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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 GRG1313
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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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.45/5  rDev +4%

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 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split @ Sputen Duyvil. $30 pretty hefty, but not for a Cantillon. Especially this rare one. Anyways, on with the show. I can't really add anything from what Darren has said, but i'll add my review anyways. Dark golden with a small white head of foam that lasts and is easily revived by a big swwirl or two of our large bowled wine glasses. The aromas are classic cantillon funk. Horse blanket, cobwebs, dust, musty, moldy old smells that are just killer. Where is the fruit though, I ask myself? The taste is superbly acidic and gueuze//lambic like with no fruit to be found at all. Sure all of the classic Cantillon flavors are here, but this really does not seem like a fruit lambic at all! Only towards the super dry finish does one get just the *slightest* hint of some sort of some acidic-sour-cranberry-skin flavor, and even than it is certainly a stretch to pick it up. Others I talked to didn't notice it at all. You need a very well trained cantillon abused palatte to spot it methinks. Anyways mouthfeel is spritzy and fully carbonated, but not over the top for this style. Drinkabilty is awesome as always!

Verdict: A superb gueuze lambic from Cantillon, the master lambic crafters with just a *teeny, tiny, hint* of cranberry...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical 750ml Cantillon green glass bottle comes with a fully impressed cork and large brass crown cap, all this is covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck for about 3”. Single main obverse label is most certainly different to that of other “factory issued” Cantillons. It has a faded pastel colored label, which reminded me of some old Victorian Theatre posters. A horned and bearded Ming the Merciless like figure sits atop and in the middle of the label with the words Spuyten Duyvil either side of his head. A swaged set of drapes reveal the large words ‘Cantillon Spuyten Duyvil’. The presentation is all finished with the words ‘100% Lambic’ and the fact that this was brewed & bottled at Brasserie Cantillon and Imported by Shelton Brothers.

Numbered 061/168 in red ink in the bottom right hand corner.

Once the foil and crown cap were removed it revealed a pristine looking but damp bubbling wet cork surface that had curiously left a red colored half moon on the underside of the crown cap. Cork dated 2.005 and it oozed a soggy dark orange puss, even five minutes after being easily extracted by my Rabbit.

I’m not sure how old the lambic used is, there is no mention of this anywhere, but it is fused with the use of New Jersey Cranberries.

28 x 6-bottle cases and 1 Keg made it Stateside, but 5 cases were kept by Shelton Brothers so the Spuyten only received 23 x 6; 138 x 750ml bottles.

Appearance: Appropriately poured into a straight sided Cantillon tumbler this reveals the first surprise, a milky golden body punctuated with a massive amount of surface racing bubble streamers. Perfect white head races up the tumbler on the first pour; the dissolved carbonation forms a gelatinous shimmering white-yellow mélange below the head. This soon separates to reveal a thick stiff egg-white meringue covering which laces with some virulent smattering. Immense conditioning with a seemingly endless release of carbon dioxide.

Nose: Sharp and acrid, it has a lovely aged gueuze like background with an aggressive 1 year old lambic front end. Pungently nasal. No fruit though?

Taste: To be honest, I don’t get the cranberries at all, not even after half a bottle, only towards the end do I get chance to pick up even the merest hint of delicate NJ cranberries. This is a bold refreshingly dry lambic with a shockingly tart and acerbic gueuze feel that rises in the finish. No doubt the cranberries add some tartness to the ending but there is a distinct lack of fruit in this one.

Mouthfeel: Dissolved carbonation reveals itself full force on the palate. Cutting edge acidic rivers serrate the cheeks and merge with the last of the saliva that fights for its life. Anhydric after the swallow with a puckering tingle on the lips.

Drinkability: As always, I had not trouble sinking this one, traditional lambic and gueuze lovers will lap this one up, but those that like a little fruit to take the edge off of theirs may well be a little disappointed.

Overall: Puckering, tart and dry with the merest feint delicate hint of cranberries. I expected the cranberries from NJ to be like the self-promoting residents of said area, much nosier and louder than they are.

I always applaud the way the Masters at Cantillon continue to push the traditional boundaries of fruit-lambics. Yet somehow this one feels well within the already extreme periphery that the Van-Roys have previously defined. I cannot help but think that if there is a next time then it would have been nice to allow time for the cranberry skins to break up maybe, or better still completely dissolve, or at least to have some portion of the added berries mashed up before adding them.

In short, I expected more from the Cranberries here, but this is still a stellar offering, but it is much more lambic/gueuze than fruit-lambic though.

A good Cantillon, but a very very disappointing cranberry lambic, if that makes sense.

A Big Thanks to RokotGirl for snagging me this Gift and allowing me to try this one – Cheers!!!

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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 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 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 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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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in an unlabeled bottle, obviously cantillon with the black foil, cap and cork. is this brewed for the bar of the same name? either way, advertised as 'cranberry lambic'.

appears quite orange, with minimal foam. looks like a cantillon, in my best estimation. beer's got a completely wacked out, horse blanket, moldy funky ass smell, accentuated by an armpit or seven. am i so wrong for loving this smell?

some cranberry comes out in the nose mildly, but in taste adds a sweet tartness previously unexperienced in cantillon products. subtle, but definitely there. the taste is such a stark contrast to previous lambics... this is actually drinkable at a normal rate as a result of fruity esters and an adventure into the less-tart lambic world. finishes like a grapefruit squoze onto my tongue, though, reminding me what it is. kicks most other cantillons in the ass.

trade those st. lamvinus bottles away and grab yourself some of this bad boy.

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

Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very little indication of any flavoring in the appearance of this unique Cantillon creation; it pours a simple golden color. A pungent nose -- pointed, delightfully acidic aromas are forceful but seem almost gentle compared to some Cantillon I've had. Damp and old smelling. Surprisingly, perhaps, there's no fruit. Again, when tasting the beer, there's very little in the way of cranberry flavor: It's primarily found in a very light sweetness that seems to quell the sourness a bit. However, the beer is nevertheless dry and refreshing. And I wonder if perhaps the slightly more delicate nature of this beer -- which tastes to me much like a somewhat softer Cantillon gueuze -- is due in some way to a light cranberry flavor imperceptible to my palate. As usual, it's a superb beer from Cantillon, possibly the best brewery in the world.

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