Framboise For A Cure
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #23
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #276
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
1,071
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Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
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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
Reviews by Immortale25:
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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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StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will probably be one of the few beers I actually take time to review. Huge thanks to scottfrie, for hooking me up with two bottles of this delicious concoction. So here we go, reviewed from notes.

A- Looks almost neon pink like ripe, freshly picked raspberries or almost ready to pick strawberries. Thin, white head with very apparent carbonation visible from the constant stream of bubbles. It really is an amazing looking beer that I almost didn't want to drink, but where is the fun and enjoyment in just looking at such beauty, it had to be tasted and experienced.

S- Right away a ridiculous punch in the face or raspberry, fruit esters, funk and sourness that lets you know it is a wild ale right away. Smells like a beatification batch 2 fell into a barrel of raspberries and decided to stay there for awhile before crawling out to smack you right in the face.

T- This beer tastes absolutely phenominal, it's unbelievably tart and sour at the same time with a very nice acidic character that is not like the heart burn inducing acidic character of many cantillon lambics. The funk, sourness and raspberry tang meld very well to create a highly enjoyable dance on your tastebuds.

M- Wow I'm honestly salivating, I want to drink more and more because the prickly feeling it's leaving on my tongue has reminded me of the absolute bliss that splinter blue left me feeling. It really does coat your entire mouth and leave you anticipating the next sip, like a fat kid patiently awaiting a freshly baked twinkie.

D- It's unbelievably tasty and I can't believe they have only brewed it once and may never brew it again. I could honestly bronski a 3 liter myself and still be ready for more. Hopefully it is brewed again and possibly a 3 liter.

Definitely an experience that I am glad I shared with petesuphi, cmurren25, Jwiss22 and therealnomayo. I think the CA BAs are too critical of some of the ridiculous beers that have been produced in their state.

Nov 21, 2010
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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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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

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

A- This beer pours a beautiful rose in color with a 2 finger, foamy head. The retention of the head is very good, and lacing is also very good. The body of the beer is is fairly clear with constant rising carbonation. The color is on the deeper side of the rose spectrum with almost an orange tint.

S- Tart base beer and raspberries hit your nose first in a juicy and fruit bouquet. The raspberries pick up their prominence in the middle of the drink and turn a little toward the sweet side. Overall, the tart scent of the beer is slightly acidic in quality.

T- This one starts off with a juicy and slightly tart raspberry bang before the sour base beer kicks in. After the initial somewhat fruity flavor, the tartness from the base beer turns the flavor profile towards moderately sour. The sourness is a little acidic, but fairly balanced by the little bit of raspberry juiciness that remains. The flavor turns dry towards the end and a little bit of sour flavor is left lingering on the tongue.

M- This beer feels just like a sour should, with a light body and a fairly high level of carbonation. The flavor profile and tartness makes this one more of a sipper, but it does drink very easily.

Overall, this is a very well done fruited sour. The balance between the fruit flavor and the sourness is almost perfect, with neither flavor ever taking over the other. It's been a while since I've had a Russian River sour, and I really miss them now.

Dec 19, 2014
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Gtreid from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Jun 24, 2013
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JebediahScooter from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Jul 12, 2012
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Flabbyjandro from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.4%

Nov 02, 2014
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blabaer from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Oct 26, 2013
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Apr 10, 2013
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Jan 17, 2013
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark pink almost red color with pink head. Raspberries, and lots of them, with some oak, light fruited chardonnay wine, and funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry. Rivals Atrial Rubicite from Jester King.

Nov 15, 2014
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mgr78704 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Oct 27, 2014
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DaveJanssen from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 split three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed October 20th 2010.

Ar: Strong raspberry, tart cherry, rather acidic, fresh raspberry, mild funk hints, lactic acid

Ap: Translucent watermelon with chunks, very low white head, fair retention

T: Bright raspberry, very tart, tart cherry, not very funky, very fruit forward with pleasant acidity, lactic, somewhat one dimensional, difficult to review, great fruit but there is little else, fair sweetness

M: Medium carbonation, acidic but not burningly so, light body

O: Good but not great, would strongly prefer a funky geuze, pleasant, somewhat one dimensional

Sep 17, 2011
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Dabeel from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Oct 03, 2013
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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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SurlyUtopia from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 28, 2015
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koopa from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev 0%
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!

Jun 08, 2011
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jaylib from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Feb 22, 2013
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Apr 20, 2014
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CJNAPS from California

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

The color of this beer was beautiful.

Jan 23, 2015
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ellswrth from Oregon

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

Mar 22, 2019
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gregcordle from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 26, 2016
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MeisterSmudge from Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.4%

Jul 08, 2014
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Resuin from Massachusetts

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

Jan 10, 2016
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ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Oct 28, 2014
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