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

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 319
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 29.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, Producted on 01/07/2014 according to the label. My first lambic from Timmermans, and my third sour pumpkin beer this year.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery golden body, mostly translucent with a bit of yeast particulate visible. One finger of thin bubbly light white head that leaves some okay fluffy lacing behind.

S - Aroma is pretty light: no overt sour / tart / yeast / funk to be found. Light aromas of brown bread, pie crust, pumpkin pie spice, and some cola. No notes of green earthy spice rack. Slight sweet note of honey?

T - A very light crisp sour element up front, but it fades quickly. Cinnamon spice comes in second. Not particularly earthy or gourdy, and again no earthy spice rack notes to be found. A fairly tame, almost bland & one-dimensional flavor profile. Not bad however, by any means.

M - Feel is crisp, with only very minor tartness that doesn't linger. No sour, yeast, or bacterial flavor leftover in the finish.

Overall, a tame lambic offering from Timmermans. Not terribly impressive or complex, nor is it very pumpkin-y, but I would still be interested to try more from them, and definitely more sour pumpkin beers.

Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus -----3.5/5

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin cider? Interesting combination of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, Apple's and a wine like cider. It's a little tangy and a touch sour but drinks way too light.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour. Murky copper color with small head. Aromas are of apple pie with cinnamon and a little allspice. Flavor is slightly tart pumpkin, biscuit/pie crust, esters. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lighter body.

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Photo of Jonada
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled 7/24/2013. Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper orange color with a finger of white head that settles to a medium ring. Body is clear with light visible carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin pie filling, spices, pie crust, apple cider.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma. Tastes a lot like liquid pumpkin pie and pie crust. Light tartness as well, but really no lambic qualities.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium with medium carbonation

Overall: Interesting stuff. It's enjoyable, but tastes more like a spiced cider than a beer, and if it wasn't printed on the label, I would never have guessed that there's any lambic component to this whatsoever.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown to copper in color and slightly hazy in appearance. No head is present. Lots of cinnamon and some pumpkin in the aroma. The flavor is packed with cinnamon and some pumpkin pie spice. It's over spiced and cloyingly sweet. The mouth is massively carbonated and sticky.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus. 4% ABV.

A: A light pop. Just a slim line of active, slightly lopsided head. Fades quickly to nearly nothing. A clear dull orange/sienna color. Yellowy clear in the dimple. Very slight lacing. Very present sheeting.

S: Sweet, almost floral pumpkin aroma. Some spice notes, more along the sweeter end. Nutmeg. A touch of floral honey.

T/MF: Hmm. This is a very light beer. Not quite dry, but certainly not sweet. Light cinnamon and/or clove burn; yet still stands about the other flavors. Pumpkin aspect of the beer is reminiscent of the flesh closest to the guts, or the guts, themselves. I wouldn't call this a sour beer, but I do get some salivation from it.

Pairs well with the very light (though fairly salty at the end, with a decent sourness) cheese I got. It actually brings out the flavor of the beer a bit.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Never had a pumpkin lambic. Let's give it a whack.

Pours up a hazy yet brilliant copper with a big bubbly white crown. Not gettin a whole lotta aroma. Some spicy pumpkin pie. Taste is tart red apples. As the beer warms up I get pumpkin and mild pumpkin spice in the finish. Mildly acidic. Nice lingering sticky sweetness in the finish also. Crispy carbo. Medium bodied. A very linear brew. Straight to the point and not too complex. Pretty solid

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Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A tall foam in the Petrus goblet with bubbles crowded along the glass. Color is a beautiful auburn orangey brown. Earthy aroma. Mouthfeel is like Champagne.

Thin body with a sharp edge, almost tart. Slightly sweet. Not much in the way of spices but there is something besides the modest squash flavor. Apple wine taste with some red currant tang.

An interesting and easy to drink light fruity brew. From the 750 ml Belgian bottle purchased at Bottlecraft - North Park.

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Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 7/13.
Now this is the brand of shark-jumping Timmermans is known for...

Amber body with bright clarity and a thin layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. Minor spotty lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg, not funky, sort of bland and hollow.
Lighty tart, dry finish, doesn't seem overly sweetened. More pumpkin spice, cinnamon, but essentially fairly bland. Thin, spritzy feel. I'd imagine a year plus in the bottle helped to attenuate more and lessen the sugar content, if it's bottle conditioned. Worth a try for the novelty, but not one i'll be buying.

Thanks to Aaron for sharing this one!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%

An interesting take on the lambic style I hadn't thought of. The appearance was a dark orange, almost red with a thin white head. The smell was full of bright fruit such as raspberry, but also a lot of pumpkin as well. The taste started with a lot of pumpkin and finished with a tart finish. Quite tasty.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey gold colour, quite pale. Steady bead; head is white-ish, quite sparse, with big bubbles on the edge. I'm on edge.

Smells dirty, and earthy. Quite Belgian and phenolic, with a touch of sweet spice, cinnamon and brown sugar. Gets more intriguing as it warms up.

Taste is far tangier than expected. Spice is there throughout, but an odd orange peel zing upfront that leads into sweet cinnamon bun notes on the back, some cola character as well. Bit odd; doesn't quite mesh.

Bit of sizzle, ultimately a bit thin on the mouthfeel.

Feels like a weak pumpkin beer; like the base beer doesn't quite match the style, but the pie spice has been thrown in as an afterthought. Quite soft drink-esque.

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Photo of BeerMetalDude
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one's been sitting around since Halloween, might as well try it. Pours a clear dark orange with small insta-fade off white colored head. Smell: light pumpkin pie aroma, mild fruity tartness. Taste: green apple, spice cookie, sour candy. Don't get any pumpkin, but the tartness is refreshing. Easy to drink, but a bit high on carbonation, like sparkling cider. Buuurp. I wouldn't try it again, but it's not bad.

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Photo of utfiero
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color- light straw. Slight head.

Aroma of nutmeg and pumpkin.

We had a pumpkin pie challenge on 12/20/2013 and enjoyed this unique brew along with many homemade pumpkin pies (including one made from Japanese sweet potatoes and one from Japanese kabocha winter squash aka pumpkin). It was the perfect brew for the occasion. Taste was light with notes of nutmeg and essence of pumpkin gradually fading to a lingering dry pumpkin seed and lambic finish. Truly unique.

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a wine glasses.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice clear golden hue with a finger and a half of soapy slightly off white head that fades to a small pool and collar around the glass without leaving any lacing.
S: on the nose we have some cinnamon and nutmeg
T: taste is surprisingly tart with some citrusy flavors mixing with pumpkins and some nice spice notes. Swallow is more pumpkin, some oak and a bit of spice
M: this beer sits about medium on the palate with soft and slightly active carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Kind of an odd beer and I'm not sure what to make of it. It's kind of like drinking a sour pumpkin pie. It isn't terrible but it definitely isn't for everybody.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, cream-colored head that settles after a bit and a little lace. Color is a lovely clear red amber. Aroma is super mild, bare tart and spice. Flavors like nose with all qualities magnified; chiefly nutmeg and pumpkin, some tang, dry. Body is fairly thin and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, average length, not up to Timmermans usual standards.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale orange with Minark head. Nose starts with earthy notes followed by pumpkin flesh and some sweet notes, honey, and light vinegar. Taste starts with pumpkin and spices. This is followed up by a bit of honey and sweetness. This lambic definitely leans towards the sweet side of things. Mouthfeel is light and effervesnt. Overall, interesting but light in flavors.

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Photo of lsiberian
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin? ...and sour?... ok- we've seen this story angle before. When the sourness takes hold, and would-be pumpkin character gets left in the shadows. So how would this Belgian Sour fare with similar attempts...

As the ale pours, its hues of orange, amber and gold simply glow with a near-clear appearance at first but murkes up considerably with subsequent pours- until flakes of yeast fall into the glass and gives the ale a "leafing" character. Building more of a creamy head, its off-white foam reduces quickly to a sheet before holding firm. With little retention to mention, its quite obvious that its acidity impedes its foam structure.

Musty, fruity and mildly vegetal; the aromas of the beer opens up with a beautiful confectionary tone. Its "candy-store" aroma is of powdered sugar with an aura of earthen and starchy pumpkins in its most real and raw form. As the fruit settles a bit, there's a tinge of orchard peach, freshly-hung tobacco, mildly leathery must. Its an incredibly vinous scent with white wine that weaves in all these not-so-sublte nuances heading into taste.

Its flavor really prefers the fruity-sweetness over that of sour as its initial taste is of confectioner's sugar and fruit- its culmination lands it with the taste of "peach rings" candy. Sure, it says "pumpkin" but I taste peach, largely due to its strong yeasty ester display. But as its Belgian-esque taste expects a peppery balance and peps of cinnamon, instead there's the racy acidity of chardonnay that commands its taste.

And the beer plays delightfully sweet and tart on the mouthfeel as well as the taste buds. Its short-lived sweet maltiness is quickly shed in order to prefer a semi-dry finish of mild alcohol warmth, crisp fruit-like acidity and light vinous tannic astringency.

Pumpkin Lambicus does an incredibly impressive job of showing that fruited Lambics aren't relegated to fruit, but vegetables earn a spot in the fray as well. Although its taste comes across as peach, its pumpkin attributes are there, even in sublime simplicity.

This Sour Pumpkin Ale is a beautiful exploration of what can be. But this variety's over-sweetened fruitiness lands it with a sense of over-doing it. It just becomes a bit too sweet. However I do think that this level of sweetness is necessary to allow the slimmest tinge of pumpkin aroma and flavor to annunciate.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: its a mixture of orange and blood amber, with a hint of mahogany. fizzy, frothy 3 finger white head which fades somewhat quickly and stays at around half a finger

s: this is interesting. pumpkin and tart vinegar. its not an aroma that i've come across naturally before. raw pumpkins, sweet malt, vinegar, and apple cider

t: ok this follows the nose pretty closely. its pumpkin and apple cider vinegar right away. they're blended nicely, its just an interesting combination. the tartness is only on the sides of the tongue, and is not mouth puckering at all. its quite pumpkin-y. pumpkins, caramel malt, slightly tart vinegar, and some oak in here

m: medium, and well carbonated. the carbonation helps the push the sweetness of the pumpkin into your tastebuds

o: well. as i'm sure i've mentioned it is interesting. i like the idea, and its brewed well. the pumpkin and apple cider combination is ok, but not great. its a little pricey, so if you don't think you'd like the combination, it might not be worth it. i'd been curious for a while so i went for it. not blown away, but definitely not a drain pour

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 25/07/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Clear deep orange color. Pretty looking beer. Thin quarter finger of of white head. Some lacing sheeting.

S: Sweetness. Tartness. Some spice and pumpkin but muted. Definitely sweetener added to this lambic. Almost cider like.

T: Spice bite on the tip of tongue. Cinnamon. Sweetener. Not as bone dry as I was expecting. Fairly dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium. Highly carbonated.

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