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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 906
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
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  rDev -9.5%

01-08-2013 19:52:46 | More by rowingbrewer
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

09-28-2013 03:51:43 | More by kawilliams81
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Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.5%

06-16-2014 01:08:29 | More by LEdubs
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-17-2011 18:06:52 | More by Brew33
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

10-19-2013 16:51:10 | More by browniewithnuts
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-09-2013 23:40:51 | More by KevinmusPrime
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ArrogantB

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml of the second batch, temptation base. Bright red, almost fuschia color, pink head that disappeared quick. Looks like a Kriek. The smell was funky, sort of fecal like manure, a hint of fruit. Flavor was sour, acidic, sharp fruit but not a distinct raspberry flavor. Overall, a good beer but not one of Russian River's best. I'd like to have tried the beatification version so hopefully that make that again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 19:57:07 | More by ArrogantB
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Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.5%

10-06-2013 16:20:01 | More by Lunch
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

07-15-2012 14:14:08 | More by madtowndmb1
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01-19-2013 15:13:57 | More by TurdFurgison
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California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-16-2013 04:11:25 | More by deekyn
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Starrdog, thanks.

Beer is pink, very pink, with a pinkish white head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, some lacing.

Creamy, strong raspberry, mild acetic, lactic, nice.

Beer is light, airy on the palate, mildly sweet, acetic bite, strong raspberry, overall a nice little beer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:41:31 | More by drabmuh
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/4/11; split with schwaeh

Batch 2

Much appreciation to nickd717

Pours a pretty crimson color and settles much the same, but having a rust/browned twinge in lesser light. Ephemeral one finger rose-hued head crackles away quickly to a thin film and some collar retention. Swirling help for a spell, but there is nothing by the end.

Raspberry is prominent in the nose; while that's no surprise, it smells clean, fresh and only mid-range sweet. Raspberry puree would seem a spot-on descriptor. Moderate notes of wood and funk support the fruit aromas - nothing seems out of place or over crowded. More sugary as it warms. The raspberries keep the musty notes at bay, right where they belong.

Framboise For A Cure starts off tangy and punchy with flashes of juicy raspberry, peaking quickly and tapering off to a tart middle. Around said middle is where the barrel jumps to the fore, adding a vapid, dry and musty finish - this is the only part of which I'm not fond. As the beer warms, funk plays a more prominent role throughout. Dry and earthy, too.

Steve suggested I take a big old drink and hold it in my mouth; something about flavors folding over the tongue. Fair enough - this method finds funk intricacies of damp wood, dirt and cobwebs.

I was inclined to call this medium-ish, but over time I am inclined to deem it on the light side. It seems crisp early on, but after opening up it is far thinner; almost watery. Carbonation is moderate; it's enough to move the beer along and assist the flavor profile (think lower-range soda territory). Again, the only thing i don't like is the finish.

I think Framboise For A Cure is a well-applied use of raspberry and barrel, aside from the finish. In any case, I am quite happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:58:56 | More by Ryan011235
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better sour raspberry quality in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:01:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to starrdogg for opening this bottle up and sharing a few weeks back. Served in a Russian River goblet. Reviewed from notes.

2011 batch with Temptation as the base. Consumed alongside a bottle of Temptation that was approximately a year old.

Pours a light reddish-pink color with a frothy white head that is slightly tinged with a bit of pink. Good retention and some nice lacing. Gorgeous coloring.

The nose brings forward a nice bouquet of fresh raspberries with some slight earth and must. A bit of funk and lactic acid comes through as well. Really complex and intriguing. The flavor was along the same lines, though the raspberries took over a bit and didn't offer as much of the Temptation base. Mouthfeel was okay; not enough sourness or funk, as the raspberries come through too much.

Overall, this was pretty good, though I think Beatification would certainly make a better base. That said, I'd love to try the first batch.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 15:34:11 | More by Thorpe429
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (Batch 2 - 2011 vintage) received in a recent trade with avaldivia (Thanks!) poured into a Russian River stemmed "TION" glass.

A - Bottle opens with a mild pop. Pours a glowing body of hot pinkish tinted ruby red...almost artificially pink. There is a faint haze throughout and only a instantaneous occurance of a weak fizzy, soda-like head that leaves no lacing behind but is able to muster a constant stream of bubbles that keeps the surface active and alive.

S - Raspberries are a key component and up front in the aroma, but they do not dominate the way other examples of the style do. There is a strong wine component in here too (I imagine from the Temptation base beer), some noticable funk/barnyard aromas, earth, wet hay, lactic sourness. Actually refreshing to have a more balanced aroma profile than just straight raspberries (as good as that smells).

T - Glad to say the flavor follows the aroma nicely. Again, lots of complexity and balance with the "wild" aspects of the beer holding up quite well against the assault of fresh raspberries. Assertive lactic sourness gives the first impression and is followed by some white wine, grassy/hay flavors, funky barnyard, a bit of woody oak and backed by a kiss of raspberries. Finishes very dry and tart.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium but filled with a crisp and tingly assertive carbonation. Quite tart and lactic-ly sour with some mild funk and fruit. Very, very dry.

O - Very good framboise. As much as I enjoy the sweeter and fruitier framboises out there (NG Raspberry Tart, Blushing Monk, etc), I have to say this was just about as enjoyable, but in a different way. Refreshing tartness with fresh raspberries mixed in and still retaining the wild characteristics...interesting and having some added complexity. No letdown here at all - glad to have gotten the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:41:06 | More by portia99
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Appearance: Amazing fluffy pink head. Settles to a nice finger worth of froth. Nice lacing, lots of bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass, and an awesome red raspberry colored body to boot. Give a swirl and a fingers worth of head will re-appear.

Smell: Big dose of tart and sweet raspberries. Fresh berry fruit aromas. As if a mix of raspberry, strawberry, and tart sour cherries were picked at the same time. A light touch of funk...not overly musty or barnyard-y. Much like a Cantillon 100% Kriek but with Raspberry and not Cherry. Reminds me much of SHBRL, but a touch less complex.

Taste/Feel: Raspberry through and through. Lots of fresh tasting berries with a berry seed flavor...like biting into some fresh raspberries. Sweet raspberry/strawberry candy but not cloying in anyway. Much like those fruit candies you get that have a picture of a berry printed on the label. The beer dries out right before the finish and you're left with a light funky berry coated mouthfeel. The flavor and feel never gets to funky or sour...it's simply a nice mild drinking and tart raspberry wild ale that dries out nicely in the overall feel.

The beer borders on a fruit beer, but has enough tartness/funk to separate it from that and keep it from being too sweet. I was very much reminded of a Cantillon 100% Kriek or SHBRL in a few different aspects of this beer...even if this is only a wild ale and the others are lambics...it's def between a fruit and a sour beer and in a good way. Guess the perfect description is wild ale, because you don't really know what you're getting. Not that the beer is all over the place. It is simply a great balance of both tart and fruit. The raspberry aspect of the beer is mastered in this one...but it's a bit one note without the yeast adding a lot to the overall beer. I could easily drink a bunch of these over the summer months. But that's not feasible with this being so limited. Glad I got to try this and would easily drink it all the time were it a regular offering.

[93/100]

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 07:08:26 | More by mindspin315
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
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