Chez Moeder Lambic
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My favorite of the two Moeder locations, it is much smaller and quieter in a much more laid-back area of the city. I tried to order a Hommage bottle, which was written on the chalkboard, but the server claimed to not be able to find one. This was a common theme throughout my time in Belgium. Either blackboards are infrequently updated or some bottles are only selectively available. Anyway, wasn't too disappointed as they had more than enough of interest, including St. Gilloise on tap and an extensive lambic bottle list. I also thought the non-lambic draft list was better here than at Fontainas, but that is probably a fluid situation. Favorite bar I found in Brussels.
06-05-2014 20:44:02 | More by outoffocus
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Moeder Lambic has been a beer bar for 25 years, changing hands a few times over the years. Currently it is owned by Jean Hummler and since 2006 has been increasingly devoted to craft beers and lambics in particular. Jean has close ties with many of the local craft and small brewers, even with some brewers in Italy, Spain and the US. Last time we were there, Jean Van Roy from Cantillon stopped by with a hand delivered shipment. This is THE place to be for serious beer geeks in Brussels. They have a newer separate location near the city center as well.
We ended up in the brick and old wood lined basement for a special tasting with Jean. There is a large oaken table and bench style chairs in the center of this dimly lit cave. The walls around you are lined with hundreds of well organized bottles of mostly Belgian beers. No Stella here my friends! The dripping of distant water, the flap of cobwebs in the limited breeze, all added to the ambiance of something unique and special we were to embark upon.
Without trying to make anyone jealous, we tried a slew of insane sour beers that night including many rare Cantillon bottles. All of those are available upstairs at the bar as well.
05-22-2014 18:51:57 | More by Jackofallbrews
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Went to this bar on my recent trip to Brussels. We were coming back from a day trip to Westvleteren/Bruges and walked down to this place from our hotel in St. Gilles. So glad we did.
I arrived at around 10:30 and wanted to dig in to some food. We got some cheese, a cold sausage and some bread. All of it was excellent and complemented the beer quite well.
The beer selection was small, but outstanding. I had two beers that were Moeder exclusives, a Kriek from Cantillon and a De La Senne collaboration. Both were excellent.
The atmosphere was small, but cozy. The bar has a ton of inviting wood. There were stacks of Belgian comics behind our table that kept us entertained. The bar played 90's American rock, which turned into an impromptu karaoke event for the drunk Europeans at the table next to us. Overall, a fantastic atmosphere for a corner tavern in a suburb.
If I go back to Brussels, I'll definitely head back to the Moeder Lambic in St. Gilles. Excellent natural beer in a laid back and inviting environment. Hard to ask for more.
05-21-2012 23:12:10 | More by UTCengOwl
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had high hopes for this place, thinking the decor might be more old world than the Fontaines location. But no, it's just smaller, and had the same type of techno music turned up LOUD. Bleh, I want Kulminator, just beer lovers and light pleasant music.
The selection is really good though, failing a little in comparison with Fontaines. This location has something like 8 taps, all of which are excellent. The bottle list is really good but not quite as extensive as at Fontaines either. Oh well, one beer and on my way.
11-02-2010 11:02:03 | More by TurdFurgison
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Walked into this place right at 4:00pm when they opened on an idle Wednesday... making us the only patrons for nearly an hour.
This place is crafted almost entirely of wood on the interior, warm artisanal wood was used on the bar, floor, walls, tables, chairs, etc. When we walked-in, we had the bartender to ourselves, and he proved to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. At the time, he was playing Puscifer and Tricky on the stereo, which we enjoyed very much. At around 5:00pm, six old couples walked in together, probably in their early 70's, at which point the music promptly changed to tunes much more their pace, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them sip on lambic! Such a diverse and comfortable crowd!
Everything about this place screamed quality. Most exemplary of this was the way they handled their cask beer. It was all served at an absolute PERFECT temperature and in proper glassware. None of it seemed over-oxidized. Generally the place and glasses were clean, and everything had an order to it. Clearly these guys had an EXTREME respect for beer (and lambic)!
The service was impeccable when we were the only ones in there... in due time, however, he was the only employee to service upwards of 10 tables. While it was harder to get his attention at that time, he still made great efforts to accommodate us, which was thoroughly appreciated.
Selection- While the selection wasn't super-extensive, the beers that they DID have were excellent or world-class. The number of cask ales was also super-impressive. This place is a perfect example of how quality is more important than quantity when it comes to beer selection!
Definitely recommended, particularly if you like lambic!!
03-25-2010 01:28:39 | More by jgasparine
3.29/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Well after reading a few reviews, maybe I expected something more...
I arrived there around 5pm on a Tuesday after taking the metro out from the central station. After walking in to the bar to ask for a menu, I was told I can see all the beers on the board (which was just their drafts...) Then I was asked to go sit back outside and I would be helped soon. A few minutes later they brought out their beer menu. A pretty good selection, but the only thing that stood out were a few rare cantillons (Zwanze and Cuvee Des Champions), and of course the price!
After coming from the "tourist" zone and visting Poechenellekelder and Delirium, I noticed that most of the bottle prices were actually twice as much! I was a little annoyed by this, so I ordered Cantillon Faro on tap and the Alvinne Belgian Imperial Stout. After about 5 minutes I was brought just the Faro and told they were out of the stout... The waitress said she would come back soon for my other choice. It took me about 20 minutes to finish the Faro, in which time the waitress just kept passing us by, not ever once checking back. Needless to say, The Faro was the one and only beer I ordered...
On a side not, I understand Belgian service at bars and restaurants so I know how to wait and be polite. But even by Belgian standards, this was poor service. Maybe I had a bad waitress? Maybe speaking english was a problem? Either way, at 9pm at Delirium I was still getting better service and being payed attention to better...
09-23-2009 09:58:35 | More by xpimptastikx
Chez Moeder Lambic in Sint-Gilles, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.