Belgium > Brussels
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, youíll get access to the smoke-free tables. "Home-Made Spaghetti Bolognaise ŗ 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 youíre nearby (well, youíll probably be, as itís 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 (142) 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 (451) 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) ōlbutikken, Denmark | 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!
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 (170) 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.
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