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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, light golden color with no foam, aroma is very belgian sour with a light sour lemon aspirin flavor, bitter lively finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750ml corked and caged, via trade a little ways back. Shared with dalekliz, pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is sweet and citrussy. Taste is sweet and light with a saisonny feel. I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of yeast, cloves, white pepper, light spices, slight curacao, and fruits. Poured golden/amber in color with a medium-sized, thin, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of yeast, pale malts, candi sugar, white pepper, light spices, and a little fruit. Medium body. Thinish, lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Good sized fluffy white head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation. Fruity aroma with some pear, white grapes, yeast and spices. Hazy, apricot brown. Hmmm. Roasty and bitter flavor. Not at all what I expected from the aroma. Some belgian qualities but the flavors are really all over the place. Herbal notes, sticky malts, yeast and bit of fruit and lots of spices. Noticable alcohol presence. Finishes sweet and spicy. Not a very good example of the style and not a beer that I would recommend.

   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 (11681) - 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 (1591) - 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 (2565) - 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.

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