Belgium > Brussels
marburg (5) Michigan | July 4, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Anything you could ever want. Supposedly there are places with a bigger selection -- hell, there are tons of places in the States with a bigger overall selection -- but who cares? These guys have ever important beer I could think of and then some. I tried a number of brews new to me, including draft XX Bitter, which is just mind-blowingly awesome.
The food seemed good, and while itís expensive, there doesnít seem to be much of anywhere in the EU thatís not. Comparitively, it was fine. And thatís all that matters.
Patrick, behind the bar, was nice and helpful when my wife was looking for a good witbier sheíd never tried. His recommendation was superb. I guess theyíre moving, so everything on the walls was for sale. Iíll be curious to see what the new place is like: This is basically just a couple of little old rooms and a helluva lot of good beer.
diabel (25) Aarschot, Belgium | June 28, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice beerpub, with a nice beerselection and especially vintages. I went there on one of the last days at Nį89 for the first time, so next time will be at the new location. A pity itís my first time over there, I will definitely return.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | June 28, 2005| Updated January 14, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Hmmm... where do I start? The food is very good for the price. The (old) location is nice and cosy. They have a good beer list of a reasonable size with some interesting vintage stuff. I think I went there four times and three times it was great. Had a few issues the last time which I wonít go into. Had a beer from the cellar on a 35C day and it was WARM. Not room temperature - warm. I definitely recommend going, but donít rock the boat! Update: Returned in 2007 to the new location. Very much geared towards dining now and the service was as infuriating as ever. For instance I was carrying an empty water bottle which wouldnít fit in my bag, but was not permitted to rest it (empty!) on the bar. It had to go in my bag. I usually love weirdo bar owners (and itís a large part of the appeal of many Belgian bars) but this guy has just never made me feel welcome. I never had a problem with any of the other staff. Beer list was as good as ever, but itís not enough to get me to bother again.
Ernest (159) Boulder, Colorado | April 27, 2005
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very good selection (not like Delirium or Kulminator, but a selective menu), often with vintage choices, decent enough prices considering itís in Brussels, and fairly friendly (!) staff. One of my faves in Belgium. Cozy inside, which can translate to lots of smoke.
kook (34) Perth, Western Australia, Australia | January 4, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this place, staff were friendly to me, and the vintage list is amazing. They also had a couple great draft beers. Food was fine in quality for the low place. I would definately go back, if only for the vintage beers.
Joeh (49) , England | December 22, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went there twice. Bleak, dull little place with a limited list and a little unfriendly. Saving grace is the interesting vintage list that isnít priced too high. I hear they are moving to a new location up the road a bit, so maybe that will have a better atmosphere.
Nate (265) Indiana, Pennsylvania | September 12, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Had dinner and beers here. Small place, very warm. Great vintage list, though pricy. Enjoyed a Rodenbach Alexander and a Westy red cap. The bolognese with Chimay-based sauce was excellent. Owner was overrun and he kept forgetting to bring our bill for about 35 mintues. When he finally did, he brought us each a free draught beer for our patience. Definitely worth a stop.
madsberg (50) SÝborg, Denmark | June 6, 2004| Updated March 8, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Revisit March 2011: Maybe not the best day to visit. Service was not too good. Selection seems not to be as interesting as earlier. Still a nice place to visit, but other places in Bruxelles seems more obvious to go to first.
Original rate May 2004:
This was a really gem. The Vintage beerlist is out of this world. Bellevue Selection Lambic (14Ä), De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 (18Ä) (I bought those 2) and many others at quite resonable prices IMO. Didnít try some of the excellent food myself, but the places was packed with people, that ate. This is an absolutely must for any beerlover visiting Brussels.
eku28 (17) San Diego, California | March 26, 2004
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Le Bier Circus is one of the great beer bars in Belgium, and a must visit when in Brussels. Only a 5-10 minute walk from the Grand Place, it's located on a relatively non-descript street. Inside, it has a front main/bar area with 2 smaller rooms in the back. The decor is nice with beer memorabilia and large murals of Belgian comic strip characters. The bottled beer list is very good. But, the real gem is the Vintage beer list, which includes old geuzes, Westvleteren 12's, Alexanders, etc. I had a '94 Vander Linden Frambozenbier (on the owners recommendation) that was outstanding. This place is run by people who are truly passionate about beer. I asked about some white beers, and was given a blanche from Ellezelloise that I'd never seen before (not even at the better stores in town- Beer Mania and Bier Tempel). It was one of the best white beers I've had w/ the smell almost being better than the taste. The food is also very good at Le Bier Circus. However, there is some unfortunate news, as this beer institution is in danger because of a new landlord situation. Please help out Le Bier Circus and sign the petition at their website. This place is a real treat, and it would be a shame if something happened.
TheBeerGod (106) Newport News, Virginia | January 8, 2004
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Well, this place consumed several nights of our trip in May of 2003. The beer selection was incredible. Fortunately, I found out beforehand that they had a vintage list that was not handed out with the standard list. That made it even better. I had several awesome beers but the one liked best came with the best meal I had there - steak with shallots et faro. Had the 94 Fantome Automne. That is worth the trip to that place alone. The Flemish Beef(stoofvles) with Westmalle was awesome. The Chimay choclate mousse was awesome as well as the spaghetti bolognaise. The bar itself is small with many old beer signs and glasses adorning the walls. Beer is served in each brewery's glass when available, otherwise still served with proper glassware. The bartender (owner?) was very friendly even when we saw him at another beerpub before Bier Circus opened. Can't wait to return!
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