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

BA SCORE
82
good
347 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Timmermans Pumpkin LambicusTimmermans Pumpkin Lambicus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
Belgium
brtimmermans.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.81%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

 579 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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...

 1,196 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

 617 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 2,363 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 3,135 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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

 741 characters

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 822 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 7/13.
Now this is the brand of shark-jumping Timmermans is known for...

Amber body with bright clarity and a thin layer of parchment colored foam on the surface. Minor spotty lacing.

Aroma of cinnamon or nutmeg, not funky, sort of bland and hollow.
Lighty tart, dry finish, doesn't seem overly sweetened. More pumpkin spice, cinnamon, but essentially fairly bland. Thin, spritzy feel. I'd imagine a year plus in the bottle helped to attenuate more and lessen the sugar content, if it's bottle conditioned. Worth a try for the novelty, but not one i'll be buying.

Thanks to Aaron for sharing this one!

 618 characters

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 1,366 characters

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a tumbler on Thanksgiving. Nose is somewhat acidic with quite a bit of spice. The flavor is overwhelming spice. Loads of pumpkin pie, and a bit cidery as well. Cider component really comes out as it warms, with the spice/cider combo making it taste like liquid Apple Jacks. Not a fan.

 340 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ygtbsm94
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
3.62 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe