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Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
81
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
22 IBU
17° Plato
13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: Winter on 03-01-2005)
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:33:10 | More by Mitchster
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:57:42 | More by dacrza1
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:15:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 13:37:51 | More by jwc215
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:08:48 | More by Fcolle2
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mschind

California

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:02:32 | More by mschind
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:33:48 | More by Strix
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pkalix

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:48:48 | More by pkalix
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 23:41:11 | More by ummswimmin
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:10:02 | More by corby112
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 21:56:47 | More by womencantsail
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:07:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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LittleDon

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:48:56 | More by LittleDon
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Pexkool

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 04:09:05 | More by Pexkool
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:13:50 | More by kscaldef
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 16:02:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:08:01 | More by ChimRichels
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 13:25:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:51:47 | More by WJVII
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 16:34:54 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:43:22 | More by Reidrover
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 06:03:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:16:02 | More by flagmantho
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy honey. Thick off white head on the pour with large bubbles that recedes quickly.
Smell: faint fruity hops and honey.
Taste: much like the nose. Hints of without quite delivering. Tasty and smooth without being standout.
Overall: with so many great beers it's not easy to grade one like this. Good, not great. A few years ago this would have been a standout. Another good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:48:32 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Hits the style, as spicy . Cloudy golden body and creamy. Good drinkability. mildly toasted malt.Above average mouthfeel.Balsami vinegar in the aroma. Worth a try.Alcohol well hidden but does it have to be this high.Lght tolarable acidity.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 01:48:58 | More by Sammy
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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.