Cherish Raspberry Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
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6
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4
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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright cherry red with coral trim. The cap didn't look to be forming after the first few ounces so I increased the bottle elevation and ended up with a huge frothy pink mass of foam that looks great. It's massively sticky and is coating the glass with a thick layer of broken bubble shells; one of the more interesting lace patterns that I've seen. This is pretty much how I'd expect a raspberry lambic to look.

The aroma, needless to say, is wall-to-wall fresh raspberries. There's almost nothing else present (no funky yeastiness for example), just the pure, unadulterated scent of crushed, ripe fruit. I get the sense that several tons of berries were used for each batch; there's no other way to get the beer to smell this way. Or should I say, to smell this good.

The flavor is as simple and as direct as the nose: ripe raspberries and lots of them. There's a fairly wide-ranging continuum with fruit lambics from something that tastes like a wine cooler (newbie friendly) on the one end to something that is considerably funky and is an acquired taste (aficionado friendly) on the other. This one hews much closer to the former, though it's still recognizably beer... and is good beer at that.

The other continuum, and it's a rough parallel with the first, is from overly sweet to intensely dry. This one definitely favors the former, but isn't as stickysweet as the Melborne Bros. line of lambics and is more drinkable as a result. Even so, the 8.4 ounce bottle is just about right. Again, I'm sure I'd be amazed at the amount of fruit that is required to get a beer to taste this intensely raspberry-like. Brouwerij Van Steenberge didn't skimp on the berries, that much is obvious.

The mouthfeel is what one would expect given the flavor: medium-full from all the fruit sugar (and added candi sugar, no doubt), but not quite syrupy or sticky. Lush seems as appropriate a word as any other.

I'm not sure why I didn't like Cherish Kriek as much as Cherish Raspberry since I Iike both flavors equally. I think it's because I have to be in the right mood to really get into these sweet fruit lambics. Cherish Raspberry is a great little dessert beer. Now that it's gone, I find myself wishing the bottle was larger after all.

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Photo of Mandrake
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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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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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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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 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 jcalabre
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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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 dmarch
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a pretty to the eye Raspberry red color with the head minimal, the lace sparse. The nose is that of fresh ripe raspberries, pleasing, with the start cloyingly sweet, top skeletal and the finish tart, biting in its acidity, very sweet to the end. Quite drinkable, but for this “Beer Drinker”, almost too sweet.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually no head, some carbonation. Slightly hazy red-purple color, good rasberry nose, not sweet but just about right tartness. Good lambic that goes with rasberry sherbert but the bottle is way too small - 8.4oz for $2.99.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze (bottle conditioned). Red with a soft purple cast. The white head holds well, leaving a continual light surface coating but no lace. The aroma is of fresh raspberries. Very natural, and more fruity than sweet. Nice. The body is light-medium with a limited carbonation that's very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is nicely balanced between tart and sweet; neither is as bold as it could be (it's only tart, not really sour), but at least it's not too sweet! It finishes dry with a light, lingering fruitiness. A decent beer, but lacking in the intense character of the best lambics. A very gentle version that would make a great cross-over to the style.

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Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.86 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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