Belgium > Brussels
Travlr (1870) Washington, Washington DC | November 28, 2008| Updated January 27, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fancy food, very tasty. Owner was present, actively involved, had great recommendations. Good selection, including a handful of bottles and draughts not found elsewhere. Not to be missed.
t0rin0 (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 19, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited in October 2012.
I had heard good things about this place way back when during my time on BA. Now, after having visited it the most interesting thing aside from the creepy clown paraphernalia all over the place and the obscure beers available was the hike up here from Le Poechenellekelder. To say we took the scenic route may be an understatement. We walked all over the place, way out of the way, and eventually found our way. I guess it was fine since we got to see some of the old town and some college hazing but we were all kind of fed up and wanted to just get to the damn restaurant by that point.
Inside the restaurant is a bit barren. Very open with the clown dolls scattered around. I didnít have much issue with the service here. Maybe the server wasnít super friendly but he wasnít rude. The bottle list was interesting. I didnít find the special Cantillon (another variation on Cuvee de Champions) or any obscure Fantomes but they had a bunch of stuff that I had never heard of so I got a saison. There wasnít much to pick from on the menu but the spaghetti was gigantic. I hadnít eaten all day and in my obesity I managed to finish most of it but that is enough food for 2 or 3 people.
I think Iíll have to stop back in one more time and scour the bottle list a bit better because there are some neat things in there, but this isnít the premier beer nerd destination, at least not any more.
3fourths (1435) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2006| Updated July 27, 2008
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Bier Circus has to be the most fun I’ve ever had in a beer bar. After stumbling in the first night in Brussels after drinking too much elsewhere, we went back the next night and spent most of it sitting at the bar. The beer list is phenomenal, stocked with rare vintages and little known Wallonian beer, we mixed ordering old vintage geuze with tripels and Belgian strong ales from small breweries we had never heard of. The staff was awesome, they chatted with us, danced around with folks at the bar, even rolled me a cigarette from my bag of shag. The crowd and music were very chill, very relaxed, enjoying the night - it was great. Got a good recommendation for the Kameleon Tripel from them, one of the better finds during my travels in Europe. However, the best beer I’ve ever had in my life was bought here, the Drie Fonteinen Framboos, 1999 vintage. We considered going back the next day again, but we had such a good time the night before that we didn’t want to try to compete with that experience, rather to let it stay as one of the better nights of the year.
brokensail (1055) Orange County, California | October 8, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a goofy/novelty place in terms of the decor with all the clowns and circus stuff. Beer list isnít bad, good selection and some obscure things. Small draft list, but not bad. The food menu is interesting. Ordered the Big Spaghetti which is pretty damn big and probably the biggest meal youíre going to get for 13E in Brussels. Interesting place, but donít really need to go back.
nate2g (1016) Boomtown!, Australia | March 23, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A visit to Le Bier Circus was towards the end of a long day checking other beer places around town. Perhaps I was just too knackered but only stayed briefly for a glass of lambic. Decent beer range but nothing of note I hadnít seen elsewhere. Did not order food this time. Venue felt a little too impersonal and atmosphere didnít help as I was just one of two still at the bar. Iíll revisit next Iím in Brussels.
Beershine (821) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 25, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
In Belgium it can be tough finding bars that offer high quality beer and a full menu of hot food. Often the best beer selections mean sacrificing food other than cheese and sausage, which can get dangerous. The selection at Bier Circus is impressive enough to keep beer nerds coming back whether or not they are hungry, and the service is good.
BeerandBlues2 (803) San Diego, California | January 30, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice place a little outside of the main tourist traps. The restaurant area is to the left and there is a bit more seating than other places, and it was particularly sleepy on a Wednesday night. The server took a long time and our glasses sat empty a bit despite him walking by the table often (just not making eye contact with us). The food is simple and well prepared and there is a nice bottle list, particularly with some aged selections. The clown decor is a bit amusing.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 3, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
While barely a 10-minute walk from Brussels very center, this beer bar seems to be the most neglected among Brusselsí top. Undoubtedly, the ownerís very discreet nature does not help to spread the gospel. Then again, it may allow the visitors to benefit from a nicer selection, one that includes quite a few interesting vintages and an impressive range of bottles from smaller wallonian breweries. Girardin Oude Lambik was also available on tap. The prices were good for Brussels. While limited, the food menu was most satisfying for the casual visitor, my cheesy meatloaf being possibly the best Iíve ever eaten and my girlfriendís Chimay sauce was delicious above her pasta. Large servings. We went there for lunch, so itís tough to assess the atmosphere. The pub does not have the coziness of many, being a bit more modern and restaurant-like. Nevertheless, I would place it very close to the two Moeder right behind the Delirium in terms of beer selection in the capital.
fiulijn (628) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 20, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
The interior is a bit "bistrot" and chaotic, but at least we are out of the most touristic center; the music selection may be particular, but itís very good, also crossing styles.
The 5 beers on draught could be extended, and the hidden bag-in-box lambic made more evident, but the bottle list is respectable; there are no big whales, but a very good selection of no-nonsense Belgian ales, many of those new and modern; the prices are decent.
Although I liked the croque monsieur (toast sandwich), I think that 10Ä is too much.
JoeMcPhee (522) Toronto, ON, Ontario | November 4, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I loved this place. Clean, modern, and thankfully smoke-free. It doesnít have the ambiance of some older beer bars, but it does have some great beers, which is the point. Very friendly and chatty bartender who is happy to talk shop and help you out with what you might like. Beers are reasonably priced. I killed 4-5 hours in this place and didnít even realize that it had happened.
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