Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Spuyten DuyvilCantillon Spuyten Duyvil

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strange what can fall into your grasp every once in a while. Shared this bottle with a friend of a friend for my birthday, with said friend apparently acquiring the bottle back in the day from someone who knew the owner of the bar. I don't know the whole story, but this guy has a cellar of mainly wine, and--as my luck would have it--one bottle of Spuyten Duyvil, which he agreed to share with me.

Hazy burnt orange, carbonation was light, but still there, giving a small wisp of bubbles on top. Typical gueuze aroma, funky and dusty, not much fruit, but some citrus-like essence. More of the same in the's a well-aged gueuze, funk, cobweb, horseblanket, some fruity acidity, but nothing distinctly cranberry, which surely faded a while ago. Some wine-like tannins and hints of gummy oxidation, but otherwise held up fine. Good body for the style, just a little lower carb, which is understandable. Glad to have gotten to try this, as I'm sure there aren't many left in the universe.

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4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Bottle 104 that GRG1313 shared at Cantillon Tasting at Beachwood.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

This beer would be a clear 5 in my book if there was just a hint more of the original cranberry. However, we opened bottle #104 of 168 today at a tasting with Jean Van Roy. What a treat all around. The cork came out with a loud "pop" and this lovely elixir was shared at a private tasting thanks to Shelton Bros and Beachwood BBQ. The Cantillon tasting part of a charitable donation and Jean and Beachwood allowed this bottle to be opened for all to share.

This 750 ml bottle poured an orange/gold with light lacing. Nose still had a fruity character with tones of stone fruit, wood, light oranges and geuze. There remained hints of fruity brettanomyces that were inviting and appealing.

Flavor profile was actually assertive and showed some citrus, wood, stone fruit and some really nice appealing funk and acid. Hints of green pepper in the finish.

I understand bottles can vary probably because of age. This was a good bottle with nice carbonation and just nice flavors all around.

The best part was sharing it with Jean Van Roy and several others. This is a bottle worth opening and drinking. It's very good and shows the staying power of Jean's beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +4%

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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeDunt for sharing his pour with me. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to nothing. Hazy peach-orange body. Looks like lambic.

S - Oddly enough, the aroma reminds me of Millennium Gueuze, which I had a few beer earlier in the evening. Great tart stone fruits, with hefty dose of peach and nectarine, as well as some bright citrus. Light lactic acidity, and perhaps a hint of wood. Get's a bit musky and funk as it warms. Compared to the other '05 lambics this has held up quite nicely, although there is no cranberry here at all (which isn't terribly surprising).

T - The flavor is quite sour and tart and this stage, although not excessively so. Again, the flavor is dominated by mildly sweet stone fruits, lemony lactic acidity, and perhaps a faint hint of oxidation setting in. Nice, but not super different from other aged gueuzes.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, oaky and tannic texture, and super dry in the finish. Lingering acidity, but not excessively so.

D - Is this worth the massive price tag? Probably not. However, it's a really delicious, aged lambic that I enjoyed quite a bit. I'd love to see a second batch where the cranberries are actually mashed into the beer properly.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This whale caused a lot of stress over the course of a yr tracking down.... Doesnt exist?? You couldnt be more wrong!

750ml bottle #31 of 168 Poured a deep golden orange with spotty lacing around the glass. A cloudlike head formed, such a beautiful looking geuze with lively carbonation

Nose was a mixture of fruit and wood with mild cheesy geuze notes

People kept telling me that this beer tasted like a classic bio geuze... They were wrong! Although their is not a cranberry presence, fruit is the predominant flavor. Incredibly well balanced sweetness of fruit with a good amount of sourness from its age. Fruit skin / tannin and oak on the finish.

Overall this beer exceeded the negative hype. It was delicious, complex and a bitch to land. Big thanks to the man who gave Moby Dick up.

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Photo of gn0sis
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle at pre-ghost tasting in NY 7/27. Though there was no discernible cranberry presence, this pour was heavy on the fruit skins and tannins. Despite the naysayers, it most definitely had a distinct flavor profile from a geuze of its age. I was shocked to see just how much tartness and bracing acidity there was here.. really a marvelous pour from a bottle that had seemingly faded into obscurity. What a surprise.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, #58/168, 2005 cork.

Pours orange, white head, thin ring, nice carbonation. Nose is sour, but has smoothed out over the years. Some citrus, oak, funk in there as well. Not nearly as sour as Bourgogne. Flavor is smooth/aged, no cranberries at all, citrus, and tart sweetness. Light body, good carbonation, tart finish.

Really enjoyed this beer even though there are no cranberry notes. Tastes like an aged lambic, which is good enough for me. Not nearly as good as Don Quijote, but hey, I never thought I’d ever get to try this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Can't even believe this bottle exists... never mind that I'm actually getting to review it. A huge, HUGE thanks to Mike for this one. 375ml foiled, capped, and corked bottle into Torst stemware. 2005 date on the cork. Bottle #54 of 168. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a thin, bubbly white head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy peach yellow. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little stick. Thin, oily legs. Pretty much what's expected.

Nose sure doesn't smell like Ocean Spray... more like a finely aged gueuze. Tart lemon, hay, and a woody funk. Some mild and mellow cheesiness. Not the most complex but just very well put together. Pretty aromatic. Nice.

The cranberry is almost nonexistent. Notes of tart lemon, hay, sour peach, and apricot. Woodiness wafts in and out of the background. Cheesiness mixed with barnyard and a slightly wet wood character at the end. Finishes exceedingly dry with a mellow, tart aftertaste that lingers just a bit. Very solid though there's no fruit presence.

I'm a huge fan of almost-flat gueuze so take that into account here. Light bodied with very low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down slightly puckering and very dry. Bone dry finish with a clean aftertaste. Amazing.

Overall, if you're looking for a cranberry-infused fruit lambic here, you're gonna be very disappointed. However, if you're looking for a well-aged 8-year-old gueuze, then this should be right up your alley. Great balance with flavors that have just meshed and aged very well together. Nothing really stands up but the nose, flavor, and feel are all top notch.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 40 ratings