What an experience! Nicely restored old lambic pub, great selection of well-kept and expertly-served lambics and guezes. Very friendly proprietor, staff and locals. One of the best such experiences in Belgium, IMHO.
My wife was kind enough to agree to a day of visiting more remote beer places. Although I only made it to two before her patience ran out, I made sure to put this first on my list.
We drove, and were able to park down the hill a bit w/o problems. Apparently there is a bus as well. The place does not look like much from the outside; old building with some tables in front and along the side. Inside was very crowded at about noon on Sunday, with a mix of locals and beer dorks. Bottle list was amazing. By far the best selection of Belgian spontaneous fermentation that I have ever seen, including a ton of older vintage bottles. Unfortunately the cell signal is nearly zero here so I was not able to look stuff up to any great extent, which means that I missed out on a couple of true whales, but oh well. Do you research before you go people! This is a cash bar only, and you likely would need to search a bit to find an ATM, so bring a full wallet! Prices are pretty reasonable from my perspective. Service was a bit slow given the crowd. Nobody was in a hurry, and only one guy knew where any of the unusual bottles were stored, so if you wanted anything outside of the norm you had to wait for him to get free. Receipts were written up on paper and hand added, which is cool, if slow.
I actually enjoyed the rustic farm house ambiance of the place; my wife basically hated everything about the visit and walked down the hill to a cafe to wait for me, but she can enter her own rating if she wants :).
The short of it: This is a world class place and is as close to mecca as is possible to achieve if you are a lover of Geuze, Lambic and the like. A+
The ABSOLUTE BEST experience I’ve ever had at a bar! ...despite the ridiculous hours. Vintage lambic list is incredible, perhaps only topped by Akkurat and maybe DHVL (but it’s close). Prices are probably the most reasonable in the whole country -- as of May 2013, Hommage was 45€, for example. Atmosphere is just wonderful, with mostly elderly locals comprising the clientele. We arrived early (around 9:40am; opening is 10am), and the owners’ parents greeted us shortly thereafter, inviting us in early. Both the owners and parents were extremely friendly and warm. Accessible by one bus (#128) from Gare du West -- make sure you’re in Belgium on a Sunday so you can visit this amazing place.
One of the great beer experiences I’ve had. This place is a little tricky to reach (it’s a bit outside Brussels and requires a train and bus), and of course the opening hours are comical (only a few hours on Sunday mornings/early afternoons), but the effort is worth it. This place is really a lambic-lover’s Mecca. The selection is incredible, with numerous offerings you won’t find anywhere else in the world. On top of that, the prices on the beers are very reasonable. The service is friendly. The ambiance is jovial - folks just enjoying a few beers on Sunday morning! It is a pretty small place, though, and certainly popular, so make sure you arrive early to ensure you get seats. For lambic aficionados visiting Brussels/Belgium, you should plan your trip so that you can visit this place. It is top echelon.
Nice old Lambicland boozer with crazy hours, as you know. The owners were very kind and friendly. Not geeky, but just doing this like they always have. Has to be one of the 2 or 3 best selections of lambic in the world. Not much else, mind you. Prices are quite fair compared to other places. If you want rare, you pay for it, but there were many things we had not tried for very reasonable prices. Fantastic place to visit. Worth the trip in every respect.
The promised land for any fan of gueuze. Located not too far from Brussels, but in a bucolic location that feels as if it’s of a past time. The bar’s pretty small. Simple wooden tables and a spartan long bar. The walls are decorated with vintage lambic posters. The bottle selection is unreal. A fan of sour beers will have trouble choosing what to order. Multiple taps of unblended lambic are available too. The service is quite good for Belgium, actually friendly. The prices are very fair. More reasonable than the like of DHVL or Moeder Lambic. Overall, this was a brilliant experience. I can’t wait to return.
The legendary insurance against great thirst has more than a cool name to go along with its fame. Contributing to the myth are the exceptionally restrained opening hours around midday on Sundays only. Set in a bucolic Payottenland small town with brick pathways, it seems to be a mandatory pit stop for locals, cyclists and the occasional family. The setup between the Church is certainly no coincidence, the care for lambics being almost religious in here. Being here is definitely akin to stepping back in time and that adds tremendously to the global experience. For the context, I’d definitely put Grote Dorst on the must-do list of anyone visiting Brussels and that can fit it in the Sunday schedule. Public Transportation does not seem to be too ridiculous a hassle and having your name in the guest book should be seen as a life-time achievement. In terms of pure beer bar criteria, the lambic selection is great, but not quite exhaustive as I’d heard it was. No extinct breweries, but still a fair amount of rarities including their own blends, very rare stuff indeed, but sold at very expensive prices indeed. Some of the rarer lambics were more expensive here than anywhere else we’ve seen them, including Moeder St-Gilles in Brussels. I guess they just want to keep them in supply. The staff was very friendly though, welcoming us with opened hands and making us feel at home, after they made sure we’d signed the guest book. Come once for the experience, but if you can’t, mark it down for the next time and don’t overly regret it.
I finally got around to visiting this lambic mecca. The best thing to do is to get the bus their and back, which is good value and fairly quick. The place is rather small and has a traditional feel to it with plenty of brewery/lambic paraphernalia kicking about. The beer selection is rather special with plenty of old lambic at rather reasonable prices. Yes it’s true that I’d tried a lot of it before, but having it all in one place at this price is great. Even though the place was very busy the service was still very good. I urge any lambic-lover to make the journey.
Visited September 2016. Finally we made it to this place, really looking forward to the visit. We arrived just as the next door nabo ( the church ) finished its service, which made it a long waiting for our beers, seemed as the locals were to be served first. Finally we got out beers, and they were just lovely, served in good condition. The place is cosy, oldstyle, family buissness. For sure worth a visit.
Way outside of Brussels with super limited hours, but its worth figuring it all out. A true local spot, we were the only non locals there. Unreal selection of lambics, top 5 in the world by far. This is more of stop than De Heeren to me.