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

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83
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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-05-2012)
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Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this missed the mark for me, after a ton of anicipation. i thought this would be a fusion of two great styles, but instead it seems to take the worst elements of both rather than the best. opened with the thanksgiving feast, more sober than i usually am at that time. it pours a light hazy orange color, a little dull, with an inch of white bubbly froth. the nose is both sweet and tart at the same time. less funk or sour than i was hoping for, as call i can really smell is the spice profile usually associated with a pumpkin beer. flavor is really odd, and not totally nice. theres some allspice and clove up front, with a lot of brown sugar sweetness, but then a tart yeast comes in making the whole thing seem off, its almost vinegary, which doesnt compliment the fall flavors or aromas at all, and then the sugar comes back in the finish, making for one strange ride. nobody who i shared this with hated it, but we all thought it was a let down. thin body, effervescent carbonation, low alcohol, and just something flat out off. i dont know, as far as the style goes i thought the jolly pumpkin version did a much better job, but maybe these two styles of beer are incompatible after all...

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a light sourness, with a note of spice. In the taste, sweet fruitiness, a mellow spice, and a small tartness. A small spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small spice and a small tart fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, but interestingly different.

Photo of GoldThunder
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam; solid lacing action

Smell: Smells vaguely like a cider, with apple and pear elements and a touch of sourness underneath - never would have pegged it as a pumpkin from the aroma

Taste: Apple and pear cider sweetness on the tip of the tongue, up front, with cinnamon and tart flavors developing in the middle; after the swallow, there is a sense of pumpkin and cinnamon though it is very subtle and the beer finishes much as it starts, with the sweeter flavors dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat prickly

Overall: I was excited to try this when I saw it for sale but it falls into the category of sweetened Lambics and just is not that interesting

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin sour? I pounced on this one. 4.00% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.36 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a sour but I'm weary of pumpkin as a lambic choice. Still, I trust this brewery. Bottled 20/08/12 (DD/MM/YY).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Satisfying cork pop on the open; no issues with beer surging out or anything like that.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good retention - though it's worth noting that the ABV is rather low. Body colour is a dark dull orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is decent. The colour isn't horribly appealing, but there's nothing outright wrong with the appearance.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice - the usual makings of any pumpkin beer. But there's also that hint of candi sugar and light bacteria on the back end. I hope it delivers the sourness; it's coming off rather sweet here. I even get brown sugar. An average strength aroma.

She was a bit too cold, actually. I waited a few minutes while she warmed before trying it. Retention time was between 2-3 minutes.

T/Mf: Brown sugar on the open to a crisp spicey body with a pumpkin tone but not a definite distinct note. Crystal malts lend it a tingly feel until the third act, where a stilted dryness emerges along with hints of pear from the yeast. The third act is the most rewarding, with the fruity lambic notes joining with the spice in a satisfying way. No alcohol comes through. Quite cidery, actually perry-esque might be more appropriate. I get mainly gourd but not much actual seed. As she warms, a light sourness comes through - though nowhere near the level I hoped for. It's certainly a balanced beer, and I quite like it. I wouldn't call it simple but it does lack complexity. Nicely subtle. The spicing is well-executed.

Smooth and wet throughout. Good thickness; a touch overcarbonated but it's suited well to aging.

Dr: A very drinkable pumpkin beer and one that I enjoyed more than most, but it doesn't meet my hopes for it. Don't expect sourness or tartness here; it lacks the best qualities of a good lambic. Still, it delivers on what could have been a train wreck of an idea. I wouldn't get it again and there's no sense it aging it, but I think if you approach it without many expectations you may be pleasantly surprised. This is not the uber-tart pumpkin sour of my dreams, but it's a refreshing light little pumpkin beer that seems to be getting overlooked this season. I look forward to finishing the bottle; it's nice to have a low ABV beer from time to time.

Would pair well with an acidic salad.

Serve slightly chilled, but not refrigerator cold.

Low B

*I had to muck with the appearance rating to get the letter grade I wanted. Please see my profile for more information about my ratings system.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, served in a shaker plastic cup. Can I just go on record early and say this beer is weird...very weird. The first sip was all pumpkin...the rest was all lactic acid. Still not a bad beer but it is pushing what can be considered a "lambic" to call this a lambic.

Beer is orange with a mild haze and a lazy white head of small and large bubbles no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, mild yeast, some pumpkin.

Beer is at first quite gourdy with big pumpkin up front, dry finish, second taste is all tart and then on out it is just tart. I don't think I like it and I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it.

Photo of cps98
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: "Produced on 08/21/12 09:17"
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Timmermans' "Pumpkin Lambicus" does not feature any tartness or sourness, except for perhaps a trace amount in the back of the throat, which makes it a fairly strange lambic-based beer. More authentic than the common Lindeman's beers, this avoids syrupy sweetness and replaces it with pie spices, rather than using whatever the lambic base's tartness could be. Interesting, but not sure I'd pick up another for $15, as opposed to purchasing some other pumpkin beer for half the price.

Pours a 2cm head of marginally off-white foam, which has average to slightly above-average retention. As the head descends to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass: a few chunky streaks and large dots. Body is a dark orange to brown color, with orange-yellow highlights. Light brings out pale orange-yellow hues throughout the body, which is semi-hazy. Carbonation is fairly vigorous and easily visible, streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of pumpkin puree, apple cider, and very mild pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, dried ginger, and cardamom. Generally, very sweet, with little of the attendant tartness and farmhouse complexity that are normally present in lambic-based beers. If nothing else, this is interesting, and certainly not repellent.

Overall taste is sweet and apple cider-like, with only slight traces of sourness along the sides of the tongue. Tasting opens with pumpkin syrup influenced sweetness, cinnamon spice, mild graininess, and a slight tartness. Mid-palate is of pumpkin cider, with fairly realistic pumpkin flavor and cinnamon with nutmeg flavoring. Back of palate continues the canned pumpkin puree taste, alongside pie spices and a bit of sweetened pie crust. Lingering aftertaste of pie spices (cinnamon, mostly), pie crust sweetness, and light bitterness/tartness.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with a medium-level amount of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly thin, though carbonated enough to produce a slightly creamy or "soft-bubbly" effect. At times, this is a bit thin or watery across the palate and a bit dissastisfying as a result. Closes slightly dry, mostly wet, which likely arises from lack of acidity in the beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of 57md
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am a sucker for anything pumpkin, so when I saw this on tap at one of my favorite watering holes (Strange Brew Tavern in Allentown), I had to sample it. The appearance is brownish-orange and there is little head to this beer. The nose only had a slight hint of spice, nothing as bold as I anticipated when ordering this offering. Both distinct sweet and sour flavors are present, but not in a terribly tasty combination. The finish did not leave me wanting more, but it was certainly good enough to finish the glass.

Not going back to the well on this one for sure.

Photo of davey101
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/20/2012 Vintage. 750ml C+C bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear dark brown/amber body with two finger off white head. LOng lasting cap and edging with decent lacing and retention.

S - Pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, ginger, and light brown sugar. No malt to speak of. Very strong on the cinnamon spice like mentioned below, "Big Red" status.

T - Spices, apple cider, and a malty finish. Dry but with a lingering sweet syrupy aftertaste of spice. Spritzy carbonation. Sweetness makes for a slow drinker despite the light body and low abv.

O - Like most sweetened lambics this has very little relation to a traditional lambic. It does work as a nice fall dessert beer that isn't too heavy, and I have to give it to Timmermans for being unique. Not worth the money though IMO as its closer to a thin bodied pumpkin spice ale.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. The brew pours a fairly clear golden orange to copper with a couple fingers of white froth atop. Thick patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is quite enjoyable of pumpkin spices and cinnamon that is like bark moreso than the refined powder (if that makes sense?) A little bit of earthy pumpkin flesh character is present that fades into something reminescent of big red bubblegum. As it warms up, it smells like fresh green tea and teaberry.

The taste is strong like fresh brewed green tea mixed with a spiciness of teaberry skins and leaves. A bit of cinnamon bark and pumpkin flesh. It gets a touch of lemony tartness across the back mixing with an accenting fruity element.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very tea-like with earthy, natural tasting cinnamon flavoring and a bit of pumpkin. I am having a very difficult time putting down a fair reviewing score here. As a lambic this is a bit of a failure. As a pumpkin brew, it is ok. However, it was overall super unique and enjoyable...just much different from what might expext from the description.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at New World Tavern in Playmouth, MA.

Light fizzy head decent lacing, hazy slight honey carrot orange color.

Nose light sour fermented pumpkin, little apple pie spices and nutty, lots of mulling spices which make it pretty aromatic but they seem kinda weird for a lambic, some sour tart funk but light, a bit of a funky gueuze, some light reddish malts.

Taste starts with a big pumpkin flavor, tons of pie both pumpkin and Apple pie, Apple pie spices and nutty flavor, some pumpkin pie and fermented pumpkin, plenty of mulling spices, light tart funk gueuze like, semi sweet too. Finish has a bit more tartness, light acidity and little flemmy, nice lambic like tartness, interesting pumpkin and apple.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb bit the bottle is probably better. Light tart flemmy finish.

Overall decent, bit too sweet, to much Apple and pie flavors, spices, nuts, etc, the crazy mulling spices make it kinda weird for a lambic, and the sweetness and pie like take it more from a traditional lambic to more of a sweet dessert lambic like a Lindeman's style but still better than that at least. I do give them some credit for a uniqueness of it, actually getting pumpkin into a lambic without it really sucking at least.

I'm glad I only paid a few bucks to try this on draft rather than a handful of money for a big bottle that I don't think I could finish by myself. The single glass is hard enough to finish.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.