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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
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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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to Chris for sharing such a rare tick. And you're welcome to all those clamoring for more reviews.

A: The pour is absolutely brilliant. One of the best looking beers I've seen. A vibrant pink-red color with a finger of foam that has some staying power.

S: As expected, an intense sourness to the nose. The acidity of the Sonambic really comes through and the raspberries provide their trademark acetic notes. The funky qualities are not as pronounced as I would have expected: just a bit musty. Slightly slightly oily with a mineral quality.

T: The tartness is quite pronounced and is an excellent blend of the big lactic character from the Beatification base and the fruity, acetic raspberry. The raspberry flavor is quite bold and are certainly the focal point of the beer. Again, there's a bit of a lasting mineral quality to the beer, but I certainly wouldn't call it metallic.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation. The beer is quite puckering and dry.

D: Nothing wrong with this one, as you would expect from a Russian River wild ale. I'm glad they'll be making this again as I'd love to get my hands on some next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 07:43:42 | More by womencantsail
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Thanks to Sean, and by extension Chris, for the tick. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of pink-tinged foam that linger for quite a while, leaving big collar and spots of lace. The body is a salmon color that features plenty of suspended sediment. The three pours from this bottle were reminiscent of Goldilocks - apparently I'm Poppa Bear. At least I didn't get the yeasty proteins.

S - Lots of slightly under-ripe raspberry and sweet bretty funk. As it warms some more vinous oak and lactic sourness emerges. There's a graham cracker malt backbone that is more reminiscent of Lost Abbey sours than Russian River ones.

T - Taste has less sweetness and more acetobacter and oak character, with raspberry tartness, lemons, and light vinous character. Some raspberry purée for sure, but not a fruit bomb by any stretch.

M - Medium-light body, effervescent, very dry finish with some cottonmouth as well. Pretty much spot on for the style.

D - This was very good, and it's far more subtle that something like Framboise de Amorosa. Beatification with some raspberries is a pretty good summary. Probably not mind-blowing enough to warrant trading the farm for this, however I've have my ear to the ground regarding subsequent batches. I really like that 100% of sales were donated to charity too (and not some nebulous portion).

EDIT: Just tried Batch 2 with the Temptation base thanks to ChrisPro, and it's a pretty different experience. Cole's Notes version -
A- Hazy fuschia body, much darker and more intense then Batch 1. White foam quickly dissolve to thin ring.
S - Buttery white wine oak, big raspberry, light sweet malts, and some mild funk.
T - A bit more simplistic than batch one, with a heavy dose of ripe raspberries and lactic sourness.
M - Dry and mildly tannic texture moderate carbonation, medium-light body.
D - Quite a bit different from batch one, with far more fruit and less 'wild' character. I think I liked Batch 1 a tiny bit more, but still a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:32:13 | More by MasterSki
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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

A: Light orange-pink body. Medium sized off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Delicate but pronounce raspberries, light lemon acidity, grapefruit and earthy funk.

T: Similar to the nose, but perhaps a bit scaled back and less impressive. Raspberries are a little less defined but still pleasantly sweet and sour. Lemon acidity comes in towards the back and has a nice earthy bite in the back.

M: Smooth, bright, moderate carbonation, light acidity in the finish, light-to-medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 05:29:13 | More by callmemickey
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litheum94

California

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

375 ml cork and cage. 2011 Vintage. Reviewed 10/8/11.

Bright, maraschino cherry colored body, with a hot pink head. Fizzles out quickly, leaving a scuzz of bubbles on the top.

Musty and earthy, with sour raspberries and oak aromas. Tones of fresh cut grass. Slight band aids.

Very oaky with a touch of butter. Tart raspberries, and some brett-like sourness. Earthy and dry, with tons of carbonation. Some grass tones develop. No sweetness to be found. Very dry.

Awesome beer. Just the right amount of tartness and barnyard. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:08:59 | More by litheum94
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

375 mL bottle thanks to nataku00. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brwery tulip.

Framboise for a Cure pours a somewhat cloudy cherry red. There are plentiful gorgeous ruby highlights shining through, even when the beer's not backlit. About a finger of rose tinted foam briefly graces the top of the glass, before quickly fading away. The nose is nearly flawless. Raspberry is the first thing to jump out, and is the dominant aroma present. Earthy brett funk is right behind, playing a strong second. An acetic sour twang is also there, but very much in the background compared to the other two. My only minor quibble is that the whole thing could stand to be a bit more powerful. The first thing that stands out about the flavor is that it's much more tart than the nose would have suggested. A close second is that the raspberries have fallen way off from what I expected. If the aroma profile was 50/40/10 in terms of raspberry/funk/sour, I'd say the taste is at 20/30/50, with the berry flavor only creeping in on the back end. The body is fairly dry, and works nicely with the expansive, champagne-like carbonation. Framboise for a Cure is another world class wild brew from Russian River, though I'm surprised both at how just how wild it is and how muted the fruit is for a relatively young beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:58:54 | More by axeman9182
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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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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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rlee1390

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:44:52 | More by rlee1390
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kscaldef

Oregon

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

2012 vintage

A: Vibrantly pink with a 1/4" pink head receding to a thick ring and foam. Good clarity with apparently carbonation.

S: Intense raspberry with mild earthiness

T: Very tart, heavy fruit presence but also lemony and earthy. Man, that is sour. Clean, but super sour.

M: Well-carbonated, mildly astringent. Medium-light body.

O: Very well done fruit sour; top of the charts for an american wild. Thanks to deeblo for the chance to snag a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:58:29 | More by kscaldef
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largadeer

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:09:34 | More by largadeer
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champ103

Texas

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

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a bright and vibrant pink color. A large pink head (nearly the same shade as the beer) rises to over two fingers. The foam quickly recedes to nothing and not much lace. Very champagne like.
S: Big fleshy fruits of raspberries up front and center. Real fruit with a musky, basement like funk. Zesty, lightly acidic and tart. I love it.
T: More of the same. Big raspberries up front with more of an acidic twang than the nose. Light funk. This is nice.
M/D: A medium body, but higher carbonation. Perfectly crisp, clean, and refreshing. So easy to drink. This is just a treat.

Excellent, and I would not expect anything else from Russian River. Perfectly bubbly and champagne like. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:30:25 | More by champ103
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yourefragile

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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been wanting to try this one for as long as i can remember (which, as i have admitted before, may not be all that long honestly), but thanks to drlovemd87 as always, for breaking out the whales. pale pink in color like raspberry ginger ale, and possessing the same sort of bright carbonation and lightness of body as my favorite soda. white head is wispy but quick to go, and the nose is a wonderful sensation of fresh and freeze dried raspberries, wild yeast tartness, lacto, and lemon. there is an herbal softness to kick this off before the berries come in, and when they do, they are subtle, mellow, and not sweet in the slightest. i also get some moderate oak, more woodsy than vanilla, i suspect a real light char if any. beautiful fruit complexion as it finishes, unfolding like a blossoming flower, and has that same delicacy. i love the mouthfeel too, soft as can be, carbonated like a soda pop, and drinking like anything but beer, just light and effervescent and uplifting in every way. not as raspberry forward as i sometimes like these to be, but this is a creation unique to itself, unlike the others, and so i don't wish it to be any different. another beautiful russian river brew worthy of the highest trade value. just sensational.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:36:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

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

A: Pours with a pink head and a bright ruby red color. After the head dies down it leaves a thin pink lacing on top of the beer and around the glass.

S: Ripe, sweet, Raspberries. Some Grapefruit.

T: It has a huge grapefruit and raspberry in the taste, and also some light nots of apricot.

M: Not too thin, but also leaves a really nice mouth puckering from the sourness of the beer.

O: This aroma of this beer is amazing. It is like diving into a basket of fresh raspberries. I was really surprised at how mouth puckering this beer was, but it added that feel of eating a tart raspberry. This beer was quite amazing, and is probably one of the best sours i have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:51:27 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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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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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

375ml bottle from 2011.

Pours hazy red with a crackling head of pink foam. After the fall, a mostly placid surface and zero lacing for the duration of the glass.

Bright acid and ripe raspberries lead off the nose. Hints of cider vinegar and peppercorns follow through.

Light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel.

Raspberries cut with acid and tannic appleskins start the palate. Cider vinegar and warming spice with a slightly bitter edge step forward.

Finishes with raspberries, sour acid, and a light throat burn.

Tasty beer but needs more raspberries to be a world-class Framboise. The sour/acid level on this beer is right at the threshold or perhaps a bit overdone, as the throat burn lingers with a good length.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:35:01 | More by brewandbbq
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jvillefan

California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Very appropriatly pink body with a white laced head.

S: Pleasent very crisp sour aroma with raspberry. There is a dryness to it that rounds out aroma.

T: Very fruity in the beginning. There is a sweetness that comes from the raspberries. The tart adds some pleasant funk to this beer.

M: Has a great bite from the carbonation but the body is a little light.

O: A great beer for a great cause.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:26:19 | More by jvillefan
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emerge077

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 17:32:45 | More by emerge077
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in a tulip glass raising money for breast cancer.

When it got to me I was graced by a nice hue of deep red, not blood red, but a nice rounded red. It could of been pink for all I know, It was dark in there. Just liquid by the time it got to me, no lacing towards the sides. Some swirls brought forth some reddish bubbles, no cling.

Smell was str8 up raspberries, it was very prominent. That's all I smelled for a while. Under that the temptation base is hard to pick out, the berries kinda mute the wine aspect, but there is some funk and a faint mineral quality. The berries beat all.

This is a mighty fine beer, on top of a already spectacular beer. Framboise for a a cure is very fruit forward, with a nice funk in the middle and a pucker quality. Some wood on top of raspberry with a faint amount of wine aspect.

Feel is a nice step below medium with a great pucker on the end of the tounge, swirling this around the mouth keeps the berries coming, very fresh beer here, I wonder what time would do to this but I would have a hard time holding it. I ordered another glass on the way out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 04:30:44 | More by BARFLYB
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle 6,5% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
2012 Vintage

Thanks to futura123 for sending this bottle my way.

Appearance: I guess it is not very manly, but I love the look of fruit sours and this is no exception. Framboise for a Cure pours out a beautiful magenta pink, with a rough pour yielding a massive marshmallow pink head. The head lasts fairly well for a sour and leaves some patchy lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmmm, I love raspberries! Fresh, juicy raspberries dominate the nose, however there is a distinct underlying tartness also present. As the beer begins to warm, the fruit character expands to include some cherry and a touch of cranberry. Warming also brings out some of the base beer, with notes of oak, a musty character, old wood, a touch of hay and a vinous note.

Taste: Wow, this is quite a lot tarter than I expected, with the first sip causing some mouth puckering. After the initial sourness, the fresh raspberry notes from the nose quickly become apparent and proceed to dominate the flavour. As the beer warms a light cherry character is noted, along with characteristics from the base beer that include: Tart white grapes, some musty notes, old wood, some oak and a little white wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a high level of effervescent yet smooth carbonation.

Overall: Framboise for a Cure is a great fruit sour, however it needs a little more complexity from the base beer in order to compete with the likes of Lou Pepe Framboise or Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 09:41:16 | More by Thehuntmaster
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very hazy, bright ruby red color with a pink grapefruit-colored, one finger head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with earthy oak, musty funk and ultra fresh vinous fruit.  The raspberries really stand out with a juicy, seedy and jam-like quality.  The raspberry and other dark fruit notes are a nice counter to the toasted oak, lactic acid and funky bugs.  

Tart and puckering with a nice balance of musty funk, sweet beery and earthy oak.  There's a subtle lactic presence in finish that compliments the barrel, fruit and sour notes.  Not acidic or harsh with the perfect amount of sourness that counters the oak barrel and seedy berries.  Sweet vinous raspberries flavor is strong but not as prominent as it is in the nose.  Very juicy and fresh with lots of raspberry, currant, grape and other dark fruits.  Very complex yet remains delicate and very easy to drink for a sour.  

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 23:44:56 | More by corby112
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:17:24 | More by jeonseh
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

After the Allewelsh tasting, we switched it up to some real sours. Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing!

Pours a light white head. Color is a vivid bright grapefruit pinkish red. One of the most gorgeous beers I have ever seen.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries with a bit of tartness. It is a bit sweet. Has oak with a nice amount of spice. Vanilla sticks out the most. It is pretty fruity.

Taste: The raspberries are spot on. Fresh, sweet, and tart. Oak shows with some spice again. Has other fruit flavors. It is a bit musky and funky. Fairly sour and mouth-puckering.

Mouthfeel: Tart, smooth, and refreshing. Mouth-puckering goodness. Lighter bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean. Good feel to it.

Overall, this was a great sour from RR. The raspberries used very excellent and it was very drinkable. It was definitely a treat to have. Sour, tart, and fruity. Awesome stuff. Thanks Kevin for sharing this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 18:40:24 | More by mothman
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DovaliHops

California

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

2011 vintage. Thanks Mario! Pours a beautiful bright red with a nice, small baby pink head. Scent is RASPBERRY CITY! Nice tart funkiness and acidic aroma. Taste is more sour than aroma portrays, which is never a bad thing. Delicious sour raspberries with yummy wild yeast flavors that RR specializes in. Finishes with sweet raspberries and a tart bite. Mouthfeel is light and puckering. Drinkability is very high...if you can afford it. Thank God it's goin to boobies. Overall, this beer was like The Bruery's BeRazzled on steroids...a better version of it. One of the best Framboise style beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 07:13:03 | More by DovaliHops
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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
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.