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Beer Available At Brocante (arranged by most recent)
JoeinEscazú (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | April 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
If you want to drink authentic lambic and munch on local nibbles in a true brusseleir café, this would be my top recommendation. There are more than 90 beers on the list now, featuring the entire stables of all the serious lambic-makers: Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Girardin and more. Not just gueuze and kriek, but a few of the stranger fruit lambics appear too. Ales include Dupont, Senne and De Ranke. Food includes brasserie classic but also Brussels flavor: bloedpans (blood sausage), plattekaas and fromage de bruxelles, kip-kap and other brawn. Character comes from neighborhood history and the types who frequent the real "brocante" junk/antique market across the street. A real piece of the Marolles, not to be missed. An ideal place for a beer before/after a meal at Restobières up the hill.
jackl (285) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 24, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Popped in here for lunch with Scopey after a satisfying gueuze breakfast at Cantillon. Pretty standard looking Belgian brasserie. Slightly aged feel, wooden tables and random wall decorations. There’s a decent selection of sours from the likes of Hanssens and 3F. Prices for the beer was a little high so we abstained. The food’s quality brasserie fare. Nothing fancy. Their cappuccino in particular was excellent. The service was surprisingly good, if a bit slow. Overall, worth a look.
sebletitje (264) Enghien, Belgium | June 29, 2012| Updated August 29, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Decent beer list, nothing unusual that plenty of bars in the area won’t have except maybe a few well chosen gueuzes but again nothing too fancy.
I like the neighborhood, right in the Marolles and the place definitely has a vibrant vibe to it, retaining much of the character unique to this part of Brussels.
steamfreak (89) , England | June 26, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
What a superb place. Although they were about to close they were good enough to talk to us two British who were between trains travelling home after two weeks touring. We tried all sorts of geuze and even a stout. There is an emphasis on locally produced beers and the chap who served us was a real enthusiast and a font of knowledge. Highly recommended and about 10 minutes walk of Midi station but beware of the 6pm closure.
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 25, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
We (Loz & myself) visited here in December 2011. Located at the corner of a busy flea market, this place had plenty of down to earth charm and was a great place to sit and watch the world go by or to try on my new hat purchased at the market. Good choice of Lambic on offer here and well priced also. Thoroughly enjoyed this place and if anywhere close again I will definatly re-visit.
Leighton (443) London, England | February 7, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Had a wonderful brunch in here on an early Sunday afternoon. Brocante has live jazz on Sundays and the trio started shortly after we arrived. The three-piece band played for about 45 minutes and were great. The beer list is exceptional and covers all the "standard" Belgian beers in addition to a few less common ones. Plenty of gueuze, saison, lambic, blonde, and Belgian strong to be had. The food was tasty and filling - big portions. Most of my group got omelettes, which were huge. Pretty good value for everything: ham and cheese omelette with toast about €8.50, Saison Dupont under €3. All in all a place defintely worth visiting. Very central. A great venue at which to start your day.
Scopey (341) Croydon, England | February 7, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I am surprised this place was not already on Ratebeer! It is a brilliant cafe-bar located on the corner of a flea market. We visited on Sunday morning to the busy cafe with a live jazz band playing! Ambience is brilliant - traditional and bustling. Bottled beer list is indeed not the largest in Brussels, but is well thought out. About a third of the list was lambic, so that sorted me out at breakfast time. Some highlights of the list: Cantillon Iris, Moriau Gueuze, Saison Dupont and Horal Megablend. Ok maybe a power-ticker won’t find anything new here, but will have a great time! The omelette I ordered was gigantic and tasty. Highly recommended.
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