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

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 !!! (519 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of Bierschenker
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
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! (1,503 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of stcules
1.34/5  rDev -64.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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. (2,217 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (630 characters)

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