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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.4
jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Cloudy yellow with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of lemon and yeast. Taste is the same with some hops and earth.

3.5
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a light, murky yellow with a white fizzy head. Aroma of some citrus and funk. Flavor of some malt, funk, and citrus. Mouth feel is light body with high fizzy carbonation. Overall, good stuff!

3.4
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a straw yellow with a thin white head. aroma of citrus, banana, and clove. flavor was citrus, banana, and alcohol. light body and low carbonation. i think i might be off on this rating. maybe i didnt wash out my glass??

3.9
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. pale golden pour with a thin white head. slight sour nose and wood. great on the palate with a very smooth sour flavor.

3.6
blutt59 (6564) - 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

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - 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.

3.2
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.

3
Dorwart (2589) - 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.

2.9
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.

3
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.


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