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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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86
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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 velosuds
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes - enjoyed this earlier in the week with my sister-in-law at Christmas.

A-Pours a clear reddish brown with one finger pinkish head that leaves modest lacing on the glass.

S-Raspberries, ripe, sweet raspberries.

T-Nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with some very mild bitterness. Very fruity and festive.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

D-I like the lambic style, especially raspberry. This is very good. I like that this is 5% ABV compared to some of the lighter ones.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

more than a year ago i had this as one of the first non BMC beers i ever tried that led me to great things. after many pours, i am finally reviewing it

A-very dark red, light pink head

S-wow pure raspberries!that's all!...just great!

T- in and out its a fist-full of wonderful fresh raspberries. very very thick tasting. i love this! it tastes like candy. a bit of sourness is present and welcomed!

M-medium carbonation with a great creamy finish!

D-as drinkable as it gets, i could drink this all night! by far my favorite lambic ever!

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Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This comes in a small 8.4oz brown bottle with no freshness date on it. The only information you get is a line at the top of the label that says, "Authentic Belgian Raspberry Lambic", and then a line at the bottom that says "Malt beverage brewed with raspberries".

I poured the beer into a red wine glass where it showed off its deep garnet red color, but it only made a ½-finger of bubbly pink head that faded to just a rim in about 30 seconds. Lots of soapy lacing occurs with each tilt of the glass.

The smell is like walking thru a field of fresh raspberries at picking time. The raspberry smell is so strong, if there is any other smell in here, I can't find it.

Now it's time to cross my fingers. Was this going to be a sweet sticky artificial syrupy mess, or was I going to get treated to tart Lambic style raspberry flavor? To my surprise and delight, this stuff was delicious! Sweet - absolutely, but with plenty of Lambic style tartness to make this one of the best Lambic fruit beers I have ever tasted. Can't really taste much more than the raspberries and a little Lambic funk, but that's OK with me. I loved it.

Both sweet and sour mouthfeel with enough tartness to give it some puckering power. Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation.

Great taste and easy to drink. The 5% alcohol is completely hidden. If the bottle didn't say there was 5% in here I would have guessed it to be even lower. Congratulations to Van Steenberger - I think you've even outdone Lindemans and Leifmans with this one. Now if only you could make a nicer looking label - LOL.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 8.4oz bottle into 16oz goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bit of a pinkish/purplish caramel color with a small, quickly dissipating pinkish head that that leaves a thick ring of lace behind.

Smell: Smells of straight raspberries- no tartness or other beery smells. Only raspberry.

Taste: Begins with a candy-sweet raspberry flavor, finishing with a bit of sourness rounding out to more raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium, syrupy body with sharp carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: Certainly not bad, but there are many better raspberry lambics out there. This one tastes like it was brewed with fake raspberries and is a bit too syrupy, but it is still an easy drinker and will satisfy a craving for a raspberry lambic.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, and swears it is the best raspberry beer this side of Raspberry Tart. According to the label, this is an authentic lambic, but the level of tartness level is close to zero. Nice raspberry nose here (close to NG) and surprisingly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bellabananas
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour out a slightly transparent, yet rich red color. Smells similar to the Lindeman's lambic, notes of raspberry and tartness. Tastes very similar to Lindeman's raspberry lambic, yet smoother. Mouth feel is light and smooth, less carbonated than other lambics, making for a more delicious drink. Drinkability is impressive, very tempting to either sip slowly or take big gulps for maximum flavor. Overall very similar to other lambics, but with less carbonation that provides a better drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of EvilGnome6
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of sadie23
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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..

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: I have to say this is a beautiful beer. Clear, deep purple body and a small, fizzy pink head.

s: I smell raspberry candy. Not fresh fruit aromas, but sweet, sweet raspberry candy.

t: Sweet almost to the point of being obnoxious. The fruit is there, but it tastes like a lot of artificial sweetner was added.

m: Gentle, fizzy carbonation and a sticky body.

d: This just wasn't for me, far too sweet.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very unentertaining bottle, but I bought it because it was cheap and form a reputable brewery. 8.4 oz bottle.

Pours into my champagne flute a murky pinkish red with hints of brown and a foamy lightly pink head.

Smell is of raspberry, a pinch of funk and malt, similar to New Glarus Raspberry Tart but with a slight funk.

The taste is also similar to Rasberry Tart, though not quite as flavorful. It tastes like tart raspberry candy which is always welcome in a fruit lambic style.

The mouthfeel is nice, the drinkability is through the roof, moreso than Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby with a pink cloud of head.

Great aroma of fresh raspberry and belgian yeast, maybe a hint of malt in there too.

Full on raspberry taste with a lively mouthfeel.

Very refreshing and just straight up chugable. Not the best, but still well made.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jim1904
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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