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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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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 can’t drink this. There’s 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. It’s hard to know how to rate an experience like this. I’m 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.

4.2
mcberko (18956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours a bright golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is that of a tripel -- citrus and yeast. Initial palate is like a tripel, with an aftertaste of a strong IPA. Very delicious hybrid.

4.6
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a beautifully clear orange-gold colour. Volumous aroma - fruits, pepper, spice. Dry and peppery palate. Fruits sneak into the mouth as well, a little apple. Spicy and hot in the finish. Delicious!!! This is going up there as one of my all time favourites. Put the W12 to shame.

4.6
yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
02/02/2010. 650ml bottle, courtesy of TheGrandmaster. Resinous IPA with a bigger whack of bitterness and mid-kettle hop flavour than the average new world IPA... I like that. Then there is the beautiful aromatic Belgian character (Ardennes?) that adds something special and spicy without ever overwhelming the American heart of the beer. Well attenutated. Wonderfully subtle like a the best Tripels without losing any of its required in-your-face aggression of IIPA. The Mohammed Ali of beer. This kicks the lily white butts of the "Belgian IPAs" I’ve tried before. Deliciously (and dangerously) drinkable. How can this be 9.2%???!!!! That is freakin’ wrong. Great job Green Flash.

3.4
robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a medium size white head, and great lacing. smell is of yeast, floral, some fruits, and malt in the back. taste is smooth, bread dough, some caramel, malt, hops in the back, and some fruit, ends thick and a tad bitter.

3.7
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle. Amber pour some head. IPA triple combo, spice , citrus, fruit ester, and yeast notes. Hop flavor and aroma aren’t dominating nor dominated.

3.6
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
22. Pours a crystal clear dark gold with a loose and frothy platinum blonde head--nice eggy points on the head. Classic cream, green apples, and dust nose, just a right-on trippel. I wouldn’t say I pick up on much in the way of American hops, though, all due respect. Creamy medium body with nice fizzy carb. Cream, green apples, dust, and maybe a bit of candied orange on the mid-palate. It’s a little on the thick side for a trippel, but, other than that, it’s hard to see what’s so non-traditional about it, especially the hops part. It might not be exquisitely delicate like some of the classics of the style, but it’s hardly a genre-bending hybrid. Still, though, it’s not too thick, sticky or cloying, for 9.2% or any other percent, and it’s well drinkable. So no points deducted for the specious hop bill claims.

3.2
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Light semi-transparent amber body with a light white head. Aroma is floral with some grassy notes with a little doughy character in the background. Rather powerful initial carbonation with a rather bitter note. Body is medium with a slight sticky mouth feel. Bitterness is ok, but a little overwhelming.

3.2
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Fairly clear, light amber pour, bubbly white head. Aroma holds a really nice herbal character, with some notes of juniper and rosemary, and also some nice orange rind, floral and grapefruit hop, and some doughy yeast. Flavor is an interesting combination of citrus, herbal and floral hop, and yeast. Not my favorite brew, but an admirable attempt to try something new. To me, it seems like the Belgian IPA idea, like the Stone Cali-Belgique or Flying Dog Ragin’ Bitch, is a bit forced in this creation. Nonetheless, good flavor content, and certainly can’t bash it.

3.1
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Golden pour with a half finger white head. The aroma is boozy at first- a nice nasal warming ethanol. Biscuit dough and caramel complement an nice nectar orange-citrus and some herbal spice. The flavor is a marriage of some interesting flavors: citrus resin is on the forefront with some floral, fruity yeasty dough bringing up the rear. The palate is medium bodied with pillowy effervescence and a super resinously dry finish. This brew is surely unique, but I think these flavors have been separated for a reason- doesn’t quite work here.


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