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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 972
Gots: 179 | FT: 14
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 tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

tectactoe, May 13, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pretty good looking beer. Pink-colored with some stuff floating in it, and a pink head that rose up nicely. Little bit of spots left on the sides.

S - Raspberry smell without smelling artificial. A good amount of tartness and funk, with some brett precense. This is light and pleasant smelling.

T - This is a good example of an American Wild. Slight amount of funk, light tasting, raspberry, and some solid tartness. For some reason I'm thinking of Splinter Blue as I drink this.

M - Light and effervescent, feels a bit like champagne.

D - Very easy to drink and tasting. I think the rarity and fact it is RR bumps it up just slightly in a lot of reviews, but this is a great beer I'd love to drink again.

AgentZero, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Gobzilla, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

eawolff99, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

wethorseblanket, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a bright and vibrant pink color. A large pink head (nearly the same shade as the beer) rises to over two fingers. The foam quickly recedes to nothing and not much lace. Very champagne like.
S: Big fleshy fruits of raspberries up front and center. Real fruit with a musky, basement like funk. Zesty, lightly acidic and tart. I love it.
T: More of the same. Big raspberries up front with more of an acidic twang than the nose. Light funk. This is nice.
M/D: A medium body, but higher carbonation. Perfectly crisp, clean, and refreshing. So easy to drink. This is just a treat.

Excellent, and I would not expect anything else from Russian River. Perfectly bubbly and champagne like. I love it.

champ103, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

aasher, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

LoveStout, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -9.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of illidurit
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours a vivid magenta color without much of a head. Absurd raspberry aroma, fruitier and more tart than even NG Raspberry Tart. Really the most realistic, eye-popping recreation of fruit in a beer that I’ve ever smelled. Great balance in the flavor between sourness and fruit. Divine.

illidurit, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

rudzud, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Dicers, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of popery
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

ColForbinBC, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

BMart, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -12%

Re rate during raspberry sour tasting, batch 2013. Pour is amber orange with a pink hue and a small amount of tight white head. Nose is fleshy raspberry, strong and bright, hints of oak and vanilla, just a touch of plastic phenol, not much else. Taste comes together a little better and offers a touch more temptation, the raspberries are again bright and not sugary. Semi sour finish, notes of leathery brett, a hint of acetic acid. Probably best to drink sooner than later.

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.

cpetrone84, Sep 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

AlexFields, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

thatoneguymike, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

FosterJM, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Holland, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

tom10101, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

akang, Oct 21, 2013
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.