Belgium > Brussels
3fourths (1271) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2006| Updated April 20, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Stopped in for lunch during my first day in Brussels - hard to find, yeah! Didn’t realize that it was down an alley so I spent way too much time standing around looking at my print-out map and looking around the shops. Anyways, the restaurant has a really comfortable pub-ish feel to it, servers all are professional, and the food was fairly good as well. Had the spaghetti bolognaise with the Timmerman’s Lambik Doux served from a ceramic jug. Good times, though only visited to have the lambik.
Boudicca (617) London, England | January 5, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A la Bécasse specialises in faro and lambic blends although it has quite a wide range of the usual Belgian bottles too. They also serve snacks and traditional Belgian bar food such as spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, croques and salads.
It’s a nice place, reminiscent of a small German beer hall, with light wood panelled walls and a large bricked up fireplace at one end of the room. At the other end is the bar, with its highly polished copper and brass barrel and a woodcock (bécasse) perched atop. The blue and white earthenware jugs in which the lambic is served are hung behind the bar.
There’s a large room upstairs and outside there’s a tiled drinking corridor with an old fireplace, although it’s open to the elements.
(Visited 2 October 2012).
Fin (491) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of those very tricky to find places that when you stumble upon it you realise that actually the signs are there and you should have found it before now. We visited here on Friday 16th December 2011, i’ve realised that the place existed before but somehow walked past scratching my head, this time with the aid of ’Around Brussels in 80 Beers’ It was located quite swiftly & easily. When we arrived it was fairly quiet, but it slowly became a little busier as we merrily tucked into our Spaghetti’s. Loz had the house special, I had cheese and ham they were absolutely fine but I rather chuckled and liked the fact that the house version was differentiated only by the addition of some tinned peas, still it was reasonably priced, warm and filling, and Loz loves peas. I had the Timmermans Lambic Doux a beer that I’d never had before and whilst a tad on the sweet side it slipped down a treat. The wood pannelling, the waitors aprons, the peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the world outside are all good reasons to come here and I would thoroughly recomend popping in here to anyone in the area. Btw there is a decent little vinyl shop around the corner next to Cirio that is worth a gander.
KyotoLefty (435) Kyoto, Japan | August 6, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Nice old boozer. Selection is not all that impressive, but you can get the Doux Lambic. Worth a quick stop.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | October 30, 2006
22 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 3/20
You’ll enjoy the really cool narrow passage that leads you from the street to the door of La Bécasse. Unfortunately that’s where the fun stops. Uptight french resto. Beer selection is as bad as it gets in Belgium. Ha, but they had a draught, Timmerman’s!!! The french cuisine might be good, I don’t know but this is ratebeer, not ratefood and this place should not even be on this site.
Scopey (358) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Sleepy traditional beer cafe located in central Brussels. It is however not that easy to find...it’s down a small alley off the main street. We visited to sample the infamous Lambic Doux and were not disappointed. They serve it from old clay jugs and it tastes rather good really. They also have a decent little bottle selection with some Cantillon etc on offer. Service was friendly and attentive. Worth a visit to get the feel of a traditional beer house and try the doux for sure.
Dedollewaitor (335) Odense, Denmark | June 3, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
2 Minute walk from Grand Place. Rare House beer: Timmermans Doux. Cozy, calm and friendly atmosphere and surroundings. Beautiful interier. Old rustic furniture, ceramic mugs and so on. A nice place to stop if you need a moment of silence away from the touristy streets of Brussels. 20 beers total. Kwak, Karmeliet, Cantillon Iris, Trappist, Timmermans (5,6 different ones from that brewey) OK
Ibrew2or3 (325) Tempe, Arizona | March 19, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, this is a hidden realm back here. From the main ‘walkway’ you would never know this was here. My first thought was this seems like a “speakeasy” as you need to know someone to find out where it is, I did. So sebletitje and I enter the small space and took a seat in the cramp confines where there’s worn smooth wood in every direction except the bricked in fireplace. I enjoy the serving method as the Faro (and the Gueuze too maybe) is served in an aged ceramic vessel. The service was ok and I didn’t try the food as it seemed more soul-full food can be found elsewhere. As far as beer goes they have the Timmerman’s Lambic Doux Faro and a few other offerings none of which is worth heading in here. It is worth it to experience the mood and history and architecture.
Schlenkerla (322) , Austria | January 6, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very traditional place close to Grand Place. They serve great lambic in a traditional stone pitcher and you can eat bred with white cheese. If you like lambics you must come to this place.
jackl (320) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 24, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Very quiet traditional cafe located off an alley near the Grand Place. This place is quite easy to miss, and it took us a few passes to find it. The ambiance is very relaxed. Plenty of old wooden fixtures. The bar displayed a number of traditional lambic jugs that they use to serve their famous faro in. The service was fine. The selection’s small. The real showcase is the Lambic Doux, a rather arcane faro that’s a permanent fixture at the bar. For a faro it’s actually quite good. The prices were fair, not unreasonable. Overall, I’ll definitely be back to sink another jug of Faro here the next time I’m in Brussels.
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