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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4901) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2011
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium cream head. Aroma of apple, mustiness, caramel, florals, and metal shavings. Flavor of yeast, fruit, herbs, nuts, and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2011
22, Pours a crystal clear ruddied medium amber with golden edges. Loose wooly white head and plenty of sheety lace. Dusty nose showing caramel and maybe some hot canvas. Fizzy, somewhat wooly body, medium weight. Dust, caramel, and canvas on the mid-palate. Mild finish. What it lacks in character it makes up for in flawlessness...which, unfortunately, leaves it in a pretty forgettable state.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (2014) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2011
My first Biere de Garde. Vintage 2010, which means it has been aged a year, or it could be just a few months, but whatever. Taste is very refreshing, and very unfamiliar to me. New is always good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3809) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Moderate bready quality with a hint of fruitiness on an otherwise unremarkable French ale. Reasonable carbonation and a slightly oily body. Darker gold color. Its value is its best selling point. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours deep copper with a lasting, tan head. Smells of light fruit, dry pilsner malt, wildflowers, grassy. Tastes of pepper, tea, spicy, dry with some floral notes on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4538) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Out of the bottle it looks like an unsedimented bitter. Taste wise, I’m not really familiar with biere de garde, this one tastes similar to a bitter or golden ale, very good thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
650ml bomber. It pours n interesting reddish amber color wit a big, foamy off-white head. The head sticks for a while and recedes with some nice lacing. The smell has a nice almost peachy sweet fruitness. There is a nice bit of yeast character in this one as well. It is a bit like spiced peaches in the aroma. The flavor has a lot of malt, it is fresh and caramally. It has some fruitiness and sweetness come over along with the yeast character. It also has a nice bit of earthy hops. Another good one form Lakefront. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-07-2010 05:03:09

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours hazy orange/red with white head. Aroma has notes of sourdough, dark fruit, slight caramel and toffee. Taste is slightly yeasty, some sweet dark fruit, toffee, caramel, some sour note, a touch bitter. A bit odd flavors, but they add up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
20110312 Bomber from JC Buy Rite. Pretty beer, dark amber with a tall, creamy, lacing beige head. Aroma is strongly boozy with lots of crusty French bread notes, mildly soapy, raisin. Full, creamy body, well coating, mild bitterness barely peeks through late. Quite sweet and actually tending toward cloying. Not a quaffer. In fact, I barely wanted to finish half the bottle.

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