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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 975
Gots: 178 | FT: 13
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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

muskiesman, Sunday at 03:20 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

williamjbauer, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

threedaggers, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.

Celebratory beer for last night in CA, San Diego and SF are great!

A- Beautiful rosy red with a small pink, fuzzy head. Head dissipates to a small but nice ring. Lace is nowhere to be found.

S- Strong aroma of sour raspberry, think sour first and then raspberry. Also some virgin oak and funk notes. The bugs also give nice fruit notes like grapes and apple.

T- True raspberry wild ale, just a bounty of fresh raspberry. The berries blend with funk, oak, lemon zest, apple and white grape. Slight barnyard.

MF- Foamy light lambic body. A nice level of moderate sour which enhances but also allows fruit to shine.

Fresh raspberry dessert sour. Drinks very easily and each sip brings complex deliciousness.

cbutova, Oct 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

thegerm87, May 04, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

scottfrie, Nov 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -32.3%

crobinso, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

millerbuffoon, May 26, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to my sweetheart, largadeer, just because he's so f'n cute and he sent me this bottle. Shared with my dog and someone else, I forget. Served in a sexy champagne glass. Hot!!!

A - Pours a reddish/pink, off-white head, chunks of raspberries and "other" stuff I'm not quite sure of. However, I don't care, it's rare "other" so whatever.

S - Nice tart/sour, raspberries, funky notes. Pretty straight forward here. It's fruity, sour, and funky. That's pretty much what I was expecting.

T - Again, straight forward and very similar to the nose. Not quite as funky as the nose, raspberries, sour/tart. More funk and barnyard on the nose when compared to the palate.

M - Light, crisp, and drinks much like a rose champagne with a dry finish.

D - So easy to drink and very enjoyable. Not mind-blowing but then again, it's solid enough to be enjoyed for exactly what it's advertised to be. Recommend, another winner from RR.

Sean9689, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sending this bottle to me, kristalynn and leschkie! Cheers!

Shared this bottle with my sister months after her APL leukemia was declared "in remission." Cheers, to her!

A gorgeous, bright pink and deep near-red in color. Very minimal sediment throughout. Small-bubbled light rose/pink crown of persistent foam sits atop. Gorgeous framboise.

Very bright, expressive aroma of raspberries (and if I was given this blind, I would probably mention cranberries). Lots of fruit, along with a definite, sharp sour acid presence, and only a mild funk character. This is expressively berry-forward.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with huge notes of raspberry, cranberry, some oak, and complementary, though very mild funk. There's a moderate level of sour presence, though it's not overwhelming. A complete, incredibly drinkable framboise.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very nice.

Delicious.

ehammond1, Jan 19, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doodler for this bottle! Been wanting to try this beer for a long time!

Poured into cascade tulip glass.

vintage 2012.

375ml C&C bottle let out a healthy pop when cork was removed.

Appearance: reddish pink bodied beer with a off white head that has a pink hue to it. Head pours out to 2 fingers high and drops to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Fresh, juicy, sweet raspberries and you can smell the beer as soon as the cork came out of the bottle. Very dominent fruity nose. Just a hint of oak. Not getting much funk.

Taste: Its just like a fresh picked raspberry. The raspberries are more tart than sweet. I would say this beer is moderately sour. Hint of oak and its got just a touch of acidity. The beer tastes very similiar to how smells, but the only difference is it smells like its going to have some sweetness and it doesnt. It more tastes more tart/sour than sweet. This beer tastes great, but its so fruit forward that it almost gets one deminsional. The beer leaves no doubt that the raspberry is the star of the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Semidry finish. Drinkability is fantastic in this sour ale. Its sour enough to give you a great pucker factor, but its really easy to drink this beer fast. The carbonation is spot on, it not overly aggressively carbonated like alot of other sours it exactly where it should be.

Overall: Recomended you try this if you like raspberry sour ales. Its gotta be at the top of its class! Russian River does a fantastic job on this beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

jbaker67, Mar 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

IdrinkGas, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of birchstick
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to KevSal for the hookup! Pours a ruby red with a nice head. Nose is blanketed with funky barnyard aroma with some citrus and raspberry. Taste starts off with a burst of raspberry citrus flavor. This moves to a funky must and mushroom. Ends nicely with some citrus sourness and a lot of raspberry. Overall, this is pretty awesome framboise. I like the funkiness and the sweetness recommended if you can snag a bottle.

birchstick, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

IrishColonial, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

lupercmda, Nov 01, 2014
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.

harrymel, Oct 12, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with a super generous BA trade partner thanks! Really never thought I'd get to try this one....

Appearance: Pours smack dab btw jolly rancher watermelon and the inside of a pink grapefruit. Crown is 1 finger, slightly pink, and a bit fluffy while showing moderate retention. It then recedes leaving a light pink frothy ring of lace around the outside as the pink body breaks through the center of the crown.

Smell: Very nice citrus medley of dry raspberries, candied raspberries, watermelon jolly rancher, and grapefruit supported by a lightly funky but plenty yeasty bed of goodness. The "volume" on the smell isn't cranked but it is so delicious and well balanced.

Taste: I'd give it a 4.3 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit. The grapefruit and lemon from the brett dance while the dry raspberries fight to be seen. I got a very nice initial sour punch on my first sip. Finishes quite dry and is surprisingly less sour on my follow up sip which certainly didn't take long to be made :)

Mouthfeel: Light body with less carbonation than I had expected. Perhaps its just my particular bottle. Not undercarbonated in any way though, just not as much as I would want in this type of beverage.

Overall: This brew is greater than the sum of its parts!

koopa, Jun 08, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

A - Pours a hazy ruby-orange with a thin finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet raspberries with some tart light fruits, white grape, oak, vanilla, and some Brett funk.

T - Starts off with some tart raspberries and light fruits with some white grape, some acidity, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some Brett funkiness and some more vanilla. The finish is a mix of strong sour raspberries with some oak, Brett, vanilla, and white grape.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, acidic, and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great tartness from the raspberries on top of the temptation base. The extra flavor adds some great complexity and sharpness to the beer.

ngeunit1, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ADTaber, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a striking pink hue with a pink tinted layer of foam on top. Ample carbonation and lace was evident.

S: Smells of fresh picked, field fresh raspberries. Mild vinegar and subtle cheesiness round out the aroma.

T: Like fresh pressed raspberries (seeds, leaves, stems, and all...) with a fantastic wash of vinegar. Very enjoyable.

M: Tart and tangy with a whisper of earthy berry sweetness and wild funk. Crisp and clean without much forehead caving sourness.

O: Very refreshing and an excellent example of the style.

GbVDave, Nov 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DarthKostrizer, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Jspriest, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

KevMo84, Oct 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

TX-Badger, Nov 15, 2014
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.