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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 95
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Notes from Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
I have been to this place several times, but just decided to rate it on beer advocate. As soon as you enter there are beer magazines to peruse. The beer selection is focused on Belgian beers and is quite excellent for this region of Pennsylvania, and many other regions for that matter. The draft list is small but good. The food is Belgian in focus and is quite impressive. I had rabbit fricasee, which I paired with a Belgian IPA and then a dubbel.
Overall, I have been extremely pleased with this place during all of my visits. It is a unique place nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, and one that I will visit again soon.
10-01-2013 20:33:08 | More by MarvinSnyder
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was in Carlisle last weekend for my ten year college reunion and decided to hit Cafe Bruges for dinner on Saturday night based on the recommendation of a classmate who lives in town.
Walked in around 7:00 or so and told it would be a half hour wait for a table. However, there were four seats together at the bar so we decided to eat and drink there. Atmosphere was nice basically it was a plain rectangular room adorn with Belgian breweriana. The bar ran the width of the back of the restaurant.
The bartender was quite friendly and knowledgable, however the service was perhaps a little slow. It was a busy Saturday night and the pace of meal did feel European to me so I can't complain too much.
The beer selection was 100% Belgian with 6 or 7 taps and around 100 bottled offerings. I opted for a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. Two of my friends asked for recommendations and the bartender did a nice job walking them through some choices.
The food was quite delicious...a real treat for Carlisle. I opted for the moules frites with a spicy sriracha mayo dipping sauce for the frites which was outstanding. I thought the beer and food prices were very reasonable for the quality.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed dinner and drinks at Cafe Bruges. A real plus for the Carlisle dining and beer scene.
06-16-2012 13:30:44 | More by pburland23
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Cafe Bruges is a little slice of "Monks Cafe" right here in central PA. Sure the beer is expensive, but everything they sell is from Belgium, what do you expect? One of the few places in central PA that you can get a Sour beer, and on tap at that.
The menu is quite diverse and very Belgian. They even serve rabbit. At the same time, it is quite affordable. It's $19 for a steak w/ frites. Frites by themselves are $5, so the steak is really only $14. That's pretty good for a steak and green beans. Those frites, by the way, are double fried in beef tallow. Good luck finding any fries as tasty in a 50 mile radius.
As for the beer selection, I doubt you will find a finer Belgium selection outside a major city. At my last count, which was the week of 2/19/12, they had 6 draft beers and 111 bottles. I have a copy of the beer menu, so just message me if you want me to send you scans of it ( it's 14 pages, some of which are just info on different beer styles)
PS. BA magazine is available at the bar for you to flip through, along with other random beer books. You don't find that just anywhere, do you?
02-28-2012 05:20:24 | More by Dweedlebug
5/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Arriving at this Belgium beer spot was quite impressive. Their kitchen is seen from the street through a large glass window extending across the whole front of the cafe.
I was greeted immediately by a very friendly host that made me feel very welcome. Sinjin the beer specialist chatted it up rather expertly as I sat at the bar cruising the Belgium menu. I was very impresses with their selection and the menu had each beer under its specific style listed with great convenience. I admit I was impressed at their glassware, and overall quality of the building this excellent cafe resided in. If you are a Belgium beer lover, this place will be perfect for your palate! Overall, I wish i had more time. to stay and drink, eat, and chat it up!
06-27-2011 02:52:51 | More by maxpacemph
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is a nice setup for a Belgian place, in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Let me note that I tried to buy some beer for home consumption at a liquor store, only to be told a case is the minimum. How ridiculous is that, thankfully I do not live here.
The many tables and small bar echoed a European location, maybe France or Belgium. Very fine greeter, gave us special service.
The quality of food and drink were very good, frites and all preparations well made, the beers all came in glassware appropriate for the style if not the beer itself. Direct service was awesome, attentive, just right.
I'm gonna say the selection was good not great, with only 6 or so taps it's hard to declare it's a major destination, but the 50+ bottle list is all Belgian and represents all styles. Not as deep as say a Hopleaf in Chicago my home, but well done nonetheless. A nice offering is the sampler for $10, 4 generous 5 oz servings, might be the best deal in the place, more on that below.
The food was very well done, Steak Frites, a white fish stew, burgers for the less adventurous, and a killer sausage platter. Great sauces for the frites.
Expensive, yes, this is all Belgian, but a routine bottle offering (Orval say) was $10 for a 12ozer, taps ranged from $5 - $9. Its was hard to find an offering under $7. I just think this is limiting their clientele, drawn to a great extent from the college driven population (profs, workers, etc.) of Dickinson College, the nations oldest?? Anyway the downtown is quite nice and it's nice to see a place like this in a place like this. Recommended.
09-25-2010 16:58:24 | More by robbyc1
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hardly a hoofin' it up to Car-lizzle for din; more of a stop in on the way back home breaking up the ride some. Wonderin' if I can I find that place them peoples was talking about? Not the brewpub, but the little Belgian place, and of course I did, it was tucked around the corner. Like you can hide beer from me, right...
Inviting open room with a sectioned kitchen area in the far corner from the entrance. Through past the seating to the bar, afar; "L" shaped, light wood with a lip and a foot place seating 8. The barback holds 6 taps on a stainless steel panel on center, with bottle coolers to both sides. Glassware of all sizes and shapes, random bottles and flight racks displayed above and more glassware shelved below. Belgian brewery tins displayed above and a large draft beer blackboard. Drop discus lighting traces over the bar.
Plank wood floorings, deep green walls over wood slat lowers, pressed tin ceiling up front, large logo window up front matching duct work, spinning fans & matching drop disc lighting. Framed mirrors, beer banners, and some nice prints of the Belgian landscape and otherwise. Including a, and I never noticed it until the other night, a large framed b/w print of a peeing cherub over there near the bathrooms. A row of 2-seaters on the far wall sharing wood common benchage, and a dozen and a half 2 & 4 seat tables in rows across the floor.
6 taps (Monks Flemish Sour Red, Brugse Zot, Wittekerke, Piraat, Bavik, Lindemans Framboise) with very little change (Piraat had been replaced by Affligem Blond on one visit), and an all Belgian (with none of the usual American made Belgian style entries) bottled menu broken out by style. There were 60 bottles when I first visited in October, then 80+ a week or two later, and they're now pushing 100, Not the crazy crazy but some very nice selections.
I started with a Cazeau Tournay Noire, then a Poperings Hommel and migrated naturally towards lovely Orval for finish. And foodings due, I perused the menu some; small but tight, offering less than a dozen light fare/app items and the same collectively for entrees & sandwiches sans the daily specials. Was eyeing the Frisee salad to start with but sometimes really just wanted a cone of frites, and so it was, pulling the Asian spicy hot mayo from the list of sauce choices. And there will be an entrée. Thought about the Stoemp Saucisse but opted not going instead with the Carbonnade Flamande which was very good in its stewy parslayed potatoness. Garret fessed up with Cornichon (baby French pickles) for all at the bar and there was much rejoicing. Dessertwise, I really would have liked the trio of sorbets but did refrain.
On returning a RIP to LoPip week later, I ate the same but kicked off with a De Dolle Oerbier, moving next to an Oud Beersel Kriek, served in an appropriate nice non Lindemans flute glass.
And a work dinner last week with Werfel, she had the Flemish Onion soup (sweet onions, potatoes, vegetable broth, a little milk & Gruyere croutons) and the yummy burger she won't stop talking about (cooked as requested medium and well seasoned, cheese and bun of good, liked the sauce choice and side pickled perfect). I had the Waterzooi of chicken (light creamy chicken & vegetable stew) and the grilled chicken sandwich marinated in crazy, lettuce, tomato & onion and Gruyere cheese on a soft soft roll. All this and the most unusual house made chips, they were good. She let me choose beers for her which is fun yet most dengerous. Started with Corsendonk Brown (loved), then the Caracole Nostradamus (described as tasting like something she used to sneak-drink from her parent's liquor cabinet at family gatherings as a kid, though not necessarily in a bad way), and wound down with the Troubador Oscura (liked it, but not as much as winner Corsendonk). Having rolled in on a long drive out today, I passed on the Hanssens & Beersel Gueuzes for a straight Orval, DuPont & Oerbier triumvirate.
Garret's behind the bar most nights, he does a fine job of the beer here; it's fresh, and they move it well. I do approve and the food's good, as well. They've got a nice grown up crowd but some kids, too, drinking the wares and exploring better beer. It's a good comfortable house, the piped in foreign music setting the vibe some. It'd be the place to go in town even if it weren't the only Belgian game 'round and around...
02-02-2010 03:19:23 | More by slander
Café Bruges in Carlisle, PA
93 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.