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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 912
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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Photo of cbutova


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 06:44:30 | More by cbutova
Photo of thegerm87


3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

05-04-2013 14:32:53 | More by thegerm87
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 23:52:30 | More by koopa
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2013 19:32:20 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of birchstick


4.33/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:02:24 | More by birchstick
Photo of Jspriest


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-22-2013 19:47:00 | More by Jspriest
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-02-2013 14:09:33 | More by oldp0rt
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3/5  rDev -32.1%

10-16-2012 00:25:25 | More by crobinso
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 11:12:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a light pink. Large white fizzy head. Pink with a slight orange hue to the edges. Champagne-esque bubbles.

Smells like soured, fresh, razor acidic raspberries. Smells puckering.

Insane, intense flavor. I'm sorry, but this beer is really underrated on this site. Wild puckering raspberry (picked just before ripening), crazy oak, great lingering semi-sweet aftertaste, the bubbles really cap it off. There's some funk/barnyard zest, but it's very mild. This (at least at this point in its aging) is all about the fruit. Bit leathery tannins and some lemon peel lingering about, but you have to fight the raspberries to find it.

Loved it. Pity it's so rare. The mouthfeel is superb.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:26:10 | More by Overlord
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-18-2013 01:28:15 | More by ADTaber
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Dakine contributed this one. thanks dak!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, not quite red. a thin ring of white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving no lace.

aroma is good. lemon. hint of sweet raspberry. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

taste is great. slightly artifical sweet raspberry. bit of berry seed. lemon. more "bright" than the framboos we had before it, which came across more earthy. low bitterness level. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. nice depth. this one perhaps suffers from being consumed right after the stellar framboos, so i'm trying not to hold that against it. i like the brighter aspect that it brings.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 15:23:00 | More by grub
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

Flat out gorgeous pour, with a perky pinkish-copper body supporting a fleeting tuft of valentine's day foam. Clear appearance with a healthy carbonation level. Aroma is surprisingly muted, even as the beer warmed, with a hint of vinous berry pulp and sharp fruitiness. Nice balance of malt to complement the acidity.

Flavor largely matches the aroma, with a bit more of a punch from the raspberries, but still not as tart as I had anticipated from a Russian River sour. Biscuity malts in the background. Dryness is on-point for the style, and the carbonation level really suits the drinkability. Enjoyed every sip of the bottle without getting fatigued like other sours have the capability of doing. A nice Framboise in the end, but slightly underwhelming given the attention paid to this sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:50:20 | More by wagenvolks
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2013 02:47:57 | More by IdrinkGas
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-26-2013 21:33:29 | More by millerbuffoon
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2013 01:01:34 | More by LoveStout
Photo of Jeffo


2.25/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:45:55 | More by Jeffo
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-23-2012 02:38:34 | More by seeswo
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

02-25-2013 00:40:53 | More by duff247
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. Thank you govia75!!!

Appearance. Pours bright pink with a little peach and over a finger of foamy light-pink head that has good retention.

Smell. Funky dank old wood and fresh raspberry juice. Yum!!

Taste. Nice sour, fresh raspberries. A little bit of funk and some wood in the aftertaste, but it's very light. The raspberries come though prominently and are delicious!

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-full carbonation.

Overall. A fine sour with some great fruit flavours. I would drink this all the time if I could!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:30:01 | More by Rutager
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-07-2013 22:20:15 | More by IrishColonial
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fine, I'll be the one to add it. Picture courtesy of cpferris.

A: Pours a glowing reddish-pink body in the glass. It's adorned by a finger of foam that retains well and leaves streaks of lace as I drink; definitely an attractive beer, better than Veritas 006 (which I thought looked great, and nothing else).

S: For a framboise (or whatever terminology you'd use for a wild ale to distinguish it from a gueuze), the beer has a surprising bouquet of tart citrus and lemon peel. I've seen scattered comments that compare this to Beatification aged on raspberries, and I'd agree; the nose has a mild funky, sweaty, saltiness that is reminiscent of batch 003. It's lightly cheesy. There are raspberries, of course, but they're not as pronounced as the cherries in Supplication. I don't mind.

T: The funk character is young, and it seems a bit unfocused. There's a mild cheesiness and sweatiness throughout; a touch of leather. Soft lactic sourness (grapefruit, lemon), oak. Raspberries are present, but they're not overwhelming and jammy like in Framboise de Amorosa. The emphasis here seems to be on juggling the balance of these various nuances. Its base seems closer to the more gueuze-like Beatification batch 003 than the bracingly sour batch 002. Definitely a beer to sip and pay attention to.

M: It is light-medium bodied, with good effervescence. It finishes relatively clean, with only a mild tannic astringency. There's a dry mineral note in the aftertaste, which I don't care for. Otherwise, I'm impressed; I find a lot of fruit sours produce a harsh, slick buildup after a few oz (see Framboise de Amorosa for an example). I find this one has a great balance.

D: The beer drinks very easily (an extension of the comments I made re: mouthfeel). I wouldn't have any trouble or problems putting down a full 375mL.

On a big-picture note: I like it. It doesn't revolutionize my world, and it's not going to measure up to Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. But it's another top-notch wild ale from (IMO) the best wild ale producer in the US. Definitely worth trying. I'm also happy to support the cause, as the son of a cancer survivor.

EDIT: I've had the pleasure of sampling a few more bottles since my review. I like it more and more each time. I don't know if it's just developing well or if bottles vary, but my impression rises steadily. I wish this weren't so rare.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 10:33:06 | More by Arbitrator
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-19-2013 20:06:49 | More by thewimperoo
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3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 03:26:56 | More by Offa
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.