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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6%
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:48:23 | More by twiggamortis420
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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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marburg

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visually akin to light cranberry juice -- preominantly red with a really inherant color-shifting property in the light. Poured pretty clear. The head didn't billow up to those near champagne-sized proportions that some lambic have. Rather, a light pink menagerie of oddly-sized and shaped colonies float around on the top of the beer. Kind of a musty, rotten, muted raspberry aroma. This is not overwhelmingly fruity, nor is it disappointingly bland. The taste mimics the aroma with a very sweet raspberry flavor. Almost sweet in an artifical syrup kind of way. As has been my experience a couple of times now, the beer is not as lively as some lambics, so it feels kind of loose and watery on the tongue.

I'm not one for being upset at whether a lambic follows the style guidelines to a tee or not. This brew makes a good faith effort at being a fun and interesting fruit beer with a lambic base, and it succeeds reasonably well to that end. Neither the best nor the worst of that grouping. Definitely a potential conversion beer in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 19:42:41 | More by marburg
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a slight haze and a ruby color. The raspberry aroma is wonderful, as expected. Taste is a bit too sweet. Not as sweet as Lindeman's, but I miss that traditional Lambic tartness. A good beer, but just ok for a lambic. The focus seems to be on the raspberry's rather than on the beer, where it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 14:30:36 | More by dmarch
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augustgarage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 21:04:13 | More by augustgarage
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2011 00:41:26 | More by VikeMan
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-28-2012 14:49:21 | More by closisinthehouse
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-19-2012 13:45:27 | More by yergermeister
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 22:28:26 | More by stakem
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-24-2012 03:02:59 | More by NickThePyro
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clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:12:01 | More by clayrock81
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-12-2011 21:17:25 | More by tbeq00
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-04-2013 01:47:49 | More by KJ2013
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2011 00:41:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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hero27

Minnesota

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..

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 01:18:04 | More by hero27
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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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EvilGnome6

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a hazy, ruby red with a small film of pink head.

S: Smells like tart, sweet raspberries. More like a candy than a beer.

T: Quite good, actually. I expected it to be cloyingly sweet but it isn't. There's a nice hint of tartness and a pleasant raspberry flavor. There's no real surprises or depth of flavor, just a pleasant fruity beverage.

M: Surprisingly light and crisp for the style.

D: The sweetness would get wearying after too many, but this is immensely drinkable in the same way an ice cold pitcher of lemonade would be on a hot summer day.

I would gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 03:38:21 | More by EvilGnome6
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Jredner

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 07:48:57 | More by Jredner
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 15:51:31 | More by jdhilt
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kkipple

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 02:35:00 | More by kkipple
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HalfFull

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 08:46:57 | More by HalfFull
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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