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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Cherish Raspberry LambicCherish Raspberry Lambic

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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)

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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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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 GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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 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 beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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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 wagenvolks
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of Offa
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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 bsp77
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a rose (prounouncing this ro-zay) or light blush pink that looks darker pink in the glass (like the darker half of a two tone valentine's day card). The pink tinted white head holds for quite awhile at a nice two fingers, and lots of really sticky lace is left on the glass. This beer encompasses every shade of pink.... like a ten year old girl's bedroom. At the end of the bottle, tons of little yeast chunks flopped into my glass...cool!

S - Rich raspberry smells really authentic...like a big puree of raspberries and grape juice. Sweet, but smells tart at the same time. Cherry pie, raspberry puree, champagne, good blush wine, and maybe a hint of cranberry sauce and applesauce.

T - The flavor doesn't quite live up to the fantastic nose, but it's not bad. Tart and sweet mix of raspberry juice, orange juice, lemonade, and cranberries. Honestly, this tastes a lot more like cranberry juice that SA's crappy cranberry lambic. Is there such a thing as pink appleauce? I think that such a thing exists, and this tastes a lot like it. Apples are there too, maybe candied (not caramel) apples.

M - Tart, puckery, and acidic, but sweet in the midpalate. This finishes sour and dry...a nice touch given the initial sweetness. Lip-smacking is in order.

D - Pretty good stuff. I think that this would do extremely well in balancing the dryness of turkey on Thanksgiving, and the cranberry tartness echos the theme of the season. I couldn't really drink more than one of these though, maybe one with a turkey sammich and I'll leave it at that.

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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 SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 mL bottle tried 17 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter (why didn't I use one of the 0.2 L glasses?).

Small pinkinsh head. Well carbonated. Deep dark maroonish red, almost opaque. Aroma is all raspberry, more sweet than tart. Taste is pretty much all raspberry too, sweet and tart. Light body, light alcohol. Juicy tart finish and aftertaste.

Like a lighter, less complex version of NG Raspberry Tart.

Damn you, unentered reviews. Bought this again in Dec 2011 because my memory sucks...

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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 Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ATPete
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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...

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Photo of aaronh
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy body that appears mostly reddish but shows substantial amber highlights. The head is very loose and fades rapidly. The aroma has decent malt notes but is really a sweet, almost artificial raspberry note in that it is so clean and pure. Flavor is sweet raspberry with a slight acidic, tart edge. A very mellow lambic in that respect. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, Crbonation is enought to keep it from being cloying. Drinkability is very good. A nice desert beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of hero27
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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..

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