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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2010
shared bomber... pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head... which stays put for a good while... Belgian yeast nose with banana, candi sugar, light hops and more light fruit. medium body with loads of citrus hops, light fruit and sweet malts. thick bitter finish with more fruit. I really like this beer - a perfect blend of a IIPA and a Belgian Trippel. hoppy, sweet and yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Pours golden colored, medium white head with nice lacing. Aroma of hops and faint yeast, toasted malts. Flavor is pretty good. Great mix of styles. Still, mostly the IPA takes over and the tripel is not quite noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
I like Belgian IPAs because the very existence of the style makes some people go bonkers. Like many, this one is more IPA than Belgian especially in the nose but their are some Belgian yeasty qualities as well. Poured carefully, it is a perfectly clear orange. The head is white and of small bubbles and lasts decently well, leaving behind an attractive sheet of lace. The nose is bright and citrus hoppy. There’s some floral notes around the edges as well as a very slight edge of yeasty fruitiness. Taste is light and refreshing but w/ a slight soapiness to the bitterness in the finish. I feel like this could use just a bit more carbonation but at least the light body keeps it nice and drinkable. Some fruity banana notes come out as the beer warms but remain mostly a background player, sort of a compliment to the citrus hops. This has an interesting balance and interaction of flavors and while it falls a bit short of the mark in some regards, it is still a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
tastybeer (1714) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Draft. Pours yellow with a big foamy white head. Flavor is piney hops with candy sugar sweetness. It’s good but more of a Belgian IPA than a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown. Pretty much misses the mark on Abbey Tripel, Belgian IPA, and IPA Tripel. All Begian yeastiness; all tripel fruitiness, spice, bananas, cloves, alcohol warming; all Belgian IPA dryness and attenuation; pretty much every element that one would associate with any of these three styles is completely lacking.

Pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear orange with massive, sheety lace. Excellent, fresh west coast IPA nose- as it warms some sticky candy and slightly unpleasant tamarind candies show through. Taste is very bitter, lots of spicy tamarind candies, orange candies, very dry. But no grassy or floral hops that would be evident in Belgian IPA or IPA Tripel show through. Also, the palate is not dry/fully-attenuated but rather is bitter and overwhelming. The finish leaves a dryness in the mouth that I would not equate to a "dry palate". Pretty much, I would put this as straight up IPA. There is nothing here that even remotely suggests Abbey Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2010
bottle... Light amber pour , thick one finger white head , good lacing . Yeasty , slight pepper , citrus hop aroma . Sweet malt , spicy , peppery , hoppy , light caramel flavor , very complex . Medium bodied , hoppy ,dry long lasting finish . Nice mix of styles .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
At Oregon Brewers Festival. This one misses on the IPA part. Tastes like a traditional Belgian with coriander and spices. I’m not getting much IPA, let alone imperial, out of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2010
really not all that. A nice bitterness feels superficial and unbalanced. Smooth mouthfeel and good alcohol content, but unsatisfying in the end. The bitterness lingers reminiscent of the taste of pennies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2010
From Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, DK. Bottled, 010810. Amber with off-white head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Flavor is with some spices and more esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2010
pours a golden hue with a light frothy head. Smells of some fruit but moreover hints of the heavier belgian yeast act Shep and permeate above the rim... Initial taste is a phenomenal array of a hoppy bitterness that slowly transitions into a light sweetness that the yeast gives off. Good abbey, I usually choose Green Flash over Stone but for this one I do like Cali belgique just a bit better, the fermantation is smoother. all told though this is a great brew!!

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