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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

801 Ratings
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 977
Gots: 182 | FT: 12
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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1/5  rDev -77.4%

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1/5  rDev -77.4%

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….

Photo of Jeffo
2.25/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of animortician
3.25/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Habmike
3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012

This thing pours pink, pink, pink. 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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition shared with Kyle. Thanks for stopping over! Courtesy of, if memory serves, RuckusDu. Will verify, but big thanks!

Pours a quiet pink. By no means under carbonated, but the bubbles are small and tight and the head is non existent.

Smells of musty wet hay and fresh raspberry. Not overly complex, but a solid one-two punch.

Moderate raspberry sour with just a touch of dirt on the back end. The finish is very clean and abrupt.

Carbonation is light and prickly.

Well, this is a nice, if not a bit simple. A slightly sour raspberry delivery vehicle that serves a singular purpose. Drinkable, if not a bit one dimentional.

Photo of Offa
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is for the 2012 batch, on tap at Russian River itself.

This is an excellent fruit wild ale, if still a bit slim on the rustic/funky qualities and a bit too focused on the fruit. It is bright, dry but not too dry, very engaging.

It is beautiful deep, but bright, red, with small pale pink head that slowly thins to rich foamy ring, a few wisps and some pretty good lace.

Aroma is a bit too raspberry dominated, but full-bodied, bright, and excellent nevertheless. it has bright, rich raspberry, light rustic yeastiness and faintly earthy quality underneath.

Taste is similar, mostly dry raspberry with faint sweetness, lightly sour and tart and acidic, a light but firm rustic yeastiness underneath and light yeasty bread in the aftertaste. It has some noticeable rustic/funky yeasty and sour-ale character but it certainly could use more to make a really complex fruit wild ale. However, it is very good, crisp, bright, quenching, and has a little complexity but not nearly enough to be a truly exceptional example. I like beers of this sort to have a lot of flavour, not be really lean and dry like dry champagne, which this tends towards. I also like my fruit wild ales or lambics to have plenty of very evident funky/yeasty character in addition to the fruit. The feel is pretty good, but a bit thin and not lively or engaging.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.