Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 903
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
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Gots: 181 | 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 litheum94
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml cork and cage. 2011 Vintage. Reviewed 10/8/11.

Bright, maraschino cherry colored body, with a hot pink head. Fizzles out quickly, leaving a scuzz of bubbles on the top.

Musty and earthy, with sour raspberries and oak aromas. Tones of fresh cut grass. Slight band aids.

Very oaky with a touch of butter. Tart raspberries, and some brett-like sourness. Earthy and dry, with tons of carbonation. Some grass tones develop. No sweetness to be found. Very dry.

Awesome beer. Just the right amount of tartness and barnyard. Very well done. (543 characters)

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

epic. flown back from vacation. finally opening this baby into a lindeman's flute.

ruby red. glowing under the light. pink head--which is entirely poignant considering the hue is actually identical to the pink that represents breast cancer support. truly beautiful.

smells like a really young, fresh rosé--or how i'd imagine one would smell. the temptation base has an incredible presence. it varies slightly with more sweetness, otherwise, blindly, i'd label this temptation; anything involving temptation is GLORIOUS. unripened raspberries, barely some oak. AWESOME.

sooo tart. so tart. more than expected. epic tartness. raspberries are very young, borderline cranberry-type sour. a little baking apple and chardonnay qualities also.

thin, carbonated, and dry as anything ever. no, really dry though. this is a "-tion" beer. definitely a "-tion" beer in every ounce. 6.5% abv is not noticeable at all, though it is high for a classic framboise, but it yields much complexity to a style that can be labeled "juicy."

undeniably worth the 20 bucks that supports ANYTHING, let alone breast cancer.
i bought this for my girlfriend, because she adores the "-tions" and framboise, but she thankfully let me have a bit. it's divine. one of the most sour of "sour beers."
cheers, russian river. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release. On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly

A: Pours a dark pink color with minimal head. Body is reasonably clear.

S: lots of fresh raspberry with some lemony citrus. Not super complex but very nice

T: More of the same. Tart raspberry, mild lemon and just a hint of lacto character. Very clean clean sourness.

M: Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

O: Really good stuff. Not as complex as Russian River's other sours but still incredibly refreshing and tasty. (508 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- This beer pours a beautiful rose in color with a 2 finger, foamy head. The retention of the head is very good, and lacing is also very good. The body of the beer is is fairly clear with constant rising carbonation. The color is on the deeper side of the rose spectrum with almost an orange tint.

S- Tart base beer and raspberries hit your nose first in a juicy and fruit bouquet. The raspberries pick up their prominence in the middle of the drink and turn a little toward the sweet side. Overall, the tart scent of the beer is slightly acidic in quality.

T- This one starts off with a juicy and slightly tart raspberry bang before the sour base beer kicks in. After the initial somewhat fruity flavor, the tartness from the base beer turns the flavor profile towards moderately sour. The sourness is a little acidic, but fairly balanced by the little bit of raspberry juiciness that remains. The flavor turns dry towards the end and a little bit of sour flavor is left lingering on the tongue.

M- This beer feels just like a sour should, with a light body and a fairly high level of carbonation. The flavor profile and tartness makes this one more of a sipper, but it does drink very easily.

Overall, this is a very well done fruited sour. The balance between the fruit flavor and the sourness is almost perfect, with neither flavor ever taking over the other. It's been a while since I've had a Russian River sour, and I really miss them now. (1,451 characters)

Photo of rand
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado San Diego, poured into a small tulip.

A: Red-pink in color, clear, looks like ruby red grapefruit. Tiny effervescent.

S: tart, citrusy nose. Light, fruity.

T: super tart front, citrusy, rindy. Reminds me of sweetart candy. Could be a touch sweeter.

M: light, effervescent.

A little candy-like, not the most complex sour they've brewed, but this would make a great intro to the style. Of course you have to get your hands on it... (457 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
1.53/5  rDev -64.4%
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…. (1,458 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful and sparkling clear rose color with a light pink, creamy, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing too. Funky notes with raspberry at the back jump out of the glass, this is a true Framboise. Rather light on the fruit, the base beer is strong in this one. Strong funk, some soft fruity notes (from the tame yeast), and then the berries. I think it is more complex than the bottle of Temptation that I had, and not only because of raspberries.

The sourness from the wild yeast and the tartness from the raspberries are felt distinctly in the taste. While the palate is not super funky, the oak and leather linger in the aftertaste. Finish is quite dry, and the mouthfeel light and crisp.

The sharpness, although not abrasive, begins to dominate as the beer warms up. Overall I was very impressed by the aroma of this beer, but the taste/feel left something to be desired... it seemed a tad empty. Perhaps there's a lot of room for development?

4.5, 4, 3.5, 4, 4.5 (975 characters)

Photo of BreweryRun
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Really nice Framboise. The sourness/tartness is actually pretty well balanced by the raspberry flavor. Malt is barely there but also helps to balance. Overall its sour yet smooth and refreshing. I think the hype has made this beer into a little more than it is, but it's great and I would happily have this whenever given this chance. Definitely, try it if you can but don't trade your whole cellar away for it. (416 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing pink/salmon with a bright white head. Some little floating chunks here though the bottled was calm and upright for 2-3 months. Nose is vibrant, funky, and bright. Some light manure and citrus fruits, light raspberry. Very nice, fresh, bright on the nose. Mouth is at first very sour. It's all about the base beer here (Beatification?) and not much about the berries. In fact the berries act mostly to muddle and confuse the Beatification. A fair amount of lemon in the mouth, some salt edges in. The fruit just struggles with the sharp sourness of the base beer, which lends to a lack of balance in the flavor profile. Awesome nose, awesome base beer, but this was a bit of a disappointment. Looking forward to future batches as I think Vinnie will hone it in. (776 characters)

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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, temptation (a slightly smaller temptation tho as temptation is 7.25%) base aged with raspberries, created to support breast cancer in October which my lady an I are big supporters for. Given to me by nickd for bringing back his Ec bottles from fifty fifty, wouldn't take no for an answer, thanks nick!

The two bottles I was able to get went straight to my regular trading partners who always hook me up with fantastic brews, so I'm finally going to be able to try this guy! Decided to crack it sooner to enjoy the raspberries.

C & c 375ml poured into two snifters

A- looks fantastic. Resembles very closely to the base beer but with a smaller head. It's also a nice ruby hue and the head is a quarter inch of pink bubbles

S- raspberries come through real nice with some sourness in the background, so far so good. Smells exactly like what it is, temptation with raspberries. Also reminds me a bit of new glarus Belgian red with a bit more sourness.

T-sourness in the forefront and tons of raspberries all throughout the taste. Very well balanced flavor, the fruitiness really comes through well, not too strong and not too little.

M- this one covers the tongue nicely, very well carbonated. the alcohol level (6.5%) is my sweet spot for sours. Lovin this one

O- fantastic beer! My ladies 2 glasses disappeared very quickly. I wish I had a second bottle to age as I feel it can still use a bit of sourness. This should really come in a 750 as i can be drinking this all night long, a 350 is just not enough. Looking forward to next years batch. Hoping they use concecration as the base, I bet that would be outta this world.

Really wish they put the back label on this guy to show what they feel the aging should be like and how exactly this one was made. The $20 price tag is also a bit steep for the beer your getting but it is for a good cause. (1,864 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle graciously provided by russwbeck, split and poured into a Russian River '-tion' glass.

A - A vibrant, electrifying pink beer fills the glass, unlike anything I've had before. It's unique and almost intimidating in how special it appears. Only about a finger of light tan head grows, with somewhat low retention.

S - The aroma alone implies a very tart beer, full of fresh raspberries and sour funk. The barrel is prominent in terms of oak and vanilla, but still subtle enough to have the fruit dominate.

T - Straight away the flavor brings a strong, astringent funk, but the fruit and raspberry is just as potent, and doesn't have a malty or vinegar presence that detracts from the fruit. There is just a bit of barrel, but this doesn't rely on that to provide the bulk of flavor, and the raspberry easily drives the flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Not heavy at all and the carbonation drives a zesty and active body that moves easily and swiftly across the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is high. During a night which we had a good amount of sours, this one stands alone as one of the highlights of the night. It doesn't rely on the oak barrel to provide the flavor even though it was present, and the tartness is just prominent enough to deliver the strong raspberry flavors but keep it balanced and enjoyable. One of the best Russian River beers I've had and one of the best sours I've had period. (1,446 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into a Russian River tulip, this is batch 2.

Vibrantly pink upon pouring with a head that quickly dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass that sticks around for the duration of the session. Sporadic bubbles can be seen dancing to the top with no rhyme or reason to their pattern. A touch of lacing as it is drank down, but the lacing disappears after it rests a bit.

Opens with horsey funk and raspberries. Hay and bandaid follow, with subtle hints of cobwebs and more fruit. Also something that I can't quite put my finger on that I can only compare to nuts soaked in pickle juice? Possibly from the tiny raspberry seeds. Does not disappoint on the nose one bit, pretty complex.

A burst of raspberries at first that quickly move into mouth biting tartness with a hint of the same raspberry flavor. A touch of cheesey funk with some highlights of barnyard. Not as subtle as the nose, but I believe this beer just needs time to really open up.

Sticky and crisp, with a tingle of carbonation. Some drying with a thin-medium body.

Brashly fruity and tart with a good funk. An awesome example of an authentic framboise by Russian River. Glad it became more available this year so more people can taste it, even if the base beer isn't the same (last year Beatification, this year it's Temptation). Trade for this if you can, it will not disappoint. (1,375 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch 2

A- Wow incredibly pinkish purplish red, really attractive color, no head at all, some bubbles coming off the bottom, splotchy lacing, thin layer on top.
S- Wow big barnyard aroma, sour, funk, cob webs, fresh raspberries, really looking forward to trying this bad boy.
T- Really enjoyable, nice funkiness, barnyard, love the fresh raspberries, vinegar, sour apple, oak, really complex.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, dry finish, nice puckering taste.
O- Really impressed with this beer, I had high hopes and was not let down, love the sour tartness that comes out, I also love fresh raspberries, which came out upfront in this beer, extremely grateful to have traded for this gem, and would love another opportunity to try it with some age. (850 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this directly from the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

Pouring into a Cantillon flute. This brew is mostly clear and a reddish/pink, strawberry juice-like color. The foam was white, thin and loosely formed. Not much retention except for a very scant bubbling that rims around the edges.

Delightful mix of bright, fruity raspberry underlaid with bits of funk - barnyard/leathery. A wet blanket aroma sneaks its way out as the beer continues to warm.

Tart raspberries mingle with a modest barnayrd/funkiness. Sourness is there, like biting a lemon rind but isn't overpowering the palette.

Light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Overall this is a treat to drink. Plenty of fresh raspberry fruitiness intertwined with a lemon rind sourness, and barnyard/wet blanket funk. Complex, layered yet balanced and drinkable. (838 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RC0032 for the pour of this rarity. 375ml batch 2 (2011)

Pours out a vibrant, crisp and clear light red / dark pink raspberry color with a bit of light white foam.

Aroma is appealing - Lots of raspberry tart notes up front - fresh and fragrant - with quite a bit of oak underneath. Reminds me a lot of raspberries and champagne.

Taste follows the nose. It's sharp and tart, but not all that sour. Again a lot of oak in the finish - reminiscent of a dry white whine with a healthy dose of raspberry. Very tasty.

Feel is good. Crisp, prickly, dry, and well carbonated.

Overall, another impressive Russian River sour. However, I'm left feeling a bit dissapointed. I'm not sure this is any better than temptation, which is a shame given the rarity and increased price. (780 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a positively glowing, hazy deep pink with a 2 and half fingers tall, extremely light pink head that gradually recedes down to about a a half finger's height. For a sour the head has a ton of retention.

Aroma: (4.75)
As soon as your raise the glass to your nose, waves of fresh picked, ripe, juicy raspberries engulf your nostrils with soft, gentle notes of acidity. The acidity isn't harsh of overbearing; it is very clean, nuanced and really melds perfectly with the naturally lightly tart fresh raspberries. Accompanying this refreshing tartness is a balancing, rustic mustiness from the Brettanomyces and lactic acid producing bacteria; sun won leather, tangy pineapple juice, apricot flesh and damp earth. Some faint vanilla overtones from the oak barrels become apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.5)
Like the nose, as soon as the beer touches your palate, you're overcame with fresh, sweet, yet tart raspberry juice and very clean, almost lemon like acidity. Beneath this tartness are the soft, but funky layers of Brettanomyces that were found in the nose; old leather, damp earth, wet hay and pineapple. Just before the very dry finish, your palate is gently kissed by a lightly doughy malt presence that really highlights the creaminess taken from the wine barrels this beer was aged in. The beer finishes pleasantly tart with long, lingering overt tones of fresh, juicy raspberries, pineapple, apricots musty hay, leather and a gentle vanilla presence from the oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Medium bodied with firm and determined carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
This year's vintage of Framboise for a Cure was blended 80% to 20% with Russian River's spontaneously fermented sour, Beatification. The hint of the lambic, or "Sonambic" as Russian River calls Beatification, really adds a layer of nuanced funkiness that really sets it apart from the previous two vintages which utilized purely their blonde sour, Temptation as the base beer. While not Russian River's most complex of their sours, the 2013 Framboise for a Cure really harnesses the raw essence of fresh raspberries like no other beer I've had. Highly recommended. (2,218 characters)

Photo of StormKing47
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will probably be one of the few beers I actually take time to review. Huge thanks to scottfrie, for hooking me up with two bottles of this delicious concoction. So here we go, reviewed from notes.

A- Looks almost neon pink like ripe, freshly picked raspberries or almost ready to pick strawberries. Thin, white head with very apparent carbonation visible from the constant stream of bubbles. It really is an amazing looking beer that I almost didn't want to drink, but where is the fun and enjoyment in just looking at such beauty, it had to be tasted and experienced.

S- Right away a ridiculous punch in the face or raspberry, fruit esters, funk and sourness that lets you know it is a wild ale right away. Smells like a beatification batch 2 fell into a barrel of raspberries and decided to stay there for awhile before crawling out to smack you right in the face.

T- This beer tastes absolutely phenominal, it's unbelievably tart and sour at the same time with a very nice acidic character that is not like the heart burn inducing acidic character of many cantillon lambics. The funk, sourness and raspberry tang meld very well to create a highly enjoyable dance on your tastebuds.

M- Wow I'm honestly salivating, I want to drink more and more because the prickly feeling it's leaving on my tongue has reminded me of the absolute bliss that splinter blue left me feeling. It really does coat your entire mouth and leave you anticipating the next sip, like a fat kid patiently awaiting a freshly baked twinkie.

D- It's unbelievably tasty and I can't believe they have only brewed it once and may never brew it again. I could honestly bronski a 3 liter myself and still be ready for more. Hopefully it is brewed again and possibly a 3 liter.

Definitely an experience that I am glad I shared with petesuphi, cmurren25, Jwiss22 and therealnomayo. I think the CA BAs are too critical of some of the ridiculous beers that have been produced in their state. (1,970 characters)

Photo of julian
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,373 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S- Bottle 2012

A- Brilliant pink color, almost red. Gorgeous quarter inch head/ Beautiful lacing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S- All I smell is raspberries, but I'm not complaining! A tiny bit of funk, which I'm sure will pick up as the fruit fades. Not far from what I expected, pretty damn excellent.

T- A ton of rasberries, not artificial tasting, but a pretty accurate interpretation of a raspberry lambic. Pretty tart and dries out the back of the throat like a lot of raspberries do. Almost salty in the finish.

M- Very light bodied with perfect carbonation.

O- This beer was awesome! I can't wait to try it as it progresses! (644 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at ramnuts house by our host. Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Thanks to Frank for inviting me over to try this whale and thanks to arbitrator for sending a bottle up to Portland. Review from notes.

A: Ruby grapefruit juice with some floaties and no head or fizz.

S: Lactic, bready brett, lemon zest, and no indication of the raspberries.

T: Whoa... That's pretty sour. Under ripe raspberries, green apple skin, brie cheese rind and a touch of ash round out a tasty sour.

M: Thin, spritzy, and clean.

D: Super stupid easy to drink. I was fortunate enough to try a Cantillon Lou Pepe framboise early last year and although I didn't rate it, I remember it fondly. While this was very good, I don't think it quite compared to the Cantillon. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this stuff brewed in the future and potentially making its way up here for sale at the bottle shops in Portland. I would definitely buy up some of those bottles. (988 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition, bottle. Thanks Ledgers Liquors for having such an awesome selection!

Appears a rich candy red, like maraschino cherries. Head is coarse and average lived.

Smells of funky, sour raspberries. The seeds are also evident in the smell in the form of an earthy dirt note.

Taste is a strong sourness without being unpleasant. If you let the beer sit on your tongue it moves from sour raspberries to more sour raspberries ...but eventually to a slightly sweet crushed seed element. Funk evident throughout

Mouthfeel is puckering, but doesn't destroy your mouth with acidity. Sweetness keeps it incredibly drinkable. Seed aspect is incredible on all levels. Overall there are not too many other sours I've had that can measure up to this one. (751 characters)

Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.