Moeder Lambic Fontainas
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
4.61/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Multiple stops on Brussels beer tour October 2013.
Located just off one of the busiest streets in Brussels, Moeder Lambic is pretty unassuming from the outside, about a dozen table, which as you will find out, or the residence of the smokers (a commonality in this city) so if you want to enjoy your beer in a smoke free atmosphere you need to go inside. About ten booths along the brick facade opposite the 15 seat bar, with an elevated stage and seating area in the rear. The quality was unparallelled. While Delirium may have more beers, the quality here is crazy, about 30 taps, four Cantillon beers *on cask*, a rotating tap list (except for permanent guest taps), special taps (I had De Ranke Hop Harvest 2013), a long list of special bottles (I shared Cuvee de Champions with a couple ex-pats my first visit). Service, other than the lone barkeep who repeatedly corrected my pronunciation of Val Dieu (not sure he cared for me after I asked him how to say "smart*** moth***r in French) everyone was quite nice, even recommending a superb beer driven restaurant nearby. Food was typical Belgian pub grup, cheese, charcuterie, quiches, but apparently of pretty high quality, but must note there are a plethora of great restaurants within easy walking distance. Prices are about average for the off-Grand Place area, you get what you pay for. IMHO, one of the world's best beer bars,and I've been to most of them. Absolutely essential visit for the traveling beer aficionado. My highest recommendation.
11-07-2013 18:03:46 | More by jdense
4.15/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Tap selection was very good: they had several Cantillon beers. The bottle selection was also very impressive with many hard to find beers. Prices were very reasonable for the quality. The charcuterie board was really good, and the quiche was ridiculous. Get the quiche.
09-28-2013 02:34:12 | More by mdidonat
4.61/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I stopped in with the family during a day trip to Brussels. The décor is simple but elegant. I love the booths; especially the ones in the back. The tap list is solid but the best part is the bottle list. They offer some rare beers. They were out of a couple of them but it was still pretty impressive. They're pricy but at least you have the opportunity. I'll definitely be heading back during a longer stay in Brussels.
08-11-2013 04:25:13 | More by GJ40
3.89/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Last stop on my first visit to Brussels! The place looks very rustic and gothic on the outside, but really modern on the inside. House/Techno music bumping at appropriate bar levels. At first I thought this place was perhaps a restaurant, they had a lot of booths inside that reminded more of a gastro-pub in the US. The bar was line with taps and fridges full of beer. At first their menu seemed a step above the norm for Brussels, which is pretty good. There were several beers I hadn't seen, but a lot I knew of. I was glad to try some beers on tap that I had only drank from a bottle. They had a few beers from Brasserie De La Senne, whose bottles I had just bought earlier in the day, so I was stoked to try those out. Overall, not much 'filler' beers, just the good shit. Having been drinking in Brussels for a few days, narrowing down my choices was a bit easier. I noticed their special/event beers' list right as I was leaving, which showed a lot of smaller breweries I hadn't seen. I wish that sign was more visible when I walked in. The staff seemed a bit leisurely, but were extremely helpful once they got to our table. My favorite part was instead of giving us nuts and pretzels, they gave us a small bowl of roasted barley.
If you're in the area and want to avoid the more touristy beer destinations (ie Delerium) this place is definitely a must.
07-13-2013 00:36:37 | More by 100floods
4.58/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
A-This bar is located relatively near the Grand Place in Brussels and maybe 400 meters from Manneken Pis. This was the first bar we visited after arriving in Brussels and it was certainly a big departure from the village pubs we had been visiting earlier in the week. It has modern, industrial-chic decor with concrete and exposed brick and re-purposed wood. The space is pretty good sized, with 15 or so large booths and a long (for Europe) bar with plenty of room. The place was pretty quiet when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon with one table of Italian tourists keeping the volume up.
Q-The tap selection is huge for Belgium (maybe 25 beers) with a good array of gueuze, in particular, and quality Belgians from virtually every major old-wordl style. I did not explore the bottle list in-depth, but it looked hefty.
Ser-Our waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous. He was there when we needed something, but otherwise left us alone. You got the distinct impression he was working here because he liked beer and knew what he was serving.
Sel-As noted above, this was probably the best selection of taps I saw in Belgium. The list was heavily Belgian but there were a few Germans and and a few British beers, too. There was even an American beer or two on draft (although I forgot to write down which one).
F-We just ordered a meat and cheese plate, which was pretty decent. The pate was excellent, but the cheeses were nothing to write home about.
V-Prices were considerably higher than in the countryside, as you might expect, but still within reason for a big city like Brussels.
06-12-2013 02:30:46 | More by spoony
4.88/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I had a very pleasant experience on my most recent visit to this Moeder Lambic.
Beer selection isn't massive but certainly respectable. What they do have is amazing. Had a few Cantillon brews, including the Faro which I've been told by a local can only be found here, and was very happy with the price tag (especially for Europe). It's obviously not going to be as cheap as the Cantillon brewery (if you go to ML, you must go to the brewery, too) a little ways away, but still not bad.
Staff was helpful and attentive. Didn't have to wait long on our drinks, even though it was a busy day. Nice outdoor eating area (this is in Western Europe, so I suppose it's to be expected) but the indoor seating is nice, as well. Good atmosphere all around. Mixed crowd. Some tourists, some locals, some professionals, some blue-hair types, etc...
All I could ask for in a bar. If you're in the city, you should definitely stop by.
Holy shit their quiche is good. Service, beer, etc... still outstanding, yada yada. EAT THE QUICHE.
06-09-2013 15:44:16 | More by Dreizhen
4.59/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
If there's any establishment in Brussels which is up to speed in 2013, it's Moeder Lambic. It isn't just the clean, high ceilings, and modern dark interior which does it. It isn't just that they actually refrigerate their kegs on-tap, unlike many cafes in Belgium which prefer to use long tap lines. It isn't that they offer cask ale, or offer a short yet modern food menu. And it isn't that offer a diverse selection of beers from kegs or bottles. It's all these things.
Just before 3pm and the place is empty. Jazz music playing overhead as I look at what's on tap. There are 40 taps, plus 6 casks. In a country where few foreign beers seem to make their way into the cafes, the selection is a great refreshment. On-tap selections included Taras Boulba, Zinnebir, Hop Ruter, Aecht Schlenkerla, Stouterik, Cesrini, and Pura Pale Ale. Cantillon Faro was on cask. The bottle selection is long and even offers a few vintage ales, such as aged 3 Fonteinen, St. Helene, and Tounay. Unlike mose bars, Moeder Lambic has its own glassware with its own label, which is fine as long as the beer is fresh and poured well. And in my three samples they were.
The quiche was something that stuck out as a food item I could use to fill myself. It did a fine job doing that, and it was a damn good quiche. Regarding service, it was attentative and they served me right from my table.
With all this, it's even more impressive that the prices aren't haywire high. That helps make Moeder Lambic a must visit while in Brussels.
05-23-2013 03:43:55 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (England)
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Moeder Lambic at Place Fontainas just goes from strength to strength. Beer selection is always imaginative along with old favourites. Staff are supremely knowledgeable and always approachable.
Food is limited but when the quiche is this good, that is never a problem. Likely as not will never visit Brussels w/o a trip to ML.
05-13-2013 11:34:27 | More by snuffy
4.33/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on 4/7/2013 with Thirstybird during an overnight in Brussels. Since it was a sunny and mild day, many of the patrons were seated at small cafe tables outside. The inside of Moeder Lambic is long and narrow with a wooden bar capable of seating about 25 patrons. Positioned along the long walls were approximately 15 tables capable of seating four. On the far wall, opposite the door, there was a raised seating area with two additional tables - you had to step on some stacked crates to reach the seating area. There were 40+ taps, as well as a separate bottle list. I briefly perused the bottle list, but thought the prices were a bit steep - they did have some vintage Drie Fonteinen beers as well as Hommage. Draft prices were pretty much what I expected and were not unreasonable and they were helpfully listed by style, more or less. I took advantage of the five Cantillon taps and thoroughly enjoyed the Framboise, Faro and Kriek as well as Stouterik from De La Senne. The vibe was pretty laid back and staff were in their early to mid 20's - service was not overly attentive per se, but staff were friendly and helpful when you were able to get their attention. Music was fairly eclectic, but I dug it - a mix of hip hop, trance, blues and a number of other styles added to the hip vibe of the establishment. Overall, it was a very satisfying and pleasant experience, so much so that we returned a couple hours later after being somewhat disappointed by the Delirium Cafe, whereupon we returned for a second round of drinks including a Cantillon Gueuze and a Lupulus from Les Trois Forquets. I'm not sure how Fointainas compares the St. Gilles, but I have to say that Moeder Lambic Fontainas is well worth a visit if you are in Brussels.
04-15-2013 21:54:22 | More by Jwale73
4.77/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just back from a weekend in Belgium, due to a screw up on our booking for a hotel in Ghent we ended up staying in Brussels instead, just up the road from this gem of a pub. Stylistically it is not your typical tavern, more of a Brooklyn Tavern style booths facing a long bar which has 40 ish unmarked taps. Once we got a table and opened up a menu we knew we had happened upon a perfect bar. Between the three of us we went through the full draft menu, with the exception of the Lambic beers which are just not for our palate the rest of the beers were outstanding. The complexity &balance of flavours was remarkable, we barely found any of them boozey or sickly sweet which given the strength is something else, Only bad point perhaps is the music was a bit loud on our second visit, I would imagine the young, modern, hip vibe might annoy some people but for us it was just fine
04-02-2013 09:47:37 | More by philgill
Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
98 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.