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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours a hazy bright orange with bubbly froathy white head. Aroma is citrusy and sour but also has a lot of typical belgian yeast aromas - coriander, dough and lemon. Flavor is very very different. Combines a lot of hop bitterness and grapefruit flavors then bubblegum and banana and becomes sweeter. Definitely worth a try just because it is very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
draft @ Najas - cloudy, deep orange with foamy white head; in your face bitterness in both aromas and flavors; too much for me as it overwhelmed everything; drinks much stronger than 9%; out of balance and quite harsh; this was a strange beer and not what i expected

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13895) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Draught at Falling Rock Taphouse. Clear amber - white head. Light sourness, bretty, grape, citric, fruity, light roasted notes, knækbrød, honey sweetness, high drinkability, nice sweetness.....Again: #10 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 12-Jun-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (7/3/7/4/16).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 draft at coles- this is without a doubt my favorite of the new ’’Belgian Style IPAs’’, mainly because this beer was not overwhelmed by the yeast/spice flavors of the belgian strain- rather the same hop brightness and flavor so often found in gf beers was dominant here, as they should be in an ipa. well done. re-rate- pizza plant, 5/1/09- much of the belgian notes i stated were restrained, were far more dominant this time around muting the hop presence- still an occasional thing, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4591) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Bright white head recedes leaving spot lacing to hug rim. Pineapple and apricot aromas. Crisp with upfront biscuit and pepper with a lasting grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2008
22 oz bottle, served in tulip. Pours a clear amber that clouds when you reach the sediment on the bottle floor. Sizeable off-white head fades slowly, leaving little lacing. Medium carbonation. Aromas of bananas, peppery spice, yeast, and citrus. I pick up more of the trippel in the aroma than the IPA, but there is a hop crispness there. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The trippel shows in the flavor right up front, where you get a hint of the alcohol and banana flavors prevalent in the style, but it turns to a puckering grapefruit rind, with a bitter, slightly piney, lingering finish. I’m not a huge fan, but have never been partial to heavily hopped belgian-style ales, as the style is a bit confusing to the palate, and I don’t think the flavors blend well. An interesting beer, but not something I’ll seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CelticBrew (882) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Poured from 22 oz bottle a medium hazy light golden hue, nice size off white foamy head. Aroma of yeast, banana, hops, clove and spices. Flavour much of the same, however, pine resins and hoppage slam down. A wonderful marry of these lovely styles. Excellent beer, would love to try an on tap version, find it and drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2008
22 oz. bottle. A hazy gold pour with a big light-tan head. A mouth-watering aroma that features tons of pungent pine needles and grapefruits. Big body. Almost syrupy. A good bit of sweet caramel upfront. A nice transition with some rich vanilla flavors. Loads of grapefruits and orange peels in the tongue-strippingly dry finish that lingers. Some spiciness in there at the end too. This is great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Opaque amber orange, citrus, yeasty hoppy, spicey orange peel, piney, little bannana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
22 oz Bottle. Crazy nose. Mint, fruit, citrus, nutmeg, clove, so many different things going on. The ’’usual Belgian’’ smell but tons more. Great orange amber color; light fluffy head that dissapated to light lace rather quickly. Feels thick in the mouth before I can even taste it. Next taste I get is creamy, then Belgian then... Lots of movement. The kind of beer you’d have to drink a number of times to really get a firm grasp of. It’s like the orange with the cloves stuck in it. Tangggy. Lagery sharpness. YUM

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