Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 06:38:43 | More by BEERchitect
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
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
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 02:39:24 | More by hopsputin
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2013 14:10:20 | More by inlimbo77
4.21/5 rDev +15%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 22:11:49 | More by smakawhat
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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