Very kind personal, good choice of Belgian sour and other in bottles. Sandwiches is good and cheap. Taps arenít so good but light and fresh meibooh from Brasserie de la Senne sentence was really good with lunch.
Fine selection of lambic and regulars. Cozy relaxed atmosphere. Catch a beer here from your crawl back from Cantillon to the center.
Countbeer (256) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | August 13, 2015
Good bar on the corner of the famous square in the Marollen. Pretty cosy while not small/little... Good seating outside. Good selection, friendly service! Bit higher on prices but thereís nice stuff to be found! Absolutely detour worthy with some other cheap top places within the 400 meter vicinity.
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 !
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.
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.
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
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.