Always full of locals and those passing through, itís worth coming here just for the food. Of course, the fact that they have world class beer to accompany your meal doesnít hurt either. Kriekenlambik and lambik served the traditional way, in pitchers, and Armandís full range of geuze, including a few very old and dusty bottles. A pilgrimage site, which of course must include a stop at the tasting room.
Ate lunch at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant, which is located across the street from the church in Beersel. Luckily I didnít have to take the train and do the hill when I arrived, but I actually did end up going down the hill and then back up because of some wrong rail information. Regardless, the town of Beersel is a fun place, and this restaurant was indeed a great place to visit. They had some nice vintages of the 3F Oude Geuze and others, and had the kriekenlambic and faro on draught. Had a pork stew with pommes frittes for lunch, which was excellent. Required if youíre in the area.
I was very excited to come to see where the best gueuze in the world is made. Actually we didnít really get to see the brewery, but rather we just went into the gift shop and then over to the restaurant to try some beer. The restaurant wasnít serving food at the time since it was between lunch and dinner. They do serve beer during those times however. Apparently if you ask they have older bottles of the oude gueuze available to drink there as well as things like Hommage. We didnít do any of that. Instead we tried the lambic and what ever vintage of gueuze they had. I have to say, while itís great getting the amazing beer at the source, Iím not sure Iíd rank this place so highly. The town is nice and parking is easy, and itís close to Beersel, but I canít see myself spending a lot of time at this restaurant. Iíd be more likely to raid the gift shop.
Quaint restaurant/location in the city of Beersel. Itís up a bit of a hill, which wasnít too much fun in the rain, but it was worth it. Of course bottles of gueuze available to drink as well as some rarer treats like the faro, oude lambik, and kriekenlambik. Didnít eat, but the menu looked great. Some vintage and special bottles available, too. Service was typically Belgian (read: slow), but a pleasant experience otherwise.
Visited for dinner on Friday 20/11/15.
3 Fonteinen restaurant is located in the centre of Beersel, around the corner from the brewery/bottle shop and six or seven minutes walk up the hill from the station.
More cafe like in appearance the menu itself does not disappoint. It was game season during our visit so the likes of pheasant and venison were on offer, the latter which I had was well presented with various pureed vegetables, pear, apple, wild mushrooms and croquettes.
Service was friendly and top notch. Part way through our meal we were asked if we wanted any more croquettes or chips and fresh warm servings were promptly dispatched to our table.
On the beer front I had hoped to see more of the rarer 3F offerings but these were limited to some vintage gueuze (97 I seem to recall) and the relatively recently released Zenne for Ä50, which I thought was a very fair mark up for a restaurant bearing in mind it was circa Ä30 when available at the bottle shop.
Some of the less common 3F beers were available on tap such as the Faro and the Oude Lambic.
Overall a great stop for some pucker food and you may well pick up some of the less common 3F beers.
I had quite high hopes for my visit here but was mightily disappointed. I sampled the only two house beers available while snacking on some gueuze cheese. The service was terrible; it seems I interrupted their midday cleaning cycle, despite there being several tables of patrons. I did enjoy the rustic atmosphere despite the crap service.
An upscale restaurant just around the corner from the brewery and shop. Very good food and good service, but the prices are quite inflated -- even on the bottles (Oude Kriek Intense Red was 16Ä despite it being 6Ä around the corner in the shop!). A few great beers on tap that are, I think, exclusive to the restaurant including the Faro, Oude Lambik and Kriekenlambik -- and if youíre like me and want to try all of 3 Fonteinenís beers, itís worth stopping for.
Large brasserie located just a short iron from the main brewing facility and shop. Simple front room with a crescent bar and a large back patio for when the weatherís cooperating. I visited at about 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon and was one of only a few people there. Be warned that the kitchen does not serve hot food between 3PM-5PM, so time your visit accordingly. The food menu features classic Flemish brasserie food (carbonnade, croquettes etc.). The beer selection was much better than I expected. Non-sours included classic common Belgians that most ratebeerians will scroll past. As for sours - bagged Girardins were available in addition to a solid list of 3F offerings. A couple of vintages of Oude Geuze were available (í97 & í01) in addition to the common rotations (recent OG, Kriek etc). Zenne Y Frontera sold out a while ago. I paired the í97 Oude Geuze with steak frites and was pretty damn satisfied. Prices are a touch dear, but not too bad. Service was lightening quick and shockingly proactive for Belgium. Overall, a really nice spot. Great food and fantastic beer - whatís not to like?
We stopped for lunch during the brewery celebration. Food was good, but it isnít cheap. Not much was available on tap--they even wouldnít serve me the faro, until I found out that they only had a little which they needed for the kitchen. Then they gave me some to try. I hear they have a great vintage list with fair prices, but we didnít see it. Note: seems they close from 15:00 until dinner. Not sure if it is every day, but they did when we went.
This legendary lambic producer is located right in the middle of Beersel, perhaps the best base to explore Payottenland. They make some of the greatest lambics in the world, but they also have a mighty fine restaurant, looking like nothing from outside and having a slightly upscale feel taxed by the burden of the years inside. First surprise, itís a very large restaurant, probably seating more than 200 with the terrace. Combining this with the ageing interior did not make for the most pleasant atmosphere sincerely. The service is very efficient and quick though. All the waiters seemed to speak Flemish of course, but also English and French. The food was delicious, we of course had to try the Flemish stew ŗ la gueuze, a superb rendition. I had a great payottenland salmon myself and it was marvellously cooked. This place is also your best bet for constant supply of draught Drie Fonteinen Lambik and Faro, not necessarily as exciting as their gueuzes, but excellent examples. A few older vintages can be tasted with your meal, while the breweryís store is right across the corner, featuring the Armand 4 series at 24 euros a bottle. Not every lambic producer has a cafť or restaurant, so take advantage of the ones that do, especially that their opening hours are convenient and that theyíre so close to Brussels and fine lambicland cafťs.