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Cherish Raspberry Lambic - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
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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pentathlete

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 22:37:22 | More by pentathlete
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-01-2012 15:53:27 | More by agreenman19
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Pillowburn

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.5%

04-04-2013 19:33:53 | More by Pillowburn
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:23:33 | More by Samp01
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 00:41:26 | More by VikeMan
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-10-2013 01:41:18 | More by Alex5
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-12-2012 13:45:42 | More by CBlack85
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Brian700

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 05:36:02 | More by Brian700
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velosuds

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 20:43:04 | More by velosuds
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 03:57:23 | More by dbalsock
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 01:07:02 | More by chOAKbarrell
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-29-2013 18:57:15 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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juhl31

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:58:40 | More by juhl31
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 03:56:53 | More by Mandrake
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 14:30:36 | More by dmarch
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Avryle

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 01:18:12 | More by Avryle
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Mosul

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-06-2013 00:49:37 | More by Mosul
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WMBierguy

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 16:57:29 | More by WMBierguy
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CN1234

California

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-22-2012 01:27:14 | More by CN1234
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fdkayti

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:42:12 | More by fdkayti
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: looks like liquidy strawberry jam with a thin white head. Didn't see a pink or rose colored head that has been aforementioned in previous reviews.
S: sweetness, hint of funk, with an abundance of raspberry. Very inviting.
T: this ones an easy answer: raspberry! A sweet with a tinge of sourness. Like an apple tartness.
M: thinner than juice but a juice like consistency with light carbonation.
O: very pleasant and I would definitely buy this again. I also want to try the other lambics they brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 20:35:09 | More by DrewShal9
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drewd0g

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2.99 for a small bottle. Pretty sweet deal...

appearance is a murky brown color. smell is sour and sweet like raspberries. the taste is very sweet and sour too. the raspberry flavor comes through very strong too. mouthfeel is pretty thick for the style. good beer, i dont think id drink more than 1 or 2 glasses of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 21:34:24 | More by drewd0g
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GuruDel

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:09:39 | More by GuruDel
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EvilGnome6

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 03:38:21 | More by EvilGnome6
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ciderfaerie

California

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: amber color with a light ring of head and rising carbonation bubbles.

smell: raspberry liqueur, almost chocolatey.

taste: oakiness, sweet, sour, artificial raspberry flavoring.

mouthfeel: seems thick (impression could be due to mild tastes in the lambic or warming). carbonation is alright, not impressive.

drinkability: nothing about this is really "in your face" which is nice, however, it also leaves something to be desired - a little more umph? best served cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 03:59:09 | More by ciderfaerie
Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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