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
brtimmermans.be

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
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
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9
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Photo of stcules
1.34/5  rDev -64.9%
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.

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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 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 popery
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of GreenCard
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of Chambic
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: a surprisingly clear yellow, like straw, with just a touch of haze, topped with a head of white foam

S: has a fresh tartness about it

T: kind of like lemonade, with its bright citrus, and the sweetness of it that's reminiscent of honey

M: too thin for how carbonated it is, without any flavor or body to balance the rough finish

D: would probably only choose to have this again from a different serving type, like on tap

Notes from 02.15.10 at British Arms in Stockholm

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Photo of Jonada
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of halo3one
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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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Photo of beerpirates
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at a la la Becasse.

Pours a clear yellow gold body with a one finger frothy white head. Smells like a Wit, very spicy with a light lemony smack and a bit of coriander. The flavor is interesting, slightly sour with lots of Wit spicing, coriander especially. A bright smack of lemon rind before a slight sweetness comes on. Mouthfeel is fairly light and airy with fine prickly fizzy carbonation. A bit clingy on the finish.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of desint
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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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 nikigava
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of corysmith01
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jrockerboi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of wer3w01f
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (Blanche-Lambic) from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
3.82 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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