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RATINGS: 1300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a thin off-white head. Decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is of caramel, yeast, spice, hops, and fruit. The flavor was spicy and yeasty with caramel malt but overall dominated by a sweet fruityness. Medium bodied with a slightly spicy, hoppy finish.

3.5
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Nose is heavy belgian trippel smell, yeasty, sweet, just a hint of hoppiness. Flavor is a little alcohol heat right away, then bready, sweet trippel complement the hoppy IPA backbone. Neither one is particularly outstanding, though. Good, tasty beer and a novel effort, with some tinkering I think this could be great.

4
thekmoonlegend (115) - Lynn, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Medium body, offwhite head and slightly darker than I was expecting. Floral aroma of hops, what you would expect from an IPA but also a hint of the belgian tripel. I thought the taste was very complex, not as much of any aftertaste as I was expecting. This beer was a joy to sip.

3.9
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Thanks dirtymartini. Pours a glowing yellow orange with a billowy offwhite head. Very sexy. The nose is hoppy, sweet citrusy hops, mandarin orange, mango, fruity, mild spicy/earthy yeasty character. Nice balance/blend of the two in both the aroma and flavor. Fruity citrusy hop flavor, mild mellow bitterness, a bit peppery and spicy, great yeast presence. Lovely beer with a great mouthfeel, soft carbonation with the perfect bitterness.

3.3
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
jkwalking05 (4745) - 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
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
AskForJenny (1086) - 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
Braudog (6841) - 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)

3.8
TaktikMTL (7981) - 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)


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