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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 993
Gots: 189 | FT: 11
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:
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 RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

This is about as close to a lambic as I think RR has ever gotten. That being said, I do recall my initial impressions of Beatification being the exact same thing.

Anyways. This has a mellow and nice funky thing going on, but the raspberries really take a hold of this and throw a lot of "natural" flavor in as well. It leans towards too fruity a bit, but doesn't get overly obnoxious so much that we're entering artificial lambic territory, a la Lindemans. A treat to be able to try. And I'm glad I didn't make the trek all the way to Santa Rosa and was able to try it at City Beer instead.

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean, and by extension Chris, for the tick. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of pink-tinged foam that linger for quite a while, leaving big collar and spots of lace. The body is a salmon color that features plenty of suspended sediment. The three pours from this bottle were reminiscent of Goldilocks - apparently I'm Poppa Bear. At least I didn't get the yeasty proteins.

S - Lots of slightly under-ripe raspberry and sweet bretty funk. As it warms some more vinous oak and lactic sourness emerges. There's a graham cracker malt backbone that is more reminiscent of Lost Abbey sours than Russian River ones.

T - Taste has less sweetness and more acetobacter and oak character, with raspberry tartness, lemons, and light vinous character. Some raspberry purée for sure, but not a fruit bomb by any stretch.

M - Medium-light body, effervescent, very dry finish with some cottonmouth as well. Pretty much spot on for the style.

D - This was very good, and it's far more subtle that something like Framboise de Amorosa. Beatification with some raspberries is a pretty good summary. Probably not mind-blowing enough to warrant trading the farm for this, however I've have my ear to the ground regarding subsequent batches. I really like that 100% of sales were donated to charity too (and not some nebulous portion).

EDIT: Just tried Batch 2 with the Temptation base thanks to ChrisPro, and it's a pretty different experience. Cole's Notes version -
A- Hazy fuschia body, much darker and more intense then Batch 1. White foam quickly dissolve to thin ring.
S - Buttery white wine oak, big raspberry, light sweet malts, and some mild funk.
T - A bit more simplistic than batch one, with a heavy dose of ripe raspberries and lactic sourness.
M - Dry and mildly tannic texture moderate carbonation, medium-light body.
D - Quite a bit different from batch one, with far more fruit and less 'wild' character. I think I liked Batch 1 a tiny bit more, but still a quality brew.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.35/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, poured a bright magenta color, with a small, frothy white head that fizzled out after a moment, leaving a ringlet and a few stray bubbles behind. Lots of raspberry in the nose, as would be expected, lesser notes of musty grass and citrus juice. Puckeringly tart on the tongue, fresh raspberries dominate, citric, lactic, acetic (just a bit), mild grassy funk, and a touch of woodiness. Tasty! Good balance of sour and sweet, once your palate gets used to the initial snap of tartness. Light-medium mouthfeel, very drinkable if you like sours/fruits/lambics.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise for a Cure, Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA. Sour Barrel aged beer with raspberries. All hopped up for the Cure 2011. "!00% of the sale of this bottle will be donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa." 6.5% ABV.

I've had this before, courtesy of Jason Sowards, but it was had in company of others, and as I've said before, I don't take notes while enjoying with friends. Luckily, friends Jay and Annie brought a bottle for me after their last Southern California visit, and I'm just cracking it open today.

Bright red in the glass, clear, with a blooming pink head that dissipates rather quickly.

Sweet and sour fruit hits the nose first. Ah, raspberries. Tart, fresh, deep, and a little funky.

Taste: an attack of sour right from the start. Ooo, puckeration! Ah! Refreshing, tart, and light-bodied. Sour meets sweet again and again, slaps the tongue and slides on back. Leaves the palate easy-peasy-squeezy, drops off the memory of the senses until the next sip. But oh, that next sip! More of the fresh fruity flavor, more of that great charge of sour, more depth and wildness. Ah! More of that blast of funky fruity refreshment, each time it jumps over the lips.

Nice one, Russian River, keep fighting that fight, all in the name of boobies. Hooray for boobies!

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Batch 2, been holding onto this since the release for our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish red color with with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice, I love deep ruby colored framboise wilds.

s - Smells of super sour raspberries, tart dark fruits, vinegar, acedic notes, and some funk. Awesome nose, much more sour and fruity then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries and dark fruits, vinegar, acedic. Taste is not as tart as the nose but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Cirsp, easy to drink sour, very nice body to it.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer. I had heard Batch 2 wasn't that good but was pleasantly surprised by this when I finally opened it. Ton of sour dark fruits in the nose, a beer I'll certainly try and get when they brew it again. Worth seeking out.

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our post bottle share tasting. Batch #2.

A - Pours hazy bright red with a really nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving little to no lace down the glass. Goes pretty dead quickly, leaving only a thin white ring of head around the outside of the glass.

S - Smells of sharp raspberry sweetness, musty earth, light funk and some lactic sourness round things out. The raspberries are nice and fresh, very nice.

T - Starts off with plenty of fresh picked raspberries slowly giving way to hints of light funk, damp earth and some lactic sourness. The sweetness is balanced well with the funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Not overly sour or funky like other wilds. Smooth body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Still plenty of pucker with some dryness.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Temptation is one of my favorite wild's from Russian River and it worked very well as the base for this beer. Awesome stuff for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a clear dark rose in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some pink + ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy pink head that reduces to a medium large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of raspberries with heavy amounts of tartness and just a hint of funky sourness. Very light notes of sour cherries.

T: Upfront there is a touch of natural raspberry sweetness over a subtle pale malt which is quickly followed by moderate to strong amounts of tartness. Slight hints of sour cherries and just a touch of funkiness. Light hints of oak.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and really well balanced between the upfront sweetness and tartness/sourness. Very enjoyable and probably one of my favorite framboise beers - no hints of anything artificial (very much the natural flavors of the fruits).

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 edition from a 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a long stemmed tulip glass. This year edition boasts an inflated 6.5% abv up from the 5.9% of last year. The brew appears a gorgeous color of red displaying awesome clarity. An initial surge of slightly less than a finger of white head has a pinkish hue to it that rapidly dissolves. Only a thin line of white bubbles holds around the perimeter of the glass. No lacing effect to be seen outside of a single dot or two after each sip.

The smell of this brew is pungent with a funky wild aspect somewhat bringing to mind thoughts of stinky feet, cheese, lacto and brett. There is an earthy aspect with a touch of herbal fruit quality. The raspberry scent is more earthy and pitted than fresh and sweet smelling which really blends with the funky/wild aspects of the aroma. As the brew warms up, a bit of raw oak character makes itself known as it is thrown into the mix with a light sting of alcohol.

The taste is tart with a raspberry flavor that is strikingly similar to what unripe raspberries are like. It has a pleasant tart quality that moves into more of an earthy flavor through the middle and displays a natural lasting aftertaste of earthy raspberry. Throughout the entire experience the wild nature of the bugs is present with a funky aspect of cheese, stinky feet and lactic to bretted character. There is a very mild tannic aspect which brings on a dryness to the finish with an increasing warmth of alcohol down the back of the throat. The aftertaste at times seems mildly medicinal but the lack of any residual sweetness helps to keep this brew progressively drinkable.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a prickly and lively level of carbonation in the mouth but visually it looks to be a bit lacking. Even though this is my first time having this brew, it carries with it some very familiar aspects to it. It was quite enjoyable and the alcohol level is well integrated throughout. An interesting brew that is worth the try if you ever get a chance. Not fully worth the price tag of admission but for the cause it is well worth it and something I would see out again just because.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 375 mL bottle consumed with Mike at City Beer.

Pours a beautiful, dark clear crimson color with a dense light pink/rose head; nice retention. Complex aroma of tart raspberry, earth, funk and oak. Flavor is dominated by the raspberry, lactic and earthy must; not particularly sour or as interesting as Temptation, but not good nonetheless. Light, crisp, mild bite on the body. I like raspberries, so I liked this a lot, but fresh the depth of other RR sours is lacking from this batch.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Wowcoolman - thanks. Batch 2.

A: Pours a nearly clear, bright pink with a white head which fades leaving spotty lace.

N: Fresh rasberries, funk, moldy earth, grassy, vinous and tart.

T: Mainly follows nose with bright berry fruit melded into wild funk and white grapes. Some barrel notes present on warming.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and fruity finish.

O: So very good. What a treat! Vinnie does it again.

Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very hazy, bright ruby red color with a pink grapefruit-colored, one finger head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with earthy oak, musty funk and ultra fresh vinous fruit.  The raspberries really stand out with a juicy, seedy and jam-like quality.  The raspberry and other dark fruit notes are a nice counter to the toasted oak, lactic acid and funky bugs.  

Tart and puckering with a nice balance of musty funk, sweet beery and earthy oak.  There's a subtle lactic presence in finish that compliments the barrel, fruit and sour notes.  Not acidic or harsh with the perfect amount of sourness that counters the oak barrel and seedy berries.  Sweet vinous raspberries flavor is strong but not as prominent as it is in the nose.  Very juicy and fresh with lots of raspberry, currant, grape and other dark fruits.  Very complex yet remains delicate and very easy to drink for a sour.  

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.