Belgium > Leuven
Beer Available At M-café (arranged by most recent)
Girardin Kriek 95, De la Senne Brusseleir Zwet IPA 92, Mikkeller Stateside 97, The Kernel Porter 94, The Kernel India Pale Ale Simcoe Nelson Sauvin 96, Weird Beard Fade to Black 97, Groove 61 , ’t IJ Columbus 89, Hilldevils Exploded Double IPA 87, Lander Baatsem 50, De Vlier Winterstout , De Vlier Vesalius 99, Lupus Wolf 9 85
KristofT (3) Leuven, Belgium | November 8, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer selection, honest food, passionate owners and well trained staff. Guest list is ever rotating and always has a few surprises. Beer events on a regular basis.
Calm atmosphere so don’t hesitate to bring your kids.
tricksta_p (133) Steenwijk, Netherlands | October 30, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on a monday for a late lunch and a couple of beers. This café is part of a museum, which reflects in the rather modern ambiance and style of the place. Selection was a pleasant surprise, besides a pretty good number of Belgian classic and craft beers there is a constantly rotating menu of international guest beers. Owner seemed a bit of a beergeek, but the other employees were not very quick to notice my empty glass. Had a nicely prepared burger here. If I ever find myself in Leuven again, I will definitely stop by for some more beers.
erickok (203) Leuven, Belgium | August 16, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
It’s not the first museum café that is surprisingly modern and tasty in both food and drinks, but this is surprisingly possibly the best place in Leuven to drink beer, of you are looking for craft. Relaxed modern atmosphere, very quite but certainly not impersonal. Good list of Belgians (regional and the better mid sized ones) plus always a bunch of guest beers from craft and regional brewers. Burgers are original and tasty. Go for the nonstandard ones. Prices are very decent too. I will be back here for sure!
MarcoDL (116) , Netherlands | March 16, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small bar, inside the Leuven museum. Run by a guy that’s very passionate about his beer selection, I like that. Bottle selection with the usual Belgians and guest list with some more interesting international beers. Nice place.
bartlebier (118) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | February 27, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited V and IX/2015. The chilly/stylish modern museum resto atmosphere does not immediately betray the beer menu behind its counter, only a blackboard hinting at the rotating local draughts and import bottles on offer, while the official website quoted here is down, replaced by a spartan Facebook page: yes, this typical Belgian technique of auto-obscurification cannot hide the obvious quality of this place, well-known among locals and their outstandingly catered selection. Good service. Rotating UK selection: this was the place I first got hold of The Kernel’s Oak Aged Biere de Table at a fair price. Always worth dropping in, as it offers more surprises than the 2000+ Belgian-only beer behemoth a few streets further into the centre.
Wim (53) Weelde , Belgium | December 20, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
along with els Yves and benny a great little cafe in the museum m with a good bear clear set list and a changed list hanging out good friendly staff a top place to go if you are in leuven
3fourths (1471) Boulder, Colorado | October 10, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Modern, clean, minimalist specialty beer bar attached to the M Museum Leuven. Fresh Taras Boulba bottles and stemware for the win. Friendly and welcoming staff. Owner is passionate about beer but need to learn NOT TO SWIRL YEAST into my glass, thank you!
gEUS (83) Linden, Belgium | October 4, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice & well managed bar with a continuously varying selection of commercial and craft beers. Growing interest for geuzes as well. Been there a few times, easily top 3 of the Leuven bars.
JefVerstraete (119) Ghent, Belgium | August 12, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice bar inside museum M in Leuven. A lot of local beers of Vlaams-Brabant. Very friendly staff. The food is also local and very good. Worth a visit if you are in Leuven. The beerlist is also dynamic, so every time you visit they have new specialities! From now on they also have a guest list with always very good craft beer (Mikkeller, Brewdog, Beavertown, ...)
coren42 (2) Tienen, Belgium | July 17, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Being the "official" café of Leuven’s M Museum, the atmosphere at the M Café is appropriately stylish and relaxed. The café caters to the general audience, and most people come here to have a quiet lunch and/or coffee. The food, by the way, is solid, as you would expect from a decent Belgian brasserie. (I’ve heard the cook pays special attention to beer and food pairing, but I haven’t yet had the pleasure.)
Where M Café surpasses your run-of-the-mill brasserie, though, is in its beer list. There’s a nice selection of good beers in all Belgian styles, with a focus on local brews. They also switch it up regularly. If you come at the right time, and if you pull the right strings, you might even get access to the secret cache of beers they reserve for the inner circle. This cache changes every month, and it’s empty quick, but it contains some pretty impressive beers, mostly of the more expensive and exclusive kind. Think Mikkeler, Emelisse, Struise, etc. The servers know their stuff, which is refreshing.
All in all, M Café may not be your typical beer bar, but it is a place you can take your family to and enjoy a solid beer yourself.
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