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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

augustgarage, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pinkish red with a small head that died quickly. Basic razz smell and not much else but the razz smell is pleasing. Taste is more of the same as very basic razz taste that isn't overly sweet and has just enough tartness for balance. Nothing fancy here but this was a very enjoyable drink.

clayrock81, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of jim1904
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't have a goblet or a tulip on hand, so my heart sunk a little when I poured the contents of this dinky cute little 8.4 oz. bottle into a pint... only to have it come up barely past the halfway point. Bummer. Ah well. Push forward.

A - Dark ruby with a pink head. When I say ruby, I mean it... it looks just like the gem, a vibrant red blended with a muddy brown to create... oh, I don't know, a vibrant muddy red brown. A very pretty beer, capped with a respectable head and good lacing.

S - The raspberry aroma here is strong, but different than how I expected. It's not very cloying or sharp, but really rather hearty. Like the actual fruit itself, not the sugar-laden jello treat that might contain some incidental raspberry extract. Aside from the raspberry, there's a bit of a faint musty barnyard aroma.

T - The nose belies the tartness of the taste, though the bretty barnyard aroma translates well. Really, the taste is much more candy-licious and one-dimensional than the aroma, which is a bit of a bummer. Sweet and tart (much more the latter than the former) raspberry flashes in the front, and then cuts off abruptly. Basically nothing in the finish, aside from some lingering brett flavors.

M - Prickly, well-suited to the flavor of the beer.

D - Certainly not syrupy-sweet like some other fruit-lambics-which-shall-not-be-named, but the enticing aroma falls short on the tongue.

jim1904, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of aaronh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy body that appears mostly reddish but shows substantial amber highlights. The head is very loose and fades rapidly. The aroma has decent malt notes but is really a sweet, almost artificial raspberry note in that it is so clean and pure. Flavor is sweet raspberry with a slight acidic, tart edge. A very mellow lambic in that respect. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, Crbonation is enought to keep it from being cloying. Drinkability is very good. A nice desert beer.

aaronh, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz bottle

Pours a pinkish, orange brown color with lots of crap floating around and a medium sized pink/white head with large bubbles. Concentrated raspberry goodness in the nose, candy sweet and slightly tart. Fresh raspberry, borderline artificial in flavor but it drinks like an absolute treat, other notes of watermelon, and berry. Medium coating body, moderate carbonation and pretty drinkable. The floaties are a bit distracting towards the end...

ATPete, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk because the server looked a bit lonely. This turned out to be a really good beer though! Pours a deep reddish/pink with a light pink head. Aroma is quite nice and inviting: nice sweet raspberries with a slight tartness. Flavor of sugary sweet raspberries but so tasty! Delish!
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

pmcadamis, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of ctownsoul
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

ctownsoul, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Avryle
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was recently on tap at my local beer bar along with the kriek. I didn't want to plop down $12 a pint so I picked up a bottle of both. I've been a bit hesitant to open the frambois because of my disappointment with the kriek, but it needs to get out of the fridge so here it goes...

A- Giganto head. Initial small pour into the glass resulted in an incredibly fluffy head that filled half the glass. It looks like a strawberry milkshake. After letting it sit for about five minutes, I now have an inch of liquid. Wash, rinse, repeat. with this one. The head like something in a cartoon. This is going to cost the appearance rating.
Head eventually disapates to nothing leaving a murky, dark-garnet colored body.

S- This thing smells like a raspberry. Open a container of raspberries, inhale. Same thing with a sour note. Good thing I really like rasberries.

T- I probably could have drank another beer while waiting for the head to go down on this. In fact, there sould probably be a warning on the label: "1. Pour beer into chalice. 2. Go get another beer to drink while waiting for head to disipate."
Prevelant raspberry taste with that sour lambic finish.

M- Pretty active carbonation- expected with the amount of head. Light to medium body that leaves a sour taste lingering on the side of your toung

D- Once you can drink it, its pretty darn drinkable. Like sour juice.

Glad this is finally out of the fridge.

Avryle, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

jaxon53, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted something sweet after a big meal on Christmas day. I poke around in my collection and find this oddity...

A quick pour into my 40cl goblet proves to be a big mistake. The ENTIRE glass is filled with a massively frothy, rocky, pale pink head. This is the biggest head from a non-infected (I hope) beer I've seen. Move over Duvel, a new challenger has entered the ring! But I digress. After 3 minutes when the head fades I can see a clear blush pink-red beer, a few shades redder than a rose wine. But the head... oy. It never dies entirely and leaves some sticky pink lacing on the sides. I almost feel feminine drinking this stuff; the pink is everywhere....

Hmm... this smells intense. Big big raspberry nose and a very harsh acidic, spicy assault that comes from nowhere and wallops the senses. Something here reminds me of sliced Chile peppers. The nose is sweet, but a lot more tart that I was anticipating. There's a funky farmhouse (?!) bent here that's just... strange. I hesitantly put the little goblet to my lips...

And am oddly rewarded by an extremely flavorful, light bodied, fruity beer. This is the second most raspberry-filled beer I've ever encountered (after DFH Fort). The flavor is a lot more appealing than the smell suggests, and is a fine fine blend of sweet fresh-picked earthy raspberries and cranberry blessed with a refreshing crisp tartness and only a hint of yeast funk. Minor metallic note. Drinks like soda pop. Easier, actually.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this sort of thing - light and watery. Cherish is highly carbonated and crackling, and glides down the throat. Finish is mildly yeasty, alas, but is otherwise fruity-sour, medium-dry and rejuvenating.

This was a pleasant surprise, a little lambic with a lot of pluck. I'm glad it comes in 8oz bottles as I don't want a lot of this sweet delight, but I'm drink what I've got with a flourish. I look forward to trying the Cherish Cherry I've got stashed away, now.

kkipple, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish/copper hue with a small white ringed head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is of tart and berry: very pungent sour smell balanced with sweet raspberry, strawberry, and wheat notes.

Tastes of sweet berries paired with a sour mash flavor (think Shock Tarts). Mouthfeel is thin and light with a sour bite on the finish that doesn't last long. Bottom line: it's tasty, fruity, and rather simple. Would I have it again? Probably not, but it was fun to try.

wagenvolks, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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?

dbalsock, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of ciderfaerie
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

ciderfaerie, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of WMBierguy
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that I don't really consider lambics to be beer. I know that they technically are, but I lump them in with other flavored malt beverages (like wine coolers, Smirnoff Ice, etc.). Therefore, I'm comparing this with those types of drinks, not with beers. With that said, this is what those drinks wish they could be. This poured a cloudy dark red. The head was thick and pinkish, but it didn't leave any lacing along the glass. The drink had a strong raspberry smell and a pleasing raspberry flavor. If you're ever craving a wine cooler, I'd recommend grabbing some of this lambic. It was the best fruity malt drink that I've ever had.

WMBierguy, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 25-CL bottle.

In my Duvel Chalice this is a hazy burgundy colored beer without much head formation at all. It looks more like a glass of burgundy wine than a beer. Definitely red-violet in color.

Smell is sweet and very strongly of raspberries, the equal of any other Framboise lambic in this respect. Slight edge of lambic funk and woodiness around the edges. Very slight vanilla and caramel scents are present.

Taste is sweet and tart and quite spicy at the start. Lots of lambic complexities in the back end of this beer lots of wood and barnyard funk on the tongue. A bit prickly on the tongue probably quite high on the acid scale.

Mouthfeel is OK but seems a little thin for some reason.

Quite drinkable and enjoyable for a lambic and not too sweet. An enjoyable beer that seems just about perfect for chocolate.

Zorro, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice red with a pinkish head on it. There is some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is heavy raspberries, it is very obvious that there will be some sourness to the flavor.

The flavor is sour and full of raspberries. Very good, so much flavor here. I think this would compliment chocolate very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. The sourness might get to you if you are planning to drink a few of these in one sitting but I don't really think thats what this beer was meant for. The drinkability of a bottle or two is great. I'm glad I found a store that carries this.

Brian700, May 09, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 don’t know the age of my bottle, but I suspect it is a few years old. It’s very mellow and more malty than I expected. Almost none of the sour notes of a true lambic that one would expect. It’s not even particuarly tart. It’s 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.

Jredner, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review # 500.

Very bright koolaid pink with light carbonation and a wonderful little pink head. A pretty looking labmic, to say the least.

Smells brilliant. Wild rainbow. Sugared raspberries giving off a nearly-perfect blend of tartness and sweetness. Actually smells pretty much just like fresh-picked raspberries, no processing or anything. Nice.

Tastes almost as good as it smells. More yeast in present, but the wild rainbow raspberry sweet and sour dance takes center stage. If there is a knock against this labmic, it's that it doesn't grab you byt the mouth and really take charge with something powerfully assertive the way that the really great lambics do. Still, it's very good.

Goes down like candy water with an almost perfectly smooth body. Really a very good lambic.

mynie, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright cherry red with coral trim. The cap didn't look to be forming after the first few ounces so I increased the bottle elevation and ended up with a huge frothy pink mass of foam that looks great. It's massively sticky and is coating the glass with a thick layer of broken bubble shells; one of the more interesting lace patterns that I've seen. This is pretty much how I'd expect a raspberry lambic to look.

The aroma, needless to say, is wall-to-wall fresh raspberries. There's almost nothing else present (no funky yeastiness for example), just the pure, unadulterated scent of crushed, ripe fruit. I get the sense that several tons of berries were used for each batch; there's no other way to get the beer to smell this way. Or should I say, to smell this good.

The flavor is as simple and as direct as the nose: ripe raspberries and lots of them. There's a fairly wide-ranging continuum with fruit lambics from something that tastes like a wine cooler (newbie friendly) on the one end to something that is considerably funky and is an acquired taste (aficionado friendly) on the other. This one hews much closer to the former, though it's still recognizably beer... and is good beer at that.

The other continuum, and it's a rough parallel with the first, is from overly sweet to intensely dry. This one definitely favors the former, but isn't as stickysweet as the Melborne Bros. line of lambics and is more drinkable as a result. Even so, the 8.4 ounce bottle is just about right. Again, I'm sure I'd be amazed at the amount of fruit that is required to get a beer to taste this intensely raspberry-like. Brouwerij Van Steenberge didn't skimp on the berries, that much is obvious.

The mouthfeel is what one would expect given the flavor: medium-full from all the fruit sugar (and added candi sugar, no doubt), but not quite syrupy or sticky. Lush seems as appropriate a word as any other.

I'm not sure why I didn't like Cherish Kriek as much as Cherish Raspberry since I Iike both flavors equally. I think it's because I have to be in the right mood to really get into these sweet fruit lambics. Cherish Raspberry is a great little dessert beer. Now that it's gone, I find myself wishing the bottle was larger after all.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Mandrake, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of hero27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz bottle. 5% abv.

Cloudy blood red color with a pinkish head that is quite large for a lambic, and leaves streams of lacing as well. The fresh raspberry aroma is incredible. A very sweet version of the style..not too acidic or sour. Would be delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer. Beautifully soft mouthfeel, also. I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed this brew. Paid $2.99 for the tiny 8.4 oz bottle, but I think it was worth it. I'll be tasting raspberry for days..

hero27, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 14, 2006
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.