Museum? Ok, I guess so. But only because it is an old brewery, which is basically what it is, an old brewery. But that is the charm of the place, nothing has changed in many many years. Basically a barn/workshop. The staff here are a different bunch, very knowledgeable but obviously tired of the ratebeer types. Prices are better than anywhere but don’t expect to walk out with anything rare. If they have a rare it will be available for purchase on site, to drink on site. Great place to see once and twice if you are in the area for something else.
Certainly one of the world’s ’must-visit’ beer locations. The tour is quite unique in that after an introduction to the brewery by one of the staff you are on your own to wander around the brewery by yourself. The cafe is simple with a range of five or so Cantillon beers in bottle. On our visit we had the classic gueuze, the framboise and the Zwanze 2011. You can buy a nice range of bottles to take away (pretty much the entire normal Cantillon range plus a few specials), and the prices are likely the best you will ever find for Cantillon. The brewery is only a short (appx. 5-10 minute) walk from the Midi Station, so there is really no excuse to not come here if you are visiting Brussels.
Neat little place, labeled a museum due to some health hazzard issues and financial reasons. Lots of tourists running through the tour, that seems to annoy Jean. Got to hang out with him after and talk seriously about lambic. He gave us his opinions on many current issues like ebay, talked about zwanze day (which hadn’t happened yet), and loerik. Fun spot, nice shirts and such.
A very interesting experience. Jean needs money so he labels it a museum. Tourists bring him money but overrun the place as a result. He gets annoyed and stand-offish as a result of dealing with idiots all day.
That only bothered us for the beginning though, because we could do the tour on our own. Once finished, we talked to him, and after a few moments, our conversation was full force, discussing zwanze, ebay, loerik, and so forth. He opened up a jonge lambic not offered as an "after tour" beer. We bought a few others and enjoyed hanging out. If you are patient and courteous, Jean will talk with you person-person, not brewer-tourist, but don’t come expecting to open Soleil de Minuit or something.
To be seen for the brouwerie itself. Product, if far from bad, are not so fantastic.
Met them first time on a beer exhibit where they were offering 1year old lambic... terrible.
Some nice products like "Lou pepe".
People there not so friendly.