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Chez Moeder Lambic

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Chez Moeder LambicChez Moeder Lambic

Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.33%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

09-16-2004 15:57:24 | More by Jason
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

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
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

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
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Soif

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2014 15:19:35 | More by Soif
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-26-2014 12:08:14 | More by hooliganlife
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-23-2013 18:18:50 | More by tbeckett
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-18-2013 04:06:12 | More by phingdong
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UTCengOwl

Texas

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
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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
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jgasparine

Maryland

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.

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!!

03-25-2010 01:28:39 | More by jgasparine
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Chez Moeder Lambic in Sint-Gilles, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.