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Rendezvous - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
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52 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (629 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 ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (769 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,087 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 BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,658 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 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 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 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 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 BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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! (458 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (622 characters)

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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