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Framboise For A Cure | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#221
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
1,042
pDev:
8.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

This is about as close to a lambic as I think RR has ever gotten. That being said, I do recall my initial impressions of Beatification being the exact same thing.

Anyways. This has a mellow and nice funky thing going on, but the raspberries really take a hold of this and throw a lot of "natural" flavor in as well. It leans towards too fruity a bit, but doesn't get overly obnoxious so much that we're entering artificial lambic territory, a la Lindemans. A treat to be able to try. And I'm glad I didn't make the trek all the way to Santa Rosa and was able to try it at City Beer instead.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 courtesy of BrewerB, shared with muskabeatz. Thanks again Brian!

This beer pours the brightest cherry red in color, a little light in body with a lot of carbonation but only a slight pinkish head. It is bright, bright red. The nose is sour and has great acidity. It features a nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with just enough fruit. There really isn't too much yeast character at all. It drinks almost an off dry due to the presence of juicy raspberry. It is just fantastic. This is such a great and easy drinking raspberry sour. I place it at the very top, above LP Framboise. This is one of my all time favorites.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean, and by extension Chris, for the tick. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of pink-tinged foam that linger for quite a while, leaving big collar and spots of lace. The body is a salmon color that features plenty of suspended sediment. The three pours from this bottle were reminiscent of Goldilocks - apparently I'm Poppa Bear. At least I didn't get the yeasty proteins.

S - Lots of slightly under-ripe raspberry and sweet bretty funk. As it warms some more vinous oak and lactic sourness emerges. There's a graham cracker malt backbone that is more reminiscent of Lost Abbey sours than Russian River ones.

T - Taste has less sweetness and more acetobacter and oak character, with raspberry tartness, lemons, and light vinous character. Some raspberry purée for sure, but not a fruit bomb by any stretch.

M - Medium-light body, effervescent, very dry finish with some cottonmouth as well. Pretty much spot on for the style.

D - This was very good, and it's far more subtle that something like Framboise de Amorosa. Beatification with some raspberries is a pretty good summary. Probably not mind-blowing enough to warrant trading the farm for this, however I've have my ear to the ground regarding subsequent batches. I really like that 100% of sales were donated to charity too (and not some nebulous portion).

EDIT: Just tried Batch 2 with the Temptation base thanks to ChrisPro, and it's a pretty different experience. Cole's Notes version -
A- Hazy fuschia body, much darker and more intense then Batch 1. White foam quickly dissolve to thin ring.
S - Buttery white wine oak, big raspberry, light sweet malts, and some mild funk.
T - A bit more simplistic than batch one, with a heavy dose of ripe raspberries and lactic sourness.
M - Dry and mildly tannic texture moderate carbonation, medium-light body.
D - Quite a bit different from batch one, with far more fruit and less 'wild' character. I think I liked Batch 1 a tiny bit more, but still a quality brew.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a translucent pink in color with a little thin head that left left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to the detect the raspberries upfront on the nose with some acidic citrusy notes, plenty of funkiness, oakinness as well, but with a good amount of sweetness.

T: it had a nice sour punch on the first sip alongside the fruit raspberries which were more apparent on the palate, plenty of acidic qualities, funky barnyard character, and did have lemony citrus accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, citrusy, oaky, and sour finish that lingered on the palate.

O: this elusive beer has been in my gots list since the first batch and it did not disappoint. Solid beer all around and glad to have another bottle in the cellar. Good lookin out beezler.

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4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Starrdog, thanks.

Beer is pink, very pink, with a pinkish white head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, some lacing.

Creamy, strong raspberry, mild acetic, lactic, nice.

Beer is light, airy on the palate, mildly sweet, acetic bite, strong raspberry, overall a nice little beer. I'd have it again.

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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 1,042 ratings
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