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La Cave à Bulles

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La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
BA SCORE
100
world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 8.53%
[ Store ]

45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France
phone: + 33 1 40 29 03 69

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(Place added by: thierrynantes on 05-02-2009)
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

TxUltraRunner, Jul 02, 2014
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AlexM, Wednesday at 08:28 PM
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4.43/5  rDev -5.5%

This place rocks! Stopped in while in Paris because their website said they had LP Framboise and Fou Fone in stock. That--as with most places’ websites--was out if date. But not unexpected this late in the Cantillon season and I’m sure they have that stuff regularly. Nevertheless walked in and store clerk (assume the owner) spoke English off the bat. Asked if they had Cantillon: "of course". Loads of Gueuze, Kriek, Rose, and Iris, as well as vintage bottles of Iris and Grand Cru (2005 through 2008 I think). Snagged 3 Iris, a 2008 (05 label) Grand Cru, a couple Quetsche Tilquins, a 2008 Thomas Hardy’s, Giardin Framboise, and 3 barrel aged Mikkeller 250 mls (Cognac George and Brunch Weasel and Calvados George). Those latter ones were way on the pricey side, and overall not cheap but an awesome selection. Even had Pipeworks, AleSmith stuff. A bit from BrewDog, De Molen, and a French selection of course. Owner was having fun talking beers and told me to bring along things to trade if I ever come back. Great great service. To my dismay, I did not grab a French beer and he noticed, gave me a hard time, and handed me a free 750 ml he said was his favorite. On the house. A must stop if in Paris.

BMMillsy, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

Beer21, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Griffith, Aug 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

The best bottle shop in Paris. I found Simon and Brandon very friendly and helpful and more than willing to go out of their way to track something I was looking for. They have a nice selection of French microbrews and a good selection of Belgian beers (yes, including those.). They also have beers from other places but the choice seem random, not that it mattered one bit to me.
If you buy anything that you plan on taking on a plane, they will wrap it up very well in bubble wrap.
They have frequent tastings and encourage you to come whenever you can.
Finally, I came in with some American brews to share and, to my surprise, they insisted on trading them for some French beers of my liking.
If in Paris looking for beer, this is your shop!

edhizdeid, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14.7%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -32.2%

My wife was in Paris so I asked her to stop by here because I heard that you can pick up Cantillon here.

The gentleman was very rude to her because she doesn't know about beer. She explained it like he was Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

She was able to pick me up a couple of bottles after being treated like an idiot.

hnandez, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14.7%

kermis, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

-NESTO-, Jun 14, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev -2.3%

Probably the best known beer shoppe in the city and for good reason. The atmosphere is lovely. It's got the small European bottle shoppe feeling that you grow to expect on the Continent. Tucked away in an alley close to a major mall and shopping district, La Cave à Bulles feels quite homey and intimate.

The service perpetuates this feeling. Very nice and friendly. Happy to help if you want it or talk shop. Had some pretty cool events for Paris Beer Week #1 like a blind taste-test of Belgian Quads. The staff genuinely enjoys what they do (as they should! This is craft beer we're talking about).

Selection is very good for a European store. Lots of Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon. Great selection of French micro brews, too. I think most people will agree France is a little ways behind other big beer countries, but I'm proud to say they're well on their way. I look forward to seeing what's going on here in five years. Maybe then people will flock to La Cave à Bulles for something French instead of something Belgian?

Value is appropriate. Some stuff is a little pricey, but you can't fault them for the supply and demand of alcohol in France that causes this.

All in all, a great shoppe that's worth visiting if you're in the area and want to stock up on some Cantillon and local brews.

Dreizhen, Jun 08, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev -29.4%

Visited La Cave on a recent trip to Paris. Probably the best known beer shop in town. Thanks to Brandon and Tommy for recommending this place to me.

Pretty nice little place inside. It's got a big tasting table in the middle and the table, and whole shop for that matter, is appropriately messy. For some reason a beer store can't be too tidy. It's just not right. Small and quite, making it a rather cozy place.

If we think of quality in terms of rarity, then there's some rather fun stuff here. If you're into obscure craft, then this place has lots of small, French breweries that you will never have heard of. There will be small batch stuff too that barely even makes it to the French market at all. No space is wasted on regular French grocery store brands.

Unfortunately service was a little disappointing. The guy was passionate and interested in giving recommendations, so that was very nice. This type of service is expected at small beer shops in this part of the world, however. Where this guy completely screwed it up was that he took product out of my hands.

I was very happy to see some Mamouche, which I had completely missed in Holland this year. There were three bottles on the shelf, so I was going to happily buy two. I don't like buying the last bottle of something unless it's something I've never had before, but there would still be one more on the shelf. As soon as he saw me pick up one, he jumped up, ran over and pulled the other two off the shelf. He said he wanted to keep them for his friend but that I could buy the "last one" in my hands. I explained myself and put it back. That seemed to offend him. He then went on to tell me that he had two more boxes of Mamouche in the back that he was holding for his friends too. He shrugged it off... "They are my friends... What can I do?..." This was a complete ass move. If you forget to pull something off for your friends, suck it up. They will understand. Pulling product out of customers' hands is just poor practice.

Selection is great if you're interested in the French scene. The walls are packed with small French breweries that most people will never have heard of. Ask for some recommendations and give some stuff a try. There is also a good selection of Belgian lambic at the back. Other imports are scarce, but there's the odd Dutch, Danish and American brew sitting at the front of the store. These are probably just some random things the distributor brought in, or random stuff he's traded tourists for, as there doesn't really seem to be any rhyme or reason to anything there. Still, interesting to sift through.

Prices are fine. Most things are reasonably priced and follow a format structure, though there are some brews, mostly the more interesting ones, that are priced differently. I was prepared to spend a lot of money there before the Mamouche incident, and if I had spent the money I brought, I could have walked out with piles of stuff. Prices are fair for the most part.

Anyways, this is a great little store in the middle of Paris; worth going to if you're there and/or are a big fan of the French scene. It would be nice, however, if the proprietor thought ahead about how he wants to sell his product.

Jeffo, May 18, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +0.2%

It was an overcast drizzly morning on our last day in Paris. My wife, Kathy and niece, Jennifer and I decided it would be a good time for gift shopping and to visit a museum or two. I figured, might as well attempt to find a beer seller on BA near to where we planned to venture out. And lo and behold! La Cave a Bulles is right next to The Center Pompidou! Plus, it's achieved a 100 rating!
We trudge off into the drizzle towards La Cave.
45 rue Quincampoix is easy to miss. It rests on a small alley-like street, amongst similarly-styled, well-worn store fronts. Some beer bottle-type signage might help the casual beer buyer. Folks like us (on a mission from Ninkasi or Ceres (choose your own Beer God) will find this Beer Mecca come hell or high water!

Upon stepping inside,I'm a bit dumbstruck because; 1. All the shelves and rows of different, foreign beers to choose from are, well, FOREIGN 2. I don't speak French very well. 3. I'm somewhat dyslexic 4. So many beers, so few arms to carry them. What's a soul to do?

We are met by Brandon, an Expat living in Germany but visiting and assisting for the day.
Once Kathy and Jennifer are assured I won't need to rely upon my own version of the French language, they depart for the Centre Pomidou. I am in my own little museum at the moment.

There are 3 separate sections, broken into regions dedicated exclusively to French beer. These are all craft beers! (Artisanale Biere!) Off to the right, they've got quite the collection of Belgian beers. To the left, a nice assortment of beers from the US, Italy and elsewhere.

The beers are simply priced. As of Mar. 25, 2014, € 3,85 for most of the bottles, all different styles with just a few exceptions. Brandon helped me choose ten French beers and bubble-wrapped each bottle and boxed them, complete with carrying handle!

The owner Simon Thillou welcomes beer trades with all of his visitors. Before you go carrying beer gifts from afar, you might want to contact him directly to see what he's interested in trying.

This place should be on all travel guides to Paris! It's that good!

BeerResearcher, Mar 29, 2014
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4.93/5  rDev +5.1%

A must visit when your in Paris if your into your bottled beers, they have around 250+ beers with a great selection from Paris and France itself, plus a good Belgium selection as well as Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, Danish, Italian...
The staff are very helpfull and informative, and will wrap your selections for flying.
Needless to say I'll be returning to this fantastic shop!

Jerseyislandbeer, Feb 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 19, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +4.1%

I just happened upon this place by chance since the AirBNB we were staying at was right down the street. We were literally on our way back to the apartment to look up a beer shop to go to.

The first thing that struck me was the selection of American beers. Well-curated, well displayed and the prices seemed quite fair. Next thing that struck me was the impressive Belgian selection, including Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen in quantities that would make any American drool (like the other American in the shop at the time, who was buying as much as he could carry). Since I had just come from Belgium, I was all set on sours. When in France, drink French beer, I would think.

They have an extensive selection of French beers with a smattering of craft Italian as well. Well-laid out, with plenty of glassware as well. Prices throughout the store are set for 330ml bottles, 500ml bottles and 750ml bottles, with limited release bottles priced individually. I picked out a handful of beers and brought them to the counter. The gentleman working asked if I knew what I was picking out which for the most part I did. We talked about my selections and then he made a few suggestions to fill the holes so I could get a true snapshot of French craft beer. Then he asked if I'd be flying with the beers (I would) and if I would like them wrapped in bubble wrap (I did) free of charge!

Really a top notch beer shop with a passionate proprietor and incredible service. A must-go stop for any beer enthusiast in Paris.

myspoonistoobig, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -14.7%

Sparky44, Dec 16, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev -2.3%

I stopped by Cave a Bulles after arranging a trade with Brandon, an American currently employed there.

Atmosphere fits right in with the area of Paris. It's a nice, small shop with wood floors. A really cool tasting was put together while I was there, where people sat down at a table in the middle of the shop and sampled French Craft Beer. Although the tasting was conducted in French and seemed to be locals only, it appeared to be going quite well.

Service is outstanding. Simon and Brandon are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. My metro stop actually closed while I was buys there shopping. After discovering this, I returned to the shop, and not only did they let me borrow the phone to contact my tour group, Brandon helped me figure out the best way to use the Metro to get where I was going.

Selection is as good is it can be considering the size of the shop. Tons of French Craft that I had no idea about and was glad to pick up a sampling. They still had a few Westy XII bricks left, so I grabbed one. Someone had recently pillaged their Cantillon inventory, so they usually have more than what I saw.

I highly recommend stopping here while in Paris. Great people and great beer.

videofrog, Jun 28, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +3.6%

Good selection of French and other European beers. Limited selection but very good quality US beers. Very knowledgeable owner and very helpful. He is happy to talk to you about beers and offers great recommendation. Will definitely go back there again!!

ystazi, Jun 25, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -8.1%

Hunted this down on a visit to friends and was happy I did; they're a great resource for beers from all over Europe with, of course, a French focus. The staff was generally friendly and helpful and the selection is excellent, especially considering the size of the shop. If you're looking for an overview of European craft brews, this is a good place to start.

Yeah, the bottles were expensive, and the per-size pricing is funny, but I'm noticing mine is the second lowest rating, and I did like it. Just think 4+ is in the damned good category.

ItinOcean, May 28, 2013
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4.82/5  rDev +2.8%

Can't say too much more about this place that hasn't already been said. It's only a few hundred yards away from the Metro on Rue de Rivoli, and basically smack dab in the center of the city. The shop is in kindof an alley way type deal and would be easy to miss if it weren't for the beer logos on top. It's pretty small, and not much room for people, but the owner and assistant (Brandon) speak English and are super knowledgeable and friendly.

It was interesting that all of the French beer had the same price (3.5 EU for 33cl, I believe it was), unless it was a seasonal/older vintage, and the focus was definitely on French beer. They had a lot of French beer of Belgian styles, and had a good selection of Belgian beer too including gift boxes of Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, and even Westvleteren bricks (for around 75 EU, although I abstained from purchasing one). Additionally, they understand a lot of customers are here on travel and will be taking beer back on the plane, so they have bubble wrap and other boxes that make it easier to transport the stuff, and also offer to wrap things for you. I really liked how extensive their selection of individual 11.2/12 oz. bottles were.

Unfortunately I came in at a time where there were quite a few other customers demanding the employees' attention, so I only talked for a couple minutes and bowed out of the shop - but they definitely seem like good people to talk to, and that you could talk with them forever. One observation is that the staff seemed to advocate buying French beer and wanted to inform people coming on what French beer was all about, as most Americans don't hear much about French brewed beer. Prices were about what you would expect to pay for individual bottles of craft brew, maybe slightly on the expensive side but not bad at all considering it's Paris. As a sidenote, if you come here as an American and ask for rare Cantillon brews, you might be mocked by Simon :p

Rohkey, Apr 03, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +5.3%

It's been one year since I've reviewed a place on BA, but I finally hit one noteworthy enough to get me started again. I've tried unsuccessfully to get here many times over the years, my own fault as they do post their open hours. It was well worth the wait though, this is just a wonderful store.

The location is ideal for visitors to the city, just north of the Chatelet Metro stop. Chances are that you'll be strolling Rue de Rivoli at some point in your visit anyway. The shop is small (but what real estate isn't small in Paris, palaces and cathedrals notwithstanding?). Most of the beers are placed on shelves, and understandably the heaviest selection is French beers. So many of them! I didn't know most (all?) of the names. Luckily the owner (Simon) speaks very good English, and he is a true lover of beer. Even better, he has an American BA working in the store (Brandon) who also knows his stuff. They walked me through the choices and I trusted them based on their detailed descriptions of what they liked and disliked in different beers.

There are also 2 small coolers. One is stocked with their vintage/"expensive" beers, and the other cooler is stocked with a variety of large and small bottles for people who want a beer that has been chilled to some extent for take away.

Beyond the French beers there's a good selection of Belgian beers, and also some Nordic and USA selections. I even saw Hopping Frog from OH, so surprised to see this. I didn't travel 9 hours by plane to drink OH beer though!

Overall I can't recommend this store highly enough. I will be back any time I'm in Paris.

TurdFurgison, Mar 13, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev -2.8%

Stopped in here while on vacation in Paris. The store is a medium-sized room with shelving all around, a small cooler beneath the register and a larger one behind it, and a wooden table in the middle. The owner, Simon, was at the table talking to customers and employees, and was quite friendly when we walked in. His English was very good, and he was interested in where we were from. His employee on hand, Brandon, is an expat who is quite knowledgeable about American beer (he was wearing a DC Brau t-shirt and Simon had on a Half Acre t-shirt!). They were very friendly, and recommended their favorite French craft beers. Brandon was even so kind as to offer some harder-to-find bottles from his personal stash, and asked if we were bringing any of the beer back to the US. When I said that we were bringing 2 of the bottles back, he wrapped the beers in bubble wrap for us. I stopped in a second time the day before I left because we were in the area, and there was a rep from a French brewery hosting a small tasting and discussion, which was nice. It seems like the shop is very close to the French craft community.

Overall, although the place is somewhat small, the selection is pretty good and interesting, with a focus on French beer, but with a good amount of beer from Belgium and surrounding countries, and even a couple American breweries. The service was outstanding, and you won't really find the selection anywhere else in Paris. And it's right around the corner from the Pompidou, so it's in a very central location with lots of things to do. Go here if you're in the neighborhood.

Etan, Sep 25, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +0.9%

Oh my what luck I was staying on the same street as this shop. Oh my 7 visits over 10 days allowed me to get a thorough sampling of French craft beer. A must visit if you are going to be in Paris and find the grocery store selections lacking. Simon will guide you and is very helpful to the English only crowd. They have opened a bar called La Fine Mousse, which I believe mean bear foam. Nice place about 14 taps.

http://www.lafinemousse.fr is the website

All in all if your in Paris take the time to try some French craft beer. It is tempting to only look for Belgians, but the French are brewing too. Give them a try.

eriklewis, Sep 02, 2012
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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
100 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.