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

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic)Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:33:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 00:18:18 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

11-16-2013 19:54:56 | More by acurtis
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emerge077

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:45:47 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-26-2013 05:12:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mactrail

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 07:04:41 | More by mactrail
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-10-2013 16:41:24 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-15-2013 01:17:34 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:51:24 | More by kojevergas
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:57:21 | More by Stinkypuss
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-06-2014 02:25:54 | More by PEIhop
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-21-2013 19:30:31 | More by rolltide8425
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-18-2013 19:35:08 | More by harpus
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-04-2013 23:06:44 | More by WOLFGANG
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stcules

Italy

1.35/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cloudy yellow, with essentially no foam.
The smell is quite disgusting. It remembers the old cooked ham, and rotten flowers (wow...).
In the taste it is a quite like a blanche, but it remains far from it. Little spiced, light fruity (white peach).
In the aftertaste citron, lemon, candy sugar. It left a feeling of frizzy lemonade.
To avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 12:57:12 | More by stcules
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-10-2013 22:26:44 | More by vfgccp
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2004 06:56:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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popery

California

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale gold with a foamy white head. Quite clear. Looks rather fizzy, but some bubbles hang on for a bit. Things go downhill from here. It smells of lemons, floral hops, old stewed vegetables, fruit rot and cough syrup. The lemon note is nice and easily the strongest or my score would be lower. Unfortunately, the rest of the aroma is just off. The taste combines sickly sweetness with lemons and more oddball cough syrup. It reminds me of orange juice concentrate that's gone bad. It's not undrinkable, though I'd say that's more a product of the low abv. The thought of this beer at twice the strength fills me dread. The mouthfeel is sudsy and oddly gummy, a bit like a sorghum beer. Despite my comments, the beer really isn't horrible. It's just a rather bad version of what it advertises. It tastes like a combination of two very simple, overly sweet versions of each style. There are some nice notes somewhere in this beer, and there's an occasional hint of lambic complexity, but the good stuff is utterly lost amongst the muck. Oddly, I kinda liked Timmerman's pumpkin lambic, but this one is a struggle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 07:22:33 | More by popery
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-24-2014 02:36:53 | More by DrBier
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2014 17:42:28 | More by Griffith
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ngeunit1

California

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 04:06:39 | More by ngeunit1
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-03-2013 20:36:47 | More by ste5venla
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 14:40:16 | More by bobsy
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-24-2014 06:01:15 | More by Jspriest
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-29-2013 17:32:12 | More by jheezee
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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.