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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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700 Ratings
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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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

mdaschaf, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

John_M, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

billab914, May 14, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deadeye hooked this one up. I honestly feel pretty honored to be able to try and share the first batch of this brew. Charlie is super good people.

Pours very clear... sorta orangish pink.. fizzy white head has only okay retention and leaves splotch lacing... but the clarity and color of the brew is very pretty.

Nose is better than I was hoping for.. Pungent sour notes punctuated by fantastic fresh fruit aromas all pulled together by just enough sweetness... wonderful.

Flavor has a bit less raspberry flavor because it seems to be blown out by copious amounts of bretty funk and lesser lactic/lemon notes. The raspberry is more than present though.. and seems enhanced by a minor acetic quality that isn't out of place and really adds to the fruity qualities... really not that "sour", just bracingly tart... later pours proved a tad tannic.. but who's complaining?

Dry and not puckering.... I think a minor bit more residual sweetness would pull this one together more .. but that is a 1% complaint... an epic brew for sure.

The body is lite medium with a nice effervescent carbonation.. Jesus, I want another of these. Charlie.... I know we had a good trade, but I will get you a hooker for a weekend and throw in a few Cantillons to get one more... Thanks buddy.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did not expect to roll into the liquor store (Ledgers) and find bottles of this! And then Toronado, and then City Beer store!

Beautiful and vibrant pink color, just like Rose de Gambrinus, but even cleaner and plenty carbonated to perfection! Yummy raspberry and sour aromas, just a great tartness and fruit so present. Stays away from horse blanket funk type of descriptions, this is clean, berryful and sour.

Taste, jeez, this just doesn't let up! Incredibly flavorful, rich raspberries, seemingly picked at the height of sweet and tenderness. Somehow neither the immense fruitness or sourness envelope each other. Russian River really outdid themselves on this one.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ShanePB, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/26/10

Bottle shared by good old Chris (largadeer) at Black Tuesday 2010, and on this particular evening it was the tick to end all ticks (my last review of the night).

A: Vibrant pinkish red orange with a white head. Great color.

S: Nose is great. Complex and funky Sonambic base with an overarching yet not overshadowing raspberry presence. Lots of citrus with some acetic character and strong horse blanket notes. Slightly musty. Raspberry character is moderate. Very nice.

T: The flavor reveals a bone dry beer with moderate raspberry character backed by complex Brett and lactic notes. Compared to other American renditions of this style, it benefits from a more complex base (Sonambic) than its peers (thralls). The Raspberries and citrus notes are quite nice, but the complexity of the Sonambic makes this beer about more than just the fruit. Citric acidity is mouth watering and acetic character is moderate and well integrated. Notes of musty barnyard are apparent in the finish, as well as tannins, moderately tart raspberry, and oak (oak throughout, actually).

M: Dry and tannic with spritzy carbonation.

Overall: Reminiscent of a drier, funkier Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa. A complex and delicious American sour fruit beer.

HopHead84, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle opened on 12.4.12 thanks to punkhim.

A - Pours a dark pink-maroon with a fizzy light pink head that fades quickly.

S - Tart wood and sweet raspberry.

T - Nice balance of tart and sweet, lots of raspberry.

D - Great carbonation with a light body and a tart finish.

O - Tart and sweet, then tart again, very tasty.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Rhettroactive, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

TurdFurgison, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Cynic-ale, Monday at 03:55 AM
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

chippo33, May 20, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

xnicknj, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't get a bottle in a trade so I went the Ebay route.

It pours a distinctive pink colour with a 1 finger head of pinkish foam. The lacing is outstanding.

The smell, well, if you want the aroma of the freshest raspberries that combines sweet and tart notes, this is it. Before I go any further, let me say I have a definite bias towards beers brewed with raspberries *if* they are done right.

First sip in and a bit of sweetness starts things off followed by a huge blast of raspberry tartness. Wow, just wow! The barrel aging here isn't very obvious but a tarty fruit like raspberries can mask it and truth be told, I don't miss it at all. The beer as is, is knocking my socks of with its deliciousness.

Fairly light bodied with a perfect level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting and superb for the style.

I gotta say, it's going to be tough for any new beer I try in 2012 to top this one!

Bitterbill, Jan 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

bsuedekum, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings! Batch 001! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured BRIGHT orange with a half finger pure white head that had a slight pink hue that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, sour apple, tart, sour, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent! Holy Christ I have been wanting this beer on my palate for so long it is not even funny! It did not disappoint at all... Excellent flavor profile going on in this one. The sour and tart aspects on this are quite strong and almost bring on the duck-face HARD, but I resisted (even though I shouldn't have). The smell on this one is nothing short of phenomenal either. An absolute must try even if you have to trade BIG for it. Thanks again Mike for bringing this one out to share as it was QUITE the experience!
Appearance= 5.0 Smell= 5.0 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 5.0

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Thank you SO much Morgan!!! Batch #2! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a vibrant blood red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Having had the opportunity to have had Batch #1 (thanks mikesgroove) I can honestly say that Russian River is doing GREAT things with this brew on both batches. Everything is very well balanced and it definitely brings the pucker factor. If you call yourself a sour head you need to get this on your palate as soon as you possibly can. If you want to step your game up a notch get down on a Batch #1. You won’t regret doing so with either,[Men’s Warehouse owner voice] I guarantee it [/Men’s Warehouse owner voice].
Appearance= 4.5 Smell= 4.5 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 4.5

thagr81us, Jun 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Lare453, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pretty good looking beer. Pink-colored with some stuff floating in it, and a pink head that rose up nicely. Little bit of spots left on the sides.

S - Raspberry smell without smelling artificial. A good amount of tartness and funk, with some brett precense. This is light and pleasant smelling.

T - This is a good example of an American Wild. Slight amount of funk, light tasting, raspberry, and some solid tartness. For some reason I'm thinking of Splinter Blue as I drink this.

M - Light and effervescent, feels a bit like champagne.

D - Very easy to drink and tasting. I think the rarity and fact it is RR bumps it up just slightly in a lot of reviews, but this is a great beer I'd love to drink again.

AgentZero, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #1600. Thank you, Chris. I shared this with the guys last night, batch 2

A beautiful raspberry pink color with a dense, white head that falls off rapidly, this beer is crystal clear and gorgeous. The nose is fantastic with beautiful raspberry character, mild funk and a mild grape/white wine character, which is from the Temptation base. There's just a touch of lemon as well. The palate opens with a clean lactic sourness with raspberries. The raspberry character is excellent, capturing the essence of the fruit without all the harsh tannins that many raspberry beers end up with. Just a touch of lemon is present on the finish. To me, though, the thing that stands out is the mouthfeel. Expertly conditioned with soft creamy carbonation that works brilliantly with the medium-light body. No real oak character is present, and the vinous character is very nice as well. Excellent stuff.

**Edit 27 July 2012**
Served alongside Hommage and the 99 Framboos, this was punching above its weight, but ultimately came up short. Batch 2

An unbelievably bright raspberry character, super fruity without being jammy, along with the Temptation base being noticeable in a mildly vinous base sour. Mildly seedy, mildly chalky and mildly lemony. The palate opens fairly simple with white wine, raspberries, lightly lemony sour base beer. Not much funk here. Raspberry character is brilliantly expressed. Medium light in body and moderately carbonated, the raspberries linger on into the finish. Very nice.
4.5/4/4

DefenCorps, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Duff27, Sep 02, 2013
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.