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Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

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 LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle from Spuyten Duyvil. Pours a cloudy orange with little head. Aroma of funk, tartness. Initial flavor is quite sugary and sweet (possibly the cranberries?) and becomes more vinegary and super tart as you drink. I didn't get much cranberry in this. A little too sour and tart for my taste (even when compared to other Cantillons).
7/4/7/3/15 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap at (where else, duh?) Spuyten Duyvil.

This beer had an impressive appearance... an awesome amber haze color that seemed to both absorb and reflect light. Amazing.

The aroma was WOW! incredible and daring. Deep classic horse blanket aroma, with a musty and estery undertone. Very complex.

The taste? I was disappointed. The beer was very dry, and had much more an acidic blast and sourness than the lambic style would suggest. This beer was made with NJ cranberries, which should have give it a fruity flavor in addition to the effects of the yeast and bacteria. I would say it's more of a gueze than a lambic...

The mouthfeel was nice.. highly carbonated and medium bodied with a solid texture.

Overall, not too drinkable for me. It seemed excessively acidic given the style, and lacked in a sweet/fruit addition. Hell of an interesting beer though...

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Photo of Crosling
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Gold color, with no color from the fruit addition. Vibrant Cantillon lambic aromas, with very mild aromatic cranberry. Very rich and complex mouth experience, especially considering the brewery and style. Ordinary, but slightly more complex than usual blend of Cantillon lambic, with a very mild hint of cranberry. Sorry for my undetailed notes, but with each Cantillon lately, I usually wish I was drinking Drie Fonteinen. Every Cantillion blended lambic is so similar it seems to me, especially the ones with very little fruit contribution, like this one. Cantillon just doesn’t really have much describable character. Also, apparently, they did not mash the cranberries but threw them in whole instead (or something?) which in the end gave the beer almost no fruit character at all, making it seem like I was just drinking regular old Cantillon Gueuze, which simply does not compare to 3F.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Mostly lasting white head atop a hazy light apricot colored hue. Interesting honey and bread maltiness offers some backing to the magnificiently pungent and authentic aroma. Heavy barnyard smells, musty, cobwebby with more funk than most Cantillon. Generous fruitiness ranging from grapes and white cranberries to tropical fruits, apricot and pineapple. That explosiveness and dynamism is not continued in mouth where the level of acidity is surprisingly low. Notes of cask wood and mustard grain fine-tune the otherwise mostly fruity, tart, citric and yogurty beer with nowhere near the originality, wildness it promised to offer. Creamy, champaigny medium body. Engaging carbonation, nice texture. This is very solid, the nose stands above greatness, but it could be so much more..

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Photo of weeare138
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to spesh for unleashing this bottle that's been on my want list for a while...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small, fizzy white head that quickly fades into a a tiny, popping cap. No lacing to be found other than the legs.
Smell is of oak, tart apples, cranberries, vingar, and acetic citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with notes of honey, apricot, and white wine jumping out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and acidic.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2005 Bottle # 034 of 168, Sampled August 2007
Almost completely devoid of carbonation, at first it seems to be still, but there is some slight carbonation here. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a bright gold color mixed with a hint of reddish pigment. The aroma is quite fruity, it almost even has an artificial cranberry note to it; this is not the dominant note, but I am quite surprised by how noticeable it is. The beer is quite funky, I haven't smelled a properly funky beer in too long. Notes of oak, must cotton, slightly leathery, something like a woody mushroom, notes of urea and definitely sour. The sour aromatics are actually tempered quite a bit by the substantial fruit presence; the fruit reminds me of cranberry skins, artificial berry essence, . As my nose gets used to the beer a definite Brettanomyces driven funk becomes noticeable. Towards the finish, if you really dig for it, is a solid, toasty grain character that smells of fresh crushed wheat malt.

A very faint carbonation provides a hint of a tickle as it hits my tongue. The beer is quite sour, but for some reason seems note nearly as hard as I was expecting from Cantillon. Still this is definitely quite tart and sour; lactic acid notes are dominant, but overtures of citrus, urea and a hint of acetic character is noticeable. This is quite funky with interesting phenolics and lots of esters providing the following flavors at times: smoky plastic, grapefruit, Band-Aids and aspirin.

What about the cranberry, well it is here in the taste as well. My palate had to adjust to the Lambic notes, but now that it has I can taste the cranberry contribution in the finish; notes of artificial berries, astringent cranberry skins, and of course straight up cranberries are noticeable, though it is still fairly muted. Interestingly enough the cranberry notes in this remind me a lot of a cranberry mead I made; somehow they both had a sort of fake cranberry character to them, and they both seemed to accentuate some sharp phenolic notes as well. Despite that the cranberry notes seem manufactured in some instances, I am only really mentioning this as it is interesting that real cranberries make me think this once they are fermented. The second pour is a bit murkier & I now place that artificial aromatic note as being very similar to children's aspirin. It even seems to pick up a wisp of sweetness, though this may just be the fruitiness.

I certainly could have wished for more carbonation & the ensuing fluffy head would have been nice, but this beer is still quite good, and the variability of the Lambic bottle conditioning is such that I don't mind much. I was expecting the cranberry notes to be much more subtle, instead they are still quite noticeable, though in no way are they the dominant characteristic of this beer. This is far more fruit influenced than the FouFounes that I have had. This is definitely a good sour fix for me right now.

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Photo of mkobes
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks EDA. This was great. Golden in color with a nice white head. Funky cheesy aroma. Sour and citrusy. Citrusy sour flavor. Sharp and tart tasting. Supposedly made with cranberries, I didn’t notice them. Very drinkable. Very refreshing. Thanks, Mike.

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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 taste...it'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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of eclectic
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 007/168 from Spuyten Duyvil

Pours a cloudy golden/brown color.. with a faint pink/peach tinge to it...

Looks like a gueuze.. smells like a gueuze.. even tastes like a gueuze.. I hear it was made with nj cranberries.. but they certainly hide themselves well.. as the beer warms up there is the faintest hint of cranberry tartness but it is so slight that you really have to be looking for it to pick it up.

The bar served the bottle a tad bit colder than it should have been, as it really opens up as it warms. Initially there was very little complexity and I was rather disappointed, but as it warmed it awakened my taste buds with its complex mixture of funky sour and citrus acidity.

Overall an impressive lambic from cantillon. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on a bottle (but isn’t every cantillon?) even if it is a better gueuze than cranberry lambic

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Photo of hopdog
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to EDA for bringing this one to Eric's tasting. Nice break from all the tripels (we had this during our tripel tasting). Bottle # 36 of 168.

The cork popped itself off of this one. Poured a light and hazy gold color with a small sized white head.

Aromas of leather, citrus, and maybe a hint of cranberries (very subtle to say the least). Very lightly tart and sour - not a full in your face puckering. I never would have guessed this one was brewed with cranberries (I probably picked up the aroma based on the power of suggestion).

Notes from and tasted on 6/19/05

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Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with my girlfriend on Christmas night, as part of her Christmas Cantillon Sampler. Unlabeled bottle, respectfully served at the Moan & Dove. She drank most of it, but offered me a couple small glasses, since I'd likely never see this again.
Hazed straw gold, a giant plume of white froth erupts on the pour, settling down into a light mist, dying out completely after a bit. Familiar Cantillon aroma. Funky and tart, with a hint of those tiny wild strawberries you sometimes find in a field in the summer. No real cranberry "berriness", which is what I understand this was made with, only an added tartness, stronger than the glass of Cantillon Grand Cru I was also working on (nice to have it as comparison). Farmy, with damp hay and moldy funk. A bacterial sharpness somewhat similar to stilton, or penicillin tablets. Familiar Cantillon flavor, similar to the gueuze, with just a hint of cranberry coming through. Taking a break from the bottle to enjoy my own glass of their grand cru, then returning to another glass of the stuff really brought out the cranberry. Very light, but definitely there. Definitely a fuller body than the grand cru, and what I expect of lambic in general. More substantial feeling in general. Spritzy, champagne-like carbonation. Familiar bacterial funk, farmy and cheesy, with a potent tartness similar to the Fou'foune, stronger than Cantillon usually is. My guess is the cranberry contributed more to the tartness than anything else. Bone dry in the finish, quite sour, with a satisfyingly bitter, crushed aspirin sharpness.
Challenging and unique. Tailor-made for my girlfriend Kristi, as she absolutely loves both cranberries and lambic. I had to get this one for her little Holiday collection. I'd love to have this again, maybe my own bottle next time.

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

Appearance: Apricot juice color, with a stronger head than most Gueuzes I've had the pleasure to sample.

Smell: Wow, this one is extra funky! It's like he shook the cobwebs a little more, kicked up the dust from the attic and pressed the juice out of the wet blanket a little harder!

Taste: Leather, acidic and felt like a sharp aged cheddar. I didn't detect any fruits at all in there. Another top shelf product.

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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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