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RATINGS: 1315   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1669) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to me. Big head and hazy gold. Nose is very citrusy, lemony, with oranges also evident. Taste is very light bodied, mellow, with some hops but also that familiar Belgian yeast. Is there Brett in here? Alcohol is not evident. Very drinkable and I will search this out when it hits Houston.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (8182) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
i cant stand to see a robot cry, lets watch T.V.... ever drank a whole bottle of NyQuil just for shits and gigs? ... wheres the wick? $125 for rockstar shit? ... and who is dumb enough to buy a fast food sandwich for $8?... Le Freak, man, glad to try this in my neck of the fat sucked wheather mans neighborhood ... lots of belgian honey hops... damn frigidy good lacing and coco white head ... parole officer says i need an upgrade, or they wont give me back my stabbin knife... wow, fantastic brew here.. bitter , sweeet, balanced like a eraser on a pencil erasing a doodle of a naked man at that porno dudes house ... so so easy to drink... smooth, enjoyable, the real mccoy ... at&t, ever been to brussels, cuz i want to kick your arse... quite an amazingly enjoyable and crisp bitter example of the hop (and the genius thinking out of the box yeast examples in this brew)and the playful sensation of bitterness on the tongue and complete coating of the trap... ballack, what a goal, but roons was tap-rific! ... i may not make sense to you the reader, who reads my crap anyway, but this is a great beer, great bitterness, smooth as silk, aggressive yet retarded kitten like... buy this if you see it, me personally will be buying quite a few more bottles of this wonderful elixer, or butt sex...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5840) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
22 oz bomber from Spirits Red Bank. I drank the whole bottle in a Duvel tulip style glass in two pours of about 11 oz each pour. The initial pour was a super clear copper orange body with tons of visible rising carbonation and a large tightly packed pluffy white head that leaves tons of lace. The second pour was a murky solid orange body with the same great head that actually had even more staying power. Aroma on this one is very much dominated by the Belgian triple style and not so much from the Imperial Pale Ale. Aroma was loads of peppery spices, over ripe banana, yeast, fresh dough, flowers and grapefruit rind. Palate has a medium/full mouthfeel, slightly creamy with lots of lively carbonation and finishes rather dry and bitter. At first I wasnt sure about the palate but it really grew on me with the creamy/dry/bitter combo. Flavor is once again triple dominated with lots of peppery spices, yeast, bread, flower stems(dont ask I was an odd child), grapefruit rind. Not sure if it was the beer warming up or the 9% ABV warming me up but by the time my bomber was gone I was really wanting some more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12576) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Re-rate 12/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks kerenmk. Hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of fruity esters, some hops and a soapy touch. Sweetish flavor with fruitiness, yeast, spiciness and a bitter finish, kinda alcoholic. Medium-bodied. Not my thing. 6/3/5/3/10=2.7

(10/31/08) Draught sample at Blue Palms in Hollywood (thanks Brian for the free beer!). Hazy golden. Aroma of floral hops, malt and some citrus. Slightly sweet and malty flavor at first, continues bitter, hoppy and citrusy with a background of caramel. Medium to full-bodied. Good. 7/3/74/15=3.6

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Fruity cloves, and pine nose. Gold amber with slight haze, big head and lacing. Resin clove sweetness, piney bitter orange peel, aggressive flavor but balanced. Full body, big carbonation, intense burning clovey sweet finish. Excellent beer, reminds me of Piraat, big and bold, yet sophisticated.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Sampled at Bier One in Newport, OR. Slightly hazy golden amber with a fine white head and nice lacing. Exceptionally floral, spicy and citrusy nose. Initial complex sugar overtaken quickly by pine and grapefruit peel. I think I would all-out love it if I was told it was only an IPA/APA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Pours hazy dark orange with a chunky and creamy off white head head that lasts forever. Aroma is of citrus, pine, spicy yeast, lime, buttermilk covered sourdough, caramel, uncut pineapple, burnt sugar and toast. Flavor is full of orange peels and grapefruit right away, pepper melange, caramel, leafy greens, rhubarb, and bitter lime. Finish is bitter citrus hops, spicy yeasty bread and and old butter. Not a bad brew but it kinda shattered my dreams of these two styles somehow melding and becoming the best beer style ever. Bastards.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Thanks to BeerHawk for sharing this one at decaturstevos 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting. Hazy gold body with a frothy white head. Muted hops in the aroma along with orange peel and spice. Malty spicy flavor with a bit of licorice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle shared by a generous soul at the HMoG at the Brick Store. Pours hazy yellow with a small white creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing. The aroma was dominated by light fruits, with pineapples and lemons playing prominently. There was also a big bready malt aroma in the background. The taste follows the nose with the light fruits and bready malt, but there is definitely a bit more spicy Belgian yeast than the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated and very crisp in the finish. This is a good Belgian and tough to categorize, but, either way, its tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 My Bottom Line:
An explosive perfume of pine, flower petals and herbs leads to bubblegum phenols and profound resinous hop bitterness in this loud yet personable Double IPA/Belgian-style Strong Ale hybrid.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty golden amber.
-The aroma is very complex and definitely hop happy.
-Some pineapple-like fruitiness comes from the union of hops and doughy yeast.
-Even though it is not really balanced, this brew is very flavorful throughout and quite enjoyable.
-The malt character is of sweetened bread.

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