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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 946
Gots: 162 | FT: 10
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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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.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

spycow, Jan 11, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark rosé in color in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sour raspberries are present in the nose - these get stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of raspberries along with slight notes of oak and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well blended and provides interesting complexities from the sourness and raspberries. It's not too sour and the fruity flavors seem very natural.

metter98, Jun 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

BEERchitect, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

GRG1313, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a big part of of our tasting last night, i was thrilled to have been able to provide this one for the group. poured into a few glasses i think we were all happy to finally see this one.

the pour was a fantastic light pink color with a light haze to it and a smallish pink head that momentarily sat on top of the body.

the aroma is simply heavenly as the wonderful mouth shredding sourness immediately took hold. light fruit notes are evident underneath the wonderful sour apple, vinegar like sour flavors. dry finish with a taste that was nothing short of simply amazing.

overall i could not say enough good things about this beer. a massivily wonderful addition that i really wish i could try more of. this was just amazing.

mikesgroove, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -9.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a beautiful red color with a light pink head on top. The retention is pretty good here, not much lacing. The smell of the beer is slightly floral and fruity with a tart aroma on it. The taste is tart with a nice raspberry sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a good carbonation. Sweet and dry plenty of sour tart fruity notes. Overall this is a really good brew. Glad I got to have it!

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

JAHMUR, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

largadeer, Oct 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

emerge077, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

This is about as close to a lambic as I think RR has ever gotten. That being said, I do recall my initial impressions of Beatification being the exact same thing.

Anyways. This has a mellow and nice funky thing going on, but the raspberries really take a hold of this and throw a lot of "natural" flavor in as well. It leans towards too fruity a bit, but doesn't get overly obnoxious so much that we're entering artificial lambic territory, a la Lindemans. A treat to be able to try. And I'm glad I didn't make the trek all the way to Santa Rosa and was able to try it at City Beer instead.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 25, 2010
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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.