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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 315
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 5.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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 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 57md
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,427 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 Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice orange color with a big white fizzy head on top. The retention is pretty good on this beer as well as some sticky lacing on the glass. The look of this is really quite nice. The smell of the beer has a subtle sourness on the nose but mostly dominated by spices and malt sweetness. The taste of the beer actually reminded me more of an apple spice more than a pumpkin spice. The mouthfeel was bubbly and light, it was a little on the warming side as well. Overall it was a good brew, not something I would need to buy again but it was fun to try. (571 characters)

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-tinged shade of amber. Mild haze. A couple fingers of sticky white head. Very good lacing. I'd be interested to know if the coloring is natural. I'd guess no. Aroma is light, mineral-ish lambic funk overlaid with fairly mild pumpkin pie spicing - nutmeg, cinnamon. Tends toward the cider side of lambics with little sourness. A touch of caramel sweetness. Taste is similar. This is a very light lambic and quite drinkable. I guess it's on the sweet side but not terribly so. Very mild pucker. Not too much spice. Mouthfeel is light with lots of creamy, gentle bubbles. This isn't a beer that's going to wow anyone, but it's light and enjoyable, and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. It's a fun, little pumpkin beer and an interesting spin on lambic. (775 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml from Olive Tree Market for $12.99 and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper hue with a thin white head that sticks around for a while leaving decent, but not amazing, lacing in its tracks.

S: Spicy apple cider, piney and woody, slightly funky and not much pumpkin.

T: Very similar to the nose - big time spiced apple cider - sweet and piney with a slightly herbal finish - very "Fall-like" flavors. Might not dig this one in the Summer months, but good cold season session ale...but where's the pumpkin???

M: Probably this one's greatest attribute - sparkly and dry - perfect all night drinker.

Overall unimpressive. It's hardly a lambic and has almost no pumpkin flavor. The spiced cider flavor is dominant and out of place. Definitely passing on this one in the future. (811 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear copper, off white head that leaves quickly. Lots of lace.

S - Sharp, grassy, under nose of sweet, possibly pumpkin?

T - Taste similar to smell, but the sweet finishes, with only a slight nod to pumpkin. If I had to guess it was pumpkin, I might fail.

M - Light bodied, very carbonated, sufficient balance.

D - Another pumpkin down! (352 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 BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis Taproom.

Pumpkin Lambicus pours out a dull shade of faded orange with some gold spots popping out. The head is minimal and barely makes a dent. Flat looking after a minute or so, no stick on the way down. Swirls don't even bring anything back. The smell is subtle pumpkin with some spice, some buttery appeal, pale malt and pear. Not really tart scented. A small pucker on the first sips, with some faint pumpkin and subtle spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, all very light. The buttery appeal comes through in the taste as well with some plastic notes. Not all together real smelling/tasting, but not all together a horrible beer. I not a fan of Pumpkin beer or anything fall seasoned, yet I got through this one ok. The carb is minimal and barely there, and the body is light which aint all that bad. It just could use more bubbles. I think this is a good effort and with some more years of trying the same thing with a stronger/sturdy body, Timmermans may be on to something here, just get rid of the butter scents. (1,027 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 RuckusDu
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to expect from this, but I'm a little excited. The beer pours a weird dark color. Body is clear and a dirty orange color. Head is a white color that also looks dirty. About a finger of foam that falls and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is not great. I get a lot of artificial notes and soap. Lots of dust and some brown sugar. Flavor is an improvement with a super light acidity. Some apple cider, lemon, and kiwi. On the mouth there is some metallic notes. Light body and nice carbonation.

Tastes good, but nothing else about it is all that appetizing. Still a good sessionable beer that I would drink again, but probably don't need to buy any more bottles. (673 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

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. (888 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass.

Mikkeller opened my weird-ass-lambic door with his coffee-spiked Spontankoppi, and now I'm walking down the hall with a pumpkin lambic straight outta Belgium. Here goes nothin': It pours a clear golden-amber-orange topped by over a finger of off-white foam. Honestly, when I think "pumpkin beer", this is what usually pops to mind (you know: something that looks like a friggin' pumpkin!). The nose comprises nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, dry wheat, and a touch of vague funk in the background. It's an odd combination that ends up being inoffensive and just a tad off-putting. The taste starts off with a short bit of mild wheat, then charges headlong right into some straight citric sourness. Near the finish, the sourness tapers off a bit and blends nicely into the aforementioned spices, the usual suspects of the pumpkin beer realm. It's a strange combination, really, but not a bad one surprisingly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, definitely not your average flavored lambic. As things progress, the spices seem to soften in the face of an increasing sourness, but some funky wheat tries to take its place and keep the fight alive. There's something about this strange dichotomy of flavors that keeps me from completely enjoying it, in the strictest sense of the term, but I can't at all say it's bad. It's good, just in a confusing way... (1,441 characters)

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Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.