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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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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
More User Reviews:
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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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-28-2013 04:17:32 | More by beerwolf77
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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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fatboy91

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2013 18:47:41 | More by fatboy91
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thudean

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-30-2013 00:34:53 | More by thudean
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-12-2013 05:21:43 | More by Kopfschuss
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-01-2013 18:51:38 | More by Westuh
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smartassboiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.1%

09-14-2013 20:31:04 | More by smartassboiler
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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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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-22-2013 14:39:55 | More by beernads
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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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dcguitar

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-01-2013 16:19:49 | More by dcguitar
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redleg411

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-28-2013 20:47:35 | More by redleg411
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-19-2013 02:32:24 | More by Eric908
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-06-2013 23:45:00 | More by Peyton5410
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-03-2013 09:57:10 | More by SourAddict
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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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JimmyCop

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-14-2013 00:32:19 | More by JimmyCop
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-12-2013 18:43:52 | More by Zachtheporter
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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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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.