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25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSSG on 06-20-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/19/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, Belgian yeast, and slight apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with spice, yeast, and subdued apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better apricot presence in the aroma in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

djrn2, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I was initially unaware of the cherry juice in the 25th Anniversary stout, but this time the fruit is outing itself right away. Good. This stuff pours a cloudy orange topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises apricot skin, cracked wheat, a half-pinch of black pepper, and what seems like a minor caress of mint way in the back. The taste generally brings in more of the same, the apricot and wheat battling for dominance, neither really winning, but at least the fight doesn't warp the tongue. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid beer; I didn't really get much Belgian-ness out of it, but maybe that's just because the yeast worked well with the apricot. Regardless, I enjoyed this and would gladly have another.

TMoney2591, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

355m brown glass bottle with simple appealing grey/white label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO beer store and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; it's a good premise for a beer. Reviewed as a fruited Belgian ale because the label identifies it as such. 6% ABV confirmed per the label. "Bottled 06/19/13."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Lackluster creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 7 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy translucent nontransparent orange with some amber and mango hues. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an intriguing appearance and looks as it ought to given the style. Appearance is congruent with the premise of an apricot Belgian ale.

Sm: Evident Belgian yeast - with ample biscuity character and vitamin-y notes. Sweet apricot fruit; it's obvious this was a puree addition and it's clearly not hop-derived, though there is some complementary fruity hop character. Belgian pale malts. American pale malts. The fruitiness is dominant. I also find a farmhouse character - a sort of citrusy twang mixed a kiss of yeasty funkiness and doughy bready character.

No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, it's an appealing if seemingly artificial fruity aroma. I'm optimistic, but I do have my reservations given the syrupy vibe of the apricot puree.

T: Ample apricot fruit puree is present, along with some complementary fruity hop character. But the real star of the show is the identifiably Belgian yeast, with diverse notes of faint funkiness, farmhouse character, biscuity character, and vitamins. Some yeast-derided banana muddles up the apricot, confusing the palate. Overall, I think the flavour profile is too sweet and syrupy - largely due to the artificial feel of the apricot notes. Unfortunately, it's imbalanced as a result and the flavour profile is hard to approach. It's not really a cohesive build - let alone a gestalt one.

Has a surprisingly shallow depth of flavour, but the duration and intensity of flavour are average. Painfully simple. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I'm having trouble truly enjoying it and I find it overmalted. Why not use real apricot? Ultimately, this tastes like an amateur extract homebrew.

Mf: Syrupy and sticky. A bit too thick as well. Too full-bodied for what should be a light refreshing fruit beer. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet, but also raw and unsophisticated. Subpar presence on the palate; it's not comforting, soft, or particularly suitable to the flavur profile. The execution here is pretty subpar. Texture does not suit the taste well.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Overall, it's an unremarkable fruity Belgian ale with no unique or special characteristics, and comes off feeling like homebrew. I have no intentions to buy it ever again, and frankly I'm none too excited about finishing this bottle. (Though I will, because I love beer. Douchebags drainpour). It should be far more drinkable given the premise of the beer, though the potential of that premise is largely squandered. Lakefront needs to more carefully select their malts and should use real apricot during the actual brewing process. This won't satisfy the discerning drinker, nor does the execution deliver on the premise of the beer. You can safely avoid picking this one up.


kojevergas, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter leaving no beer but a sediment coated bottom. Date stamp: bottled on 13 June 2013.

A - Cloudy orange apricot color with a small and weak white head. Very little lacing to be seen.

S - Apricots (not fresh but not artificial); Belgian yeast; alcohol esters; tropical fruits.

T: tart-sweet-juicy fruit flavor from the arpicot puree and the Belgian yeast. Lightly tart and sweet taste. Bold flavor.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a juicy mouthfeel.

O: Mpre Belgian character than expected; not that they over did the Belgian yeast but they didn't hold back either. Bold, juicy and fruity with very good bitter-sweet-tart balance. Worth seeking out.

Happy Anniversary LFB!

chinchill, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

sendbeer, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

KAF, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled 06/19/13 printed on shoulder.

A - Deeply golden-hued, this cloudy Belgian-style beer requires a tall pour to generate some head. The small, firm foam that rises sticks around for a bit before dropping to a halo of ivory suds.

S - Tender dried apricots and Belgian yeast give the aroma of this beer a wonderful summer aura that develops as it warms up. Lemongrass, white pepper and earthy clay esters blanket the sweet pilsner and caramel-like malts with a lingering finish of light candi sugar.

T - Decidedly Belgian yeast flavored, this assertive beer packs a wallop of flavor, kick-started by a juicy, relaxed level of apricots which succumb to the muscular yeast profile. Tons of white pepper and clay esters give this anniversary beer an overall earthy feel that's flanked by notes of coriander and punctuated with malt sweetness.

M - Heavy carbonation rounds out the soft, dense body of this sweet brew, trailing off with a dry spiciness which lingers on the tongue with importance.

O - Belgian all the way, the yeast profile is boisterous, standing above the softer, smooth notes of apricot which bring a delightful and playful level of summer into this beer. Complex spiciness, attributed to the yeast, caps off the beer with a refreshing and drinkable finish; a wonderful summer treat!

BeerFMAndy, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Haybeerman, Jun 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

enelson, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish, cream-colored, foamy head that quickly settle to almost none and no lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is as much yeast bitter as apricot and malt. Flavor's better than nose, with yeast toned down and just enough tang to balance the apricot and keep it interesting. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is just like flavor, fairly long and drinkable. I'd have another.

drpimento, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +16.6%

smartassboiler, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Thanks Andy!

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a very, very cloudy orange color with a slight off-white head.

S: Black and white pepper with a good amount of citrus. A bit of vomit in there actually... I'm fine with that.

T: Thick apricot contribution. Fantastic in the fruit arena. Very tasty and the Belgian yeast strain was quite gulpable.

M: The carbonation was perfect and the lacing basically non-existent. Actually, my glass looked like a sweaty Chaney after a sauna bath.

O: I enjoyed this much better than most beer geeks on here obviously. Lighten up... it's only beer!

Chaney, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev +2%

egrace84, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +2%

atone315, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ajzy
1/5  rDev -70.8%

ajzy, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Zachtheporter, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3/5  rDev -12.5%

jschott75, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -12.5%

beerwolf77, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Dactrius, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/13/2013 printed on the bottleneck. My third of Lakefront Brewery's 25th Anniversary series of beers. Expectations are pretty decent; the premise sounds nice.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright citrusy golden orange colored body with one finger of quickly dissipating white head. Lots of dark sediment floating in the glass. Slightly viscous and muddy appearance, but it looks okay.

S - Smell is comprised of musty yeast, apple / pear / cider, some buttery diacetyl smell, vague notes of indistinct spice, and some faint fruity apricot puree. It's honestly a pretty poor aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - some sweetened dried apricot puree is noticeable, apples / pear / banana, musty earthy yeast presence, & some malt breadiness to keep everything in check. Some slight funk is noticeable on the end. The apricot comes through subtle, but it is definitely there.

M - Feel is smooth enough, easy drinking, slightly thick and heavy on the finish. Mildly sticky and syrupy. Poor carbonation that dies out quickly, leaving the beer with a flat appearance.

Overall, this is definitely the poorest of the three 25 anniversary beers I have had from these guys, but it isn't bad. Not something I would seek out again, but I'm glad to have 3 more bottles of this to check out.

Lakefront Brewery 25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

kawilliams81, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Soneast, Aug 24, 2013
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25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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