AWESOME! My favorite part of Brussels on my visit. Was pretty ignorant about lambics until this tour...great experience. They offer tastings after touring the brewery and thoroughly explain what goes in to making these beers...highly recommended, obviously. Get ready for the whiff of funk as you walk in the front door....
Indeed a truly wonderful place. Been here several times already on different purposes (regular self-guided tour; Quintessence; Brewing day, bottle pick-up). Every time great to be back in this place of lambic history. Excellent bottle list for on-site. Take-away differs a lot, sometimes just the regulars (awesome beers, dont forget while hunting the specials). Always a must visit on my Brussels trips.
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.