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Moeder Lambic Fontainas

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Moeder Lambic FontainasMoeder Lambic Fontainas

54 Reviews
Reviews: 54
Visits: 133
Avg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
Taps: 46
Bottles: 180
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Place Fontainas 8
Brussels, 1000
phone: +32 2 503 60 68

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @moederlambic

Place added by: barkeeper on 12-18-2009

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Reviews: 54 | Visits: 133
Reviews by Duffman929:
Photo of Duffman929
4.7/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here for Zwanze Day. Funny story about this place for me--I was actually here in 2010 on a trip, before I was really into lambics, and didn't know it was this place. How much my beer knowledge has changed in over 2 years.

Place was busy when I came around 7:45, but a group was leaving, so was able to get a table. With Fou Foune and Vigneronne on tap, I wasn't trying to go too deep on the tap list. There were at least mid-20's worth of options. Was disappointed there weren't any sweatshirts in stock.

Overall, the atmosphere was very relaxed and the service was great. No issues with anything, even though it was quite busy. I will for sure be going back later this month.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MatthewWalters
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I went to Moeder Lambic Fontainas on the night of Nov. 12, 2015 and spent about three hours there. It's got some energy to it, and I think the selection and quality of fine beers adds to that. There were 5 Cantillons on cask when I went, and they even had one that Cantillon itself did not have available (on site or takeaway) when I went two days later. They've also got some crazy empty bottles on display that were fun to check out. I had some of a cheese and meat platter and the salami and cheese was amazing. Couldn't comment on any main dishes though. One server seemed pretty indifferent to the job, but one was incredibly helpful and took time to answer all my questions even with a busy bar. Fair location too, not far out of the way depending on where you're staying obviously. I would argue a must-visit in Brussels.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jkhara12
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of aRedLetterLife
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of barleywin
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of desint
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bostonbeans
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of kkdowning
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of suckaj
4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zerric14
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of Whatup14
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of herrburgess
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Taillon75
4.7/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of psuKinger
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Over the course of my 4 days in Belgium, I was very intentional about trying to hit as many of the top "Beer Destinations" in Brussels and Brugge as I could. By no means was my adventure "comprehensive", but I was successful in making it to a large number of them. And after all was said and done, this was my #1 favorite spot for the trip.

The vibe is hard to describe. It's an amalgam of a number of things. Moeder Lambic is a long narrow building, and as such it's kind of dimly light, and has a bit of a "divey" feel to it, as you head deep back into the place. But simultaneously, it has great big open doors at the front, which they leave wide open, with sunshine pouring in on a nice summer day. And an open patio out front, and as the patio is kind of drawn back in from the road, they have a lot of wide open space out there in between the tables. So it's both bright/vibrant, and dark/divey. On a slow mid-afternoon, they had American gangsta rap playing, amusingly, at a low, chill volume. A musical selection that, by most accounts would have been out of place for this kind of establishment, in this location, during this time of day, but somehow *works* for Moeder Lambic. all the more adding to the complicated-yet-chill vibe. The draft list was written up on chalk boards, and the tables were very well spaced out. I found myself loving everything about it.

The service was great. These guys clearly had (playfully) "messing with Americans" down to a science, as we quickly discovered for ourselves and then amusingly watched as they replayed the scene on others as they shyly shuffled in. If willing to play along (which we were), they clearly enjoyed watching us struggle for a few moments with a couple awkward lines of bad french or flemmish, and welcomed the opportunity to let things get a little awkward, just for a few perfectly timed moments, before switching to near-flawless English for the rest of the visit. Very amusing.

The food menu is limited to a few appetizers, so no full-meals to be had here. But the meat-and-cheese platter we ordered was fantastic.

Beer Selection and Quality was exceptional. We found things here that we didn't find anywhere else. Upon our arrival to Belgium, I had the Adelardus Dubbel, the Stourterik Brussels Stout (a great combo of bitter/roasted and mildly tart), the Bink Tripel, and the Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, while my wife opted for the Cantillon Framboise. I initially opted to avoid a number of the Cantillon offerings, nearly not ordering the Saint-Gilloise as well, in anticipation of my upcoming visit to the Cantillon brewery.

The brewery visit was very cool, and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting. But after taking the self-guided tour, I opted to cut the tasting room sampling session short and return to Moeder Lambic, as the selection of Cantillon beers here exceeded what could be found at the brewery! As such, I had a Cantillon Faro and a Val-Dieu Grand Cru during the return stop.

A great Belgian beer bar, unlike any other I visited during my trip. My personal favorite, and therefore a highly recommend beer destination for me.

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Photo of RickyS
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A quick jaunt from Cantillon. Nice layout inside, with a rather large bar, and plenty of seats, as well as a large outside area. Beer selection was great, with lots of lambic choices (including many from Cantillon, and a couple you can only get here). There was an Italian beer tap takeover when I visited, but still a wide variety of Belgian goodies...with close to 50 taps, you can't really go wrong. They also had a good bottle list, including some 'loons, but these were at drastically inflated prices...like over 3 times the price that the same bottles cost at the brewery right down the street.

Food options were somewhat limited, but being quite hungry after the train from Bruges and a morning at Cantillon, I chose the meat and cheese plate, which was one of the pricier items, but well worth it I felt: a basket of bread, and a hearty quantity of good meats and cheese that completely hit the spot.

Service was pretty lousy. I've said it before, but bartenders in this country all seem to be honey badgers...they just don't care. Got my first beer fairly quickly, finished it, then sat there with an empty glass for like 15 minutes until I finally got the chance to flag down another bartender, as my original one went off to joke around with a coworker without even looking back at the bar. Simple things like offering water, asking if you need another drink, simple friendliness, or even a word or two of conversation; none of these existed here. I shouldn't have to get up and look for service while at a bar. And everyone behind the bar had this glum look like they were depressed beyond all measure.

It's pretty much a given that during any trip to Brussels, you'll inevitably find yourself here. Would I go back? I suppose so, somewhat begrudgingly. Despite the bad service, I'd be a sucker for the beer list.

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Photo of kmahe
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
98 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.