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Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 109
Photo of Mitchster
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice amber-copper with a 1.5 finger head. Good carbonation evident.

N: Nice malty, honeyed notes. A bit of citrus (peel?) and some fruity esters

T: A bit of a mess here. Candied orange with medicinal notes and a woody finish

M: Good carbonation. Finish is a bit fuzzy, bordering on sticky. Could use a bit more bitterness to balance things out.

O: Ultimately, this just doesn't come together for me. It's too sweet and out of balance, and there's some off-flavors that I don't think should be there. (514 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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... (868 characters)

Photo of OregonHopmonster
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber from Aug 2010 bottling, poured into a tulip

Before I begin let me say I had some trouble reviewing this beer because I did not find it to be a biere de garde- it was more like a standard lager with a little farmhouse funk thrown in.

Poured the color of old brass, with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma was of bitter hops, with just a hint of farmhouse aromas probably more suggested by the style on the label than the actual aromas coming from the glass. Had this been a blind tasting I may have thought this smelled like a continental lager, i.e. Heineken. As it warmed up though a little spice did come out, along with a whiff of alcohol.

This seemed rough on the back of my palate. The alcohol was evident, especially as it warmed, and the overall flavor was a very dry maltiness. The French farmhouse yeast used also became more apparent as it warmed.

The label advertises the finish as refreshing; I found it had a little roughness from the esters and a lot of length once again especially as it warmed. Not particularly refreshing though. Probably wouldn't buy this again. (1,106 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (252 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden edges, light orangy red in body. Off white creamy head. Looks decently carbonated. Not a bad looking beer.

I get grain, some spice, grass and a lot of bready malt. Smells okay.

Not a big fan of the taste. Very malty and grainy, with a floral presence to it, a touch of bitterness and yeast. There is an annoying characteristic to it that I can't explain.

I do like the feel, very smooth, carbonation is there, it's just a nice feeling beer despite the taste.

I don't know what I'm missing here but maybe it's just not my style of beer. Smooth going down, feels nice in my mouth but the taste is annoying. I used water to cleanse my palate before I tried it; I didn't know I would have to cleanse it again, to get the taste out. (738 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rendezvous pours a bright reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a oaky and sweet aroma, with wine like notes. The taste is the same, a nice wine like oak flavor, sweeter overall. Very nice body, great carbonation, love the feel, and stronger flavor. Overall its a nice beer, some nice flavors, a little too sweet. (324 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, this bomber is auburn with an off-white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is very simple, this is kiddie BdG, sweet, malty sugars, and that's about it...it's quaffable, tolerable ABV, but the sugary notes and lack of complexity write the story for me.

Taste is in line with the style, a nice maltiness, come citrus, not overly complex, but distinct and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the light side.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a satisfying BdG, a bit exaggerated with the sweetness, but close enough, I dig it. (559 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.57/5  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. (511 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very hazy orange color with a thin white head leaving a slight cap once settled. The aroma is strong of clove and other warm spices. The taste is smooth with a good malt start with the winter spices all coming in the finish. Dry fruits such as raisin and plum mix with the caramel and sweet malts. Could use a little more hop presence to balance things out. Nice medium body that is smooth and very rich. Decent carbonation as well. This was a nice brew to sit and drink slowly. Worth a try on the bomber. (546 characters)

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.