Lambicus Blanche
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #42
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,251
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.11%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
157
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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  13
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Tradition Blanche Lambicus.

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 with malted wheat. By the addition of spices such as coriander and dried orange zest, the beer has a light, fruity flavour, deliberately cloudy and subtly spicy. Should ideally be drunk from an authentic stoneware jug.
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janubio from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle, served at home in a Timmermans glass.
Pale yellow colour, small heas with short retention and jus a bit of a lacing.
Aroma is funky, citric, bretts, lemon, cloves, coriander,, oranges.
Medium to light body, flat carbonation, sour finish.
Taste of oranges, lemons, barnyard, coriander, cloves.
Good mix.

Feb 22, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL cork & cage bottle from the LCBO; best before Apr 15 2021 and served slightly chilled.

Pours golden-yellow, foggy and translucent; it's topped with half a finger of foamy white head that falls apart within sixty seconds or so, soon reduced to a frothy collar and a couple of filmy wisps upon the surface. It smells of orange oil, lemony tartness, coriander and crackery, grainy wheat, with just a touch of Brett-ish funkiness. Nothing too complex here, but the citrusy aspects are potent and quite enjoyable.

Tasty stuff - the orange oil comes through right off the bat, joined by lesser, more tart notes of lemon, crab apple and peach; underneath this all is a backbone of wheaty pale malts, which supplies a base level of sweetness to the profile. The back end includes more apple and citrus, with hints of grape must, candy sweetness, coriander, lemon sourness and very mild funkiness persisting briefly into the aftertaste before drying off. Relatively light in body, with lively carbonation that remains spritzy and active well into the session; feels crisp and prickly on the tongue. Wits are a refreshing style in general, but this right here is a genuine thirst quencher.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Timmermans' Lambicus Blanche is a rather unique take on a witbier, with the lambic/wit mashup being pulled off quite skilfully IMO. Since this has never been a go-to style for me, I really appreciate the novelty, which winds up making the brew a little more interesting (and worth looking out for) vs. your average witbier, IMO. There's still some dwindling stock around here, so I'd better pick up another bottle or two while I can - summer still has a few weeks more to go, and this is exactly the sort of light, refreshing, mildly tart tipple that ought to really hit the spot on a sweltering mid-August afternoon.

Aug 03, 2020
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BenHoppy from Michigan

2.57/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I enjoyed the smell of wood, lemons, brett, and lambicness of this bottle but the flavors were off putting as it tasted like stale apple juice with a splash of lemon. Worst lambic I ever had. Perhaps though it was aged too long at 6 years but since its a lambic should've been able to carry on 10 plus years.

Sep 23, 2018
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ccrida from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at Bier Central in Antwerpen. On the sweeter, not-so-sour young side of Lambic. As another described, more of a soured wit, and from that perspective it is very nice. Crisp, flavorful, refreshing and highly drinkable.

Oct 07, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a cork date of 2015 and best before date of 10th May 2017. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden yellow colour with a two finger bubbly white head that dissipated quickly but left great lacing.

Aroma: Lightly funky, candy sweetness, orange, orange peel, lemon and hints of mango and pineapple.

Taste: Orange peel and honey sweetness which is surrounded by a touch of lemon, light sourness and light funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: It’s overly sweet in my opinion, but has a nice aroma. The taste is actually fine but I would have preferred it if the sweetness was toned down or even soured.

Oct 05, 2016
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wonothesane42 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall this was an interesting brew, a touch a sour but a fairly strong taste of coriander and orange. The thing I liked most about this brew was how refreshing it was. It is an interesting mix of lambic and witbier, and if you are looking for something 100% lambic this is not what you want, but it is not without its merits.

Apr 27, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has coriander, lemon zest, orange and a bit of honey sweetness. Taste starts sweet and sour, like lemon candy. You also get the witbier spices. Body is light and fizzy. Overall it's more like a sour witbier, not really a lambic. I don't get any of the specific lambic funk or farmhouse notes.

Jan 17, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Oct 05, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sep 07, 2015
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psm90 from England

5/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Jun 29, 2015
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seedyone from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Nov 10, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served at La Becasse

A slight haze is present in the golden bodied beer. Somewhat hard pour brings a small white head to the top.

Big wheat character with spice and citrus and apple. Slightest touch of tartness.
Fairly light and smooth on the tongue.

It was hot while I was in Brussels so a beer like this and the Doux worked really well.

Jul 22, 2014
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admiral from Australia

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

May 25, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Apr 20, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottled 4/18/2012. Served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with nearly 2 fingers of a white soapy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin ring. Body is relatively clear but with moderate amounts of suspended sediment. Not much in the way of visible carbination.

Smell: Red apple, spices, a bit of an off putting grainy character and some malt sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and tart with flavors mimicking the aroma. Cider like apples and an odd graininess that's stronger than in the aroma and some background notes of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: Not undrinkable, but not enjoyable at all. I had this on tap a while ago, and remember it being decent, so perhaps this is just a bad bottle. Although purchased recently, this is going on 2.5 years old, and I'm not sure how this ages, so perhaps that has something to do with it too.

Feb 21, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Aug 23, 2013
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Libationguy from Nevada

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.

Aug 14, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

May 14, 2013
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Cozzatoad from Italy

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Apr 20, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Apr 09, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Apr 01, 2013
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popery from California

2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Jan 05, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
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 once 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 something like bottling a mixed cocktail, and was probably just mixed with draft beers. Something was clearly lost in translation here, unfortunately.

Nov 15, 2012
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seand from California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Nov 02, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Cork reads "2011" label says "Produced on 30/05/12 09:12"
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Lambicus Blanche is a fairly unique fruit lambic, with orange and lemon peel combined with coriander to yield a very witbier-like lambic. While I prefer more sour lambic beers in general, this was refreshing and pleasant, certainly appropriate for summer drinking and, perhaps, aging.

Pours a two-finger, fairly clean white head, of medium to large sized bubbles. Retention is slightly above average, about two minutes in the full decline. Leaves substantial rings of lacing around the perimeter of the glass, combined with a few spots and stripes. The body is a pleasant golden orange color, more gold than orange, light turning everything a pale translucent yellow. Carbonation is readily visible and fairly vigorous-looking. The specifics yield, in general, a very good-looking beer.

Aroma has no single qualifying characteristic, though the strongest two at first are Brettanomyces farm funk (not burnt plastic resin) and lemon juice. With warmth, the beer gives off more sweet-ish herbal scents and some dried, molding pine needles than Brett or tart lemons, though they all vie for the lead. Interesting, if not a bit peculiar, for the style. Certainly don't go into this beer expecting typical gueuze aromas.

This is a gueuze? According to the website, coriander and orange zest are added, along with a higher concentration of wheat in the mash. Front of palate features the aforementioned coriander, along with lemon blossoms and semi-sweet tartness. Mid-palate features substantially, surprisingly light, perfumey, and herbal flavors, almost like a gruit or DuPont's Posca Rustica. The dried lemon/orange peel are obvious, and the coriander is there, though subsumed by the fruit, herbs, tartness, and mild farmhouse. Back of palate delivers some increased tartness/acidity, alongside smooth wheat malt flavors and lingering Brett funk and herbal characters. The aftertaste is fairly minimal, a bit of lemon, wheat and barley cereal, some tartness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with fairly high, though not prickly, carbonation. The result is that the beer foams rapidly across the palate, leaving a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Closes out quite dry, as anticipated, with no residual stickiness about the palate.

Oct 05, 2012
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 157 ratings