Racines

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
minutemat  (181) , England | November 1, 2014
Walked past this shop quite a few times in the past, but from the other side of the corner and dismissed it as a board game / gift shop. This time I passed from the other side and noticed cider and beer in the window, so ventured inside and found a decent selection of local beer on a display amongst some cheese, chocolate and biscuits. It was only after my partner pointed out the ’cave a bieres’ sign pointing downstairs that I realised what we had here. Downstairs was an excitable selection of beers from Flanders, Northern France and Belgium.. micro-breweries mainly but a few classics dotted about. For the eager ticker this is a must-visit stop-off en route to Belgium. And cheap too!
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
3fourths  (1569) Boulder, Colorado | October 8, 2014
What looks like only a gift shop from the outside contains a bricked basement inside with the largest selection of French beer in the region. The selection at the nearby Traditions en Nord was minuscule compared to Racine’s. Hoppy Belgian-style, hoppy Biere de Garde, a number of Thiriez bottles... a trip to Cassel for beer without a visit here would be a shame.
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb  (516) Bristol, England | March 16, 2013| Updated August 21, 2016
On the ground floor this is a toy and craft shop cum deli, with about 30 local beers in 75cl bottles. In the cellar downstairs are roughly 100 more. Almost all from within 40 kilometres with some of the Belgian ones from slightly further afield. Good cheese and deli snacks too - hence the food rating. Cassel really is turning into THE touring base for northern bières de garde.

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