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Beer Available At Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas (arranged by most recent)
LoverBeer DíuvaBeer 92, LoverBeer BeerBera 96, Thornbridge Versa 56, Cantillon Faro 94, De la Senne Jambe-de-Bois 96, Gšnstaller Bršu Golden Frankincense Myrrh 75, Verzet Oud Bruin 92, Tilquin Assemblage/Blend 95, Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, Cantillon Mamouche 100, BFM √225 Saison 99, Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque 100, Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt 99, LoverBeer PapŽssa 94, Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout 94, Double Bastard Ale 100, Dieu du Ciel Grande Noirceur 100, De la Senne Band of Brothers 96, Dupont Monkís Stout 79, Thiriez FiŤvre de Cacao 66
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Travlr (1453) Washington, Washington DC | July 1, 2010| Updated December 25, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Decent enough location, modern decor. Cantillon and 3F lambic on draught. Draughts were affordable, but the bottles were expensive (up to 250 euro, probably just for show, with no intention to actually see them, with the important exception of one amazing expereince with afrantzell). Hosts a number of beer related events, a good sign. Has links with Cantillon, so gets interesting bottles.
t0rin0 (1270) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 24, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
Place rating 1000.
Iíve tried several times now to rate this place but my ratings are always over 2300 characters. My previous ratings focused mostly on how terrible Hotel Barry is and how we stayed in that dump. Removing that leaves only a paragraph or two.
This place is awesome. Half a dozen Cantillon beers on tap at any given time, several dozen other (at least somewhat) interesting taps going, an extensive bottle list, and get this, good service. We split a bottle of LH12 for the low low price of 180 euro, a bottle of the original Tilquin Quetche (before the distributed batch came out), and a bottle of Zwanze 2011 (it was thrown in with the purchase of the LH12). The service was great. Maybe it was because we dropped 200 euro on a couple bottles but they were great. They even sold me a liter of St Lamvinus to take to the face. I asked for a boot of Lamvinus and he provided me with the "German solution" (his words, not mine), which was a liter mug. Draft prices were pretty good, bottle prices not so much. In our three days in brussels we stopped in here three times. Iíll definitely be back at some point, hopefully soon.
brokensail (800) Orange County, California | October 8, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
A much more Americanized bar with 46 taps in addition to an enormous bottle list. A ton of Cantillon beers on tap, lots of miscellaneous Belgian beers, and interestingly, a lot of Italian stuff. Prices arenít the cheapest (particularly on bottles). Kind of a more nightlife bar feel to it.
Boudicca (657) London, England | April 22, 2011| Updated January 4, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
We have a couple of well trodden paths when passing through Brussels Midi (Zuid) station. On 30 March and 10 April this year we developed a new route to take in the Moeder Lambic, which I understand is a relatively recent arrival in central Brussels and the sister bar to a highly rated place of the same name further out in the suburbs.
This one is situated off a wide pavement, where there is outside seating under a canopy and large square parasols. Inside has a very trendy feel Ė itís modern and minimalistic - a long narrow room with low, limed oak booths fixed at right angles to the bare brick wall.
The highlight, however, is the tremendous range of regular and guest draft beers including, on this occasion, Cuvee de Ranke, which is an all time favourite of mine so it was a delight to find it here on tap and on my birthday!
There isnít a wide choice of food but they serve artistically arranged salads and tasty cheese and meat platters on stylish square white plates with sour dough bread. Their own recipe soft cheese dish, which comes as part of a cheese plate, is to be recommended.
(Last visited 3 October 2012).
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | November 3, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Sitting on the dull Fontainas square in the center of Brussels, this is the place where the travelling beer geeks go, the atmosphere at Delirium being insufferable and the large bottle lists of elsewhere being commonplace in Belgium. Moeder Fontainas really distinguishes itself with its astounding 50 tap lines, often including imports (they had a Stone event with 30 different products recently) and almost always including a fun range of lambics (10+ on our visit) and farmhouse ales. The focus clearly is on the taps and hence, the depth is not as great as in other Brusselsí pubs, its St-Gilles counterpart being one. Nonetheless, you feel youíre in a Mecca in here, all the employees seem to be passionate about beer. The food menu is very limited, but you can survive on their toast or omelette which are tasty enough, albeit not very filling. In terms of atmosphere, I found the modern look a bit cold, but I could still see myself spending hours here. Most patrons seemed to be beer lovers and that helps. We went while it was not too busy, but despite the considerable room at the rear, I can imagine it being very full. Simply decorated with photos somehow related to beer, it seems to rely on the patrons to really make the ambiance. Impeccable selection and service and the prime location make it a top spot in Brussels.
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 17, 2010| Updated March 23, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A large tap list serving up everything from lambik & gueuze to guest taps of micro craft beer. We spent a decent amount of time here sampling the beers and most were new for me to try. Excellent, knowledgeable staff. Snack food is tasty. Great beer bar.
Theydon_Bois (605) The íSham, England | July 27, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited on Monday lunchtime - 29/04/13.
Approx 15 minutes walk from Midi station, 10 or so from Cantillon.
Just off a little square Fontainas is a long narrow venue, bar to the left as you enter running half its length, quite dimly lit.
The place was a little quiet with no more than half a dozen other folks ourselves apart - hence ambiance weighs in at 3.
Selection is impressive, I didnít deviate from the tap list but picked out micros from Switzerland, Spain and Italy as well as many Belgian offerings.
The food was ok but I wasnít wowed by it, taste wise solid enough if not world beating but you didnít get much bang for your buck.
Service was fine, the guy eventually cottoned on to the fact we werenít drinking for fun and began to reappear at our table more regularly!
In all a great bar which Iíll revisit at a busier time as I imagine it can get much livlier than on my visit.
Leighton (574) London, England | January 4, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Top notch, world-class, boss. One of the best bars in Brussels. Great selection on tap, usually with some obscure lambic. Tons of bottles. Plenty of non-Belgian goodness. Decent prices given the quality and location. Nice pub aesthetically. Awesome. A must-visit.
Fin (535) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011| Updated March 25, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
We visited here on Friday 16th December 2011. At first I was reminded of the Bar in Amsterdam where they sell predominantly American beers, is it called Beer Temple? And there is no denying that this is a smart clean, trendy place, but after a while I found that it lacked a little soul, and was a tad sterile. The barman was friendly enough and knew his stuff though his one failing was that he seemed to trot out exactly the same lines to every person wandering in off the street. The selection here seemed to be predominantly draught beers and there was a decent selection, in fact with 46 taps a very decent selection. I had a Cantillon Faro though have to be honest I was somewhat underwhelmed, Loz had a De Ranke Hop Harvest which was probably the better choice of the two. Of the two Moeder Lambic bars, I preferred the other one, but this is handily placed and worth popping into. Visited here again on Friday 23rd March 2012 and have to say that I preferred it on this visit, we visited with Jackie & Simon. Huge beer choice with some 46 available on tap, I hadnít realised it was so extensive a selection. Loz had Schnieder Weisse Nelson Sauvin on tap, I had a Zoigl, Jackie a Thornbridge Steelmakers and Simon a nice hoppy beer (French as I recall?) all in all a nicer place than I recall, tough still lacking a little something.
fiulijn (516) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 4, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Lean and cozy place, with wonderful music (they started with Gotan Project today). The tap list is impressive, there is really the opportunity to develop a taste for Belgian beers, and also a lot of Lambic on draught. Very good bottle selection, although not huge, with a few from BFM, Italy, Denmark; I hope with time they will extend the list of rare and vintage beers, and also they start storing some smaller bottle for single visitors. The food is mainly pub snacks, but the mix plate of cheese and cold cuts can get very interesting, as well for the gueuze snack sausage and lambic mustard. Great place.
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