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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - 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)

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2555) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Pear nose. Flavor is sweet and sour pear and grapefruit. Not bad but not a Belgian trippel. High ABV is hidden. $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Interesting aroma...typical Belgian yeast aroma with citrus hops blended in. I was excited to try this beer, but for some reason it just didn’t do it for me. It had a weird bitter sour aftertaste that was somewhat tart. Awesome aroma, average flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Daytona 500 tasting. Bomber. Sweet nose, fruity and caramel, spicy citrus. Some pine resin creeps in. Spicy-sweet fruit flavors, solid as hell. Another big win from GF!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry citrusy hops. Taste is also dominated by dry citrusy hops with a lightly sweet malt body. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done with great balanced between hoppy notes and malt; some more fruity ester would have brought this to another level.

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