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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Hazy copper color with a foamy off white head. Yeast aroma with a hint of citrus. Light caramel malt flavor with a rich body and a tangy aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Reddish copper, creamy white head. Sugary earthy nose, some red delicious apple. Up front sweetness, little dry herbal cottony note comes through, then back to sweet. One sided.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, banana, yeast, light citrus and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruittines, light yeast and light spice with a smooth lingering fuity carmel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Lakefront 88 Sampler Pack - $19.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Appearance: Dispenses a hazed, amber-tan body with a large, off-white head. Smell: Sweetish scent of varied fruit juices given a little sip of alcohol from the liquor cabinet. Also, a small whiff of sourdough yeast and ground spice. Taste: Sliced sourdough bread and sugar cookies brushed with sweet caramel and honey and generously spritzed with peach juice and apple cider. Earthy, lightly spicy hops with a small hint of bitterness. Very, very faintly sourish midway and with a pinch of cinnamon approaching the sweetish, fruity finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Passable as a Bière de Garde, but makes for a solid springtime refresher.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
August apricot amber color with lush, off-white head. The nose is of sterile, anesthetized Belgian yeast. and muted European hops. Muted hops across and clean yeasty palate with peach and other peripheral estery fruits. Feint white bread character. This one tastes a bit green and I get the impression that this is well-positioned to benefit considerably from aging. The malts are wound really tight--with time, they should unwind into more complexity.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Enjoyed during the tour. Clear dark copper color with a thin head. Sweet wet grains a slight fink aroma dirty almost moldy. Lightly bitter sweet in a syruppy way grainy finish. Touch of booze. 7/3/6/3/12

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Bomber at home, pours an amber body with gold tones and a white head, with light head retention and no lacing. Aromatically lightly sweet with a hint of cider, pear, and apples. A bit sticky with some dull malt tones, and maybe a light spiciness, and etoh latent fruit. Medium bodied with a tickle of fruit toned carbonation rolls across the tongue. Like sweetness up front somewhat cinnamon like with a mild bitterness (as nothing is aggressive in this offering). A hint of pear and some dank malt and apple notes with a touch of vanilla and apple cores to finish. Alright and nothing more.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6350) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), with notes of diacetyl, unripe peach and banana, metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The strong diacetyl odor instantly conjures bad British bitters, while the sour/unripe fruit conjures infected Belgian ales. If that combo equates to a French biere de garde, well...mission accomplished. Drain pour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2011
Bottle:   Nice amberish color, moderate foamy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Strong mealy nose.   Unlike most others, this one doesn’t have that farmhouse funk.   It seems really mealy.   Wow, yeah, very mealy on the tongue.   I think of most Biere de Gardes has being very barnyard like, musty, farmhouse, a little dank.   This one is just plain old mealy, just a strong bready/mealiness that is not representative of the style.   And at 7.2%, its seems a little stronger than usual.   Huge mealy finish on this one.   This does not come across as a BDG as much as others.   Not a big fan of this one at all.   Nothing French here...


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Minimal scent, really nothing to it. Flavour has a metallic edge that reminds me of rust and rain barrel water. A strong yeast character that gives it a Belgian edge and a hint of baking soda. Malt seems a little light. Alcohol gives it an interesting tinge. I would have like to have tried the lower ABV version. This one seems to be a mix of styles, mostly amber and Belgian Golden, and tastes, grass, metal, soda, light toffee. Doesn’t quite bond together.


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