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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by Todd on 11-04-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
137
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
25.13%
 
 
Wants:
10
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10
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind vertical tasting of gueuze.
To sweet and articficiall for my tase

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Photo of Libationguy
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nikigava
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bierschenker
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

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Photo of nickhiller
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Goldorak
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of emerge077
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of desint
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Squelch
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
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