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Le Freak Belgian Style IPA by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Belgian IPA
9.20 % ABV


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Review by Bitterbill on 01/05/14  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2014
A slightly hazy medium golden brew with about an inch of foam.

It's a hoppy fruity yeasty smell that I get. I also sense some candi sugar sweetness.

Dry hoppy goodness with Belgian yeasty fruitiness, the label, she does not lie. A bit strong with the alcohol presence but manageable. Nice sipping brew that has a nice balance between the 2 attributes I mentioned.

Very nice mouthfeel adds to my admiration of Le Freak. I'm enjoying it.


Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Pudge43 on 07/17/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2010
Le Freak poured a nice copper color with a nice two finger head. Nice lacing left behind after each drink.

Very spicy nose as I got a lot of clove here. Malty/sweet backend which goes over very well with me. The clove was kind of overpowering early on but as the beer warmed they mellowed. Citrus hoppiness comes through at the end with a nice grapefruit taste.

The taste is BIG flavor up front but it settles in nicely as it warms.

The medium body is right on for me on this one.
Even though it is 9.2% this is a very drinkable beer that goes down pretty easy.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 4 6 2010
22oz Bomber

Dyan sent me this Belgian IPA in the LNBA BIF , thanks again Dyan! Le Freak fills my snifter with a hazy tarnished copper liquid and gentle carbonation rising here and there to the surface. The head grew effortlessly to two fingers of clean white creaminess before slowly shrinking to a thick cap. Intricate lacing was left after the head receded while thin sheet lacing is left behind after each drink.

The aroma of this beer is big on the spices, clove being the main culprit. There's a pale malty sweetness in the back that lays down the foundation for the tripel and IIPA characteristics. Peach, bubblegum, and mild spicy alcohol come through, the two former from the yeast used. I have to say I wasn't too fond of the huge clove notes at first but as this beer warms they mellow and allow the other yeasty esters to pop. Mild citric hoppiness pushes through toward the end with grapefruit pith and orange.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. Cloves and mild pale malt sweetness coat the tongue and linger through the finish. Alcohol fumes float through the mouth and although they're pretty noticeable they never reach hot and seem to offer more then they detract. The orchard fruitiness is there but in lesser amounts then the nose suggested. The West Coast hopping comes along on the swallow but fades just as quickly although the bitterness grows to moderate as I drink. This is a good beer but the clove comes through too much for me to give it a higher score.

The body is just what I like on such a high abv brew. I'm guessing that candi sugar was used to achieve the big alcohol with such a moderate body. The carbonation is active enough to keep things moving through the mouth while the Left Coast hopping leaves behind some bitterness.

The clove throughout lowers the drinkability a notch but besides that this beer goes down incredibly easy. The body and carbonation keep this beer flowing.

This is a solid beer although the clove character is too bold for my liking. I so like to see more of these Belgian Style IPAs hit the market though. Thanks again for the great box Dyan!

Reviewed: 10/6/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
Sampled a semi-cloudy apricot/peach color with a light orange hue throughout. A soft white fizzy head that had limited retention after the initial pour. Some lacing but light as well.

The nose is complex with some light Belgian malt notes, complex yeast and noticeable hop aromas. To start the malt has a more grainy note with a hint of Belgian pale. Some lighter caramel and some prune notes that I associate with Special B. A light sugar notes as well, but limited. The hops are there with a herbal and almost woody aroma. Some yeast notes with a light ester and phenolic notes, mostly cloves and plums. Would have liked a bit more Belgian characteristics with malt and yeast but still good.

The taste is a bit different. The malt is a bit more grainy and is limited in the Belgian malt notes. Some hints but very lacking. More of a 2 row husky and hints of honey malt. The hops are there. A strong bitterness that leaves an astringent bite in the finish. A light herbal hop note in finish but the bitterness is the stronger character. The yeast comes out more and brings more "Belgian" beer quality. The fruity esters are nice with plums, apricots and a hint of cherry. Some pepper and cloves come out in the finish.

The body is moderate and a bit big for style. Would have liked to see it finish a bit drier. Overall a good Belgian IPA but limited Belgian quality really deters.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 07/21/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
A- A hazy burnt orange with a slightly thin off white head. Foam settles down quickly and leaves a thin layer on the brew.

S- Lemon/orange....very citrusy nose...nice hop aroma with the Belgian nose...very fruity(furley> hey)

T- Whoa....hoppy Belgian is right. Really big flavor up front, gets on top of you quickly and settles into a nice crisp hop finish. Banana liquor heats up teh belly.

M- Solid

O- A nice hoppy take on Belgian IPA. Really a well rounded brew.

Served In: Goblet

Review by braconid on 12/15/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
This brew pours a nice golden straw color with a massive billowing head of dense ivory head. As it settles, the foam compacts into a meringue-like consistency. The retreating head leaves a ton of sticky lace around the top. There is a good steady stream of carbonation bubbling up, helping maintain the head as well. Light passes through the beer, but it is distinctly cloudy. Overall, this is a good looking brew. The aroma is dominated by noble hop that deliver an herbal and floral blast up front. Working in with that, I find a nice blast of spicy yeast that gives me impressions of pepper. There is also an estery quality that reminds me a bit of cotton candy/spun sugar. Very enjoyable to smell. The flavor is nice. The initial sip brings a decent sweet caramel malyness that immediately flows into a blend of yeast and hop characters. I get black pepper and a lot of very vibrant herbal hop. A solid but very clean bitterness fills in on the finish and lingers well after I swallow the beer. As I get further into the brew, I find that my sense of taste is adjusting to the beer and the hop is falling off a bit to my perception and letting a little more of a creamy clove character come through along with the up-front maltyness. I enjoy this one a lot. The mouthfeel is moderate and there is a mild carbonation of fine bubbles. I get a little bit of a slickness as well. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer. I've been slowly coming around to the big noble hop additions to styles that normally don't have them. Just checked the bottle and this one rings in at over 9%. I wouldn't have guessed that, as there is little hint of the alcohol in the nose or flavor. I'd certainly buy this one again if I could get it closer to home.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
A - Pour produces a two inch head of dense light butter colored foam. It's rocky from the top and shows many different sized bubbles from the sides. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S - Really nice aroma here. Big time estery yeast combines with fresh floral hops. Smells fresh like spring-time, a characteristic I seem to find with my favorite Belgian IPAs. Spices are apparent, with clove being right up front. Citrusy hops with orange rind and lemon.

T - This is definitely a West Coast version of the style. Crisp sweet malt starts this off. Belgian yeast brings with it big estery flavors and spiciness of black pepper and clove. All the sudden the hops kick into gear. Bold and bitter, but with a citrusy hoppiness at the same time. After that point it is all about the hops. Bitterness and orange flavored hoppiness finish this, lasting for a while in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth and easy going down.

Overall - Great brew. Green Flash has a winner here with a beer that seems to stand out as different from the style. Yeah Gaspar has probably more bitterness, but this beer is so much more drinkable that that one. Hoppiness, sweetness, bitterness and belgian yeast in great combination. Too drinkable for the 9.2%. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a bottle of this.

Served In: Tulip

Review by orbitalr0x on 10/26/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2008
22oz bomber pours into my glass a clear golden yellow/orange hue with a creamy two fingers of foam on top and good active carbonation as well. Aromas start out with fruity yeast esters and spiciness with some clove and a touch of pepper. Big citrusy hops with orange peel accents. Quite intricate and the hop kick is quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malt upfront with a nice melding of Belgian yeast esters and fruity spiciness. Notes of clove, nutmeg and a light peppery accent. Midway through the hops kick in with a citrusy/bitter hit. Notes of orange peel and hop resins on the way down. Finishes smooth with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and smooth. Goes down with ease for being nearly 10%. Overall, a tasty Belgian IPA for sure. I've only had a few so far but I have enjoyed them. Thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

Served In: Tulip

Review by cjsell on 10/07/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 8 19 5 8 2008
A: Poured a light orange in my tulip with about an inch of thick white head. Lacing is minimal.

S: Not a ton of aroma coming out of this one. A little bit of hops and some floral.

T: Malty with some banana and fruity notes followed by a little hoppiness. Different than a normal IPA, you can definitely taste the Belgian presence.

M: Very smooth with a nice finish.

A very tasty beer which is a nice change of pace from your typical IPA. I would definitely try this again, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to find it.

Served In: Tulip

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