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Beer Available At Le Poechenellekelder (arranged by most recent)
Tripel Karmeliet 100, Forestinne Ambrosia 63, Forestinne Primoria 53, Bink Blond 76, Martin’s Pale Ale 59, Blaugies La Moneuse Speciale Noël 93, De Ranke Noir De Dottignies 96, Cantillon Iris 99, Rochefort Trappistes 10 100, Rochefort Trappistes 6 98, La Caracole Nostradamus 97, Oud Beersel Oude Kriek 99, Gouden Carolus Noël (Christmas) 99, Oud Beersel Oude Geuze 98, Cantillon Kriek 99, Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus 99, Girardin Gueuze Black Label 100, Girardin Kriek 96, Cantillon Vigneronne 99, Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru 97
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Leighton (679) London, England | November 9, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I love the ambiance in here. The decor is dynamic, with lots of puppets and marionettes, beer ephemera, crossbows - the usual. They’ve got around a hundred bottles, which cover all the classics. Beyond that they have seasonals and a handful of slightly more obscure offerings. Good value, friendly table service. This is a warm, inviting place, and I could easily pass a few hours in here.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 3, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The bar across the manneken Pis may be touristy, but it’s a comfortable corner bar where stepping in for a beer feels like the most natural thing to do in the world. The heavily decorated themed interior is certainly worth a look too. When we were there, the taps were all dry, relatively hoppy Belgian blondes, exactly my type of ales and I went straight for that. The bottle selection is good for the location, but not especially spectacular for a Belgian café on Ratebeer. Its location kinda makes it a must-stop if you’re in Brussels and not too rushed, unless you’ve been here a few times before.
jackl (506) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 23, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Certainly worth visiting for the interior alone. There’s loads of creepy marionettes and puppets adorning the walls. The service is Belgian. The selection’s bigger than most cafes in Brussels. Draft lambics were available in addition to a decent selection of the more common sours. Prices were steep, befitting of the very touristy clientele. Overall, not bad.
bhensonb (502) 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.
Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | August 22, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Right next to the Manneken Pis, with hoards of tourists (Chinese that day, taking pictures) the terrasse is a great place to have a beer, a snack, and people spotting. Nice beer selection, 4 taps. The place is full of marionette, old photos, beautiful decor, superb.
Scopey (458) Croydon, England | June 29, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A solid bar in the touristy centre of Brussels. It’s good fun to sit outside and watch peoples disappointment when they see the Manneken Pis statue! Inside it has a nice quirky old-bar feel, with lots of old beer bottles etc (including a crate of empty Belle-Vue Selection lambic!). The bottled list is good, particularly the lambics. Last time I was there I drank cellared Orval, so can’t complain. It’s not cheap, but this is the tourist centre. Food was decent enough, but also expensive for what it was. Still, it is worth a visit if you are in Brussels.
gnoff (457) 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.
jrallen34 (457) 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 isn’t 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.
chriso (446) 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.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 13, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Was there sept 2006. It doesn’t matter how tacky it is, everybody visiting Brussels goes to see the Mannekin Pis. The pub is right in front of it with a patio looking at it. I was there on a quiet after-noon and drinking a nice trippel 20 feet away from the Mannekin Pis was a nice experience. The pub is surprisingly large inside and is classier than the average Belgium pub. Basic beer selection is average at best with about 100 bottles and 6 to 8 taps (mostly typical assortment). There’s a separate variable one-page beer list called the “Fonds de Cave” with about 30 less common and aged beer. Regular beer list is typical for Brussels (expensive) and the “Fonds de Cave” is somewhat overpriced (Bush Prestige for 45 Euros, Malheur Cuvée Royale for 30 Euros, Selection Lambic for 40 Euros). I think they only have snacks, no full meals. Service is so-so, which is to be expected for any restaurant/pub located in the heart of the tourist area.
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