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

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

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TheSSG on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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!

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Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Chaney
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of TheSSG
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, frothy, white head that has a slight orange hue to it. Head persistence is quite impressive as it collapses down to a frothed mass. Aroma is soft wheat yeastiness which lurks below a billowing cloud of Apricot! If you take a long draw off the top, you can get some pretty distinct and intense apricot notes. A hazy, medium-dark straw color. Starts off a bit tart, bright, with a hefe-like yeastiness (think banana/clove). There is a flash of floral hoppiness, and then the malt moves in with the apricot on top of that. The finish is mellow with banana and apricot. There is such a thick, luscious, silky mouthfeel to this; those initial moments as it pours into the mouth are surprisingly interesting.

Overall, this isn't bad at all. It drinks mostly like a Tripel, but with a surprisingly subdued apricot character to it. I love how the apricot blends so well with the banana-like qualities of the bier; it makes the finish a real joy.
I would say that this is the perfect Belgian-style ale for summer; it's not as heavy on the booze, while the apricot lends to it a refreshing characteristic.

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Photo of Ri0
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into teku glass.

A - Dark hazy orange apricot color with a nice 2 finger white head. Thin ring around the glass after the head drops. No lacing to be seen.

S - Nice fresh apricot smell, not medicinal or artificial. Good Belgian yeast and floral notes. Light sweet malts round it off.

T - Nice big juicy apricot and fruit flavor balanced out by Belgian yeast and a light sweet taste. Some earthiness and floral notes, with a touch of spice round off this tasty brew. I enjoy the flavor combination.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body with a big juicy mouthfeel. Slick and wet for a easy drink.

O - A bit surprised by the score on here at my time of review. Those that reviewed it have given it a much better score than the "Hads." Nice Belgian style with a very nice apricot flavor. This was more enjoyable that I thought it would be because of how juicy and bold it is. It is not at all weak in flavor. Good choice for a summer anniversary beer. Well done!

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am generally not a fan of Belgian style beers but have found that I do enjoy the Belgian pale ale style that is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day. Even though this is classified as a fruit/vegetable beer, I think it is more out of the Belgian pale ale style which is what I use to compare it to other beers of that style.

The beer is rather cloudy without much carbonation. The taste is wheat-like and yeasty with a slight apricot sweetness. I really liked this beer. For $10 for a 4 pack and checking in at only 6% abv, it might be a little over-priced. I guess if I am looking to get the most "bang for my buck", I would go with Central Waters Belgian Blonde. That said, this beer was still solid!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of drpimento
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of CerebralFonzi
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thick, orange color with a small and thin white head. Upfront, the taste is very similar to a belgian wit-the thickness of the yeast is nice. Toward the end, you get a subtle apricot taste that is tangy and sweet. As the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes a little more prominent an the apricot takes over, which I don't quite like. A little to tangy when it warms up. On tap, the flavors were much more consistent throughout.

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3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LaurenRJ13
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

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