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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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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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 70
Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer wont get a fair review from me because I have yet to find fruit-beers, except for exceptional pumpkins, to be my tea. Too sweet, too masking of great core flavors. I feel same way about coffee and tea.
However, this one surprised me with its complexity and craft, so it's ok.

12 oz bottle poured into a CARTON tulip.

A - Golden, apricot, cloudy Belgian-style body generates too little head. Like my Belgians and ales to have more dense head and lacing.

S - Outstanding aroma. Dried apricots and Belgian yeast get better as it warms. Also complexity with spice, lemongrass, white pepper and earthy mineral esters. Refreshing and inviting. Either an apertif or after dinner but not a with dinner beer.

T - The taste doesnt live up to the arroma. Lots of complexity but too overladen with the apricot puree which masks all the qualities I love in a belgian ale. Over done apricots dont give way to the spice, white pepper, yeast, and mineral flavors I seek. Finishs with that phony fruit taste so many fruit beer have. Think about it fermented fruit - gotta get it right or it's cloying or annoying.

M - Heavy carbonation, decent body, good tingle. I'd like more sharpness and a drier finish.

O - Belgian indeed, the yeast is interesting and a noble effort. But over-done apricot and too sweet. I will let it warm and finish as last beer of evening. Might make a good black and tan.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
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.


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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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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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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 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 UCLABrewN84
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 kdwruck
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is not a good beer to follow up an IPA. It is on the other hand a very tasty beer. Very crisp and flavorful. It has a fruity zing to it that is easy to taste. I would definitely recommend this beer on a hot summer day, on the porch with some friends. I don't want to say its not original but this is one that everyone will like.

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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 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 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 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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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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25th Anniversary Belgian-Style Apricot Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.56 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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