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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%


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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brotherloco

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C Bottle. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep ruby red color, not much of a head but the foam is appropriately pink. Settles to a thin ring with minimal lacing.

Smells strongly of raspberry soda. Berry sweet fruit is front and foremost with a little bit of oakiness in the background. Hints of earth and minty herbs.

Initial taste is mildly tart with berry sweetness. Sourness emerges in the middle, and then everything comes together in a lingering sharp puckering finish. The overall flavor is tempered by a woody dryness, obviously from the barrel aging. Terrific semi-sweet fruit presence.

Body is medium-full with high, sharp carbonation. Contributes to the soda character.

A unique beer from a great brewery for a great cause! Love that they have throttled the release this year so that geeks like me get a shot at buying it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:46:42 | More by brotherloco
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 18:07:33 | More by Jonada
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julian

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:48:47 | More by julian
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madvermin

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:31:51 | More by madvermin
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 11:20:57 | More by hopsbreath
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A: Vibrantly pink with a 1/4" pink head receding to a thick ring and foam. Good clarity with apparently carbonation.

S: Intense raspberry with mild earthiness

T: Very tart, heavy fruit presence but also lemony and earthy. Man, that is sour. Clean, but super sour.

M: Well-carbonated, mildly astringent. Medium-light body.

O: Very well done fruit sour; top of the charts for an american wild. Thanks to deeblo for the chance to snag a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:58:29 | More by kscaldef
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 13:00:35 | More by jbaker67
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jethrodium

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle batch 1, opened on February 9, 2011. Pours a clear pinkish amber with a couple of bits of yeast floating in it despite a gentle pour. Small white head with decent retention that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong grapefruit with a bit champagne yeast. A lot of funk with a light mineral and oak smell as well. The raspberry appears on the nose as well and is integrated quite well with the other aromas. Initial taste is very sour with the grapefruit as the first taste. This transitions into more of the berry on top of the mineral and oak. Funk very apparent on the finish as well as some tannins. Very dry. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Another great sour from Russian River. Not sure if it was worth the hysteria around the release, but I'm certainly glad to have tried it. I would say that I found it to be slightly better than beatification.
4.0/4.5/4.5/5.0/4.5

375 ml bottle, batch 2. Opened November 19, 2011. Pours a clear cherry red with a small white head that disappears quite quickly and leaves no lacing. Looks like soda in the glass. The aroma is big, sweet raspberry, some lactic acid, a bit of cherry and, some white wine. The taste is relatively sweet with tart raspberry , some cherry, and some lactic acid. Pretty tart overall. The finish is decently sour with a lingering raspberry flavor. Medium body. Heavy carbonation that feels fizzy in the mouth. This was enjoyable, but didn’t quite compare to the first batch. It was a bit unique among Russian River sours in that it was very fruit forward and didn’t have much brett funkiness. It was still enjoyable, but didn’t quite reach the heights of their other beers. I’ll be curious to see how this one ages.
3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0/4.0

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 22:54:43 | More by jethrodium
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this. Batch 2.

Beer pours an awesome-looking brilliant ruby red with very little head. Smell is equally excellent, great mix of raspberries and the typical Russian River sour/oak aroma. Flavor has a little bit of funk up front before the raspberries take over, then it finishes a bit tart and acidic. It's medium-bodied and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice raspberry sour, one of the best I've had - my past experiences with raspberries haven't been super positive and this one definitely stands out above the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:42:23 | More by starrdogg
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phichifiji00

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 16:01:49 | More by phichifiji00
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 06:26:25 | More by auroracrisis
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jvillefan

California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Very appropriatly pink body with a white laced head.

S: Pleasent very crisp sour aroma with raspberry. There is a dryness to it that rounds out aroma.

T: Very fruity in the beginning. There is a sweetness that comes from the raspberries. The tart adds some pleasant funk to this beer.

M: Has a great bite from the carbonation but the body is a little light.

O: A great beer for a great cause.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 05:26:19 | More by jvillefan
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readbaron

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:54:45 | More by readbaron
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.39/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:56:38 | More by gueuzedreg
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright pink color with no head into my ccb snifter. Aroma of raspberries, oak and funk. Taste follows the nose with raspberries up front then sour notes and funk, then oak while finishing back with the raspberries. Tart but not crazy which makes this highly drinkable. Overall this is my favorite framboise to date!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:58:46 | More by jcartamdg
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 split three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed October 20th 2010.

Ar: Strong raspberry, tart cherry, rather acidic, fresh raspberry, mild funk hints, lactic acid

Ap: Translucent watermelon with chunks, very low white head, fair retention

T: Bright raspberry, very tart, tart cherry, not very funky, very fruit forward with pleasant acidity, lactic, somewhat one dimensional, difficult to review, great fruit but there is little else, fair sweetness

M: Medium carbonation, acidic but not burningly so, light body

O: Good but not great, would strongly prefer a funky geuze, pleasant, somewhat one dimensional

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:09:52 | More by DaveJanssen
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Verecund

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I honestly didn't think I would get to try this first batch. Thanks to BucketBoy for opening this on May 10, 2011.

FFaC looks like grapefruit juice: a lusty red and french rose concoction with orange hues about the sides of the glass. Nice clarity. Some thin scattershot lacing, though not much.

Never having had this, I don't have much with which to compare it, but this is not your normal "framboise." Raspberries are evident, but the smell is more akin to the shiver you get up your spine when you bite into a frozen raspberry - it's teeth-chattering. Citrus acidity bursts through (from the base beer, I take it) and almost overwhelms the fruit. A good bit of must is present as well.

Lemony citrus acidity and grapefruit tartness, with a dash of berry sweetness mid-palate. Really sour on the finish. As with Beatification, there's some oak and an undercurrent of cobwebby and pineapple brett. Very intense amalgamation of citrus and berry fruit.

Medium-light bodied with relatively high carbonation. Great acidity - I expected nothing less here.

I wish the fruit were a little fresher, because it just doesn't hold up as well as I expected. It's almost more about the citrus acidity at this point. Still, a real pleasure. I look forward to trying this again someday.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:52:16 | More by Verecund
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Azurescens

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL cork and caged bottle, batch 2. Poured into Drie Fonteinen crystal lambic glass, reviewed on 3/7/11.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby pink with pink head. Good retention for a sour, leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Smells quite tart with lots of ripe raspberries, lemon zest and some earthiness.

T: The tartness from the nose is present but the raspberries don't come through nearly as much. Finishs with some citrus and a bit of raspberry. Tastes almost watery after drinking a 2008 Lou Pepe Framboise two days ago.

M: Tart, crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

O: Good American framboise but is not in the league of some of my favorites from Belgum.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 07:09:46 | More by Azurescens
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PerHops

California

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:15:50 | More by PerHops
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flayedandskinned

California

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:18:37 | More by flayedandskinned
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:30:47 | More by schwaeh
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:51:27 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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KevSal

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:33:05 | More by KevSal
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jdhowe

California

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Russian River on tap on 2 October 2013 and again on 5 October 2013. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy, pink ruby with a golden glow with 1/2 finger of bubbly pink-tinged head. Sticky lacing is left down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet and tart, this smells of fresh raspberries.

T/M: A biting tart up front leads into an earthy, sweet raspberry character. The finish maintains strong raspberry presence with sweetness as well as a puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is crisp, low-to-medium thickness, with a slight oily feel. Finish is very drying. Carbonation is moderate and perfectly done.

O: This is a delicious beer. I know I've never had a framboise I enjoyed more, and am fairly certain I've never had a sour I enjoyed more. If this beer were easier to get and more consistently available, I'd consume it regularly and be thrilled about it. As it is, it's just a great treat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 19:58:03 | More by jdhowe
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StormKing47

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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