Rendezvous | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
22 IBU
17° Plato
13° Lovibond

Added by Winter on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 117
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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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.

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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.

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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'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.

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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.


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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.

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Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
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.

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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.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into one of my favorite nonics. A hazy amber body supported an ample two finger off white head. Very nice head retention initially with some sporadic spotty lacing.

S - Not highly aromatic. Some sweet malt and yeast, but other than that I'm not getting a lot here.

T & M - The taste certainly outperformed the nose. A malty body supports flavors of apple skin and almond with just a touch of bitter grassy hoppiness toward the back end. It seems to have a very mild sour character to it. Medium bodied and the alcohol is very well hidden.

D - This is a beer that gets way better as it warms. I know this is true of most beers, but this beer seems to be a great example of that...the flavor just seems to multiply as it warms. Not a bad brew and very drinkable. That being said, it's probably not the best example of the style. A good brew though.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of cmannes
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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.

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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.59 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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