Belgium > Lustin
Beer Available At Musée des Bières Belges (arranged by most recent)
BlackHaddock (306) , England | November 20, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
What an amazing place: strange and lovely at the same time, damp, yet charming, interesting, yet alarming.
A bit out-the-way from other beery destinations but certainly on the way to some places towards Luxembourg which is why we popped in. The walls (which you can’t see because of bottles) along with the whole set up smells like a damp WW11 bunker or an old wine cellar. That might sound great, but this is a former pub that is slowly rotting to death and your nose can detect it.
It took the couple who opened the door almost two minutes to find a light switch (no idea what they were up too in there when we arrived!): so we stood in the murky doorway, lit only by the sunlight, peering into the gloom at row after row of bottles too frightened to move incase we knocked anything over such is the clutter and mess within.
The ’Only in Belgium’ statement comes to mind when I think of this place: well worth visiting, honest.
Free to wander around, no charge any more: loads of rare beers to try (sadly I was driving, so bought some to take away) in the tasting area.
sebletitje (289) Enghien, Belgium | June 19, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited several times on the way to Fantôme or Dinant. Maredsous and Caracole are not far either.
Place is, how to even describe it, an eclectic assemblage of beer memorabilia with typical Wallonian feel nestled in the side of a cliff along the Meuse river. Beautiful surrounding.
Inside is like an old yard sale dedicated to beer bottles of all styles but all Belgians. It reeks the old vibe of an antique shop, dark and clustery from cold and borderline freezing in the winter to hot in the summer.
It’s a nice spot to visit, but also to sit at the small bar to have a beer. No fridge so expect either room temp, or too cold depending of the season. Nice side is the huge beer selection that they have with a lot of expired beers that have often not withstood the test of time. There are also a lot of small unknown beers to be sampled.
Prices are reasonable with a break for members of their museum and bottle price going by the beer abv.
As mentioned by the other rater, be prepared to spend a long time hearing the lady running the museum talk, especially if you speak in French. Every time I have gone there for a beer or two, I ended up staying close to 3 hours just chatting about beers. They are enthusiasts about the beer culture and help around a lot of festivals as well as supporting many small breweries.
Definitely worth a stop, the place has a vibe and a life of its own. I have yet to find the size of beer choice anywhere in Wallonia. Possibility to reach it via train and stop at Lustin station which is literally down the street. Highly suggested to call ahead before visiting and to take cash with you.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | November 8, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
This remarkable place is an independent museum dedicated to Belgian beer. Easy to reach thanks to its proximity to the train station between Dinant and Namur. Its breweriana is concentrated on empty bottles and glasses (for instance, there must be 3 dozens different westy bottles and glasses). That collection (more than 20,000 bottles!) would benefit from a larger place and now it’s a bit all over the place and not the cleanest display, but a very impressive sight nonetheless. What will attract the ratebeerian though is the beer store component. The museum owners are passionate about encouraging smaller breweries, particularly in Wallonia and they try to stock as many of their beers as possible. Consequently, the store area is packed with something like 700-800 different Belgian beers in FULL bottles, including plenty of rarities. I found a couple of beers that were not rated yet on Ratebeer. The couple who runs the museum are a bit marginal, but friendly enough and certainly very talkative. They don’t seem to speak English though, which may be an obstacle to some as a big part of the attraction is the less visible section that contains aged beers and you kinda have to talk your way through to gain access to that special stash. Here, they have a couple of beers from extinct breweries, very old classics like Westmalle. Quite a few bottles are from the 80’s and among others, I found Belle-Vue from the Van Den Stocke era before Inbev bought in, a dusty De Dolle Snoek, a Double Enghien Saison with a cork so used it looked like earth. All gambles, but if they’ve been stored in the museum from the beginning, the conditions are great: cold and dark. Moreover, they have a unique pricing system where the volume and the alcohol content are the only factors taken into consideration. Lambics are therefore particularly cheap. Do not come in expecting to find a hidden stash of Drie Fonteinen Millenium or such other hyped rare lambic on Ratebeer, but then again, I would not be surprised if they have a few such treasures, but are just waiting for the right customer to sell them to.
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