Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 315
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-05-2012

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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light bubbly orange with a nice light orange head

S-smells like the inside of pumpkin with a slight tartness. Some graininess as well. Smells good, much like a lambic.

T-comes in tasting like a mix between apple cider and pumpkin, it's quite good! There is a slight touch of autumn spice to it. Does have quite the apple ouch to it though. Great fall beer. It does have a subtle tartness to it in the after-taste that is quite pleasing. This is actually pretty good.

M-good creamy high carbonation with a dry finish

O-I was kind of skeptical of the pumpkin lambic but I am extremely pleased with this offering. The Belgian brewery did a fairly decent job. There's a lot of room for improvement, but for a fairly untouched style, this is impressive. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. (794 characters)

Photo of lsiberian
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A clear beautiful amber with a strong foamy head.

Citrusy crisp fruity nose with a strong flavor that matches the nose.

Despite a strong head I detect a flatness that keeps this beer from reaching it's potential.

This is a great change of pace beer with a nice flavor that fell a little flat of greatness. (308 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (688 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced on
20/08/12 14:48

A= Pours a nice apple juice color with a thin two fingers of head that holds suprising retention and lacing on the glass.

S= Smells nice and sour for sure. A solid lactic acid comes through as well as a nice brett aroma of barnyard. There is a nice pumpkin coming through as well with a little spice I think. It smells pretty good like a pure pumpkin aroma though.

S= The taste is great. It actually reminds me more of an apple cider than a pumpkin but there is a nice pumpkin flavor there. The initial flavor is apple cider mulling spices coming through with a strong tartness of the lactic kind. The pumpkin comes through a little later making itself known in a sweeter sort of way. It's not overly squashy but more of a candy pumpkin like you would find in a bakery item.

M= Strong carbonation and mouth.

O= This beer is a suprise. A wonderful mix of everything great about sour beers and pumpkin beers. Check this baby out because it's well worth it. (988 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork when opening.

An absolutely gorgeous color, crystal clear deep bronze orange with red hints to it, and slight small cola carbonation in the body. Head is tinged orange slightly but has a light tan color, gets about two to three fingers tall. Head settles to a nice creamy simple collar and very whipped up like appearance. Collar always sticks and there is the occasional leg lace. Great impressive looker.

Nose is classic pumpkin but without the huge blasts of sugar and overbearing spices. Light cinnamon, good amount of nutmeg and clove action. Slight pumpkin but nothing overly vegetative or sweet, no sense of tartness either surprisingly but hey this is Timmermans.

Palate really surprises. Very noticeable light body but it is 4% however it comes with playful carbonation that is a little seltzery and almost cola like. Palate though brings a nice quick simple mellow tartness. Swallow and aftertaste are mellow pumpkin, with pie crust and flaky biscuity flavors. A real nice balance of sweetness in the mouth also and the spices match nicely of clove and cinnamon and nutmeg.

I really like that this is nicely balanced, easy drinking, and not a giant sugary sweet mess. I think this might be my pumpkin beer of choice for the year. We may have a new champion. (1,342 characters)

Photo of JRed
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dirty gold in body with white bubbly head that forms a solid film over top. Aroma of fruit tartness, sour edges, subtle pumpkin slides through, and some funkin' spice. Whew, that's tasty. Dry character with light pumpkin, cinnamon, fruit tart with sharpness reminiscent of kiwi, mild funk and goat. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Dry body but some slickness is left on the tongue. Very refreshing. A lovely drink. (426 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnt orange, moderate creamy head from nitro pour, good retention. Scent brings an unusual, but inviting, blend of pumpkin pie and tart earthiness. Taste combines a slice of pumpkin pie (good quantities of pumpkin, spice and malt sweetness) with a firm but not overly powerful tart, green appleish and earthy taste from the process. Medium bodied, nitro doesn't make the beer overly creamy. Unique, flavorful and would have more. Odd how the sourness can bring out the pumpkin notes even more - well constructed. (526 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a clear medium gold color, with a thin white head and plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Tart, with mixed lactic and acetic character, with notes of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.

T: Lactic acidic with moderate tartness, light pumpkin flavors with some nutmeg. Some bready malts that result in the flavors of pumpkin break with cinnamon and allspice. A touch of funk develops as it warms through the drink. Finishes with lingering dry tartness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Let's face it…this style of beer does not sound particularly appealing. But honestly I found it quite enjoyable. I'm not a fan of a lot of pumpkin beers, but have enjoyed this one on multiple occasions. Recommended if you're looking for something different to celebrate the fall weather. (913 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, back label says produced on 21/08/12 10:22. Served in a flute, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, it smells like apple cider, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices. It tastes like pumpkin pie, apple cider, brown sugar, and some light tart apples. It's more sweet than tart tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of soft carbonation. It's also easy enough to drink. Overall I think this is a good and interesting brew. I wasn't sure what to think when I saw "Pumpkin Lambic", but I'm glad I bought this, I liked it. $9.99 a bottle. (710 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a medium pumpkin amber with a fine off-white two finger head with good retention and lots of lacing. Looks nice. Compelling aroma of light pumpkin, lambic yeast and seasonal spices; peppery. Initial flavor is pleasantly sharp and spicy, mostly from carbonation, developing into sweet / sour apple, pumpkin and pie spices, especially cinnamon. Finishes with spice bitterness and light, tart apple. Light bodied, as appropriate, with active and spicy carbonation. A very nice, refreshing light sparkling lambic with a nice seasonal combination of flavors. Surprisingly bright flavors for the low ABV. (640 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Pumpkin IPAs, pumpkin barleywines, and now pumpkin lambics. Sure, why not? Served in a snifter, pale orange-amber color with a slight haze, and a thin but well-retaining white head that receded to a wispy layer and rejuvenated with a quick swirl. Aroma was thin, but promised something tart and acidic with a bit of funk and spice. Taste wasn't overly sour or tart, but there was some of both there, citrus zest, apple skin, pumpkin flesh, hints of grassy funk, ginger, and very subtle spice...this wasn't a typical autumn-spice pumpkin beer. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, crisp and drying, interesting and quite drinkable. (678 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled 21/8/12

Pours a clear, dark orange amber with a medium sized eggshell head.

Aromas begin with some cinnamon spice, apple cider, raw pumpkin flesh and apple skins.

The tastes follow the nose with pie crust, apple sauce, cinnamon and some emerging dark sugar sweetness. Flavors are quite cider-like, light fruits, some pumpkin.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is lightly tart and semi-sweet.

Overall this was pretty tasty, more of a gimmick to be honest. Not spectacular and a little too sweet but it's pretty much one of a kind and I can appreciate the effort. (612 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy honey gold with an inch of white head that slowly recedes leaving a moderate surface layer and lacing that continues to lighten as it sits.

Aromas of lemongrass, wheat, honey, pumpkin and pie spices.

The initial flavors are more of sour cherries and grapes with a follow through of pumpkin and honey. There is also a background of sour funk, as is to be expected from a lambic.

Light to medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Heavy carbonation with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall this is one of those beers that is so unique it is hard to rate. If you are expecting something along the lines of Good Gourd or Pumpking with an emphasis on the pumpkin pie spices, than you'll be disappointed. This is exactly what it sais it is, a pumpkin lamibic. With equal hints of spicy, sweet pumpkin and hints of sour. (866 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours transparent a golden hay color with a small white fizzy head

S- a bit of funky sourness, some baked cinnamon apples, and some yeast

T- this tastes like liquid apple pie, with notes of cooked apple and cinnamon. The pumpkin is there, but plays more of an undertone role. Finishes slightly sour and dry.

M- light bodied, lively carbonation with just a bit of puckering mouthfeel and finish.

O- this made a great dessert beer after my entree of quail. Not very strong in the pumpkin, but very enjoyable. (515 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some apple cider and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same but only mildly sour. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it isn't all that sour and doesn't really have any real pumpkin aromas or flavors. (579 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +8%

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, two finger head.

S-Pumpkin, good deal of spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, no tartness though.

T-Rather sweet, good deal of cinnamon and nutmeg, a nice pumpkin comes through but the lambic part is missing.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation.

O-As a pumpkin beer good, as a lambic meh. But I like pumpkin. (347 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Lambicus pours with a ridiculous three fingers of coarse-bubbled head. Draws up some lacing in the tulip, but it takes a little while for it to deflate. The pale orange liquid has some yeasty haze to it. Nice clarity.

Smells a little sourness with some pie spicing. Picking up a lot of flaky crust, and then coriander, cinnamon, mushroom, and a very light pumpkin rind aroma. Nice to almost get that goopy raw pumpkin meat smell. As it warms, has a Ritz cracker note in the nose. Strange enough to impress me.

Soft flavors of butternut squash, coriander, wheat malts, apple cider vinegar tartness, pie crust, and cinnamon spice. Doesn't really come together the way I was hoping. Tartness bows out mid-palate and a sugar cookie sweetness takes over in the finish. There's a little pucker in the mouth that never really gets a foothold on the taste buds. Mushroom-like funk achieves earthy umami.

Drinks too easily. Not enough of a tart bite. I like the body where it is, but not enough lambic tongue-manipulation. Low carbonation.

Very cool idea. I was really excited to have tried this. It's off-the-wall enough to win me over. Timmermans isn't known for making their lambics very sour, so the mellow sweetness wasn't entirely unexpected. Until one of the other Belgian lambic brewers takes a stab at it, they have the monopoly on pumpkin. (1,352 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Timmermans : Pumpkin Lambicus

LOOK: Pours a clear pale orangeish amber color with a fizzy yet soapy foam.

SMELL: Funky Lambic yeast and a pronounced sourness. There is a hint of cinnamon like spice. Also a whiff of wheat and hay.

TASTE: Tart wild yeasts, giving off cider like flavors of sour apple, apple pie, booze soaked apples and crust. Undertones of allspice, clove and cinnamon. Cracker like wheat malt rounds out the profile, with little bitterness. Kind of tastes like a tart spiced baked apple. Pumpkin flavor is slight compared to American pumpkin ales, but is still noticeable with a slight vegetable flavor. Finishes with a lingering tartness.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Semi dry.

OVERALL: A success from the worlds oldest Lambic brewery. The pumpkin was soft and let the other flavors come out more. (860 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, poured into a large wine glass. Pours a dark ruddy orange, with a good half-inch deep layer of foam on top. Good spotty lace coats the glass. The nose is really fruity, reminiscent of spiced cider - apples, pear, banana, oak. Nice aroma invites me to take a sip.

I poured this one extra cold, it just seemed appropriate at the time. Great crisp feel, with ample carbonation giving this one legs. Easy finish as the mildness really allows me to sip and sip, until I find myself gulping. As this one starts quite cold, it reminds me of an autumn cider my mom always makes - apple, cinnamon, orange peel. This is spot on. As the beer warms up a bit though, the pumpkin peeks through, though faintly. Lots of autumn spice and apples. Very mild tartness on the finish. Barely present really.

This is an oddity of a beer. It's not really pumpkin, and it's not really a tart lambic. As long as you're not expecting that (and why would you given the name...ugghhh), it's really not a bad beer. I'd love to have this one with a hearty feast. I think it would pair nicely. (1,091 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with a slight haze, huge frothy head and tons of carbonation.

S - Not very impressed with the nose, there's little pumpkin and spice aromas but a bit of an orange tea smell with cinnamon notes. Just too light for me on the nose.

T - All the aromas come to life the pumpkin is well utilized but there's a great clove, orange, and cinnamon flavor that adds sweet and savory notes. The spices blend very well and the pumpkin adds just a hint of bitterness. Super enjoyable.

M/O - Light body and above average amount of carbonation. Leaves the palate with just a hint of cinnamon spice and a light tang-like finish. For a flavor/style combo that you rarely see this one is a treat and I very much enjoy it. (723 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The bear pours a clear golden amber color with a layer of white head that sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Right away I'm getting cinnamon and lots of it. There is an apple juice notes here as well. The overall smell is mild and light.

Taste: There is some pumpkin here, but the cinnamon dominates the flavor. Light and just a bit tart, but this isn't an overly sour beer. Reminds me a bit of a cinnamon apple cider. I think this would be a nice Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very interesting beer. The words cinnamon lambic were used by more than one person. The pumpkin was overshadowed a bit, but I liked the beer. (822 characters)

Photo of BeerMetalDude
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was sharing this bottle with the Mrs. I poured from a750ml bottle into the recommended glassware, a stange style glass. It poured a slightly hazy orange hue, topped with a small white bubbly head that faded to a think layer, leaving no lacing down the glass. A very descent looking appearance.

The aroma is not very strong, but I was able to pick up on some typical spices like nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There wasn’t a very strong pumpkin aroma, but more of a squash-like scent. There was a nice amount of sugary sweetness, blended well with a slight tartness that lingers in the nose a bit.

At first, the taste was a bit off putting, but as I drank more, the more I started to understand this beer. I grew fond of this particular beer by the time I finished my first glass from this 750ml bottle. Usually lambics are fruit heavy, and not a lot of “beer flavors,” so this one was definitely unique. There were the typical flavors found in any pumpkin beers, such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There was a good abundance of sugary sweetness that hit the palate midway through the drink. There was a little flavor of squash, but not true pumpkin. As with most pumpkin beers, there was a lot of focus on the spices of a good pumpkin pie like some nutmeg, cinnamon, and even a bit of clove. What separates this beer from the rest of the heard is the natural sourness that occurs from the spontaneously fermentation by wild yeast and bacteria. It is not overly sour like others out there, but rather a good moderate overtone, that could easily make this beer a first timer’s friend.

The body was rather light, good carbonation, and drank pretty easy. The mouthfeel was smooth, and had a dry finish, which helped make the tartness stand out and linger a bit afterwards.

I am not one to say that I would jump off a cliff to gt a bottle of this, but it was still very enjoyable, and I could see myself with another glass in hand when this one comes around again. Seeing as I am fairly new to lambics, only having a few of the Kriek and Framboise styles, I did not have a lot to compare this to. For me, this was a very tasty experimental beer. We will see if anyone else releases a pumpkin lambic. Way to go Timmermans for creating something new here. (2,262 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,956 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

[On tap]
Clear deep dark amber with a fine head.

Aroma. Very pleasing sweet. Spicy pumpkin with a load of banana.

Flavor. a bit tart, Moderately spicy with a nice mix that is not the typical American pumpkin pie mix. A faint hint of vinegar hurts the rating.

O. An unusual pumpkin ale worth trying. (303 characters)

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Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.