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Beer Available At Le Poechenellekelder (arranged by most recent)
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Girardin Gueuze Black Label 100, Tripel Kanunnik 70, Malheur 12 98, De Ranke XX Bitter 97, Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne 100, La Caracole Nostradamus 97, De Dolle Arabier 97, Lindemans Faro 82, Cuvée des Trolls 48, Oud Beersel Oude Geuze 98, Van Den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout 79, St Feuillien Cuvée de Noël 98, Zinnebir Christmas (X-mas) 88, De la Senne Zinnebir 92, Tripel Karmeliet 99, Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 100, Forestinne Primoria 72, Forestinne Ambrosia 68, Charles Quint Ambrée 85
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Boudicca (374) 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, it’s right next to the Manneken Pis and, on a sunny day, the pavement café 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 there’s 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, you’d have the impression of looking down on crates of beer and tables of glasses, which have been fixed to the ceiling.
There’s a reasonable 2-page beer list which included, crucially for me, bottled lambics – 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.
Fin (368) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 24, 2012| Updated April 25, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Back in 2008 with Lynn, Barry, Spud (Nick) and Treacle (Anna) we had a pleasant time here. Beer choice very good, Barry liberated an Orval bottle opener from here though he rather unconvincingly suggested that the barman gave it to him. Service was very good and it is fairly centrally located. Quite strangely we have not been here since, not sure why as we really liked this place.
Glouglouburp (345) Montreal, Quebec | February 13, 2007| Updated April 25, 2011
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.
chriso (306) 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.
Dedollewaitor (274) Odense, Denmark | October 29, 2007| Updated September 5, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Just returned from Belgium yesterday. I visited 6 or 7 of the bars which should be the best, according to ratebeer, and this was actually what I found to be the best or 2nd best. Great service, waitor pours every beer with charm, experience & passion. Beer selection not the largest, still around 100
differtent ones all served in the proper glassware. My girlfriend and I went here 2 days in a row. Atmosphere is speial & very calm. Nearly perfect!
jrallen34 (271) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated September 5, 2012
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.
Scopey (271) Croydon, England | June 29, 2011| Updated September 5, 2012
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.
ogivlado (270) Zagreb, Croatia | February 4, 2010| Updated September 5, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice and friendly place right next to Manneken Pis. Not so loud music, lots of beer pics and comics all over the walls. Each table (and chair of course) has its own metal name tag, and I was sitting on the one named Anne-Marie de Roy. Decent beer selection, lots of new for me. If I knew for this place before, I wouldn’t have been in Delirium Tremens so many times. Highly recommended.
JoeinEscazú (268) San Jose, Costa Rica | March 11, 2007| Updated October 11, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t expect a lot from the beer list, so I was happily surprised. A lot of good stuff there. A fun crowd. Creepy puppets. Good place for a bender. Bartenders know their stuff. RE-RATE: There’s a table tent with monthly beer exclusives, almost always something interesting or surprising. And the simple, snacky meals are pretty good too. It’s getting to be a habit to take our houseguests here. This place is becoming a must-visit.
gnoff (256) Mölndal, Sweden | March 25, 2008| Updated October 11, 2007
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.
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