Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
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Gots: 184 | 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 wethorseblanket
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle poured into tulip glass. Thanks Mario.

Appearance: Pinkish red, pours minimal pink head that fades almost instantly. Very little lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, funky, horseblanket, barnyard, earthy.

Taste: raspberry, sour, acidic, barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium bodied, heavy carbonation, acidic.

Overall: Well done. Sour, good fruit flavor. Well balanced. Delicious.

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to abecall98

2011 vintage

pours a bright murky pink and magenta. pinkish head piles high and slowly dissipates.

mainly raspberry and oak on the nose

lots of dry raspberry with a hint of old musty oak. slight lemon with a great sour kick. lip puckering up front.

very moderate carbonation, nice body, dry finish

very drinkable and one of the best american framboise i have had. never overpowering and well integrated through out. no sign that temptation is the base for this.

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! I'm very excited to try it. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a CCB snifter glass.

A: Pours a relatively clear, pinkish-red, with a quite pink small head. Medium visible carbonation. I was going to give this a 5.0 for appearance, but the brewer missed the mark on the Barbie pink of the breast cancer ribbon.

S: Surprisingly low presence on the nose. Funky, sour, sweet, with some overripe fruit aroma.

T: Fruity, puckering sour, big raspberry flavors with Brett and Lacto funkiness. Some wood, oak to dry it out a little further. The hang is funky sour, but not overdone and it fades more quickly than some sours. Very tasty.

M: Medium body, sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol very well-hidden. Good carbonation.

O: Very very tasty. Not my favorite RR sour, but I'm very impressed. Would drink this anytime it's available.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

This is about as close to a lambic as I think RR has ever gotten. That being said, I do recall my initial impressions of Beatification being the exact same thing.

Anyways. This has a mellow and nice funky thing going on, but the raspberries really take a hold of this and throw a lot of "natural" flavor in as well. It leans towards too fruity a bit, but doesn't get overly obnoxious so much that we're entering artificial lambic territory, a la Lindemans. A treat to be able to try. And I'm glad I didn't make the trek all the way to Santa Rosa and was able to try it at City Beer instead.

Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of schwaeh
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle shared between Ryan011235 and myself. Batch 2.

A: Pours out a really deep, dark pinkish raspberry color. It's really vibrant and rich. I had to pour slowly to get the pink head to stay down in the glass. High carbonation.

S: Huge raspberry smacks the sinuses; They're nicely sweet, fresh, and tart. I appreciate how much the quality of the fruit comes through. Lambic comes through in waves, heavily lactic, nicely funky with wet hay and soggy wood. I couldn't think of a better showcase of the fruit.

T: The flavor is as densely packed as the color promised. Again, it's very fresh and bright. It has a natural sugar sweetness. Wild yeast adds hay, horsey musk, and a approachable tartness. It's only really tart on the swallow. I get a bit of vinegar on the finish along with dry must. There are lots of complexities in this beer if you look for them.

M: Light-medium body, crisp and zesty. This stuff is dry but the raz coats well.

O: I never thought I would get to try this stuff. I'd say this is the best American framboise I've had to date, RR really kills some sours. The Temptation base is awesome as always and the fruit is as fresh as a daisy.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a pink head and a bright ruby red color. After the head dies down it leaves a thin pink lacing on top of the beer and around the glass.

S: Ripe, sweet, Raspberries. Some Grapefruit.

T: It has a huge grapefruit and raspberry in the taste, and also some light nots of apricot.

M: Not too thin, but also leaves a really nice mouth puckering from the sourness of the beer.

O: This aroma of this beer is amazing. It is like diving into a basket of fresh raspberries. I was really surprised at how mouth puckering this beer was, but it added that feel of eating a tart raspberry. This beer was quite amazing, and is probably one of the best sours i have had so far.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.  

Photo of kingcrowing
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, batch 2.

Pours a crazy pink color with a small white/pink head. Nose is very fruity with raspberry and tart lime.

This is a sour bomb, it's mouth puckeringly delicious, fresh raspberries dominate and the mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation. Finish is very dry and sharp.

Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Thanks Mario! Pours a beautiful bright red with a nice, small baby pink head. Scent is RASPBERRY CITY! Nice tart funkiness and acidic aroma. Taste is more sour than aroma portrays, which is never a bad thing. Delicious sour raspberries with yummy wild yeast flavors that RR specializes in. Finishes with sweet raspberries and a tart bite. Mouthfeel is light and puckering. Drinkability is very high...if you can afford it. Thank God it's goin to boobies. Overall, this beer was like The Bruery's BeRazzled on steroids...a better version of it. One of the best Framboise style beers I've ever had.

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into tulip. A huge thanks goes out to madvermin for sharing this with me.

A: Pours a vibrant, foggy red color. Considerable bubbles flow through the beer; not much head is produced.

S: Vinegar, oak, Brett, and raspberries are all quite pronounced- very tangy smell. Light grassy and earthy smells provide a bit of depth.

T: Great sour raspberry taste, with its initial tangy punch accented by sweet berry flavors. Amazing balance of sweet and sour.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation; a long, dry finish closes things out. Very smooth across the board, and the aftertaste/feel makes me feel like I have just been eating real berries.

O: A fantastic sour, and one which I would love the chance to try again. A must-try for sour fans, if you're lucky enough to find it and have the cash.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in a tulip glass raising money for breast cancer.

When it got to me I was graced by a nice hue of deep red, not blood red, but a nice rounded red. It could of been pink for all I know, It was dark in there. Just liquid by the time it got to me, no lacing towards the sides. Some swirls brought forth some reddish bubbles, no cling.

Smell was str8 up raspberries, it was very prominent. That's all I smelled for a while. Under that the temptation base is hard to pick out, the berries kinda mute the wine aspect, but there is some funk and a faint mineral quality. The berries beat all.

This is a mighty fine beer, on top of a already spectacular beer. Framboise for a a cure is very fruit forward, with a nice funk in the middle and a pucker quality. Some wood on top of raspberry with a faint amount of wine aspect.

Feel is a nice step below medium with a great pucker on the end of the tounge, swirling this around the mouth keeps the berries coming, very fresh beer here, I wonder what time would do to this but I would have a hard time holding it. I ordered another glass on the way out.

Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed "tion" glass

The beer pours a great pinkish red color, hints of garnet and ruby when held to the light. A light pink color head, very fizzy, sits atop the beer but it recedes into nothing almost immediately, a touch of lacing, no film atop the beer. The aroma is of very tart and puckering raspberries, a bit of vanilla and oak, but very much in the background, the fruit and acetic qualities really take over the aroma. The flavors are a bit more interesting and mellow, lots of raspberries, some sweetness, almost a strawberry taste as well. There is definitely a strong sour component, but not as strong as the nose led on, much smoother, touches of oak and vanilla, but again, just a great subtle layer, the raspberries really shine here. The body is perfect, super lively, bubbly and crisp without being sharp and prickly.

Verdict: Just delightful, a pleasure to drink and another world class sour beer from Russian River. The raspberry flavors are really allowed to shine here and with it, bring out some great complimentary aspects that take this to a new level, rather than just being a sour bomb. Glad to have another one to cellar.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewpub, review from written notes.

Into a stemmed goblet it pours a bright vivid scarlet, with a vaguely pink tint to the foam on the surface. It receded after a couple minutes, leaving a splotchy dotted skim that resembled a penicillin culture. The color is really intense and beautiful, with a bright clarity that glows in the light.

An aroma that doesn't scream raspberry, but definitely wild and tart. Some lactic yogurt, mild acetic fruit, dry oak, hint of natural fruit sweetness.

Intense pure flavor of whole raspberries that resonates with a bright lasting tartness. Seedy, woody aftertaste of dry oak, mild tannins. As it warms, a lighter impression of wild yeast makes itself known, with notes of cheese rind, leather, and horsehair. Seems like a Brett strain, but that's only a guess. Feel is tart and crisp, the flavors linger, it's very quenching and ethereal.

Overall a very nice raspberry wild ale. A bottle or two could be finished easily in a sitting if one had money to burn. Perfect candidate for pairing with cheeses and charcuterie.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 v 2013 v 2014

11 - color falls in the middle ruby orange. nose is sour rasberry. jammy. super yum and fairly full bodied. the hands down favorite of the bunch.

13 - yellow and the lightest of the bunch. nose is fruity but not as jammy as the 11, tart but earthy.

14 - pink and nose is really fruity. taste is a bit medicinal but the fruitiest of the bunch.

all in all great beers across the board. all very different and all good in their own way, but 11 is above them all.

Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.