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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
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832 Ratings
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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 992
Gots: 189 | FT: 11
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:
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa, California. Batch 3 of this brew is the same as Batch 2; it uses Temptation as a base and is 6.5% ABV. Russian River describes this beer as a "sour barrel aged beer with raspberries." 100% of the profits from this beer's bottle sales are donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa. You can make a direct donation to the cause of curing breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by clicking here.

Score: 98

2012 vintage bottle (batch 3) served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, slightly dark rose color with a finger-plus of frothy pink head that settles to a thick (half finger?) layer atop the glass. The beer is on the opaque side of translucent and "clean" in appearance. No noticeable army of floaties or any haze. Average, soapy lacing with awesome cling. Truly a gorgeous-looking sour. 5/5

Smell: The minute the cork popped of the top of the bottle, a "wild raspberry" aroma became immediately apparent to my nose, which was perched a couple of feet away from the bottle. Smelling from the glass, I get sweet and tart raspberry, strawberry ice cream, cranberry and a little bit of "all berry jam" akin to what they serve/sell at the Egg Harbor in Lincolnshire. There's a faint amount of that straw-like sour funk (my friend humorously calls this "Cantillon Dust") that you get in beers Cantillon Classic Gueuze present as well. Absolutely delicious! 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, but a little less bold. Tart raspberry, creamy strawberry and a little bit of that "Cantillon Dust" funk in the finish that faintly lingers with a hint of raspberry. Truly delicious, simply magnificent! Not very complex, but boy is this beer tasty! Although not very tart at cellar temp, this one grows in tartness as it warms up. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a juicy juice-like mouthfeel that moistens the palate while also slightly drying out and inflaming the gums after the swallow -- which makes for a really interesting mouthfeel. Nice blend of sweet and tart here. 5/5

Overall: One of my favorite sours consumed to date. This one can roll with the big boys (Fou Foune, Beatification, Tornado 25th Anniversary Ale, etc.). Give the average price one must pay for a quality sour, I would absolutely recommend this brew at the price point (even though it breaks the $1/oz retail threshold).

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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375ml bottle 6,5% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
2012 Vintage

Thanks to futura123 for sending this bottle my way.

Appearance: I guess it is not very manly, but I love the look of fruit sours and this is no exception. Framboise for a Cure pours out a beautiful magenta pink, with a rough pour yielding a massive marshmallow pink head. The head lasts fairly well for a sour and leaves some patchy lacing on the glass as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmmm, I love raspberries! Fresh, juicy raspberries dominate the nose, however there is a distinct underlying tartness also present. As the beer begins to warm, the fruit character expands to include some cherry and a touch of cranberry. Warming also brings out some of the base beer, with notes of oak, a musty character, old wood, a touch of hay and a vinous note.

Taste: Wow, this is quite a lot tarter than I expected, with the first sip causing some mouth puckering. After the initial sourness, the fresh raspberry notes from the nose quickly become apparent and proceed to dominate the flavour. As the beer warms a light cherry character is noted, along with characteristics from the base beer that include: Tart white grapes, some musty notes, old wood, some oak and a little white wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a high level of effervescent yet smooth carbonation.

Overall: Framboise for a Cure is a great fruit sour, however it needs a little more complexity from the base beer in order to compete with the likes of Lou Pepe Framboise or Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic.

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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.  

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.