Memorys from a 2013 visit: Quite friendly place with plenty of athmosphere. Got a brewery tour by Armand himself and a very personal account of the history including the recent heating catastrophy. Got a nice sample from a barrel, and purchased some four seasons bottles in the shop.
Visited during the open brewery days twice or thrice... Always a pleasant reception by Armand and Lydie
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 10, 2016| Updated July 15, 2016
Lovely spot situated on top of a hill in the picturesque town of Beersel. The shop’s attached to the brewery and is located only a block or so from the 3F restaurant. The selection won’t blow your doors off (just Oude Geuze, Kriek, and A&G during my visit), but the prices and service are great. I visited the store previously during the 2013 TdG and found an expanded selection available, so time your visit accordingly if possible. In addition to beer, there was a nice selection of glassware, spirits and a few other knick-knacks. Overall, a nice place. Probably not worth a visit unless you’re a big 3F fan or looking to stock up on cases of the core offerings at cheap prices.
Ambiance - Small place located in a backalley in a small village outside Brussels. Only Armand himself there and while he made it clear he sadly didn’t have time for unannounced brewery visits he gave us a tour anyways giving us plenty of information about their history and brewing process. Small fairly modern brewery which was an interesting contrast to the Cantillon museum. Small bottle shop. No tasting room or anything like that. Armand told us some great things are in the making however and they soon plan to open up their new brewery and warehouse where they will have a proper tasting room so he asked us to come visit when they’re up and running. Service - A bit stressed but still took the time to give us a sneakpeak tour which was more than expected. Friendly and informative. A pleasure to have met one of the lambic legends. Selection - I can see how it can be very scarce but at the time of our visit the shop had geuze, kriek and of course the new Cuvée Armand & Gaston which I was very happy to buy my allotment of bottles of. Food - Not relevant. Value - Extremely fair bottle prices. Additional comments - looking forward to the upcoming tasting room.
Brewery is open for a quick visit and the shop is there of course. What to say... You can buy their ’standard’ geuze and lambic and 3 Fonteinen related gifts. Although 3 more special releases were listed, none were available. If this wasn’t 3 Fonteinen people would bash the place. I didn’t mind much but only because I was here for the restaurant anyway.
Well I guess this is a hard place to rate based on a one-off experience. It was definitely interesting to see the staff hard at work. But there were 3 beers available on our visit - the gueuze, blond and Beersel lager. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles, but I can’t rate the place high for selection. The staff were friendly when they advised us how to get to the next place. I picked up a chutney made with gueuze, which I really enjoyed with some cheese back at home. The fact that the shop may be a bit of a dud place to visit at times isn’t really that important, as the restaurant is the main attraction.