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Brasserie V

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Brasserie VBrasserie V
BA SCORE
99
world-class

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.22%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1923 Monroe St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53711-2026
United States
phone: (608) 255-8500

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brasseriev

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(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 12-08-2007)
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Photo of manabozo3
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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!

manabozo3, Dec 09, 2010
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Unparagoned, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

HowardTheDuck, Apr 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bowzer4birdie, Jul 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bizzy54, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Sconnie
4.95/5  rDev +8.3%

This is my new favorite place to go in Madison. They have 15 taps, the majority being Belgian imports with the rest split between one or two German, English, or American micro-brews. Always a great selection, they know their beer. I've had everything from standards like St. Bernardas 12, Chimay white and Delerium Tremens to Val Dieu Gran Crew, La Trappe Quadrupel, and Lindeman's Framboise. And they have a ton of bottles available as well.
The food is really good, a little on the pricey side but a good value for the quality.
If you're in Madison and you like good beer (and if you're reading this I hope you do) this is a place you must check out.

Sconnie, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of equinox1
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

equinox1, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Yojimbo1941, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of slyke
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

slyke, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.8/5  rDev +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.

adman08, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of jenitivecase
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Stopped by at the end of a weekend in Madison.

13 taps. Superb beer list - the standard Belgians (Duchesse, St. Bernardus 12 & Tripel, Gulden Draak, etc.) plus some non-Belgians (Sierra Nevada Wet Hop, New Glarus Belgian Red, etc.). Also, a great bottle list with some hard-to-come-by beers (e.g. Fantome).

Service was knowledgeable and friendly, and the cheese plate we ordered was great in terms of cheeses and accoutrements. The beers we ordered were very reasonably priced, especially given their rarity and the serving sizes. Plus, the glassware was, for the most part, the breweries' custom glassware for the brews.

I wish I lived near this place so that I could give them a ludicrous amount of my money on a regular basis. Definitely a quality establishment and a beer destination.

jenitivecase, Oct 20, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Gotti311, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dactrius, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Stevedore, Oct 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bbadger, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of TPatuto
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

TPatuto, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of SurlyBadger
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%

A small neighborhood restaurant/bistro on the near west side of Madison with a incredible selection of beers, particularly Belgians. Located in a narrow store front on Monroe Street and decorated in plenty of wood and earth tones, it exudes "great neighborhood hangout".

Roughly a dozen brews on tap with a heavy emphasis on Belgians and Belgian style beers. Taps rotate every month with a few classic stalwarts like St. Bernardus and Triple Karmeliet. The bottle list is particularly amazing; page upon page of simply wonderful beers. Tuesday is also bottle night, so $2 off all bottles. As other reviewers have mentioned, all beers are served in the correct glassware which to me is another great reason to try the offerings some different breweries.

Brasserie V's food is also great. A wonderful selection of sandwiches, salads, entrees with a Belgian/Northern France feel. As you might expect, great frites.

Service has always been quick, efficient and knowledgeable about both the beer list and food.

Prices are pretty fair considering the quality of beer and food but definitely not the kind of place you go to throw back five beers (the high ABV probably helps that too).

My only complaint is that isn't closer to my house...

SurlyBadger, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of richkrull
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

richkrull, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of brewercraig
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

I had read reviews of Brasserie V before going, however I still was surpised. First of all it really is a small place, and very non-descript from the outside. In fact I drove right past it the first time, as I was expecting something bigger. Once we finally found the place and got inside, it was obvious how popular the place is, with all the tables full and an estimated hour wait.

The wait allowed time to select a beer and enjoy it along with converasation in the 'waiting' area. With over 10 Belgian beers on tap and many more in bottles, it wasn't the easiest of tasks. It was great to see Saison Dupont on tap.

The dinner selection was almost as daunting as the beer selection. Belgian inspired, it included frites and mussels. However it didn't stop there; there were also steaks, duck, lamb and seafood, all of which sounded wonderful.

There were three of us in our party and we all enjoyed our various entrees. The chef did come out to our table to appologize for the delay, which we hadn't even noticed. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We weren't rushed, in fact we did stay a while after finishing our dinner and enjoyed the opportunity to relax and talk.

All in all, it was a very nice experience with food and beer to match.

brewercraig, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Czap
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Czap, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of datamike
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%

Drove up from Chicago this weekend. Great selection, correct glassware, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Server repeatedly asked if he could provide samples of tap beers - fantastic!

Only had lunch sandwiches, pulled pork and reuben, but both very, very good as was the carrot soup. Serving portions a bit on the small side, but only when compared to the buckets of food you get elsewhere. I'd rather have the quality over quantity anyday.

Nice decor and woodwork. It's a simple downtown storefront, but made very cozy and inviting. Not too dark like the Palm in Milwaukee.

Not sure about smoking. Didn't see anyone while we were there.

We'll definitely be going back!

datamike, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of PaulQH27
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

If Belgians are your thing and you are near this place you need to visit. There are typically >10 Belgians on tap, as well as some other quality brews. Ask for a few tasters, when I have been there the staff has been very willing to hand out 5-6 small tasters before I decided on a beer, a nice way to sort out their outstanding Belgian selection before deciding on something.

Their bottled beer selection is also really good. A fine selection of imports (both Belgians and non-Belgians) in addition to a number of good US beers.

Still haven't gotten the chance to sample the Jolly Pumpkin they have in bottle since I have been far too distracted by their Belgians on tap.

PaulQH27, May 09, 2008
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

MarcatGSB, Aug 29, 2011
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Brasserie V in Madison, WI
99 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.