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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Clear golden-yellow body with abundant carbonation and a big, dense, foamy white head. Dry pale Belgian malt qualities with doughy notes, some lemon and pear-like esters. Flavor has pale honey tones and is moderate sweet with more doughy yeast characters. An easy drinking and very solid strong Belgian ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Vintage bottle from Phoenixville location. Pours hazy strawish golden colored, with a sizable 3-finger or so head. Aroma of citrus, horseblanket, yeasty fruit, hops, and spices. Thetaste is initially citrusy and floral spicy, with some yeasty apricot and horseblankety spices, with bready malt. Gets a bit more dry and floral spicy as it warms, with a more pronounced apricotty and peachy note. Very complex and well balanced, this one is outstanding, and worth the rather steep price tag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
GABF 2006. Golden blonde body. Small white head. Nose is grains, light spices, some citrusy notes, sweet malts, and yeast. Taste is more citrus notes, light yeast, light spice, some grassy notes and light grains. Body is light-medium with a relaxed carbonation feel. It’s completed by adding more sweet malts, light yeast and spice, soft grass, and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a piss yellow body. The aroma is saaz hops. Sweet saaz hops and malt in the flavor. Nice balance. Great texture and a tart mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonjon (22) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2006
I thought this beer was tremendous. On tap at Iron HIll Willmington, 9/22. Smells of wheat, and citrousy notes. No apparent hops. Hazy yellow color with a slight head. Great lacing, rings all the way down. Sweet wheat flavor with bubble gum and grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeel was smooth and chewy. Great texture, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - 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 (3032) - 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 (3061) - ste-catherine, 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.

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