Belgium > Eizeringen
Beer Available At In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst (arranged by most recent)
Timmermans Jonge Lambiek 93, Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters 100, Moriau Kriek 97, 3 Fonteinen Straffe Winter 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage (all from 2002-*) 100, Eylenbosch Gueuze 97, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic 61, De Troch Oude Lambik 90, Boon Oude Lambik 89, Lindemans Oude Lambik 88, Lindemans Jonge Lambik 56, Belle-Vue Sťlection Lambic 100, Timmermans Kriekenlambiek 56, Girardin Kriekenlambik 96, Timmermans Oude Lambiek 80, Girardin Oude Lambik 97, Oud Beersel Oude Lambik 90, Oude Geuze Boon VAT 44 99
Travlr (1537) Washington, Washington DC | September 20, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
What an experience! Nicely restored old lambic pub, great selection of well-kept and expertly-served lambics and guezes. Very friendly proprietor, staff and locals. One of the best such experiences in Belgium, IMHO.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 8, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The legendary insurance against great thirst has more than a cool name to go along with its fame. Contributing to the myth are the exceptionally restrained opening hours around midday on Sundays only. Set in a bucolic Payottenland small town with brick pathways, it seems to be a mandatory pit stop for locals, cyclists and the occasional family. The setup between the Church is certainly no coincidence, the care for lambics being almost religious in here. Being here is definitely akin to stepping back in time and that adds tremendously to the global experience. For the context, Iíd definitely put Grote Dorst on the must-do list of anyone visiting Brussels and that can fit it in the Sunday schedule. Public Transportation does not seem to be too ridiculous a hassle and having your name in the guest book should be seen as a life-time achievement. In terms of pure beer bar criteria, the lambic selection is great, but not quite exhaustive as Iíd heard it was. No extinct breweries, but still a fair amount of rarities including their own blends, very rare stuff indeed, but sold at very expensive prices indeed. Some of the rarer lambics were more expensive here than anywhere else weíve seen them, including Moeder St-Gilles in Brussels. I guess they just want to keep them in supply. The staff was very friendly though, welcoming us with opened hands and making us feel at home, after they made sure weíd signed the guest book. Come once for the experience, but if you canít, mark it down for the next time and donít overly regret it.
KyotoLefty (479) Kyoto, Japan | August 15, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Nice old Lambicland boozer with crazy hours, as you know. The owners were very kind and friendly. Not geeky, but just doing this like they always have. Has to be one of the 2 or 3 best selections of lambic in the world. Not much else, mind you. Prices are quite fair compared to other places. If you want rare, you pay for it, but there were many things we had not tried for very reasonable prices. Fantastic place to visit. Worth the trip in every respect.
jrallen34 (438) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Way outside of Brussels with super limited hours, but its worth figuring it all out. A true local spot, we were the only non locals there. Unreal selection of lambics, top 5 in the world by far. This is more of stop than De Heeren to me.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
One of my top-4 pub-crawler experience in my life. Up there with being alone with only cats at Kulminator (many years ago when they had all kinds of crazy beers), the Velichov brewpub in the middle of nowhere in Czech Republic and that famous Saturday night at Wenlock Arms in London. A visit at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst is simply surreal. Only opened for a few hours every week on the Sunday mornings for the mass at the church just in front of the pub. Thatís pretty weird to start with. Opens occasionally for funerals and such. What the???. Very few people inside the pub are below 60. Very few tourists. Beer list is mainly lambic stuff. Summer 2010 they had stuff like Selection Lambic at 62 Euros, 3F Millenium at 75 Euros, 3F Hommage at only 20 Euros, De Cam at 3.75Euro. More unusual lambics like Moriau as well as their own exclusive lambic blend that cannot be rated on ratebeer. But the main attraction was the 1984 Eylenbosch Gueze. Holy crap this was good!!! When you order the vintage bottle the waiter leaves the bar, goes to the second cellar and comes back minutes later with a bottle full or dirt and the label eaten by moisture. No music, no nothing. They probably havenít changed a chair or a table for 50 years. Passionate service. We biked there from Brussels and then stopped at Den Haas followed by De Cam Cafť. A beer day I will never forget.
Scopey (411) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
I finally got around to visiting this lambic mecca. The best thing to do is to get the bus their and back, which is good value and fairly quick. The place is rather small and has a traditional feel to it with plenty of brewery/lambic paraphernalia kicking about. The beer selection is rather special with plenty of old lambic at rather reasonable prices. Yes itís true that Iíd tried a lot of it before, but having it all in one place at this price is great. Even though the place was very busy the service was still very good. I urge any lambic-lover to make the journey.
jackl (406) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 24, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
The promised land for any fan of gueuze. Located not too far from Brussels, but in a bucolic location that feels as if itís of a past time. The barís pretty small. Simple wooden tables and a spartan long bar. The walls are decorated with vintage lambic posters. The bottle selection is unreal. A fan of sour beers will have trouble choosing what to order. Multiple taps of unblended lambic are available too. The service is quite good for Belgium, actually friendly. The prices are very fair. More reasonable than the like of DHVL or Moeder Lambic. Overall, this was a brilliant experience. I canít wait to return.
Dedollewaitor (358) Odense, Denmark | September 5, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
WAAAUUWW. Insane bottle list. All the classics in various vintages at reasonable prices. BUT what maked my day was the atmosphere. Friendly hosts and locals. A great experience.
mcberko (291) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 13, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
The ABSOLUTE BEST experience Iíve ever had at a bar! ...despite the ridiculous hours. Vintage lambic list is incredible, perhaps only topped by Akkurat and maybe DHVL (but itís close). Prices are probably the most reasonable in the whole country -- as of May 2013, Hommage was 45Ä, for example. Atmosphere is just wonderful, with mostly elderly locals comprising the clientele. We arrived early (around 9:40am; opening is 10am), and the ownersí parents greeted us shortly thereafter, inviting us in early. Both the owners and parents were extremely friendly and warm. Accessible by one bus (#128) from Gare du West -- make sure youíre in Belgium on a Sunday so you can visit this amazing place.
JoeinDahlem (279) Berlin, Germany | January 10, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The Insurance Against Great Thirst demands some planning ahead, because of those limited hours. Itís especially nice for sharing a Sunday lambic before heading off elsewhere for lunch, like the Rare Vos in nearby Schepdaal. The attraction here is the selection of bottled gueuze and other lambics, stored and served perfectly. All the serious ones are here: Boon, Cantillon, De Cam, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin, Hanssens, Lindemans (Cuvee Rene only!), Mort Subite, Oud Beersel, plus the occasional surprise. This is also where you might find one of those elusive lambic-serving baskets for sale. For any lambic-lover touring Pajottenland, here is your pilgrimage.
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