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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 921
Gots: 140 | FT: 6
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:
Batch 1 (2010) - Sonambic base, 5.9%
Batch 2 (2011) - Temptation base, 6.5%

(Beer added by: Arbitrator on 10-07-2010)
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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%

375ml bottle graciously provided by russwbeck, split and poured into a Russian River '-tion' glass.

A - A vibrant, electrifying pink beer fills the glass, unlike anything I've had before. It's unique and almost intimidating in how special it appears. Only about a finger of light tan head grows, with somewhat low retention.

S - The aroma alone implies a very tart beer, full of fresh raspberries and sour funk. The barrel is prominent in terms of oak and vanilla, but still subtle enough to have the fruit dominate.

T - Straight away the flavor brings a strong, astringent funk, but the fruit and raspberry is just as potent, and doesn't have a malty or vinegar presence that detracts from the fruit. There is just a bit of barrel, but this doesn't rely on that to provide the bulk of flavor, and the raspberry easily drives the flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Not heavy at all and the carbonation drives a zesty and active body that moves easily and swiftly across the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is high. During a night which we had a good amount of sours, this one stands alone as one of the highlights of the night. It doesn't rely on the oak barrel to provide the flavor even though it was present, and the tartness is just prominent enough to deliver the strong raspberry flavors but keep it balanced and enjoyable. One of the best Russian River beers I've had and one of the best sours I've had period.

11-22-2011 06:58:36 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

05-13-2013 01:22:40 | More by tectactoe
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-30-2011 03:37:55 | More by hotglassmama
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-16-2012 20:03:58 | More by 1Adam12
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-14-2011 23:24:52 | More by rob133
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-28-2012 20:03:58 | More by Swonkie
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

01-29-2012 13:06:03 | More by kingcrowing
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.


01-19-2013 23:15:37 | More by ehammond1
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-29-2012 19:06:48 | More by boatshoes
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4.9/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

11-17-2011 02:01:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-29-2013 18:37:23 | More by MFauver35
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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-16-2013 17:17:24 | More by jeonseh
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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
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