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: 2 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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). (649 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 BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (2,244 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)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Cherish is the word I use to drescribe this beer. It is it's name, after all. And apparently bad jokes are my forte. This beer pours a clear amber-ruby topped by a healthy finger of thick pinkish-tan froth. The nose is unsurprisingly heavy on the raspberry, though a kick o' cough syrup tosses itself into the proceedings as well. The taste is almost identical, though the aforementioned cough syrup is toned down a ways and the berries are slightly more tart than the smell would indicate. Not much else to it, but it is pretty tasty. The body is medium, with a nicely moderate carbonation and nearly sticky finish. Overall, not the greatest lambic in the world, but pretty dern tasty nonetheless, so I'm gonna continue enjoying this glass. (778 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (664 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small wine glass it appears a dull ruby color with a thin lace of pink head that sits along the inside perimeter of the glass. The color of this brew reminds me of what raspberries look like when they are soaked in water and start to decay...yeah I know it sounds gross but it starts to take on a shade of brown without actually turning brown. Faint spotty lace barely clings to the glass at first but as it warms it sticks in patches about the glass. Nose has an aroma of raspberries gone sour in a sort of raspberry candy sort of way with a hidden amount of funk that takes a back seat to the raspberry but is evident with a bit of earthiness and very light must. Taste is sweet candy raspberry with a sourness in the back that really makes you pucker and salivate for the next sip. Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is as drinkable as any other fruited lambic I have had. The alcohol is well hidden and makes for an experience that is welcoming for someone who likes very fruit forward and sweet/sour lambics. (1,047 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.87/5  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. (848 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 jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually no head, some carbonation. Slightly hazy red-purple color, good rasberry nose, not sweet but just about right tartness. Good lambic that goes with rasberry sherbert but the bottle is way too small - 8.4oz for $2.99. (225 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 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 tone77
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (627 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (320 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear, dark red color with a frothy cap of pink head. Retention is good for a lambic and leaves some real nice lace.

Nose is a freshly blendered package of tart raspberries. Smells real good. Not much else in here though, hoping for some sourness but this one is on the sweeter side.

Still sweet, but not as much as I had feared. Has an excellent tartness that is very nice, but not necessarily sour. Raspberry flavor is crazy strong and fresh. This is more akin to a Kasteel Rouge than it is a Cantillon style lambic. Still a very enjoyable quaff and would go excellently with some vanilla ice cream. A good dessert beer and a pleasant departure from the normal beer world. (707 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 mynie
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (793 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 pat61
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very raspberry – you can smell it a few feet away from the bottle. Brilliant red with a brown tint. Very raspberry, sweet, a dessert beer, a little balancing tart on the finish, long lingering raspberries that grow tarter over time. Would work as a float. (257 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 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)

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Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.