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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours dark, sunset orange color with a two and a half finger off-white, rocky head. Dissipates slowly and leaves a nice creamy lacing. Nice carbonation coming off the glass. Smell is pretty complex. Get some pineapple, grapefruit, maybe a little pine, orange, grapes from the hops. But the dominant smells definitely comes from the trippel: some spiciness, walnuts, carmel, plums, a belgian candy sugar smell, almost some tartness on the nose as well, some breadiness, some oak, almost like a brown sugar smell too. Taste starts with the bitterness and some fruitiness from the imperial ipa qualities, as well as some trippel qualities like the spiciness and the carmel, sweet flavor. Then in the middle, the taste profile takes a complete turn and goes completely trippel: get the carmel, the walnuts or some other type of nuts, some tartness, oak, dark fruit like plums, lots of bready qualities. Very creamy from the belgian malts as well. Then the finish is a nice blend of the belgian qualities and the imperial ipa qualities. The carmel, breadiness, dark fruits, tiny tartness and black pepper spiciness, some funkiness blend great with the grapefruit, pine, and orange that show through from the hops. Pretty dry finish. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. I have not had too many belgian ipas (little sumpin wild and stone cali-belgique come to mind) but this one has more belgian qualities than the others. Could be because its old and the hop qualities have diminished. I wish they would post a date on these. Still an extremely solid belgian ipa that I would definitely have again.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kajser27 (364) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 29, 2015
Amber to copper colored, nice lacing, medium strong off white head. Aroma is malt, peppery, some yeast and hay. Taste follows the nose, moderate sweet malt, some caramel, yeast, straw, lemongrass, spices-peppery, medium+ lasting bitterness which is a bit harsh, astringent, dry finish. Medium bodied and carbonation. Not buying it...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1098) - GREECE - JUL 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Golden orange color with off white head. Aroma is malty, hoppy and yeasty. Caramel, citrusy fruity, spicy yeasty. Sweet and light biter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (414) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
On tap. No detailed notes - entering from earlier tasting. Very strong aroma of candied fruit, more well balanced taste with a well-hidden ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cagou007 (550) - FRANCE - JUL 16, 2015
On tap in Chicago-- Pours hazy golden with medium white head. Nose is yeasty. Aromas are fruits, caramel, pine resin. Oily texture, medium carbonation. Long (very) bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3187) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2015
(Green Flash Le Freak) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a tulip, ABV 9.2% Clear body with intense activity in it, deep golden orange in colour, with a tall and thick white head on top. Very good retentiion. Fruity aroma, peahes, some citrus, tangerine. Taste is sweet , with malts, sugars, alcohol, peaches, light vanilla, bubblegum, nice hop presence. Medium body with good carbonation. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (242) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
On tap from E9. Pours golden color thick white head. Scent is banana, some hops. Taste is pretty hoppy. Good balance.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbunting75 (14) - - JUL 9, 2015
On tap at Roger Brown’s in Portsmouth, Va. Malty like a tripel. Lacking the real citrus character of an IPA. Pretty good, not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (6477) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle at a bbq. Pours hazy orange, nose is sweet caramel, spices, light pine, taste is dry, sweet, toffee, spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmoncki (42) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2015
Color dorado palido, con espuma blanca densa y persistente. Aroma maltoso, levaduras y algo de citricos. En boca es compleja pasando por dulce, acidez y agradable final a lupulo.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3889) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle (22 oz). Best by 09-18-15. Split 2-ways.

Appearance: Hazy-cloudy dark orangey with a medium off-white head, medium retention and good lacing.

Aroma: A lot of fruity hops along belgian yeast, medium spiciness, caramel, floral notes, perfumy presence and soap.

Taste: Rather sweet and super fruity with floral presence, caramel, spices, soap and medium bitterness.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Spicy finish. Lingering [rotten] fruits aftertaste. Perfumy. I don’t know if there’s rye in this, but it gives that impression.

Overall: Rather messy mix of a fruity belgian tripel and a sweet Imperial IPA... not much drinkable or enjoyable. The sweetness and the fruitiness are cloying. Bad idea.



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