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Brewed by Timmermans (John Martin)
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Itterbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Two traditions are brought together here in a unique complacency, namely an original succulence never tempted before. The result is sublime, liberating a graceful taste tinted by a controlled acidity on the lambic confused with the dry fruity of the pumpkin and the discreet sugar added. By crossing the middle of the mouth appears a taste of brown sugar remembering and accentuating the convivial touch of Halloween.

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3.6
edgallow (4377) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2015
750 ml bottle pours Amber with a white head. Aroma of pumpkin, yeast and a little funkiness . Taste is tart pumpkin and yeast.

3.3
markducommun (1212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Lightly cloudy tan, no head. Quite spicy, maple sweetness. Lightly tart, quite sweet. Chewy, short finish. Fairly clean. Medium body. Decent.

3.2
Pyrmir (6199) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2015
On tap at Ölrepubliken. Clear brown with off white head. Aroma has toasted pumpkin, cardamom, funk, cinnamon, wood, barnyard and funk. Taste is funky, tart, toasted pumpkin, spice, cardamom, cinnamon with some sugars. Strange and pretty good

3
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2015
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg. Deep amber beer with a nice offwhite head. Sourish pumpkin aroma, floral, raspberry aroma. Sourish fruity flavor, pumpkin, caramel, fruity, some berries. Quite sweet.

3.2
ramboraffe (2257) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2015
On tap at ölrepubliken. Clear copper with off white head. Caramel, toffee, fruit, berries and some light funk. Dry, light sourness with low carbonation.

3.6
weihenweizen (4051) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl bottle corked at capped. Clear Amber with small white head. Aroma is light subtle pumpkin, light body, medium carbonation, and some lacing. Taste is nice tart pumpkin. I would like to have this again.

3.1
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
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. ★ 1,055 characters DavoleBomb, Jul 12, 2013

4.5
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Draft at Barbant Café. I thought this was amazing. Pumpin on the nose. Spices and pumpkin on the flavor with a very nice sourness to go with it. Sour and pumpkin wasn’t something I could fathom until now. Fantastically delicious.

3.1
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
24/07/13 Produced on date; Sample June 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. the beer is a bright amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, lighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart, slightly funky Lambic as I pour it, but a closer inspection yields pumpkin pie spices as the dominant note; cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, and perhaps a gingery back note. It is hard to smell anything but a touch of tartness underneath the spices, the latter also accentuates a sweetness in the nose.

The beer is only lightly sweet, but is also only lightly tart, and there is a tannic note to the finish as well; all three of these make me think of lightly sweetened ice tea. The spice flavors are reduced a bit from the aroma, but are still the dominant note; cinnamon lingers on for a long time in the finish, there is a bit of a gingery bite perhaps, and the nutmeg adds a spice flavor from the beginning. There is a touch of sour vegetal character here that suggests at pumpkin meat, but may just be imagined. The body is fairly light and quaffable, though it doesn’t have the richness of some Lambics, but isn’t overly thin either.

Not bad, in fact I was expecting a lot worse; the fact that this isn’t overly sweet really helps. Still this is a bit of a weird beer, and I am not sure I would ever try this again.

2.8
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2015
Weird addition to the range of compromized Timmermans ’lambics’ probably aimed at the American pumpkin ale market; stable, moussy, egg-white head, orange blonde with strong fizz, lightly hazy. Aroma has only very limited lambic properties, vague wheat, sherry and woody notes, but overpowered by pumpkin ale spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger), ’speculoos’, apple juice and iron; sweetish taste, almost softly cider-like, pumpkin flavouring apparent but softly so, bit metallic, thin body, even a bit watery in the end, with soft pumpkin and pumpkin ale spiciness. I was hoping for a true ’oud’ lambic beer with only actual pumpkin (and pumpkin ale spices perhaps), but this is again a diluted, sweetened beer stripped of most of its lambic character. Another hyper-commercial John Martin flub, if you ask me.


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