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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 13, 2006
"Poured a pale yellow with small head good lacing. Aroma was bananas and yeast. Flavor was citrus bananas cloves spices came out later. Good beer not sure if it was in the right style. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Re-rate, 3/10 and other occasions: A little on the cloying sweet side, knocked down the numbers a bit. Bready, yeasty, sweet fruity esters the high level summary. Original rating: Poured a pale, glowy yellow with a thin initial white head that left behind decent lacing on the glass (but not rings). The initial temperature was too cold, but the aroma was full of bananas, cloves, and yeast. The flavor was of citrus, wheat, cloves, light bananas, starting out much like an imperial hefeweizen might turn out. About mid-glass (temperature about right), prickly spices came out and would tickle and linger on the tongue a bit. Definite coriander to play too, turning this more into an imperial witbier type experience at that point. FInish was dry and acidic at the same time. An enjoyable beer, not at all cloying sweet, balanced by a touch of citric notes as well as spicey (maybe even lightly hopped?) zing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
15.07.06 BCTC. Ugly, cloudy, beige stuff with smarmily strewn bubbles forming lingering islands of head. Despite this appearance of unctuosity, the brew was quite dry and almost raw in its grassy abundance. Wheaty. Strong Belgie yeast notes emerge with fruity esters throwing the whole basket into the mix, not great balance. Alcohol perhaps too prominant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Aroma:good wheat aroma,light banana... Appearance:hazy gold with light head... Flavor:wheat banana flavor...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
W.C. Body was a cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. Somewhat complex aroma of corriander, belgian yeast, somewhat sweey oranges, spices, and carmel. Flavors were oranges at first with a quick blast of nutmeg, vanilla, and cloves, with some banana bread and nuts in the finish. Good but way overhyped by the brewery IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head and tiny bits of lacing left around the glass. Smell is of sugary candy sugar, orange peel, with hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove coming through with the Belgian yeast. Taste is a sugary blast of Belgian yeast with subtle fruit and apple flavors swirling around. Mouthfeel is mildly thin, with the candy sugar, and orange peel hanging on and making for a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2006
Poured a hazy orange gold color with a small,white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange peel, coriander, light sweet caramel, and yeast. Taste of oranges, light spices, yeast, clove, some vanilla, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005: poured cloudy yellow with a full white head. Light banana and lemon notes with a bit of spiciness. Lightly sweet. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
BCTC 05. Pours very light, hazy and a decent white head. Moderatley spicy aroma with some sweet malts. Flavor is pretty sweet but finishes dry. Moderately strong alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is hazy golden yellow nice bright white head...smell is spiced with corriander, clove, sugar, pepper....nice flavor...sweet, spicy...all over the place...sweet caramel and molasses with clove dominating the flavor toward the end until the alcohol comes in to clean it up...good...

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