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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 905
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 3.72%
Wants: 1,050
Gots: 179 | FT: 10
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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:
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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Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage tasted in 2015

A — Pours a really bright and rich looking red into the glass, some bright red hues around the edges, overall it is clear with the slightest bit of haze. Puffy white head disappears quickly, little to no lacing.

S — Smells of rich raspberries and tart cherries, very fresh and tart overall, little bit of a buttery oak balance.

T — Tastes much like the nose, lots of big and sour cherries and lots of raspberry representation, bit of a lacto sourness and sharpness.

M — Medium bodied, long enough finish to it.

O — Great overall, perhaps not quite as complex as some of their other offerings but still great. (654 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pink fizzy pour, funky oak and berry all the way, tart and funky with a dry finish. Really enjoyed this one, not intense on the berry side but just enough (154 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 v 2013 v 2014

11 - color falls in the middle ruby orange. nose is sour rasberry. jammy. super yum and fairly full bodied. the hands down favorite of the bunch.

13 - yellow and the lightest of the bunch. nose is fruity but not as jammy as the 11, tart but earthy.

14 - pink and nose is really fruity. taste is a bit medicinal but the fruitiest of the bunch.

all in all great beers across the board. all very different and all good in their own way, but 11 is above them all. (482 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Framboise for a Cure (2014) - Russian River Brewing Company - Santa Rosa, California - American Wild Ale - 6.70% ABV - This delicious wild ale poured a ruby red color, with a small pink head that dissipates immediately. The nose featured aromas of tart raspberries and white wine up front, followed by undertones of oak, apricots, and peach. The mouth was very tart, with flavors of juicy raspberries, Chardonnay, oak, and peach that blend together nicely. The mouthfeel was light bodied, with an enamel ripping finish that was quite refreshing. This was a solid offering from Russian River, but I prefer Supplication (I'm just a sucker for that beer) and Beatification over this one. 98/100 (691 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark pink almost red color with pink head. Raspberries, and lots of them, with some oak, light fruited chardonnay wine, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry. Rivals Atrial Rubicite from Jester King. (243 characters)

Photo of 01001111
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of BreweryRun
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Really nice Framboise. The sourness/tartness is actually pretty well balanced by the raspberry flavor. Malt is barely there but also helps to balance. Overall its sour yet smooth and refreshing. I think the hype has made this beer into a little more than it is, but it's great and I would happily have this whenever given this chance. Definitely, try it if you can but don't trade your whole cellar away for it. (416 characters)

Photo of albee_jay
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Always delicious had it on Tap at RRBC and got a few bottles obviously. I think i like it a little better than last years batch. One of my favorite Raspberry beers! (164 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at the brewery - Light and refreshing, nice raspberry flavor. Of the other sours, Probably closest in mouthfeel and body to Temptation. Not too much pucker, more tart than sour. Nice on a hot day. (203 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

Re rate during raspberry sour tasting, batch 2013. Pour is amber orange with a pink hue and a small amount of tight white head. Nose is fleshy raspberry, strong and bright, hints of oak and vanilla, just a touch of plastic phenol, not much else. Taste comes together a little better and offers a touch more temptation, the raspberries are again bright and not sugary. Semi sour finish, notes of leathery brett, a hint of acetic acid. Probably best to drink sooner than later.

A-pours a mostly tranparent bright orange color with tons of sediment floating around in it. The head is white, dense and creamy leaving a fair bit of lace
S-the funk is right up front, a dry woody manure, oak and a touch of vanilla transition to citric rind and tasty vibrant sour raspberries behind.
T-the taste is more muted than the nose. the funk is slighlty toned down. the manure funk is up front, the oak is there and very light, all the flavors are slightly muddled as the sourness is assertive in the back mixed with tart raspberry and biting lemon. the sourness is slightly strong and the fruit isn't as vibrant as the nose. still decently integrated and nicely sour with a fair bit of funk.
M-lighter in body and lively on the palate. the finish is very dry and the sourness accentuates that. the body is slightly syrupy and grainy on the palate.
D-the nose is fantastic and has a great balanced and integration of juicy fruits and nicely done funk. the flavor falls slightly short of that in that the fruits are more mild and the funk is slighly muddled. still reasonably good flavor, the balance is there it just seems to become ever so slightly messy. (1,648 characters)

Photo of calir1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I tasted batch 1,2,3, in a spur of the moment, screw it let's pop em taster. The 2010 batch 1 unfortunately was the least best. It seemed to have lost all of its color and was now a pale blonde color. Yeast floaties were everywhere. The aroma was there but mild. Flavor was actually delicious but not nearly as strong as the 2011.
The 2011 was quite a bit better. Still a bit pale in color but the aroma and flavor were quite prominent. A+ on this one. The 2012 was bright pink very aeromatic, flavorful and delicious. The 2013 was tasted on the release and was delicious from what I remember. Very pink

I know this ain't the most detailed review but I enjoyed the 11, 12,13 better than the 10 for what it's worth. I hung onto the 10 since the release and really wanted a 5 year tasting but popped it early. Glad I did. Seems it's prime was a while ago (857 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The aroma has tart fruits, maybe some raspberries, but also underneath there is hay, wheat, nectarine, and apricot.

The flavor follows with a pop of tart berries in the front, then onto again that wet hay funk and a gentle sweetness of stone fruits of apricot and nectarine. (275 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice light frothy pink on the surface. Smells of raspberries, lemon, lactic, grass and some more raspberries and their pithy, vegetal character. This beer is very, very razzy. Plenty of raspberry notes, some dry tartness, lacto tartness, some gain and peppery sharp notes. It’s tart, but has a hollow middle for me. Medium on thin bodied with moderate on hi carb and a semi dry finish. This one is good, clean and approachable. (431 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light pinkish, but looks pale/golden in the glass, with two and a half fingers of pillowy foam which deflates at a glacial pace. Crystal clarity, excellent retention, and nice streaks of lacing.

S: Barnyard funk, earth, and minerals are the dominate notes, along with a little light raspberry.

T: Clean tasting, with light raspberry, then mouthwatering light/moderate tartness, moving to a little more raspberry on a lightly sour finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, slight creaminess to the texture.

O: Easy drinking, tasty, refreshing, and a good level of sourness. A solid effort overall, though nothing out of this world, and not substantively better than their (excellent) shelf sours. (736 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. 2013 Vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice light ruby hue (like well, raspberry juice) that is crystal clear with a nice fat one finger slightly pinkish white head that fades to leave a nice thick creamy blanket. Wow.

S - Aromas just pop here. Bright raspberry. Actually, its different stages of raspberries...fresh berries, berry musk, raspberry smarties candy. Light oak.

T - Taste is super tart. Lots of oak, some nice wine notes as well. The raspberry is much more restrained here, which is too bad. There is raspberry tartness sure, and a bit of a fleeting flavour towards the back. Not nearly as powerful as the aroma, this is quite wine/oak forward and almost generic tartness. The berry is nice when it's there. The finish is much more raspberry smarties candy than fresh berries.

M - Mouthfeel is dry, tart, and brightly carbonated.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer. The taste though was a big time drop of the nose. If this was aged/old, I could understand and justify it...but for a fresh wild the raspberry should be much more powerful. Would definitely have it again though. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 into a Crooked Stave snifter.

A- Really spectacular pink hue to this beer. This looks a little thinner than 3F Framboos. This lacing with good retention.

S- Absolutely glorious. This beer smells like fresh raspberries. Barnyard funk, brett character. Hay.

M- Pretty thin. I am hard on framboise after having Hommage and Framboos. This one is outshined by the former.

O- A very good take on a framboise. I would put this one behind Framboos and Hommage, but better than LP Framboise. (495 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, thanks scot

The beer pours a dull blood orange/pink with a thin, foamy white head and touch of sediment. The nose is subtle tart raspberry with deep funk and touch of alcohol. The taste is definitely tart raspberries in the forefront with an acidic funkiness that really ramps up the fruit's juiciness. The mouthfeel is light bodied (but not watery), effervescent, tart/acidic, and definitely drinkable. This is a lighter bodied, subtle raspberry framb with a big funk presence and balanced acidity...just wish it wasn't so hard to get! (550 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of rand
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado San Diego, poured into a small tulip.

A: Red-pink in color, clear, looks like ruby red grapefruit. Tiny effervescent.

S: tart, citrusy nose. Light, fruity.

T: super tart front, citrusy, rindy. Reminds me of sweetart candy. Could be a touch sweeter.

M: light, effervescent.

A little candy-like, not the most complex sour they've brewed, but this would make a great intro to the style. Of course you have to get your hands on it... (457 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Russian River on tap on 2 October 2013 and again on 5 October 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy, pink ruby with a golden glow with 1/2 finger of bubbly pink-tinged head. Sticky lacing is left down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet and tart, this smells of fresh raspberries.

T/M: A biting tart up front leads into an earthy, sweet raspberry character. The finish maintains strong raspberry presence with sweetness as well as a puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is crisp, low-to-medium thickness, with a slight oily feel. Finish is very drying. Carbonation is moderate and perfectly done.

O: This is a delicious beer. I know I've never had a framboise I enjoyed more, and am fairly certain I've never had a sour I enjoyed more. If this beer were easier to get and more consistently available, I'd consume it regularly and be thrilled about it. As it is, it's just a great treat. (895 characters)

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.