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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - 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 (3751) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2007
Hazy pale yellow colour with a white head. Light malty sweet aroma with wheat notes and hints of spices. Sweet fruity, but also yeasty citric flavor with notes of perfume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Nice sweet authentic biscuity caramel nose has good yeasty notes. Pours a clear pale golden with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Starts fairly full and authentically sweet and yeasty with a mild spice. A good, well-balanced Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
From bottle, blind tasting at Papsoes - beer no 6. Pours pale yellow with a diminished white head leaving a nice lacework. Slight grainy malt aroma. Flavour holds a slight note of alcohol to a mild malt flavour, dry. Ends with a slight warming alcohol feel to the dry malt flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
2007-11-02, Papsoe Blind Tasting, corked bottle
Cloudy blond color; creamy persistent cap. Quite ordinary Witbier flavor, with a rather spicy character, medium body and strong bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow coloured with a white ehad. Light acidic aroma of pine apples, fruits and spices. Fruity flavour of yeast, spices and hops. Yeasty and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of kramer17801. Hazy, pale golden with a creamy, white head leaving some lacework. Somewhat astringent nose with a touch of yeast. Medium body, rich in pale malts, some fruity notes and also citrusy and yeasty accents with a lightly bitter finish. 021107

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled. An unclearyellow beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of barnyard, but also light notes of citrus - reminds me of a Saision. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol - too strong for my liking - and the flavors to go with the alcohol are too simle: barnyard, straw, and a touch of fruit. The alcohol leaves a slight burn on the palate. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy golden. Wheaty bit sweet and sourish aroma. Sweet and dry, bit spiced, fruity, yeasty and alcoholic flavour. Dry fruitish and yeasty finish.

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