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RATINGS: 1323   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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3.6
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA): Pours out clear, rich dark gold, with a two-finger, platinum blonde head and good retention. I gave a five for appearance, and I hardly ever do that for anything other than a stout. Nose of cream and fall green apples. Creamy medium body balanced with a nice level of carbonation. Flavors of light citrus, orange peel, and chewy pine. Iím also getting hints of butterscotch (but more so toffee) with each subsequent sip. Drinkability: Imaginative and pleasing. Pairing: creme brulee, lobster, sauteed salmon. Rebuy: Yes. #304 on 26022010, DG.

3.9
OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle.

Coming on the heels of 3767 a few days ago, this one had a hard road to hoe as a Belgian-IPA fusion out of SD. But it acquitted itself well. Wonderful candied citrus aroma and flavors, nice honey in the nose, splendidly drinkable (Iíd have thought 7.2% not 9.2%), never sticky or cloying, never abrasive. Another winner from Green Flash, definitely worth revisiting.

3.6
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Green Flash Le Freak Pours light honey colored with a thin white head that dissipates to a film from then on. Somewhat hazy appearance. Aroma of citrus and yeast with honey and a slight hop note. Taste is IPAish as it warms, but not as much at cooler temperatures. There is some floral Belgian yeastiness and a citrus tang to it. Slightly bitter finish that lingers. Interesting and improved as it warmed.

3.9
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Poured orange with a one finger white head. Big hop aroma and a Belgian yeast aroma as well. You can pick out both styles in this thing. Moderately sweet taste with the trippel notes shining through and an IPA type finish with a blast of hops. Light bubblegum. Good beer.

3.6
KUEric (975) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Looks like tripel. Hazy golden honey colorded beer with a sudsy white head. Cloudy to a point I canít see through the glass. Aroma is also tripel, sweet malty yeasts, doughy, clove, almost no hop (itís there if you make a concerted effort to sniff it out). Flavor is sour. I read itís more ipa than tripel well thatís just silly. A lot of tripel with a touch of hops. Sour and earthy are the obvious a hop undertone lingers on the end notes. Itís good, not great.

3.6
chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Very nice. More iipa than tripel. Hazey honey pour with stiff off-white head. Smells of grapefruit and pine with spice notes. More of the same in the taste, very forward hops

4.1
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours a honey colored. Aroma of hay, yeasty bread, and apple juice. Initial taste is apples, has lots of eathyness and pine. Dry on the palate with a long bitter. Very enjoyable and well done.

4.2
brokensail (16432) - 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.

4
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.

2.6
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.


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