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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%


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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birchstick

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to KevSal for the hookup! Pours a ruby red with a nice head. Nose is blanketed with funky barnyard aroma with some citrus and raspberry. Taste starts off with a burst of raspberry citrus flavor. This moves to a funky must and mushroom. Ends nicely with some citrus sourness and a lot of raspberry. Overall, this is pretty awesome framboise. I like the funkiness and the sweetness recommended if you can snag a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:02:24 | More by birchstick
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ngeunit1

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

A - Pours a hazy ruby-orange with a thin finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet raspberries with some tart light fruits, white grape, oak, vanilla, and some Brett funk.

T - Starts off with some tart raspberries and light fruits with some white grape, some acidity, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some Brett funkiness and some more vanilla. The finish is a mix of strong sour raspberries with some oak, Brett, vanilla, and white grape.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, acidic, and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great tartness from the raspberries on top of the temptation base. The extra flavor adds some great complexity and sharpness to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:22:52 | More by ngeunit1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise for a Cure, Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA. Sour Barrel aged beer with raspberries. All hopped up for the Cure 2011. "!00% of the sale of this bottle will be donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa." 6.5% ABV.

I've had this before, courtesy of Jason Sowards, but it was had in company of others, and as I've said before, I don't take notes while enjoying with friends. Luckily, friends Jay and Annie brought a bottle for me after their last Southern California visit, and I'm just cracking it open today.

Bright red in the glass, clear, with a blooming pink head that dissipates rather quickly.

Sweet and sour fruit hits the nose first. Ah, raspberries. Tart, fresh, deep, and a little funky.

Taste: an attack of sour right from the start. Ooo, puckeration! Ah! Refreshing, tart, and light-bodied. Sour meets sweet again and again, slaps the tongue and slides on back. Leaves the palate easy-peasy-squeezy, drops off the memory of the senses until the next sip. But oh, that next sip! More of the fresh fruity flavor, more of that great charge of sour, more depth and wildness. Ah! More of that blast of funky fruity refreshment, each time it jumps over the lips.

Nice one, Russian River, keep fighting that fight, all in the name of boobies. Hooray for boobies!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:05:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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mdfb79

New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Batch 2, been holding onto this since the release for our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish red color with with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice, I love deep ruby colored framboise wilds.

s - Smells of super sour raspberries, tart dark fruits, vinegar, acedic notes, and some funk. Awesome nose, much more sour and fruity then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries and dark fruits, vinegar, acedic. Taste is not as tart as the nose but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Cirsp, easy to drink sour, very nice body to it.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer. I had heard Batch 2 wasn't that good but was pleasantly surprised by this when I finally opened it. Ton of sour dark fruits in the nose, a beer I'll certainly try and get when they brew it again. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:38:42 | More by mdfb79
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A session filled with Russian River's Beatification, with raspberries, for a cure... that's today's beer scene at it's best and I'm happy to be a part of the story...

This special edition framboise pours with an eruption of lavender-colored beer that quickly separates a light pink head from the liquid. With remarkable retention and sparse lacing, the beer keeps it's foam character much deeper into the session than is expected from these low pH beers.

Mouthwatering aromas of tart raspberries, sharp lemons, limes, crab apples, and a medley of under ripened berries and cherries fill the olfactories with clean tartness, moderate must, and a lush wood-filled dusty note.

Flavors are all that but do so with capturing the flavor of the fruit and without the associated sweetness from the fruit. The clean and dry sour base is the perfect under pinning for such fruit additions that put the raspberries on prominent display it their most juicy and bright portrayal. The clean lactic sourness is met with the briny sour-salty interplay of lemon, lime, sour apples or grapes, and a musty-dusty earthiness that's reminescent of dried and decayed woods, musty malt, and pungent sharpness. Background malt notes of vanilla, cream, and almond softens the fruit and wood in a very elegant and understated way. All this complexity is delivered in such an effortless taste that it seems unrealistic to expect- but here it is.

Light creaminess to texture is quickly forbade in favor of a quick transition to clean acidity, light vinegar-like penetration, and ultimate dryness by the time the beer reaches the middle palate. But the finish of vinous tartness, mild pectin tannin, and soft bitterness leave the palate with a stripped sensation that allows for a quick return to the glass.

This framboise is all about what makes the raspberry fruit shine and what complements it in what intensity. The riddle is answered with this well controlled taste in one of the best ales of its style!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 06:35:55 | More by BEERchitect
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animortician

California

3.25/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately #25 is some what of a let down. First highly rated and highly sought after RR beer that I didn't care for. Bottle poured into sniffers and shared with my wife.

A: Pours a very bright unnatural reddish pink. Almost looks like a watered down cough syrup. I almost got some white foam upon pouring but it dissipated so fast I wouldn't call it a head.

S: Not much in terms of raspberries, has some fruit notes to it, but mostly a tart wild kind of smell.

T: I'm picturing a raspberry version of temptation just with no Chardonnay barrel. Not at all what this beer taste like. very sour very bright. Has some good flavors in it, just not the amount of raspberry flavor I was hoping for especially after what it looks like. The aftertaste if fairly harsh and thats probably why my wife ended up giving me the rest of hers. Needless to say she was very disappointed in not finding it to be more like temptation which she loves or the fruity elements of a lambic which she also loves. Maybe its because Ive never tasted Temptation before it goes in the barrel but it was hard to find it.

M: Light, bright, lowish carbonation. Thank God it wasn't syrupy or else it might have been a drain pour.

O: Pretty bummed about this beer, least the $20 went to the hospital down the street. Dunno why this is so highly rated.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:19:36 | More by animortician
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

1.5/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Big thanks to Joe for this bottle. Shared this 2011 vintage with Jeff, Erik and Jeroen during our sour power tasting. Served just after the Hommage from 3 Fonteinen. The old-world with the sour-beer tradition, versus the new-beer world, who will win...

Look: The beer pours bright artificial reddish color with a small white head that doesn’t last long. Reminds me of the Leffe Ruby.
Smell: It smells like artificial Raspberry candies, with a slight hint of sourness.
Taste: I can simply copy Jeffo’s review here; sweet sugary cherry-raspberries up front, sweet raspberries in the middle and some very light sourness in the middle and end. No funk at all. Taste is very short lasting. Just like lemonade.
Mouthfeel: Thin and medium carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: This beer was a huge let down after the 3 Fonteinen Hommage. It is like comparing fish-sticks with freshly prepared codfish, comparing the Wageningen Ice Tigers with the Boston Bruins. It just doesn’t make any sense; it is a completely different league. If one is unaware of the greatness that is out there, one probably thinks this beer is world-class. However, in a showdown with the better ones, this Framboise for a Cure is downgraded to the fish-stick- and Wageningen Ice Tiger level .The Hommage simply did to this beer what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki, it completely wiped it off the (beer)map. The only thing that has to be cured now is my faith in US-Raspberry sours….

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 12:24:42 | More by rvdoorn
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.25/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Part of the raspberry showdown with 3F Hommage. Big thanks to the boys for tracking this one down, and thanks to the US trader who sent it over.

From a 375ml into a mini flute.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, white, bubbly head that quickly vanishes. Bright red in color with next to no carbonation evident. No head remains at all and leaves no lacing down the glass. Color looks artificial, like food coloring was added. Red Cool-Aid.

SMELL: Extremely mild nose on this one. Touches of raspberries and a hint of funkiness, but otherwise, just very mild and boring.

TASTE: Sweet, sugary cherry flavor up front, which reminds me much of red Cool-Aid again. Raspberries come in through the middle with a touch of acidic sourness adding some support. A light bitterness appears after the swallow that attempts to balance out the sweet red freshie flavors. Aftertaste of sweet fruits and a touch of acidity is just too mild and short lived to be memorable. Not off putting, but relatively unimpressive, and tastes rather unnatural.

PALATE: Light body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty good here.

OVERALL: Wish I could say I was more impressed with this than I was. We had this right after Hommage. That probably didn’t help. This simply looked and tasted artificial, as if something unnatural was added to get the color and flavor they wanted. The nose was simply too mild and boring to be worth noting as well. Another member of our group that day thought this was the best sour of the day, so take my review for what it’s worth. I found this to be a big disappointment, especially after having Hommage.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:45:55 | More by Jeffo
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our post bottle share tasting. Batch #2.

A - Pours hazy bright red with a really nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass. Goes pretty dead quickly, leaving only a thin white ring of head around the outside of the glass.

S - Smells of sharp raspberry sweetness, musty earth, light funk and some lactic sourness round things out. The raspberries are nice and fresh, very nice.

T - Starts off with plenty of fresh picked raspberries slowly giving way to hints of light funk, damp earth and some lactic sourness. The sweetness is balanced well with the funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Not overly sour or funky like other wilds. Smooth body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Still plenty of pucker with some dryness.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Temptation is one of my favorite wild's from Russian River and it worked very well as the base for this beer. Awesome stuff for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:16:31 | More by orangesol
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Azurescens

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL cork and caged bottle, batch 2. Poured into Drie Fonteinen crystal lambic glass, reviewed on 3/7/11.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby pink with pink head. Good retention for a sour, leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Smells quite tart with lots of ripe raspberries, lemon zest and some earthiness.

T: The tartness from the nose is present but the raspberries don't come through nearly as much. Finishs with some citrus and a bit of raspberry. Tastes almost watery after drinking a 2008 Lou Pepe Framboise two days ago.

M: Tart, crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

O: Good American framboise but is not in the league of some of my favorites from Belgum.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 07:09:46 | More by Azurescens
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 framboise for a cure came courtesy of Beerdy. I cracked this and shared it with kzoobrew... Served in plastic cups while sitting in my car in the Bell's parking lot...
Stay classy baby.

Beautiful color.   Pinkish red color. Very clear.  Rosy pinkish white head is shiny and fizzy. 
Smells of fresh raspberries and a nice bretty musty funk. 
The flavor is lightly sweet with fruity raspberries and even something that reminds me of sour cherries...  Nice bretty funkiness.   Great sour bite with tart raspberry flavor to boot. 

Medium feel, plenty of carbonation. 

Overall--  very tasty. I'm happy to try this beer...  I imagine it would have been better had it been a Beatification base, but this works pretty well. 

A-5
S-4.5
T-4
M-4
O-4

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:06:56 | More by AleWatcher
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:00:40 | More by Sammy
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this. Batch 2.

Beer pours an awesome-looking brilliant ruby red with very little head. Smell is equally excellent, great mix of raspberries and the typical Russian River sour/oak aroma. Flavor has a little bit of funk up front before the raspberries take over, then it finishes a bit tart and acidic. It's medium-bodied and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice raspberry sour, one of the best I've had - my past experiences with raspberries haven't been super positive and this one definitely stands out above the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:42:23 | More by starrdogg
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is batch 2 that I am reviewing.

The color is very striking. It is a brilliant rosy red to pink color, very brilliant indeed. No head and just a little lacing, but really it still looks beautiful.

The smell is great. A very dry wild yeast with some nice fresh raspberries clearly coming through with some great oak notes to boot. Did I mention there is a lot of raspberry in the nose? This smells like I would imagine a raspberry tart mixed up in the blender with some wild yeast to smell like.

The taste is quite nice too, with plenty of raspberry and pie crust in the taste, with a nice level of sourness but not as tart as i thought it would be but it is funky. A little vinegary in the taste, but it is quite pleasant and clean. Some nice oak too. Very fruit forward.

The feel is classic Russian river, very clean yet funky and very nice over the palate.

Overall quite a nice beer, definitely worthy of some trades.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:37:19 | More by Dreadnaught33
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julian

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright passion red color - absolutely stunning! Minimal head that fades quickly to nothing. Yup, no trace of head anywhere. Looks gorgeous but would have liked to see SOME pinkish hued foam at least coating the surface, and maybe some lacing. Can't really complain though, this shit is amazing - read on.

S: Smells like a Cantillon at first - barrel must, brett, funk, barnyard, and just generally awesome sourness mixed with a healthy heaping of tart raspberries that tickle the nose with a sweet playful fruitiness. As it warms you get more wood/barrel/oak and must and a bit of solventy alcohol. Swirl it around and BAM more raspberries!

T: Mild tartness, raspberry flavor definitely noticeable and vaguely sweet attempting to balance out the tartness (very nice!), light funk and barrel must. Very nice brett and fruit character and combination.

M: Dry, crisp, medium-high carbonation.

O: This is pretty much everything I was hoping FfaC would be, and more. I think this is now my favorite RR beer and quite possibly a very close 2nd to Rose de Gambrinus. Very pleased with this. Very good beer and one well worth the price of admission. If you haven't tried this and like sours and/or fruit beers and like supporting good causes, GET THIS BEER! I could seriously put a dent into a keg of this...if not finish it off within an almost medically unsound timeframe.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:48:47 | More by julian
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 13:06:03 | More by kingcrowing
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle shared between Ryan011235 and myself. Batch 2.

A: Pours out a really deep, dark pinkish raspberry color. It's really vibrant and rich. I had to pour slowly to get the pink head to stay down in the glass. High carbonation.

S: Huge raspberry smacks the sinuses; They're nicely sweet, fresh, and tart. I appreciate how much the quality of the fruit comes through. Lambic comes through in waves, heavily lactic, nicely funky with wet hay and soggy wood. I couldn't think of a better showcase of the fruit.

T: The flavor is as densely packed as the color promised. Again, it's very fresh and bright. It has a natural sugar sweetness. Wild yeast adds hay, horsey musk, and a approachable tartness. It's only really tart on the swallow. I get a bit of vinegar on the finish along with dry must. There are lots of complexities in this beer if you look for them.

M: Light-medium body, crisp and zesty. This stuff is dry but the raz coats well.

O: I never thought I would get to try this stuff. I'd say this is the best American framboise I've had to date, RR really kills some sours. The Temptation base is awesome as always and the fruit is as fresh as a daisy.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:30:47 | More by schwaeh
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 2

A- Wow incredibly pinkish purplish red, really attractive color, no head at all, some bubbles coming off the bottom, splotchy lacing, thin layer on top.
S- Wow big barnyard aroma, sour, funk, cob webs, fresh raspberries, really looking forward to trying this bad boy.
T- Really enjoyable, nice funkiness, barnyard, love the fresh raspberries, vinegar, sour apple, oak, really complex.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, dry finish, nice puckering taste.
O- Really impressed with this beer, I had high hopes and was not let down, love the sour tartness that comes out, I also love fresh raspberries, which came out upfront in this beer, extremely grateful to have traded for this gem, and would love another opportunity to try it with some age.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:40:45 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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KevSal

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, temptation (a slightly smaller temptation tho as temptation is 7.25%) base aged with raspberries, created to support breast cancer in October which my lady an I are big supporters for. Given to me by nickd for bringing back his Ec bottles from fifty fifty, wouldn't take no for an answer, thanks nick!

The two bottles I was able to get went straight to my regular trading partners who always hook me up with fantastic brews, so I'm finally going to be able to try this guy! Decided to crack it sooner to enjoy the raspberries.

C & c 375ml poured into two snifters

A- looks fantastic. Resembles very closely to the base beer but with a smaller head. It's also a nice ruby hue and the head is a quarter inch of pink bubbles

S- raspberries come through real nice with some sourness in the background, so far so good. Smells exactly like what it is, temptation with raspberries. Also reminds me a bit of new glarus Belgian red with a bit more sourness.

T-sourness in the forefront and tons of raspberries all throughout the taste. Very well balanced flavor, the fruitiness really comes through well, not too strong and not too little.

M- this one covers the tongue nicely, very well carbonated. the alcohol level (6.5%) is my sweet spot for sours. Lovin this one

O- fantastic beer! My ladies 2 glasses disappeared very quickly. I wish I had a second bottle to age as I feel it can still use a bit of sourness. This should really come in a 750 as i can be drinking this all night long, a 350 is just not enough. Looking forward to next years batch. Hoping they use concecration as the base, I bet that would be outta this world.

Really wish they put the back label on this guy to show what they feel the aging should be like and how exactly this one was made. The $20 price tag is also a bit steep for the beer your getting but it is for a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:33:05 | More by KevSal
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't get a bottle in a trade so I went the Ebay route.

It pours a distinctive pink colour with a 1 finger head of pinkish foam. The lacing is outstanding.

The smell, well, if you want the aroma of the freshest raspberries that combines sweet and tart notes, this is it. Before I go any further, let me say I have a definite bias towards beers brewed with raspberries *if* they are done right.

First sip in and a bit of sweetness starts things off followed by a huge blast of raspberry tartness. Wow, just wow! The barrel aging here isn't very obvious but a tarty fruit like raspberries can mask it and truth be told, I don't miss it at all. The beer as is, is knocking my socks of with its deliciousness.

Fairly light bodied with a perfect level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting and superb for the style.

I gotta say, it's going to be tough for any new beer I try in 2012 to top this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:02:40 | More by Bitterbill
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illidurit

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a vivid magenta color without much of a head. Absurd raspberry aroma, fruitier and more tart than even NG Raspberry Tart. Really the most realistic, eye-popping recreation of fruit in a beer that I’ve ever smelled. Great balance in the flavor between sourness and fruit. Divine.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:18:47 | More by illidurit
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by wisconsinality and KHM.

Dark purple raspberry hue. Pink head. Smells of full on fresh raspberry puree. Touch of tart funk with a good amount of barrel wood. Flavors are pretty much raspberry city. The tartness is mild until the finish. Medium body with mild carbonation. A true delight to drink for sure. Very glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:33:31 | More by beerwolf77
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #1600. Thank you, Chris. I shared this with the guys last night, batch 2

A beautiful raspberry pink color with a dense, white head that falls off rapidly, this beer is crystal clear and gorgeous. The nose is fantastic with beautiful raspberry character, mild funk and a mild grape/white wine character, which is from the Temptation base. There's just a touch of lemon as well. The palate opens with a clean lactic sourness with raspberries. The raspberry character is excellent, capturing the essence of the fruit without all the harsh tannins that many raspberry beers end up with. Just a touch of lemon is present on the finish. To me, though, the thing that stands out is the mouthfeel. Expertly conditioned with soft creamy carbonation that works brilliantly with the medium-light body. No real oak character is present, and the vinous character is very nice as well. Excellent stuff.

**Edit 27 July 2012**
Served alongside Hommage and the 99 Framboos, this was punching above its weight, but ultimately came up short. Batch 2

An unbelievably bright raspberry character, super fruity without being jammy, along with the Temptation base being noticeable in a mildly vinous base sour. Mildly seedy, mildly chalky and mildly lemony. The palate opens fairly simple with white wine, raspberries, lightly lemony sour base beer. Not much funk here. Raspberry character is brilliantly expressed. Medium light in body and moderately carbonated, the raspberries linger on into the finish. Very nice.
4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 13:50:26 | More by DefenCorps
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

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2011 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue, unsurprisingly resembling raspberry juice. The head is pinky and foamy, rapidly receding to zilch. The aroma brings some distinctive Russian River yeast with a bold serving of raspberries. Great flavor, with lots of fresh, slightly tart berries. Pretty straightforward. Not overly funky, sour, or tart, hut rather refreshing, chuggable, and delicious. Light on the palate with spritzy carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:21:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 375 mL bottle consumed with Mike at City Beer.

Pours a beautiful, dark clear crimson color with a dense light pink/rose head; nice retention. Complex aroma of tart raspberry, earth, funk and oak. Flavor is dominated by the raspberry, lactic and earthy must; not particularly sour or as interesting as Temptation, but not good nonetheless. Light, crisp, mild bite on the body. I like raspberries, so I liked this a lot, but fresh the depth of other RR sours is lacking from this batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 19:22:43 | More by yourefragile
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