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kraddel (205) some beerplace , Belgium | October 26, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Came here on a busy moment . Some music ( I suppose jazz, but had my headphones on ) was playing outside. Just by luck, I found the probably only free table . I sat down, and the staff tried to be as helpfull as they could , even though very busy , and -lets face it - ratebeer dudes often take a little bit more effort since we really read the beermenu from top to bottom. As soon as they saw I had an above average interest in beer, they immidiatly became very helpfull. First beer I ordered was a beer by - sigh - Inbev ( I know, I should shoot myself ) and the bartender ( Sebastian - the new owner and son of previous owners If Iím correct ) warned me that íI might want to get a beer WITH taste instead ? íI can see how people would be pissed off by this, but I think it was plain awesome , and just what I like in a bartender - knowledge and humor .
He ( + the staff ) went way out of their way to get me bottles not yet on the menu - but most of them were not that new to me as I sell them myself . Withoud a doubt , he took it straight to the next level . He pulled out an export-only de la senne . Hidden cellar gem !! was it because I looked really happy ? Was it because he wanted to open it anyway ? I have no clue, all I know is that after that , he even opened another de la senne , a little thing called íWadesda Nr 1 í . Rare gem/ whale / lambic / 1 off / retired / ... All the tags you could use to bribe and sell the bottle for $$$$$ . Not this guy . He had one bottle left and shared it . With the staff, and me . Just as an act of altruism . all these beers ( 4 in total ) had set me back less than 10 E . Wait, what ???? Thatís insane.
Want more info ? The guy is a participant of every contest imaginable. he is a profssional barista, who was willing to teach me a lot about coffee in a nutshell , yet another act of altruism . He often participates in tap-contests , so needless to say his pouring is perfect . ( but as he mentions himself, you cannot , ever, guarantee every person of the crew does all equally good ) Been bartender his whole life, and excels just about every (?) other bartender I know , since his knowledge on beer ( that he sells ) is top notch, as well as coffee, as well as people-skills, bar-skills ,... Simply damn near perfect, yet really all of this is hidden as their regular menu is nothing that special . Ask for the bartender, and look in the standing fridge for off-menu gems !
imthebest (92) , | October 9, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Thatís funny, the adress listed here is correct, but the Beer Map shows this place as being a few miles away from itís true location. I guess I was lucky I stumbled on this place, itís fantastic! Corner location near a bustling market square with lots of outdoor seating. On my visit there was some live music outside, so it was a bit crowded, but I was still able to get a table (they wonít serve you at the bar). Mixed crowd of locals, students and tourists. They have a wide selection of geuze and kriek beers, including some from smaller producers that donít export much. They also seem to have every De la Senne beer ever made, not just the normal ones! Obviously you are going to pay out the nose for a rare geuze, but the prices werenít offensively high. Prices for normal beers were fine too. Service is above average. If there werenít so many world class options in town, this would be a must visit. If youíre in the neighborhood or just want to get away from the swarms of tourists in the center, be sure to seek this place out.
nate2g (957) Boomtown!, Australia | May 16, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve visited La Brocante many times over the years and it remains one of my favourite spots in Brussels. The best place to start the morning before a crawl with large portions of omelettes for less than 10 Euro. Iíve only drank Lambic here and a great selection to boot, with all the Lambic producers/blenders available. A little pricey but I can overlook that as itís a great atmosphere here with the bustling market and colourful locals hanging about. Staff are consistently excellent. What a gem.
Schotsie (18) Brussels, Belgium | February 19, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Mathieu87 (188) Ganshoren, Belgium | February 17, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice little place in the heart of the Marollen. Bartender was really friendly, gave some suggestions and knew his beers. Selection isnít overwelming, but they have their geuzes, krieks and some nice locals (de la Senne eg). Prices are OK. Too bad it isnít open during the evening/night, I wonder why that is :p
JoeinDahlem (296) Berlin, Germany | 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 cafť, 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 RestobiŤres up the hill.
jackl (520) 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. Thereís a decent selection of sours from the likes of Hanssens and 3F. Prices for the beer was a little high so we abstained. The foodís 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 (332) 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 wonít 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 (102) , 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 (706) 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.
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