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Lakefront Rendezvous Ale

Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Like a Northwest France strong summer ales - quenching and refreshing, but robust enough to match the full-bodied fare of a brasserie. Rendezvous Ale is a hybrid of malty richness and enough hops acidity (Brewer’s Gold, Tradition) to cut through the strong flavors of roasted lapin au moutarde, or a burly beef steak fries.
2004-2009 vintages - 5.8% abv
2010-later vintages - 7.2% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark golden copper color with bright amber edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a spicy and grassy hop presence countered by sweet malts and light fruit notes. Slightly resinous with piney hops followed by funky yeast, spicy rye, caramel and biscuit. Medium bodied with a bitter earthy hop bite that lingers over the sweet malt backbone and funky farmhouse yeast into a very dry finish. Very dry and resinous with sticky pine needle, grass and spicy spruce tip flavor dominating the palate. Underneath, there is a decent malt backbone with hints of bread, toffee, caramel and biscuit but these notes are overwhelmed by the aggressive hop presence. The farmhouse character from the aroma is very faint and barely noticeable with everything else going on. There is some light fruit sweetness toward the finish but it still feels like its lacking in balance because of the earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (783) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Nice spice. For an ale it’s good. Lots of flavors. Orange color. Nice carbonation. Tap

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, spices, malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, spices, some fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (315) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Emerald Spirits in Vista, on sale for $5. This looks and tastes similar to a strong British amber ale, with less characteristic hop presence. Pours light amber with a decent white head that leaves lacing. Aroma is very slight, sweet malt and bread. This one is all about the malt. Well balanced flavor, medium sweet and lightly bitter, just not enough bling going on here to get me excited. Probably one of the best beers that I’ve had out of Milwaukee, I’ll give it that. Medium body, soft carbonation, average texture and finish. Just a good, solid strong amber that is lightly hopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft at the source. From notes. Sweet and surprisingly boozy with notes of honey, citrus and orange peel. Wow, I’m digging it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Draft at the american craft bar in the hyatt. They labeled it as their house beer. Lighter taste then it looks. Very good easy drinking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
njnut (377) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Poured into tulip glass a orange tinged amber with small white head and some lace. Not much carbonation and with a slight haze. Aroma was malty, earthy caramel and cereals. Taste was caramel malt, light toast. Silky in the mouth. No hops in either and not bitter. Seemed to me more an English brown. Not bad, different and refreshing. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
22 oz. bottle in late 2011 or early 2012 from notes. Pours a deep orange/amber color with a medium sized off white colored head. The aroma and flavor have crackers, some toasted bready malts, earthy hops, fruity character, apples. Creamy body. Mild green bitterness in the finish. Not too bad from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Pour is hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma/flavor of orange peel, caramel sugar, and sweet fruits. Aftertaste is acidic with fresh fruit and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AllHailtheAle (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
Not a bad beer by any means. Needs considerable refinement though, the main issue is that it is just not very memorable. Its kind of like the beer version of a dream, as soon as its over you completely forget what it was all about. That said it would definitely be a good introductory beer. It’s the kind of beer I would offer to someone who has not yet acquired the taste for the more bitter offerings of the best craft beers.

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