Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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86
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
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 AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of clayrock81
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.

Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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)

Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz bottle.

Poured a deeper ruby red color with a large sized reddish / pink head. Aromas of sweet and lightly tart raspberries, some yeast, and I'm getting some peppery spiciness. Tastes of sweet raspberries and strawberries. Lightly tart finish. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 11/14/07

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice slightly hazy amber with a white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong raspberries, you could almost smell the seeds. Behind the raspberry was a slightly sour aromatic and a very slight lambic character.

The flavor was crisp with light raspberry flavor and a very slight sour flavor that added depth to the character of the brew. The flavor was fleeting however and only lasts a split second.

The finish was dry with just a hint of raspberries lasting till the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

8.4 fl ounce bottle. The aroma was nice on this beer, but the flavor lacked complexity.

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

Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raspberry color. No head at all, Aroma is raspberry with a hint of yeast, slightly sour. A light bodied lambic. Fruitiness is very evident, fairly sweet. It very lambic like, but it seem very watery. Nice flavor, but very watery. Nice flavor but seems somewhat thin. Cannot recommend this one. Left me feeling very unfulfilled. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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.

Photo of DIM
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of matjack85
4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-brown, small pink-tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, a little weak lace.

Aroma is nice raspberry, bread crust, hint of yeastiness.

Taste is nice raspberry, juicy sweetness with some brown bread, light rustic yeastiness. It’s mostly lightly sweet with a little light tartness. It has an enjoyable, good flavour overall, with a full feel and it is better than the Cherish kriek. However, it is still very simple and fruity with little lambic rustic character coming through.

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of crossovert
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
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.

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.