Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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2.24/5 rDev -37.4%
$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.
02-01-2014 02:33:10 | More by Mitchster
2.55/5 rDev -28.8%
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.
03-04-2012 04:13:50 | More by kscaldef
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...
12-31-2013 05:57:42 | More by dacrza1
2.8/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
02-17-2011 21:03:28 | More by OregonHopmonster
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.
12-11-2008 06:36:19 | More by cokes
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
06-09-2011 05:39:47 | More by 9InchNails
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.
06-01-2012 22:48:56 | More by LittleDon
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
02-17-2013 07:10:02 | More by corby112
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.
01-31-2012 16:02:15 | More by rhoadsrage
Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.