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Russian River Framboise for a Cure (2011-2012)

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Sour barrel aged beer with raspberries. 100% of the sale of this bottle will be donated directly to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa.

The 2011 and 2012 vintages utilize a 100% Temptation Base.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Intense bright salmon color. Amazing strong raspberry flavor. One of the best aromas on a beer I’ve had. Dry tart raspberry flavor. Really nice fresh fruit flavor. Good sour finish, but not overpowering or acetic. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Sampled along side the 2010 batch as well. Bottle pours a super, bright pink body with no head or lacing, a hint of carbonation. Aroma is ridiculously delicate fruit, funky oak, raspberries and tartness. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle with wonderful notes of raspberry, jam, fruit juice, funky wood, and sour fruit. I will try this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DYCSoccer17 (3638) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
2011 Vintage purchased at Ledger’s in Berkeley quite some time ago. Rating #3000. The aroma is very strong and quite pleasant. Dominant raspberry, but there is enough light tart musty acetic funk to make this more interesting. Really nice. Gorgeous moderately hazy candy-apple red body with a large, bubbly pink head that dissipates quickly, but then it maintains a nice head for a while afterwards. Absolutely stunningly beautiful beer. Starts with significant sour tartness. Light acetic notes. Some sour raspberry flavor comes through in the middle. It almost has a light medicinal flavor, though. Finishes with a dry, barnyardy tartness. This beer is badass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2012
(bottle - corked & caged 375 ml) Cloudy orange with a good amount of white foam. Huge sour and earthy tart aroma that gets the salivary glands going immediately. Nice oak and fruit notes with some good raspberry underneath it. Raspberry begins the flavor and then blends in with that tart Brett flavor. Some sweetness near the end but mainly that predominant and delicious funky sour taste. Fruity notes linger on the palate. Outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (9532) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
Pink head, fast gone over beautiful clear red-cyclamen beer. Raspberry². explosion of fresh fruit and vinous, winecasks. This nose is absolutely stunning! Sour raspberries - wild ones, at that, full of fresh flavours and natural acids. Hint at vanillapods (real one, not like from oak). Spritzy, enliveling the superb natural flavours; yet some slickness. This is insanely good. Another winner, Vinnie. Some super-natural, faintly alcoholized Hero-drink... Abject thanks to the donator!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle from the pub. Pours a delightfully bright red, almost looks unnatural, but is completely from the fresh raspberries. Light to medium carbonation which allowed a pinkish head to reside on the surface ever so delicately. The aromas are overwhelmingly of the natural raspberries, however a hint of the Temptation base is a gentle support that rounds out this delightful beer. The flavors, as to be expected, triumphantly call out from the fruit. This years version is less acidic, which frankly neither here nor there, but should be mentioned none the less. I appreciate its dry quality in the finish which is quite quenching. It can be consumed as a refresher on a warm afternoon or as a gentle desert with a mild pound cake with a touch of whip cream. No surprise that this is a one of a kind Framboise that is a screaming deal at $20.00 a bottle. I have to go back for more another day. I look forward to it developing some complexity as it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Thanks ryan! Pure red in the pour with hints of pink in the head. Massive raspberry seed, raspberry flesh, and vibrant lactic acidity give way to a palate filled with even more raspberry. Medium body with low carbonation, letting the fruit and acidity shine. Bright and dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle. Pinkish/reddish pour with a pink head. Raspberries, oak, and funk aromas. Sour berries, funk, and oak, with just a hint of vinegar and citrus. Crisp and tart with outstanding balance and perfect carbonation. Simply outstanding...

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