Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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Reviews by wattoclone:
2.28/5 rDev -37.7%
Being a big fan of pumpkin beers when I saw this pumpkin lambic I had to give it a try. This beer proves that price does not correlate with greatness. The appearance was excellent, a dark orange brown with frothy head. Unfortunately, after that everything fell off the cliff. The aroma was similar to Martinelli's Sparkling Cider with maraschino cherries. There were subtle notes of pumpkin pie spice, but nothing like a good framboise. The taste was even more disappointing: very little sweetness, watery sour apple peels and hints of pumpkin pie spices. Considering the high price, I really felt cheated. Where is the pumpkin?
10-20-2013 17:38:24 | More by wattoclone
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3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks to Kevin for splitting this one. Not so sure how the infusion of pumpkin beers and the lambic style will work out. Pours copper, and that's about it. Half clear and half murky allowing some light to pass through. A puffy white head billows up quickly and leaves spotty, chunky lacing behind on its down the glass.
There's a nice bit of pumpkin in the aroma, followed by some of the usual suspects in pumpkin or fall-esque beers; nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon. There's a mild sweetness in the aroma that butts heads with the spices; apples, wheat, and a mild lactic character. So far, I'm not sure if this smells more like a typical pumpkin ale that hints at the lambic style, or a typical lambic style that hints at the pumpkin ale. Perhaps that's a good thing - maybe that's what they were going for?
Much to my surprise, the first thing I taste as the beer hits my palate, in fact, isn't pumpkin. Rather, a good rush of apple skins assaults my taste buds and injects a mild tartness into my sense - a VERY mild tartness, mind you, nowhere close to being sour or puckering. I am not left high and dry by the pumpkin, however; shortly thereafter, it becomes nothing but a pumkinfest and the spices begin dominating - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, light brown sugar, wheat, pie crust....A very complimentary selection of flavors, I'd say. That light tartness tends to just fade over the course of the brew into a delicate sweetness. Aftertaste is full of a lightly sugary, spice, mildly acidic pumpkin-ish concoction. Thin-medium bodied with heavy carbonation and a mouth feel that evaporates.
Hm, definitely pretty different but definitely still tasty. I kept battling in my mind whether this was more of a regular pumpkin ale or more of a lambic, and by the end - I still don't think I've decided. It's got characteristics of both, but just maybe not enough of the lambic qualities. Had this been a little more tart, it might be a different story.
03-20-2013 11:37:12 | More by tectactoe
2.98/5 rDev -18.6%
750 ml bottle, dated 20/08/12. Pours clear copper orange with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is musty (slightly wet cardboardy) malts, gingerbread spices, and some pumpkin and tropical fruit.
The flavor is gingerbread spices, cinnamon and tart/sour fruits and some mustiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
Overall, it's interesting - like a gingerbread sour. I did like it a bit better on draft than in the bottle. The bottle was more musty and subdued.
01-09-2013 07:13:23 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
Had on tap at BBC Cedarville--served into a pint glass.
Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, clear, low carbonation
Smell: very odd..pumpkin, cider, Belgian spice, and sour mix--complex
Taste: first taste is big sour mix with a bit of Belgian sugars..towards the end there is cinnamon, toasted malt, and pumpkin spice--very complex at the end
Mouthfeel: sour with distinct sweetness at the end, high carbonation, light bodied
Overall: Very different but really enjoyable. Not one to get several of, but one to come back to once a month or so during the fall. This is still going to be one of those beers I look forward to in the fall as I have never had anything like it.
10-24-2012 15:13:22 | More by tigg924
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Clear dark pumpkin/dark orange with a moderately-sized, quickly forming, persistent creamy off-white head that leaves webs and irregular sheets of lace down the glass. Very pretty.
The aroma isn't particularly strong, not all too pleasant after a big whiff. There's some pumpkin and pumpkin spice pie character, though there's also a big note of wet towel/old dishrag character that I really don't enjoy in my beers. Good thing the flavor is much better...
The dishrag/wet towel character is completely gone in the flavor, I'm happy to report. Good amounts of pumpkin pie spice, apple sauce, mild grain, and just a hint of complementary tartness combine quite well. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.
Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very nice.
Incredibly drinkable. Gulpable. This 750mL bottle is going to be gone before I know it.
10-24-2012 23:30:02 | More by ehammond1
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Lindmemans glass (nonic?), this beer is a clear pale orange color, no haze to it but with soft, fizzy bubbling activity contributing to the big, fluffy white head. The crown itself is a fluffy pillow of sturdy foam, starting off over three fingers tall but tamer on subsequent pours, still sturdy with great retention. Lacing is left thickly in a couple of rings and patches following.
I get dust, earth and hay on the nose with a funky tartness. There's a balancing sweetness in the flavor that the aroma doesn't really give off. Pumpkin is very subtle, but it is present and detectable; again, this is more in the flavor than the aroma. I like the aroma, but the yeast is strongest, and the dust and earthy notes tone out the rest of what follows. Once on the tongue, the pumpkin flesh becomes a stronger note, and sweetness mingles nicely with funk and a level tanginess.
The feel is pretty fluffy and nicely crisp in a body that manages medium though it threatens thinness. The flow keeps up, though, and the carbonation almost builds up the body.
12-19-2012 09:03:43 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
1pt 9.36 fl oz. Caged and corked. Bottled on 21/08/12. Poured into a DFH pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a fairly clar light copper color. Fizzy rocky white head, that has moderate retention but lacks lacing. A thin ring of head circles the top of the beer and has spots throughout.
Aroma: Cinnamon and apple seem to be the most dominate. Spicy throughout.
Taste: There is a brown sugar sweetness that hits up front. Apple cider notes add a little bit of sour/tartness throughout the middle. finishes up with a nice cinnamon spiciness. Interesting flavors that blend well and meld together throughout. Not getting much pumpkin here. It's more of like a cinnamon spiced apple cider.
Mouthfeel: Slighty lighter than medium bodied. with a nice dose of carbonation. Great balance between sweet, tart, and spicy. the beer does it
Overall: As I said, not much pumpkin but plays like a cinnamon spiced apple cider. I can dig it. Not your typical pumpkin beer and a beer that could easily been a disaster gives somewhat complex and interesting flavors.
11-27-2012 00:37:32 | More by nimrod979
3.36/5 rDev -8.2%
Nice clean refreshing taste with dominant cinnamon flavor followed by a little nutmeg and cloves. Slightly sweet with some sour also. Nice orange amber color. Did not detect much pumpkin flavor at all. Overall I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor. Good to try once a year for the holidays.
01-02-2014 16:05:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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