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

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87
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-04-2003)
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PhillyStyle, Jun 28, 2014
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the_encinitan, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

nickhiller, May 08, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

IRONRakkasan, Feb 18, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

Bierschenker, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Goldorak, Oct 01, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

rrski198, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

kaelingirl, Oct 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

zephyr707, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

pmorris71, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 09, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

malmquna, Dec 07, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Libationguy, Aug 14, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

BrewMaster, Jun 30, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 20, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

Naerhu, Jul 03, 2005
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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.