Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
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
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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 52
Photo of cmannes
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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.

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 brdc
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.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
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!

Photo of pkalix
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.

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 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.

Photo of tkepx182
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/caramel body, 1 finger head, nice lacing

S: ripe fruit, light caramel, mild roasted nuts, bready malt

T: sweet caramel, nuts, fruit, bready malt, light white grapes

M: me/light body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice offering. Rarely see this style and
have grown to enjoy it. I would get this again.
I want to gulp it, but the 7%+ ABV slows me down.
Great beer and/or style to introduce your
NB Fat Tire loving friends.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of Pauly2X
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep gold bordeing on light amber. A solid one finger head doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

S- Pleasant fruity esters, light caramel, with mild spicy noble hops in the background.

T- The fruityness melds near seamlessly with light caramel flavors from the malt at first. Things shift slightly as more of a biscuit/light toast character comes through mid sip. The fruity/sweet character comes back joined this time by a touch of noble hops to lead into an off-dry finish.

M- Medium-Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O- A good solid enjoyable beer, it just lacks that little extra to make it memorable.

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 Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass. A generous extra from Wisconsinality. Thanks, Kylie!

A: Pours a murky, burnt sienna body capped by two fingers of loose, big-bubbled foam. Retention is decent, and the head eventually vanishes into milky swirls on top of the brew, surrounded by a collar of medium thickness. Some lacing.

S: Overripe red apples, nuts, caramel, earthy hops, a touch of spice (coriander?), yeast. Nice.

T: Overripe red apples, nuts, and earthy hops. It just tastes so rustic. Yeast isn't as pronounced as it was in the nose; there's a mild taste of it, but it's not a defining characteristic. Coriander in the finish. Nothing so strong that drinking a bomber of it would make me tired of the flavor; nice and balanced.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied. There's a lingering spice in the aftertaste, like cinnamon and red apples. Low-medium carbonation, giving it a nice feel. My only complaint is that it's somewhat on the watery side; sometimes it just falls off the palate all too fast.

D: Nice and tasty. Once it warmed up, it became a tasty beer midway between a quaffer and a sipper. Something nice to enjoy while catching up on TV.

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 pershan
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Poured a deep amber, slightly cloudy color into a pint glass, with no head. The aroma was a faint sweet/sour spicy mix reminiscent of a hefeweizen. The initial taste was even more of the classic banana-clove flavor of a hefeweizen, with the exception of a more harsh and bitter finish. A slilghtly fizzy mouthfeel, but still a very drinkable brew. An interesting style - a hoppier, pumped-up wheat beer with a surprisingly smooth finish. I liked it.

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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a limited head that is more of a ringlet than anything else though it leaves many dots of lacing

Smell: Apple sauce, honey and a whiff of butterscotch

Taste: Butterscotch and apple sauce, up front, with an herbaceous element that builds in the middle; raisiny sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure exactly what the brewer was going for here but, as others said, it really doesn't fit the classic biere de garde profile; still, it is not a bad beer, it is just that the sweetness cuts the drinkability

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 ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispenses a hazed, amber-tan body with a large, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish scent of varied fruit juices given a little sip of alcohol from the liquor cabinet. Also, a small whiff of sourdough yeast and ground spice.

Taste: Sliced sourdough bread and sugar cookies brushed with sweet caramel and honey and generously spritzed with peach juice and apple cider. Earthy, lightly spicy hops with a small hint of bitterness. Very, very faintly sourish midway and with a pinch of cinnamon approaching the sweetish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Passable as a Bière de Garde, but makes for a solid springtime refresher.

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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