Belgium > Brussels
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | November 9, 2006| Updated September 30, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A short walk away from Brussels tourist area is the best beer selection in Brussels. I donít care about the 2000 different beers of the Delirium Cafť, I donít drink 2000 beers a night. What I want is a nice selection of high quality beers and some special finds (rarities/aged beers) and the best place for that in Brussels is the Bier Circus (still way behind Kulminator though). Nice but pricy vintage list. I had De Dolles Special 20th, Aged Fantome Dark White, Cantillon Cuvťe des Champions, and more. What I didnít care about is the physical space. Take away the beer list and the beer geeks and this place is just as unexciting as it gets. The restaurant side is even more plain and uninspiring as the pub side. Food was pricy and just ok. I went there many times and got to talk a lot to the staff. More than knowledgeable, passionate. Soft-rock music at acceptable levels. Closed on Sunday (they got me once). A must despite the lousy dťcor.
arjoseph (33) Chicago, Illinois | August 15, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Cool place. Wish I would have went there more than once. GREAT beer list, helpful staff. Kind of out of the way, but thatís better, because you donít get the tourists. Even though I think they lied to me about not having any more Framboos, Iíll give them a good rating. The food looked good too, though I didnít have any.
mkobes (53) paramus, New Jersey | July 1, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in here twice when we were in Belgium. The first time we stopped in it was closed. Very good beer selection. Staff is very knowledgable. Very friendly atmosphere. Great tap selection. Its definitely worth a trip when you are in Belgium.
3fourths (1453) 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.
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 weekís 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 didnít 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
Iím 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. Iím 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. 98í Ńlexander for Ä15, 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, 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.
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