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The second of our imported pumpkin brews hails from one of the international high seats of brewing, Belgium. The Timmermans Brewery has been brewing their sour fruit beers for nearly 311 years, and tout themselves as the worlds oldest lambic brewery. Six generations later, we have our first foray into pumpkin beer using spontaneous fermentation with wild microorganisms that only live with a 15 kilometer radius of Brussels, Belgium.

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Name:  Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus

Place of Origin / Brewer: Itterbeek, Belgium / The Timmermans Brewery

Beer style / ABV%:  Pumpkin Lambic / 4.00%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:

Pumpkin Lambicus is spontaneously fermented by wild yeast and bacteria native to the Senne Valley in Belgium, particularly Brettanomyces Bruxellensis and Brettanomyces Lambicus. It is hopped with Aged dry hops (which offer little presence but still provide antiseptic qualities), matured in Portuguese Sherry barrels, and back-sweetened after maturation.

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Packaging:

Timmermans didn’t step far outside of their comfort zone on this one, but it does appeal to the idea of tradition in a very sensible way. An archaic black and white image of two folks working in the brewery (a variant staple of the brand image) is joined by a label color change to a pumpkin orange (another tradition reflecting the fruit contents) and a folksy full color pumpkin.  – Mike

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Color:  6

A straw-like golden ale with active carbonation blends perfectly into  a creamy beige head, that lingers for longer than an Indian summer evening, and leaves behind a legacy of gorgeous lacing. – Tim

I was caught slightly off guard by this light penny colored lambic. The pour was very effervescent, churning up a nice light head, but lacking in substance. It’s transparency seems to dull the color and reflect the overall lightness of this brew. – Rick

M- 7 / T- 7  / B- 7 / R- 3.5

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Aroma:  6

Tart fruit and a bit of pepper bite. Definitely a lambic. Slightly soapy tones over crisp apples, sweet hay, and notable pumpkin juice (think the smell of your arms after cutting open a ripe jack o’lantern).- Mike

Not intense in pumpkin or spice.  Smells more sour up front than anything else and finishes slightly creamy, more full and malty, with a hint of brown sugar. – Brittney

M- 8 / T- 6.5 / B- 5 / R- 4.5

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Mouth feel:  7

With a super light mouthfeel, this lambic delivers a nice crisp and clean drink. It’s very bubbly and mobile over the tongue to really dish out the tartness. Each sip could bombard your taste buds with tart citrus flavors, but favors the lighter side to make this a great session lambic. – Rick

Smooth on the tongue with bouncy carbonation and a lighter medium body that twists and tingles like a vibrant spumante. – Tim

M- 8 / T- 8 / B- 6 / R- 5

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Tasting notes: 7

The nose is very telling here. Sour apple and sweet, earthy pumpkin rush in, and are mellowed by a mix of honeyed milk and faint mulled cider spices. A nice acidity keeps this in check, and the slight parching aspect makes you eager for the next sip. – Mike

With the sweetness of a crisp summer cider, and notes that harken of great sour beers, the farmhouse quality of this ale is perfect for easing into the season amongest the long hot days of late summer.  Spice consists mainly of cinnamon which adds a decidedly dessert quality when matched with the inherent sweet and sour nature of the brew. – Tim

Given the right mood I can be a Lamic lover but this one is sort of lacking in the intensity of the fruit and flavor. Any sort of pumpkin or spice really has to settle in your mouth at the finish and you have to reach for it. – Brittney

This was a little different from my previous experience with lambics. The main impression I got from this brew was that I was drinking a fruity soda. Some apple cider like qualities were there, as well as less dominant raspberry and grapefruit flavors that overshadow a warm dry gourd like quality. The one thing that my notes seem to leave out is pumpkin. – Rick

M- 8.5 / T- 8 / B- 5.5 / R- 5

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Finish:  6.5

Most of the flavor lives here. You really have to take your time and give it a minute to settle. Then you are treated to the pumpkin and spice beyond the sour cider. – Brittney

The sweetness in the ale pairs nicely with the dryness in the finish giving it all the markings of a cider or Alsatian wine that would match nicely with a thanksgiving spread.  Frankly, I’m craving some stuffing just thinking about the paring. – Tim

M- 8.5 / T- 8 / B- 6 / R- 4.5

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Flavor balance: 7

         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 6

The pumpkin is raw and vegetal, the sweetness in the cinnamon spices highlight the sweetness of the ale and bring everything around in a notable balance. – Tim

There doesn’t seem to be any spicing really. The fruitiness is left to stand on it’s own in a nice way for this style. – Rick

M- 8 / T- 8 / B- 6 / R- 2.5

         Sweet / Dry balance: 7.5

Lambics, for me at times, can be a witheringly sour slap in the face, and others a bit dainty. The sweet forefront here is well complimented by the sour and dry back end, and the result is a huge jump to the forefront of my list of crisp autumn drinks. – Mike

Both sweet and sour, it leaves the tongue slightly slick but leaves your mouth feeling mostly dry. – Brittney

M- 9 / T- 9 / B- 6 / R- 6.5

         Multiple Drinkability?  7

Extremely sessionable, I can see a lot of these going down in a sitting. Light, crisp, and very tasty. The Belgians make a damn fine pumpkin beer. My grandmother would have been proud. – Mike

If lambics are your thing and you enjoy light sweet beers, you’ll love this. The ABV is low enough and it’s not too abusive to the palette. For me, it’s a bit tart so I’ll just wait patiently for the next pumpkin porter that comes my way. – Rick

M- 10 / T- 8 / B- 5 / R- 5.5

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Overall:  6.58

M- 8.17 / T- 7.67 / B- 5.83 / R- 4.58

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