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Cherish Raspberry Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.87/5
Very Good
113 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,903
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
113
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a hot, humid day and while I was out for a stroll, I stopped in at one of our newest bottle shops where I saw this and thought that it might make a nice change of pace.

My resulted in a finger of bubbly cotton-candy pink head with decent retention. Color was a deep pinkish-red with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fresh red raspberry scent, like my paternal grandmother's raspberry bush in her backyard during the summer. Mouthfeel was medium with a good deal of carbonation and the taste was raspberry tart. For those people who mentioned that they were surprised by the tartness, do be aware that raspberry usually imparts just such a tart character in both beer and tea. This was not puckeringly tart, but it was tart enough to get my attention. The finish was very refreshing and a wise choice for a day like today.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark red with a 1 inch fizzy white-red head that settles to a slight film on the top of the beer. Small chunks of lace slowly slide back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of raspberry juice, raspberry puree, and raspberry jam. Taste is of sour raspberry candy and sour raspberry juice. The aftertaste gets sweeter on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very crisp mouthfeel and gives a slight acidic burn in the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a good lambic that is much more sour and acidic than other raspberry lambics I have had before (like Lindemans Framboise on the opposite end of the spectrum).

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear, dark red color with a frothy cap of pink head. Retention is good for a lambic and leaves some real nice lace.

Nose is a freshly blendered package of tart raspberries. Smells real good. Not much else in here though, hoping for some sourness but this one is on the sweeter side.

Still sweet, but not as much as I had feared. Has an excellent tartness that is very nice, but not necessarily sour. Raspberry flavor is crazy strong and fresh. This is more akin to a Kasteel Rouge than it is a Cantillon style lambic. Still a very enjoyable quaff and would go excellently with some vanilla ice cream. A good dessert beer and a pleasant departure from the normal beer world.

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Photo of marburg
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 aaronh
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 evanwoertz
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of strawberry jam, clear, with a light pink head. A nice amount of webbed lacing is left behind.

Smell: Very inviting sour raspberry nose.

Taste: Moderately sweet raspberry flavor upfront, giving way to a nice tartness. A touch of grain, perhaps a small portion of wheat malt was used in addition. There is a subtle bitterness. The sour flavor continues to develop, and leaves a long, fairly complex lactic finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, spritzy carbonation, soft feel on the palatte.

Overall: Jef @ Van Steenberge knows how to brew quality, authentic Belgian beers. This was pretty nice. In addition the the Kriek and Raspberry, they also produce a true sour beer, the Monks Cafe Flemish Sour which is very nice and tart, especially in large bottles.

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Photo of dmarch
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of hero27
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tone77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 8.4 oz. bottle. Has a pinkish/viotet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is overwhemingly of raspberries. Taste is tart, lots of raspberry, very flavorful, not really sweet at all. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small wine glass it appears a dull ruby color with a thin lace of pink head that sits along the inside perimeter of the glass. The color of this brew reminds me of what raspberries look like when they are soaked in water and start to decay...yeah I know it sounds gross but it starts to take on a shade of brown without actually turning brown. Faint spotty lace barely clings to the glass at first but as it warms it sticks in patches about the glass. Nose has an aroma of raspberries gone sour in a sort of raspberry candy sort of way with a hidden amount of funk that takes a back seat to the raspberry but is evident with a bit of earthiness and very light must. Taste is sweet candy raspberry with a sourness in the back that really makes you pucker and salivate for the next sip. Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is as drinkable as any other fruited lambic I have had. The alcohol is well hidden and makes for an experience that is welcoming for someone who likes very fruit forward and sweet/sour lambics.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 EvilGnome6
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Cherish Raspberry Lambic from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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