Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
81
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by ForWhatAlesYou:
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -12%
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 dacrza1
2.72/5  rDev -24%
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 GilGarp
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into a chalice. No date on the bottle but I think it's fairly fresh. New to our area, anyway.

Rendezvous is a hazy copper color with healthy alabaster head. It settles slowly and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is malty, sweet, fruity and floral. There is a German wheat ale quality about it, maybe some banana, but I don't get that great yeast character that biere de gardes typically have.

The flavor comes as a complete surprise as this is nothing like any of the B de Gs I've had. Strong and malty with none of the depth and complexities that I expect from the style. It has some redeeming qualities like the tart fruit notes and subtle spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall an okay beer but a biere de garde fail.

Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with some haziness sporting a modest beige head that fades to bald over the course of 5 minutes.
Caramelized nuts and wheat husk nose. Yeastiness is minimal, but some pepper can be noticed with concentration. Hopping is grassy and bitter, but void of any real hallmark statement in the aroma.
Toasted grain enters the mouth first, then segues towards nuts. Caramel envelops everything, but it retains its toastiness and doesn't veer oversweet. Yeast is doughy and neutral (and if I had to pick a word to describe this as a whole, "neutral" would be it), with some nearly illusory peppercorn. Hopping is moderate in bitterness, but understated in flavor, with minor flares of grass and herbs.
Medium bodied with an initial rampant carbonation that dies over time. It's never flat feeling or sticky and the alcohol is masked well.
I just get a lot more amber ale than anything in the Biere de Garde or Farmhouse vein.
Drinkable, just not what it claims.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark ferric-orange obscures most light from transpiring through the glass with a dense nature. A thick marshmellow head moderately retains leaving a thin skim coating on the glass for lace. An easy and lazy carbonation rises at its leisure.

S: The nose had light dried orange grinds along with amber malts. A bit of spicy golden hops and muted fruitiness and a lightly toasted breadiness is also present.

T: Malty flavor, fruity with a smooth toastiness. Dried orange grinds along with a fruitiness of red grapes. A bit of spicy hops come about with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Malty and residual sweetness.

M: has a sparkling and bubbly carbonation factor leaving a residual maltiness behind on the tongue. Full bodied.

D: Overall a decent example, malty body and feel, fruity with a fair rate of consumption.

Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy reddish orange body. Three fingers of foamy khaki colored head. Great lacing.

Smell: Crisp smell with grassy hops. Smells like a pilsner or a decently hopped pale lager to me. Not what I was expecting from the style but it's nice.

Taste: Bitter hops, grape skin, and yeast. There's something about this beer I don't care for. I'm not sure if it's the particular hops or yeast strain, or perhaps a combination of the two.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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 cindyjeffsmith
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A little haze in an orange-brown beer with a large, 3 finger head of almost invisible bubbles, just off white. Actually quite attractive and photo-worthy head.

S: A little funk, the remnants of some hops, but I don't think they were ever prevalent. I'd say the slight, earthy, sweaty funk is the strongest aroma, but not strong at all. There's an increasing toasted malt aroma.

T: The funk is strong in the taste as well. Not sour, more like Roqufort cheese. I get a little more sour tastes as I let it digest. I don't get much for malt or hops flavors, it seems to be entirely a product of the yeast and fermentation. A little cideryness, but overall it's pretty bland in that regard. But not in a bad way.

M: Smooth, extremely smooth. Good carbonation.

D: I guess there was nothing stand out about this beer, but nothing, absolutely NOTHING was wrong with it. Easy going, could be an intro to more funky belgian beers.

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of Reidrover
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

Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber.

It pours n interesting reddish amber color wit a big, foamy off-white head. The head sticks for a while and recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell has a nice almost peachy sweet fruitness. There is a nice bit of yeast character in this one as well. It is a bit like spiced peaches in the aroma.

The flavor has a lot of malt, it is fresh and caramally. It has some fruitiness and sweetness come over along with the yeast character. It also has a nice bit of earthy hops.

Another good one form Lakefront.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1/2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: light fruit sweetness is all that is detectable.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, apples, light bitterness, and a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start. Smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: so so beer here. Very fruity and sweet overall so splitting this bomber is best.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; slightly hazy copper with an off-white head. Thin but well retaining foam. Rings of thin lacing.

smell; roast malts, some caramel sweetness than sour and wet hops, a bit spicy and bits of alcohol.

taste; mildly sweet malts, bready anmd yeasty and spices, the hops are citrusy with a bland sourness. Pretty well balanced.

mouthfeel; smooth and medium bodied with a warm refreshing finish. Some alcohol burn with a froathy carbonation is quite soothing, with a dry aftertaste.

overall; a good example of the style, taste exactly as one would expect but nothing to special or overly advance. Still I would reccomend to anyone as an introduction to what makes this style unique.

Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Strix
3.65/5  rDev +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 Pexkool
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, like a DIPA. Fruity nose but not much aroma when you sniff the glass. Rather sweet and not much to balance it. Malty with a touch of honey. Hint of guava juice. A little Belgian raspiness in the back of the mouth.

The effect is rather flat, seems to want the bitterness or the perky tartness of a good Saison. Flowers and a bit of perfume. Pleasant on the palate with a nice creamy carbonation. Aftertaste is more like an Old Ale getting ready for the fireside.

Photo of emmasdad
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I passed on this one yesterday at Logan Liquors, and decided today that I had to go back and pick one up. Poured a hazy golden color with a big, dense light tan head. Aromas of raisins, white grapes and yeast. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of green apples, white grapes and yeast.

Photo of cichief
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Somewhat hazy, deep gold with a thin white head.

S- Somewhat sour in smell,yeasty, obviously a farmhouse style beer.

T- Fruity and spicy, lots of yeast, the sourness is not overly done, somewhat on the sweet side, well balanced.

M- Lots of very small bubbles, very smooth, medium body.

D- Very drinkable for the style, not a great everyday beer however.

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.