Cantillon Brewery/Museum

4.95/5.0 434 reviews
brewery (Cantillon)
56 rue Gheude
Brussels, Belgium 1070

02 521 4928
  cantillon.be
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1700; Sat 1000 - 1700; Sun Closed

Mayor: DavidBe (6) | Taps: 0 | Bottles: 10-16
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Beers At Cantillon Brewery/Museum

NameABVEntered
Cantillon Lambic díAunis 6.5%5/4/2016
Cantillon Zwanze (2008)6.5%4/27/2016
Cantillon Carignan0%4/27/2016
Cantillon Iris5%4/25/2016
Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek5%4/25/2016
Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise5%4/25/2016
Cantillon Lambic de Haute Densitť9.7%4/25/2016
Cantillon Jonge Lambik5%4/22/2016
Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus5%4/18/2016
Cantillon Oude Lambik5%4/18/2016
Cantillon Kriek5%4/14/2016
Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio)5%4/14/2016
Cantillon Zwanze (2011)5%4/9/2016
Cantillon Vigneronne5%4/1/2016
Cantillon Faro5%3/27/2016
Cantillon Vin Jaune5%3/22/2016
Cantillon Saint Lamvinus5%3/13/2016
Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze5%3/1/2016
Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru 5%2/23/2016
Cantillon Fouí Foune 5%2/22/2016
Cantillon Zwanze (2013) Abbaye de Cureghem8%2/20/2016
Cantillon Heerengeuze6%2/14/2016
Cantillon Cuvťe Florian6%1/28/2016
Cantillon Cuvťe Saint-Gilloise5%1/28/2016
Cantillon Zwanze (2015) Wild Brussels Stout5%12/30/2015
Cantillon 50įN-4įE7%12/23/2015
Cantillon Zwanze (2012)5%8/31/2015
Cantillon Lambic Chardonnay0%8/17/2015
Cantillon Lambic Amphora5%7/4/2015
Cantillon Iris Grand Cru5%5/13/2015
Cantillon / Allagash / Russian River Wild Friendship Blend0%5/11/2015


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mabel  (250) Toronto, Ontario | July 25, 2011
2010-08. Visited on a sunny Monday afternoon last July, we took the 5-euro self-guided brewery tour with an instructional pamphlet and stayed for samples afterward. The beer selection was delicious and we bought a couple extra bottles to share in the seating area. The server was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Would absolutely recommend to anyone with an interest in the brewing process or lambics or Belgian history. Delicious lambics and a great building in which to try them. Cute cat milling about too! (5/10/12/NA/9/18) 90%
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Bart  (108) Brussels, Belgium | July 21, 2011
Visited the brewery. Small tour but lovely atmosphere. Friendly people and off course the two tasters are excellent. Worth visiting when in the neighborhood. Unfortunatly some special brews were sold out.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs  (436) Toronto, Ontario | July 13, 2011
August 2010. I missed this on my first trip to Belgium and was eager to rectify it on my second. The self guided tour is awesome, you can speed through or linger taking photos like I did, and includes a couple of samples at the end. Be sure to say hello to the resident cat. The character just oozes from the building. The seating area is small but relatively empty when we were there on a weekday morning. The bottles to go are primarily the core readily available brands, but at VERY cheap prices that will make you wish you have more luggage space. Slightly more exciting to us were the harder to find bottles available at the ďbarĒ for consumption on site only including Oude Lambik from a ceramic jug! The brewer came by for a quick chat and to see how we liked the beer after I had been asking him some questions about it earlier. We had the place to ourselves at one point when it seemed like the entire staff went for a break out front! One of a handful of mandatory visits in Belgium, even if you are not a huge lambic fan just for the visit alone.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (672) Oceanside, California | July 12, 2011
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (607) Croydon, England | June 29, 2011
Visited on a Saturday morning at opening time. We got a nice introduction from the owner and head brewer. Then we were let loose to go on a self-guided tour of the working brewery. The brewery is very aesthetically pleasing, in particular all the piled-up bottles. With your entry ticket you get a complimentary large glass of gueuze or kriek to enjoy at your leisure. At the time we were there you could also buy Mamouche, Lou Pepe Kriek and St-Gilloise to drink-in only (but at a very good price). Take-away options were very disappointing - only the standard gueuze, kriek and Rose De Gambrinus on offer. Still worth a visit, but donít go expecting to find any of their extensive back-log of beers.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
fata2683  (131) Tucson, Arizona | June 18, 2011
has to be one of the coolest breweries I have ever been in. Self paced tour where you not only see and speak with the history of this place but you feel it too. Free sours at the end of the tour, yes please. I loved being able to talk beer with the family after the tour. Very personable and a must see if your in Brussels.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose  (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | June 16, 2011
nice little self guided walking tour through the brewery. they were currently bottling when i visited. 6 euro entrance fee. comes with taste of cantillion gueuze and a fruit lambic. shirts, beer, coasters, glasses for sale. bottles reasonably priced. half museum, half brewery, half tasting room, half cantillion shop.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Avenuepub  (10) New Orleans, Louisiana | June 12, 2011
This brewery tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Itís self guided but if you are there on a non brewing day and they have time they will sound time with you and answer all your questions. Itís a working brewery and staffing in Belgium is very expensive so donít go expecting this...they have to brew the beer to stay in business. The tour gives you an excellent idea of just how small and artisanal their beer is. No computers and very old ....antique equipment with the exception of the tiny bottling line. The open fermentation tank was a treat to see and I would love to back on a brewing day( just winter months) to see it in action. We had the opportunity to meet Jean and his passion for his craft was evident. It is important for him to spread the gospel of traditionally brewed and blended lambics. I noted a poor rating by another reviewer about not being allowed to purchase a bottle of Mamouche that was almost sold out. This does not surprise me. Selling a bottle to one person does not insure that as many people as possible try the beer which is clearly Cantillons focus. Not to mention the number of people that would buy a rare bottle and then sell it on eBay for 10 times what they paid for it, a practice that is despised by many artisanal brewers. Donít be greedy, inhale the history of the place and enjoy their beers on premise, talk to the passionate owners about their craft and you will leave loving and appreciating Cantillon even more than you did before you entered.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
thewolf  (144) Kolding, Denmark | June 9, 2011
Magnificent place. Cheap solo-tours of the brewery where you can would around the filled wooden casks and experience the unique yeast composition in the air. A cheap little íbarí where you can buy bottles and small (20cl) samples. If youíre lucky, you might have a little gem on site (I was!).
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer  (252) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | June 6, 2011
I had great expectations and was really looking forward to visit the Cantillon Brewery. We were friendly guided our way inside where we could store our bikes. Got a small intro-talk about the brewery, walked through the brewery and ended at the point of beginning. Without asking we got a Gueuze, which is nice but strange. Next I asked for a Faro and Kriek and they were looking at me if I asked them something really strange and asked me with if I wanted a Faro and Kriek. This hit me with some amazement but still, I friendly thanked them and enjoyed the beers. The† Vigneronne and FouFoune were sold out, they had no Lou Pepeís and worst of all they had 10 bottles of Mamouche left and didnít even sell one to go. I asked the brewer and his wife several times, and the answer was no. The brewer told me something like: ĒI have 10 bottles left and donít sell any of them to take home, you can try one hereĒ. I told him it was impossible to drink the entire bottle by myself and that I would like to enjoy a bottle with some friends. He told me: ďno I wonít sell it!Ē I understand that some beers are sold out, but not wanting to sell a beer that is still available makes me wonder whyÖ A brewer does want to sell his beers, right? I was really confused, also since a new batch of Mamouche was almost ready to be shipped out! I was stunned by his reaction and attitude (didnít let me finish talking nor was he listening to me) that in all my excitement I more or less forgot to order a bottle just to have a glass. They also said that they didnít have any bottles of Faro, but when I asked for a Faro it was poured from a bottle, strange. Clothing is really cheap, shirts and longsleeves are between 13 euro and 17 euro and a hooded sweater was around 35 euro. They also sold some coasters, posters, glasses and other memorabilia. All by all an interesting visit but I was really disappointed with the service and items they had for sale.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Benjii  (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | June 1, 2011
A must see brewery not far from the train station. Cantillon beers are amazing and itís great to show yourself around on the self guided tour. The open fermentation vessels being a major highlight for me! : ) Particularly good on the open brew days.

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