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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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5/5  rDev +39.7%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +39.7%

TimRasmussen, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

nkatarow, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of cmannes
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Surly Stein

Appearance: Hazy amber color, with a frothy white head. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Very sweet & fruity. Crisp/clean.

Taste: Very sweet & fruity, some grape like flavors in there. The malt is very prevalent, but the hops show up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little syrupy, which seems to fit the sweet fruity flavors.

Overall: I like it, it's a beer that reminds me of spring. Golden color, sweet fruity flavors, this is quite nice.

cmannes, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle at Cellar 70 Wausau.

Poured into a tulip, it is hazy, dark golden to amber, off white head, good retention and lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is fruity and malty. Caramel, bread, cookies, lots of fruits. Sweetness and maltiness running lose with just a faint grassy bite as a sort of balance.
Medium bodied, reasonable carbonation, refreshing and not annoying despite the sweetness.
Not a classical biere de garde by any stretch of the imagination but still a very pleasant beer.

brdc, Jul 03, 2011
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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.

Pexkool, May 07, 2012
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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.

mdwalsh, Mar 25, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearity: Cloudy but still shots the carbonation

Auroma: Smells like a Merlot

Taste: it is mostly sweet with what seems to be fruity tones. No real hops stands out.

Overall: It is not a bad beer, different then what I thought it would taste like. Good beer, wish I would get it fresher

tkepx182, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

BrewCityJeff, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Hallertau, Jun 12, 2014
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.

crossovert, Nov 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a very interesting taste to it. Very malty and from reading on it looks like the French yeast used imparted much of that flavor.

I had this beer with seafood (scallops to be precise) and I'm not sure that was the best match. However, since I have the palate of a neanderthal I didn't really mind that much.

chefelf, Mar 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams Pint.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: A bit lager-like with hay and straw, but also some fruity esters and sweet malt.

T: Interesting combination. Light lager notes transition quickly to sweet fruit and a bit of bubblegum before a long semi-sweet finish that features pepper and minerals. A bit of alcohol peeks through on the finish but doesn't get too strong.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with good creamy carbonation.

O: A tasty beer. Interesting combination of flavors that is quite pleasant. Another nice beer from Lakefront!

AmericanGothic, Jun 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

spointon, Nov 15, 2011
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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.

pkalix, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Fitzmke, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ChimRichels
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.

ChimRichels, Dec 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

cichief, Jan 10, 2008
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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.