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RATINGS: 1307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: This definitely has the look of a Tripel. A cloudy orangish color with white foam. S: The initial smell is much more IPA, than Tripel. Great citrus and pine character from the hops are the first sensation, followed by that distinct Belgian yeast, spice, and orange peel. T: The taste is quite interesting as well. I found the IPA part of this to be more prominent with the citrus and pine coming through quite strongly while the typical Belgian Tripel flavors round out the finish. Sort of indescribable. M: Medium body, good carbonation. D: Definitely a challenge to the palate, but an enjoyable one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Wonderful amber hued golden body - slight haze and effervescence. Thin head that dissipates quickly. Wild aroma that has an assertive hop quality and an abundance of fruit - banana, apricot, and a dominant grapefruit citrus. The spice is presence is immense with strong clove and pepper not to mention the yeast characteristics. Body is silky smooth with a fairly simple malt backbone of caramel and european cracker pale malt. Spice and fruit are heaped in highlighted by fresh, strong syrupy peach. Ester notes throughout. Some leafy hop notes with light floral essence giving it a wonderful pale ale-esque complex that is well woven with its belgian characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 Bottle. This was a beer I was really looking forward to, and it certainly looks and smells nice. Orange pour with a pretty white head. Aroma is yeasty, hay, fruity apple and orange, spice, and an herby hoppiness. Smelled great and tantalizing, but then I took a sip. I just canít drink this. Thereís an initial fruity apple flavor, but at some exact point near the beginning of the midpallate, I become overwhelmed by a cat feces/rotting fruit taste. Finishes out with some spice and herbal aromatic hoppy notes that salvage it a bit for me. I had to give away my share of this due to it punching me in the gag reflex. It was like drinking a poop sandwich: layers of goodness hiding a terrible filling. I shared this with two other people and both of them thought I was insane, so there must be something to this that I have a high sensitivity to. Itís hard to know how to rate an experience like this. Iím placing it firmly in the middle since I can really respect the good aspects of this, and it seems to be an issue specific to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14632) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours a bright golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is that of a tripel -- citrus and yeast. Initial palate is like a tripel, with an aftertaste of a strong IPA. Very delicious hybrid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a beautifully clear orange-gold colour. Volumous aroma - fruits, pepper, spice. Dry and peppery palate. Fruits sneak into the mouth as well, a little apple. Spicy and hot in the finish. Delicious!!! This is going up there as one of my all time favourites. Put the W12 to shame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
02/02/2010. 650ml bottle, courtesy of TheGrandmaster. Resinous IPA with a bigger whack of bitterness and mid-kettle hop flavour than the average new world IPA... I like that. Then there is the beautiful aromatic Belgian character (Ardennes?) that adds something special and spicy without ever overwhelming the American heart of the beer. Well attenutated. Wonderfully subtle like a the best Tripels without losing any of its required in-your-face aggression of IIPA. The Mohammed Ali of beer. This kicks the lily white butts of the "Belgian IPAs" Iíve tried before. Deliciously (and dangerously) drinkable. How can this be 9.2%???!!!! That is freakiní wrong. Great job Green Flash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2183) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a medium size white head, and great lacing. smell is of yeast, floral, some fruits, and malt in the back. taste is smooth, bread dough, some caramel, malt, hops in the back, and some fruit, ends thick and a tad bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6713) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle. Amber pour some head. IPA triple combo, spice , citrus, fruit ester, and yeast notes. Hop flavor and aroma arenít dominating nor dominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
22. Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a loose and frothy platinum blonde head--nice eggy points on the head. Classic cream, green apples, and dust nose, just a right-on trippel. I wouldnít say I pick up on much in the way of American hops, though, all due respect. Creamy medium body with nice fizzy carb. Cream, green apples, dust, and maybe a bit of candied orange on the mid-palate. Itís a little on the thick side for a trippel, but, other than that, itís hard to see whatís so non-traditional about it, especially the hops part. It might not be exquisitely delicate like some of the classics of the style, but itís hardly a genre-bending hybrid. Still, though, itís not too thick, sticky or cloying, for 9.2% or any other percent, and itís well drinkable. So no points deducted for the specious hop bill claims.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Light semi-transparent amber body with a light white head. Aroma is floral with some grassy notes with a little doughy character in the background. Rather powerful initial carbonation with a rather bitter note. Body is medium with a slight sticky mouth feel. Bitterness is ok, but a little overwhelming.

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