Framboise For A Cure
Russian River Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #23
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4.45 | pDev: 8.09%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with brett, lacto, and pedio (base beer is Temptation). This sour barrel-aged blonde ale has 31 pounds per barrel of fresh raspberries to make a beautiful reddish/pink beer! Nicely balanced with sweet raspberry and tartness. This beer is made only once a year in conjunction with our month-long fundraiser for the Sutter Breast Care Services of Santa Rosa during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 100% of the proceeds of this beer will be used to help men and women in our community in their fight against breast cancer!

Batch 1 (2010) - Sonambic base, 5.9%
Batch 2 (2011 - present) - Temptation base, 6.5%
Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 1,071 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2012

A: Poured into a RR tion class to a deep red beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of juicy raspberries and sourness with some oak and funk
T: Taste is nice raspberry up front with some oak and a strong amount of funky barnyard. Sourness builds but there's still a hint of clean maltyness. Overall not super sour but the raspberries help to keep that in check. Hints of band aid at times as well. On the swallow there's more raspberry, slight maltyness, some lingering tartness and a touch more funk.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly neutral feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent and prickly at times while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a great beer for a great cause. The raspberries have faded over time but the beer has evolved pretty wonderfully. While it's approaching seven years old it doesn't have any flavors that would point to it being past its prime. Really nice complexity on this one and one to try if you can get it.

Sep 15, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice light and clear pinkish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like lemon rind and lemony funk, jammy raspberry, white wine, and oak.

This is really well done. The raspberry is present, but it's done smartly and judiciously. The base Temptation still comes through quite nicely, with a dry, slightly sweet, and lemony funk. The raspberry is layered over all of that quite nicely.

This is crisp and light bodied, and very drinkable, with a wonderful dry finish.

I've been waiting to try this beer for quite a bit now, and it was worth the wait. This is some classic and tasty stuff right here.

Jul 18, 2019
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Ray for the share. 12.7oz bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

Orange-red slightly hazy body with a one finger white head. Little lacing, some retention. A tad fizzy.

Smell is grassy and lactic with tart berry skins and a bit of raspberry. Taste is dry and champagne-like, white wine, berries, fruit juice, funk with raspberry and tart fruity aftertaste . Light body, crisp but a tad watery.

Overall decent, it reminded me of the base beer with raspberry juice added.

Mar 13, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unsure of the vintage. Poured into a stemmed bulb. Look is a clear golden color with a minimal white head that fades down the glass. Aroma is slight raspberry, lemon, funk and oak. Taste is almost identical to the aroma. Lots of sourness here with lemon, funk and subtle raspberry mixed in. Fuel is light bodied with high carbonation. Champagne like. Overall, a very tasty sour.

Mar 04, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a Boise beer cartel share. Slightly hazy, with small frothy head. Exemplary brew, still getting my taste for sours, but this one was great, Superlatives all around.

Feb 20, 2018
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 drank on 12/8/17

Look-thin short head, bright beautiful bright red

Smell-white wine, lemon, raspberry, oak. Really lovely

Taste-raspberry and lemon. Definitely can tell it’s white wine. A little harsh acidity which I think comes from the age.

Feel-medium tart. Very enjoyable

Overall-great beer. Will seek out a fresh one

Dec 09, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review is of the 2016 vintage of FFaC. This pours a red pink color. Looks great. Surprisingly tart, intensely cherry. It's an intense brew for a good cause.

Feb 24, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at August THT. Hazy peach with a thin white head. Notes of raspberries, macerated fruit, light vinegar. Medium body, light carbonation and a sour and lightly sweet finish.

Dec 11, 2016
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bwfarnsworth from California

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just caught the 2016 release of this beer at the brewery in Santa Rosa last week.

This reddish-pink sour looked phenomenal in a tulip. Intense raspberry on the nose amplified by the beer's strident effervescence. Sparkles on the tongue due to the combination of acidity and carbonation. Both the tartness and eventual mild bitterness in the beer are derived from the raspberry.

Perfectly balanced and astonishingly drinkable.

Oct 13, 2016
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/straw pour; head is off-white and slightly less than a half finger high. Some retention, but minimal lacing

S: Raspberries, grapes, and acidity. Subtle tones on lemon, straw, rhubarb, oak, and a bit of vinous appeal

T: Sweet berries attack this beverage nicely. Meanwhile some citrus/tart acidity (along with lime, oak and vinegar) find their presence amongst the slightly dry, bitter wild.

M: Quite stimulating and addictive: Carbonation and Body surface medium territory

O: Funky, wild, tart, crisp...uplifting. The (rasp)berry incorporation amongst the fruit was morally scrumptious

May 26, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 4/29/16

Cheers to magictacosinus for hooking me up; split with Goblinmunkey7 - Note: 2015 bottle

A: Orange-pink, with some straight-up pink around the edges - touch of haze, but actually mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, slowly fades to a thin cap, leaves really nice lacing

S: Raspberries with some Russian River wild magic - lightly sour, tart, fresh raspberry juice - some straight-up sourness and funk - sharp acidity, rounded out with some lactic notes - some musty barrel funk - some white wine and oak - pale, blonde base and some light sweetness from the raspberries

T: Tempting raspberries - really nice raspberry flavor, nicely juicy while being almost entirely dry - raspberry flesh and raspberry candy - nice mix of acidity and damp, lactic notes - some barnyard flavors and musty cellar - really nice barrel funk - moderate tartness - oak - some white wine - light sweetness and some pale malts - lingering dryness

M: On the light side of medium, medium level of sourness, tart, crisp finish

O: Framboise for the win

Some of the first sours I ever had were from Russian River, and I still think they make the best this side of Belgium. The sour, tart, funk is great, and the raspberry just makes it better. I feel very lucky to have tried this.

Apr 30, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amount of pink and purple (light) colors here, ample lighter pink tiny bubbled head, 3/5". Amazing tart raspberries in the aroma, even a year or more in the bottle, still pumps plenty of fruit goodness, one of the few aromas worthy of the cliche and overused "jammy" descriptor.

Taste is like that soft touch of Temptation, but with layers of raspberries all over it. Get nice notes of oak, chardonnay barrel, lemon and raspberry in a easy but complex drinker. Probably the best wild ale RR makes. I've noticed the color changes on these as they age, less pink. Good stuff, but this beer doesn't age as well as the lambic-framboise beers I've had.

Feb 01, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking with nice color and lacing. Smell is outstanding with tons of raspberries. The taste doesn't quite live up to the hype the smell is bringing but it's still a very nicely crafted framboise.

Jan 16, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a teku.

Appearance - Strawberry soda.

Smell - Sour, raspberries, citrus, very nice!

Taste - Tart, some sweet fruit, sour, delicious!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, very nice!

Overall - Worth the tick.

Grade (A)

Jan 15, 2016
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Tele from California

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Draft
Consumed: 10.2.15

A: 4.75 Really pretty reddish-pink with a light pink head.

S: 4.75 Tons of bright, fresh raspberries with mild funk and a bit of a jammy quality on the finish. Reminds me a lot of ddc framboise.

T: 4.25 Flavors are similar, but a bit off compared to re incredible nose. There's a nice balance between sweetness and tartness and the raspberry is there in full force, but there's a bit of a harsh, earthy quality that doesn't quite fit in. The finish is dry and mildly bitter that would be better if the previous flavors were a bit more balanced.

M: 4.5 Great, refreshing body with very nice carbonation. Super drinkable.

O: 4.5 RRBC delivers another excellent fruited sour. While there are some imperfections, I'm really being critical - this is a great beer that delivers tart, funky flavors and a great fruit character.

Nov 30, 2015
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ptykozoon from California

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pink, electric color. Beautiful cap.

Cherry soda pop, light lemon, oak.

The superb RR blend of sweet and sour. A lot of sweet fruit in this but the bacteria is right there with it. Cherries, raspberry, barnyard, lemon peel..

Strong acidity, light heat.

Complex and delicious.

Nov 26, 2015
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breadwinner from California

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, pink like roses, vibrant effervescence. Nose offers a sort of saturated sour yeast note, with light fruit tones as well. Palate is tart, bubbly carb, very light funk, and light but present raspberry notes. It's pleasant. That can be a pejorative in some cases, but here it's meant at face value -- just a nice, fairly drinkable framboise.

Nov 23, 2015
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tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe the day after an event. Thank God it was still on tap! This was a huge bucket list beer for me. Pours a beautiful red/pink with a nice head that retains pretty well. Smell is fresh raspberries with some mustiness behind it. Taste is just incredible, the raspberries show up first with the funk from the brett and lacto in the middle, finishing with a crisp raspberry taste. Overall, I can't recommend this more. An amazing sour with a bigger fruit flavor than the other RR sours I've had.

Oct 27, 2015
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer so much on tap I grabbed 4 bottles to go!!! It's several of Russian River's sours blended together and then BA with raspberries. Nice raspberry sour flavor with a wine barrel like finish

Oct 09, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. 2014 vintage.

A- Pours a ruby red color with a 1/4 inch fizzy white head that doesn't retain long before fading to nearly no surface foam. No lacing.

S- Bright raspberry aroma with a bit of lactic acid accompanying. Funk is faint but there.

T- Raspberry at first and then the lactic acid sinks in hard. Big vinegar note mid-palate and a very dry finish. Not very complex as there's bam! raspberry, bam! vinegar and bam! dry sour.

M- As said before, quite dry with a high level of pucker. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A good sour but I was hoping for more funk and complexity. This is just a sour bomb where the only thing keeping it in check is the sweetness from the raspberries.

Sep 19, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage tasted in 2015

A — Pours a really bright and rich looking red into the glass, some bright red hues around the edges, overall it is clear with the slightest bit of haze. Puffy white head disappears quickly, little to no lacing.

S — Smells of rich raspberries and tart cherries, very fresh and tart overall, little bit of a buttery oak balance.

T — Tastes much like the nose, lots of big and sour cherries and lots of raspberry representation, bit of a lacto sourness and sharpness.

M — Medium bodied, long enough finish to it.

O — Great overall, perhaps not quite as complex as some of their other offerings but still great.

Jul 21, 2015
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pink fizzy pour, funky oak and berry all the way, tart and funky with a dry finish. Really enjoyed this one, not intense on the berry side but just enough

Jun 13, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 v 2013 v 2014

11 - color falls in the middle ruby orange. nose is sour rasberry. jammy. super yum and fairly full bodied. the hands down favorite of the bunch.

13 - yellow and the lightest of the bunch. nose is fruity but not as jammy as the 11, tart but earthy.

14 - pink and nose is really fruity. taste is a bit medicinal but the fruitiest of the bunch.

all in all great beers across the board. all very different and all good in their own way, but 11 is above them all.

Apr 15, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured alight reddish color ale with a nice off-white head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Taste of lightly tart fresh raspberry notes is very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by tart fresh raspberry notes with light acidic notes noticeable and light oak notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Great trade-off between sour notes and fresh fruit notes with good overall drinkability.

Jan 26, 2015
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thebeerfrontier from California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Framboise for a Cure (2014) - Russian River Brewing Company - Santa Rosa, California - American Wild Ale - 6.70% ABV - This delicious wild ale poured a ruby red color, with a small pink head that dissipates immediately. The nose featured aromas of tart raspberries and white wine up front, followed by undertones of oak, apricots, and peach. The mouth was very tart, with flavors of juicy raspberries, Chardonnay, oak, and peach that blend together nicely. The mouthfeel was light bodied, with an enamel ripping finish that was quite refreshing. This was a solid offering from Russian River, but I prefer Supplication (I'm just a sucker for that beer) and Beatification over this one. 98/100

Jan 24, 2015
Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1071 ratings