Small and cozy place with outside seating. Friendly and helpful staff. Extensive list is very well chosen, with some rarities. A few bottles are a bit expensive, but not excessively so for a Brussels location. More comfortable and intimate than its modern sister in Fontainas.
The 2nd best beer cafe in Brussels, behind Bier Circus. It has a balance of new and old world design and atmosphere. Roughly a half-dozen draught beers including Cantillon Faro and Cantillon Lambik, and the beer book is a thing to study intently while sitting outside on breezy spring evening... fantastic service - the folks here were more than willing to accommodate both my English and my obvious enthusiasm in good beer. So many places where you ask specific questions you’re either ignored or brushed away, but the folks at Moeder handled my curiosity with aplomb and true kindness. Beer selection is fantastic, the patio is fantastic, and the crowd is good as well. Moeder Lambic is clearly one of the best places to visit in Brussels.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 5, 2013| Updated December 24, 2013
Visited October 2012 with chinoskillzian and womencantsail.
This was our second day in Brussels but also our 14th day in Europe so by this point we were getting sick and tired of each other (chinoskillzian actually had gotten sick at some point in Brussels). Navigating the streets down through the lower income areas of Brussels wasn’t easy without a map or phone reception so after a lot of bickering and wrong turns we finally got to where we were heading. This version of Moeder is essentially a lesser version of the Fontinas location. They also have the Cantillon LH12 and some other neat beers but a lot of the stuff that particularly interesting to us was sold out sadly (the JeanChris 1 and 2 as well as a few other things). Womencantsail listed five beers and the first four were sold out. It wasn’t until later (back at Hotel ‘you can sleep in the stairwell’ Barry) that we learned that the Cantillon Kriek that we ordered on draft is a different tick than the regular (bottled) kriek. We sat next to some very friendly Belgians that made the experience more entertaining. Also, they have a large collection of Cantillon empties on display, with at least a few that I’d never even heard of. This is a fun place with a great beer lineup. Check it out.
The smaller of the two locations and located a bit south of the center of the city. Cozy atmosphere and friendly service. Good beers on tap and a pretty extensive bottle list, but they are out of a lot of things on the list. Definitely worth a stop.
Unpretentious pub located south of central Brussels. Small in size but big in local character. Not as many taps as the newer ML but I was happy to stick with the draught lambics. I didn’t get a chance to look at the menu but I’m sure it would be impressive. Nice to sit outside if you can nab a table and enjoy a few relaxed brews. Friendly staff. Great vibe.
Visited on Friday 20/11/15 around 530 pm.
Not really walking distance from the centre of brussels, unlike Fontainas, but a simple enough three stop tram ride to Horta from Midi station then a sub five minute stroll.
St Gilles is a smallish bar in a predominantly residential district and the clientele largely mirrored this with far less tourists than my visits to Fontainas.
It was relatively quiet when we arrived but soon filled up and by 630 we were asked to join another couple at a table in order to free up more space.
Selection is solid but from a tickers point of a view a step down from Fontainas with about half the number of taps and not as many interesting guests on offer. Bottle list seemed larger but again tried and trusted numbers and Cantillon offerings at sky high prices.
Service was table only and was pretty decent. The guy was keen to recommend beers, not what we wanted, but also helpful in that he did a cellar run for us to check the specifics of a beer. Overall given the choice I would hit up Fontainas for the variety but this place had a more chill cafe vibe about it compared to the more clinical ’pack em in tight’ booths of its sister !l
A great spot. Compared to the Fontainas location, this one is homier, more cosy. The beer range is fairly similar both in terms of bottles and draft; which is to say, the selection wonderful. Service, prices - they’re both really about the same as Fontainas, i.e. Quite good. This place seems to be more of a ’neighborhood’ bar, and I really like that vibe. Definitely worth taking the time to come visit.
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011
Myself and Loz visited here Saturday 17th December 2011, we had to wander the neighbourhood for a couple of hours as we had failed to take note of the 16:00 hours opening time. The beer list is very impressive and easily the best that I encountered on this visit, with many impressive rarities for those keen to seek out something a little different. Pricewise it was possibly a little on the steeper side, however if you choose something on tap then there were certainly a decent and interesting selection at very reasonable prices. The female member of bar staff was very knowledgeable, helpful and worked the bar really well, offering sound advice. We walked there and back and we were based in Molenbeek but it was a pleasant walk and the pub is an interesting part of town away from the tourist tat which drags some of the other Brussels establishments down a little. I really liked this bar, however maybe not quite as much as I was hoping. I suppose one fault that I found was that much like many of the other great beer cafes of the world its one failing is that for atmosphere and all round pub banter it just doesn’t work so well, if it could condense the atmosphere and warmth of the three alleway pubs in the centre of town then it would be a world beater on every count, sadly it just fails on the atmosphere rating.
After several visits to the Fontainas location I finally made it to the Original. It is smaller and tucked in a residential area but offers the same food and nearly the same beer. This weekend was an Irish Beer Festival so they had a dozen or so Irish craft beers available, along with the standard Cantillons and other Belgian beers. Our service was pretty good in this Brussels beer icon.
This being the original Moeder Lambic, it’s not as epic as the Fontainas location, but they have some good stuff as well. On my visit, they didn’t even have a printed bottle list, so they invited me to the back to scour their selection, which is pretty solid but not as extensive as the other location. Taplist is also quite minimal compared to the other place, but they do have a few Cantillons on tap. Prices seem slightly better than the Fontainas location. Worth a visit, but I doubt you’ll find much here that you can’t find at the other place.