Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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87
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
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 hero27
4.02/5  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..

Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of EvilGnome6
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of jim1904
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev +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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindeman's flute glass.

A: Appears a medium dark red with good clarity and a light pink head, some lacing and decent head retention

S: huge sweet raspberry notes followed by a tart character. Very aromatic, smells somewhat sweet.

T: the raspberries take center stage in the flavor as as the aroma. A bit sweet on the front with a quick tart finish. Somewhat dry, quite refreshing.

MF: high carbonation, slightly sticky

D: this is a great raspberry lambic, the fruit is showcased wonderfully and it has a nice tart finish that keeps you wanting more

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ctownsoul
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of sadie23
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.4 oz bottle into a belgian tulip glass. Pours like a deep purple cola with very little head. Sweet smell of crushed raspberries. Taste is a more tart than the sweet smell, but well balanced. Slightly acidic feel. I think this is quite drinkable. I can imagine it with vanilla ice cream, but then I can imagine most things with vanilla ice cream. This is better than I expected and I would have it again.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 8.4 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Reddish-brown, and fairly clear. ~1/2 finger of pinkish head, that fades rapidly to a thin smattering of bubbles.

S- Tart raspberries....that's it.

T- Sweet and tart raspberry. Again, that's pretty much it....one note, but enjoyable.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly syrupy.

D- Nice desert beer that would probably make for some solid pairings. It's an easy enough drinker, though one would likely be my max, even at the 8.4 oz. size.

Future outlook: Not something to make a frequent repeat of, but worth getting some for having around for some desert pairings.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with thin white head. Has a very nice rasberry fruity aroma. Taste is rasberry some light malt. Palate is very nice light body, nice carbonation. Finish is very fruity mostly rasberry ending with a crisp tart flavor which helps to balance the sweetness and some light malt. Overall a very nice and refreshing lambic.

Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.