.

A: Ruby grapefruit juice with some floaties and no head or fizz.

S: Lactic, bready brett, lemon zest, and no indication of the raspberries.

T: Whoa... That's pretty sour. Under ripe raspberries, green apple skin, brie cheese rind and a touch of ash round out a tasty sour.

M: Thin, spritzy, and clean.

D: Super stupid easy to drink. I was fortunate enough to try a Cantillon Lou Pepe framboise early last year and although I didn't rate it, I remember it fondly. While this was very good, I don't think it quite compared to the Cantillon. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this stuff brewed in the future and potentially making its way up here for sale at the bottle shops in Portland. I would definitely buy up some of those bottles.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub, review from written notes.

Into a stemmed goblet it pours a bright vivid scarlet, with a vaguely pink tint to the foam on the surface. It receded after a couple minutes, leaving a splotchy dotted skim that resembled a penicillin culture. The color is really intense and beautiful, with a bright clarity that glows in the light.

An aroma that doesn't scream raspberry, but definitely wild and tart. Some lactic yogurt, mild acetic fruit, dry oak, hint of natural fruit sweetness.

Intense pure flavor of whole raspberries that resonates with a bright lasting tartness. Seedy, woody aftertaste of dry oak, mild tannins. As it warms, a lighter impression of wild yeast makes itself known, with notes of cheese rind, leather, and horsehair. Seems like a Brett strain, but that's only a guess. Feel is tart and crisp, the flavors linger, it's very quenching and ethereal.

Overall a very nice raspberry wild ale. A bottle or two could be finished easily in a sitting if one had money to burn. Perfect candidate for pairing with cheeses and charcuterie.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. Thank you govia75!!!

Appearance. Pours bright pink with a little peach and over a finger of foamy light-pink head that has good retention.

Smell. Funky dank old wood and fresh raspberry juice. Yum!!

Taste. Nice sour, fresh raspberries. A little bit of funk and some wood in the aftertaste, but it's very light. The raspberries come though prominently and are delicious!

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-full carbonation.

Overall. A fine sour with some great fruit flavours. I would drink this all the time if I could!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured alight reddish color ale with a nice off-white head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Taste of lightly tart fresh raspberry notes is very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by tart fresh raspberry notes with light acidic notes noticeable and light oak notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Great trade-off between sour notes and fresh fruit notes with good overall drinkability.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deadeye hooked this one up. I honestly feel pretty honored to be able to try and share the first batch of this brew. Charlie is super good people.

Pours very clear... sorta orangish pink.. fizzy white head has only okay retention and leaves splotch lacing... but the clarity and color of the brew is very pretty.

Nose is better than I was hoping for.. Pungent sour notes punctuated by fantastic fresh fruit aromas all pulled together by just enough sweetness... wonderful.

Flavor has a bit less raspberry flavor because it seems to be blown out by copious amounts of bretty funk and lesser lactic/lemon notes. The raspberry is more than present though.. and seems enhanced by a minor acetic quality that isn't out of place and really adds to the fruity qualities... really not that "sour", just bracingly tart... later pours proved a tad tannic.. but who's complaining?

Dry and not puckering.... I think a minor bit more residual sweetness would pull this one together more .. but that is a 1% complaint... an epic brew for sure.

The body is lite medium with a nice effervescent carbonation.. Jesus, I want another of these. Charlie.... I know we had a good trade, but I will get you a hooker for a weekend and throw in a few Cantillons to get one more... Thanks buddy.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of jegross2
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa, California. Batch 3 of this brew is the same as Batch 2; it uses Temptation as a base and is 6.5% ABV. Russian River describes this beer as a "sour barrel aged beer with raspberries." 100% of the profits from this beer's bottle sales are donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa. You can make a direct donation to the cause of curing breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by clicking here.

Score: 98

2012 vintage bottle (batch 3) served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, slightly dark rose color with a finger-plus of frothy pink head that settles to a thick (half finger?) layer atop the glass. The beer is on the opaque side of translucent and "clean" in appearance. No noticeable army of floaties or any haze. Average, soapy lacing with awesome cling. Truly a gorgeous-looking sour. 5/5

Smell: The minute the cork popped of the top of the bottle, a "wild raspberry" aroma became immediately apparent to my nose, which was perched a couple of feet away from the bottle. Smelling from the glass, I get sweet and tart raspberry, strawberry ice cream, cranberry and a little bit of "all berry jam" akin to what they serve/sell at the Egg Harbor in Lincolnshire. There's a faint amount of that straw-like sour funk (my friend humorously calls this "Cantillon Dust") that you get in beers Cantillon Classic Gueuze present as well. Absolutely delicious! 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, but a little less bold. Tart raspberry, creamy strawberry and a little bit of that "Cantillon Dust" funk in the finish that faintly lingers with a hint of raspberry. Truly delicious, simply magnificent! Not very complex, but boy is this beer tasty! Although not very tart at cellar temp, this one grows in tartness as it warms up. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a juicy juice-like mouthfeel that moistens the palate while also slightly drying out and inflaming the gums after the swallow -- which makes for a really interesting mouthfeel. Nice blend of sweet and tart here. 5/5

Overall: One of my favorite sours consumed to date. This one can roll with the big boys (Fou Foune, Beatification, Tornado 25th Anniversary Ale, etc.). Give the average price one must pay for a quality sour, I would absolutely recommend this brew at the price point (even though it breaks the $1/oz retail threshold).

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Appearance: Amazing fluffy pink head. Settles to a nice finger worth of froth. Nice lacing, lots of bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass, and an awesome red raspberry colored body to boot. Give a swirl and a fingers worth of head will re-appear.

Smell: Big dose of tart and sweet raspberries. Fresh berry fruit aromas. As if a mix of raspberry, strawberry, and tart sour cherries were picked at the same time. A light touch of funk...not overly musty or barnyard-y. Much like a Cantillon 100% Kriek but with Raspberry and not Cherry. Reminds me much of SHBRL, but a touch less complex.

Taste/Feel: Raspberry through and through. Lots of fresh tasting berries with a berry seed flavor...like biting into some fresh raspberries. Sweet raspberry/strawberry candy but not cloying in anyway. Much like those fruit candies you get that have a picture of a berry printed on the label. The beer dries out right before the finish and you're left with a light funky berry coated mouthfeel. The flavor and feel never gets to funky or sour...it's simply a nice mild drinking and tart raspberry wild ale that dries out nicely in the overall feel.

The beer borders on a fruit beer, but has enough tartness/funk to separate it from that and keep it from being too sweet. I was very much reminded of a Cantillon 100% Kriek or SHBRL in a few different aspects of this beer...even if this is only a wild ale and the others are lambics...it's def between a fruit and a sour beer and in a good way. Guess the perfect description is wild ale, because you don't really know what you're getting. Not that the beer is all over the place. It is simply a great balance of both tart and fruit. The raspberry aspect of the beer is mastered in this one...but it's a bit one note without the yeast adding a lot to the overall beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these over the summer months. But that's not feasible with this being so limited. Glad I got to try this and would easily drink it all the time were it a regular offering.

[93/100]

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a big part of of our tasting last night, i was thrilled to have been able to provide this one for the group. poured into a few glasses i think we were all happy to finally see this one.

the pour was a fantastic light pink color with a light haze to it and a smallish pink head that momentarily sat on top of the body.

the aroma is simply heavenly as the wonderful mouth shredding sourness immediately took hold. light fruit notes are evident underneath the wonderful sour apple, vinegar like sour flavors. dry finish with a taste that was nothing short of simply amazing.

overall i could not say enough good things about this beer. a massivily wonderful addition that i really wish i could try more of. this was just amazing.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle of this at Black Tuesday session 2 to share with a few friends. Batch 1.

This is an absolutely beautiful beer, glowing purple with pink highlights, clear for the first few pours and then more sediment-laden toward the bottom of the bottle. The thin white head sustained until my glass was empty.

The funk of the base beer is quite strong, presenting a musty, sweaty, mineral character that withstands the strong ripe raspberry aroma. The use of spontaneous fermentation is very evident here, it has a complex funk more akin to lambic than American wild ale.

The palate is bone dry and sharply sour, ripe raspberry flavors nicely balanced by oak and funk. There's a mineral character beneath the fruit, but it's not quite metallic. Lemony sourness appears mid-palate. Light and effervescent, this drinks very easily while still presenting plenty of complexity. The finish is puckering and tannic.

This exceeded my expectations, another truly great sour from RRBC.

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark rosé in color in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sour raspberries are present in the nose - these get stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of raspberries along with slight notes of oak and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well blended and provides interesting complexities from the sourness and raspberries. It's not too sour and the fruity flavors seem very natural.

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy, carbonated bright red/pink. Two finger head that like most sours doesn't last long.

S-Some tartness/funk, lots of oak, raspberries, earthy/pine notes along with some slight grass as well.

T-Great balance, mild sourness more tart than anything, raspberries balance nicely with the oak and sour. Once again some grassy notes as well.

M-Lighter and watery, not much carbonation either.

O-What a beer. Russian River knows what they are doing with their sour program.

Photo of StormKing47
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will probably be one of the few beers I actually take time to review. Huge thanks to scottfrie, for hooking me up with two bottles of this delicious concoction. So here we go, reviewed from notes.

A- Looks almost neon pink like ripe, freshly picked raspberries or almost ready to pick strawberries. Thin, white head with very apparent carbonation visible from the constant stream of bubbles. It really is an amazing looking beer that I almost didn't want to drink, but where is the fun and enjoyment in just looking at such beauty, it had to be tasted and experienced.

S- Right away a ridiculous punch in the face or raspberry, fruit esters, funk and sourness that lets you know it is a wild ale right away. Smells like a beatification batch 2 fell into a barrel of raspberries and decided to stay there for awhile before crawling out to smack you right in the face.

T- This beer tastes absolutely phenominal, it's unbelievably tart and sour at the same time with a very nice acidic character that is not like the heart burn inducing acidic character of many cantillon lambics. The funk, sourness and raspberry tang meld very well to create a highly enjoyable dance on your tastebuds.

M- Wow I'm honestly salivating, I want to drink more and more because the prickly feeling it's leaving on my tongue has reminded me of the absolute bliss that splinter blue left me feeling. It really does coat your entire mouth and leave you anticipating the next sip, like a fat kid patiently awaiting a freshly baked twinkie.

D- It's unbelievably tasty and I can't believe they have only brewed it once and may never brew it again. I could honestly bronski a 3 liter myself and still be ready for more. Hopefully it is brewed again and possibly a 3 liter.

Definitely an experience that I am glad I shared with petesuphi, cmurren25, Jwiss22 and therealnomayo. I think the CA BAs are too critical of some of the ridiculous beers that have been produced in their state.

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
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