Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 979
Gots: 183 | FT: 12
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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%

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Starrdog, thanks.

Beer is pink, very pink, with a pinkish white head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, some lacing.

Creamy, strong raspberry, mild acetic, lactic, nice.

Beer is light, airy on the palate, mildly sweet, acetic bite, strong raspberry, overall a nice little beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/4/11; split with schwaeh

Batch 2

Much appreciation to nickd717

Pours a pretty crimson color and settles much the same, but having a rust/browned twinge in lesser light. Ephemeral one finger rose-hued head crackles away quickly to a thin film and some collar retention. Swirling help for a spell, but there is nothing by the end.

Raspberry is prominent in the nose; while that's no surprise, it smells clean, fresh and only mid-range sweet. Raspberry puree would seem a spot-on descriptor. Moderate notes of wood and funk support the fruit aromas - nothing seems out of place or over crowded. More sugary as it warms. The raspberries keep the musty notes at bay, right where they belong.

Framboise For A Cure starts off tangy and punchy with flashes of juicy raspberry, peaking quickly and tapering off to a tart middle. Around said middle is where the barrel jumps to the fore, adding a vapid, dry and musty finish - this is the only part of which I'm not fond. As the beer warms, funk plays a more prominent role throughout. Dry and earthy, too.

Steve suggested I take a big old drink and hold it in my mouth; something about flavors folding over the tongue. Fair enough - this method finds funk intricacies of damp wood, dirt and cobwebs.

I was inclined to call this medium-ish, but over time I am inclined to deem it on the light side. It seems crisp early on, but after opening up it is far thinner; almost watery. Carbonation is moderate; it's enough to move the beer along and assist the flavor profile (think lower-range soda territory). Again, the only thing i don't like is the finish.

I think Framboise For A Cure is a well-applied use of raspberry and barrel, aside from the finish. In any case, I am quite happy to have tried it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better sour raspberry quality in the aroma.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to starrdogg for opening this bottle up and sharing a few weeks back. Served in a Russian River goblet. Reviewed from notes.

2011 batch with Temptation as the base. Consumed alongside a bottle of Temptation that was approximately a year old.

Pours a light reddish-pink color with a frothy white head that is slightly tinged with a bit of pink. Good retention and some nice lacing. Gorgeous coloring.

The nose brings forward a nice bouquet of fresh raspberries with some slight earth and must. A bit of funk and lactic acid comes through as well. Really complex and intriguing. The flavor was along the same lines, though the raspberries took over a bit and didn't offer as much of the Temptation base. Mouthfeel was okay; not enough sourness or funk, as the raspberries come through too much.

Overall, this was pretty good, though I think Beatification would certainly make a better base. That said, I'd love to try the first batch.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (Batch 2 - 2011 vintage) received in a recent trade with avaldivia (Thanks!) poured into a Russian River stemmed "TION" glass.

A - Bottle opens with a mild pop. Pours a glowing body of hot pinkish tinted ruby red...almost artificially pink. There is a faint haze throughout and only a instantaneous occurance of a weak fizzy, soda-like head that leaves no lacing behind but is able to muster a constant stream of bubbles that keeps the surface active and alive.

S - Raspberries are a key component and up front in the aroma, but they do not dominate the way other examples of the style do. There is a strong wine component in here too (I imagine from the Temptation base beer), some noticable funk/barnyard aromas, earth, wet hay, lactic sourness. Actually refreshing to have a more balanced aroma profile than just straight raspberries (as good as that smells).

T - Glad to say the flavor follows the aroma nicely. Again, lots of complexity and balance with the "wild" aspects of the beer holding up quite well against the assault of fresh raspberries. Assertive lactic sourness gives the first impression and is followed by some white wine, grassy/hay flavors, funky barnyard, a bit of woody oak and backed by a kiss of raspberries. Finishes very dry and tart.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium but filled with a crisp and tingly assertive carbonation. Quite tart and lactic-ly sour with some mild funk and fruit. Very, very dry.

O - Very good framboise. As much as I enjoy the sweeter and fruitier framboises out there (NG Raspberry Tart, Blushing Monk, etc), I have to say this was just about as enjoyable, but in a different way. Refreshing tartness with fresh raspberries mixed in and still retaining the wild characteristics...interesting and having some added complexity. No letdown here at all - glad to have gotten the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of mindspin315
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
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 hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, poured a bright magenta color, with a small, frothy white head that fizzled out after a moment, leaving a ringlet and a few stray bubbles behind. Lots of raspberry in the nose, as would be expected, lesser notes of musty grass and citrus juice. Puckeringly tart on the tongue, fresh raspberries dominate, citric, lactic, acetic (just a bit), mild grassy funk, and a touch of woodiness. Tasty! Good balance of sour and sweet, once your palate gets used to the initial snap of tartness. Light-medium mouthfeel, very drinkable if you like sours/fruits/lambics.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

Flat out gorgeous pour, with a perky pinkish-copper body supporting a fleeting tuft of valentine's day foam. Clear appearance with a healthy carbonation level. Aroma is surprisingly muted, even as the beer warmed, with a hint of vinous berry pulp and sharp fruitiness. Nice balance of malt to complement the acidity.

Flavor largely matches the aroma, with a bit more of a punch from the raspberries, but still not as tart as I had anticipated from a Russian River sour. Biscuity malts in the background. Dryness is on-point for the style, and the carbonation level really suits the drinkability. Enjoyed every sip of the bottle without getting fatigued like other sours have the capability of doing. A nice Framboise in the end, but slightly underwhelming given the attention paid to this sour.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks RC0032 for bringing out this treat. 2011 botttle.

Appearance: This has a raspberry pink color that is fairly transparent. A thin white film forms on the pour and fades rather quickly.

Smell: Raspberries, white grapes, tart lemon and a lingering general tartness. Some oak, some barnyard funk that feels overwhelmed by the raspberry tartness.

Taste: Quite a few flavors blast my tongue simultaneously. Some light pale malt, ripe red raspberries, tart lemon zest and grapefruit, with a little bit of leather and oak toward the end.

Mouthfeel: There is a strong carbonation that really bubbles on the tongue. There is a modest tartness that leads to a light puckering, but the sour and tart sensations are fairly mild.

Overall: I am normally a huge fan of raspberry sours, but I felt the raspberry flavors blocked out the other nice complexities in the base beer, resulting a slightly lower score.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip; 2012 batch

Pours distinct raspberry red color with a finger of light pink foam. The head fell somewhat quickly and left nothing behind. The nose is full of tart raspberries and a mild sugary sweetness. Some musty hay and acidic cider vinegar. On the palate, the raspberries are front and center. Big, bold tart raspberries rush the palate with a mild sugary sweetness in tow. Some hay and light manure-like funk come through in the middle before tart raspberries pop back up in the finish. The finish is sharp, dry, and tart. Light body with high carbonation. The raspberry flavor really lingers; your mouth is coated with fresh raspberries. A really delicious beer with loads of fresh fruit. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of readbaron
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RC0032 for the pour of this rarity. 375ml batch 2 (2011)

Pours out a vibrant, crisp and clear light red / dark pink raspberry color with a bit of light white foam.

Aroma is appealing - Lots of raspberry tart notes up front - fresh and fragrant - with quite a bit of oak underneath. Reminds me a lot of raspberries and champagne.

Taste follows the nose. It's sharp and tart, but not all that sour. Again a lot of oak in the finish - reminiscent of a dry white whine with a healthy dose of raspberry. Very tasty.

Feel is good. Crisp, prickly, dry, and well carbonated.

Overall, another impressive Russian River sour. However, I'm left feeling a bit dissapointed. I'm not sure this is any better than temptation, which is a shame given the rarity and increased price.

Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release. On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly

A: Pours a dark pink color with minimal head. Body is reasonably clear.

S: lots of fresh raspberry with some lemony citrus. Not super complex but very nice

T: More of the same. Tart raspberry, mild lemon and just a hint of lacto character. Very clean clean sourness.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

O: Really good stuff. Not as complex as Russian River's other sours but still incredibly refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
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