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Bier Circus

Bier CircusBier Circus

Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

Rue de l'Enseignement 57
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 218 00 34

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sndrspk


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$

This place has a very nice selection of beers, but it lacks atmosphere. It's a bit too 'clean', well lit, and doesn't have the typical Belgian bar vibe.

The biggest point of criticism however is that they sell Westvleteren against ridiculous prices. It might be considered a good opportunity for those wanting to try this beer, but clandestine reselling it, especially for 18 euros a bottle, is somewhat unethical.

Also, the bar is located in a part of town that is mostly frequented by the government clerks working there. Especially in the evenings, the neighborhood can be silent and dull.

On the plus side, the staff is friendly and seems knowledgeable.

07-13-2012 15:41:56 | More by sndrspk
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Heretic42

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

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Qdiver

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2013 00:19:24 | More by Sparky44
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-18-2013 04:04:11 | More by phingdong
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snuffy

United Kingdom (England)

4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$

I remember Bier Circus when its was just a small retail unit with a couple or bar stools and a table that required a degree in geography to locate. The educated and wide ranging beer list has always been the draw here but the days of spag bol or nothing (although it's great) are long gone.

Beer draws people in but the food is now making them stay. The cuisine has improved with every visit and the meatballs, meatloaf, fish stew and carbonnade are and look fantastic. (The crowning achievement has always been the Chimay Chocolate Mouse tho).

A Brussels institution and while it maintains its gravitas, the atmosphere still sometimes leaves something to be desired. Service, however, is impeccable, friendly and jovial.

The only down side is the limited opening hours but its worth the wait.

05-13-2013 11:59:05 | More by snuffy
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

While trying to plan my first brewery tour to Bosteels on Friday, I accidentally ran across Le Bier Circus near the youth hostel Jacques Brel that I'm staying at a night this week. Decided to give it a try: I saw vegetarian lasagna on the menu, plus I had heard of the bar before. Maybe it's because it's a Thursday night, but I'm the only one in the restaurant plus a few sitting outside.

Lasagna looked better than it tasted, but I'm hot and running on two hours of sleep from the flight. Might not be a fair test. I don't see myself ordering it again, but it definitely hits the spot now.

With dinner I had a Keyte Dobbel-Triple, which is very good. What I can tell from the menu, the beer is from amateurs in Ostende. Unclear in translation, but the server clears it up that the beer is brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe but somehow created by the "club van bierliefhebbers" or homebrewers. An amazing collaboration: dark chestnut brown with a dirty brown head that falls in a perfect lace. Chestnut in the nose that reminds me of a Christmas beer I had in Italy once. Light spice in nose to balance that subdued by the full Dubbel-like malt, slight dark fruits and full nuttiness. Fun beer.

Near the end of the meal, a Euro cover of G L O R I A Gloria song is playing. Really odd and slightly surreal as I'm travelling alone for the week until my Gloria meets me in France. The music has been invasive in each place I've been and unsettling for some reason, but I can't seem to find the source of my discomfort. This is the longest trip that we've ever taken--a full month I'll be in Belgium and France, and--today--I feel a bit isolated and overwhelmed. Dinner and a unique beer find has been a nice respite to re-group from jet lag and a rocky start with the hostel, all of which worked out fine as I found my footing in Belgium for a truly magnificent week. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would most definitely be happy to be a regular at Le Bier Circus, but don't think it's the destination bar that it sounded like online.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/01/le-bier-circus-brussels-belgium.html.

01-19-2013 16:09:09 | More by FightingEntropy
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Radome

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

I saw this recommended both on BA and in the Good Beer Guide to Belgium, so I sought it out when in Brussels on business. I was not disappointed.

The bar was easy to find, and as noted by others, was located in a somewhat dull, bureaucratic office neighborhood. Still, it is an easy walk from major tourist sites like the Musee des Beaux Arts, Royal Palace, etc. and I was looking for excellent beer selection, not a rocking place to make new friends.

Atmosphere was neat, modern, friendly and informal. Very open and airy, not a typical wooden pub feel. I went for a late dinner and there were only a few other customers; a mix of beer geeks like me and a few groups of locals who didn't seem to realize how special the place was.

Food menu was limited, but what they had was original, fresh and delicious, and included several dishes made with fine beers. I had meatloaf (made with apples, raisins and Orval cheese) served with potato salad. It was very tasty and more than I could eat.

Service was excellent. The waiter was friendly, English-speaking and obviously a beer-lover himself. I ordered three bottled beers I'd never had before, De Dolle Arabier, De Ranke Guldenberg and De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserve. Prices were very reasonable and the entire evening cost me ~30 Euros.

I thought the beer selection was good but it did not blow me away. There were plenty of Belgians on the menu that are common in the US and not exciting, but a few were truly rare and outstanding.

Overall, I highly recommend this establishment based on location, service, selection and food. You can't go wrong.

10-26-2012 21:56:22 | More by Radome
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Jbino34

Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$

I'm in town on business and had a chance to visit the Bier Circus tonight; here are my thoughts..

The place is located in an interesting spot...a bit of a business district in the center of brussels. It was easy enough to get to off of the metro (get off the Madou stop on the No. 2 line). It was fine for me but I wouldn't recommend my girlfriend walking there on a cold winter evening.

Beer:

Fantastic selection; prices are reasonable - most beers are around 3 and 4 euros. There are some vintage beers that will run you 35.

I had the Trappist Achel and an Alpaide - the Achel was good...the Alpaide was great (and recommended by the bartender). I haven't seen either available in the US so they were both a treat.

Food:

Extremely limited, which brings down my rating. However, I had the Spaghetti Bolognaise made with the Chimay Red - it was fantastic.

Service:

Bartender's english was decent and he was very nice and accommodating..it may help that he was drinking a beer while tending.

I'd definitely recommend this place...

01-31-2012 22:25:44 | More by Jbino34
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Bier Circus in Brussels, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.