RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
For those of you who dont know, this beer has a story behind it. Im a bike nut and Ive always wanted to name a beer after the Cannibal, partly because I think its a cool name for a beer and partly because hes 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. Hes 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 Lelysee. 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Draught at North Wales. Very nice deep golden appearance with a faint dissipating head by the time it arrived at the table but still had excellent carbonation. Aromas of spice, light begian yeast, citrus and florals. Flavor was initially subdued but developed as the glass warmed to match the aroma. Nice fruit notes, alcohol well hidden. Not as complex or flavorful as you would expect for the style but accessible for those who find most too "belgiany"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2007
On tap at the North Wales location. Pours a translucent golden with an average foamy white head that laced. Aroma of citrus, banana, bubblegum, bready, pils type malt and floral. Flavor of citrus, various spices, Belgian yeast, honey, light alcohol, some hops and on the dry side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2311) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
A very average Belgian golden ale, nothing really all that exciting about it, this especially hurts since this bottle cost me almost $20, hazy dark golden color, small white head with no lacing, fruity nose with notes of orange & yeast, medium in body, smooth & drinkable, semi-velvety feel, sweet flavors & finish, again nothing that stands out from any other average Belgian-style ale

   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 (10574) - 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 (6197) - 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. Its 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 (3042) - 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.

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