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Lakefront 25th Anniversary Series #02: Belgian Style Apricot Wheat Ale

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The second volume of our Anniversary Series is this Belgian-style apricot ale. Pours a golden-orange color from the apricot purée with a fine, off-white head. The apricot-forward nose, followed by spice and malt, gives way to mild pear and melon esters followed by a biscuity malt aroma. The fruit melds well with the malty sweetness, like apricot preserves on a fresh baked biscuit, while earthy and spicy U.S. Saaz hops balance the sweet entry. Apricot, malt, and spicy hop flavors all linger, a refreshing crowd pleaser on a summer day.

This fruit-infused Belgian begs to be paired with a turkey leg with an apricot glaze, grilled chicken topped with apricot or peach relish, or a tempeh wrap with apricot chutney. Also try it with a wedge of earthy and nutty gruyere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Nose of baby food... apricots, squash, and just a trace of oxidation. Appearance is amber honey with a good amount of haze. Head is very short lived, but was off white and medium bubble. Carbonation is still abundant and very spritzy, carrying some spice with the flavour of the beer. Quite spicy. Mouthfeel is medium. It’s a very simple and subtle beer with a decent palate. Sweetly balanced, not terribly "apricot-ish", certainly more in the nose. Water crackers, white pepper, decent hops in the back. Finish is short, but there’s so much gas in this beer. Bit of a burpfest if you’re doing anything but sipping. It’s reasonably good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (871) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
huge foamy head on this beer, quite malty and sweet...tastes like it has more alcohol than it does...apricot is decent amount...not strong at all....bold flavor that is good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Some very subtle fruit notes in the aroma, but mostly sweetness. Taste is a bit subdued, coming across like a basic pale ale. (from notes)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle poured a cloudy apricot with a lasting amber head. Aromas of straw, apricot and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, apricot and yeast with a smooth lingering yeasty apricot finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2848) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2013
From a bottle. Pours very cloudy orange copper with a thin fizzy white head. Tastes sweet and slightly dry, fruity, like apricots, apples, grapefruit. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like dough, light spice, dried apricots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4038) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy orange/amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bread and cereal malts, floral notes, light spice, apricot, light wheat, and light grassy notes. Flavor is chewy malts, semi-sweet flavors, light fruit esters, and Belgian yeast; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
CardsPackHawks (112) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Big fan of this brewery, but not impressed with this 25th Anniversary Series brew. The apricot flavor is very strong and thick on the palate. Just not very enjoyable. Disappointed that this is what I chose to toast 12/5, Repeal of Prohibition Day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2833) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Nice floral fruity aroma. The flavor has a bit of the Belgian spice and a nice sour fruity bit of apricot. Nicely balanced between the sweet, sour and bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On tap at Uncle Mike’s. Hazy apricot with a thin white head. Aroma of apricots, grains, fruit, bready malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is semi-sweet with apricots, wheat, grains and yeast and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2556) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2013
12oz bottle into a snifter leaving no beer but a sediment coated bottom. Date stamped 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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