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RATINGS: 1246   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3381) - 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 (7312) - 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 (2381) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bomber. Pours a clear medium gold with a 3 finger fluffy off white head and spotty lacing. Nose is floral hops and spice. Taste is Belgian spice and citrus hops with a light resin boozy finish. Medium, sticky mouth feel. Interesting brew. Not bad tasting, but a little bit strange.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
This was an interesting beer. I love hops and I love IPA’s, but I’ve never been super excited about the hop profile in Green Flash beers. The hop balance is too far on the bitter side for me, I prefer more of a flavor and aroma hop balance. The Belgian flavor profile was not overbearing, it worked well with the beer. It was very strong, with an alchol taste present. It’s a worthwhile beer to buy because it is so complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Sampled on 11/23/2008. This IPA/Belgian Strong Ale pours a orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head, with good retention and nice long lasting lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with bubble gum and candi sugar, but with a large dose of grapefruity and piney hops. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some bread and cookie. The hops are grapefruity and piney. Nice meld of a Belgian Ale and an IPA, it has that sweetness, fruity, yeast and pepper flavors of a Belgian Strong Ale and the big malts and aggressive hops of a California IPA. It really works well. Nice carbonation. Hides the 9.2 alcohol fairly well, there is a touch of bite in the middle. Nice beer, curious to see how this one will taste with some age. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and very dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft @ Green Flash. Pours a dense, slightly hazy orange color; creamy off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Basic citrus and stemmy bitterness and candy sugar in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, dense fruitiness, basic Belgian esters, and earthy / mineral bitterness; decent hybrid rendition, but not nearly as good or as clearly expressed as the best examples. Lengthy finish: earthy / mineral bitterness and nicely toasty Belgian malts; decently dry.


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