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RATINGS: 1201   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at the brewery in Vista. Pours a hazy, darker orange body with a bigger, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some soapy lacing. Definitely smells more like their IPA, but has some nice subtle Belgian characteristics. Sweet and sugary citrus and a nice floral perfume. Some barnyard spices and a sweet Belgian fruitiness. Similar flavor. Semi-resiny citrus, floral, and a sweet, but spicy Belgian yeast. Finishes dry with a lingering citrus and malt. Palate is light to medium bodied and crisper than the IPA. Overall, not bad. A nice change of pace from their IPA, but I think I prefer the IPA to this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3826) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Cloudy orange appearance with a good sized white head. Aroma is of citrus, coriander, yeast and floral. Taste is of hops, coriander, orange peel, lemon and perfume.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg from Whole Foods - Fair Lakes on 05/17/2009. Hazy amber body with a medium foamy off-white head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma with some light belgian character in the background. Sweet fruity floral and citrus hop flavor with some belgian spice and candi sugar. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2009
The tripel balanced out the bitterness. Smelled more like the IPA, looked more like the tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5838) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2009
22 oz’er. Nothing like killin’ a Thursday afternoon with a big ol’ beer like this. Bronze and active, this tops out with a nice creamy top. The aroma is somewhat restrained, with just a hint of farmhousey yeastiness and a little floral sweetness. But this drinks with a big chewy essence, thick with resin and Belgiany wild yeast kick. I’m not sure if I like the marriage of the two components, but I don’t care because I’m kickin’ back on a nice day off. (#3536, 5/14/2009)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5854) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2009
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse avec une pointe de poire et d’houblons résineux. Apparance: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #2394)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Interesting beer. Deep Orange, opaque. Rich creamy head. Heavy lacing Bright, rich, lots of weighty malty goodness. Finish, drops off, leaving a pleasing bitter edge, pithy. Reminds me of orange zest, with a bit of rind thrown in. Mouthcoating, but refreshing. Or better yet, Chanterelle mushrooms. Definately a food beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4053) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
The look is an orange color, cannot see through, and has a light white lacy head. Interesting. The smell is sweet, fruits, banana, alcohol, hops, and yeast. The taste is alcohol, yeast, fruits, and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Cloudy orange yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, raisin, and yeast. Bitter taste with yeast, anise, lemon and raisin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap @ The Trappist. Cloudy caramel orange with a big meringue-like off-white head, good retention. Tropical and citrus hops up front with a good dose of Belgian yeast, banana and candi sugar behind. There is a little bit of dank hops as well. Flavor is much the same with quite a bit more bitterness than I expected (not all aroma hops, apparently). Alcohol is also quite present, not really trying to hide its strength--not necessarily a bad thing. Thankfully, it isn’t too sweet, which is usually what happens with U.S. interpretations of Belgians. Bitterness peaked @ a 6 in the dry finish. Full body with light to mod prickly carbonation. Very very nice.


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