Moeder Lambic Fontainas

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120 Ratings
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 46
Bottles: 180
Cask: Y
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Place Fontainas 8
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 503 60 68

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Photo of GJ40
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Randyarchy
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Beer selection was by far the best. Lambic and cask options were the best I have seen. Service was pretty mixed regarding speed, but knowledge was always good, and very passionate about beer

Photo of LittleDon
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Easily the best place in town to find quality local beer on tap. About 40 - 50 taps when I was there, 10 of which were spontaneous fermentation. West Coast feel. Relatively quiet. Very reasonable prices for beer, food was a bit pricey, but slightly above average.

Photo of dabone
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great service and selection. Awesome atmosphere.

Photo of sjccmd
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Though it's in a touristy part of town, it doesn't feel too touristy. Very relaxed environment and staff. Sat outside to enjoy a number of beers including Cantillon Faro on tap (a unique, though not amazing treat). Bottles were served in baskets accompanied with barley malt to nibble on. Ordered a very nice quiche with a salad. Selection was amazing. Waiter would play along with my French until he needed to say something more complicated like "we no longer have that". Very friendly.

Photo of innominat
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

My favourite bar in Brussels. A wonderful selection but with sometimes steep prices. I have eaten here on more than 1 occasion and I enjoyed the quiche in particular. A nice clean bar with 40 taps to choose from. A very nice vibe also. A wonderful bar to share a bottle or 2 in.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Food is the only minus, all others are fantastic!

Photo of TOOSE
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Fantastic selection of world class beers and great service. The menu is a bit limited, but why would that be a problem.

Photo of srletend
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Can't beat the selection. Friendly service. Decent food.

Photo of outoffocus
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The selection is amazing, with 6 different Cantillon drafts/casks (along with others) when I visited, and an extensive bottle list. The service was also impeccable, very efficient and with all of the bartenders and servers happily speaking English. The quality is world class, at least with the lambics, which was my main focus. The atmosphere is I suppose a matter of preference, and I liked the feel of the St. Gilles location more. This was more than fine though, with a large outdoor seating area and plenty of room at the bar. The food selection is pretty limited, but what I had was good. The price on some of the bottles was pretty high, but absolutely appropriate in my opinion for a world class bar like this. Overall, one of the best bars I've ever been to.

Photo of SankeySr
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really cool spot, must-go for craft beer lovers. Awesome selection with a ton of sours, saisons, belgians, etc. Had some good italian beers on tap that just came out. Some of the bartenders were kind of assholes but whatever. Food was great, had the meat and cheese plate with bread.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The route back from Cantillon conveniently took us past Moeder Lambic's second location and we stopped there for a not-so-quick lunch of quiche and a meat and bread plate. There I tried the Band of Brothers, a hoppy Belgian style IPA made by Brasserie de la Senne in collaboration with Moeder Lambic. This was a very hoppy beer that I liked, since I hadn't had a really hoppy beer in almost 2 weeks, but may have pushed the limits for me. Since it took a while to get our check, I ended up ordering a second beer, the Cantillion Iris Grand Cru on tap, which was much more mellow than the regular version. I love this beer bar!

We ended up back there later the same day and tried even more great beers.

One of the best beer bars in Brussels for sure!

Photo of southdenverhoo
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the very best beer bars I've ever been in. I can't believe the level of service we received, in our servers second language, but these people love beer, love their jobs, love their neighborhood ( I counted 8 strollers, what does that tell you? Yes this is just off the highest tourist traffic area in Brussels, but somehow its filled with young local families into drinking good beer with their neighbors on a Monday night). If you find yourself near the Grand Place, seek this joint out. Especially if you like lambics & geuzes, but their "guest" taps include a lot of new, small European brewers pushing the envelopes of traditional styles, introducing American elements ( read: adding new wrld hops, big IBUs), and just generally raising hell.

Photo of PopTheTop
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I went to Brussels on a "beer trip" that she gifted me for Christmas last year. The main focus of the trip was to find cool places to drink beer and to also bring some local brews home with us. This was one of the last stops on our 2 day trip and it was well worth it.

One of the things we enjoyed about this place was that it is, for the most part, off the tourist map. It was a short walk down the street from our hotel and close to the Grand Place.

I was very excited to see how many different beers they had on tap. The selection included blondes, stouts, fruit beers, sour beers... Many different choices to choose from.

Another highlight was the roasted barley that they served with the beer. We asked the waiter about it and he explained that it is used to eat and it cleanses the palate between beer samples. It worked very well and was a nice little snack.

The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about all of the beers. They had very good recommendations about which beers would suit an individuals taste. The place was not overly crowded and the atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this place to anyone going to Brussels.

Photo of FRANKtheMACHINE
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place hits the balance of approachability and depth of variety just right. In my experience the servers don't mind talking about beer in a non-pretentious way even though the place is fairly busy. There is a ton of local and semi local stuff that means you can happily spend some serious time here. Sign of the times: you can buy the tee-shirt.

Photo of jdense
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of mdidonat
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of 100floods
3.89/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Dreizhen
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

EDIT:

Holy shit their quiche is good. Service, beer, etc... still outstanding, yada yada. EAT THE QUICHE.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of snuffy
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
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