Belgium > Brussels
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My first day in Belgium, jet-lagged, I went to the Cantillon brewery, the Mannekin Pis, and then stopped at this place for a respite. This place is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis, and is a great place to observe people at the statue and enjoy a great beer list (150+ beers) under a slightly creepy but cool marionette motif. This was the best beer bar I visited in Brussels (also saw Beer Circus, Delirium Café, and Beer Mania).
Ambience is a bit strange...lots of puppets and other kitsch hanging from the ceiling...reminded me of what a 150-year old TGI Friday’s would look like if depicted in the movie EuroTrip, but somehow cooler than that.
Selection was terrific. Our server was also quite good. He spoke excellent English, and had a good knowledge of what was in inventory and was able to give recommendations based on what members of our party said they liked in a beer. Everyone was happy with what he brought.
I thought prices were quite reasonable.
If you are in Brussels, and you like beer, it would be a tragedy to miss stopping at the Poech. Subsequent visits to other beer places recommended in Tim Webb’s excellent book Good Beer Guide: Belgium didn’t make me think anything less of the Poech – great selection, great service, a non-tourist feel despite being next adjacent to a major tourist attraction.
xpimptastikx (3) Austin, Texas | September 22, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Directly across from Mannekin Piss, with a great little space. A good selection of gueuze and lambics.
Scauca (35) Lovere, Italy | September 5, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Very nice settings and furniture, good selection, quite hi the prices maybe, nice food.
DSG (43) Tel Aviv, Israel | August 19, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A nice-looking place with lots of comics and Mannekin Pis memorabilia everywhere. A decent beer list, strong on Lambics. Good service.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2008| Updated August 11, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A quality beer cafe located directly across the street from Mannekin Pis. Gueuze, kriek, trappist (incl. Westvleteren), a fine beer menu. We ordered a Girardin Gueuze and a plate of meat, cheese, pickles and pearl onions and sat outdoors to people watch and relax on a sunny but chilly mid-morning. Inside it’s wooden and dark but the interior has a lot of character. I’d put this in the must-visit group if you’re in central Brussels walking around, drinking and eating.
bhensonb (441) Woodland, California | May 29, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Excellent venue. Extensive beer list. Service depends on who is up and how that particular life is going. Very responsive over all. Love this place. It was fifties music while we were there. Get the Chimay cheese.
Theis (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | April 14, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice place, we went here several times. Just a perfect relaxing place with a good (not overwhelming) selection - no vintage card - but all you need. Orval, De Dolle, Cantillon, Hanssens..... you know the rest. I will be back !!!
gnoff (389) Mölndal, Sweden | March 25, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Good selection of beers, nice friendly and fast service. Rather crowded. Nice atmosphere. I will go back next time for sure. Only stayed for a few beers in the end of a drinking day though. Was surprised the urinating midget wasn’t bigger.
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | March 16, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Stupid moment - I pull on the door and assume the bar is closed, but I can see people in there. I walk around the corner and look in the other window. Return and pull the door again. Nothing. Frustrated pause. I push... and sheepishly enter feeling rather embarrassed.
Cozy, cool atmosphere, friendly helpful staff. My boring cervelas sausage choice is bologna like and needs the mustard it comes with but thats really my fault for not asking about the various snack options. Makes a decent snack regardless. The small bread and cheese bite I order on my return visit is better. Beer list is smallish by Belgian standards but has some goodies. Server sees me poring over my lists and points me towards Delices... and Moeder Lambic. In a refreshing moment of honesty the server also tells me that If you are looking for something like 3 Fonteinen do not pay 40E for this beer. after I ask about the Belle Vue Selection Lambic on the menu. Cool music, blues to 20s and various others. Be sure to check out the courtyard which has some interesting stuff in there, including a gnome infestation.
FatPhil (265) Tallinn, Estonia | March 6, 2008
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful environment if you want puppets, beer crates and crossbows on the ceiling. Ask for the full menu, the one on the table only has 20 on it, the full one has greater breadth and depth. Waiter was pretty dreadful. For us, he couldn’t understand the concept that 2 people wanted 1 beer, and then we’d decide what to have from the longer list at leisure, so we needed to rush the ordering of the 2nd one just so we could drink the first. To another table in the room with only 3 occupied tables in it, he was completely unable to see or hear the lady gesticulating ever less subtly, and saying ’excuse me’ ever less quietly, even when he was three metres away from her and looking in her direction. Oh - this was a quiet day and a quiet time of day. Our temptation to stay for a third and a fourth was zero. May be better on a different day, though, so will revisit.
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