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Beer Available At In´t Spinnekopke (arranged by most recent)
Betchard Blonde 47
JoeinDahlem (305) Berlin, Germany | March 11, 2007| Updated September 19, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Want to have a real draft faro with your lapin a la kriek? This is the place to come. In our experience, the beer dishes and mussels have been winners, but the steaks are nothing special. Small and cramped, make a reservation. Some fun flambee desserts if you’ve still got room for them. Once we had to wait for 15 minutes despite a reservation, but they gave us a round of free beers to make up for it. Great beer selection for a good restaurant. (NOTE: The draft lambic and faro have recently switched from Cantillon to 3 Fonteinen. When I asked the waiter why--not that I was complaining--he just shrugged and said, "That’s between them and the owner." OK.)
KnutAlbert (315) Oslo, Norway | January 31, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been there several times over the eyars. Not the place for beer finds, perhaps, but it is excellent for inspired beer cooking.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | October 30, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
French bistro décor. Chairs and tables are very small and low which make them uncomfortable. A bit too clustered. 6 taps including 2 Cantillon. About 100 or so bottles on the menu (average for a good Belgium restaurant). Some good selection (Carolus, Mortal, etc.) but they were out of all the good stuff I wanted. Not updating the beer menu seems to be a Belgium (mainly Brussels) tradition. I didn’t eat there but from what I could see the food was upscale but a bit $. Recommended for a nice diner but not worth adding to a pub-crawling itinerary. May I suggest the nice house beer “Betchard” which is exclusively brewed for this restaurant by Brasserie de la Senne (at least that was the case sept 2006).
fiulijn (680) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 20, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I was there in 2004, I had a good time, but probably I consider it more interesting for the food than for the beers.
chimay67 (60) hunt sta, New York | April 1, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very cozy little place, they make you feel very welcome. The Cantillon on tap was a wonderful starter. The carbonnade and the stoemp were both plentyful and tasty as all get out.
DenverLogan (65) MileHi, Colorado | March 24, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I had a lovely meal here recently (in Brussels). I can still imagine the creamy mushroom sauce mede with lambic for their Chicken Spinnekopke...yum...tasty table bread and even good frites!
Beside good food, the owner has a house beer, Betchard, 5.5% Artisonale blonde contract brewed by Brasserie de la Senne - smooth, tasty like a saison with subtle fennel and other herbs.
This beer was not on the menu. On the menu were Cantillon lambic and faro on tap, a few others on tap, 11 Abbaye, 14 Trappists (the Westys had €5.5 scratched out and €10 or so hand written as updates), many big bottles and 36 artisanales, however, many they no longer carry.
The new goal is to open a new brewery in Tubize around June, and then a brasserie/cafe around December, and eventually a museum. They hope to export to the U.S.
bitter (90) Henderson, Nevada | March 1, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
this is more of an upscale restaurant then beer bar. which we werent aware of. they had a house apertif drink which was a white beer with gueuze. very nice. good beer selection with food pairings. knowledgable staff. was a little too snooty for me and expensive. nonetheless good authentic belgium food.
Kingsley (3) San Diego, California | December 30, 2005
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
The food is excellent, the wait-staff is professional and knowledgeable, and the beer selection is quite good. And they make certain dishes with Belgian beers! There is also some outdoor seating available. A local institution. If you do the Cantillon brewery tour, you may see the painting there which shows people sitting outside this very restaurant. Their selection of Belgian beers is very good (though we also found that they lacked some of the listed beers we asked for); however, no place I’ve ever seen with a better selection also has the food to match.
kook (34) Perth, Western Australia, Australia | August 27, 2005
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
Great food, however I had a dissappointing meal. A broken piece of glass in my lambic sorbet ruined the meal. Otherwise, wonderful beer, wonderful food.
sayravai (103) Helsinki, Finland | July 29, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A finer restaurant than I usually go to, with an equally fine, carefully selected beerlist. We were there at 2 pm on monday, so only had to wait two minutes before getting a table. Actually, we were going to make a reservation for tuesday, but decided to stay as we were hungry. Had entrees and main courses, plus dessert and one beer each for 72 eur total (for 2 persons). Not exactly cheap, but that seemed to be the price level overall in Brussels for "real" dinners. The food was really good, but not really better than what we make at home - except the Carolus sauce, which was great with Filet Pur de Bœuf. The portions were quite small, so you’d better have at least two courses if hungry. I recommend having the Choix de Sorbet à la Bière (sherbet of kriek, wit and Maredsous) for dessert. They say it’s the only place serving beer sherbets. As usual, the menu was only in French and Flemish, but the waiter (an old man, and quite a character) was happy (in his own, sarcastic way) to clarify the necessary parts in English. Red meats on the list are few and expensive (although not even filet), but that seems to be a problem in Brussels (and Belgium?) in general. I wonder why, since there were cattle everywhere we drove in the countryside, and while there’s no sea even near, they serve seafood in every corner.
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