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Chez Moeder Lambic

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Chez Moeder LambicChez Moeder Lambic
BA SCORE
95
world-class

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.6%
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Rue de Savoie 68
Sint-Gilles, 1060
Belgium
phone: +32 2 544 16 99

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @moederlambic

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Two words "Warm Beer", not warm as in cellar temp but warm as in room temp warm. The beers were served warm and the shape of many of the beers was poor because they were stored very warm. I am sure this will not be the case in warmer weather as far as the serving temp though they are still killing their beers. I simple beer fridge @ 50*F would suffice, it would make this place ten times better beer-wise. Oddly they have some very hard to get glassware yet don't have many of the common glasses. As for the service they only have two beer menus (books) so try and pick a few while you are looking not to waste more time leafing through it. The reason is, the service is not just the usually laid back service but it is painstakingly slow. The inside is a bit cramped and the bathrooms are pretty scary ... the outside seating consisted of what looked like cheap white plastic patio chairs and tables that someone had thrown out years ago.

This place is laughable. Don't be surprised if a few of the beers you order are out though they do have a pretty damn good selection but when it is all warm does it matter? I would not even bother going unless you are in the immediate area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cbnz
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of romafluxe
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of outoffocus
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Soif
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Atmosphere-
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!

Quality-
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)!

Service-
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!!

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.29/5  rDev -23.7%
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...

Photo of indiapaleale
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is one of, if not the best, beer bars in Brussels.

We sat outside as the inside is rather small and was rather packed, as it is quite often. We were lucky enough to get to speak with one of the owners who showed us around the downstairs beer cellar/function room where they store beer and do tastings and private parties. A better place for a private party can not be imagined, bottled of great Belgian beer surrounding you!

Quality of the beer is excellent and the selection is large, varied and amazing. We were able to try a bottle of the De La Senne Saison which was awesome.

The cheese menu is extensive and served very, very well. Don't miss out on the cheese!!!!

Service was great, in English, even though we were with people who spoke both Dutch and French as well. Just plain class all around.

Great place that has the feel of a near perfect neighborhood Belgian beer bar. Get away from the Grand Place and check this place out!

Photo of electrojosh
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If this isn't the best beer bar in Brussels, I don't know what is. The cool vibes can be felt from up to a block away, and the moment you walk in the door you know you are in a very special place.

The owners are genuinely nice people who are attentive, laid back, and interested in pairing the right beer to each customer. The selection was more than enough to suit our needs -- and was especially noteworthy given the small size of this place.

My fiance and I were there on our final night in Brussels -- and I'm glad we saved it for last. This was on a Monday night, when the bar wasn't very crowded, which felt just right.

Photo of ggaughan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This bar, that features a lot of Lambic beers, is not in the middle of Brussels but is rather on the outskirts of town and better reached by a taxi or one of the Metro trams that drop you off near here. I had read a lot about this place having a very local feel to it and a nice selection of several hundred beers, including some hard to find Lambics. We decided to get out of the very busy tourist centre of Brussels on our second night in town so we took the Metro here.

After walking around some odd streets trying to find the right way to the bar, we stumbled across it when I saw a big bright Duvel neon sign, always a welcome sight. Moeder Lambic is not big at all with only maybe 8 tables or so and about 6 seats at the bar. We found 2 bar stools at the far corner of the bar, against the wall and backed up against a large table of drinkers but it suited us just fine. The bartender was very friendly and after taking care of a large drink order, he gave us a menu and helped us with our first order. Paula got a bottle of Duchess de Borgougne and I ordered a draft of Cantillon Faro which I had been wanted to try for awhile and heard this was one of the only places to have it. They served the Faro from a little plastic jug that looked like a wooden barrel. After we finished our first round of beers, Paula ordered a draft of the Grisette Lambic that appears to be a mix of blueberry and raspberry. I ordred a draft of Taras Bubla which I had never heard of but enjoyed.

This bar had a really nice cozy feel to it and although we had never been there before, we felt welcomed. They have a large selection of comic books to read if you are so interested. The beer menu is also very extensive and I could have spend awhile looking through it but we were only planning to stay here for a few drinks and then we were off to dinner at about 8pm. Our visit was cut a little shorter than expected as a guy sitting at a table right behind us was smoking unfiltered cigarettes and the smoke was blowing right into our faces and really bothering us and our beers so we used that as excuse to jet off to dinner. The prices at Moeder Lambic were really reasonable and it would be worth another trip here on our next visit to Brussels. It would probably be better to visit during the day or later when seats are easier to obtain. It also looks like they have a little seating area out front for when the weather gets warmer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Opens at 16.00 every day (I think), we arrived at 16.10 on Saturday 29th Dec 2007 and the place was full by 17.00. Not that there is a lot of room to start with, 30 chairs maybe. A mix of locals who knew each other, two dogs, one child, some loners and a few beer tourists like us filled the place nicely.

A corner bar in the shape of a triangle, homely and neat. Wood and brick with a load of windows on the outside, just as you would expect. The three walls have advertising boards and pictures of beers etc, all very 'Olde Worlde-Belgiuquie Style'.

There are 3 boards with the tap selection dotted around the place and also a cheese board, we had 150grams of Chimay with some brown sliced bread.

Two Cantillon beers were on tap along with a Christmas Beer and four or five others, there was also a 'British handpull (beer engine)' on the bar, but it was not in use. The bottle book was interesting. We had a 2006 corked and caged 75cl Abbaye Val-Dieu Noel after a couple of beers from the taps.

Well away from the normal tourist area, but still seemed a very safe place, it is also close to a huge prison that looks like a castle, so picture opportunities too. A good map and the use of the complicated and complexed but intergrated Brussels transport system will get you there 'no problem'.

BH.

Photo of EPICAC
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A friend and I made the trek out for a few beers during our visit to Brussels.

The place definitely had the feel of a dive: dimly lit, empty beer bottles covered in dust decoration the walls, along with various other beer paraphernalia. I'm not penalizing any for the dive aspects, as I prefer these to the faux high-class stuff you see too often. My one complaint was how smoky it was inside, but this was the case at every bar in Belgium.

We only had two rounds, but both were in good shape and served in proper glassware at reasonable temperatures, perhaps a little cold.

The service was pretty good. We had a quick bartender, who we had a nice conversation about beer and Belgium with. He even made sure to warn the stupid Americans that Gueuze was a sour beer.

The beer list was pretty extensive, with a lot of good choices.

Photo of moderndrunkard
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is a bit out of the way, and looking through the reviews (especially Jason's) noone would blame you if you didn't make the trek. But I was there just as they opened on a Monday afternoon, and I had a fantastic time.

As they were just opening, the wooden stools and benches were just being taken off the short tables scattered throughout the one-room bar. The place is on the darker side with hundreds of old beer bottles from all over covering the brick walls. Mostly belgian beer paraphernalia hung on the remaining space. As the other reviews state, it could get very smoky during busy hours, but at this time, it wasn't too bad.

The incredibly large beer menu is arranged alphabetically with subcategories for lambics, drafts, saints, etc. The server/bartender was more than willing to help us find a beer (a quality lacking in most other places I visited in Brussels), although that may have been due to the early time and lack of other customers. In general though, he was very knowledgeable and very willing to describe and recommend beers, which would be great for the unintitiated or otherwise overwhelmed.

Seems to be a local kinda bar with its fair share of regulars, but there's a good amount of people taking notes as well. We met two locals at the table next to us who were doing their own research, and they offerec to share their Val Dieux Triple with us and then recommended a d'enghien double. Reno and Benjamin. Two great guys. They took us out for french fries and on to another bar afterwards. And if you're there on a Monday afternoon, maybe you'll see them, too.

Photo of saltydog
3.36/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

In the fall of 1998, I went to this, my first all-stops out, heavy duty Belgian Beer bar. Travelling with wbthink, we arrived a little early, so we had to kill some time at another bar.

When they finally opened, we piled in, along with a few other folks who had been waiting outside, and the bartender talked on the phone for around ten minutes, ignoring us and all the other customers. It was a small bar, with many interesting bottles lining the wall. I couldn't wait to order. Finally, the bartender got off the phone and handed us and the other customers a phone-book sized beer list, with around 800 beers! The cellar must be twice the size of the bar! What to order, what to order? We had several Flanders Reds, several Saisons, and Deliriums Tremens on draft, and Girardin Kriek, all for the very first time.

We were both very impressed the first time; on subsequent visits, it has become apparent that the list is nowhere near as big as it is advertising, and that many beers on the list are not there, and the bar can get insanely smokey, and though the bartender is good, there is usually only 1 person there, so if there is any crowd at all service can get perilously slow. It is nevertheless worth going to at least once, and I may end up going back myself one of these days, though it is not on the top of my list.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I write this from memory - about my first visit (95 I think) many, many years ago, and not subsequent ones. Why?, well because what the "virgin" visitor will experience when they go for the first time - will be more akin to this, rather than my later visits. My first time, I visited with 3 friends, we had done our homework and read in advance that this bar sold 800 beers, yes 800 !! We all had our preconceived ideas about this "Beer Palace" - and ALL 100% Wrong as it turned out. People still do not believe me when I tell them about this street corner Cafe. It is indeed - quite literally - a one-room bar, on er... a street corner. In fact, we walked past it the first time, Twice !!!! Upon entering, we were still convinced we were in the wrong place. It looked like it had not been cleaned in years, there were floaties in the air, never mind the beer. Huge fluffy brown clumps of dust that had accumulated over many, many years (decades) clung for "dear life" to bottles and on other display items, it looked like brown snow just about to Avalanche. But it was quiet, we made ourselves at home and the waiter (singular) was very chatty. It did have many, many beers - several hundred for certain - we never substanciated the rumor of 800, but I would not bet against it. The waiter was a like a human walking version of BeerAdvocate.com. It was all in his head, and he dissappeared to the Cellar every time, for hours it seemed sometimes, to obtain the beers. I have had several Rare Beers here over the years. No Food (!!?). "Mother Lambics in St. Gilles" is an unspoilt, basic but charismatic, totally ideosyncratic GEM that you will never forget, and probably walk past the first time - I guarantee it.

Tim Webbs Guide describes this place very well in his latest Guide and finishes with these words. "Remember this is an institution, so it doesn't have to try too hard". Uniquely Belgium.

Chez Moeder Lambic in Sint-Gilles, Belgium
95 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.