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

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 psm90
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful sweet fruity malts, full of mango, pineapple, orange and sherbet. Nice yeasty flavours too, which really bring out the sweetness. There's just enough spicy citric hops to balance everything out. A perfect beer.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of malmquna
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy whitish yellow body, pure white head.
S - Upon opening the bottle, a big smell of wet cheese that vanishes quickly. Huge bunches of sour apples, wet rock and cider.
T - Sweet and sour candy, quickly fading into a thin maltyness. This tastes like it was mostly made out of apple cider.
M - Smooth and delicious.
D - This is refreshing and delicious. Great for all occasions.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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 !!!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champagne blonde with lots of froth. 4
Orange, flowers, funk, and hay on the nose - booming. 4.25
Crackers, loads of citrus, candy sugar, almonds, and some herbs. 4.25
Funky end and chalky end.
Smooth, fizzy, light. 4

Delicate and easy. The lambik roots are there, but it has the drinkable wit notes that make Blue Moon and Hoegaarden such hits. The definitive gateway beer - why is nobody talking about this? A revelation. 4.25

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Photo of Squelch
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of admiral
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful beer that I enjoyed in the sunshine - could drink a lot of this.

aroma: honey and light citrus fruit with slight funk

taste: lemon/lime/sherbet with honey, spice and peach skin. Has a nice and pleasant sourness/tartness with funk.

Well balanced and delicious!

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Photo of bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first unblended lambic, initially tried from a bottle while barbecuing, and then from the jug in La Bécasse in Belgium, which seemed like a far more authentic experience.

Pours from the jug a slightly hazy yellow with a bubbly white head. No lacing and limited retention. Funky and citrusy (lemon) aroma.

There's something beautiful about drinking this the traditional way, and while such an experience can skew perception, I do believe that the tap version was far superior to the bottled. The flavour leads off with a nice squeeze of lemon, before moving onto a slight wheaty sourness and climaxing in a musty yeastiness. Its quite sharp and dry throughout. Pillowy and slightly zingy mouthfeel, which refreshes the palates and quenches thirst excellently.

An awesome experience.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw amber color, with a fair amount of bubbly white head. This dissipates quickly, but leaves a ring around the edge of the glass and a film on the surface, which is enough for spots of lacing.

S: Candied sweet fruit and yeast. Pleasant and inviting.

T: Mild sweet wheat with just a touch of tart fruit. Again, pleasant, and much less overbearing than usual for a lambic.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice, fairly low alcohol level, and extremely drinkable. This would be a great "fruity" (but not too fruity) warm weather beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +5%

2/06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Reminiscent of a shandy made with a lite beer. Almost no bitterness, which a bitter/IPA would lay down in a typical shandy, but not overly sweet due to the tartness. Hard to put finger on, but no desire to swat away. Worth a try & probably a great summer backyard quaff. At 4.5% ABV this is worth another look at another time & another place.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat, grainy, and bready malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, lemon zest, a touch of tart and funk.

T - Sweet wheat, grainy, and bready malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, tart lemon zest, and some barnyard funk.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and estery finish.

D - Solid witbier.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of leonardopacu
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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...

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw/golden apple color with minimal head. Nose is very citrusy...almost no lambic funk or malt coming through...maybe a few light yeast notes. Has residual sweetness, or maybe was back sweetened. Flavor is very much lemonade with a bit of apple skins...like a shandy. Some sour beyond the citrus, but not much. Refreshing without much depth. Odd, but not necessarily bad. Doesn't scratch the itch for a lambic, for sure, or a beer for that matter, but would be good if you wanted a shandy. Grew on me a bit towards the end. Better nose as it warms. No yeast in the bottle, so doubtful it would improve with age.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.