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RATINGS: 1303   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
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.

4
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Sweet cotton candy / fresh taffy aroma with some black peppery yeast. No strong hops on the nose. Hazy orange gold, squishy white head. Warming throughout, dense sweet core, dual finish of leafy hops and foggy cottony yeast with a bit of pollen. Drank this quickly, very very tasty.

3.5
carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Aroma is citrusy, lightly hopped, noticable yeast and a bit of dough. Pours is clear yellow topped with white head and a small touch of bubbles. Taste is a weird mix of bitter and strong yeast feedback, almost a touch sour before melting back behind more bitter.

3
madmitch76 (26366) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Wasn’t sure what style this was meant to be - my notes said ’hoppy saison’ so not too far out. Finishes with a warming glow!

3.7
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours orangish-yellow with a white head. The aroma is very fruity, with a big Belgian yeast component. Smells very similar to a Belgian tripel. The flavor is fruity with some hop bitterness as well as a strong Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel.

3.6
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 5/17/2009 Source:Other) Caramel, candi sugar, and spicy yeast character in aroma. Slightly cloudy orange amber. Light peach fruitiness and some alcohol warming. Peppery yeast character. Very high bitterness. Finish is quite dry with hefty residual bitterness.

4
deadoralive (11) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
A deep hazed golden pour, topped with a frothy white head. Good nose of hops with spices, citrus, yeast. Tastes sweet and of candy, tropical fruit,pear, and has a massive hop flavor of pine and citrus. Tasty!


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