Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 902
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 3.72%
Wants: 1,046
Gots: 181 | 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 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)

Photo of ThaddeusGhostal
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to be in the area during their October release of this beer and I'm so glad I was. I love all of Russian river's sour ales but this one was unique. Not quite as sour as some of their others but it made it so drinkable that it was addictive. Definitely a strong dose of raspberries. They put 100 pounds of raspberries in per barrel. It had a sweet aroma with a touch of bread. The mouthfeel was incredible. I could've chugged beer after beer if I wanted to. Moderate sour and sweet crisp finish. I wasn't able to get any bottles but I definitely drank my fill on draft. Excellent beer highly recommend of you're in the area during the month long release (671 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 9/15/2013 on my one ear anniversary. Thanks to Doug for generously sharing this one bottle. Review #209.

Okay, so I can't get over how bright and pink this beer looks. We just drank a Cantillon Blabaer which we thought was outlandishly pink-orange looking, but this one is just so bright pink looking, like ruby red grapefruit juice. And so well carbonated too. It coats the glass in so much bubbles, even more so than any of the Russian River sours. It's really a beautiful looking beer.

Smell on this is a straight up raspberry sweetness, which makes sense since this is a framboise. I'm sure that this beer is meant to be a true framboise, because this reminds me a lot of Rosé de Gambrinus, but better. Honestly, this is a nice blend of lactic acidity and straight up raspberries. This beer, in my opinion is what I wish New Glarus Raspberry Tart smells like.

Again, same as the smell. So much lactic acidity that it was a nice change up from the vinegary acidity of Cantillon Blabaer.. combined with that awesome raspberry base. It's a great beer, better than Rosé de Gambrinus for sure.. its just too different than the Lou Pepe Framboise though that I can't make a fair comparison from here. But its definitely a great American Wild in that regard.

Mouthfeel is typical Russian River. Medium bodied, very well carbonated with a great, significant dryness. It's easy to drink, and very refreshing.. but nowhere near as funky as Cantillons or even Drie Fonteinen beers are.

I'm glad to have tried this. If the opportunity to get this again comes up, it's just as high priority as Beat is. It's just a nice, well-balanced and sweet American sour that hits the spot that some of the Belgians don't (read: less funky, more sweet). It's a great beer for sure. (1,832 characters)

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

Bottle shared by Wowcoolman - thanks. Batch 2.

A: Pours a nearly clear, bright pink with a white head which fades leaving spotty lace.

N: Fresh rasberries, funk, moldy earth, grassy, vinous and tart.

T: Mainly follows nose with bright berry fruit melded into wild funk and white grapes. Some barrel notes present on warming.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and fruity finish.

O: So very good. What a treat! Vinnie does it again. (437 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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). (1,097 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this gem! Full bottle pour, reviewed live.

A- Pours a translucent cherry red with a thin white head that has an off pink color and recedes to a thin layer leaving thin layered lacing that clings to the glass. About average carbonation with very nice consistency.

S- Tart raspberries, some cherries, nice balance between fruits and malts. Nice sweetness balanced with a decent level of tartness and a light sour presence. Fairly aromatic.

T- Tart raspberries with a nice balance between a subtle malt presence, raspberries add a nice sweetness that seems slightly syrupy. Finishes with tart raspberries and a hint of a cherry, both of which linger nicely as a sweet lightly tart aftertaste. Overall not overly tart with a nice balanced sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation that adds a subtle tingly sensation that fits nicely with the tartness, very easy to drink.

O- This was a great framboise and probably my second favorite I've had next to Cantillon's Lou Pepe Framboise which add a little bit more funkiness that only Cantillon can achieve. It was very drinkable with a nice sweet fruit presence balanced with a nice tartness. If you like the style of framboise I definitely recommend trying this out. (1,287 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yeahnatenelson for this one. As a raspberry whore, it's been on my wants list for a while. This is the 2012 batch, which also uses Temptation as the base. It pours the color of a ruby-red grapefruit with a gradient of deep ruby in the center and borderline pink at the edges. The soapy foam cap is a mix of lavender and pink and it gone within a minute or two, leaving behind only a little ring around the edge.

Raspberries lead the aroma profile, but Framboise for a Cure is far from one dimensional. I'm also picking up a noticeable amount of apples and grapes and cherries, all providing a jolt of sweetness and tartness. Plenty of funk roaming around; the critters are running wild in this one, no doubt. The more and more I smell this one, the more seemingly tart it gets. Plenty of overtly sour notes that pinch the saliva glands and start making my mouth water.

Once again, there'll be no surprise when I say that the flavor profile opens up with a large mound of raspberries. Other "berry" flavors seem relevant, too, along with lighter bouts of grapes and cherries. Very juicy, gushing with fruity flavors all around. Plenty of mildly vinous notes, including a nice amount of oak and tannin. Certainly tart and puckering from the middle to the end. It has a very crisp mouth feel from heavy carbonation and feels so light and effervescent. The funk is a bit more subdued on the palate, but still includes lots of cork, must, and cellar-like funk. Mouth watering and delicious.

Framboise for a Cure is damn good. As I stated earlier, I'm a huge fan of raspberries and I tend to be somewhat biased towards beers with well-integrated raspberries - exactly what this beer is. That being said, and somewhat shockingly so, I think I prefer the regular Temptation to this batch of Framboise for a Cure (which is essentially Temptation with raspberries). Nevertheless, still a fine brew and sure to make any raspberry and/or sour lover go nuts. Get some! (1,973 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Appearance: Amazing fluffy pink head. Settles to a nice finger worth of froth. Nice lacing, lots of bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass, and an awesome red raspberry colored body to boot. Give a swirl and a fingers worth of head will re-appear.

Smell: Big dose of tart and sweet raspberries. Fresh berry fruit aromas. As if a mix of raspberry, strawberry, and tart sour cherries were picked at the same time. A light touch of funk...not overly musty or barnyard-y. Much like a Cantillon 100% Kriek but with Raspberry and not Cherry. Reminds me much of SHBRL, but a touch less complex.

Taste/Feel: Raspberry through and through. Lots of fresh tasting berries with a berry seed flavor...like biting into some fresh raspberries. Sweet raspberry/strawberry candy but not cloying in anyway. Much like those fruit candies you get that have a picture of a berry printed on the label. The beer dries out right before the finish and you're left with a light funky berry coated mouthfeel. The flavor and feel never gets to funky or sour...it's simply a nice mild drinking and tart raspberry wild ale that dries out nicely in the overall feel.

The beer borders on a fruit beer, but has enough tartness/funk to separate it from that and keep it from being too sweet. I was very much reminded of a Cantillon 100% Kriek or SHBRL in a few different aspects of this beer...even if this is only a wild ale and the others are lambics...it's def between a fruit and a sour beer and in a good way. Guess the perfect description is wild ale, because you don't really know what you're getting. Not that the beer is all over the place. It is simply a great balance of both tart and fruit. The raspberry aspect of the beer is mastered in this one...but it's a bit one note without the yeast adding a lot to the overall beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these over the summer months. But that's not feasible with this being so limited. Glad I got to try this and would easily drink it all the time were it a regular offering.

[93/100] (2,083 characters)

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