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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)

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Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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 StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 !!!

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light hazy golden. Lower than average white foamy head. Low retention and little lacing left over.

S - Funky sour and tart citrus. A bit of wheat smell giving it a clove bread smell too.

T - Funky tart and sour lemon and wheat flavors. Taste kind of like a lemon drop or lemon heads candy. Some hints of other golden fruits. A bit of spice is also present, think wit or hefe.

M - Medium to light with a slight puckering effect. Also slight drying at the finish.

D - Not bad, the sweet and sour somewhat balance each other out and it is refreshing in a way similar to lemonade with it being slightly puckering and sour put you want to take another sip.

Notes: Interesting and unique beer. A combination of a wit or hefe and a lambic. Also provides a touch of funky flavors. Worth a try if you can find it, but probably not for everyone. It won't blow you away, but a good way to provide a new look on beer.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 Naerhu
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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 seedyone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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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 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 mzwolinski
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of seand
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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