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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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) - Temptation base, 6.5%

Added by Arbitrator on 10-07-2010

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Ratings:
997
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
22.4%
 
 
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Photo of litheum94
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml cork and cage. 2011 Vintage. Reviewed 10/8/11.

Bright, maraschino cherry colored body, with a hot pink head. Fizzles out quickly, leaving a scuzz of bubbles on the top.

Musty and earthy, with sour raspberries and oak aromas. Tones of fresh cut grass. Slight band aids.

Very oaky with a touch of butter. Tart raspberries, and some brett-like sourness. Earthy and dry, with tons of carbonation. Some grass tones develop. No sweetness to be found. Very dry.

Awesome beer. Just the right amount of tartness and barnyard. Very well done.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at the brewery - Light and refreshing, nice raspberry flavor. Of the other sours, Probably closest in mouthfeel and body to Temptation. Not too much pucker, more tart than sour. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this. Batch 2.

Beer pours an awesome-looking brilliant ruby red with very little head. Smell is equally excellent, great mix of raspberries and the typical Russian River sour/oak aroma. Flavor has a little bit of funk up front before the raspberries take over, then it finishes a bit tart and acidic. It's medium-bodied and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice raspberry sour, one of the best I've had - my past experiences with raspberries haven't been super positive and this one definitely stands out above the pack.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light pinkish, but looks pale/golden in the glass, with two and a half fingers of pillowy foam which deflates at a glacial pace. Crystal clarity, excellent retention, and nice streaks of lacing.

S: Barnyard funk, earth, and minerals are the dominate notes, along with a little light raspberry.

T: Clean tasting, with light raspberry, then mouthwatering light/moderate tartness, moving to a little more raspberry on a lightly sour finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, slight creaminess to the texture.

O: Easy drinking, tasty, refreshing, and a good level of sourness. A solid effort overall, though nothing out of this world, and not substantively better than their (excellent) shelf sours.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of PerHops
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S- Bottle 2012

A- Brilliant pink color, almost red. Gorgeous quarter inch head/ Beautiful lacing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S- All I smell is raspberries, but I'm not complaining! A tiny bit of funk, which I'm sure will pick up as the fruit fades. Not far from what I expected, pretty damn excellent.

T- A ton of rasberries, not artificial tasting, but a pretty accurate interpretation of a raspberry lambic. Pretty tart and dries out the back of the throat like a lot of raspberries do. Almost salty in the finish.

M- Very light bodied with perfect carbonation.

O- This beer was awesome! I can't wait to try it as it progresses!

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Photo of Dactrius
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, temptation (a slightly smaller temptation tho as temptation is 7.25%) base aged with raspberries, created to support breast cancer in October which my lady an I are big supporters for. Given to me by nickd for bringing back his Ec bottles from fifty fifty, wouldn't take no for an answer, thanks nick!

The two bottles I was able to get went straight to my regular trading partners who always hook me up with fantastic brews, so I'm finally going to be able to try this guy! Decided to crack it sooner to enjoy the raspberries.

C & c 375ml poured into two snifters

A- looks fantastic. Resembles very closely to the base beer but with a smaller head. It's also a nice ruby hue and the head is a quarter inch of pink bubbles

S- raspberries come through real nice with some sourness in the background, so far so good. Smells exactly like what it is, temptation with raspberries. Also reminds me a bit of new glarus Belgian red with a bit more sourness.

T-sourness in the forefront and tons of raspberries all throughout the taste. Very well balanced flavor, the fruitiness really comes through well, not too strong and not too little.

M- this one covers the tongue nicely, very well carbonated. the alcohol level (6.5%) is my sweet spot for sours. Lovin this one

O- fantastic beer! My ladies 2 glasses disappeared very quickly. I wish I had a second bottle to age as I feel it can still use a bit of sourness. This should really come in a 750 as i can be drinking this all night long, a 350 is just not enough. Looking forward to next years batch. Hoping they use concecration as the base, I bet that would be outta this world.

Really wish they put the back label on this guy to show what they feel the aging should be like and how exactly this one was made. The $20 price tag is also a bit steep for the beer your getting but it is for a good cause.

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Photo of CenCalMario
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, shared with a few BA's.

Appearance is a red/pink colored beer. Low carb in the pour, little to no head.

Smell is funky, horse blanket, berries. Inviting!

Taste is berrylicious! Zesty, bretty, razzy, refreshing, well carb'd in the taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tart, nice acid, not over done. Light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great beer, really really good. Wish it was in a bigger bottle!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #1600. Thank you, Chris. I shared this with the guys last night, batch 2

A beautiful raspberry pink color with a dense, white head that falls off rapidly, this beer is crystal clear and gorgeous. The nose is fantastic with beautiful raspberry character, mild funk and a mild grape/white wine character, which is from the Temptation base. There's just a touch of lemon as well. The palate opens with a clean lactic sourness with raspberries. The raspberry character is excellent, capturing the essence of the fruit without all the harsh tannins that many raspberry beers end up with. Just a touch of lemon is present on the finish. To me, though, the thing that stands out is the mouthfeel. Expertly conditioned with soft creamy carbonation that works brilliantly with the medium-light body. No real oak character is present, and the vinous character is very nice as well. Excellent stuff.

**Edit 27 July 2012**
Served alongside Hommage and the 99 Framboos, this was punching above its weight, but ultimately came up short. Batch 2

An unbelievably bright raspberry character, super fruity without being jammy, along with the Temptation base being noticeable in a mildly vinous base sour. Mildly seedy, mildly chalky and mildly lemony. The palate opens fairly simple with white wine, raspberries, lightly lemony sour base beer. Not much funk here. Raspberry character is brilliantly expressed. Medium light in body and moderately carbonated, the raspberries linger on into the finish. Very nice.
4.5/4/4

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Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml C&C Bottle. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep ruby red color, not much of a head but the foam is appropriately pink. Settles to a thin ring with minimal lacing.

Smells strongly of raspberry soda. Berry sweet fruit is front and foremost with a little bit of oakiness in the background. Hints of earth and minty herbs.

Initial taste is mildly tart with berry sweetness. Sourness emerges in the middle, and then everything comes together in a lingering sharp puckering finish. The overall flavor is tempered by a woody dryness, obviously from the barrel aging. Terrific semi-sweet fruit presence.

Body is medium-full with high, sharp carbonation. Contributes to the soda character.

A unique beer from a great brewery for a great cause! Love that they have throttled the release this year so that geeks like me get a shot at buying it.

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of BreweryRun
4.2/5  rDev -3%

Really nice Framboise. The sourness/tartness is actually pretty well balanced by the raspberry flavor. Malt is barely there but also helps to balance. Overall its sour yet smooth and refreshing. I think the hype has made this beer into a little more than it is, but it's great and I would happily have this whenever given this chance. Definitely, try it if you can but don't trade your whole cellar away for it.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a beautiful red color with a light pink head on top. The retention is pretty good here, not much lacing. The smell of the beer is slightly floral and fruity with a tart aroma on it. The taste is tart with a nice raspberry sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a good carbonation. Sweet and dry plenty of sour tart fruity notes. Overall this is a really good brew. Glad I got to have it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of AleWatcher
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 framboise for a cure came courtesy of Beerdy. I cracked this and shared it with kzoobrew... Served in plastic cups while sitting in my car in the Bell's parking lot...
Stay classy baby.

Beautiful color.   Pinkish red color. Very clear.  Rosy pinkish white head is shiny and fizzy. 
Smells of fresh raspberries and a nice bretty musty funk. 
The flavor is lightly sweet with fruity raspberries and even something that reminds me of sour cherries...  Nice bretty funkiness.   Great sour bite with tart raspberry flavor to boot. 

Medium feel, plenty of carbonation. 

Overall--  very tasty. I'm happy to try this beer...  I imagine it would have been better had it been a Beatification base, but this works pretty well. 

A-5
S-4.5
T-4
M-4
O-4

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Photo of Azurescens
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL cork and caged bottle, batch 2. Poured into Drie Fonteinen crystal lambic glass, reviewed on 3/7/11.

A: Pours a beautiful crystal clear ruby pink with pink head. Good retention for a sour, leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Smells quite tart with lots of ripe raspberries, lemon zest and some earthiness.

T: The tartness from the nose is present but the raspberries don't come through nearly as much. Finishs with some citrus and a bit of raspberry. Tastes almost watery after drinking a 2008 Lou Pepe Framboise two days ago.

M: Tart, crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

O: Good American framboise but is not in the league of some of my favorites from Belgum.

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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for sharing this 375 ml., Tom. well, very pink bodied for starters. A great aroma of fruit dessert. The taste came off quite well, with sourness and fruitiness. I could have easily have finished it myself if someone had not kept grabbing the bottle. Certainly worthy of RR. Good mouthfeel for a sour.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this directly from the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

Pouring into a Cantillon flute. This brew is mostly clear and a reddish/pink, strawberry juice-like color. The foam was white, thin and loosely formed. Not much retention except for a very scant bubbling that rims around the edges.

Delightful mix of bright, fruity raspberry underlaid with bits of funk - barnyard/leathery. A wet blanket aroma sneaks its way out as the beer continues to warm.

Tart raspberries mingle with a modest barnayrd/funkiness. Sourness is there, like biting a lemon rind but isn't overpowering the palette.

Light bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Overall this is a treat to drink. Plenty of fresh raspberry fruitiness intertwined with a lemon rind sourness, and barnyard/wet blanket funk. Complex, layered yet balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Bright pink body with a pink head that settles to a pink collar. Beautiful beer.

Smell - Bright raspberry aroma. Acidic. A bit of wine and oak.

Taste - More wine forward. Less raspberry at first. Dry musty sourness. The raspberry comes stronger in the back end. Tart without being too sour. Wine and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry, nicely tart. High carbonation.

Overall - The aroma builds anticipation that doesn't fulfill in the flavor, but the base beer is too good for this to be anything but tasty. Temptation is subdued, but holds this on its shoulders.

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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