Blown away by this place. Booked one day in advance because I didn't plan my trip very well. Went at lunchtime and I had the feeling that they opened especially for us (we were the only two guests). The reception was very warm and friendly, we felt immediately at home.
We took the three-course menu suggested by the chef and it was simply delicious. Every plate came as a piece of art to the table, flavours were spot on and while finishing the desert, I was already planning my next trip to this great place.
The beer menu is out of this world. Vintage Trappists, Antidoot, Bokke, the regular lambics, some foreign brewers as well. Better come with public transport, designated driver or stay-over in Sint-Truiden because there's too much on the beer menu that you will want to try.
Can't wait to go back!
Ik bracht deze plaats een bezoekje tijdens hun jaarlijks bierfestival. De food en bier combinaties die geserveerd werden, waren een match in heaven. Alleen spijtig (voor iemand die echt geen bitter lust) dat de meeste bieren die in de toer waren inbegrepen bitter waren. Maar na dit als een verbeterpuntje te melden aan de eigenaar, werd dit wel direct op een zeer professionele manier opgelost. De selectie van bieren is uitgebreid, divers en vol met aangename verassingen.
This place goes directly to the top in the list of the best places in Belgium for beer&food combo. Ambiance is very old-style and no touristic at all (me and my gf was probably the only foreign people in the place). The food offer is delicious with a great focus on local and seasonal ingredients, from the entrees to the desserts. We had an amazing prawn/shrimps salad, so fresh, so well designed for the weather (it was July). Raf, the owner, has a very scrupulous care for the customers, he will take care of you with all the proper explanations. Last but not least, we are on Ratebeer and you'd like to know about the beer menu. Did I mentioned that this place has an extensive list of Bokke, 3F, Cantillon, Antidoot? This spot is a lambic kingdom, no way. Prices are reasonable, especially compared to other european bars. It is a MUST visit when around Brussels.
One of the best beer and food placesI've ever been
w najwiekszym skrocie - trzeba pojechac jak sie jest w Bxl. Pyszne jedzenie, super selkcja piw (bokke, antidoot itp), super klimat, przesympatyczny wlasciciel, super miejsce!
When I first began to develop intellectual interest in beer and its history, almost two decades ago, one of the first things I came to realize was how underprivileged beer was - and to 'non-beery' people very often still is - at the time compared to wine, in spite of being much older and much more diverse; I have often stated that the revolution of artisanal beer we are now experiencing, would only be complete when beer will achieve the same social status as wine, especially in a gastronomical context. Even the finest restaurants in the world are usually rather oblivious to the incredible diversity in flavours that beer as a whole has to offer, and the few attempts that are made by top restaurants to put beer on the menu often remain limited and subordinate to the almighty wine. Several beer-themed restaurants have popped up since then, but never have I seen anything like the Gebrande Winning in Sint-Truiden, in the south of the province of Limburg. The owner, Raf Sainte, is also the head chef, and has apparently worked on Michelin-starred standard earlier on in his career, but fate would have it that he is also passionate about beer - and so I found myself in what could well be the first 'beer restaurant' ever that is aptly equipped to stand up against the dominance of wine in the gastronomical world. The food he prepares shows his skills as a top chef - everything farm fresh, with a creative audacity, even boldness (an amazing surf and turf combination of cuttlefish and stewed oxtail to name just one example) that I have not yet encountered in any beer restaurant, at least not at this level of quality. The place is spacious, clean and cosy at the same time and has a beautiful patio which seems like the perfect place to enjoy a sample from the 'special' beer list, encased in wood so as to compel respect and esteem, and showcasing the treasure of bottles that lie maturing in the restaurant's cellar: a plethora of lambics, aged sours and worthy Belgian ales (an extensive range of vintages of La Trappe Oak Aged, Winterkoninkske Grand Cru, Orval and the like), including - this will have the geeks drooling - a dozen different Bokkereyders and several Antidoots. Clearly this place is not all about Belgian traditions alone (not that there is anything wrong with that per se): Gebrande Winning has concern for the new trends as well, and the menu also offers beers from several foreign craft brewers, such as Poppels from Sweden and Founders from the United States. I was lucky enough to be invited to a foodpairing event that took place inside the restaurant and after sampling some wonderful bottles afterwards in the patio, I left this place - or rather, we got a ride to our hotel from Raf himself, to my utmost appreciation - with a feeling of emotion, admiration and deep contentment, contentment that finally, beer gets the treatment, gastronomical grandeur and respect it deserves, at least here in Sint-Truiden. This place breathes passion, not least because of the charismatic personality of its owner, whose generosity, amiability and hospitality will remain stuck at the top of my list of most precious beer memories ever. Gebrande Winning deserves all the praise and acclaim it can get - this is putting not just Limburg, but Belgium on the beer map again the way it should be done. And I know that I am making a very bold statement here, but this may well be the first serious contender among beer-themed restaurants in Europe to receive Michelin star recognition one day... I absolutely must return to this enrapturing place as soon as I get the chance.