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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Le Freak (which for those of you who do not speak French, translates to "The Freak") walks a fine line between Double IPA and a Belgian Triple. Is it a DIPA with Belgian yeast? Is it a Tripel with a lot of hops? Ultimatley the hoppy part win out, but there is alot of complexity, with pleny of yeasty banana and bubble gum to compliment the rough piney, citrusy hops. Good stuff. From Brawley’s, Charlotte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Pours a hazy orangeish brown with a huge off white foamy head and crazy lacing. Aroma of citrus, malts, hops, yeasts, spices. Flavor is bitter and floral yet sweet and hoppy, a little coriander and fruit peeks it’s head through the bitterness though and balances out things rather well in the grand scheme of things.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 Rating #400. Hey, here’s a surprise... I thought this was pretty great. Bright beautiful cloudy golden orange pour. Lovely retention on the head. Citrus hop aroma as well as very present peaches and apricots. Rather than Trippel/IIPA, this tasted just like a Belgian golden/IIPA to me. Both flowery and floury. Crisp bitter finish. I loved this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 the yeastiness competes more than it needs to be creative or is it the other way around? regardless--notes of alcohol, pine, and sugar primarily, with some fruitiness and caramel as well, ends bitter and too clean... disappointing as I was hopeful for such a crazy idea to work amazingly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 29, 2008
The aroma is very good with notes of pine, spices, and malt. Pours with a white head. The color is similar to that of apple cider. The hop flavors of pine and grapefruit come through clearly with the spice and malt character of a belgian trippel complementing in the background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
THOUGHTS: Wow! A great hybrid. It smelled like a triple, but tasted like a DIPA. Both the flavor and aroma had a little of both styles, but the ones I mentioned were the dominant ones. Hid alcohol well, until it hit the belly. The two styles really blended well as it warmed. It just got better the warmer it got. I love what these guys do with hops. The funk, pine and citrus went well together. More funky than some beers who claim they are funky. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy, light orange with an average, white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. Once the yeast was added it was very murky. The aroma was a little light but great. There was light caramel malt, light to moderate pine, grapefruit and orange hops, light to moderate barnyard and cheese yeast, white wine, candy sugar and a little funk. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, and moderate to heavily bitter with a long duration. There was a little caramel malt, candy sugar, funky yeast, lots of citrus hops and some pine. When the yeast was added there was almost no sweetness. All yeast and hops till a 10 though just in a different way. So I gave it a bonus point overall. The light to medium body was syrupy for a second then became dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2008
from a bottle the color is milky opaque coppery brown with a fluffy whitish head and a lots of drippy lacing. the aroma is super insanely yeasty with lots of orange, light pine, spicy burn, cloves, perfume and juicy fresh hoppiness. the flavor is quite yeasty and the palate is intensely dry... especially on the finish and lingering parching effect on the aftertaste... grass, pine, flowers, black pepper, umame, and citrus pith are noted. medium body with an airy mouth feel. the soft carbonation (which fits in well) is the only feminine part of this beast...9/4/8/4/17/4.2

draft at papago... the aroma is amped up fresh yeasty bread. orange is much more pronounced in the flavor and the spiciness comes through as cinnamon. it seems a whole lot drier and somewhat less complex but still very tasty. it burps up nothing but pine and fresh leafy hops!...8/4/8/4/17/4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1501) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Another beer shared by robert at stateline. Another hybrid beer. Smelled hoppy and the taste was dominated by hops but had the hidden characteristics of a belgian... yeasty and banana. Texture was average. Thanks robert for sharing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2078) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours out a bright golden color that is somewhat cloudy and has a nice white head on it. Smell is very fruity, hoppy, this one just smells fresh. Some yeast flavors to go along here as well. Taste is sweet and fruity, refreshing, hoppy, grassy, and just plain good. Trippel this isnt, closer to an IPA than anything. A really solid beer, hopefully this makes it into their regular line up. Try this one if you can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Cloudy golden pour with a strong, thin white head. The aroma has apparent alcohol, vanilla, honey, dough and some American hop fruitiness when it warms (citrus-spiciness) The flavor has lots of odd phenols and sweet undertones. Some marzipan, herbal honey which is followed by an assertive peppery spiciness in the finish. Could be more balanced. There isn’t much cohesiveness in the flavors; not bad though.

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