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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 vandemonian
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

vandemonian, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

homebrew311, Aug 07, 2010
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 Gusler
3.88/5  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.

Gusler, Jan 09, 2003
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 sadie23
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

sadie23, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  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.

SLeffler27, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

zaphodchak, Aug 06, 2011
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 Samp01
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
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 DoctorDog
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

DoctorDog, Feb 11, 2011
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 GuruDel
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

GuruDel, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

bsp77, Sep 19, 2011
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 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 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 CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CBlack85, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

alelover, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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".

womencantsail, May 12, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kopfschuss, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

KindaFondaGoozah, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.