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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 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 (5248) - Spring Mount, 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 (1974) - 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 (5077) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2536) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
light pasty hazy yellow w/ a nice well laced white head. Smells of carmel and spice. Palate is well coated and smooth. Flavor is an odd spice w/ some sweet sugars and light fruits. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Clean pale golde, light sticky white head. Yeasty nose is fairly grassy, saazy, could even be dry hopped for all the aromatics it unleashes. Dry yeasty palate, estery, good hop balance. Bready maltiness counterbalances. Light-moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Good tripel-ish belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a 7.5% belgian ale. Hoppy, yeasty, mildly vanilla. Very smooth and clean. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Tap at Ommegang, 2005. Yellow, hazy, white head. Spicy pine like aroma. Pale malty flavors, spicy. Hoppy finish. Decent.

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