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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 911
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 01:21:41 | More by Rifugium
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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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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-07-2012 05:39:53 | More by oline73
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-18-2011 18:55:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-11-2013 03:36:14 | More by XmnwildX12
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-03-2013 04:18:04 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-26-2014 21:15:01 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-30-2011 05:10:38 | More by imperialking
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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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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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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-09-2013 07:58:07 | More by zestar
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-10-2013 05:03:17 | More by oriolesfan4
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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

2011 edition from a 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a long stemmed tulip glass. This year edition boasts an inflated 6.5% abv up from the 5.9% of last year. The brew appears a gorgeous color of red displaying awesome clarity. An initial surge of slightly less than a finger of white head has a pinkish hue to it that rapidly dissolves. Only a thin line of white bubbles holds around the perimeter of the glass. No lacing effect to be seen outside of a single dot or two after each sip.

The smell of this brew is pungent with a funky wild aspect somewhat bringing to mind thoughts of stinky feet, cheese, lacto and brett. There is an earthy aspect with a touch of herbal fruit quality. The raspberry scent is more earthy and pitted than fresh and sweet smelling which really blends with the funky/wild aspects of the aroma. As the brew warms up, a bit of raw oak character makes itself known as it is thrown into the mix with a light sting of alcohol.

The taste is tart with a raspberry flavor that is strikingly similar to what unripe raspberries are like. It has a pleasant tart quality that moves into more of an earthy flavor through the middle and displays a natural lasting aftertaste of earthy raspberry. Throughout the entire experience the wild nature of the bugs is present with a funky aspect of cheese, stinky feet and lactic to bretted character. There is a very mild tannic aspect which brings on a dryness to the finish with an increasing warmth of alcohol down the back of the throat. The aftertaste at times seems mildly medicinal but the lack of any residual sweetness helps to keep this brew progressively drinkable.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a prickly and lively level of carbonation in the mouth but visually it looks to be a bit lacking. Even though this is my first time having this brew, it carries with it some very familiar aspects to it. It was quite enjoyable and the alcohol level is well integrated throughout. An interesting brew that is worth the try if you ever get a chance. Not fully worth the price tag of admission but for the cause it is well worth it and something I would see out again just because.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:45:04 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-27-2012 19:39:18 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a clear dark rose in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some pink + ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy pink head that reduces to a medium large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of raspberries with heavy amounts of tartness and just a hint of funky sourness. Very light notes of sour cherries.

T: Upfront there is a touch of natural raspberry sweetness over a subtle pale malt which is quickly followed by moderate to strong amounts of tartness. Slight hints of sour cherries and just a touch of funkiness. Light hints of oak.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and really well balanced between the upfront sweetness and tartness/sourness. Very enjoyable and probably one of my favorite framboise beers - no hints of anything artificial (very much the natural flavors of the fruits).

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 22:34:14 | More by dbrauneis
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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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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-09-2013 23:48:16 | More by duceswild
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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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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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John_M

Oregon

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

Picked this up at the brewpub several weeks ago.

The beer pours a striking cherry red rose color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The carbonation is very active in this beer, which leads to a pillowy, long lasting head on the beer. The nose is just outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, but with a huge aroma of raspberry as well. Although the sour component is quite prevalent, the fruit more than holds its own in this beer. There's a brightness to the fruit character in this beer that I don't see all that often. Given the nose, I sort of excepted some serious sour on the palate, and this beer doesn't disappoint. There isn't too much funk thankfully (not much vinegar, head cheese or horse blanket), but the sour component is really a jolt. There's still plenty of fruit I'm happy to say, but still, getting this beer down is a bit of a chore for this "sour hater." On the other hand, I have to say this beer really delivers a considerable amount of flavor for a 5.9% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but the finish is long and sour, with a touch of fruit at the very end. This beer really seems to titilate the tastes buds...

Very impressive beer, though at least for me, this isn't the sort of thing I'd want to drink every day. Still glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:31:40 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2013 00:21:41 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-18-2013 23:36:32 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-29-2013 02:43:14 | More by mdaschaf
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
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