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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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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.

3
Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Big ol’ corked bottle from Iron Hill, Lancaster (thanks Pa!)...golden-amber pour, sudsy white head...sweet malt aroma, some spice...flavor was somewhat sweet, bready, sugar cane, some spice...not a big fan (yet) of Belgian Ale’s, but this was pretty good.

3
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
750ml bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours a white head and yellow color. Aroma is yeast, secondary light malt-bready. Taste is yeast, secondary light malt-bready, hint of spice.

3
raymow (1732) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
on tap at Maple Shade - not bad. Belgiany and slightly fruity. Cool looking bottle.

3
Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2016
Hazy light tan-amber. Not much head. Aroma has light apple, and vague pale malt...smells lighter than it is. Has a plasticy character, light esters, fair bit of alcohol in the finish.

2.9
faroeviking (11091) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy golden. Wheaty bit sweet and sourish aroma. Sweet and dry, bit spiced, fruity, yeasty and alcoholic flavour. Dry fruitish and yeasty finish.

2.9
GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle shared by swolf3. Light golden color, ok head. Aroma of sweet honey. Taste is the same. Sweet malt and honey. Kind of a plain beer. Texture was average as well as the carbonation. Just an average beer

2.9
hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
On tap at the West Chester location. Poured a lighter and clear golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of fruitiness and yeast. Tastes were spicey with fruits, and yeast. Sweet. Thin body.

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.

2.9
jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose of yeast, bread, banana and barley. Taste of barley, yeast, lemon and bread. Medium body.


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