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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 935
Gots: 144 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

1Adam12, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

DaveHack, May 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Photo of animortician
3.25/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately #25 is some what of a let down. First highly rated and highly sought after RR beer that I didn't care for. Bottle poured into sniffers and shared with my wife.

A: Pours a very bright unnatural reddish pink. Almost looks like a watered down cough syrup. I almost got some white foam upon pouring but it dissipated so fast I wouldn't call it a head.

S: Not much in terms of raspberries, has some fruit notes to it, but mostly a tart wild kind of smell.

T: I'm picturing a raspberry version of temptation just with no Chardonnay barrel. Not at all what this beer taste like. very sour very bright. Has some good flavors in it, just not the amount of raspberry flavor I was hoping for especially after what it looks like. The aftertaste if fairly harsh and thats probably why my wife ended up giving me the rest of hers. Needless to say she was very disappointed in not finding it to be more like temptation which she loves or the fruity elements of a lambic which she also loves. Maybe its because Ive never tasted Temptation before it goes in the barrel but it was hard to find it.

M: Light, bright, lowish carbonation. Thank God it wasn't syrupy or else it might have been a drain pour.

O: Pretty bummed about this beer, least the $20 went to the hospital down the street. Dunno why this is so highly rated.

animortician, Apr 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

RSchaeffer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of rvdoorn
1.5/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Big thanks to Joe for this bottle. Shared this 2011 vintage with Jeff, Erik and Jeroen during our sour power tasting. Served just after the Hommage from 3 Fonteinen. The old-world with the sour-beer tradition, versus the new-beer world, who will win...

Look: The beer pours bright artificial reddish color with a small white head that doesn’t last long. Reminds me of the Leffe Ruby.
Smell: It smells like artificial Raspberry candies, with a slight hint of sourness.
Taste: I can simply copy Jeffo’s review here; sweet sugary cherry-raspberries up front, sweet raspberries in the middle and some very light sourness in the middle and end. No funk at all. Taste is very short lasting. Just like lemonade.
Mouthfeel: Thin and medium carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: This beer was a huge let down after the 3 Fonteinen Hommage. It is like comparing fish-sticks with freshly prepared codfish, comparing the Wageningen Ice Tigers with the Boston Bruins. It just doesn’t make any sense; it is a completely different league. If one is unaware of the greatness that is out there, one probably thinks this beer is world-class. However, in a showdown with the better ones, this Framboise for a Cure is downgraded to the fish-stick- and Wageningen Ice Tiger level .The Hommage simply did to this beer what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki, it completely wiped it off the (beer)map. The only thing that has to be cured now is my faith in US-Raspberry sours….

rvdoorn, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

TGS, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

BDeibs, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
2.25/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Part of the raspberry showdown with 3F Hommage. Big thanks to the boys for tracking this one down, and thanks to the US trader who sent it over.

From a 375ml into a mini flute.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, white, bubbly head that quickly vanishes. Bright red in color with next to no carbonation evident. No head remains at all and leaves no lacing down the glass. Color looks artificial, like food coloring was added. Red Cool-Aid.

SMELL: Extremely mild nose on this one. Touches of raspberries and a hint of funkiness, but otherwise, just very mild and boring.

TASTE: Sweet, sugary cherry flavor up front, which reminds me much of red Cool-Aid again. Raspberries come in through the middle with a touch of acidic sourness adding some support. A light bitterness appears after the swallow that attempts to balance out the sweet red freshie flavors. Aftertaste of sweet fruits and a touch of acidity is just too mild and short lived to be memorable. Not off putting, but relatively unimpressive, and tastes rather unnatural.

PALATE: Light body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty good here.

OVERALL: Wish I could say I was more impressed with this than I was. We had this right after Hommage. That probably didn’t help. This simply looked and tasted artificial, as if something unnatural was added to get the color and flavor they wanted. The nose was simply too mild and boring to be worth noting as well. Another member of our group that day thought this was the best sour of the day, so take my review for what it’s worth. I found this to be a big disappointment, especially after having Hommage.

Jeffo, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of orangesol
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.

orangesol, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

seeswo, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Azurescens
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL cork and caged bottle, batch 2. Poured into Drie Fonteinen crystal lambic glass, reviewed on 3/7/11.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby pink with pink head. Good retention for a sour, leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Smells quite tart with lots of ripe raspberries, lemon zest and some earthiness.

T: The tartness from the nose is present but the raspberries don't come through nearly as much. Finishs with some citrus and a bit of raspberry. Tastes almost watery after drinking a 2008 Lou Pepe Framboise two days ago.

M: Tart, crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

O: Good American framboise but is not in the league of some of my favorites from Belgum.

Azurescens, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 framboise for a cure came courtesy of Beerdy. I cracked this and shared it with kzoobrew... Served in plastic cups while sitting in my car in the Bell's parking lot...
Stay classy baby.

Beautiful color.   Pinkish red color. Very clear.  Rosy pinkish white head is shiny and fizzy. 
Smells of fresh raspberries and a nice bretty musty funk. 
The flavor is lightly sweet with fruity raspberries and even something that reminds me of sour cherries...  Nice bretty funkiness.   Great sour bite with tart raspberry flavor to boot. 

Medium feel, plenty of carbonation. 

Overall--  very tasty. I'm happy to try this beer...  I imagine it would have been better had it been a Beatification base, but this works pretty well. 

A-5
S-4.5
T-4
M-4
O-4

AleWatcher, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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 starrdogg
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this. Batch 2.

Beer pours an awesome-looking brilliant ruby red with very little head. Smell is equally excellent, great mix of raspberries and the typical Russian River sour/oak aroma. Flavor has a little bit of funk up front before the raspberries take over, then it finishes a bit tart and acidic. It's medium-bodied and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice raspberry sour, one of the best I've had - my past experiences with raspberries haven't been super positive and this one definitely stands out above the pack.

starrdogg, Feb 19, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is batch 2 that I am reviewing.

The color is very striking. It is a brilliant rosy red to pink color, very brilliant indeed. No head and just a little lacing, but really it still looks beautiful.

The smell is great. A very dry wild yeast with some nice fresh raspberries clearly coming through with some great oak notes to boot. Did I mention there is a lot of raspberry in the nose? This smells like I would imagine a raspberry tart mixed up in the blender with some wild yeast to smell like.

The taste is quite nice too, with plenty of raspberry and pie crust in the taste, with a nice level of sourness but not as tart as i thought it would be but it is funky. A little vinegary in the taste, but it is quite pleasant and clean. Some nice oak too. Very fruit forward.

The feel is classic Russian river, very clean yet funky and very nice over the palate.

Overall quite a nice beer, definitely worthy of some trades.

Dreadnaught33, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of julian
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Bright passion red color - absolutely stunning! Minimal head that fades quickly to nothing. Yup, no trace of head anywhere. Looks gorgeous but would have liked to see SOME pinkish hued foam at least coating the surface, and maybe some lacing. Can't really complain though, this shit is amazing - read on.

S: Smells like a Cantillon at first - barrel must, brett, funk, barnyard, and just generally awesome sourness mixed with a healthy heaping of tart raspberries that tickle the nose with a sweet playful fruitiness. As it warms you get more wood/barrel/oak and must and a bit of solventy alcohol. Swirl it around and BAM more raspberries!

T: Mild tartness, raspberry flavor definitely noticeable and vaguely sweet attempting to balance out the tartness (very nice!), light funk and barrel must. Very nice brett and fruit character and combination.

M: Dry, crisp, medium-high carbonation.

O: This is pretty much everything I was hoping FfaC would be, and more. I think this is now my favorite RR beer and quite possibly a very close 2nd to Rose de Gambrinus. Very pleased with this. Very good beer and one well worth the price of admission. If you haven't tried this and like sours and/or fruit beers and like supporting good causes, GET THIS BEER! I could seriously put a dent into a keg of this...if not finish it off within an almost medically unsound timeframe.

julian, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

mistakebythelake, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jhighlandbrewing, Feb 15, 2012
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.