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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
750ml from Iron Hill, Media. Pours and smells much like a biere de garde, a bold gold with some amber at the edges. Moderate carbonation, and a very fruity nose. Body is moderate, a bit oily. The taste is bready and a bit washed out, with some light fruits surviving and only a trace of hops. Still, the finish is wicked dry, almost too much so. Not bad, but nothing Id hunt down again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiddleBrau (1212) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Tap at IHNW. Seems golden but little head. Spicy aroma, some mustiness. Dry and earthy, Belgian yeast character. Missing some crispness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Pours a hazy gold color. Has a really nice creamy head that hold very well during consumption. Has a Belgian aroma and drinks like it too. Has a taste like banana and wheat. This is just ok, although its not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3728) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Golden orange pour with sweet aroma of bread fruit, and yeast. Apple and citrus sweetness with some bread and yeast background. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3889) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Draft at Lancaster. location.Light, clear gold color. Aroma is moderate esters with light banana, some mineral, spritzy. There is not much to the beer, the flavor is light water with moderate banana and a mineral finish. Not particularly a good stab at a difficult style for American brewers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (10152) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2016
Draught at Alla Spinna, Philly, on April 30, 2016.
Listed at 7.4% ABV.
Hazy golden color, small white head. Belgian yeast, light bitter taste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, low to medium low bitterness. Yeast, phenolic aftertaste. Some smoke, phenolic, Blegian yeast scent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (454) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2016
On tap at Maple Shade. This is one of Iron Hills better beers, and they know it, because its on tap all the time. Its a Belgian dubbel with all the trappings. Nothing to write home about, but worth ordering if youre at IH. Nice pillowy bright white head, everlasting like too much car wash soap, and sticky estery sweet flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (17158) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (745) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2016
light malt aroma. golden and clear with huge foamy white head. Slightly malty upfront then light hop bitterness, finished with sweet and spice flavors, smooth finish. medium body and moderate carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (1648) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pale wheat, malt, hops, citrus and some spice. its slightly bitter with a clean palate. Refreshing fruits keep it balanced. Very nice. I hear its rarely brewed. I feel honored to have tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (1001) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle at the Ardmore Iron Hill. Apparently I got the last bottle in the entire system.... Anyway, pours a light straw golden with lots of foamy white head and bubbles. Spicy Belgian aroma. Mouthfeel is light and tingly... extremely dry too. Taste is full on Belgian fruit. Very Belgian, just so much Belgian flavors... you hopefully know what I mean. Dry and tangy with some clementine flavors. Good beer. But it was almost $20 a bottle. I know I shouldnt buy it and then complain about the price. But the beer came highly recommended to me by a friend who used to work at IH. Anyway, IH can kiss my ass as I wont be shelling out that kind of dough for an OK to good beer. Kiss it, just go ahead. And all their food is overpriced too.

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