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Het Kanon - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 31.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2003)
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Reviews by friendofthedevil:
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3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one a day ago. 11.6% hmm? Just what you'd think - strong, little in the way of anything BUT alcohol, and still, pretty decent. The smell gives away it's strength, but the taste is not nearly as harsh as one might expect. And like someone else said, there was in fact some relatively good lacing on the glass. Ahem, well, good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 15:46:51 | More by friendofthedevil
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1.93/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a 500ml can at Albert Heijn supermarket. A beer calling itself "Kanon" is not something I can resist.

I wish I had though.

Kanon pours like a lazy lager, slightly gloopy but bright and golden. Mildly carbonated, with a bit of white fluff pretending to be a head. Visually interchangeable with any other "superlager" (think Gordon's Finest Platinum and siblings).

The nose, while initially pleasantly fruity, quickly turns ugly: solvents and booze, with a bland undertow of dough-like malt. A bit chemical. Literally takes 2 seconds to lose all fragrance in the glass.

Flavour is booze, layered with booze, with hints of booze and a delicate touch of booze. Seriously: it's a mouth-numbingly boozy and altogether unpleasant monster of a beer. While there are plenty beers around with higher ABV, this is one of those beers which seems to be designed just to show off the booziness.

Overall, this beer does not seem to be designed for people who actually enjoy drinking beer. People who enjoy getting drunk possibly might like it, as it gets the job done quickly, if a little unpleasantly.

Serving type: can

02-13-2013 08:58:10 | More by UncleBrazzie
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12-18-2012 11:30:57 | More by vollie
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3.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With incredible strength that lands this massive lager somewhere between a blonde dopplebock and an imperial pilsner, the beer piques my interest in ways that I hadn't thought possible during my travels in Curacao. Taking a break from island activities and settling in with this beer and a good old American basketball game on television makes for one memorable evening.

The beer opens with a hearty pilsner pour that showcases its immense malt additions with strong honey-straw colors, firm golden highlights, and brilliant clarity. Racy carbonation fuels a stark white head that retains well for half the session, but the foam eventually succumbs to the enormous alcohols.

Honey, herbs, flowery notes, and a grainy-sweet scent emit from the glass and fill the nose with a strong presence of freshly kilned barley, baking bread, cookie dough, and springtime bouquet. Because of the light character of malt and hops, the strong alcohols allow for a rosy spirits scent to emerge.

Malt forward flavors capture well the taste of honey, sweet grains, bread dough, and powdered sugar with much more concentrated taste than the standard strength versions of pilsner beer. Balanced with noble German hops, the floral aromas turn honey-like with perfume and bright taste. Lightly herbal, early notes of lemongrass and fresh grasses turn mildly spicy and bitter to finish. Apple-like sulfur and esters allow for fruitiness that shares pear and apricot notes to rise from time to time.

Medium-full in texture, the residual sweetness gives the beer a fuller and somewhat oily feel, similar to corn syrups. Peppery carbonation gives a zesty mouthfeel with mild carbonic bite in mid palate and finish. The beer closes with very warm alcohols, semi-dry maltiness, and stubborn sweetness to persist in aftertaste.

The strength of Kanon definitely earns its namesake with the power that's twice that of the standard pilsner. This lands the beer somewhere between Samichlaus Helles and a plethora of American microbrewed imperial pilsners.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 17:08:45 | More by BEERchitect
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2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-31-2012 16:48:28 | More by Aelwyn
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2.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a glowing golden brew. It holds a one finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving spots of lacing all around the glass. Carbonation appears highly active, and no sediment or haze is noted. The nose is sweet, with huge booze, and cloying synthetic strawberry sweetness. The malts are adjuncty and bitter, but lighten up with a pale toast around the edges. With warmth come light banana esters, but even these seem forced and fake. Our first impression is in regard to the surprising bitterness. As we sip, that same cloying sweetness from the nose comes in the form of dextrin sugars and concentrated berry syrups. Booze is apparent right off the bat, giving black pepper spice and lactic sourness. The middle peaks with fusel, fiery booze, decimating all flavoring besides the pale malt base. The malts enhance a bit towards the end, with more caramel sweetness and depth, and some of that toast from the nose begins to seep out. Otherwise, the booziness reigns king and continues through to the end. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of booze and stale adjuncty malts, under ripe bananas, and light caramel. The body is medium, and a bit on the syrupy side, while carbonation is higher. The bubbles prickle the tongue, and leave a big foam throughout the mouth. This initially coats, but eventually dries with astringency from all the massive booziness. There is okay slurp and smack with each sip. The abv is huge, and the beer drinks slowly for that reason.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. While it seemed way overdone, muddy, and forced, some of the notes enlivened the nostrils. The flavoring suffered from being overly boozy, and you really had a hard time getting past that to find much of anything at all. Had they been willing to subdue that a bit more, it could have potentially been a much more curious, complex drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:48:30 | More by TheBrewo
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1/5  rDev -60.3%

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1.73/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip, it looks a nice golden yellow with a decent head that quickly disappears.
The smell is just alcohol, alcohol and alcohol with some sweetness in between.
The taste is just sugary sweetness and alcohol, there's barely anything else in there, it's too sweet and there's too much alcohol for the beer.
The mouthfeel isn't bad but that's about all I can say about it, I just want to swallow this beer as fast as possible so I don't have to taste it.

All in all, it just tastes artificial to me, it's all about getting that 11.6% ABV and they've seem to forgotten about how the beer actually tastes.
Maybe this works for someone who wants to get drunk fast and doesn't care about taste but I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:37:30 | More by Aethien
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2.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300 ml bottle. Minimal head that also dissapeared straight away. Colour is clean, dark yellow. Strong taste, expected from the high alcohol but other than that, nothing. Midly carbonated. it's okay if you have difficulties to go to sleep although you have already drunk a bunch of normal lagers.

Serving type: bottle

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3.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in care package from the Netherlands. This is a beer that looks great ( the can that is) and is obviously for the comsumer to get drunk fast. Why else brew a 11.7% lager? That being said this beer is not as bad as other reviewers have said. It is slightly sweet but the alcohol is not that pronounced. I got hops off the nose and a decent midbody. I drank it out of the can at first but once I realized it wasn't terrible I poured it into a glass. Way too much ABV for the style but drinkable

Serving type: can

10-10-2010 02:26:46 | More by canucklehead
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1.27/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pilsnerlike with a short, banana milkshake consistency head.

S: The alcohol is quite apparent. Rubbery alcohol, with a hint of a sweet beer underneath.

T: Very sweet. It has this bizarre flavor of these Japanese candies I tried when young. Not good. There's also a definite cough syrup quality to the taste. Pretty gross.

M: The cough syrup feel of this really ruins it for me. It's almost like tasting alcohol for the first time and thinking "people really drink this stuff? this is how people get drunk?"

D: It's not. I had a few sips and had to toss it. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:45:48 | More by sfprint
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2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- A dark yellow, the head was about thumb thick and did not go down much through out the drink

S- Really was not much of a smell there, bit of Alc and a sweet hoppy smell but all so small that it was hard to tell

T- The ALC hits you hard on this one and there is a little bit of a hoppy taste to drowned some of that out. There is a hint of Vanilla there too.

M- High in carbonation, goes down kind of smooth if you dont mind that smidgen of ALC burn

D- I would drink another if a friend offered it to me and there was nothing else around. Not something I will search around for though

I got this bottle free when I was at a Beer Fest and I can say I am happy I did not spend money on it but am not sad that I at least got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 18:09:32 | More by BeerShirts
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1.99/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

'Het kanon', the cannon ... I'm expecting an alcoholburn, as i'm sure it's meant to give a buzz.

Even though I knew of the poor reviews this beer got here, I still bought one bottle 30 cl to find out for myself.

First smell from the bottle seemed rather fresh hops. It pours into a clear darkgolden drink with decent carbonation, but a very poor head.
The smell and taste are hops, some citrus, decent malts, peppery, but these seem unable to escape from the very dominant alcoholburn.
Aftertaste is soapy, the mouthfeel is dry.
This could leave you with a headache after a few hours.

This grolsch is very obvious: giving a buzz with one small bottle.
I'm sure many people like this stuff because of that.
Cheers to them.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 13:01:01 | More by RuudJH
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Het Kanon from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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