Russian River Brewing Co. is well known as brewing some of the best sours in the United States, most notably their barrel aged series including; Beatification, Consecration, Supplication and Temptation. Since 2010, it has brewed Framboise For A Cure, a charity beer released in October.

Russian River Framboise For A Cure 2014 Bottle

The brewery describes it as:

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!

Due to the high demand, Russian River tires to spread the release out over a two-week period. This year, the brewery limited purchasing to four 375ml bottles per person, per day beginning on Oct. 1.

Framboise For A Cure pours a ruby red and almost appears glows red in the glass it is such a bright shade. There is a decent amount of off-white head that hugs the inside of the glass as it’s swirled. A good amount of barrel sediment settles to the bottom and there is a very noticeable difference in the first pour which was extremely clear and the second, which had a lot of yeast giving a very hazy red look.

Russian River Framboise For A Cure 2014

It smells very sour, but balances nicely with very sweet raspberry notes. I also picked up a good amount of citrus that leaned towards lemon peel. There are some farmhouse aromas like hay and there is a hint of vinegar on the back end. The nose overall is a really beautiful bouquet of smells that kept me guessing as to everything that was in the beer.

The initial taste of Framboise For A Cure is fairly sweet, but it gives way to a powerful sour that causes the jaw to clinch up slightly. I can taste a lot of raspberry in this beer, it is very apparent that they used a ton of the fruit in the beer which really does wonders to balance this out. The sour in the beer is very complex as well, since Russian River uses three different souring bacteria’s there are a lot of different notes going on, it leans towards acidic, but there is a very mild funk from the brettanomyces. The Chardonnay barrels give Framboise For A Cure a crisp, fresh, feel and also leaves the mouth and tongue dry.

Russian River Framboise For A Cure (2014)
BREWERY: Russian River Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Santa Rosa, Calif.
STYLE: American wild ale
ABV: 6.7 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $18
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2014
AVAILABLE IN: 375ml bottles
Overall this was a really fantastic offering from Russian River, which is to be expected from a brewery that excels at sours. If you enjoy beers that make you pucker, Framboise For A Cure will undoubtedly be a winner; it drinks really nicely and is very refreshing. The amount of sour to sweet balance really makes the drinker crave it in a way. Each drink left me wanting more because of the dryness it left in my mouth and while the flavor is very welcoming, it is strong enough to label this beer a sipper. It did mellow out as it warmed, but the strong sour and sweet raspberry, which makes this beer so special, stayed intact.
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