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Beer Available At Le Poechenellekelder (arranged by most recent)
St Feuillien Blonde 87, Forestinne Primoria 50, Oud Beersel Oude Kriek 99, De la Senne Saison du Meyboom 94, St Feuillien Grand Cru 93, Watou Tripel 95, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait 98, Moeder Overste 76, De la Senne Zinnebir 91, De Dolle Arabier 96, De Ranke Guldenberg 95, Tripel Karmeliet 99, Forestinne Ambrosia 61, Bink Blond 71, Martinís Pale Ale 51, Blaugies La Moneuse Speciale NoŽl 92, De Ranke Noir De Dottignies 95
Boudicca (1035) London, England | April 22, 2011| Updated April 25, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
We visited Le Poechenellekelder on 30 March and again on 10 April when passing through Brussels. As others have said, itís right next to the Manneken Pis and, on a sunny day, the pavement cafť area outside is always crowded and hemmed in by hordes of tourists loitering with their cameras pointed towards the diminutive statue.
The main bar, which has two rooms, is entered via metal steps up to first floor level (and thereís an equally steep descent to the toilets at the back of the main bar, next to two life size mannequins sitting near a table with comfy cushions on benches reserved for regulars). There are dark wooden tables with small brass plaques commemorating previous occupants and an array of slightly macabre puppets hanging from the walls. If you were to lie on your back on the floor, youíd have the impression of looking down on crates of beer and tables of glasses, which have been fixed to the ceiling.
Thereís a reasonable 2-page beer list which included, crucially for me, bottled lambics Ė in my view, there is no other way to start or finish a visit to Belgium than with a Hanssens kriek or something similar. They are relatively pricey here but they are served in a pouring basket and come with a tiny bowl of nibbles.
chriso (507) London, England | April 11, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited a few times over the years, most recently on 10 April 2011 - would have liked to sit outside as it was a very hot day but the hordes of pis-gapers milling around were a bit off-putting. Inside is quirky and rather kitschy - old & woody, wth lots of knick-knacks and a puppetry theme. Certainly quite atmospheric but the location rather detracts from the ambience. Service is functional and efficient, if a little gruff. The beer list is pretty solid with a fair range of lambics - Lindemanns Faro & Kriek (also Taras Boulba) on draught and some out of the ordinary stuff such as Zwanze & Horals Mega Blend available (at a price). The standard bottled geuzes & krieks seem a little overpriced, especially when you can get them a lot cheaper, often on draught, at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, which is just a couple of minutes walk away.
MonMadsen (127) , Denmark | April 2, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited March 18. Was pleasantly surprised by this place, as the location across from the Little WeeMan, could make it a pricey touristtrap, but no. Nice decor and a cozy ambiance. Well worth a visit.
jrallen34 (500) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Decent reviews and quite a few on BA so I figured this place was worth checking out, IT IS NOT...Located kitty corner of the Pissing Boy so its in a nice locale and easy to find. At 5 in the afternoon this was already super busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Once we were seated we were presented with a bottle menu of about 40 beers and about 8 drafts, all winter beers. The selection was a lot of Belgian lower tier beers, but there were some of the higher end stuff. The beer selection isnít a problem, its more of the atmosphere. The walls are covered by some costumes of the pissing buy and tons of puppets, very strange. Its loud, and way too busy, and full of all tourists. The music was all American with hits by Mariah Carey and tons of Christmas music.This is a total tourist trap that because of a good location picks up traffic.
nate2g (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | March 22, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Welcoming bar in the busy foot traffic zone around Manneken Pis. On a quieter day I can easily feel at home here, even with all the kitsch and quirkiness. Definitely loses the appeal when itís jam-packed. Nice selection of lambics but exy for the privilege. Staff are efficient. Enjoyable. (Visited March í10 and again in March í11)
JohnRMurdoch (347) Glasgow, Scotland | March 18, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Old fashioned bar across the road from Mannekin Pis. Good selection of Belgian beers. Slow service but well worth a visit.
ILikeOl (121) , Norway | March 17, 2011| Updated June 6, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I place i would like to go back to. Fascinating interior and a quality selection of beers.
brugmanneke (44) , Germany | February 19, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Donít be fooled by tho location in a tourist hotspot, directly next to Manneken Pis. This is a serious beer bar!
Good choice of beers on the menu, but I especially enjoy their changing offer, which often features interesting brews, including one on tap.
Good atmosphere inside, friendly staff.
chicagodri (58) Chicago, Illinois | February 18, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting place - right next to the crowd statue area. Nice beer selection. Was crowded.
sogrady (21) Maine | February 13, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Service is indifferent and the food menu is limited and plain, but the beer selection is absolutely outstanding, the location is convenient and the atmosphere is very cool.
Note that itís cash only.
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