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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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87
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-04-2003

There is no other beer like Timmermans Tradition Lambicus Blanche anywhere in the world. It is made by bringing together lambic with the process used for brewing beers based on malted wheat. By the addition of spices such as coriander and dried orange zest, a beer is created with a light, fruity flavour, deliberately cloudy and subtly spicy. Should ideally be drunk from an authentic stoneware pot.
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Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tulip.

A: Yellow straw color, rather cloudy (from the yeast). 1 cm ivory-colored dense head that sticks around for a while before settling and leaving small islands of lacings on top of the liquid.

S: Some vinegar, hay, gentle funkiness (but more than expected). Plenty of tart green apples, wheat, dry earth, mild spices.

T: Very sweet. Sugar coated apples, general sweet fruity flavors, lemon and orange peel, gooseberries. Cane sugar. Hints of funky stable. Plenty of wheat. Faint taste of vinegar. A suppressed tartness tries to surface but the sweetness constantly pulls the longest straw. Notes of coriander and wheat residuals is noticeable in the otherwise rather anonymous and short finish.

M: Moderate body, slightly tingling carbonation, quite lively. The sweetness makes the beer slightly sticky and not as dry as I would have liked it to be.

D: This is way too sweet and one-sided. The sweetness has almost an artificial feel to it. All in all, it's not very interesting. It's not a bad beer, but it doesn't stand a chance against some of the other excellent lambics out there.

Apparently, this beer is an attempt at combining the unblended with the belgian witbier. In my opinion, it is not a very successful attempt.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.32/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind vertical tasting of gueuze.
To sweet and articficiall for my tase

Photo of Libationguy
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange-gold color with very thin light head that has almost no retention. Very light lacing in the glass.

Wonderfully funky nose: meyer lemon, grapefruit zest, leather, orange marmalade, white flowers, barnyard and a light fino sherry note.

The sherry note becomes even more prominent on the palate. White toast topped with orange and grapefruit marmalade. Horse hair, cracked dry leather, white flowers and a little bit of a rancio quality. Funky esters are laced through the palate.

Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Medium-long finish that is being pushed by the funk. Continues to express itself after it has gone.

Really a nice sour for someone who has not done a lot of sour beer. There is enough here that is familiar that it doesn't throw the drinker into a completely alien landscape, but there is enough here to explore and ponder through an entire pint. Nicely done.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this Witbier in the hexagonal Hoegaarden glass. It’s a white, isn’t it? You have to give it the same effort as you do with other whites if you want a head. It’s a wild bubbly head. In the Hoegaarden glass it just looks like a Hoegaarden. The same degree of fogginess and the same misty yellow-gold. Only the head is distinctively different. Much rougher, and also the carbonation is much lower in this one than in the Hoegaarden.
When the head disappears it leaves a thin white lace.
The beer smells nicely bitter-sour like is to be expected of a Lambic. There are some
sweet tones and the spices. It all feels very heavy and refreshingly light at the same time. Very faint trace of hop and malt.
First taste is sour => it immediately turns to sweet and ends with that typical citrus like aftertaste. The aftertaste also contains traces of grains and spices. In the mouth you do sense some more carbonation. I would even narrow the term citrus to yust lemon. Very refreshing, I think I found a white than competes with Hoegaarden. I don’t know how I’m going to brake the news to my Hoegaarden worshipping friends.

A funny anecdote. Though it is very clearly visible that the Timmermans brewery is owned by John Martin, I was surprised to find a Mc Ewan’s cap on the bottle. The neck and cap are wrapped in foil. But when I broke the foil when I opened the bottle I saw the distinctive tartan pattern on the cap. That’s another form of recycling.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of nickhiller
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy straw, low carbonation with a thin soapy head

S: berry yogurt, tomato paste, Heinz baked beans, pepper.

T: everything from the smell only better: berry yogurt--so much yogurt, it's amazing--tomatoes, dough, basil, it tastes almost exactly like a fresh tomato basil pizza, green apple cider.

M: medium body and mild carbonation, dry finish despite the sweetness

O: one of the most unique beers I've ever had. The flavors and smells are unbelievably distinct and varied. I don't know why this doesn't have a better rating.

Photo of Goldorak
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at La Bécasse, served in a stoneware jug. Just awesome.

Appearance: Pale blonde and cloudy, just like a wit, with almost no head. Gets an extra point for the jug :)

Smell: A light sweet fruity smell, with just a touch of lambic funk.

Taste: Very citrusy, with a hint of sweetness and a dry finish with excellent lemonade-like aftertaste, good carbonation and very, very refreshing. Went down incredibly easy. I could have drank tons of the stuff without getting tired of it.

Photo of emerge077
2.51/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bright pale gold pour, lots of white foam. Too clear for a witbier, swirling the yeast gives it a light haze and a subtly wheaty edge. Smells a bit like wet carboard oxidation, grainy wheat and coriander, and a light tartness. Musty and dull.

Tart lemon-lime flavors, light sweetness, thin and flaccid feel. There's a fleeting tart presence here, but it seems the artificial sweetener is present as well. Hollow feeling and fizzy like soda, tastes like someone splashed some Hogaarden and lemon juice into a can of Sprite. Not that it tastes "bad", just utterly basic and dumbed down. Summer shandy of the lambic world. Sad that they dress this up in a corked & caged 750 and charge $13 for it.

Hard to figure why this was rated higher than Timmermans Oude Gueuze... unfortunately it's just as one dimensional as many of their other beers artificially sweetened with Acesulfame K. Honestly what this beer is supposed to be is a blend of lambic and witbier, which is probably not too far off from bottling a mixed cocktail... something is clearly lost in translation unfortunately.

Photo of Squelch
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear slightly tanned color. Looks like a budweiser. No head

Smell: Your first hint that something is different. There are some interesting aromas that are difficult to describe. Lemony? Slightly Rancid?

Taste: A shock to the tastebuds. Tastes like unsweetened lemonade with a lambic finish. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Light and puckering. Acidic. Very Refreshing summery beer.

Overall: Surprised immensly by this one. It doesn't look at all how it tastes and it tastes unlike any beer I've ever had. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rattle 'n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of lemon and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of lemon and orange citrus and wheat. Hints of sourness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and slightly tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. The tartness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing, especially if you like orange and lemon citrus. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of Lemonhead candy.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light hazy golden. Lower than average white foamy head. Low retention and little lacing left over.

S - Funky sour and tart citrus. A bit of wheat smell giving it a clove bread smell too.

T - Funky tart and sour lemon and wheat flavors. Taste kind of like a lemon drop or lemon heads candy. Some hints of other golden fruits. A bit of spice is also present, think wit or hefe.

M - Medium to light with a slight puckering effect. Also slight drying at the finish.

D - Not bad, the sweet and sour somewhat balance each other out and it is refreshing in a way similar to lemonade with it being slightly puckering and sour put you want to take another sip.

Notes: Interesting and unique beer. A combination of a wit or hefe and a lambic. Also provides a touch of funky flavors. Worth a try if you can find it, but probably not for everyone. It won't blow you away, but a good way to provide a new look on beer.

Photo of beerpirates
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at a la la Becasse.

Pours a clear yellow gold body with a one finger frothy white head. Smells like a Wit, very spicy with a light lemony smack and a bit of coriander. The flavor is interesting, slightly sour with lots of Wit spicing, coriander especially. A bright smack of lemon rind before a slight sweetness comes on. Mouthfeel is fairly light and airy with fine prickly fizzy carbonation. A bit clingy on the finish.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, best before november 2013

A- Pale yellow, perfectly transparent. Nice head, lots of big bubbles, disappears pretty quickly but still leaves a bit of lacing

S- Lemonish, slightly tart/acidic, a bit of a floral note, overall quite weak but still pleasant

T- Very light feel, slightly tart lemon is the main note, along with orange, a slight spicy feel, overall something in the middle between a wit and a cider. Sugar is sure very much present as this is really sweet if compared to both lambics or wits. Finishes with a quite dry and refreshing herbal/floral note

M- Very light mouthfeel, just a hint of delicate carbonation, very refreshing

T- This is meant to be a refreshing beer fot the hot months, and though not super complex or flavourful it is very good at this, bringing a refreshing feel plus very nice balance and drinkability

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a light yellow / golden colour with a slight haziness... White head poured quite thick and left thin layer...

Aroma - Lemony, peppery, spicy, definite lambic aromas, grassy, floral notes, pineapple, yeasty...

Taste – Quite sweet, honey, earthy, nice underlying tartness, light maltiness, fruity..

Feel - Smooth with only a slight sharpness. Light body. Very drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer. Very refreshing and very drinkable - recommended !!!

Photo of GreenCard
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light straw color, slight haze, narrow layer of bubbly foam, poor head retention

Aroma: slightly wheaty, orange liqueur, a touch of sweaty horse-butt, coriander

Flavor: sprite-like sweetness and a mild tanginess, slightly wheaty, some yeast, a touch of orange and coriander, semi-sweet finish with a neutral aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, slightly acidic, spritzy carbonation

Overall Impression: A funky concoction that seems to make sense. In theory, wit-bier and lambic should blend quite well. If it was made with real lambic and a better wit, it might be really good. This is passable, nothing more.

Photo of Chambic
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: a surprisingly clear yellow, like straw, with just a touch of haze, topped with a head of white foam

S: has a fresh tartness about it

T: kind of like lemonade, with its bright citrus, and the sweetness of it that's reminiscent of honey

M: too thin for how carbonated it is, without any flavor or body to balance the rough finish

D: would probably only choose to have this again from a different serving type, like on tap

Notes from 02.15.10 at British Arms in Stockholm

Photo of mzwolinski
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed peach in color with a thin wisp of bubbles on top. A bit undercarbonated in appearance, and in mouthfeel too, though I must admit to sitting on this beer for a while. That and the cross-Atlantic flight may have taken a bit of a toll on this fellow.

The aroma is sweeter than I expected -- citric fruitiness with a light musty character.

The flavor is tarter than the aroma led me to expect. Quite a bite at the start, while mandarin orange sweetness dominates midpalate. Finishes tart once again -- a bit too much so for my tastes.

Fairly light and tingly in the mouth, this is a beer that one can drink easily, but one which lacks serious complexity Not bad.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold color, initially mostly clear with a white, wispy head. Aroma of cracked wheat, hay, coriander like spice, lemon and a bit of sour lambic yeast.
In the taste, mild tartness, a lemony note from the yeast and wheat, and a light spice and bitterness. Light to medium bodied ale with a semi dry finish. I would think that many early Belgian style sours employed Wheat in their beer, it certainly works very well here. Overall this is a refreshing lambic/sour wit, done right by Timmermans. Very good.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the draught into a generic glass in an out-of-the-way cafe in Brussels, Belgium. I was told it was on cask, and I triple checked this information with the barkeep because it seemed unusual. I still believe I had it on cask, as I saw the actual pour, but I've amended my review to "on-tap" as all sources seem to insist it's not available from the cask. My host brought me to this cafe after hearing I was into beer so I could try this, alongside others.

A: Pours a thin, half-finger head. Obviously, this is a result of its cask serving, so it's forgivable. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Strong scent of lemon. Souring hops aplenty.

T: Very pleasant sour finish. Lemony body. Flat cask-casualty open. Very balanced. Built very well for the style, but sadly lacking in complexity. It's refreshing yet wanton.

Mf: Very light, tingly feel. Suits the ABV, but a bit too thin for the body. Smooth, wet, and refreshing.

Dr: Worth a try, but not something you'd down repeatedly. A nice light summer beer. It might be better on-tap versus on cask. Very affordable in Belgium. Extremely refreshing.

Photo of leonardopacu
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer take into Bergamo-Italy in a Irish Pub.
A:Like others lambic blanche, very beautfull and yellow.
S:Wheat, banana, orange..
T and M:Very citric, orange, limon, a lot of spices.
Medium corp, and, for me, not a lot drinkability, very heavy..
Very good Beer...

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at California Kebab in San Diego. Another beer that instantly reminds me of Snapple Lemon Iced Tea. Attractive pale amber in the glass with a modest but persistent foam. Fruity nose with a whiff of acidity.

I guess this makes sense, reading more about it-- a lambic Wit. quite drinkable but not as complex as other Lambics. It's like a Wit with a fruit problem. Lemon-lime flavors are the main event. Clear and not at all yeasty. Slightly bitterish twang. Fruit juice flavors to the end. Not very beery.

October 18, 2014 update: Had this on tap at Brabant in San Diego and liked it a lot. Taste is a lemon squash with a splash of pineapple, intensely fruity with a tart fizz that is a brew to sip and savor.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Timmerman’s Tradition Lambicus Blanche (also called Blanche-Lambic) is very rare and is believed to be a cross between a wheat beer and either a Gueuze, or more likely given its strength and nature, a young lambic. It is 4.5%ABV and quite a unique offering, maybe only Drie Fonteinen has ever produced anything akin to this beer. Rumored to be available in several places, yet I have only ever seen it on sale and tried it at La Bécasse, Brussels. It is also rumored (more recently) to be now available in bottles, but also with an incredibly limited distribution.

Appearance: A pale yellow body with a hazy farmyard straw hue. Has a small bubbly head when first served, but this soon breaks to a very thin covering that eventually disappears if you let the drink hang around long enough.

Nose: Brettanomyces is clearly evident in the nose, and it is fresh and funky, it just has to be from the lambic element. Yet it is mixed with a refreshing acidic citric zesty twang from the Wheat beer. Spicy also.

Taste: It looks to have low conditioning, but actually has a lot of dissolved carbonation that explodes once the beer is imbibed. This gives the beer a spritzy feel that really gives the beer plenty of life and a very acidic refreshing nature. Starts like a thirst quenching spicy wheat beer with some lemon hints, sharp and tart it finishes with an acidic, dry lambic ending. Hints of mustiness at times, mainly in the back-end.

Mouthfeel: This feels so great in the mouth, oozles of lively body. Yet it remains light on the tongue, it almost dances in the mouth as the tonnes (tons?) of fine carbon dioxide bubbles break out of solution.

Drinkability: Unlike the Doux Lambic I had before, this Blanche-Lambic was incredibly refreshing and very quaffable indeed, I had a couple of these before we had to leave La Bécasse to maintain our Pub-Crawl schedule.

Overall: It is, I believe, actually a cross between a young lambic & a spicy wheat beer. It certainly benefits from the strengths of both styles & is an extremely accomplished offering, very rare & highly refreshing. If you are in Brussels you must get to the La Bécasse to try this and of course the Doux Lambic also by Timmermans.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consumed this lovely beer at La Bécasse in Brussels. This was my first beer of the afternoon. It was hot (95°F and slightly humid) and I was in need of refreshment.

Appearance: It is brought to the table in a blue earthen jar with small scotch-like glasses accompanying the jug. The beer pours from the jug a nice, foggy, orange to tan color with an off white head on top. The head is made up of uneven bubbles. I have to give them credit for serving it in the communal jug. I like that.

Smell: Very fruity and earthy on the nose. Some light wheat/bread scent comes through along with a sugary citrus scent.

Taste: Slightly sour up front but hte sourness yields to a good amount of sweetness and more citrus and fruit flavors. There's a hint of apple and some pear along with a bit of spicy pepperiness. Most of the flavors fade but the aftertaste is more heavily sour citrus and malty wheat. Don't get me wrong, there is lingering sweetness, but the sourness holds on stronger. It's a nice balancing act on my palate.

Mouthfeel: This beer is about medium bodied and a tad thicker than the Doux that is also served at La Becasse. Clean, smooth, and not the least bit offensive.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer. The flavor is more complex than the Doux so it leaves you with something more to chew on. The aftertaste is a bit strong but still very very pleasant. I'll be heading back for more of this beer next time I am in Brussels.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart lemon PEZ and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a sourness that comes through in the flavor only.

Photo of malmquna
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden yellow. Billowy head settles quickly. Smells like a margarita, orange and lime citrus, sweet, alcoholic, and a very distinctive agave aroma. No salt, though.

At once sweet and sour. Fine carbonation allows the liquid flow. Orange and some more exotic citrus flavors evident. Room for peaches and cherries. Solid but well balanced sourness. Finish is an interesting disappearing act for such a flavorful beer.

This is a very complex, very busy flavor profile. I like it. I wish I had more of this right now...if only to write more about it. Get one if you see it.

Photo of DerBayer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was positively surprised by how much I liked this beer. A sour wheat beer - the closest local equivalent I could think of is a "Gose" but of course that s different.

I loved the taste and drinkability of this beer and will definitely seek out this one again.

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.