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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Fresh bomber. The pour yields a lightly hazy, medium orange-amber color with a large, foamy, cream colored head. The cap displays good retention, sticking around for the duration, and leaving thick, sticky bands of lace on the glass. The aroma is exactly as described, which is to say a massively hopped tripel. Huge orange, lemon, and pine hop notes play atop a candy sugar malt base and a very Belgian-esque, bready yeast profile. Flavors follow suit, sharp orange, grapefruit and lemon, as well as resinous pine, showing huge hop bitterness, while the sweet candy sugar base tries its best to keep up. The yeast profile is again very bready, but there’s a hefty dose of peppery spice there as well. Medium-full bodied, with balanced carbonation, there is a bit of unfortunate astringency that shows on the finish, but not enough to ruin the experience. Overall, this would-be train wreck avoids enough pitfalls to present itself as a pretty solid blend of two distinct styles. Still, it’s a bit too much tripel for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Sample from a 22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized frothy off white head. The aroma has that Belgian yeast quality with a citrus kick. Moderately sweet malt with a bit of spicyness are also noticable. The flavor is the trendy Belgian twist to the West Coast IPA. A nice hoppy bitterness, moderately sweet malt, Belgian yeast, cheese, bread, spices, and light citrus. There seems to be a lot going on, but at times is a bit busy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle shared at joey hatreds house. Amber body white 1 finger head. Fruity esters hoppy resins, a nice bready yeast. Spiced lightly with a citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Date: 09/13/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC

Appearance: hazy gold, wispy white head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma, lots of spicyness, light fruity citrus,
Flavor: rich malt flavor, crystal sweetness, lots of hops, lots of spicy phoenolics mixing with the spicy hops,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1713) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Tap @ The Gate in English Pint glass for some reason. Hazy golden with puffy lasting head and lace. Hoppy sweet vanilla yeasty lemon pastry aroma, Sweet vanilla marshmallow with melon and very spicy hoppy finish. Medium body and medium carbo. Excellent Belgian soft mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol. Delicious and deceptively strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4360) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Pours a golden orange with fizzy white head. Bready malt, candy sugar, orange peel, banana, belgian yeast, and floral hops. Herbal with notes of spice and coriander. The bitterness of the IIPA doesn’t really come through, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2008
22oz bottle from hophead22.... a cloudy orange caramel brown pour with a moderate soapy white head... aroma was mustiness that coincides with orange peel and tropical pacific northwest hops.... flavors had a medium degree of grapefruit rind bitterness. pretty astringent through the finish and beyond which ultimately became off-putting. some sweetness to start but quickly turns into a bitter beast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bomber brought back from my CA trip. I had this at Hamiltons, but I was too blitzed to rate it. Pours a nice translucent orange amber, with a nice off white head and hypnotizing carbonation. Aroma of wheat malts and Belgian phenols. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slight dryness on the palate. Flavor of wheat malts, candi sugar, honey, pear and white pepper. Not overly attenuated, but there is some sweetness there. Semi dry and bitter finish, with the alcohol only slightly detectable. Not bad, but lacks some cohesiveness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange honey with a medium sized white head. Aroma of coriander, herbal tea, bubble gum and candied sugar. Taste of bubblegum, coriander, candied sugar, tea and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1783) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Clear gold with almost no head. Effervescent hop aroma with bubble gum and corriander. Taste contains some of the above , with an unexpected, stinging tannic bitterness. Finish is estery, with rubbing alcohol aftertaste, and lingering bitterness. $10/22oz

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