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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Cherish Raspberry LambicCherish Raspberry Lambic

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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Tone

Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 20:20:47 | More by Tone
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

more than a year ago i had this as one of the first non BMC beers i ever tried that led me to great things. after many pours, i am finally reviewing it

A-very dark red, light pink head

S-wow pure raspberries!that's all!...just great!

T- in and out its a fist-full of wonderful fresh raspberries. very very thick tasting. i love this! it tastes like candy. a bit of sourness is present and welcomed!

M-medium carbonation with a great creamy finish!

D-as drinkable as it gets, i could drink this all night! by far my favorite lambic ever!

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 06:44:31 | More by AdamBear
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 11:32:33 | More by akorsak
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 10:53:06 | More by DIM
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warnerry

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:34:35 | More by warnerry
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:44:58 | More by brentk56
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, seems like 10 oz. or less.

Mostly clear burgundy red color, white lacing from the get-go.

Smells of hints of candi sugar and strong, fresh raspberries.

Tastes of sweet candi sugar and tart raspberry juice.

Light body with bubbly carbonation like a soda.

As a fruity lambic, one of the best I've had. I'm not a fan of the style except maybe when looking for something to accompany a chocolate dessert, but as it goes this one is top notch for what it is. Just the right level of sweet to tart balance and it tastes like real fruit juice, not the syrupy equivalent that comes across in some other fruit lambics. If you're looking for a good raspberry lambic, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:12:34 | More by Cylinsier
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Offa

California

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:37:01 | More by Offa
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish/purple with minor chill haze...the head has shades of pink and fizzles quickly away.

S: Authentic tart raspberries and other fruits underneath...blackberry and sweet cherry....sweet malt, faint Belgian yeast.

T: Taste follows the nose, raspberries and raspberry juice, faint tartness mixing with pleasant sweetness, hint of yeast esters and malt body. Very balanced and restrained.

MF: Light to light/medium feel, moderate tartness, good carbonation.

O: Belgian yeast really stays in the background...not as tart as I thought it'd be...very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:48:19 | More by Scotchboy
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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quick, slight head is light pink and leaves traces of lace. This lambic is a light ruby and translucent.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with raspberries and a hint of tart cranberry.

Balanced between sweet and tartness, though way off the chart for both. Once the palate adjusts, fruit, primarily raspberries, come to life. With warmth, tart berries take over. There is a long finish.

This is a clean and refreshing lambic with a medium body, lots of residual sugar and ample prickly carbonation.

An excellent desert beer for a summer afternoon. This would be perfect for a picnic with finger sandwiches or poured over vanilla ice cream. Any delicate occasion would be complimented, though this beer itself is far from subtle. I enjoyed it from a Cherish snifter.

I can imagine this would easily replace mimosas during Sunday brunch.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:42:24 | More by SLeffler27
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:32:21 | More by htomsirveaux
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark red with a 1 inch fizzy white-red head that settles to a slight film on the top of the beer. Small chunks of lace slowly slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of raspberry juice, raspberry puree, and raspberry jam. Taste is of sour raspberry candy and sour raspberry juice. The aftertaste gets sweeter on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very crisp mouthfeel and gives a slight acidic burn in the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a good lambic that is much more sour and acidic than other raspberry lambics I have had before (like Lindemans Framboise on the opposite end of the spectrum).

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:12:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:35:09 | More by DrewShal9
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juhl31

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:58:40 | More by juhl31
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of strawberry jam, clear, with a light pink head. A nice amount of webbed lacing is left behind.

Smell: Very inviting sour raspberry nose.

Taste: Moderately sweet raspberry flavor upfront, giving way to a nice tartness. A touch of grain, perhaps a small portion of wheat malt was used in addition. There is a subtle bitterness. The sour flavor continues to develop, and leaves a long, fairly complex lactic finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, spritzy carbonation, soft feel on the palatte.

Overall: Jef @ Van Steenberge knows how to brew quality, authentic Belgian beers. This was pretty nice. In addition the the Kriek and Raspberry, they also produce a true sour beer, the Monks Cafe Flemish Sour which is very nice and tart, especially in large bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 16:04:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

O: 4

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:40:45 | More by vandemonian
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 17:41:07 | More by bsp77
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 15:24:39 | More by tone77
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:31:07 | More by zaphodchak
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fdkayti

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A be-e-e-ay-yootiful cherry red with a bubbly pink head. No lacing but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles.

S- Sweet, tart fruit. Smells like sweetened raspberry preserves, I can't get enough.

T- Oh my goodness. Like drinking not-quite-ripe rasperry juice. Sooo good. I want a gigantic glass of this. Sweet and tart and tart and sweet. Over the top goodness.

MF- Dances on the tongue. The crispest, cleanest tasting thing ever. Great carbonation, champagne fizz.

O/D- YUM. That is all.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:42:12 | More by fdkayti
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a hot, humid day and while I was out for a stroll, I stopped in at one of our newest bottle shops where I saw this and thought that it might make a nice change of pace.

My resulted in a finger of bubbly cotton-candy pink head with decent retention. Color was a deep pinkish-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fresh red raspberry scent, like my paternal grandmother's raspberry bush in her backyard during the summer. Mouthfeel was medium with a good deal of carbonation and the taste was raspberry tart. For those people who mentioned that they were surprised by the tartness, do be aware that raspberry usually imparts just such a tart character in both beer and tea. This was not puckeringly tart, but it was tart enough to get my attention. The finish was very refreshing and a wise choice for a day like today.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 19:10:07 | More by woodychandler
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womencantsail

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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".

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 06:33:41 | More by womencantsail
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GuruDel

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:09:39 | More by GuruDel
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tapman

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby hued brew with pink 2 finger head and ample carbonation. Filtered.

Smells like raspberry sorbet.

Tastes like a raspberry sorbet, though with a slight cough syrup taste, but really good cough syrup.

Very sharp and effervescent.

I'm still partial to Lindemans. Theirs is a tad more sour, but this is still pretty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:54:31 | More by tapman
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:44:40 | More by AgentZero
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Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.