Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
4.84/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$$
The most amazing selection of Belgians I have seen anywhere. Superb selection of bottles also. Since the addition was finished adding double the space for both bar and dining has made this both me and my wife's date night of choice. The frites and tomato basil soup are superb. My favorite time here is a Saturday for lunch and then walking 2 doors down to the wine and hop shop and getting all my ingredients for my next homebrew.
10-05-2013 01:32:11 | More by equinox1
4.73/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I hadn't been back here since their renovation. They are regularly packed at lunch and dinner, especially during the weekend. The additional space has certainly helped spread people out. Helpful if you like a little more elbow room. If you catch them at their non-peak hours, it's ideal.
The increased tap and bottle lists are great. Plenty for everyone. The focus has always been European. But they do have some nice local and regional craft selections. The pricing on certain things can be higher, but I don't think it's all that far off from other places like this elsewhere.
I've always liked the food. Menu changes with the season's available greens and veggies and much if not all of their choices are locally driven. Try their frites. My wife and I make a point to get these every time.
At times the service can be slow as a result of the restaurant being packed with people. Sometimes the kitchen can't quite keep up. Apps are always fast to the table though, so get one, have a beer, and relax. The staff tends to know it's stuff, and they are pretty good at suggestions of things to try. Also, if you would like to try something, just ask. They will give you a small sample.
Pricing is in between. Sometimes you'll find beers at real good prices, others can be quite pricey. The food has always been worth the price and the wait.
07-01-2013 06:27:01 | More by TPatuto
4.83/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Took a spring break trip to Madison, Wisconsin and went to Brasserie V on our last night. BA daisybleu and I arrived about 4:00pm expecting to have a beer or two, then move on, but as we sat at the bar we decided to stay long enough to have dinner.
Soft lighting and jazz set the mood for the place. The taps had a strong bias toward Belgium. The bartender was happy to offer samples of a beer if you weren't sure and also kept an eye on the street, which saved another patron from being towed. At 5:00pm, they brought out and opened a firkin of Thornbridge Kipling. I honestly hadn't heard of either the brewery, but I love real ale.
Each of the beers I had (St. Bernardus Prior 8, Maredsous 6 Blonde, and Thornbridge Kipling) were served in proper glassware and at proper temperature. The food was also very good offering a short, but varied menu with lots of things that looked good to this foodie from frites to steak - I had a corque monsieur that was terrific.
Brasserie V is not the place to watch a game and eat piles of generic pub food. It is a place to quaff a well-made and presented beer and perhaps enjoy Belgian-style pub food or fancy fare. If that appeals to you, as it does to me, go to this place!
04-07-2012 12:09:36 | More by slyke
4.2/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: long thin bar with good warm feeling, a few seats at the front window looking out onto Monroe with bar and table seating also, nothing incredibly unusual for atmosphere
Q: beer was served in the appropriate brewery glasses and of the several sampled the quality was good
S: fast and friendly, I initially ordered a Duvel but did not specify the Duvel singel on tap, I was brought a bottle but the server cheerfully took it back and got me the tap even though I should have specified that I wanted the tap
S: good selection, taps included St. Bern Abt, Duvel, Kolsch Petrus Aged Pale, St. Bern Wit and several others, bottled selection was extensive with a great mix but nothing incredibly unusual, just a lot of depth
F: grilled portobello sandwich for $8.50 with a side chickpea salad serving that was approximately two tablespoons in size (really?), my friend had the grilled ham and cheese for $9.00 with pub chips, food was good but nothing outstanding
V: Petrus aged pale tap = $7.50
Duvel Singel tap = $7, Reissdorf Kolsch tap = $6 and St. Bernardus Wit tap = $6
value for food was ok but nothing special, value for taps was average however some bottles 3F Schaarbeekse for $45/750ml was decent considering in stores it's going for $36, probably didn't want the typical markup because it would just sit
09-03-2011 19:49:56 | More by wisrarebeer
4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I took a quick trip to Madison for the day, so I did a little research via Beer Fly and also used other resources (such as Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor). Brasserie V was my second stop of the day, and my fifth (I had to return later in the evening).
Emily and I arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon, kind of in that in between lunch and dinner phase, so there wasn't much food wise available, but we did order a really nice cheese board with some quality local and non-local cheeses. The crackers and bread that was served with the cheese was nice, and the presentation was excellent.
The tap list is very impressive. Petrus Aged Pale, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cease and Desist are among a few of the 14 beers they had to offer. The bottle selection is even better. A few rare bottles can be found, as the list mostly focuses on Belgian and European beers...fine by me. Our bartender (Jon) was knowledgeable, and helpful. All beers were served with proper glassware and in most cases, the glassware provided by the brewery (awesome!).
Jon even told us about a few other places in the Madison area that have great beer selections, which we did check out, but ended up heading back to Brasserie V for dinner, which was well worth it. Emily had the Pheasant, which was awesome, and I had the Steak Frites, which were fantastic as well. Upon returning for our dinner, we found a completely different scene than when we were hanging out in a relaxed cafe-like atmosphere earlier in the day. The dining room was lively, full of excitement, and people enjoying them selves.
Well staffed, great selection, great atmosphere, awesome place. Make it a point to stop by Brasserie V.
08-29-2011 16:34:07 | More by MarcatGSB
Brasserie V in Madison, WI
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.