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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
For those of you who don’t know, this beer has a story behind it. I’m a bike nut and I’ve always wanted to name a beer after the Cannibal, partly because I think it’s a cool name for a beer and partly because he’s one of my heroes. The Cannibal by the way is Eddy Merckx, a Belgian who raced in the 60s and 70s and whom many consider the greatest cyclist in history. He’s kind of the the Pele or Babe Ruth of cycling. He was called the Cannibal because he was said to devour his opponents. Basically if you were in a race and Eddy Merckx showed up you were now racing for second place. So we made this strong Belgian beer in tribute to a strong Belgian rider. We also brewed it in celebration of the Tour De France and the bike club Iron Hill founded. This beer always goes on tap on the first day of the Tour and stays on tap through the Champs de L’elysee. We also save a keg that we break out every year at our thank you party for the organizers of the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. So this beer is pretty steeped in cycling culture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
750ml bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is yeast, secondary light malt-bready. Taste is yeast, secondary light malt-bready, hint of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1686) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Hazy gold w/ lacy white head; aroma remiscient of Duvel, but lighter; flavor also reminiscent of Duvel, but a bit lighter; finishes lOng and soft, but light. I would humbly call this Duvel Light. Great but light!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose of yeast, bread, banana and barley. Taste of barley, yeast, lemon and bread. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of my friend J. Pours a hazy golden amber with a moderate white head. There are lots of little tiny floaties swirling about. Pleasant aroma of yeast, sugar, spice, and citrus. The flavor is fairly sweet with yeast, malt, sugar, and spice. Dries out towards the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
nice light pour yellowish. nose is incredible dough, earthy , cereal grains . flavor is spicy and interesting definate belgian spices. well done had with Larry from BDT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF! 14 karat golden pour produced a nice fluffy white head. Melon filled aroma with honeydew and cantaloupe taking the forefront and followed by biscuit, honey, and coriander. Medium mouthfeel. Just not a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2010
2008 Vintage bottle (I believe); Sampled August 2010
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a light honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, madly bubble filled, pale gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of green apples, pear, cracker like malt in the finish and once you start digging around a very interesting, vibrant fruit character that reminds me of orange soda, and exactly like orange soda.

The taste is pretty dry, in fact definitely dry and it has a fizzy, carbonic texture that certainly helps this perception. A soft, cracker like grain character is found in the middle and is joined by a suggesting of pale malt character that is not quite sweetness, but sort of there. The beer has a fairly light body, especially for its strength, but doesn’t seem to quite achieve the light bodied character of Duvel; this is still quite quaffable though. There is a touch of fruitiness to the flavor, but nothing like the levels that were noticeable in the nose. There is a touch of dusty grain character in the finish, that might be the only real sign of age at this point, though there is perhaps a touch of a boost to the malt complexity found in this beer, both of these are slight though and this beer is certainly holding up quite well.

A solid example in the Duvel style; there is not anything new or exciting about this, but if I was in the mood for a Duvel’ish beer I could definitely see considering this instead of a Duvel (for varieties sake).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2144) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle at a tasting.
Aroma : Some honey with hints of bees wax. Some coriander as well.
Taste : Honey with coriander and some spices. Finish is alcoholic with hints of honey.
Overall : Good stuff !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Fred82. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de céréales et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de céréales et d’apricots. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2997)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Big ol’ corked bottle from Iron Hill, Lancaster (thanks Pa!)...golden-amber pour, sudsy white head...sweet malt aroma, some spice...flavor was somewhat sweet, bready, sugar cane, some spice...not a big fan (yet) of Belgian Ale’s, but this was pretty good.

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