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Moeder Lambic Fontainas

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53 Reviews
Reviews: 53
Visits: 123
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 46
Bottles: 180
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @moederlambic

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Place added by: barkeeper on 12-18-2009

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Reviews: 53 | Visits: 123
Reviews by Huhzubendah:
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was my first stop upon arriving to Brussels. When I say first stop, I mean this is the first place I parked the car. Left the luggage in there and got straight to business.

The place was not too crowded and I was able to find a seat at a table straight away. Nice vibe. Tall ceiling, spacious, long bar, outdoor seating. I dig it.

My first beer order was the three Cantillons I had been coveting: Cuvee Moeder Kriek, Faro, and Lambic - all on cask. Simply fantastic. All served in Cantillon tulip stemmed glassware. Voila.

The salad with Cantillon lambic dressing was fabulous.

Lots of beers on draft from which to choose, as well as a bottle list with some old favorites. The prices on some of the vintage bottles is quite steep.

Overall, this was an outstanding experience, and an awesome way to kick off my dream vacation. (836 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bostonbeans
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of suckaj
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zerric14
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of Whatup14
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of herrburgess
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.46/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Taillon75
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of psuKinger
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (3,145 characters)

Photo of RickyS
3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,828 characters)

Photo of kmahe
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Randyarchy
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (190 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Jul_dredd
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dabone
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great service and selection. Awesome atmosphere. (48 characters)

Photo of HookemHoos
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ColSanders123
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rale
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of ninkasibrew
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of sjccmd
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (487 characters)

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Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
99 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.