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Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
81
good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
22 IBU
17° Plato
13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: Winter on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

LittleDon, Jun 01, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 31, 2012
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2.66/5  rDev -25.7%

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...

dacrza1, Dec 31, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

GilGarp, Apr 26, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -19%

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.

cokes, Dec 11, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

beerthulhu, May 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

BierFan, Jan 19, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

thudean, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

JohnGalt1, Nov 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

BrewCityJeff, Feb 04, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

mdwalsh, Mar 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

jwc215, Sep 13, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Reidrover, Dec 04, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

crobinso, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Eric908, Jun 19, 2013
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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.