Rendezvous | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
82
good
119 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BrewCityJeff
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Budy is somewhere between orange and ruby, fairly cloudy. Off-white head builds up about an inch and then settles to a thin film. Lacing s fair.

S - Lots of interesting subtleties going on. Faint spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind, as well as some fresh herbs... maybe tarragon and thyme. Bready malt aromas persist.

T - A bit different than I was expecting. The spice and herb notes from the aroma are quite subdued. The malt is like a slap in the face. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable. yeast is a bit tart and maybe just a tiny bit of funk.

M - Pretty dry and almost tart on the finish. Otherwise viscous and full bodied.

O - Pretty interesting beer and my first experience with the style. At 4.50 for a bomber, I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle from the brewery poured into a tulip glass.

A: Small white head. Cloudy but exceptionally colored. Amber sunset. Beautiful.

S: Yeast lends an aromatic spiciness. Clovey, coriander, turbinado sugar.

T: This is amazing. Without going too deep into the flavor profile, I will say this is the best of the style I have ever had. Tropical and autumn fruit. A little banana. Coffee cake, Hawaiian sweet bread, apricot...I could go on and on. This is so good.

M: Alcohol provides heat. Hops dry. Nice body.

D: I am very please. Goes into the top 10 of my all time list. Would actively seek out again. Nice work, Lakefront.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -2.8%
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 +6.9%
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%
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 -6.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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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Rendezvous from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.6 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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