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.
In de verzekering tegen de grote dorst, what can you say about this place? For me not so much as I rarely could remember the name - it’s quite a mouthful! I just usually referred to that famous Belgian lambic place only open on Sundays. A very cool local pub just by the church and the cemetary. Friendly service with great staff, great lambic selection as well as other interesting stuff. I loved the dried hops hanging from the rafters and this place is a once in a lifetime must visit locale. I’m thankful I got the chance to take part in an amazing tasting there.
kermis (505) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | February 9, 2015
Probably not much more I can say than what has already been written, this is an amazing little lambic lovers paradise with opening hours that could only be stranger if it were open only on Monday mornings. Totally unique, there’s really nothing else like it. By the church square in a small village, it’s full (on a Sunday morning) of mostly older locals enjoying lambic with a scattering of lambic loving tourists and others that have made the pilgrimage. Oh, and the beer selection is pretty good too with some real gems at fair and not excessive prices. Well worth the visit, but chances are you knew that already...
One of my top-4 pub-crawler experience in my life. Up there with being alone with only cats at Kulminator (many years ago when they had all kinds of crazy beers), the Velichov brewpub in the middle of nowhere in Czech Republic and that famous Saturday night at Wenlock Arms in London. A visit at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst is simply surreal. Only opened for a few hours every week on the Sunday mornings for the mass at the church just in front of the pub. That’s pretty weird to start with. Opens occasionally for funerals and such. What the???. Very few people inside the pub are below 60. Very few tourists. Beer list is mainly lambic stuff. Summer 2010 they had stuff like Selection Lambic at 62 Euros, 3F Millenium at 75 Euros, 3F Hommage at only 20 Euros, De Cam at 3.75Euro. More unusual lambics like Moriau as well as their own exclusive lambic blend that cannot be rated on ratebeer. But the main attraction was the 1984 Eylenbosch Gueze. Holy crap this was good!!! When you order the vintage bottle the waiter leaves the bar, goes to the second cellar and comes back minutes later with a bottle full or dirt and the label eaten by moisture. No music, no nothing. They probably haven’t changed a chair or a table for 50 years. Passionate service. We biked there from Brussels and then stopped at Den Haas followed by De Cam Café. A beer day I will never forget.
Bit odd living 15min away and never went, but this was solved on the Aug 15th, 2015 thanks to Omgrich.
A place with a soul and a true gem of honest business dedicated to geuze culture, little village in the middle of Pajjotenland. Local characters that are out of a FC DeKampioenen episode. Great selection of beers, plenty of WW1 memorabilia. The kind of stop you can dream of recreating outside Belgium - hint the US - but will fail trying to achieve it.
My favorite place in Belgium so far, possibly in the world. A pub that is literally opened 4 hours a week in the middle of a tiny village in rural Belgium. The inside of the pub itself is beautiful, very cozy atmosphere with tons of retro belgian beer memorabilia. The selection is outrageous, they had 5 unblended lambics on tap when we were there, and a very nice cellar full of vintage bottles. The prices are quite reasonable, even some of the vintage choices are quite accessible. Despite the place being quite full and full of locals the staff was quite friendly and helpful. They had 3 fonteinen cheese to snack on. I want to retire and live up the street from here.
Great but slightly strange place. I had the misfortune of turning up with a hangover so probably couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Comfortable and with good service and of course the selection is tough to beat. From Brussels it’s just one bus ride, but it does take about an hour. Worth it though.
This is really a hidden gem and has loads of charm. The weather was great so we could sit outside in the sun watching the village church and drink lambic. The place was fairly quiet until church ended and churchgoers were ready for the more amusing part of their morning. It’s best to arrive before church ends, if you want a table. The service was really friendly and knew their beers. The selection of lambics is very good, although they cannot compete with the best bars. Great place for a relaxed Sunday morning.
The Insurance Against Great Thirst demands some planning ahead, because of those limited hours. It’s especially nice for sharing a Sunday lambic before heading off elsewhere for lunch, like the Rare Vos in nearby Schepdaal. The attraction here is the selection of bottled gueuze and other lambics, stored and served perfectly. All the serious ones are here: Boon, Cantillon, De Cam, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin, Hanssens, Lindemans (Cuvee Rene only!), Mort Subite, Oud Beersel, plus the occasional surprise. This is also where you might find one of those elusive lambic-serving baskets for sale. For any lambic-lover touring Pajottenland, here is your pilgrimage.