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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 906
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 1,051
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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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 906
Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Dakine contributed this one. thanks dak!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, not quite red. a thin ring of white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving no lace.

aroma is good. lemon. hint of sweet raspberry. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

taste is great. slightly artifical sweet raspberry. bit of berry seed. lemon. more "bright" than the framboos we had before it, which came across more earthy. low bitterness level. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. nice depth. this one perhaps suffers from being consumed right after the stellar framboos, so i'm trying not to hold that against it. i like the brighter aspect that it brings. (914 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at ramnuts house by our host. Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Thanks to Frank for inviting me over to try this whale and thanks to arbitrator for sending a bottle up to Portland. Review from notes.

A: Ruby grapefruit juice with some floaties and no head or fizz.

S: Lactic, bready brett, lemon zest, and no indication of the raspberries.

T: Whoa... That's pretty sour. Under ripe raspberries, green apple skin, brie cheese rind and a touch of ash round out a tasty sour.

M: Thin, spritzy, and clean.

D: Super stupid easy to drink. I was fortunate enough to try a Cantillon Lou Pepe framboise early last year and although I didn't rate it, I remember it fondly. While this was very good, I don't think it quite compared to the Cantillon. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this stuff brewed in the future and potentially making its way up here for sale at the bottle shops in Portland. I would definitely buy up some of those bottles. (988 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (1,291 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a light pink. Large white fizzy head. Pink with a slight orange hue to the edges. Champagne-esque bubbles.

Smells like soured, fresh, razor acidic raspberries. Smells puckering.

Insane, intense flavor. I'm sorry, but this beer is really underrated on this site. Wild puckering raspberry (picked just before ripening), crazy oak, great lingering semi-sweet aftertaste, the bubbles really cap it off. There's some funk/barnyard zest, but it's very mild. This (at least at this point in its aging) is all about the fruit. Bit leathery tannins and some lemon peel lingering about, but you have to fight the raspberries to find it.

Loved it. Pity it's so rare. The mouthfeel is superb. (817 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to one who doesn't wish to be named for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white cap atop a clear orange brew. Lacing is thick and stringy but with little cling.

S: Nose is wonderfully musty. Raspberry puree is prominent along with cobweb and band-aid Brett. Lemon rind adds a tickle of sour. Not the most aromatic but very all the flavors are incredibly appealing and appropriate.

T: Opens tart lemon rind that sets the tone. Raspberry comes in strong towards the middle, lending a certain sweetness that intensifies the sour. Brett background and a slight yeastly bitterness. Raspberry fades out rather quickly leaving lemon rind and slight woodiness. Finishes yeasty with a clean, slightly dry, puckering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive around the edges. Tingly. Slightly dry right towards the end and puckering. Finishes pretty clean with a dry, slightly oily and lingering aftertaste.

D: I'm really thankful to have gotten the chance to have this one as there was a bit of craziness when it first debuted. I have to say though, this one lives up to the hype. An amazing creation by Vinny and his team. Worth the trouble to seek out. (1,390 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,012 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to my sweetheart, largadeer, just because he's so f'n cute and he sent me this bottle. Shared with my dog and someone else, I forget. Served in a sexy champagne glass. Hot!!!

A - Pours a reddish/pink, off-white head, chunks of raspberries and "other" stuff I'm not quite sure of. However, I don't care, it's rare "other" so whatever.

S - Nice tart/sour, raspberries, funky notes. Pretty straight forward here. It's fruity, sour, and funky. That's pretty much what I was expecting.

T - Again, straight forward and very similar to the nose. Not quite as funky as the nose, raspberries, sour/tart. More funk and barnyard on the nose when compared to the palate.

M - Light, crisp, and drinks much like a rose champagne with a dry finish.

D - So easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not mind-blowing but then again, it's solid enough to be enjoyed for exactly what it's advertised to be. Recommend, another winner from RR. (935 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing pink/salmon with a bright white head. Some little floating chunks here though the bottled was calm and upright for 2-3 months. Nose is vibrant, funky, and bright. Some light manure and citrus fruits, light raspberry. Very nice, fresh, bright on the nose. Mouth is at first very sour. It's all about the base beer here (Beatification?) and not much about the berries. In fact the berries act mostly to muddle and confuse the Beatification. A fair amount of lemon in the mouth, some salt edges in. The fruit just struggles with the sharp sourness of the base beer, which lends to a lack of balance in the flavor profile. Awesome nose, awesome base beer, but this was a bit of a disappointment. Looking forward to future batches as I think Vinnie will hone it in. (776 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Big, big thanks to EliottJW from BA for grabbing this one for me. Poured into a tulip glass a very bright, vibrant reddish grapefruit color with a with fluffy head. Some yeast sediment floating around. Did someone say raspberries were in this?! The aroma is strong tart raspberry with some underlying brett like florals. Light mouthfeel. Holy tartness batman! The raspberry tartness takes center stage on this with some additional notes of barrel and floral. Highly carbonated but surprisingly it doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer. This is such a nice drinking beer, clean and crisp with strong fruit and sour qualities. An excellent beer! (659 characters)

Photo of StormKing47
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will probably be one of the few beers I actually take time to review. Huge thanks to scottfrie, for hooking me up with two bottles of this delicious concoction. So here we go, reviewed from notes.

A- Looks almost neon pink like ripe, freshly picked raspberries or almost ready to pick strawberries. Thin, white head with very apparent carbonation visible from the constant stream of bubbles. It really is an amazing looking beer that I almost didn't want to drink, but where is the fun and enjoyment in just looking at such beauty, it had to be tasted and experienced.

S- Right away a ridiculous punch in the face or raspberry, fruit esters, funk and sourness that lets you know it is a wild ale right away. Smells like a beatification batch 2 fell into a barrel of raspberries and decided to stay there for awhile before crawling out to smack you right in the face.

T- This beer tastes absolutely phenominal, it's unbelievably tart and sour at the same time with a very nice acidic character that is not like the heart burn inducing acidic character of many cantillon lambics. The funk, sourness and raspberry tang meld very well to create a highly enjoyable dance on your tastebuds.

M- Wow I'm honestly salivating, I want to drink more and more because the prickly feeling it's leaving on my tongue has reminded me of the absolute bliss that splinter blue left me feeling. It really does coat your entire mouth and leave you anticipating the next sip, like a fat kid patiently awaiting a freshly baked twinkie.

D- It's unbelievably tasty and I can't believe they have only brewed it once and may never brew it again. I could honestly bronski a 3 liter myself and still be ready for more. Hopefully it is brewed again and possibly a 3 liter.

Definitely an experience that I am glad I shared with petesuphi, cmurren25, Jwiss22 and therealnomayo. I think the CA BAs are too critical of some of the ridiculous beers that have been produced in their state. (1,970 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened with habmike and kkipple at a dirty south mediocre tasting.

Appearance: Flesh and blood pink. Pink like a valentine's day card or some school girl's notebook. It might be radioactive and it might be glowing. Almost crystal clear (which was an instant sign that it didn't have enough fruit - take a look at a glass of hommage or Cantillon lou pepe). Girly looking beer.

Smell: Very light raspberries, along with lemon citrus and light vinegar undertones. Subdued funk that I suspect may crawl out with age.

Taste: Russian River needs to exponentially increase the amount of raspberries in this beer. Flavors also do not seem well integrated. I get realemon mixed with watered down raspberry juice; very faint funk in the background. Basically beatification plus too few raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Light body, spritzy carbonation. Very dry

Drinkability: Glad we split this four ways; no need for an entire bottle. If it was on the shelves next to something from the brewers listed below I would not buy it.

This is just another sign to me that Russian River is frozen in time from about 5 years ago, or perhaps on the decline. While RR certainly blazed the trail; many US brewers (Cisco, Allagash, Ithica, Lost Abbey, Cascade, Upland) are in the process of leaving, or have left, Russian River behind. (1,309 characters)

Photo of Habmike
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to craytonic for opening this instawhale.

Vibrant pink and red. Very light head and retention. Light gritty dregs are apparent in the liquid. Glows almost radioactively with girly colors.

Acidic and fruity nose. Fun berry aromas. The nose was the best part of this beer.

Very dry and puckering. Super light on the raspberry and fruit additions. Could definitely have used a bit more. The flavors were too choppy from beginning to end. It either needs time or is just too broken up. A flavor resembling the bottle of realemon everyone keeps in the fridge (matt said it and instantly we all connected the dots).

Light mouth, medium carbonation and very dry.

375ml bottle split 4 ways and I was ok with the portion I had.

This beer was a bit more hype than I care for but the cause is definitely worth it. (819 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to see what all the fuss is about. Chilled 375ml bottle into champagne flute.

A: Long standing bottle with a thick layer of yeast on the bottom still yielded quite a bit of chunks from my slow pour. Pours an exceptionally good looking shade of citrusy pink with a large fizzy light pink head that slowly receded into a thick film. Very good head regeneration from some very active carbonation with a few sheets of lace down the glass. If it weren't sitting here waiting for all the chunks to settle this would be perfect.

S: Amazing notes of tart fruits, sweet raspberries, and lemon zest with light hints of funky salty sweat and old socks.

T: I've only had Beatification batch 2, so I can't speak for batch 3, but I can see how the two beers can be compared. It's not as mind blowingly sour some of RR other beers, but this beer is still young. The flavors are similar to Beatification except for the presence of the raspberries. I pick up notes of raspberries, lemon, oak, ruby grapefruit, peaches and wild berries. There is some stinky cheesiness in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet and dry .

M: Tart with a bit of sourness, but neither is overwhelming. Medium body, very dry finish, with a fair amount of gritty tannins. Not overly acidic or harsh. Carbonation is light and bubbly.

D: Very refreshing and easy to drink. I liked the bottle of Beatification I had better, but this is one of RR's better sours, and a fantastic beer all around that should get better with a little age. Definitely worth seeking out if you have the ammo. (1,550 characters)

Photo of petesuphi
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to scottfree for the trade to stormking47 for these beauties.
A- strawberry in color.thin white lacing, tons of carbonation.
S- very tart, lots of fruit esters. WILD
T-very tart, very acidic,
M-WOW IM SALIVATING
D-its really really tasty. i could drink this all night long. (281 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,147 characters)

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

Fine, I'll be the one to add it. Picture courtesy of cpferris.

A: Pours a glowing reddish-pink body in the glass. It's adorned by a finger of foam that retains well and leaves streaks of lace as I drink; definitely an attractive beer, better than Veritas 006 (which I thought looked great, and nothing else).

S: For a framboise (or whatever terminology you'd use for a wild ale to distinguish it from a gueuze), the beer has a surprising bouquet of tart citrus and lemon peel. I've seen scattered comments that compare this to Beatification aged on raspberries, and I'd agree; the nose has a mild funky, sweaty, saltiness that is reminiscent of batch 003. It's lightly cheesy. There are raspberries, of course, but they're not as pronounced as the cherries in Supplication. I don't mind.

T: The funk character is young, and it seems a bit unfocused. There's a mild cheesiness and sweatiness throughout; a touch of leather. Soft lactic sourness (grapefruit, lemon), oak. Raspberries are present, but they're not overwhelming and jammy like in Framboise de Amorosa. The emphasis here seems to be on juggling the balance of these various nuances. Its base seems closer to the more gueuze-like Beatification batch 003 than the bracingly sour batch 002. Definitely a beer to sip and pay attention to.

M: It is light-medium bodied, with good effervescence. It finishes relatively clean, with only a mild tannic astringency. There's a dry mineral note in the aftertaste, which I don't care for. Otherwise, I'm impressed; I find a lot of fruit sours produce a harsh, slick buildup after a few oz (see Framboise de Amorosa for an example). I find this one has a great balance.

D: The beer drinks very easily (an extension of the comments I made re: mouthfeel). I wouldn't have any trouble or problems putting down a full 375mL.

On a big-picture note: I like it. It doesn't revolutionize my world, and it's not going to measure up to Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. But it's another top-notch wild ale from (IMO) the best wild ale producer in the US. Definitely worth trying. I'm also happy to support the cause, as the son of a cancer survivor.

EDIT: I've had the pleasure of sampling a few more bottles since my review. I like it more and more each time. I don't know if it's just developing well or if bottles vary, but my impression rises steadily. I wish this weren't so rare. (2,382 characters)

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