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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002)
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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 yergermeister
4/5  rDev +3.9%

yergermeister, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jcalabre
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This is raspberry colored with a quickly disappearing white head. The aroma has a hint of raspberries. Unfortunately, the palate is a bit thin. So, it's nothing to go out of your way for.

jcalabre, Jul 03, 2003
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 nineworldseries
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

nineworldseries, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

VikeMan, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby hued brew with pink 2 finger head and ample carbonation. Filtered.

Smells like raspberry sorbet.

Tastes like a raspberry sorbet, though with a slight cough syrup taste, but really good cough syrup.

Very sharp and effervescent.

I'm still partial to Lindemans. Theirs is a tad more sour, but this is still pretty delicious.

tapman, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

agreenman19, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of pentathlete
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Lindeman's footed flute. The color was a light brown, nearly orange color. Small head that held firm, not rocky, and no lacing. Smell is berry, though it is difficult to tell what type, some chalky odors come through. Taste is not where it should be. The fruit is barely discernible, the tart (not sour) flavor tastes like a cheap candy. Mouthfeel is kool-aid at best, very light. This is not enjoyable and I would not recommend it. I didn't lose any money on this one. The buyer at OUAV threw it in the box to get my opinion. I don't think they'll be carrying it.

pentathlete, May 08, 2005
Photo of Pillowburn
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Pillowburn, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CBlack85, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Brian700
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice red with a pinkish head on it. There is some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is heavy raspberries, it is very obvious that there will be some sourness to the flavor.

The flavor is sour and full of raspberries. Very good, so much flavor here. I think this would compliment chocolate very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. The sourness might get to you if you are planning to drink a few of these in one sitting but I don't really think thats what this beer was meant for. The drinkability of a bottle or two is great. I'm glad I found a store that carries this.

Brian700, May 09, 2006
Photo of velosuds
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

velosuds, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of dbalsock
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Fuzzy/hazy and highly carbonated, the peach colored brew brings a decent white head, that's fairly standard for a lambic.

Smell: Banana Strawberry Yogurt comes to mind on the nose, with the slightest hint of raspberry.

Taste: Some banana strawberry like the smell, but some buttery/butterscotch character and even some sour biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Very sour with no bitterness to speak of and a medium body for a lambic.

Drinkability: A little funky, even for a lambic, the flavors seem a little off. This beer is very average, in an almost disappointing way. But it's not disappointing, because then it would be below average, wouldn't it?

dbalsock, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

KindaFondaGoozah, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slim 8.4 oz bottle pours a very pinkish red with a fizzy bubbly head. This beer is a very light hue & translucent. The head maintains, which I find impressive for a lambic.

Smell is pleasantly tart & gets my taste buds moving. Not as powerfully sweet smelling as Lindemans.

Intriguing candy taste, but not to the sweet extreme of Lindemans. Carbonation hits your tongue first in a quick burst. After that, the lambic is light and sweet and fades away gradually, leaving your mouth with a very clean taste.

Bravo. I am very pleased with my Cherish Raspberry lambic experience. It would be cooler if it came in a larger bottle, but that's all I can complain about.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of juhl31
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-crimson in color with a very clear body. there is a pink head atop this that doesn't leave much in the area of retention or lacing

-big time raspberry on the nose with a hint of sweet tarts in the background

-mmm...i love me a nice blackberry pomegranate juice squeeze! a little bit more of the acidity comes as the more you drink it, but overall that aspect is very mild

-it has the right amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness to it

-this is a fine beer and glad i tried it, but i don't really need to buy more despite the alcohol level of this juice squeeze

juhl31, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Mandrake
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz bottle purchased Feb. 2006

Pours a slightly hazy red with a small, fizzy head that dissipates to nothing in just a few seconds and leaves no lacing, though there are some streams of bubbles rising from the base of the flute to the surface. Smell is sweet and dominated by raspberries, but slight hints of tartness and yeast are present as well. Taste falls a bit flat. It is sweet, and is again mostly raspberries, but has a watery tendancy as well, and isn't very complex. Mouthfeel is thin, and has a bit too much overt carbonation, giving it a sharp feeling, but drinkability is pretty good. Not much of a lambic.

Mandrake, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of dmarch
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a slight haze and a ruby color. The raspberry aroma is wonderful, as expected. Taste is a bit too sweet. Not as sweet as Lindeman's, but I miss that traditional Lambic tartness. A good beer, but just ok for a lambic. The focus seems to be on the raspberry's rather than on the beer, where it should be.

dmarch, Apr 08, 2003
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 Mosul
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Mosul, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of WMBierguy
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that I don't really consider lambics to be beer. I know that they technically are, but I lump them in with other flavored malt beverages (like wine coolers, Smirnoff Ice, etc.). Therefore, I'm comparing this with those types of drinks, not with beers. With that said, this is what those drinks wish they could be. This poured a cloudy dark red. The head was thick and pinkish, but it didn't leave any lacing along the glass. The drink had a strong raspberry smell and a pleasing raspberry flavor. If you're ever craving a wine cooler, I'd recommend grabbing some of this lambic. It was the best fruity malt drink that I've ever had.

WMBierguy, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of CN1234
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

CN1234, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of fdkayti
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A be-e-e-ay-yootiful cherry red with a bubbly pink head. No lacing but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles.

S- Sweet, tart fruit. Smells like sweetened raspberry preserves, I can't get enough.

T- Oh my goodness. Like drinking not-quite-ripe rasperry juice. Sooo good. I want a gigantic glass of this. Sweet and tart and tart and sweet. Over the top goodness.

MF- Dances on the tongue. The crispest, cleanest tasting thing ever. Great carbonation, champagne fizz.

O/D- YUM. That is all.

fdkayti, Jul 11, 2011
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.