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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-05-2012

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Reviews:
80
Ratings:
341
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for splitting this one. Not so sure how the infusion of pumpkin beers and the lambic style will work out. Pours copper, and that's about it. Half clear and half murky allowing some light to pass through. A puffy white head billows up quickly and leaves spotty, chunky lacing behind on its down the glass.

There's a nice bit of pumpkin in the aroma, followed by some of the usual suspects in pumpkin or fall-esque beers; nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon. There's a mild sweetness in the aroma that butts heads with the spices; apples, wheat, and a mild lactic character. So far, I'm not sure if this smells more like a typical pumpkin ale that hints at the lambic style, or a typical lambic style that hints at the pumpkin ale. Perhaps that's a good thing - maybe that's what they were going for?

Much to my surprise, the first thing I taste as the beer hits my palate, in fact, isn't pumpkin. Rather, a good rush of apple skins assaults my taste buds and injects a mild tartness into my sense - a VERY mild tartness, mind you, nowhere close to being sour or puckering. I am not left high and dry by the pumpkin, however; shortly thereafter, it becomes nothing but a pumkinfest and the spices begin dominating - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, light brown sugar, wheat, pie crust....A very complimentary selection of flavors, I'd say. That light tartness tends to just fade over the course of the brew into a delicate sweetness. Aftertaste is full of a lightly sugary, spice, mildly acidic pumpkin-ish concoction. Thin-medium bodied with heavy carbonation and a mouth feel that evaporates.

Hm, definitely pretty different but definitely still tasty. I kept battling in my mind whether this was more of a regular pumpkin ale or more of a lambic, and by the end - I still don't think I've decided. It's got characteristics of both, but just maybe not enough of the lambic qualities. Had this been a little more tart, it might be a different story.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, dated 20/08/12. Pours clear copper orange with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty (slightly wet cardboardy) malts, gingerbread spices, and some pumpkin and tropical fruit.

The flavor is gingerbread spices, cinnamon and tart/sour fruits and some mustiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting - like a gingerbread sour. I did like it a bit better on draft than in the bottle. The bottle was more musty and subdued.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of wattoclone
2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of pumpkin beers when I saw this pumpkin lambic I had to give it a try. This beer proves that price does not correlate with greatness. The appearance was excellent, a dark orange brown with frothy head. Unfortunately, after that everything fell off the cliff. The aroma was similar to Martinelli's Sparkling Cider with maraschino cherries. There were subtle notes of pumpkin pie spice, but nothing like a good framboise. The taste was even more disappointing: very little sweetness, watery sour apple peels and hints of pumpkin pie spices. Considering the high price, I really felt cheated. Where is the pumpkin?

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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 ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tlacott1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Lindmemans glass (nonic?), this beer is a clear pale orange color, no haze to it but with soft, fizzy bubbling activity contributing to the big, fluffy white head. The crown itself is a fluffy pillow of sturdy foam, starting off over three fingers tall but tamer on subsequent pours, still sturdy with great retention. Lacing is left thickly in a couple of rings and patches following.
I get dust, earth and hay on the nose with a funky tartness. There's a balancing sweetness in the flavor that the aroma doesn't really give off. Pumpkin is very subtle, but it is present and detectable; again, this is more in the flavor than the aroma. I like the aroma, but the yeast is strongest, and the dust and earthy notes tone out the rest of what follows. Once on the tongue, the pumpkin flesh becomes a stronger note, and sweetness mingles nicely with funk and a level tanginess.
The feel is pretty fluffy and nicely crisp in a body that manages medium though it threatens thinness. The flow keeps up, though, and the carbonation almost builds up the body.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500cl bottle into a pint glass. Great amber color with a floral aroma. Not much pumpkin flavor. But has an impressive white head. Overall, a good beer.

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