Fantastic place, you want to imagine this being like an old days lambic café. Friendly service, but quite slow when the place is busy. QUirky opening hours, and a bit difficult to get there and back to Brussels.
I was here during the Night of Great Thirst. They had Eylenbosch Kriek on tap and Eylenbosch Gueuze and Extra Faro in bottles for the event. Me and another guy asked to see the regular beer list and they they showed it to us. A really great list with lots of Lambics from all (or almost all) Lambic makers, some of them are quite rare. We enjoyed a bottle of 05 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek and I took home two Selection Lambic bottles for 25E each as well as an 1984 Eylenbosch Gueuze (AMAZING!) for 10 or 15E. They even took us to their cellar which was a very interesting experience - loads and loads of Lambic bottles all over with an always-slightly-wet floor. Too bad about the very limited opening time, this place is great and should be visited by more beer lovers.
Very nice and cosy bar. The selection of lambics is outstanding. Also some very rare beers. Prices are good, staff is very friendly. A must go!
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | March 8, 2008| Updated July 26, 2008
Cool little place, nice owners, but limited hours. If you have time, this is the place to go on a Sunday morning. No tourists and great beer. Great beer list for on site consumption. Beer can be pre ordered on their website for take out.
Incredible selection!! Never seen so many old and rare lambics. Reach the place by bus and the hours are a little bit odd but you can’t go to Belgium without visit this bar. Defenetly worth the visit, will come back for sure, next time with the car! One Of the best beer Bar in belgium And in the world.
Finally made it to this reputed café with the weirdest opening hours. Rustic, very old fashioned environment both inside and outside, clearly an old ’volkscafé’ turned into a heaven for lambic hunters. Needless to say, it was extremely busy when we got there, and it took more than half an hour before we could even begin to make our order. I would therefore recommend to order everything you want to consume at once in order to avoid having to wait for another half hour - especially since the pub closes at 1:30 PM (though it was already 2:30 PM when we left the place as the last customers). Lambic selection is evidently great, with some rare vintages at, in all, quite reasonable prices. The two brothers who own it clearly know what they are doing and are open to a chat about lambic any time. Very pleasant, friendly atmosphere and a terrific experience for a lambic lover like myself, too bad it is near impossible to get there if you do not have a designated driver with car.
teorn88 (104) Out of the EU, England | January 3, 2013| Updated November 7, 2016
New rating from November 2016: This place maintains its charm and entering here on Sundat 10am retains its unique feeling. Anyways, this is now too "known" or "trendy" and the place got quickly filled by foreigner beer tourists (like ourselves, mind you) and large group of (loud) US enthusiast. Nothing wrong with that from a business perspective I am sure, but place has certainly lost its charm. When some old timers / regulars showed up, they had nowhere to seat and the place got really crowded. Only stopped by for 1.5h or so, as the vibes were not the ones I remembered no more. Bottle list remains solid, but not as good as it used to be. My best lambic ever, Millennium Gueuze, is not off the list. I’ll keep its 100% score from the original rating, but it would likely score 85/90 today.
Original rating from December 2012: Getting there can become tricky. Especially when the establishment is only open for 3 hours on Sundays. And even more so when the only bus line getting there is temporarily suspended in Brussels.. Anyways, well worth the effort. The outside does not reveal the incredible experience awaiting for you inside. We got there as the place opened and it was filled with us and a table of 4-5 local elders. Interiors similar to my home tavern, extremely familiar and welcoming. Those elders were drinking glass after glass of lambic as if it was the most natural thing in the world, I’m envious. Anyways, the draft selection is already very good, and useful to warm up, but the bottle selection is mind blowing. Hundreds of different lambics is something you see only in your wet dreams. Costs are what they are, and certainly cheaper than Brussels. Food is non existent except for bag of crisps and dried sausages. Yves, Kurt and their mother were extremely friendly and we had an extensive chat. We stayed there the full opening hours and more, discussing of the wonderful world of lambic. You will not find more welcoming people than the Paneels. And remember to sign their guest book!
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2011| Updated November 7, 2011
Difficult to find, hard to get to, and open 2% of the week. I enjoyed my time here, but this spot is perhaps too cool for me. Mellow, relaxed morning drinking lambic, the service is peaceful and friendly but without connection. The lambic is awesome, the list fantastic. The atmosphere is amazing, hops hanging all over, cool breeze blowing through the open door into the 20-person cafe, but it is very quiet, almost "dead". A few items on the menu not in stock. Awesome time meeting Uli and talking lambic blending, hanging out enjoying great beer during a relaxed Sunday morning. Of course if you don’t like lambic, you should probably go somewhere else, but you like lambic if you know of this place.
We meet one of the owners (Yves) @ pressmeeting project "leven in de brouwerij"
Now last saterday (06.06.09) w’ here
for the day off the kriek.
In a very small village is this the place to be.
Great attraction here complete selection of bottled gueuze and other lambics, krieks, stored and served perfectly.
Amazing ! What a choice.