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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy, carbonated bright red/pink. Two finger head that like most sours doesn't last long.

S-Some tartness/funk, lots of oak, raspberries, earthy/pine notes along with some slight grass as well.

T-Great balance, mild sourness more tart than anything, raspberries balance nicely with the oak and sour. Once again some grassy notes as well.

M-Lighter and watery, not much carbonation either.

O-What a beer. Russian River knows what they are doing with their sour program.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings! Batch 001! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured BRIGHT orange with a half finger pure white head that had a slight pink hue that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, apricot, sour apple, tart, sour, funk, and raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent! Holy Christ I have been wanting this beer on my palate for so long it is not even funny! It did not disappoint at all... Excellent flavor profile going on in this one. The sour and tart aspects on this are quite strong and almost bring on the duck-face HARD, but I resisted (even though I shouldn't have). The smell on this one is nothing short of phenomenal either. An absolute must try even if you have to trade BIG for it. Thanks again Mike for bringing this one out to share as it was QUITE the experience!
Appearance= 5.0 Smell= 5.0 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 5.0

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Thank you SO much Morgan!!! Batch #2! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured a vibrant blood red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Having had the opportunity to have had Batch #1 (thanks mikesgroove) I can honestly say that Russian River is doing GREAT things with this brew on both batches. Everything is very well balanced and it definitely brings the pucker factor. If you call yourself a sour head you need to get this on your palate as soon as you possibly can. If you want to step your game up a notch get down on a Batch #1. You won’t regret doing so with either,[Men’s Warehouse owner voice] I guarantee it [/Men’s Warehouse owner voice].
Appearance= 4.5 Smell= 4.5 Taste= 4.5 Mouthfeel= 4.5 Overall= 4.5

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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 scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to see what all the fuss is about. Chilled 375ml bottle into champagne flute.

A: Long standing bottle with a thick layer of yeast on the bottom still yielded quite a bit of chunks from my slow pour. Pours an exceptionally good looking shade of citrusy pink with a large fizzy light pink head that slowly receded into a thick film. Very good head regeneration from some very active carbonation with a few sheets of lace down the glass. If it weren't sitting here waiting for all the chunks to settle this would be perfect.

S: Amazing notes of tart fruits, sweet raspberries, and lemon zest with light hints of funky salty sweat and old socks.

T: I've only had Beatification batch 2, so I can't speak for batch 3, but I can see how the two beers can be compared. It's not as mind blowingly sour some of RR other beers, but this beer is still young. The flavors are similar to Beatification except for the presence of the raspberries. I pick up notes of raspberries, lemon, oak, ruby grapefruit, peaches and wild berries. There is some stinky cheesiness in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet and dry .

M: Tart with a bit of sourness, but neither is overwhelming. Medium body, very dry finish, with a fair amount of gritty tannins. Not overly acidic or harsh. Carbonation is light and bubbly.

D: Very refreshing and easy to drink. I liked the bottle of Beatification I had better, but this is one of RR's better sours, and a fantastic beer all around that should get better with a little age. Definitely worth seeking out if you have the ammo.

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Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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 birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to KevSal for the hookup! Pours a ruby red with a nice head. Nose is blanketed with funky barnyard aroma with some citrus and raspberry. Taste starts off with a burst of raspberry citrus flavor. This moves to a funky must and mushroom. Ends nicely with some citrus sourness and a lot of raspberry. Overall, this is pretty awesome framboise. I like the funkiness and the sweetness recommended if you can snag a bottle.

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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 Jeffo
2.25/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Jeroen's place a few weeks back. Part of the raspberry showdown with 3F Hommage. Big thanks to the boys for tracking this one down, and thanks to the US trader who sent it over.

From a 375ml into a mini flute.
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, white, bubbly head that quickly vanishes. Bright red in color with next to no carbonation evident. No head remains at all and leaves no lacing down the glass. Color looks artificial, like food coloring was added. Red Cool-Aid.

SMELL: Extremely mild nose on this one. Touches of raspberries and a hint of funkiness, but otherwise, just very mild and boring.

TASTE: Sweet, sugary cherry flavor up front, which reminds me much of red Cool-Aid again. Raspberries come in through the middle with a touch of acidic sourness adding some support. A light bitterness appears after the swallow that attempts to balance out the sweet red freshie flavors. Aftertaste of sweet fruits and a touch of acidity is just too mild and short lived to be memorable. Not off putting, but relatively unimpressive, and tastes rather unnatural.

PALATE: Light body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty good here.

OVERALL: Wish I could say I was more impressed with this than I was. We had this right after Hommage. That probably didn’t help. This simply looked and tasted artificial, as if something unnatural was added to get the color and flavor they wanted. The nose was simply too mild and boring to be worth noting as well. Another member of our group that day thought this was the best sour of the day, so take my review for what it’s worth. I found this to be a big disappointment, especially after having Hommage.

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Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sending this bottle to me, kristalynn and leschkie! Cheers!

Shared this bottle with my sister months after her APL leukemia was declared "in remission." Cheers, to her!

A gorgeous, bright pink and deep near-red in color. Very minimal sediment throughout. Small-bubbled light rose/pink crown of persistent foam sits atop. Gorgeous framboise.

Very bright, expressive aroma of raspberries (and if I was given this blind, I would probably mention cranberries). Lots of fruit, along with a definite, sharp sour acid presence, and only a mild funk character. This is expressively berry-forward.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with huge notes of raspberry, cranberry, some oak, and complementary, though very mild funk. There's a moderate level of sour presence, though it's not overwhelming. A complete, incredibly drinkable framboise.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very nice.

Delicious.

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Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012

This thing pours pink, pink, pink. 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 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 ngeunit1
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

A - Pours a hazy ruby-orange with a thin finger of frothy pinkish head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet raspberries with some tart light fruits, white grape, oak, vanilla, and some Brett funk.

T - Starts off with some tart raspberries and light fruits with some white grape, some acidity, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some Brett funkiness and some more vanilla. The finish is a mix of strong sour raspberries with some oak, Brett, vanilla, and white grape.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, acidic, and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great tartness from the raspberries on top of the temptation base. The extra flavor adds some great complexity and sharpness to the beer.

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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 macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! I'm very excited to try it. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a CCB snifter glass.

A: Pours a relatively clear, pinkish-red, with a quite pink small head. Medium visible carbonation. I was going to give this a 5.0 for appearance, but the brewer missed the mark on the Barbie pink of the breast cancer ribbon.

S: Surprisingly low presence on the nose. Funky, sour, sweet, with some overripe fruit aroma.

T: Fruity, puckering sour, big raspberry flavors with Brett and Lacto funkiness. Some wood, oak to dry it out a little further. The hang is funky sour, but not overdone and it fades more quickly than some sours. Very tasty.

M: Medium body, sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol very well-hidden. Good carbonation.

O: Very very tasty. Not my favorite RR sour, but I'm very impressed. Would drink this anytime it's available.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, thanks scot

The beer pours a dull blood orange/pink with a thin, foamy white head and touch of sediment. The nose is subtle tart raspberry with deep funk and touch of alcohol. The taste is definitely tart raspberries in the forefront with an acidic funkiness that really ramps up the fruit's juiciness. The mouthfeel is light bodied (but not watery), effervescent, tart/acidic, and definitely drinkable. This is a lighter bodied, subtle raspberry framb with a big funk presence and balanced acidity...just wish it wasn't so hard to get!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to one who doesn't wish to be named for this one. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head that dissipates quickly into a thin white cap atop a clear orange brew. Lacing is thick and stringy but with little cling.

S: Nose is wonderfully musty. Raspberry puree is prominent along with cobweb and band-aid Brett. Lemon rind adds a tickle of sour. Not the most aromatic but very all the flavors are incredibly appealing and appropriate.

T: Opens tart lemon rind that sets the tone. Raspberry comes in strong towards the middle, lending a certain sweetness that intensifies the sour. Brett background and a slight yeastly bitterness. Raspberry fades out rather quickly leaving lemon rind and slight woodiness. Finishes yeasty with a clean, slightly dry, puckering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive around the edges. Tingly. Slightly dry right towards the end and puckering. Finishes pretty clean with a dry, slightly oily and lingering aftertaste.

D: I'm really thankful to have gotten the chance to have this one as there was a bit of craziness when it first debuted. I have to say though, this one lives up to the hype. An amazing creation by Vinny and his team. Worth the trouble to seek out.

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Photo of Overlord
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a light pink. Large white fizzy head. Pink with a slight orange hue to the edges. Champagne-esque bubbles.

Smells like soured, fresh, razor acidic raspberries. Smells puckering.

Insane, intense flavor. I'm sorry, but this beer is really underrated on this site. Wild puckering raspberry (picked just before ripening), crazy oak, great lingering semi-sweet aftertaste, the bubbles really cap it off. There's some funk/barnyard zest, but it's very mild. This (at least at this point in its aging) is all about the fruit. Bit leathery tannins and some lemon peel lingering about, but you have to fight the raspberries to find it.

Loved it. Pity it's so rare. The mouthfeel is superb.

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.
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