Second stop on our wonderful Sunday after Dorst for lunch. Large space inside and outside (we had no reservation) and easily accommodated our group of 6. Not much parking on site but easy enough to find a spot nearby. Large outdoor patio and room for lawn games (it appears) and great for family / kids. We started in the basement and then moved upstairs. Great atmosphere with plenty of beer paraphernalia that is worth some time to look around. We started with some option on tap and Matt who was showing us around and is fairly local knew enough to ask for the vintage menu. We still stuck to more normal stuff to start and enjoyed some great food with different vintages of Orval which was great to compare side by side. Ended things off with my personal white whale (Blauw) served by the man himself and getting an explanation of the modelling from his wife who was enjoying lunch beside it. So obviously a little biased based on all of that, but even without a crazy one off beer, or even without the vintage menu, this would be a must stop for the normal beer list and amazing Belgium cuisine - we couldn't agree amongst us who had the better food. And of course they also have a fairly extensive list of scotch and other spirits including some local gin I highly recommend trying.
Love this place. Nice cosy ambience. You need to invest some time if you plan to come here, they wont sell you Zenne if you just drop in for a quick one. They have a few different bottle menus, it might be a good idea to start with some of the more basic things and drink your way up. Food was very good, although some more veggie options would be great. They probably have the most extensive lambic selection from any pub or brewery that I have seen so far. Overall great and recommended place
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Easy to get to from Brussels; a 20 minute train ride and then a 15 minute walk or bus. The guests were locals except for a couple of other Danish beer geeks, and everything was relaxed and peaceful. It is a pretty large place with plenty of seating inside and outside and it was
fairly busy on a Sunday afternoon with people coming in for lunch and beer.
The beer list is impressive with many different vintages of various beers, some of them with a real heavy price tag. They also had three different lambics on tap which was very nice.
Large food menu and the lasagna was pretty good, vegetarian options are available. The service was slow, not very attentive but mostly friendly. Quite a change in pace from the lively Brussels, but easy to spend most of the day here just hanging around and drinking beer.
Visited in beginning of February 2018. It quite a walk from the closest train station. Taking the train takes appr 30 minutes and add to that there is a 20-30 minutes walk. Is it a place worth the detour. Well if you're a lambic enthusiast definately! Huge list of vintage lambics plus your average very good belgians. Very nice food to pair with the lambics!
Like most people I went here a few times years ago, tried the special bottles and raved all about the place. Truth is once you did that this place seems less awesome. Beer selection has good but once you do the specials it is not god-tier level but very good still all the same. Food was good but don’t remember it being astonishing or anything plus their vegetarian option was Quorn fillet with garnish that is just sad really for a place claiming to have a world-class kitchen. Some of their pricing is exorbitant and rightfully controversial. First two times if you want to spend a lot of money this place is wonderful but after that just a solid restaurant, good beer place and very chill with some lambiek price nonsense attached.
Visited several times over the past 2 years, for a drink or for dinner, thanks to my girlfriend living only a town away. The interior is brownish, old-fashioned, cosy, perhaps a bit too small to have dinner if you're sitting on one of the benches. Beer selection is big with some lesser known local beers and a separate 'Geuze' list. You'll definitely get your ticks every time you visit, and they have an eye for new stuff (Homo Beerectus, Dok's, ...). Food menu is quite huge too, and they pair every dish with a beer suggestion. As for the food: they advertise their spaghetti bolognese as 'the best', but I was rather disappointed with it. I would suggest the 'house spaghetti' (more like a carbonara), the meatballs or anything typically Flemish/Belgian (steak, stew, mashed potatoes...). The desserts and the home-made ice cream deserve to be mentioned here, however. You get value for money, although some beers aren't that cheap, whilst the 'whales' (Vintage Geuzes and what have you) are completely off-limits for any regular visitor. Besides, you might easily find them in De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst too. Lastly, the owners and waiters are friendly and knowledgeable, but HvL has been notorious for its waiting times. This hasn't changed. You might have to wait half an hour for dessert and another half an hour for the bill. Maybe they are understaffed, and it's not the end of the world, but there's definitely room for improvement. All in all, I will gladly visit again and again to try all the beers and dishes.