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

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 336
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 29.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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 falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -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 billab914
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Pumking glass. Darker orange in color and high clarity for the style. A thin, sticky white head barely covers the top.

Aroma has a sweet crisp fruit presence to it with some moderate pumpkin pie spices. It actually reminds me more of a sugary apple pie filling rather then pumpkin. I get a hint of funk to it and some moderate tartness but overall the traditional lambic flavors are overshadowed by the sugary fruits.

The taste has a little more of a doughy, pie crust flavor to it, especially in the finish. Again, I'm getting more of a sugary apple pie filling flavor to it with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices. I get a little more tartness to it in the finish but again the lambic flavors take back seat to the sugary fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with above average carbonation. Overall, it was a decent beer but the sugary fruits dominated a little too much. A little more of a funky, sour lambic presence could have really helped balance it out. It was a pretty unique and interesting beer overall though. I think they also could have labeled it apple pie instead of pumpkin and nobody would think it odd.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Produced on 20/08/12.

3.25 A: Partially murky medium orange color. A couple fingers of foamy white head that fell quickly and left only a few wisps of lacing.

3.5 S: I never knew Timmermans was backsweetened till now. I suppose that's why no one ever talks about them. This has a distinct apple cider aroma to it. Pumpkin is secondary. It works, especially since both things come out in the fall. It even has the whole mulling spices thing going on. Good bit of sweetness, but no overly so.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Spiced apple cider. I'm not even sure if I can taste any pumpkin. There really isn't a whole lot else to say. Moderate sweetness with some funk aspects hidden behind the sugars. Not a brewer's masterpiece, but it is tasty nonetheless.

3.75 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is soft and spritzy. Supremely smooth.

3.5 D: I never know what to make of sweetened lambics, but they always taste good. I feel like I'm drinking a soft drink half the time, but I guess it's not so bad.

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of stumac
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention. Mostly clear lacing, sticking to the glass. Light copper body. Aroma Includes a nice, earthy green apple-like pumpkiney flavor? Very slight horse blanket in the distant back ground. Taste is very cider-like with again, I suppose a faint pumkin flavor. Honestly the beer tastes more like a cider than a lambic. Doesn't taste bad at all, but totally unexpected.

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Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light orange amber in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples in the nose along with some hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is a little reminiscent of apple cider, having some tartness and hints of pumpkin pie.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes a little like apple pie and pumpkin pie.

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Photo of utfiero
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%

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 Jonada
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced on 20/08/2012

A: Pours a very lightly hazy copper to light amber in color with some moderate amounts of orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of apple, pear, and cinnamon spice - almost like a cider with some apple pie notes. Just the lightest note of tartness.

T: Upfront the beer has a cider like flavor with moderate amounts of apple and pear. Next you experience a light amount of tartness with some spices (cinnamon and just a touch of nutmeg). Finally, there is a touch of pumpkin with a little more sweetness than I expected but it is still pretty light in the sweetness. The pumpkin flavor is really most present in the finish and the after taste, along with some lingering cinnamon flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly from the carbonation and the acidity.

O: This is definitely an interesting beer and one that I am glad I decided to pick up and try - there is a little too much apple/pear cider flavors/aromas in it to be great but definitely worth trying in my opinion. Very easy to drink but it almost reminds me of a combination apple and pumpkin pie.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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...

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/20/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart green apple, pear, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove, pepper, brown sugar, toast, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; smells like apple pie with some pumpkin. Taste of tart green apple, pear, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, brown sugar, pie crust, grass, herbal, clove, and light yeast spiciness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, brown sugar, grass, pie crust, pepper, clove, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of fruit and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, fairly crisp, and foamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected for 4%. Overall this is a very good non-soured fruit lambic. Nice malt/spice balance and complexity, with moderate tartness; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.