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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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For those of you who donít know, this beer has a story behind it. Iím a bike nut and Iíve always wanted to name a beer after the Cannibal, partly because I think itís a cool name for a beer and partly because heís 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. Heís 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 Líelysee. 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Big olí 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 Aleís, but this was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (1784) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a hazy straw-gold into the glass, with an initial 4-finger fizzy head that diminishes to a respectable cap, leaving soapy window-wash lace. A melon-citrus nose, with hints at plantain, and tons of spices. The flavors contain some yeasty sours, melony citrus that concentrates on "limon" (lemon-lime crossbreed), and finishes on pie spices with a hint of alcohol and tiny pine resin. It doesnít feel quite as complex as Iíve described, with a medium embodiment and soft carbonation that leaves an underdeveloped mouthfeel.... not quite flat, but a tad uninteresting. All-in-all, it has all of the characteristics of a BSA, but top-tier offerings seem to integrate all of the facets a little better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
750ml from Iron Hill, Media. Pours and smells much like a biere de garde, a bold gold with some amber at the edges. Moderate carbonation, and a very fruity nose. Body is moderate, a bit oily. The taste is bready and a bit washed out, with some light fruits surviving and only a trace of hops. Still, the finish is wicked dry, almost too much so. Not bad, but nothing Iíd hunt down again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (860) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a clear dark gold-amber with a white head. Sharp aroma, of pine, grass, lemon, yeast, dried fruit. Sharp taste, of pine, malt, caramel, and grass. Lingering pine sharpness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Decent beer. Not as good as the other Belgians they offer. I paid twenty bucks for the bomber and feel itís a huge rip-off., thus the low rating. If it was half the price, Iíd put it about a 3.6 or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of orange, barnyard, yeast, and biscuit. Flavor of yeast, citrus, apricot, apple, and floral.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to bullzeye. The smell is peaches, apriocts, yeast, sweet, and alcohol. The look is golden, very clear, and not much head. The taset is fruit, citrus, yeast, alcohol, and some spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3641) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Cloudy yellow with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of lemon and yeast. Taste is the same with some hops and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a light, murky yellow with a white fizzy head. Aroma of some citrus and funk. Flavor of some malt, funk, and citrus. Mouth feel is light body with high fizzy carbonation. Overall, good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a straw yellow with a thin white head. aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. flavor was citrus, banana, and alcohol. light body and low carbonation. i think i might be off on this rating. maybe i didnt wash out my glass??

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