Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lakefront Brewery - Eastside Dark Lager; Snake Chaser Irish Style Stout; Klisch Pilsner; IBA India-Style Black Ale; Rendezvous Biere de Garde

The Lakefront Brewery is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Eastside Dark Lager - This beer pours dark brown, and is translucent only around the edges.  The aroma is light, a slight hint of dark roasted malt and a bit of fresh, zesty hops.  The taste is deep, rich, dark roasted malt.  It is full flavored while still being light drinking.  A very sessionable dark lager.

Snake Chaser Irish Style Stout - This beer pours pitch black with a small light brown head that dissipates quite rapidly.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, some coffee, and both slightly sweet and slightly tangy.  The taste is very deep, rich, dark roasted malt, coffee like, a bit of cocoa, and a touch of both sweet and sour.  The beer finishes dry and tangy.  This is a stout that suits my taste, too many American stouts are too sweet for me, I like the drier finish.

Klisch Pilsner - This beer pours golden in color with a slight head.  The aroma is lightly fruity, plums and apricots.  The taste is fruity with a tangy aftertaste.  Nice, but not exceptional. 

IBA India-Style Black Ale - This 6.5% ABV beer pours dark black in color, completely opaque, with a large, thick, creamy and foamy head that is light brown in color.  It leaves sticky lacing of light to medium density down the glass.  The aroma is fruity, citrusy, dark roasted malt and yeast all wrapped together.  The spicy zest of hops and yeast combined with the dark roasted malt give an almost light smokey quality.  The taste is rich, yet feels light.  The flavors combine much like the aromas.  The taste is like a spicy rye/pumpernickel bread, toasted, with fruit jelly on it.  The malt is dark enough to leave a bit of coffee taste as well. 

Rendezvous Biere de Garde - This 7.2% ABV beer is a French-style ale, the "beer to keep" that is a traditional Northern French farmhouse style.  The beer pours a clear and glowing burnt orange, deep amber, light brown, copper in color with a tall half-inch of creamy and foamy head that is off-white in color.  The aroma is malty, stone fruits, and a bit of zesty grassiness.  The taste is malty, caramel, stone fruits, a fruity tartness.  This is too heavy on the sweet malt side without enough countering hops to make a good biere de garde, but it is quite tasty in and of itself.  It would actually make a great Oktoberfest beer.

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