Framboise For A Cure | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,009
Reviews:
158
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today, 9/15/2013 on my one ear anniversary. Thanks to Doug for generously sharing this one bottle. Review #209.

Okay, so I can't get over how bright and pink this beer looks. We just drank a Cantillon Blabaer which we thought was outlandishly pink-orange looking, but this one is just so bright pink looking, like ruby red grapefruit juice. And so well carbonated too. It coats the glass in so much bubbles, even more so than any of the Russian River sours. It's really a beautiful looking beer.

Smell on this is a straight up raspberry sweetness, which makes sense since this is a framboise. I'm sure that this beer is meant to be a true framboise, because this reminds me a lot of Rosé de Gambrinus, but better. Honestly, this is a nice blend of lactic acidity and straight up raspberries. This beer, in my opinion is what I wish New Glarus Raspberry Tart smells like.

Again, same as the smell. So much lactic acidity that it was a nice change up from the vinegary acidity of Cantillon Blabaer.. combined with that awesome raspberry base. It's a great beer, better than Rosé de Gambrinus for sure.. its just too different than the Lou Pepe Framboise though that I can't make a fair comparison from here. But its definitely a great American Wild in that regard.

Mouthfeel is typical Russian River. Medium bodied, very well carbonated with a great, significant dryness. It's easy to drink, and very refreshing.. but nowhere near as funky as Cantillons or even Drie Fonteinen beers are.

I'm glad to have tried this. If the opportunity to get this again comes up, it's just as high priority as Beat is. It's just a nice, well-balanced and sweet American sour that hits the spot that some of the Belgians don't (read: less funky, more sweet). It's a great beer for sure.

Addendum: 2014 drank just as well as 2013 did, but just opened a bottle of 2015 fresh, and it just doesn't have that same raspberry punch to it. A little bit of astringent oak. Plenty of acidity, good mouthfeel and carbonation, but overall it just didn't live up to the last 2 vintages.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very hazy, bright ruby red color with a pink grapefruit-colored, one finger head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with earthy oak, musty funk and ultra fresh vinous fruit.  The raspberries really stand out with a juicy, seedy and jam-like quality.  The raspberry and other dark fruit notes are a nice counter to the toasted oak, lactic acid and funky bugs.  

Tart and puckering with a nice balance of musty funk, sweet beery and earthy oak.  There's a subtle lactic presence in finish that compliments the barrel, fruit and sour notes.  Not acidic or harsh with the perfect amount of sourness that counters the oak barrel and seedy berries.  Sweet vinous raspberries flavor is strong but not as prominent as it is in the nose.  Very juicy and fresh with lots of raspberry, currant, grape and other dark fruits.  Very complex yet remains delicate and very easy to drink for a sour.  

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doodler for this bottle! Been wanting to try this beer for a long time!

Poured into cascade tulip glass.

vintage 2012.

375ml C&C bottle let out a healthy pop when cork was removed.

Appearance: reddish pink bodied beer with a off white head that has a pink hue to it. Head pours out to 2 fingers high and drops to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Fresh, juicy, sweet raspberries and you can smell the beer as soon as the cork came out of the bottle. Very dominent fruity nose. Just a hint of oak. Not getting much funk.

Taste: Its just like a fresh picked raspberry. The raspberries are more tart than sweet. I would say this beer is moderately sour. Hint of oak and its got just a touch of acidity. The beer tastes very similiar to how smells, but the only difference is it smells like its going to have some sweetness and it doesnt. It more tastes more tart/sour than sweet. This beer tastes great, but its so fruit forward that it almost gets one deminsional. The beer leaves no doubt that the raspberry is the star of the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Semidry finish. Drinkability is fantastic in this sour ale. Its sour enough to give you a great pucker factor, but its really easy to drink this beer fast. The carbonation is spot on, it not overly aggressively carbonated like alot of other sours it exactly where it should be.

Overall: Recomended you try this if you like raspberry sour ales. Its gotta be at the top of its class! Russian River does a fantastic job on this beer.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of JamLand
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ColForbinBC
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,009 ratings.
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