Belgium > Brussels
Brodie (21) Blowing Rock, North Carolina | June 10, 2006
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding beer destination. Servers are professional and knowledgeable. Once they pick up on the fact that you are a beer afficionado, the are more than happy to work with you. Good food. Beer list is both extensive and selective - every beer on the list is worth trying (200+), but there are too many to try even in a week’s time. Sat outside on both visits, very cool atmosphere. There were some obnoxious Americans next to us (demanding ketchup for their fries!), but turns out theywere Canadian (woohoo!), so I didn’t feel too guilty (sorry to all my Cannuck friends...). Must visit in Brussels.
mds (100) Toronto, Ontario | May 31, 2006| Updated June 11, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly very quiet on a late Monday evening so it wasn’t smoky and it WAS very quiet. The atmosphere is a little bit strange as it does seem very new and not worked in at all - I’m curious about the previous location. Lots of clowns and interesting beer related decorations. I loved the beer menu as there was a lot of things I still hadn’t heard of and there were plenty of old favourites at inexpensive prices. The vintage list though, while impressive, was very expensive compared to a lot of other pubs I had visited. Many items were over 10E and upwards of 25E while they could be found outside of Brussels for half or even 75% of the price.
One area that they get a big thumbs up though is for the food menu - many of the great pubs don’t have any signficant meals but this place - wow...lots of great choices making it quite difficult to decide. I had the fish waterzooi and it was very toothsome. I’d love to be back here trying one of their other delicious sounding items.
Ungstrup (352) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | May 27, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I’m happy for the new opening hours of this place, came in at 11 pm a weekday and was glad that I could spend two hours in a great beer place. I’m not that fond of the interior, wooden barstools that could have been bought in IKEA and stonetiled floor. The staff was friendly though not fluent in English. But the selection was awful, both wide and with hard to get beers both new and vintage - amazing.
DenverLogan (65) MileHi, Colorado | March 27, 2006| Updated April 15, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
After the Kerstbierfest in 2004 I went here for dinner with BDOTY winners Ray & Cornelia...super meal and beers. The Circus is now in their new location 1/2 block away. The new location is on a corner with windows on both sides for the restaurant, and a back bar. Taps includes La Rulles Triple, Uitzet Triple, La Chouffe & two others. Bottles include 150 nice choices, plus another 80+ aged bottles (e.g. 98’ Álexander for €15, 95 Boon Framboise 24, 96 Cantillon Gueuze 20, 98 Loerik 23, 98 Lou Pepe Framboise 23, 02 St. Lamvinus 17, 98 de Cam Oude Gueuze 18, aged drie Fonteinens, Fantomes, La Caracoles, Orvals, Oud Beersels, Westvleterens, etc.) I ate there three times over a week, including the wonderful medium rare steak with sauce Bruxelloise (creamy cheese, genever, gueuze sauce and frites with little asparagus wrapped in bacon & salad. The spaghetti with Bolognaise sauce cooked in Chimay is tasty and filling with lots of cheese! On my birthday I had the rabbit special cooked with prunes, potato croquettes and salad...lovely! Great place near botanic gardens.
sayravai (103) Helsinki, Finland | March 24, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Clean, quiet and cosy place with a very few people on a Sunday afternoon (March). The bar is small and smoky, but if you decide to eat, you’ll get access to the smoke-free tables. "Home-Made Spaghetti Bolognaise à la Trappiste de Chimay" was nice but not mind-blowing. "Steak and Fries" was quite good, but unfortunately I chose the odd "Sauce Bruxelloise" as the sauce. Wrong! House lambic was very good, but they were out of the De Deolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 that was on the list and that we very much looked forward to having after dinner. Beer selection was of a good quality, but without any real specialties. A nice place to visit if you’re nearby (well, you’ll probably be, as it’s only 10+ minutes walk from Grand Place).
Emil (52) Copenhagen, Denmark | March 18, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Small and coasy bar with lots of vintage beers, a must if in Brussels.
bitter (90) Henderson, Nevada | March 1, 2006
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
well i dont think i have to say much here. but this is a must if in brussels. we had several biers of high quality. i let the bartender pick for us and he did not steer us wrong. make sure to get a cheese plate with your gueze (absolutely beatiful). food is great.
Nekronos (143) Xalapa, Mexico | December 25, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very good place, the ambience is a little snob, and the staff is a little sriouos, but I guess that is Belgian style, but they lnow how to serve a BEer and I got some advices, and made some friends there. The food is good, but strong the mustard. I got the Westvleteren Red Cap there, was amazing.
Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | December 18, 2005
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very friendly atmosphere, with wooden bars and decorations. Very knowledgeable staff, who could describe all the ingredients in my Cantillon Lambic (hops and malts used). My fave in Brussels. Had a great Stoemp over there. May 2005. Old location.
Jeppe (84) Brooklyn, Alabama | October 27, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Definately my Brussels favourite! A bit posh in the inventory, but still nice and cosy. The beerlist is great with a very nice selection of old and rare stuff. I had De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel (19 EUR), Rodenbach Alexander (10 EUR), Westvleteren Red Cap (10 EUR) and a bunch of nice draught beers as well. A greeeeat place!
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