Lambicus Blanche
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #41
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,623
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
158
From:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  13
SCORE
86
Very Good
Lambicus BlancheLambicus Blanche
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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Naerhu from Japan

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Jul 03, 2005
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nov 19, 2020
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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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BKotch from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Aug 11, 2013
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stcules from Italy

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow.
Lemon, a bit of coriander in the smell.
Too much limon, a bit of sourness.
Afgain too much lemon in the aftertaste, a very thin body.
Light.

Apr 04, 2004
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mzwolinski from California

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Jul 25, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Jan 09, 2004
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GreenCard from Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -28%
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.

Nov 04, 2003
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 05, 2013
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Goldorak from Canada (QC)

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Oct 01, 2004
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BrewMaster from California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Jun 30, 2005
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Bierschenker from Belgium

4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Jun 09, 2005
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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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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 !!!

Jan 30, 2006
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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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harpus from Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mar 18, 2013
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Imstillthegman from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Feb 20, 2013
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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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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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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mar 10, 2013
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 16, 2019
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jan 09, 2014
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kaelingirl from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Oct 09, 2012
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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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Squelch from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Aug 02, 2011
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