tryonqc (12) Québec, Quebec | October 13, 2012| Updated July 11, 2014
This is a must-see even if you don’t like sour beers it is worth it!
Very welcoming and historic place where you can take a tour of the brewery on your own for 6euro (gives you a paper guide and 2 beer tastings)
Too bad guided tours have to be booked weeks in advance because they are very informative about the actual brewing process and their beer style. You can always do a tour on your own with the pamphlet.
There is a little "bar" where you can taste most of the beers for 2euros/glass which also sell "exclusive bottle" for around 10-14euros for on-site consumption only. They sell their regular line up for on the go purchase.
JCB (282) Durham, North Carolina | October 8, 2012
My first stop off the Eurostar on a recent daytrip. Fun to finally visit this, the axis mundi of lambics. Cramped and musty, seems perfect. Nice to see the proper workings of a well-seasoned brewery and to chat about fermentation processes with the sometimes prickly staff. But it’s a great deal for a tour, a few samples, and the prices on to-go bottles were very reasonable.
Sort of the mecca of lambic, for me, anyway. In a pretty crappy neighborhood, but once inside, it’s a bit of a sanctuary. The self guided tour is worth it just to see how small the brewery really is and how antiquated a lot of the equipment is. The beers at the bar depend on the season, but gueuze, kriek, Rose de Gambrinus, lambik, and faro are always available. Pours are pretty cheap (just a couple of euro each). Tons of bottles and merchandise available to go, too. Friendly service and a great atmosphere.
You can feel the lineage in this place. I am so glad they have chosen to leave things as is and modernize only where needed.
The gentleman that greats you was helpful and pleasant. I like the idea of a tour at your own pace.
Was there at Quintessence. A great day to discover all Cantillons releases at once, but there were way too many people that day. It would be better if they split the Quintessence over a saturday and a sunday, or even two weekends. Apart from that it’s a great place to visit, very nice museum, very nice beers and very nice people!
You can’t miss this if you are in Brussels. It is a bit of a hike to get to, and its almost easy to miss in this neighborhood, but what an experience when you sneak through the front doors. A little room to sit and try some of their standard beers, and a few bottles for sale behind the counter. Nothing ’rare’ when I was there (in early September), but the signs were up that some are occasionally available. 2euros for a taster, 6euros for a self guided tour of the amazing and unique brewery, which includes two tastes. Must see!
A very nice place, and a fantastic way to see a relatively small brewery. It’s amazing how you can pay a small amount and being free to walk around in the brewery and see how they work. A couple of tasters is included as well after your self-guided tour. The people there are very friendly, and you can ask them about everything. In theory you can buy most of their beers, but unfortunatley they where sold out of most of the special ones. A must see place when in Brussels.
A must visit destination for a true beer lover. Visiting the place feels like walking back in history and seeing how things were really done. Once inside, the aromas of the beer will ignite you. I did the self tour, they give you a book with instructions and explanations of each of the rooms. Its really user friendly. The staff here are highly dedicated and very informative. Feel free to discuss about beer. You receive two samples after your tour and if you like more its served at a reasonable price.
A must-visit if you’re visiting Brussels. Cantillon’s close to Zuid station, not far from the center of town. The ambience is old world and charming. The brewery still uses some of their original brewing kit. The tour’s laid-back. They give you a pamphlet and let you mill around the brewery. Staff are available to talk to, but not intrusive. The tour includes two beers. The selection was a little disappointing on my visit (only a few beers were available), but I understand it’s usually better. Overall, highly recommended.