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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 897
Gots: 139 | FT: 5
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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Gobzilla

California

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

A: pours a translucent pink in color with a little thin head that left left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to the detect the raspberries upfront on the nose with some acidic citrusy notes, plenty of funkiness, oakinness as well, but with a good amount of sweetness.

T: it had a nice sour punch on the first sip alongside the fruit raspberries which were more apparent on the palate, plenty of acidic qualities, funky barnyard character, and did have lemony citrus accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, citrusy, oaky, and sour finish that lingered on the palate.

O: this elusive beer has been in my gots list since the first batch and it did not disappoint. Solid beer all around and glad to have another bottle in the cellar. Good lookin out beezler.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:37:27 | More by Gobzilla
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popery

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-27-2012 22:25:10 | More by popery
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aasher

Indiana

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

Batch 2 courtesy of BrewerB, shared with muskabeatz. Thanks again Brian!

This beer pours the brightest cherry red in color, a little light in body with a lot of carbonation but only a slight pinkish head. It is bright, bright red. The nose is sour and has great acidity. It features a nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with just enough fruit. There really isn't too much yeast character at all. It drinks almost an off dry due to the presence of juicy raspberry. It is just fantastic. This is such a great and easy drinking raspberry sour. I place it at the very top, above LP Framboise. This is one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:05:14 | More by aasher
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml of the second batch, temptation base. Bright red, almost fuschia color, pink head that disappeared quick. Looks like a Kriek. The smell was funky, sort of fecal like manure, a hint of fruit. Flavor was sour, acidic, sharp fruit but not a distinct raspberry flavor. Overall, a good beer but not one of Russian River's best. I'd like to have tried the beatification version so hopefully that make that again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 19:57:07 | More by ArrogantB
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

05-24-2014 02:15:14 | More by wrightst
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FosterJM

California

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

1554th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
375ml c/c

Batch 3- 2012 Bottle

Thanks to my branch manager Jim for sharing. Shared with Teamizm

App- Its a very unique color. Almost a distinct 50/50 red pink color. Very dense and thick in the center and much fuller than I thought. A small 1/2" white head with some dots of cling.

Smell- Like being in a processing plant of Raspberries. Huge aromatics from the fruit and a bit prickly on the nose. A bit thick and musty as well. Good amounts of lactic sweet and sour on the nose.

Taste- Its raspberry and sour. Has a good amount of balance but still kinda one dimentional to me. A good bit of the barrel comes through and a bit of the wine characteristics are there as well.

Mouth- A fuller sour with a paired more medium carbonation. Big expected residual raspberry flavors with small oak remain on the finish. Really reminds me a sour Raspberry tart from New Glarus.

Drink- Cant thank Jim enough for helping me tick this one. Good sour and an even better cause.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 04:33:18 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. 2013 Vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice light ruby hue (like well, raspberry juice) that is crystal clear with a nice fat one finger slightly pinkish white head that fades to leave a nice thick creamy blanket. Wow.

S - Aromas just pop here. Bright raspberry. Actually, its different stages of raspberries...fresh berries, berry musk, raspberry smarties candy. Light oak.

T - Taste is super tart. Lots of oak, some nice wine notes as well. The raspberry is much more restrained here, which is too bad. There is raspberry tartness sure, and a bit of a fleeting flavour towards the back. Not nearly as powerful as the aroma, this is quite wine/oak forward and almost generic tartness. The berry is nice when it's there. The finish is much more raspberry smarties candy than fresh berries.

M - Mouthfeel is dry, tart, and brightly carbonated.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer. The taste though was a big time drop of the nose. If this was aged/old, I could understand and justify it...but for a fresh wild the raspberry should be much more powerful. Would definitely have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:18:46 | More by rudzud
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Lare453

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2013 23:32:20 | More by Lare453
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-16-2014 23:31:29 | More by BGsWo22
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip; 2012 batch

Pours distinct raspberry red color with a finger of light pink foam. The head fell somewhat quickly and left nothing behind. The nose is full of tart raspberries and a mild sugary sweetness. Some musty hay and acidic cider vinegar. On the palate, the raspberries are front and center. Big, bold tart raspberries rush the palate with a mild sugary sweetness in tow. Some hay and light manure-like funk come through in the middle before tart raspberries pop back up in the finish. The finish is sharp, dry, and tart. Light body with high carbonation. The raspberry flavor really lingers; your mouth is coated with fresh raspberries. A really delicious beer with loads of fresh fruit. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 02:06:31 | More by ColForbinBC
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a mostly tranparent bright orange color with tons of sediment floating around in it. The head is white, dense and creamy leaving a fair bit of lace.

S-the funk is right up front, a dry woody manure, oak and a touch of vanilla transition to citric rind and tasty vibrant sour raspberries behind.

T-the taste is more muted than the nose. the funk is slighlty toned down. the manure funk is up front, the oak is there and very light, all the flavors are slightly muddled as the sourness is assertive in the back mixed with tart raspberry and biting lemon. the sourness is slightly strong and the fruit isn't as vibrant as the nose. still decently integrated and nicely sour with a fair bit of funk.

M-lighter in body and lively on the palate. the finish is very dry and the sourness accentuates that. the body is slightly syrupy and grainy on the palate.

D-the nose is fantastic and has a great balanced and integration of juicy fruits and nicely done funk. the flavor falls slightly short of that in that the fruits are more mild and the funk is slighly muddled. still reasonably good flavor, the balance is there it just seems to become ever so slightly messy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:39:58 | More by cpetrone84
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-11-2012 04:17:34 | More by eawolff99
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yeahnatenelson for this one. As a raspberry whore, it's been on my wants list for a while. This is the 2012 batch, which also uses Temptation as the base. It pours the color of a ruby-red grapefruit with a gradient of deep ruby in the center and borderline pink at the edges. The soapy foam cap is a mix of lavender and pink and it gone within a minute or two, leaving behind only a little ring around the edge.

Raspberries lead the aroma profile, but Framboise for a Cure is far from one dimensional. I'm also picking up a noticeable amount of apples and grapes and cherries, all providing a jolt of sweetness and tartness. Plenty of funk roaming around; the critters are running wild in this one, no doubt. The more and more I smell this one, the more seemingly tart it gets. Plenty of overtly sour notes that pinch the saliva glands and start making my mouth water.

Once again, there'll be no surprise when I say that the flavor profile opens up with a large mound of raspberries. Other "berry" flavors seem relevant, too, along with lighter bouts of grapes and cherries. Very juicy, gushing with fruity flavors all around. Plenty of mildly vinous notes, including a nice amount of oak and tannin. Certainly tart and puckering from the middle to the end. It has a very crisp mouth feel from heavy carbonation and feels so light and effervescent. The funk is a bit more subdued on the palate, but still includes lots of cork, must, and cellar-like funk. Mouth watering and delicious.

Framboise for a Cure is damn good. As I stated earlier, I'm a huge fan of raspberries and I tend to be somewhat biased towards beers with well-integrated raspberries - exactly what this beer is. That being said, and somewhat shockingly so, I think I prefer the regular Temptation to this batch of Framboise for a Cure (which is essentially Temptation with raspberries). Nevertheless, still a fine brew and sure to make any raspberry and/or sour lover go nuts. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:22:40 | More by tectactoe
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Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-19-2013 22:24:32 | More by Holland
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 00:23:35 | More by Sean9689
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ehammond1


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:15:37 | More by ehammond1
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-08-2012 20:19:17 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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harrymel

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 05:12:18 | More by harrymel
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-24-2013 00:06:31 | More by AlexFields
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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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scottfrie

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:56:00 | More by scottfrie
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ngeunit1

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:22:52 | More by ngeunit1
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:08:30 | More by GbVDave
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

05-04-2013 14:32:53 | More by thegerm87
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.