Cherish Raspberry Lambic | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Cherish Raspberry LambicCherish Raspberry Lambic
BEER INFO

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.4%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A snifter at Al's of Hampden.

A: The framboise is a sickly crimson red-raspberry beret color, both purple and red, that is more or less opaque. Not much in the way of head.

S: After an initial dose of semi-sweet raspberry, there is a heavy dank presence, stinky like cheese. It's no Hanssens Experimental, far to sweet up front, but there is plenty of funk below the surface.

T: The taste revels in the raspberry sweetness without the funk, which has mysteriously vanished. Raspberries are semi-sweet, a freshly plucked with the normal variation between sweet and acidic. Even as the lambic warms in my mouth, there is very little acidic sharpness beyond what the fruit itself manifests. A sipping lambic that seems to be a step above Lindemans (and that is not a condemnation of either).

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, acidic enough to sit heavily in my stomach. Plenty of raspberry to go around.

D: At 5%, the lambic doesn't disappoint in its drinkability. The acidity can create a bit of wear and tear.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a reddish/purple color with about an inch light pink head. Head retention is decent, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is all sweet raspberries and candy sugar. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly sugary sweet raspberries. A little bit of tartness comes out once the beer warms up some, but for the most part it's a mostly sweet fruity brew. Since I love sweet raspberries, that's a very good thing. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little syrupy and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good too, pretty easy to drink. I'd buy this again!

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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 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 cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature, into an Ommegang tulip, from a 25cl bottle. Poured out a deep, murky cranberry color. Three fingers of fluffy pinkish head formed and slowly settled into a thick soapy gob in the glass. Left some streaky thin lace behind all the way down the glass. Smell was a sour and acidic raspberry aroma that was quite strong. Also a sweet malty, yeasty smell in there as well. A semi sour raspberry flavor, (Actually tart is a better word), a thick malty flavor and a sugary sweetness. Flavor seemed a bit artificial. Finishes smooth and sweet with plenty of carbonation and just a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and palate coating. Decent drinkability.

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

A - Pours reddish brown with half a finger of tan head. Head quickly fades to a collar and leaving some small spots of lacing.

S - Big raspberry aroma, with some fresh berry, some jam and a bit of raspberry syrup. Has a decent tart character and a faint funkiness.

T - Starts with a nice tart raspberry flavor that is quickly supported by sweet raspberry. Never gets sickly sweet though, or too much like soda.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit fuller than I like for the style, but not syrupy sweet. Would be nice if this were drier, but it isn't unpleasant.

O - For the sweeter end of the lambic spectrum, this is actually pretty good. I would prefer a much drier offering, as the sweetness and heavier mouthfeel take away from the refreshing feeling of a good lambic.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz bottle into champagne flute.

A: Pours a dark ruby red with an inch of fizzy light pink head that reduced into a frothy collar around the glass. Some soapy lacing
S: Ummm....raspberries? Yes. Yes there might be some raspberries in this! A mixture of sweet raspberry syrup and fruity, fresh smashed berry jam.
T: Sweet, fresh raspberries give way to a lightly tart finish with a hint of yeasty funk. Raspberries pretty much dominate everything. Very sweet.
M: Creamy and soft carbonation with a medium slick body that full of sugary sweetness.
D: A super sweet yet delicious and fruity lambic. Not very tart or sour at all. Great on a hot day or for dessert.

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Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a planned purchase, but was persuaded to try this one when passing it on the shelf.

A - Pours a deep purple color with brown on the edges and a great pink head foams up about a half a finger. Quickly disappears.

S - A lot of raspberries, a bit medicinal.

T - Reminds me a lot of Robitussin, not a ringing endorsement. Definitley tastes like raspberris, with a decent amount of tartness. Very full flavor, but I don't love it.

M - Smooth, creamy, carbonated.

D - Got a little lambic-heft there at 5% with a bit of body on it. I don't like it enough to drink it regularly, but it's not horrible. Wouldn't buy again, though.

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 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 AndyEdgar
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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