Stopped in for lunch during my first day in Brussels - hard to find, yeah! Didnít realize that it was down an alley so I spent way too much time standing around looking at my print-out map and looking around the shops. Anyways, the restaurant has a really comfortable pub-ish feel to it, servers all are professional, and the food was fairly good as well. Had the spaghetti bolognaise with the Timmermanís Lambik Doux served from a ceramic jug. Good times, though only visited to have the lambik.
A la Bťcasse specialises in faro and lambic blends although it has quite a wide range of the usual Belgian bottles too. They also serve snacks and traditional Belgian bar food such as spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, croques and salads.
Itís a nice place, reminiscent of a small German beer hall, with light wood panelled walls and a large bricked up fireplace at one end of the room. At the other end is the bar, with its highly polished copper and brass barrel and a woodcock (bťcasse) perched atop. The blue and white earthenware jugs in which the lambic is served are hung behind the bar.
Thereís a large room upstairs and outside thereís a tiled drinking corridor with an old fireplace, although itís open to the elements.
(Visited 2 October 2012).
Tucked away down a walkway and I had no issue finding it. Lovely interior and yeah you come for the chance to try the Lambic Doux served in the ceramic jug. Oh and the Blanche too. Staff were fine when I was there giving prompt service. Do check it out.
Fin (1019) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011
This is one of those very tricky to find places that when you stumble upon it you realise that actually the signs are there and you should have found it before now. We visited here on Friday 16th December 2011, iíve realised that the place existed before but somehow walked past scratching my head, this time with the aid of íAround Brussels in 80 Beersí It was located quite swiftly & easily. When we arrived it was fairly quiet, but it slowly became a little busier as we merrily tucked into our Spaghettiís. Loz had the house special, I had cheese and ham they were absolutely fine but I rather chuckled and liked the fact that the house version was differentiated only by the addition of some tinned peas, still it was reasonably priced, warm and filling, and Loz loves peas. I had the Timmermans Lambic Doux a beer that Iíd never had before and whilst a tad on the sweet side it slipped down a treat. The wood pannelling, the waitors aprons, the peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the world outside are all good reasons to come here and I would thoroughly recomend popping in here to anyone in the area. Btw there is a decent little vinyl shop around the corner next to Cirio that is worth a gander.
Lovely old tavern down a dark alley off Tabora. Iím sure that on my visits quite a few years back this was a proper Lambic House, I do believe that my first introduction to this wonderful style was in here. It looks like there has been quite a change in here as it now seems like a pub with just an average range of beer instead of doing one thing really well. The Landlord didnít interact very well either being quite frosty with people. Not sure I will be going back now.
Very quiet traditional cafe located off an alley near the Grand Place. This place is quite easy to miss, and it took us a few passes to find it. The ambiance is very relaxed. Plenty of old wooden fixtures. The bar displayed a number of traditional lambic jugs that they use to serve their famous faro in. The service was fine. The selectionís small. The real showcase is the Lambic Doux, a rather arcane faro thatís a permanent fixture at the bar. For a faro itís actually quite good. The prices were fair, not unreasonable. Overall, Iíll definitely be back to sink another jug of Faro here the next time Iím in Brussels.
Sleepy traditional beer cafe located in central Brussels. It is however not that easy to find...itís down a small alley off the main street. We visited to sample the infamous Lambic Doux and were not disappointed. They serve it from old clay jugs and it tastes rather good really. They also have a decent little bottle selection with some Cantillon etc on offer. Service was friendly and attentive. Worth a visit to get the feel of a traditional beer house and try the doux for sure.
One of my favorite bars in Brussels.
The fantastic brass barrel on the bar, jugs of lambic on every table. This is a wonderful place to drink in, it is peaceful even when busy, people respect their beer that come in here. A true classic in my opinion, I couldnít visit Brussels without walking down the alley to this bar.
The service has always been fine, as has been the quality of the beers, there are livelier places to drink in Brussels, but this is what the Brussels beer scene is really all about. Miss it at your peril!