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

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Dakine contributed this one. thanks dak!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, not quite red. a thin ring of white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving no lace.

aroma is good. lemon. hint of sweet raspberry. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

taste is great. slightly artifical sweet raspberry. bit of berry seed. lemon. more "bright" than the framboos we had before it, which came across more earthy. low bitterness level. horse blanket and leather. light alcohol. white bread. orangey citrus.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. nice depth. this one perhaps suffers from being consumed right after the stellar framboos, so i'm trying not to hold that against it. i like the brighter aspect that it brings.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

Flat out gorgeous pour, with a perky pinkish-copper body supporting a fleeting tuft of valentine's day foam. Clear appearance with a healthy carbonation level. Aroma is surprisingly muted, even as the beer warmed, with a hint of vinous berry pulp and sharp fruitiness. Nice balance of malt to complement the acidity.

Flavor largely matches the aroma, with a bit more of a punch from the raspberries, but still not as tart as I had anticipated from a Russian River sour. Biscuity malts in the background. Dryness is on-point for the style, and the carbonation level really suits the drinkability. Enjoyed every sip of the bottle without getting fatigued like other sours have the capability of doing. A nice Framboise in the end, but slightly underwhelming given the attention paid to this sour.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Very appropriatly pink body with a white laced head.

S: Pleasent very crisp sour aroma with raspberry. There is a dryness to it that rounds out aroma.

T: Very fruity in the beginning. There is a sweetness that comes from the raspberries. The tart adds some pleasant funk to this beer.

M: Has a great bite from the carbonation but the body is a little light.

O: A great beer for a great cause.

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is for the 2012 batch, on tap at Russian River itself.

This is an excellent fruit wild ale, if still a bit slim on the rustic/funky qualities and a bit too focused on the fruit. It is bright, dry but not too dry, very engaging.

It is beautiful deep, but bright, red, with small pale pink head that slowly thins to rich foamy ring, a few wisps and some pretty good lace.

Aroma is a bit too raspberry dominated, but full-bodied, bright, and excellent nevertheless. it has bright, rich raspberry, light rustic yeastiness and faintly earthy quality underneath.

Taste is similar, mostly dry raspberry with faint sweetness, lightly sour and tart and acidic, a light but firm rustic yeastiness underneath and light yeasty bread in the aftertaste. It has some noticeable rustic/funky yeasty and sour-ale character but it certainly could use more to make a really complex fruit wild ale. However, it is very good, crisp, bright, quenching, and has a little complexity but not nearly enough to be a truly exceptional example. I like beers of this sort to have a lot of flavour, not be really lean and dry like dry champagne, which this tends towards. I also like my fruit wild ales or lambics to have plenty of very evident funky/yeasty character in addition to the fruit. The feel is pretty good, but a bit thin and not lively or engaging.

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Photo of Devman171
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pink fizzy pour, funky oak and berry all the way, tart and funky with a dry finish. Really enjoyed this one, not intense on the berry side but just enough

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from 2011.

Pours hazy red with a crackling head of pink foam. After the fall, a mostly placid surface and zero lacing for the duration of the glass.

Bright acid and ripe raspberries lead off the nose. Hints of cider vinegar and peppercorns follow through.

Light bodied with a sharp mouthfeel.

Raspberries cut with acid and tannic appleskins start the palate. Cider vinegar and warming spice with a slightly bitter edge step forward.

Finishes with raspberries, sour acid, and a light throat burn.

Tasty beer but needs more raspberries to be a world-class Framboise. The sour/acid level on this beer is right at the threshold or perhaps a bit overdone, as the throat burn lingers with a good length.

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

Fine, I'll be the one to add it. Picture courtesy of cpferris.

A: Pours a glowing reddish-pink body in the glass. It's adorned by a finger of foam that retains well and leaves streaks of lace as I drink; definitely an attractive beer, better than Veritas 006 (which I thought looked great, and nothing else).

S: For a framboise (or whatever terminology you'd use for a wild ale to distinguish it from a gueuze), the beer has a surprising bouquet of tart citrus and lemon peel. I've seen scattered comments that compare this to Beatification aged on raspberries, and I'd agree; the nose has a mild funky, sweaty, saltiness that is reminiscent of batch 003. It's lightly cheesy. There are raspberries, of course, but they're not as pronounced as the cherries in Supplication. I don't mind.

T: The funk character is young, and it seems a bit unfocused. There's a mild cheesiness and sweatiness throughout; a touch of leather. Soft lactic sourness (grapefruit, lemon), oak. Raspberries are present, but they're not overwhelming and jammy like in Framboise de Amorosa. The emphasis here seems to be on juggling the balance of these various nuances. Its base seems closer to the more gueuze-like Beatification batch 003 than the bracingly sour batch 002. Definitely a beer to sip and pay attention to.

M: It is light-medium bodied, with good effervescence. It finishes relatively clean, with only a mild tannic astringency. There's a dry mineral note in the aftertaste, which I don't care for. Otherwise, I'm impressed; I find a lot of fruit sours produce a harsh, slick buildup after a few oz (see Framboise de Amorosa for an example). I find this one has a great balance.

D: The beer drinks very easily (an extension of the comments I made re: mouthfeel). I wouldn't have any trouble or problems putting down a full 375mL.

On a big-picture note: I like it. It doesn't revolutionize my world, and it's not going to measure up to Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. But it's another top-notch wild ale from (IMO) the best wild ale producer in the US. Definitely worth trying. I'm also happy to support the cause, as the son of a cancer survivor.

EDIT: I've had the pleasure of sampling a few more bottles since my review. I like it more and more each time. I don't know if it's just developing well or if bottles vary, but my impression rises steadily. I wish this weren't so rare.

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Photo of portia99
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle (Batch 2 - 2011 vintage) received in a recent trade with avaldivia (Thanks!) poured into a Russian River stemmed "TION" glass.

A - Bottle opens with a mild pop. Pours a glowing body of hot pinkish tinted ruby red...almost artificially pink. There is a faint haze throughout and only a instantaneous occurance of a weak fizzy, soda-like head that leaves no lacing behind but is able to muster a constant stream of bubbles that keeps the surface active and alive.

S - Raspberries are a key component and up front in the aroma, but they do not dominate the way other examples of the style do. There is a strong wine component in here too (I imagine from the Temptation base beer), some noticable funk/barnyard aromas, earth, wet hay, lactic sourness. Actually refreshing to have a more balanced aroma profile than just straight raspberries (as good as that smells).

T - Glad to say the flavor follows the aroma nicely. Again, lots of complexity and balance with the "wild" aspects of the beer holding up quite well against the assault of fresh raspberries. Assertive lactic sourness gives the first impression and is followed by some white wine, grassy/hay flavors, funky barnyard, a bit of woody oak and backed by a kiss of raspberries. Finishes very dry and tart.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium but filled with a crisp and tingly assertive carbonation. Quite tart and lactic-ly sour with some mild funk and fruit. Very, very dry.

O - Very good framboise. As much as I enjoy the sweeter and fruitier framboises out there (NG Raspberry Tart, Blushing Monk, etc), I have to say this was just about as enjoyable, but in a different way. Refreshing tartness with fresh raspberries mixed in and still retaining the wild characteristics...interesting and having some added complexity. No letdown here at all - glad to have gotten the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition shared with Kyle. Thanks for stopping over! Courtesy of, if memory serves, RuckusDu. Will verify, but big thanks!

Pours a quiet pink. By no means under carbonated, but the bubbles are small and tight and the head is non existent.

Smells of musty wet hay and fresh raspberry. Not overly complex, but a solid one-two punch.

Moderate raspberry sour with just a touch of dirt on the back end. The finish is very clean and abrupt.

Carbonation is light and prickly.

Well, this is a nice, if not a bit simple. A slightly sour raspberry delivery vehicle that serves a singular purpose. Drinkable, if not a bit one dimentional.

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Photo of jegross2
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa, California. Batch 3 of this brew is the same as Batch 2; it uses Temptation as a base and is 6.5% ABV. Russian River describes this beer as a "sour barrel aged beer with raspberries." 100% of the profits from this beer's bottle sales are donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa. You can make a direct donation to the cause of curing breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by clicking here.

Score: 98

2012 vintage bottle (batch 3) served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 02/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, slightly dark rose color with a finger-plus of frothy pink head that settles to a thick (half finger?) layer atop the glass. The beer is on the opaque side of translucent and "clean" in appearance. No noticeable army of floaties or any haze. Average, soapy lacing with awesome cling. Truly a gorgeous-looking sour. 5/5

Smell: The minute the cork popped of the top of the bottle, a "wild raspberry" aroma became immediately apparent to my nose, which was perched a couple of feet away from the bottle. Smelling from the glass, I get sweet and tart raspberry, strawberry ice cream, cranberry and a little bit of "all berry jam" akin to what they serve/sell at the Egg Harbor in Lincolnshire. There's a faint amount of that straw-like sour funk (my friend humorously calls this "Cantillon Dust") that you get in beers Cantillon Classic Gueuze present as well. Absolutely delicious! 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells, but a little less bold. Tart raspberry, creamy strawberry and a little bit of that "Cantillon Dust" funk in the finish that faintly lingers with a hint of raspberry. Truly delicious, simply magnificent! Not very complex, but boy is this beer tasty! Although not very tart at cellar temp, this one grows in tartness as it warms up. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a juicy juice-like mouthfeel that moistens the palate while also slightly drying out and inflaming the gums after the swallow -- which makes for a really interesting mouthfeel. Nice blend of sweet and tart here. 5/5

Overall: One of my favorite sours consumed to date. This one can roll with the big boys (Fou Foune, Beatification, Tornado 25th Anniversary Ale, etc.). Give the average price one must pay for a quality sour, I would absolutely recommend this brew at the price point (even though it breaks the $1/oz retail threshold).

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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

thanks to abecall98

2011 vintage

pours a bright murky pink and magenta. pinkish head piles high and slowly dissipates.

mainly raspberry and oak on the nose

lots of dry raspberry with a hint of old musty oak. slight lemon with a great sour kick. lip puckering up front.

very moderate carbonation, nice body, dry finish

very drinkable and one of the best american framboise i have had. never overpowering and well integrated through out. no sign that temptation is the base for this.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this gem! Full bottle pour, reviewed live.

A- Pours a translucent cherry red with a thin white head that has an off pink color and recedes to a thin layer leaving thin layered lacing that clings to the glass. About average carbonation with very nice consistency.

S- Tart raspberries, some cherries, nice balance between fruits and malts. Nice sweetness balanced with a decent level of tartness and a light sour presence. Fairly aromatic.

T- Tart raspberries with a nice balance between a subtle malt presence, raspberries add a nice sweetness that seems slightly syrupy. Finishes with tart raspberries and a hint of a cherry, both of which linger nicely as a sweet lightly tart aftertaste. Overall not overly tart with a nice balanced sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation that adds a subtle tingly sensation that fits nicely with the tartness, very easy to drink.

O- This was a great framboise and probably my second favorite I've had next to Cantillon's Lou Pepe Framboise which add a little bit more funkiness that only Cantillon can achieve. It was very drinkable with a nice sweet fruit presence balanced with a nice tartness. If you like the style of framboise I definitely recommend trying this out.

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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 Ryan011235
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/4/11; split with schwaeh

Batch 2

Much appreciation to nickd717

Pours a pretty crimson color and settles much the same, but having a rust/browned twinge in lesser light. Ephemeral one finger rose-hued head crackles away quickly to a thin film and some collar retention. Swirling help for a spell, but there is nothing by the end.

Raspberry is prominent in the nose; while that's no surprise, it smells clean, fresh and only mid-range sweet. Raspberry puree would seem a spot-on descriptor. Moderate notes of wood and funk support the fruit aromas - nothing seems out of place or over crowded. More sugary as it warms. The raspberries keep the musty notes at bay, right where they belong.

Framboise For A Cure starts off tangy and punchy with flashes of juicy raspberry, peaking quickly and tapering off to a tart middle. Around said middle is where the barrel jumps to the fore, adding a vapid, dry and musty finish - this is the only part of which I'm not fond. As the beer warms, funk plays a more prominent role throughout. Dry and earthy, too.

Steve suggested I take a big old drink and hold it in my mouth; something about flavors folding over the tongue. Fair enough - this method finds funk intricacies of damp wood, dirt and cobwebs.

I was inclined to call this medium-ish, but over time I am inclined to deem it on the light side. It seems crisp early on, but after opening up it is far thinner; almost watery. Carbonation is moderate; it's enough to move the beer along and assist the flavor profile (think lower-range soda territory). Again, the only thing i don't like is the finish.

I think Framboise For A Cure is a well-applied use of raspberry and barrel, aside from the finish. In any case, I am quite happy to have tried it.

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

Consumed 4/29/16

Cheers to magictacosinus for hooking me up; split with Goblinmunkey7 - Note: 2015 bottle

A: Orange-pink, with some straight-up pink around the edges - touch of haze, but actually mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, bright white head, slowly fades to a thin cap, leaves really nice lacing

S: Raspberries with some Russian River wild magic - lightly sour, tart, fresh raspberry juice - some straight-up sourness and funk - sharp acidity, rounded out with some lactic notes - some musty barrel funk - some white wine and oak - pale, blonde base and some light sweetness from the raspberries

T: Tempting raspberries - really nice raspberry flavor, nicely juicy while being almost entirely dry - raspberry flesh and raspberry candy - nice mix of acidity and damp, lactic notes - some barnyard flavors and musty cellar - really nice barrel funk - moderate tartness - oak - some white wine - light sweetness and some pale malts - lingering dryness

M: On the light side of medium, medium level of sourness, tart, crisp finish

O: Framboise for the win

Some of the first sours I ever had were from Russian River, and I still think they make the best this side of Belgium. The sour, tart, funk is great, and the raspberry just makes it better. I feel very lucky to have tried this.

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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 kbutler1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Big, big thanks to EliottJW from BA for grabbing this one for me. Poured into a tulip glass a very bright, vibrant reddish grapefruit color with a with fluffy head. Some yeast sediment floating around. Did someone say raspberries were in this?! The aroma is strong tart raspberry with some underlying brett like florals. Light mouthfeel. Holy tartness batman! The raspberry tartness takes center stage on this with some additional notes of barrel and floral. Highly carbonated but surprisingly it doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer. This is such a nice drinking beer, clean and crisp with strong fruit and sour qualities. An excellent beer!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by wisconsinality and KHM.

Dark purple raspberry hue. Pink head. Smells of full on fresh raspberry puree. Touch of tart funk with a good amount of barrel wood. Flavors are pretty much raspberry city. The tartness is mild until the finish. Medium body with mild carbonation. A true delight to drink for sure. Very glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter, batch 2.

Pours a crazy pink color with a small white/pink head. Nose is very fruity with raspberry and tart lime.

This is a sour bomb, it's mouth puckeringly delicious, fresh raspberries dominate and the mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation. Finish is very dry and sharp.

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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 DovaliHops
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Thanks Mario! Pours a beautiful bright red with a nice, small baby pink head. Scent is RASPBERRY CITY! Nice tart funkiness and acidic aroma. Taste is more sour than aroma portrays, which is never a bad thing. Delicious sour raspberries with yummy wild yeast flavors that RR specializes in. Finishes with sweet raspberries and a tart bite. Mouthfeel is light and puckering. Drinkability is very high...if you can afford it. Thank God it's goin to boobies. Overall, this beer was like The Bruery's BeRazzled on steroids...a better version of it. One of the best Framboise style beers I've ever had.

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

A: Light orange-pink body. Medium sized off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Delicate but pronounce raspberries, light lemon acidity, grapefruit and earthy funk.

T: Similar to the nose, but perhaps a bit scaled back and less impressive. Raspberries are a little less defined but still pleasantly sweet and sour. Lemon acidity comes in towards the back and has a nice earthy bite in the back.

M: Smooth, bright, moderate carbonation, light acidity in the finish, light-to-medium body.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is batch 2 that I am reviewing.

The color is very striking. It is a brilliant rosy red to pink color, very brilliant indeed. No head and just a little lacing, but really it still looks beautiful.

The smell is great. A very dry wild yeast with some nice fresh raspberries clearly coming through with some great oak notes to boot. Did I mention there is a lot of raspberry in the nose? This smells like I would imagine a raspberry tart mixed up in the blender with some wild yeast to smell like.

The taste is quite nice too, with plenty of raspberry and pie crust in the taste, with a nice level of sourness but not as tart as i thought it would be but it is funky. A little vinegary in the taste, but it is quite pleasant and clean. Some nice oak too. Very fruit forward.

The feel is classic Russian river, very clean yet funky and very nice over the palate.

Overall quite a nice beer, definitely worthy of some trades.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed "tion" glass

The beer pours a great pinkish red color, hints of garnet and ruby when held to the light. A light pink color head, very fizzy, sits atop the beer but it recedes into nothing almost immediately, a touch of lacing, no film atop the beer. The aroma is of very tart and puckering raspberries, a bit of vanilla and oak, but very much in the background, the fruit and acetic qualities really take over the aroma. The flavors are a bit more interesting and mellow, lots of raspberries, some sweetness, almost a strawberry taste as well. There is definitely a strong sour component, but not as strong as the nose led on, much smoother, touches of oak and vanilla, but again, just a great subtle layer, the raspberries really shine here. The body is perfect, super lively, bubbly and crisp without being sharp and prickly.

Verdict: Just delightful, a pleasure to drink and another world class sour beer from Russian River. The raspberry flavors are really allowed to shine here and with it, bring out some great complimentary aspects that take this to a new level, rather than just being a sour bomb. Glad to have another one to cellar.

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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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