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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 113
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

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Photo of pentathlete
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Lindeman's footed flute. The color was a light brown, nearly orange color. Small head that held firm, not rocky, and no lacing. Smell is berry, though it is difficult to tell what type, some chalky odors come through. Taste is not where it should be. The fruit is barely discernible, the tart (not sour) flavor tastes like a cheap candy. Mouthfeel is kool-aid at best, very light. This is not enjoyable and I would not recommend it. I didn't lose any money on this one. The buyer at OUAV threw it in the box to get my opinion. I don't think they'll be carrying it. (578 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry color. No head at all, Aroma is raspberry with a hint of yeast, slightly sour. A light bodied lambic. Fruitiness is very evident, fairly sweet. It very lambic like, but it seem very watery. Nice flavor, but very watery. Nice flavor but seems somewhat thin. Cannot recommend this one. Left me feeling very unfulfilled. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. (406 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Fuzzy/hazy and highly carbonated, the peach colored brew brings a decent white head, that's fairly standard for a lambic.

Smell: Banana Strawberry Yogurt comes to mind on the nose, with the slightest hint of raspberry.

Taste: Some banana strawberry like the smell, but some buttery/butterscotch character and even some sour biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Very sour with no bitterness to speak of and a medium body for a lambic.

Drinkability: A little funky, even for a lambic, the flavors seem a little off. This beer is very average, in an almost disappointing way. But it's not disappointing, because then it would be below average, wouldn't it? (653 characters)

Photo of ciderfaerie
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: amber color with a light ring of head and rising carbonation bubbles.

smell: raspberry liqueur, almost chocolatey.

taste: oakiness, sweet, sour, artificial raspberry flavoring.

mouthfeel: seems thick (impression could be due to mild tastes in the lambic or warming). carbonation is alright, not impressive.

drinkability: nothing about this is really "in your face" which is nice, however, it also leaves something to be desired - a little more umph? best served cold. (491 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This is raspberry colored with a quickly disappearing white head. The aroma has a hint of raspberries. Unfortunately, the palate is a bit thin. So, it's nothing to go out of your way for. (267 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (626 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: I have to say this is a beautiful beer. Clear, deep purple body and a small, fizzy pink head.

s: I smell raspberry candy. Not fresh fruit aromas, but sweet, sweet raspberry candy.

t: Sweet almost to the point of being obnoxious. The fruit is there, but it tastes like a lot of artificial sweetner was added.

m: Gentle, fizzy carbonation and a sticky body.

d: This just wasn't for me, far too sweet. (406 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a planned purchase, but was persuaded to try this one when passing it on the shelf.

A - Pours a deep purple color with brown on the edges and a great pink head foams up about a half a finger. Quickly disappears.

S - A lot of raspberries, a bit medicinal.

T - Reminds me a lot of Robitussin, not a ringing endorsement. Definitley tastes like raspberris, with a decent amount of tartness. Very full flavor, but I don't love it.

M - Smooth, creamy, carbonated.

D - Got a little lambic-heft there at 5% with a bit of body on it. I don't like it enough to drink it regularly, but it's not horrible. Wouldn't buy again, though. (631 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 8.4oz bottle into 16oz goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bit of a pinkish/purplish caramel color with a small, quickly dissipating pinkish head that that leaves a thick ring of lace behind.

Smell: Smells of straight raspberries- no tartness or other beery smells. Only raspberry.

Taste: Begins with a candy-sweet raspberry flavor, finishing with a bit of sourness rounding out to more raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium, syrupy body with sharp carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: Certainly not bad, but there are many better raspberry lambics out there. This one tastes like it was brewed with fake raspberries and is a bit too syrupy, but it is still an easy drinker and will satisfy a craving for a raspberry lambic. (742 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, and swears it is the best raspberry beer this side of Raspberry Tart. According to the label, this is an authentic lambic, but the level of tartness level is close to zero. Nice raspberry nose here (close to NG) and surprisingly an enjoyable beer. (311 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, cloudy, and purple/raisin color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of raspberry, sugar, and a hint of floral notes. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and tart with a crispness. Carbonation level is also average. Tastes of raspberry and sugar. Overall, no complexity, too sweet, but drinkable. (373 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber with a white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong raspberries, you could almost smell the seeds. Behind the raspberry was a slightly sour aromatic and a very slight lambic character.

The flavor was crisp with light raspberry flavor and a very slight sour flavor that added depth to the character of the brew. The flavor was fleeting however and only lasts a split second.

The finish was dry with just a hint of raspberries lasting till the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

8.4 fl ounce bottle. The aroma was nice on this beer, but the flavor lacked complexity. (657 characters)

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature, into an Ommegang tulip, from a 25cl bottle. Poured out a deep, murky cranberry color. Three fingers of fluffy pinkish head formed and slowly settled into a thick soapy gob in the glass. Left some streaky thin lace behind all the way down the glass. Smell was a sour and acidic raspberry aroma that was quite strong. Also a sweet malty, yeasty smell in there as well. A semi sour raspberry flavor, (Actually tart is a better word), a thick malty flavor and a sugary sweetness. Flavor seemed a bit artificial. Finishes smooth and sweet with plenty of carbonation and just a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and palate coating. Decent drinkability. (688 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Raspberry juice color with a huge head that sticks and laces like a champ

Smell: Smells like a pint of raspberries

Taste: More sweet than tart, the raspberry flavors come through strongly from start to finish; lots of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While not as cloying as the Lindemans Framboise, this one is pretty close in its sweetness; I would prefer a more balanced Lambic (449 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.. (641 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 mL bottle tried 17 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter (why didn't I use one of the 0.2 L glasses?).

Small pinkinsh head. Well carbonated. Deep dark maroonish red, almost opaque. Aroma is all raspberry, more sweet than tart. Taste is pretty much all raspberry too, sweet and tart. Light body, light alcohol. Juicy tart finish and aftertaste.

Like a lighter, less complex version of NG Raspberry Tart.

Damn you, unentered reviews. Bought this again in Dec 2011 because my memory sucks... (509 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (768 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz bottle.

Poured a deeper ruby red color with a large sized reddish / pink head. Aromas of sweet and lightly tart raspberries, some yeast, and I'm getting some peppery spiciness. Tastes of sweet raspberries and strawberries. Lightly tart finish. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 11/14/07 (299 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-brown, small pink-tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, a little weak lace.

Aroma is nice raspberry, bread crust, hint of yeastiness.

Taste is nice raspberry, juicy sweetness with some brown bread, light rustic yeastiness. It’s mostly lightly sweet with a little light tartness. It has an enjoyable, good flavour overall, with a full feel and it is better than the Cherish kriek. However, it is still very simple and fruity with little lambic rustic character coming through. (503 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle into champagne flute.

A: Pours a dark ruby red with an inch of fizzy light pink head that reduced into a frothy collar around the glass. Some soapy lacing
S: Ummm....raspberries? Yes. Yes there might be some raspberries in this! A mixture of sweet raspberry syrup and fruity, fresh smashed berry jam.
T: Sweet, fresh raspberries give way to a lightly tart finish with a hint of yeasty funk. Raspberries pretty much dominate everything. Very sweet.
M: Creamy and soft carbonation with a medium slick body that full of sugary sweetness.
D: A super sweet yet delicious and fruity lambic. Not very tart or sour at all. Great on a hot day or for dessert. (668 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of drewd0g
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2.99 for a small bottle. Pretty sweet deal...

appearance is a murky brown color. smell is sour and sweet like raspberries. the taste is very sweet and sour too. the raspberry flavor comes through very strong too. mouthfeel is pretty thick for the style. good beer, i dont think id drink more than 1 or 2 glasses of this. (321 characters)

Photo of juhl31
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-crimson in color with a very clear body. there is a pink head atop this that doesn't leave much in the area of retention or lacing

-big time raspberry on the nose with a hint of sweet tarts in the background

-mmm...i love me a nice blackberry pomegranate juice squeeze! a little bit more of the acidity comes as the more you drink it, but overall that aspect is very mild

-it has the right amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness to it

-this is a fine beer and glad i tried it, but i don't really need to buy more despite the alcohol level of this juice squeeze (569 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a deep, dark red color with a soapy pink head.

S: Intense raspberry nose almost like raspberry pie filling or candies. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness, but somehow it's not cloying.

T: Big time raspberry flavor with lots of sugar and sweetness to it. There is actually some tartness to it which is a pleasant change of pace.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: I liked this a little bit better than the cherry/kriek, but still not my favorite "framboise". (500 characters)

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Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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