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Spuyten Duyvil

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Spuyten DuyvilSpuyten Duyvil

172 Ratings
Ratings: 172
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.45%
Taps: 7
Bottles: 110
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

359 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3309
United States
phone: (718) 963-4140

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +13.6%

From outside the Spuyten Duyvil looks like many other bars. Inside though, the bar is of the long thin one room type that reminds you of maybe a handful of the ‘high end’ Belgium Bars that you may have visited, or even some of the smaller French craft bars. It has a definite European feel once inside, which for a “new” bar is very impressive indeed. The quality of the décor is extremely high, not forced, nor over-the-top, but sincerely done - no flashing Delirium Tremens neon signs here, but original Breweriana (incl. an interesting collection of Brewery Ash Trays). The surroundings are enough to command your intrigue & attention, but don’t waste too much time looking around, for the real star here is the beer selection.

Large chalkboards above the Bar area read like a Who’s Who of the beer world. I was drawn to the excellent range of Fantôme & Cantillon; I have never seen so many in one place in the US, rarely in Belgium thinking about it. The Cantillon St. Lamvinus is here, which at $45 a 750ml was steep but still excellent value, several BA’s shared one of these. (Note: you could pay in excess of $60 in some specialist stores for this rarest of Cantillons – “IF” you can find it!).

I like the quality the SD offers, even down to the Glasses that they use, a type of large wine glass that works extremely well & allows you to really enjoy all that the beers offer.

Other treats included the De Ranke XX Bitter on draft, never seen this rare Belgium Hop-Bomb from the tap. Harviestoun Old Engine Oil & the DogFish Head 120-minute IPA also proved popular. I finished the night with a nice bottle of Trappiste Rochefort 10.

There are some German beers but I never got past the Belgians. Neither did I try any food; I didn’t want to, there were too many great beers on offer to fill up valuable stomach space.

Apart from Dwarbi’s, this was the only place I visited twice this weekend during the BA NYC Rally. The “later” session with the Bros. was quite stupendous & finished in the wee hours of Sunday morning. This beats every other US based Belgium Bar I have been to hands down, as well as many in the homeland. The chap behind the Bar was a real wealth of knowledge but never condescending. Come here, enjoy your beer & absorb some real beer culture.

Fantastically well done & the personification of my dream Bar.

By far the highlight of the BA BYC Rally for me this weekend. A serious “Must-Do” for Belgium lovers also. Awesome!

Almost Perfect…well except for the sweaty sock cheeses.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of slander
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%

Cat's out of the bag. This coulda been, shoulda been, our secret bar. Someone talked. No sign or indicative marks outside and we even got it set up here with the wrong address but you managed to find it anyway. And everyone knows you can't keep your big trap shut. Now everyone knows. I hope you're happy...
A welcome surprise to our beloved Brooklyn. Located down Metropolitan Avenue between Havermeyer and Havermeyer, just off the BQE, it makes the Friday night Williamsburg walkabout completely doable on foot and the L train stands conveniently in the middle of all this.
There's roughly upwards of a dozen stools along the "L" shaped bar, and an array of tables and chairs of all sizes and shapes along said bar, with a love seat in one front window and a pair of chairs in the other (elevated so that I may survey all that is mine), a few more tables to the rear and out that back door that doesn't seem to close right, they've got a bunch of tables out there, too. Hey!! There's a cozy little patio seating area back a-there. Alright, back inside, you.
6 great taps on a single tower on the bar, a handpump just off that, and a collection of amazing bottles. Belgians broken out by Flemish, Lambic & Walloon. I haven't seen such a selection of Cantillons since Moan & Dove. They had the Cantillon Fou Foune on tap last week, this week they replaced it with my favorite in the Cantillon line, her name is "Iris" ("You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be and I don't want to go home right now").
They also had the Fantome Pissenlit, musty, interesting, interesting, interesting. Smaller boards list Germans, English, a few US and other worldly goods. Other boards on the end list wine selections. Shelves of appropriate glassware on the bar back, tulips, snifters, pints, mugs, whatever the beer needs. Jars of different teas on the other side above the espresso maker.
Great jukebox. Pink Floyd "More" for christsake. What more do I need to say? He rolls the selection quarterly, always something Pink Floyd. A good selection of cheeses, meats and pates lend some very interesting choices, plus pickles, beets and other jarred things, and hopefully, the dark Belgian chocolate. The decor is all for sale, the healthy tooth poster, old maps of the world, the framed sorority composite from a school in the 50's, the mounted vintage girls Schwinn bicycle, the old books, the wall of ashtrays, and enough 2 and 3 prong pitchforks for us to successfully take the castle after the next beer, or certainly the one after that. They had a scythe over there in the corner but someone bought it right around Halloween, and I'm glad too, because I joking held it over Phil's head and well, you know, so I think we all learned the "The scythe is not a toy" lesson.
Staff treats me well, service jams. There's just nowhere else I'd prefer to spend my time. Okay. so I know, and you know, and all them people you told, but that's it. Don't tell anybody else.

slander, Oct 14, 2003
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

mdlipski, Nov 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

El_Lupulo, Nov 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Beautiful old room, great tap and bottle selection, great backyard.

JonahNW, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

liamt07, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Srkolodn, Sep 25, 2014
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botanu, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Interesting Headed Here from the Street ~2008 Suited. Fun Vibe Good w/ Friends.

MMarkMelly, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

How on Earth do I not have a review of Spuyten Duyvil down?

Love this place. Have been here so many times and tried so many different beers that I probably would have never been able to. 1984 Boon Mariage Parfait, Cantillon Saint Lamvinus on a hand pump, and on and on and on. The decor is awesome, the selection is thorough (even with the minimal taps) and it's worth a visit if you've never been.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

In the hipster-elitist tradition, there's no sign for this place and every beer is super expensive, much like the local's rent. However, if you can afford it, there's plenty of hard-to-find brews. Though hard-to-find COULD be desirable, the quality of these rare brews leaves something to be desired. Many of the beers have sub-90 reviews on Beer Advocate. I don't take my chances on beers over $10. I like the garden in the back. It's a relaxing place to drink a decent craft beer. Doesn't compare to say, Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, but it's still a nice change of scenery compared with most bars.

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 03, 2014
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Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY
98 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.