Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
4.6/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I took a quick trip to Madison for the day, so I did a little research via Beer Fly and also used other resources (such as Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor). Brasserie V was my second stop of the day, and my fifth (I had to return later in the evening).
Emily and I arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon, kind of in that in between lunch and dinner phase, so there wasn't much food wise available, but we did order a really nice cheese board with some quality local and non-local cheeses. The crackers and bread that was served with the cheese was nice, and the presentation was excellent.
The tap list is very impressive. Petrus Aged Pale, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cease and Desist are among a few of the 14 beers they had to offer. The bottle selection is even better. A few rare bottles can be found, as the list mostly focuses on Belgian and European beers...fine by me. Our bartender (Jon) was knowledgeable, and helpful. All beers were served with proper glassware and in most cases, the glassware provided by the brewery (awesome!).
Jon even told us about a few other places in the Madison area that have great beer selections, which we did check out, but ended up heading back to Brasserie V for dinner, which was well worth it. Emily had the Pheasant, which was awesome, and I had the Steak Frites, which were fantastic as well. Upon returning for our dinner, we found a completely different scene than when we were hanging out in a relaxed cafe-like atmosphere earlier in the day. The dining room was lively, full of excitement, and people enjoying them selves.
Well staffed, great selection, great atmosphere, awesome place. Make it a point to stop by Brasserie V.
08-29-2011 16:34:07 | More by MarcatGSB
4.39/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Was in Madison for the Great Taste of the Midwest and heard rumors that Fou Foune was being tapped here so we headed over as fast as possible. To our luck we got there in time to have a glass before it tapped out.
Overall I was very impressed with the place. Great atmosphere, the place was packed we had to stand at the bar because there were absolutely no seats available. The bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tap list was really solid with a lot of quality Belgium beers. We were there for the Fou Foune so we didn’t even have a chance to look at the menu to see what the place had to offer.
Overall I liked the bar and will gladly return the next time I’m in Madison.
08-17-2011 05:03:18 | More by Chriscrundwell12
4.36/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place is right near my buddies house and wow does he have a great albeit pricey place right down the street.
I was in Brussels a few weeks ago and this really reminds me of a Belgian bar. The bartender, who was actually super young looking and probably just over 21 was enjoying a beer as he worked. That is the way it should be.
Most of what you will find here is rare Belgian beers. I first tried to order a Fou Foune but they were out. I noticed a lot of rarities in the bottle menu and they were also pretty damn expensive. They had a nice cheese list which I should have tested but didn't.
The service, selection, and atmosphere here are hard to beat, this might be the best place in Madison I can reccomend.
08-14-2011 14:49:59 | More by crossovert
4.46/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere: Pretty neat place, but it's not big and is always packed (which I guess is a sign of a good place). But makes for crowded atmosphere.
Quality/Selection: IMO, the best tap/bottle import menu in Madison, maybe Wisconsin.
Service: Hit or miss. While the bartenders are knowledgeable, it's always so busy that you get the sense that you're rushed whenever you ask questions/want a recommendation.
Food: Didn't try, but have heard good things
Value: Quite pricey, but then again the quality is high and you can't get some of their beers anywhere else.
05-05-2011 16:58:43 | More by anell213
4.8/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Brasserie V has maybe the best selection of beers in Madison. The taps change regularly and there is a huge selection of bottles. The last time I was there I had St.Bernardus 12 on tap, need I say more? Though I've never tried the food I've checked out the menu and it sounds excellent. It's more European/Belgian based, things like mussels and frites but they also have burgers. As you can imagine the beers they offer are very high end and therefore command a high price but well worth it. The staff is very friendly and they typically have tried most of the beers so they can help with recommendations.
02-24-2011 03:45:43 | More by adman08
4.72/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in here with my buddy after hitting up the homebrew shop a couple doors down and I'm incredibly happy that we did.
This is a very cool small bar and restaurant. After sitting at the bar, we were a bit taken aback by all of the taps and bottles on the shelves that we have never even heard of. We talked to a couple of the bartenders and learned that their tap selection changes every week. They are constantly bringing in new beers. Knowing this, I was impressed that they had branded glassware to match nearly every beer they had on tap. I tried the Piraat which was very good.
Their bottle selection was also very extensive. We split a bottle of Jewbelation 14 based on the bartenders recommendation and it was great! All of the bartenders and waitresses were very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the beers. We tried some fries as well and they were very good.
I'll definitely be returning here in the near future.
02-08-2011 17:38:09 | More by richkrull
5/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is amazing. We went for dinner after GTMW. The restaurant was crowded however we were able to find room at the bar after 10 min. Meanwhile in that 10 min, we got to the beer. This place had a Shelton Bros. special going that featured Nogone, Mikkeller, Aphrodyte and Peche, and various others. All served in its proper glassware. During dinner we were looking into the bottle menu and this place had 30+ belgian styled/influanced beers lined up. Also they have beers in cellar so if you don't see it ask, they might have it. All in all its a great place to eat. I'll be back for sure!
12-09-2010 22:07:45 | More by manabozo3
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with a friend of mine following my interview with Epic. From what I'm told, this is what a Belgian beer bar is supposed to be like, with a kind of cellar-like atmosphere, rather quiet with low-ish lighting and a focus on the Belgian brews. We split a bottle of Mikkeller Black Tie, which was served to us in Buffalo tulips. Good times. We ordered some burgers and a side of fries (complete with two aioli servings), all of which was very tasty. Our waitress was more than attentive, describing some of the beers on-tap and all of the menu entries we inquired into. She was very cheery, pretty quick, and extremely helpful. There may not be many taps, but the beer flowing from them is quality stuff (though I can't now remember specifics). My only issue with the selection was the comparative lack of American offerings, but this is to be expected from a Belgian-focused place. Overall, a very nice little spot to enjoy a pint and a bite. (My buddy, living in Madison for a few months now, had never heard of this place, but now plans on bringing his girlfriend here the next time she's in town...among other future visits. We have a convert, people.)
10-27-2010 21:11:05 | More by TMoney2591
4.65/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
What can I say that hasn't been said? My wife and I recently spent the weekend in Madison and I had quite a list of places I wanted to try, all of which were located in the downtown area. Once my wife told me she wanted to stop at Trader Joe's on the way home, I did some research on any establishments worth visiting in the area.
We could not have been happier. As far as food, all we had were the frites, and they were delicious! I did scan the menu and it looked great. Their Belgium and Trippel selection was wonderful and the quality of all their beer was fantastic.
Service was a little lackluster. It was a little after lunch and the girl who served us, while she was very sweet and polite, wasn't very attentive. I had to wait about 5 minutes until I could get her attention to order a second beer. I understand that if it's busy, but it was not. I ordered a Kwak, however, and she poured it quite nicely, so bonus points there.
All in all, great experience, this is a must visit for us every time we visit Madison from here on out.
10-13-2010 20:15:23 | More by Czap
4.83/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
In my opinion: one of the best restaurant/bars in Madison. Everyone I've brought here has loved it and can't wait to return.
The restaurant specializes primarily in sandwiches and moules et frites; the sandwiches are delicious (try the V Burger or its big brother, the V Burger II) and the frites and pub chips are housemade and delicious (The mussels aren't bad either but the other stuff blows them away).
At the bar they have 14 taps dedicated to the rotating selection of beers they offer. They also have about 100 or so different types of bottled beer so you'll have plenty of choices. The free tap samples help and if you'd like to know more about a bottled beer the staff are more than knowledgeable enough to help you select one. Brasserie V also has a decent wine selection but, to be honest, I always drink beer there.
Try it for lunch and on Tuesday it's 2 bucks off bottles.
06-21-2010 01:37:30 | More by Yojimbo1941
Brasserie V in Madison, WI
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