2010-08. Visited on a sunny Monday afternoon last July, we took the 5-euro self-guided brewery tour with an instructional pamphlet and stayed for samples afterward. The beer selection was delicious and we bought a couple extra bottles to share in the seating area. The server was quite knowledgeable and friendly. Would absolutely recommend to anyone with an interest in the brewing process or lambics or Belgian history. Delicious lambics and a great building in which to try them. Cute cat milling about too! (5/10/12/NA/9/18) 90%
Visited the brewery. Small tour but lovely atmosphere. Friendly people and off course the two tasters are excellent. Worth visiting when in the neighborhood. Unfortunatly some special brews were sold out.
August 2010. I missed this on my first trip to Belgium and was eager to rectify it on my second. The self guided tour is awesome, you can speed through or linger taking photos like I did, and includes a couple of samples at the end. Be sure to say hello to the resident cat. The character just oozes from the building. The seating area is small but relatively empty when we were there on a weekday morning. The bottles to go are primarily the core readily available brands, but at VERY cheap prices that will make you wish you have more luggage space. Slightly more exciting to us were the harder to find bottles available at the “bar” for consumption on site only including Oude Lambik from a ceramic jug! The brewer came by for a quick chat and to see how we liked the beer after I had been asking him some questions about it earlier. We had the place to ourselves at one point when it seemed like the entire staff went for a break out front! One of a handful of mandatory visits in Belgium, even if you are not a huge lambic fan just for the visit alone.
Very cool place I visited on Open Brew Day where you do a comprehensive guided tour of the brewing process in their "museum" of old but still operational brewing equipment. You get to see everything from the coolships to the barrel room. Staff is obviously very knowledgeable about their product and rightfully very proud of it. Cantillon was pretty much unknown and unhyped until BeerAdvocate discovered it about 4 years ago. Then it blew it up and now Cantillons cannot stay on shelves in the US and prices have skyrocketed. Bottles from the Cantillon Museum are usually not sold to go simply because they are eBayed immediately. Jean Van Rooy and others hate the practice, so if you are upset about not being able to get FouFoune or to go bottles of Zwanze, you can blame all the eBay whores out there.
On tap for the Open Brew Day was the geuze, unblended, faro, kriek, framboise. Lou Pepe’s, Geuze, and the other normal lineup bottles are allowed to leave the premises and are sold for (what seems to a statesider) insanely cheap prices. Like 10 euro or less. Don’t expect to leave with rare bottles. There is a really quaint "cafe" looking thing inside where you can relax and drink on empty lambic barrels and get typical Belgian beer snacks. Very cool place that is about LEARNING about Cantillon’s history and the lambic making process and NOT about scoring hot rarities for trade and eBay. If you are polite and with a solid group of lambic fans, you may be able to try some special bottles on premise. But don’t come here expecting any of that. Wrong Attitude.
Visited on a Saturday morning at opening time. We got a nice introduction from the owner and head brewer. Then we were let loose to go on a self-guided tour of the working brewery. The brewery is very aesthetically pleasing, in particular all the piled-up bottles. With your entry ticket you get a complimentary large glass of gueuze or kriek to enjoy at your leisure. At the time we were there you could also buy Mamouche, Lou Pepe Kriek and St-Gilloise to drink-in only (but at a very good price). Take-away options were very disappointing - only the standard gueuze, kriek and Rose De Gambrinus on offer. Still worth a visit, but don’t go expecting to find any of their extensive back-log of beers.
has to be one of the coolest breweries I have ever been in. Self paced tour where you not only see and speak with the history of this place but you feel it too. Free sours at the end of the tour, yes please. I loved being able to talk beer with the family after the tour. Very personable and a must see if your in Brussels.
nice little self guided walking tour through the brewery. they were currently bottling when i visited. 6 euro entrance fee. comes with taste of cantillion gueuze and a fruit lambic. shirts, beer, coasters, glasses for sale. bottles reasonably priced. half museum, half brewery, half tasting room, half cantillion shop.
This brewery tour was one of the highlights of our trip. It’s self guided but if you are there on a non brewing day and they have time they will sound time with you and answer all your questions. It’s a working brewery and staffing in Belgium is very expensive so don’t go expecting this...they have to brew the beer to stay in business.
The tour gives you an excellent idea of just how small and artisanal their beer is. No computers and very old ....antique equipment with the exception of the tiny bottling line. The open fermentation tank was a treat to see and I would love to back on a brewing day( just winter months) to see it in action.
We had the opportunity to meet Jean and his passion for his craft was evident. It is important for him to spread the gospel of traditionally brewed and blended lambics. I noted a poor rating by another reviewer about not being allowed to purchase a bottle of Mamouche that was almost sold out. This does not surprise me. Selling a bottle to one person does not insure that as many people as possible try the beer which is clearly Cantillons focus. Not to mention the number of people that would buy a rare bottle and then sell it on eBay for 10 times what they paid for it, a practice that is despised by many artisanal brewers.
Don’t be greedy, inhale the history of the place and enjoy their beers on premise, talk to the passionate owners about their craft and you will leave loving and appreciating Cantillon even more than you did before you entered.
Magnificent place. Cheap solo-tours of the brewery where you can would around the filled wooden casks and experience the unique yeast composition in the air. A cheap little ’bar’ where you can buy bottles and small (20cl) samples. If you’re lucky, you might have a little gem on site (I was!).
Countbeer (259) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | June 6, 2011
I had great expectations and was really looking forward to visit the Cantillon Brewery.
We were friendly guided our way inside where we could store our bikes.
Got a small intro-talk about the brewery, walked through the brewery and ended at the point of beginning. Without asking we got a Gueuze, which is nice but strange.
Next I asked for a Faro and Kriek and they were looking at me if I asked them something really strange and asked me with if I wanted a Faro and Kriek. This hit me with some amazement but still, I friendly thanked them and enjoyed the beers.
The Vigneronne and FouFoune were sold out, they had no Lou Pepe’s and worst of all they had 10 bottles of Mamouche left and didn’t even sell one to go. I asked the brewer and his wife several times, and the answer was no. The brewer told me something like: ”I have 10 bottles left and don’t sell any of them to take home, you can try one here”.
I told him it was impossible to drink the entire bottle by myself and that I would like to enjoy a bottle with some friends. He told me: “no I won’t sell it!”
I understand that some beers are sold out, but not wanting to sell a beer that is still available makes me wonder why… A brewer does want to sell his beers, right?
I was really confused, also since a new batch of Mamouche was almost ready to be shipped out!
I was stunned by his reaction and attitude (didn’t let me finish talking nor was he listening to me) that in all my excitement I more or less forgot to order a bottle just to have a glass.
They also said that they didn’t have any bottles of Faro, but when I asked for a Faro it was poured from a bottle, strange.
Clothing is really cheap, shirts and longsleeves are between 13 euro and 17 euro and a hooded sweater was around 35 euro. They also sold some coasters, posters, glasses and other memorabilia.
All by all an interesting visit but I was really disappointed with the service and items they had for sale.