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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 12/20
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
I happened to buy the 750 ml bottle fresh packed and tried it the following day. It was still very fresh, bubbly head with a nice lacing. The smell reminded me of Sierra Nevada pale Ale but the flavor was much more vibrant. It packed a bit of a kick ( I think the alcohol content is more like a malt liquor). Overall a nice beer to try but at 18.25 a bottle its a bit pricey but well worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
750ml bottle via trade with Swolf3, thanks again Steven. poured a hazy yellow, white head. Lemony aroma too it. Citrus acidity in the flavor almost like a fruit beer. Very light tasting for 8.5%, an ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
On tap at the West Chester location. Poured a lighter and clear golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of fruitiness and yeast. Tastes were spicey with fruits, and yeast. Sweet. Thin body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle. poured a hazy golden color with 2 fingers worth of head. Aroma is musty, and yeasty. Alcohol was present along with the taste of hops and yeast. Just an ok beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GMCC2181 (1568) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle shared by swolf3. Light golden color, ok head. Aroma of sweet honey. Taste is the same. Sweet malt and honey. Kind of a plain beer. Texture was average as well as the carbonation. Just an average beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2482) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
750 ml bottle.† Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head.† Aroma of honey, lemon, bread dough, yeast and spice.† Taste is yeasty with hints of honey lemon, bread dough and light spice. Overpriced as are ALL Iron Hill bottled brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle at North Wales IH. Hazy golden in color with a white head that dissapears. Yeasty malty hoppy aroma. Coriander citrusy notes. Caramel malty and hoppy flavor. Spicey citrusy notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is fruity and dry. Good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Blind tasting at Papsoe. Hazy golden colour with a huge white head but fast disappearing. Aroma of yeast and wheat. Flavour of alcohol, wheat and yeast-like. Refreshing but nothing overwelming at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Spicy hops and tropical fruit esters rise from the doughy yeast in this round and clean Belgian Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-The spicy hoppiness tries to dry up the back end, but the finish is mostly yeasty and alcoholic. This spiciness is redolent of lemongrass at times.
-Citrusy fruitiness wants to coalesce with the yeast profile.
-The flavor profile is quite pleasant, and the overall experience is nearly authentic.
-The bottle was slightly better than the tap version which I had had at the brewpub.

On tap at the Wilmington brewpub, and from the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4022) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
750ml bottle from FrumptyDumpty; Nose of wheat, yeast, and some corriander; translucent gold with a mediu off-white head; flavor is yeasty, caramel, alcohol warmth, mild sweetness, and light spiciness! I guess the put all the labels upside down, mine is just like the picture.

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