Came here on a Tuesday night with an open mind and a hungry tummy. Only a few people in at first, but started to fill up later. Opened the menu and it was just what I’m after. Belgian food with Belgian beer. Also has a very very extensive range of bottled beers and a tap list of 8 beers. Went for the Orval Cheese meatloaf and it was very tasty. No frills rustic food with beer but it’s bloody tasty. Ate every bit of it. There’s a few moaners below talking about innovation, new beers etc. Mainly those more interested in ticking new beers than actually tasting good beer. Let me tell you something. Every Tom, Dick and Harry around the world are making hoppy IPAs. I arrived in Brussels last night. Hit Moeder Lambic. Tried the Cantillon Blipa and Dupont’s latest Ale. Very interesting, but nowhere near the classic Cantillon or Saison Dupont. The Belgian classics will still be going strong when everyone’s got bored with Belgian IPAs and Lambic DIPAs. So back to Bier Circus. Bottom line the food was great and the beer was great including their 25th Anniversary Tripel. Service was very friendly and attentive. Decor is a bit vanilla but I would highly recommend.
So, this place may have lost a lot of its magic over the past couple of years. At the time of our visit, there was a 25 year anniversary beer available with a pretty quirky-cheap - the restaurant feels very much the same. The walls, ceiling and even pillars are covered in beer memorabilia and there is a faint smell of a former restaurant. There are classic Belgian foods on offer, the two menus we tried were pretty good and many on offer are made with Belgian beer. The beer list is extensive and all of it is Belgian, however, much of the bottles on the list are old classics, many abbey styles. If you are in for the newest hypes and rare beers, don't try to find them here. However, if you are looking to have some classic Belgian beers and traditional food, sit down here and take a break from the city.
Re-visiting an old haunt, after a truly long time, can be a predictable disappointment. Knowing that, I still was frustrated at Bier Circus. When Patrick started this pub, on the old location 250m further down, it was by far the highlight of beer-starved Brussels. Now, it is just a restopub with some mildly interesting beers; 5 taps - nice beers, all of them, and several pages of bottled beers (well explained, no doubt about that!), but none of them really innovative. OK, I’m a difficult person, but only a single beer that I hadn’t had - poor, if you compare it to the others on the contemporary Brussels’ beerscene; Hoppy Loft, Moeder Lambic x2, not to forget Brussels Beer Project, and the superb little beershops e tutti quanti, with their ever-changing offer of international craftgems. Oh yes, don’t go for non-Belgian, here, Patrick stays on the Belgian scene only. Said tongue-in-cheek, to add insult to injury, on the website one really novel beer was announced, and proved unavailable, even not recognised by the staff. Not up to date... I mentioned "Food Not Applicable" as I didn’t eat, and that’s exactly where the problem lies. Once, this was a beerpub. Now it is a beercuisine restaurant with some good beers. The drinkers are stuffed into a cramped nook, where the regulars gather, together with people like me, visiting a performance at Cirque Royale, and the beerafficionado hardly gets to the menu, and feels displaced. I hear good things about the food, so my advice: if you’re in this neighbourhood, feel hungry and want a glass of Belgian Classic good beer, this might well where you want to be. Unless, of course, the plethora of international restaurants all around in the street catch the attention of your stomach first...
Large restaurant with smaller bar up front, nice corner location, lots of old beer memorabilia. Service was solid, as good as it gets in a place where they aren’t getting tipped. Great bottle list, like a book of all the Belgian favorites. Food was pretty damn good, but a little pricey compared to other spots in town. Great place for dinner.