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RATINGS: 1240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Le Freak is a modern ale created by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. The use of two yeast strains further marries the styles and American hops give the beer its modern flare.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle from my brother - Vac. Poured amber with a creamy off-white head that renews with a twirl of the glass and left good lace. Clove spice aroma with a backing of fruits and hops. The clove continues in the flavor with a decent malt and hop mix rounding it out. Medium to full body that is sweet up front and bitter in the end. Very nice hybrid.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2008
bottle, courtesy of stefanje. Pours hazy orange with a thick white head that lasts. The aroma is substantially hoppy, with a lot of citrus such as pineapple and grapefruit. There is also a scent of mint and an underlying banana sweetness, with quick hits of cinnamon as well. This beer smells very similar to another hybrid, the New Glarus Imperial Weizen. The taste is a little bit of a let down, starting with a candi sugar sweetness that switches to peach with hints of vanilla. Spice shows up in the middle which then changes to a lingering bitter grapefruit peel finish. The mouthfeel is medium, and the 9 percent alcohol does not make its presence known. This is pretty good, and a successful marriage between two unique styles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2008
Lemon citrus, banana, and peppery yeast character in the nose with strong floral notes. Hazy deep golden blond body is topped by a generous, foamy, off white head that lasts throughout and sticks to the sides of the glass. Flavour offers a pleasant blend of the yeast character found in the nose along with malt sweetness up front, some floral notes and nutmeg and ginger-like spiciness through the middle with a pronounced bitter finish. Spice and citrus return in the aftertaste to blend well with the lingering bitterness. Alcohol is occasionally perceptible. Dry medium full body with forceful little bubbles that awaken the tongue. Moderate alcohol warming. Very nice. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle. Brewery Creek. Dec-08.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This was a very interesting brew as my first brush with this style. Pours a lovely yellow with a big carbonated head. Smells of spice, very peppery with a little citrus and the tiniest hop aroma. The hops are more buried in the flavor than I would expect, with the predominant flavor being banana with a tiny bit of orange in the back as well. A little more balance would be nice, but I enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3361) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle. Lets see how this Belgian IPA compares to others, as I have not been too big of a fan of them. Poured a vivid gold color with a nice large head. Aroma was good with a nice balance. Belgian yeast, wheat, banana, spice, pepper and earthy hops. Possibly some citrus. I found the flavor better than most in the style. The flavors blended together a bit better. Yeasty, somewhat sweet malt presence with peppery and earthy spice. Finish is pretty solid. Probably the best of this trippel IPA genre that I have had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Bomber from Sam-apostrophe-s in Downers Grove, IL. This pours a deep golden body with a big pillowy head and thick lace. The aroma is a sweet pale malt nearly buried by citrusy hop aroma of tart oranges, lemon zest, and yellow grapefruit pulp. The flavor sees the addition of a white pepper spiciness, but it is mainly about the strong citric bitterness that increases as the drinking continues. The finish is bitter and dry. Nice, but a tad more harsh than others that have been done in this style lately.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden-orange with a thin but lasting head and some minimal lacing. Aroma is fresh hops and fruity sweet cantaloupe. Tastes fantastic - bitter and sweet all at once, sweet mandarin oranges, candied peel and crystalized ginger. Warming pleasant alcohol, creamy and coating body, great carbonation. I cannot fault this beer, a fantastic late-fall treat!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours hazy deep gold with copper edges and white head. The aroma is banana and cloves to go along with lemon citrus hop notes. The taste seems smooth, oddly enough, with lemon citrus hops and acidity followed by some Belgian candi sugar and a solid backbone of malty sweetness. Pretty nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cereal and caramel, heavy hops of spruce and orange peel, moderate leather and soap for the yeast, with background notes of pear, wood, honey, clove and a tree bark/tea smell. Head is average sized, frothy, white, with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and between light and moderately acidic, then finishes heavily bitter. Palate is medium, watery but a bit slick, and has a lively carbonation. I could easily identify the IPA side (orange and spruce) and the Belgian side (clove and pear). A tasty creation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy golden with a one finger white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, yeast, and citrus hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.


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