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Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
81
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 03-01-2005

22 IBU
17° Plato
13° Lovibond
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 52
Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a limited head that is more of a ringlet than anything else though it leaves many dots of lacing

Smell: Apple sauce, honey and a whiff of butterscotch

Taste: Butterscotch and apple sauce, up front, with an herbaceous element that builds in the middle; raisiny sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure exactly what the brewer was going for here but, as others said, it really doesn't fit the classic biere de garde profile; still, it is not a bad beer, it is just that the sweetness cuts the drinkability

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rendezvous pours a bright reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a oaky and sweet aroma, with wine like notes. The taste is the same, a nice wine like oak flavor, sweeter overall. Very nice body, great carbonation, love the feel, and stronger flavor. Overall its a nice beer, some nice flavors, a little too sweet.

Photo of Mitchster
2.27/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$4.89 for a 22oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with 2-row, munich, Saaz and Mt. Hood. 7.2% ABV.

Pours out to a hazy dark amber, forming a creamy deep yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs or so, much calmer than most Biere-de Garde. The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, dates and figs. Not very Biere de Garde, in other words. Doesn't have the spicy or peppery nose typical of the style. Fair amount of DMS and diacetyl, not appropriate to style. The mouthfeel is mild and soft with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of munich and caramel, figs, butterscotch, DMA and diacetyl. Bitterness is almost non-existent. Finish is sweet. Totally under-attenuated for the style. No hop flavor to speak of. In the finish is a little bit of peppery alcohol. No tartness, no spice.

This is not a Biere de Garde. Not even close. Imagine a really bad Vienna lager and this is it. This one is going down the drain. Total disappointment.

Photo of dacrza1
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: December 22, 2013... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter...OCCASION: fantasy football championships on the line... APPEARANCE: dark reddish-brown glistening body; uneven white head; steady bubble with hazy smears of lacing--not unattractive... AROMA: bright, malty presence; yeasty bouquet--fresh and floral--decently balanced... PALATE: warming, unexpectedly creamy body; aftertaste affords more than the "fleeting experience" the label foretells--and the aftertaste is not one to hold on to...TASTE: a cinnamon, slightly medicinal/syrupy experience--surprisingly not what a bier de garde is supposed to be; astringent wine-like red blushes the pallet late; a struggle to chew, let alone enjoy ... OVERALL: bad bombers really disappoint, and though this beer kindles winter spirits with a firewater kind of fever, this truly resembles no b.d.g. I've had before...

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from Slowbeer and given to me for Christmas by Sam.

Pours a clear and rather vibrant amber colour, quite light and fluid. Head is a slightly bubbly ring, larger at the start, but ultimately just a minimal edging to the glass. Carbonation is fine. Looks decent enough, but not very exciting.

Nose is worty, a little sweet but savoury, and with a slightly brusque odour of BO. Some rustic spice and a touch of roastiness, weirdly. It's perhaps a little oxidised as well, giving a slightly flat papery character. Hmm.

Somewhat chewy grain character on the front, just a hint of spice. Slight sweetness as well, a little candy and caramel. Old lemon skin and a definite wet cardboard oxidised character. BB date is 05/14, but even now it's tasting a bit old. Feel is pretty smooth at least: it accentuates the caramel, which is a bit of a shame, but allows some of the aromatics to come through on the finish. Hints of melon and pepper, perhaps.

Overall, this is okay, but I don't think it's in its prime to begin with, and I'm not convinced it really has the chops to be good even when fresh. Still, it's nice to have tried it at least.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cafe Coquette in Milwaukee's Third Ward District:

Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Some sliding lace sticks.

The smell is mild with some mustiness, some sour and a touch of caramel.

The taste is sour-ish and fruity - some lemon and apple. A touch of bitterness is in the finish. Alcohol is well-covered/integrated.

It is fairly creamy with a thick body. Could use a bit more carbonation to make it smoother.

A decent interpretation of a style that has a relatively wide range of interpretations. It paired well with the veal meatloaf I had ordered.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color with a white fizzy soda like head that disappears instantly. No bubbles coming from the etching in the glass and no head remains.

Smell has some lightly toasted malt notes, some light fruit esters are also present with some sweet caramel like malt.

Taste has some dry apple rind like fruity esters with some toasted malt and moderate sweetness over a mild spice like belgian funk. Alcohol is also present in the taste.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Photo of mschind
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Murky brown with minimal head.

S- Enticing malt. Sweet with nothing to indicate this is a Belgian beer.

T- Malty sweet and nothing to balance it out. Clean without the usual funk and esters I expect from a Belgian style.

M- A bit syrupy and low on the carbonation.

O- I like a good malty Belgian ale but this one lacks the complexity to keep the sweetness below the cloying level.

Photo of Strix
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, little head that vanishes quickly.

Not a lot of aroma, vague yeast, peach, hops.

Peach, white grape, wet earth, watery hops, floral finish.

Minimal carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

I'm not that familiar with the style, but from what I understand, this was a good representation. Kept me interested, grew on me as it warmed.

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark orange, minimal foam on top.
smell is sweet malt, almost kind of orangy-chocolate-y(?). other than that, not much aroma...
taste is malt-y and semi-sweet, with a slight bitternes at the end. the bitterness isnt strong, but it is noticeable due to the sweetness of it. kind of tangy....
overall.... eh, it's alright. tastes kind of 'forced'; kind of 'thin'. i gave it all 4's because it's not a bad drink but it's not my preference. i feel the higher alcohol is forced and is what gives it the twang. and it's definitely not as 'crafty' as some of the other breweries i've had. it seems to be special, or different, only in that it's a different style, but nothing here is adventurous.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been aging this bottle for more than a year. It seems like I should finally open it tonight.

I poured this beer into my snifter glass. There was some minimal foam over a deep brown body.

Off the top I pick up some decent wine-like smell. There is also a pretty heavy dose of malt at this point. The hops are gone, as expected from the aging.

The flavor on the Rendevous is a pretty good example of a Biere de Garde. The malt is too strong at this point.

Overall a pretty decent beer. I like mxing it up with some of the more unusual styles, like Biere de Garde. This one worked pretty well with my wife's goulash.

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden copper color with bright amber edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a spicy and grassy hop presence countered by sweet malts and light fruit notes. Slightly resinous with piney hops followed by funky yeast, spicy rye, caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a bitter earthy hop bite that lingers over the sweet malt backbone and funky farmhouse yeast into a very dry finish. Very dry and resinous with sticky pine needle, grass and spicy spruce tip flavor dominating the palate. Underneath, there is a decent malt backbone with hints of bread, toffee, caramel and biscuit but these notes are overwhelmed by the aggressive hop presence. The farmhouse character from the aroma is very faint and barely noticeable with everything else going on. There is some light fruit sweetness toward the finish but it still feels like its lacking in balance because of the earthy bitterness.

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy orange pour with a tall white head. Opens with a light fruitiness on the nose. Quite a bit of bread with a touch of caramel, butterscotch, and cardboard. Moderate yeast aroma, maybe a little fruit. The flavor is fairly sweet and malty as well. Lots of bread, caramel, and toffee with some of the same cardboard notes that were present on the nose. Not really a fan of this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an Duvel tulip.
7.2% ABV, 22 IUB, 17°P, 13°L, Bottled during notch missing from the label, but it's got a green cap, so it's late spring, 20120.

A - Pouring a clear deep pumpkin amber color Renedezvous has a moderately retained egg shell-colored head. Despite it's beautiful color, it's disappointing little lace is left on the glass.

S - Smooth mellow caramel malts blend with some interesting fruit esters and a light alcohol finish, stemming from a swirl. Mild banana and apricot mix with a white grape comprise the blended jam aroma that's spread on honey-drizzled dark wheat bread. The malt accentuated aroma, free of hops, is rather spot-on for the style.

T - Heavy malt sweetness begins slightly overbearing as the flavor shifts from lots of clover honey and sticky, melted caramel cube to a lighter, more palatable yeast component that features those same fruit notes of banana and white grape. Hops are absent as is the classic musty, woodsy trait that a lot of traditional farmhouse beers exhibit.

M - Sticky sweet, Rendezvous forgoes hop balance for a somewhat cloying malty beer that finishes very smooth and palate coating. Finishing clean, this beer is medium-full-bodied and very mildly dry.

O - I'd imagine it would be pretty hard to nail down the "terroir" characteristics of musty and woodsy when you're not brewing in an actual farmhouse. For a commercial, American version, Lakefront does a good job of capturing the complex malt sweetness underlined by simple and subtle yeast components. Unless you've got a major sweet tooth, make this a table beer and share it with a few people, enjoying it with food.

Photo of LittleDon
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber, it pours with a nice head that quickly fades. No lace. A very slight haze is present. Lots of fruit, aroma and flavor. Sweet with little discernible hops (middle to finish). Mild soapiness, smell and taste. Medium body. Slight smoky finish.

Photo of Pexkool
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky brown/orange color. Pours a big head and dissipates to a thin lace.

S - Hops, herbs (coriander, perhaps?), banana and citrus.

T - Full bodied, strong and hoppy, but not so bitter. Tastes like grapefruit, hops, a subtle coriander flavor and citrus. The aftertaste is like bread, possibly because of the malts and yeast.

M - Goes down smoothly, with little carbonation. Pleasant bitterness.

Overall, a great beer. Robust and with a full body and flavor. Will recommend and definitely look after beers of this style.

Photo of kscaldef
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice amber-copper with a 1.5 finger head. Good carbonation evident.

N: Nice malty, honeyed notes. A bit of citrus (peel?) and some fruity esters

T: A bit of a mess here. Candied orange with medicinal notes and a woody finish

M: Good carbonation. Finish is a bit fuzzy, bordering on sticky. Could use a bit more bitterness to balance things out.

O: Ultimately, this just doesn't come together for me. It's too sweet and out of balance, and there's some off-flavors that I don't think should be there.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear soft auburn brown body with a slow swirl of microbubbles that support a beige creamy head for a short bit.

S- The soft clean aroma of cook vegetables and yeast grows stronger as the beer opens. It is a lot of DMS and that is all I can smell.

T- The big cooked corn DMS blends with some soft malt hints and a very faint tartness in the finish that has more of an oxidized cardboard flavor that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture with some warming alcohol in the finish.

O- This is an odd beer with lots of strange flavor that I won't say are particular tasty. The malt and fruity esters come through very softly but the DMS and oxidation just get in the way of everything, it was not offensive enough to drain pour and I kept drinking it hoping something else would pop out of the bottle.

Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Budy is somewhere between orange and ruby, fairly cloudy. Off-white head builds up about an inch and then settles to a thin film. Lacing s fair.

S - Lots of interesting subtleties going on. Faint spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind, as well as some fresh herbs... maybe tarragon and thyme. Bready malt aromas persist.

T - A bit different than I was expecting. The spice and herb notes from the aroma are quite subdued. The malt is like a slap in the face. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable. yeast is a bit tart and maybe just a tiny bit of funk.

M - Pretty dry and almost tart on the finish. Otherwise viscous and full bodied.

O - Pretty interesting beer and my first experience with the style. At 4.50 for a bomber, I would definitely buy again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Nearly opaque amber color from the haze; lacing is not a problem, as the glasses have found a new sticky friend. Aromatic with baked apples, faintness of raisins, soft herbal tone and a ghostlike broth. Maltiness is dialed up quite high on the sweetness. Hint of metallic crystallized sugar, mild phenol funk from the yeast and some hop flavor. Hops do little to help balance this brew out. Estery, with ripe fruit and warmth. A lot thicker and sweeter than anticipated but not too far off what’s expected. A decent stab at the style.

Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very hazy orange color with a thin white head leaving a slight cap once settled. The aroma is strong of clove and other warm spices. The taste is smooth with a good malt start with the winter spices all coming in the finish. Dry fruits such as raisin and plum mix with the caramel and sweet malts. Could use a little more hop presence to balance things out. Nice medium body that is smooth and very rich. Decent carbonation as well. This was a nice brew to sit and drink slowly. Worth a try on the bomber.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle from the brewery poured into a tulip glass.

A: Small white head. Cloudy but exceptionally colored. Amber sunset. Beautiful.

S: Yeast lends an aromatic spiciness. Clovey, coriander, turbinado sugar.

T: This is amazing. Without going too deep into the flavor profile, I will say this is the best of the style I have ever had. Tropical and autumn fruit. A little banana. Coffee cake, Hawaiian sweet bread, apricot...I could go on and on. This is so good.

M: Alcohol provides heat. Hops dry. Nice body.

D: I am very please. Goes into the top 10 of my all time list. Would actively seek out again. Nice work, Lakefront.

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "LifeSource" S.salem. $5.25
Slightly hazy amber coloured beer with a gorgeous creamy thick creme coloured head.
Light spicy,malty aromas.sme fruit like green apples and pears.
Taste smooth ,peppery,malty, some hop..slight spice..and strangely noticable alcohol in the end .
OK mouthfeel..nothing great but acceptable.
Overall and OK beer

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at Brewforia West over the weekend.... Poured into my Delerium goblet...

2 finger tan head has great retention and lacing... the brew is a nice lite amber...

Nose is pretty malt driven and very lite and pleasant.. toast and pale malt.. some minor fruity esters.

Biscuity malts and a bit of something that I can only describe as cut grass and melon... pale maltiness finishes things out... very smooth with really no flaws.. the body seems a bit heavy.. but it isn't bad at all.. just okay..

Seems like I may have had this one before :-)

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

I enjoy this beer... but I probably won't buy it again.

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep tawny-golden hue with a bit of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: rich amber malt with hints of caramel, toastiness and biscuitiness. There's a very light yeasty funk combining with a spicy character that works relatively well here. Overall, though it is a bit light in intensity.

Taste: simpler flavor of rich caramel malt backed up by spices. I'm getting nutmeg, cinnamon and grains of paradise here -- if these spices haven't been added, then we've got a seriously talented yeast at work. There's a bit of a fruity, perfumey aftertaste which might be a result of the alcohol. I like this beer, but its flavor is a bit all over the place. It's almost a bit of a winter warmer in character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great silky texture and a good creaminess. I like it!

Overall: I'm going to grade this above the flavor because I think this is a versatile beer. The spicing is a bit weird for my taste, but I like the gusto with which this beer goes for any crazy flavor it can get.

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.