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Framboise For A Cure - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 939
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 1,062
Gots: 197 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Arbitrator on 10-07-2010

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%
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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 939
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle of this at Black Tuesday session 2 to share with a few friends. Batch 1.

This is an absolutely beautiful beer, glowing purple with pink highlights, clear for the first few pours and then more sediment-laden toward the bottom of the bottle. The thin white head sustained until my glass was empty.

The funk of the base beer is quite strong, presenting a musty, sweaty, mineral character that withstands the strong ripe raspberry aroma. The use of spontaneous fermentation is very evident here, it has a complex funk more akin to lambic than American wild ale.

The palate is bone dry and sharply sour, ripe raspberry flavors nicely balanced by oak and funk. There's a mineral character beneath the fruit, but it's not quite metallic. Lemony sourness appears mid-palate. Light and effervescent, this drinks very easily while still presenting plenty of complexity. The finish is puckering and tannic.

This exceeded my expectations, another truly great sour from RRBC.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 375 mL bottle consumed with Mike at City Beer.

Pours a beautiful, dark clear crimson color with a dense light pink/rose head; nice retention. Complex aroma of tart raspberry, earth, funk and oak. Flavor is dominated by the raspberry, lactic and earthy must; not particularly sour or as interesting as Temptation, but not good nonetheless. Light, crisp, mild bite on the body. I like raspberries, so I liked this a lot, but fresh the depth of other RR sours is lacking from this batch.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a bright and vibrant pink color. A large pink head (nearly the same shade as the beer) rises to over two fingers. The foam quickly recedes to nothing and not much lace. Very champagne like.
S: Big fleshy fruits of raspberries up front and center. Real fruit with a musky, basement like funk. Zesty, lightly acidic and tart. I love it.
T: More of the same. Big raspberries up front with more of an acidic twang than the nose. Light funk. This is nice.
M/D: A medium body, but higher carbonation. Perfectly crisp, clean, and refreshing. So easy to drink. This is just a treat.

Excellent, and I would not expect anything else from Russian River. Perfectly bubbly and champagne like. I love it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been wanting to try this one for as long as i can remember (which, as i have admitted before, may not be all that long honestly), but thanks to drlovemd87 as always, for breaking out the whales. pale pink in color like raspberry ginger ale, and possessing the same sort of bright carbonation and lightness of body as my favorite soda. white head is wispy but quick to go, and the nose is a wonderful sensation of fresh and freeze dried raspberries, wild yeast tartness, lacto, and lemon. there is an herbal softness to kick this off before the berries come in, and when they do, they are subtle, mellow, and not sweet in the slightest. i also get some moderate oak, more woodsy than vanilla, i suspect a real light char if any. beautiful fruit complexion as it finishes, unfolding like a blossoming flower, and has that same delicacy. i love the mouthfeel too, soft as can be, carbonated like a soda pop, and drinking like anything but beer, just light and effervescent and uplifting in every way. not as raspberry forward as i sometimes like these to be, but this is a creation unique to itself, unlike the others, and so i don't wish it to be any different. another beautiful russian river brew worthy of the highest trade value. just sensational.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing such a rare tick. And you're welcome to all those clamoring for more reviews.

A: The pour is absolutely brilliant. One of the best looking beers I've seen. A vibrant pink-red color with a finger of foam that has some staying power.

S: As expected, an intense sourness to the nose. The acidity of the Sonambic really comes through and the raspberries provide their trademark acetic notes. The funky qualities are not as pronounced as I would have expected: just a bit musty. Slightly slightly oily with a mineral quality.

T: The tartness is quite pronounced and is an excellent blend of the big lactic character from the Beatification base and the fruity, acetic raspberry. The raspberry flavor is quite bold and are certainly the focal point of the beer. Again, there's a bit of a lasting mineral quality to the beer, but I certainly wouldn't call it metallic.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation. The beer is quite puckering and dry.

D: Nothing wrong with this one, as you would expect from a Russian River wild ale. I'm glad they'll be making this again as I'd love to get my hands on some next year.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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 birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Batch 2, been holding onto this since the release for our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a hazy pinkish red color with with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice, I love deep ruby colored framboise wilds.

s - Smells of super sour raspberries, tart dark fruits, vinegar, acedic notes, and some funk. Awesome nose, much more sour and fruity then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of sour raspberries and dark fruits, vinegar, acedic. Taste is not as tart as the nose but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Cirsp, easy to drink sour, very nice body to it.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer. I had heard Batch 2 wasn't that good but was pleasantly surprised by this when I finally opened it. Ton of sour dark fruits in the nose, a beer I'll certainly try and get when they brew it again. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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 axeman9182
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle thanks to nataku00. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brwery tulip.

Framboise for a Cure pours a somewhat cloudy cherry red. There are plentiful gorgeous ruby highlights shining through, even when the beer's not backlit. About a finger of rose tinted foam briefly graces the top of the glass, before quickly fading away. The nose is nearly flawless. Raspberry is the first thing to jump out, and is the dominant aroma present. Earthy brett funk is right behind, playing a strong second. An acetic sour twang is also there, but very much in the background compared to the other two. My only minor quibble is that the whole thing could stand to be a bit more powerful. The first thing that stands out about the flavor is that it's much more tart than the nose would have suggested. A close second is that the raspberries have fallen way off from what I expected. If the aroma profile was 50/40/10 in terms of raspberry/funk/sour, I'd say the taste is at 20/30/50, with the berry flavor only creeping in on the back end. The body is fairly dry, and works nicely with the expansive, champagne-like carbonation. Framboise for a Cure is another world class wild brew from Russian River, though I'm surprised both at how just how wild it is and how muted the fruit is for a relatively young beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rudzud
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. 2013 Vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice light ruby hue (like well, raspberry juice) that is crystal clear with a nice fat one finger slightly pinkish white head that fades to leave a nice thick creamy blanket. Wow.

S - Aromas just pop here. Bright raspberry. Actually, its different stages of raspberries...fresh berries, berry musk, raspberry smarties candy. Light oak.

T - Taste is super tart. Lots of oak, some nice wine notes as well. The raspberry is much more restrained here, which is too bad. There is raspberry tartness sure, and a bit of a fleeting flavour towards the back. Not nearly as powerful as the aroma, this is quite wine/oak forward and almost generic tartness. The berry is nice when it's there. The finish is much more raspberry smarties candy than fresh berries.

M - Mouthfeel is dry, tart, and brightly carbonated.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer. The taste though was a big time drop of the nose. If this was aged/old, I could understand and justify it...but for a fresh wild the raspberry should be much more powerful. Would definitely have it again though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the brewpub several weeks ago.

The beer pours a striking cherry red rose color with surprisingly good head retention and lacing. The carbonation is very active in this beer, which leads to a pillowy, long lasting head on the beer. The nose is just outrageous, showcasing considerable sour funk, but with a huge aroma of raspberry as well. Although the sour component is quite prevalent, the fruit more than holds its own in this beer. There's a brightness to the fruit character in this beer that I don't see all that often. Given the nose, I sort of excepted some serious sour on the palate, and this beer doesn't disappoint. There isn't too much funk thankfully (not much vinegar, head cheese or horse blanket), but the sour component is really a jolt. There's still plenty of fruit I'm happy to say, but still, getting this beer down is a bit of a chore for this "sour hater." On the other hand, I have to say this beer really delivers a considerable amount of flavor for a 5.9% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but the finish is long and sour, with a touch of fruit at the very end. This beer really seems to titilate the tastes buds...

Very impressive beer, though at least for me, this isn't the sort of thing I'd want to drink every day. Still glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of litheum94
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%

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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.9%
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 -2.1%
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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Framboise For A Cure from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.