Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by matjack85:
4.93/5 rDev +28.1%
This comes in a small 8.4oz brown bottle with no freshness date on it. The only information you get is a line at the top of the label that says, "Authentic Belgian Raspberry Lambic", and then a line at the bottom that says "Malt beverage brewed with raspberries".
I poured the beer into a red wine glass where it showed off its deep garnet red color, but it only made a ½-finger of bubbly pink head that faded to just a rim in about 30 seconds. Lots of soapy lacing occurs with each tilt of the glass.
The smell is like walking thru a field of fresh raspberries at picking time. The raspberry smell is so strong, if there is any other smell in here, I can't find it.
Now it's time to cross my fingers. Was this going to be a sweet sticky artificial syrupy mess, or was I going to get treated to tart Lambic style raspberry flavor? To my surprise and delight, this stuff was delicious! Sweet - absolutely, but with plenty of Lambic style tartness to make this one of the best Lambic fruit beers I have ever tasted. Can't really taste much more than the raspberries and a little Lambic funk, but that's OK with me. I loved it.
Both sweet and sour mouthfeel with enough tartness to give it some puckering power. Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation.
Great taste and easy to drink. The 5% alcohol is completely hidden. If the bottle didn't say there was 5% in here I would have guessed it to be even lower. Congratulations to Van Steenberger - I think you've even outdone Lindemans and Leifmans with this one. Now if only you could make a nicer looking label - LOL.
10-15-2010 11:01:42 | More by matjack85
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4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Deep ruby with a pink cloud of head.
Great aroma of fresh raspberry and belgian yeast, maybe a hint of malt in there too.
Full on raspberry taste with a lively mouthfeel.
Very refreshing and just straight up chugable. Not the best, but still well made.
02-16-2010 02:01:08 | More by brownbeer
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Slim 8.4 oz bottle pours a very pinkish red with a fizzy bubbly head. This beer is a very light hue & translucent. The head maintains, which I find impressive for a lambic.
Smell is pleasantly tart & gets my taste buds moving. Not as powerfully sweet smelling as Lindemans.
Intriguing candy taste, but not to the sweet extreme of Lindemans. Carbonation hits your tongue first in a quick burst. After that, the lambic is light and sweet and fades away gradually, leaving your mouth with a very clean taste.
Bravo. I am very pleased with my Cherish Raspberry lambic experience. It would be cooler if it came in a larger bottle, but that's all I can complain about.
02-14-2006 01:07:02 | More by chOAKbarrell
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
A - Pours reddish brown with half a finger of tan head. Head quickly fades to a collar and leaving some small spots of lacing.
S - Big raspberry aroma, with some fresh berry, some jam and a bit of raspberry syrup. Has a decent tart character and a faint funkiness.
T - Starts with a nice tart raspberry flavor that is quickly supported by sweet raspberry. Never gets sickly sweet though, or too much like soda.
M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit fuller than I like for the style, but not syrupy sweet. Would be nice if this were drier, but it isn't unpleasant.
O - For the sweeter end of the lambic spectrum, this is actually pretty good. I would prefer a much drier offering, as the sweetness and heavier mouthfeel take away from the refreshing feeling of a good lambic.
08-05-2012 19:34:35 | More by warnerry
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Gorgeous red with thick pink head and nice lacing.
Smell: All raspberry - tart and sweet.
Taste: Mostly just tastes like raspberries, fairly sweet ones at that. That is some light tartness at the finish, but I am really not getting much complexity.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light but juicy body, somewhat tart finish.
Overall: This is just pure raspberry juice. Too simple, but no doubt tasty, and quite refreshing.
09-19-2011 17:41:07 | More by bsp77
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
(Served in a chalice)
A- Dense brown-reddish body with a bright pink sherber bubbly head with a broken sticky lace.
S- The full raspberry fruit is a slight sweet and a bit jammy as it warms.
T- This beer has a full raspberry flavor with a nice tart puckering fruit note lead to a dry finish with fruit lingering. There is a cola note under the fruit but not any malt flavors.
M- The light mouthfeel has a fizzy prickly finish with no alcohol heat and a slight astringency from the fruit.
D- This is a big fruity over-the-top dry beer that is nice if you like the fruit but doesn't offer much "beer" flavor or any funk lambic qualities..
07-14-2010 13:51:55 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from an 8.4oz bottle into my Lindemans flute.
Somewhat hazy carnelian liquid with rose madder highlights and a small creamy seashell (almost a heavily desaturated pink) head of foam that recedes to a decent layer of bubbles ringed by tall lasting lacing.
Aroma is fragrant and tart but seems a little syrupy. Raspberries and a hint of citrus, but no yeast in the nose.
A crisp tart palate entry presents a surprising amount of acidity which nicely balances the sweetness of raspberries (which while good, don't have a fresh earthy substance to them like the best of this style). Very subtle interplay of yeast-derived flavors as well (olive, clover, tarragon, hay), but a little too subtle for a framboise.
Light-bodied but nicely effervescent and soft as well. Almost puckering, but tamed by the sweetness. Not syrupy. Slightly warming (very surprising considering the low ABV).
Bordering on cloying, but saved by the acidity, this is about as easy drinking as ale can be.
09-18-2009 21:04:13 | More by augustgarage
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
A: looks like liquidy strawberry jam with a thin white head. Didn't see a pink or rose colored head that has been aforementioned in previous reviews.
S: sweetness, hint of funk, with an abundance of raspberry. Very inviting.
T: this ones an easy answer: raspberry! A sweet with a tinge of sourness. Like an apple tartness.
M: thinner than juice but a juice like consistency with light carbonation.
O: very pleasant and I would definitely buy this again. I also want to try the other lambics they brew.
12-03-2011 20:35:09 | More by DrewShal9
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
A - Pours a rose (prounouncing this ro-zay) or light blush pink that looks darker pink in the glass (like the darker half of a two tone valentine's day card). The pink tinted white head holds for quite awhile at a nice two fingers, and lots of really sticky lace is left on the glass. This beer encompasses every shade of pink.... like a ten year old girl's bedroom. At the end of the bottle, tons of little yeast chunks flopped into my glass...cool!
S - Rich raspberry smells really authentic...like a big puree of raspberries and grape juice. Sweet, but smells tart at the same time. Cherry pie, raspberry puree, champagne, good blush wine, and maybe a hint of cranberry sauce and applesauce.
T - The flavor doesn't quite live up to the fantastic nose, but it's not bad. Tart and sweet mix of raspberry juice, orange juice, lemonade, and cranberries. Honestly, this tastes a lot more like cranberry juice that SA's crappy cranberry lambic. Is there such a thing as pink appleauce? I think that such a thing exists, and this tastes a lot like it. Apples are there too, maybe candied (not caramel) apples.
M - Tart, puckery, and acidic, but sweet in the midpalate. This finishes sour and dry...a nice touch given the initial sweetness. Lip-smacking is in order.
D - Pretty good stuff. I think that this would do extremely well in balancing the dryness of turkey on Thanksgiving, and the cranberry tartness echos the theme of the season. I couldn't really drink more than one of these though, maybe one with a turkey sammich and I'll leave it at that.
11-26-2008 18:31:09 | More by pmcadamis
4.58/5 rDev +19%
Slight haze (bottle conditioned). Red with a soft purple cast. The white head holds well, leaving a continual light surface coating but no lace. The aroma is of fresh raspberries. Very natural, and more fruity than sweet. Nice. The body is light-medium with a limited carbonation that's very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is nicely balanced between tart and sweet; neither is as bold as it could be (it's only tart, not really sour), but at least it's not too sweet! It finishes dry with a light, lingering fruitiness. A decent beer, but lacking in the intense character of the best lambics. A very gentle version that would make a great cross-over to the style.
09-29-2002 18:36:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Finger of off-white head atop a garnet body. Laces some with decent surface memory.
Nose is tart berry... actually a lot of apple here.
Taste is quite sweet to balance the tartness. Not bad. I get 'sour apple' as much as 'raspberry', but still, decently enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is pretty nice-- not too prickly nor foamy, but the aftertaste is sticky... still, all things considered, not bad.
Decent framboise. Lambics can be hit or miss-- this one strikes me as all right. I dig the 8oz bottling-- the price point isn't prohibitive for the volume, and 8oz is plenty.
08-06-2011 03:31:07 | More by zaphodchak
3.85/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a nice red color with a slight amber tint to it. The head is a frothy white that stays at around 1/8 of an inch thick after it settles down. Nice Lacing
S: Smell is not very strong but you smell lots of raspberry and some bret funk.
T: pretty good. A little less sweet and viscous than Lindmans version but I think I like that about it. A little more tartness comes through and is quite enjoyable.
M: nice carbonation and goes down smooth. The tartness feels good in thins one.
D: I would buy and have this again. Would be very enjoyable with a good cheese cake or almost any dessert.
02-06-2009 20:24:02 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle poured into a tulip, split 3 ways
A: Ruby red pour yeilds a white fluffy 2 finger head.
S: Rasberries in a glass. This smells wonderful, bright rasberry notes with a small hint of funk behind it. This reminds me of ludens cough drops.
T: This is a rasberry bomb! Big fruit, sweet and crisp. One dimentional, but fun.
M: Very carbonated, lively on the tongue.
O: This was a suprise, a friend brought it over and I didnt have much expectations but it was a nice easy drinking lambic. Very enjoyable, would have again for sure.
04-06-2011 14:09:39 | More by GuruDel
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from an 8.4 oz. bottle into a wine glass. This brew pours a clear mahogany with a thin head of off white foam. Offers strong retention and lacing for the style.
Nose is all about muddled raspberry and seems pleasant and natural though a bit overwhelming in a sense.
Taste follows and is quite delicious. Raspberry and light malt notes. Quite un beerlike in a sense yet smooth in feel and easy drinking. Sweetness might overwhelm in time so surely a sipper.
03-05-2010 08:46:57 | More by HalfFull
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.93/5 rDev -23.9%
8.4 oz bottle purchased Feb. 2006
Pours a slightly hazy red with a small, fizzy head that dissipates to nothing in just a few seconds and leaves no lacing, though there are some streams of bubbles rising from the base of the flute to the surface. Smell is sweet and dominated by raspberries, but slight hints of tartness and yeast are present as well. Taste falls a bit flat. It is sweet, and is again mostly raspberries, but has a watery tendancy as well, and isn't very complex. Mouthfeel is thin, and has a bit too much overt carbonation, giving it a sharp feeling, but drinkability is pretty good. Not much of a lambic.
03-20-2006 03:56:53 | More by Mandrake
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from a brown 8.4 oz. bottle. Has a pinkish/viotet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of raspberries. Taste is tart, lots of raspberry, very flavorful, not really sweet at all. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
08-06-2011 15:24:39 | More by tone77
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Pours a cloudy amber with thin white head. Has a very nice rasberry fruity aroma. Taste is rasberry some light malt. Palate is very nice light body, nice carbonation. Finish is very fruity mostly rasberry ending with a crisp tart flavor which helps to balance the sweetness and some light malt. Overall a very nice and refreshing lambic.
11-24-2010 16:23:33 | More by Samp01
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
A snifter at Al's of Hampden.
A: The framboise is a sickly crimson red-raspberry beret color, both purple and red, that is more or less opaque. Not much in the way of head.
S: After an initial dose of semi-sweet raspberry, there is a heavy dank presence, stinky like cheese. It's no Hanssens Experimental, far to sweet up front, but there is plenty of funk below the surface.
T: The taste revels in the raspberry sweetness without the funk, which has mysteriously vanished. Raspberries are semi-sweet, a freshly plucked with the normal variation between sweet and acidic. Even as the lambic warms in my mouth, there is very little acidic sharpness beyond what the fruit itself manifests. A sipping lambic that seems to be a step above Lindemans (and that is not a condemnation of either).
M: The mouthfeel is sweet, acidic enough to sit heavily in my stomach. Plenty of raspberry to go around.
D: At 5%, the lambic doesn't disappoint in its drinkability. The acidity can create a bit of wear and tear.
05-14-2010 11:32:33 | More by akorsak
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
8.4 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a reddish/purple color with about an inch light pink head. Head retention is decent, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is all sweet raspberries and candy sugar. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly sugary sweet raspberries. A little bit of tartness comes out once the beer warms up some, but for the most part it's a mostly sweet fruity brew. Since I love sweet raspberries, that's a very good thing. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little syrupy and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good too, pretty easy to drink. I'd buy this again!
09-04-2010 23:22:02 | More by bluejacket74
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle from Beer World of Largo, FL.
Huge aroma of raspberries. No sourness in the aroma. Some mild powdered malt notes as well. Reddish hued brown with a lazy bubbly white head. Sweet raspberry fore. Low carbonation. I dont know the age of my bottle, but I suspect it is a few years old. Its very mellow and more malty than I expected. Almost none of the sour notes of a true lambic that one would expect. Its not even particuarly tart. Its much better than my expectation though from a pure flavor standpoint. It tastes quite good if a little soda-poppy and watery in the finish.
04-10-2006 07:48:57 | More by Jredner
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Bought this at Ballard Market in Seattle. Poured slightly under cellar temp into my Duvel tulip glass.
Pours ruby red with about a 1.5 finger head that is white with a slight red/pink hue to it. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles and very little lacing.
Smell is of near-ripe raspberries--more of the juice I'm reminded of not the outside of the berry itself. Very strong tartness to it.
Taste is of tart raspberries of course, however with how strong the nose is, the strength of taste was a bit underwhelming for me. Mouthfeel has the right carbonation for the style.
Overall I would still recommend this brew especially for the price I got it for (less than $3 for a bottle). It's very drinkable and I can't wait to try the kriek!
07-10-2008 06:22:02 | More by ctownsoul
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Cherish Raspberry Lambic is a pleasant framboise with less flavour than many other beers of this type.
A: Red colour and a 1 cm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5
S: Tart raspberry aroma. 4.5
T: Rasberry flavour. Slightly sweet. Not bitter. Not much in the aftertaste. 3.5
M: Well carbonated. 4
10-01-2011 01:40:45 | More by vandemonian
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
The pour a pretty to the eye Raspberry red color with the head minimal, the lace sparse. The nose is that of fresh ripe raspberries, pleasing, with the start cloyingly sweet, top skeletal and the finish tart, biting in its acidity, very sweet to the end. Quite drinkable, but for this Beer Drinker, almost too sweet.
01-09-2003 16:41:38 | More by Gusler
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.