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Beer Available At Cantillon Brewery/Museum (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Cantillon Oude Lambik 98, Cantillon Cuvťe Saint-Gilloise , Cantillon Cuvťe des Champions 100, Cantillon Mamouche 100, Cantillon Zwanze (2013) Abbaye de Cureghem 95, Cantillon Kriek 99, Cantillon Zwanze (2008) 100, Cantillon / Allagash / Russian River Wild Friendship Blend 97, Cantillon Fouí Foune 100, Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru 97, Cantillon Jonge Lambik 97, Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus 98, Cantillon Iris 99, Cantillon Cuvťe Florian , Cantillon Saint Lamvinus 100, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise 100, Cantillon Faro 94, Cantillon 50įN-4įE 100, Cantillon Zwanze (2012)
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Travlr (1500) Washington, Washington DC | July 30, 2010| Updated May 8, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
The center of the geuze universe. Best to visit during the brewing season, which runs from November to March. Open brewing days at the beginning and end of the season are also interesting, but they get very crowded. The tour includes one beer (often a draught lambic), but you can sample many more if you like, and purchase bottles for consumption on premises or take away. Jean Van Roy really knows what heís doing.addendum: with an apparent new policy of not offering beers like the Zwanze (for fear that it will end up on e-bay,unquestionably an evil act), Iíll have to downgrade my rating of this previously pleasant place to drink.
t0rin0 (1325) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 11, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Place rating number 600.
Visited multiple times in October 2012 along with womencantsail, chinoskillzian, 77ships, and boozecamel (on BA, not sure if heís on RB).
This is like the ark of the covenant, where all hype generates from. Even if you canít get the rarest of loons here you just have to go if youíre a fan of lambic, or if youíre just getting into it and everything you know about beer is from the trade forums. I was mostly just excited that our dumpy hotel (Hotel Barry) was close by and I could walk back and forth with cases of beer. They do a good job of preserving all the old equipment, barrels, and processes for the sake of tradition. They even make (really) good lambic using that old stuff. The tour is self guided which is nice if youíre into taking your time and taking pictures. They were still in the process of expanding when we visited. The good news is that theyíll be expanding production by at least a third once they can fill the new area with barrels. You can waste an hour just wandering and looking at the barrels, but more realistically youíll snap a few pictures and go to the tasting area to drink some beer.
While their base lambic isnít quite as awesome as Girardin and their gueuze isnít quite as amazing as Drie Fonteinen their fruit lambics canít be beat. St Lamvinus is in my top 5 beers of all time (out of almost 11k at this point) and the Lou Pepe Kriek, regular kriek, and Rose are equally awesome. Prices are cheap here too. Fou Foune bottles were 8 euro a piece. Gueuze bottles were 5 euro a piece. While the bottles are great for taking home, when youíre here try some of the other stuff like the base lambic, the faro, and anything else they may be pouring.
Itís not a very pretty neighborhood so be careful about wandering at night after drinking too much Cantillon. It is pretty close to a train station but more importantly itís close to Moeder Lambic who serves at least a half a dozen Cantillon beers on tap at all times. Really cool place over all. Canít wait to go back eventually.
3fourths (1269) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2006| Updated December 21, 2012
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A dream come true. I was beside myself as I walked the self-guided tour. Really hard to believe that this is the actually brewery for all of those wonderful lambics and geuze they put out... it had a charm to it like a preserved frontier cabin, even felt like it was set up and somewhat of a facade, but man, itís the real brewery. Had to get a shirt and a few bottles while I was there... arrived at around 9am to do the tour and tried some good (although young) samples of their standard fare: geuze, kriek, iris, as well as a small sample of the kriekenlambik which was to be offered at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation the next day. My hopes were high to get some rare bottles, but the only thing found was Cuvee des Championes. Still, a wonderful visit, a place to bring folks to visit with you when over again.
brokensail (811) Orange County, California | October 8, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Sort of the mecca of lambic, for me, anyway. In a pretty crappy neighborhood, but once inside, itís a bit of a sanctuary. The self guided tour is worth it just to see how small the brewery really is and how antiquated a lot of the equipment is. The beers at the bar depend on the season, but gueuze, kriek, Rose de Gambrinus, lambik, and faro are always available. Pours are pretty cheap (just a couple of euro each). Tons of bottles and merchandise available to go, too. Friendly service and a great atmosphere.
Boudicca (673) London, England | October 16, 2011
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Wonderful place; feels worlds away although itís just a short walk from Brussels Zuid/Midi railway station and 20-30 minutes from the Grand Place.
The Cantillon Brewery is a mecca for gueuze and lambic lovers. Itís close to the centre of Brussels in a rather seedy area but step inside and youíre transported back in time to an authentic, old fashioned brewery where not much has changed in a hundred years. For a small fee you can have a self-guided tour, with a tasting included at the end. You get a little booklet packed with information and there are numbered stops around the brewery where you can read all about it. Alternatively, you can just sit in the bar area - a wood panelled alcove with a small pot bellied stove and pendant lampshades ingeniously fashioned out of old bottles - and enjoy a bottle or two served in a wicker basket. Thereís also a desk set up like a stall at a country fair where you can buy bottles of beer and souvenirs such as t-shirts and the like. The staff are always very welcoming and friendly and the prices are usually lower than anywhere else. Last time we were there it was shortly after Zwanze Day 2011 so, naturally, we had the Zwanze, made from pinot grapes from the Loire this year and more expensive than the usual bottles but still a snip at E14.
(Last visited 27 September 2011).
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 3, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visiting this authentic, perhaps the most traditional lambic brewer is a must for anyone who enjoys the sour brews that they put out, especially when itís a 2-minute walk from the Brussels metro. Inside, between 5 and 10 beers should be available for consumption on premises or take-out. Unless youíre well-known, I would not expect to be able to take out anything very rare. We were able to drink a bottled Zwanze, interestingly different from the tap, but it was not to be taken out. I had a great chat with Jean who was very available, interesting and interested. The visit is fun, the old equipment being lighted by natural sources of light through well-spotted windows that made for beautiful light for photography. The woody smell as you step in is also one that you remember forever and adds immensely to the experience. A very fine brewery to visit.
Oakes (649) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 28, 2004
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Iffy neighbourhood, I thought, but the place is fascinating. Dirty, ugly lambic brewery with ragged cats and dust everywhere. Lots of fun, great beer to taste...it's on a lot of tourist brochures and everything so I guess the place has widespread appeal, for but those familiar with classic lambic, it holds a special significance.
Theydon_Bois (607) The íSham, England | January 2, 2013
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Visited on Saturday 1st December 2012 (Zwanze Day). I had a quick hour between Eurostar and the train to Brugge so hot footed it to Cantillon for a quick Faro from the bottle and stocked up on a few bottles. Had a chat with one of the brewers and purchased a few bottles to go. Would have done the tour had time permitted.
Setting is the old brewery, no frills, apart from the new area which is smart although a little out of keeping with the rest of it!
Took a number of bottles away at the best price youíll pay for them!
Well worth a visit anytime youíre in Brussels.
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 17, 2010| Updated March 23, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Visited early in the morning just after opening and was welcomed with that beautiful and unique Cantillon character. It was nice to wander the brewery without needing a personal guide and to soak up the historic atmosphere. At the end you can sample of a few of the wares in bottles, and also the lambik and faro from the barrel. There is also merchandise that can be purchased from the counter. Lovely family. A truly remarkable experience.
GT2 (582) San Diego County , California | July 12, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very cool place I visited on Open Brew Day where you do a comprehensive guided tour of the brewing process in their "museum" of old but still operational brewing equipment. You get to see everything from the coolships to the barrel room. Staff is obviously very knowledgeable about their product and rightfully very proud of it. Cantillon was pretty much unknown and unhyped until BeerAdvocate discovered it about 4 years ago. Then it blew it up and now Cantillons cannot stay on shelves in the US and prices have skyrocketed. Bottles from the Cantillon Museum are usually not sold to go simply because they are eBayed immediately. Jean Van Rooy and others hate the practice, so if you are upset about not being able to get FouFoune or to go bottles of Zwanze, you can blame all the eBay whores out there.
On tap for the Open Brew Day was the geuze, unblended, faro, kriek, framboise. Lou Pepeís, Geuze, and the other normal lineup bottles are allowed to leave the premises and are sold for (what seems to a statesider) insanely cheap prices. Like 10 euro or less. Donít expect to leave with rare bottles. There is a really quaint "cafe" looking thing inside where you can relax and drink on empty lambic barrels and get typical Belgian beer snacks. Very cool place that is about LEARNING about Cantillonís history and the lambic making process and NOT about scoring hot rarities for trade and eBay. If you are polite and with a solid group of lambic fans, you may be able to try some special bottles on premise. But donít come here expecting any of that. Wrong Attitude.
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