Finally in my 3rd visit to Brussels I managed to visit Cantillon (twice). No need to say a lot about this place! I had the tour, the one that they tell you some things about Cantillon and then let you go around the place and see the cellar the brewing equipment etc. They offer one glass of young lambik and one of gueuze or Rose de Gambrinus after the tour. I was lucky to find a chair at a "barrel-table" after the tour and meet some nice guys to share some beers. Not something "fancy" for take away during my visit but always nice bottles in good prices to drink on site. Of course I will come again!!
Visiting Cantillon proved to be everything I thought it would be. It's an old warehouse with a small tasting room. The fact that it's an aged, functioning brewery is incredibly apparent by sitting inside. The tours are evidently a big draw here. They said it takes about an hour which I decided is just a shade longer than I want to stare at brewing and packaging equipment these days. I'm certain it is wildly fascinating though. I was really surprised at the selection available to drink on premise. There were at least a dozen beers available. The tasting room is just kind of a rustic living room up front. Certainly cozy enough. Four bottles were available to go, sold at a separate merch counter. The prices are rock bottom compared to the understandable mark up retailers have. It would be worth a trip even just to save the Euros buying a few bottles to go. It's good to keep in mind they have the last tour at about 4:00 and pour the last beers at around 4:15.
Nice place. Very industrial feeling, since the seating area is right next to the bottling line, and there are kegs and barrels everywhere. The tour was interesting. The bartender was very friendly and patient. A wonderful spread of interesting bottles to consume on-site, but sadly, only four bottles to take away. The prices are excellent - Most of the on-site bottles are 15-20 euros. If you aren't in a group (like me), just make some friends and share some bottles! Overall, this place was a wonderful experience.
This place is amazing. If you are looking for perfect service, trendy decor, and a wide selection of beer, in a nice neighborhood don't go here. Rustic, hard working staff, incredible amount of character, truly one of the more unique places I've ever been, not just breweries. Beer available for glasses as well as bottles.
Short walk from the center. It's a shop, a brewery and a museum all in one. Service was good, but nothing special. Selection is limited to Cantillon own bottles (there were max 10 available, maybe less) and about 4 taps/cask. Some harder to get bottles, for example Geuze from 2006 and Lou Pepe Kriek were available. Prices are on the cheap side (75cl Lou Pepes 15€, 75cl 2006 geuze 20€). Takeaway bottles were really cheap, Iris was 8€!
This place is a bit hard to rate. As just a beer place it is not that great, for example both Moeders are far superior choices. As a lambic/beer experience it is amazing and 100% must visit place.