À la Mort Subite
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 17
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by belgianjunkie:
4.16/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Fine, old fashioned Belgian beer hall. Most of the interior is made out of one kind of wood or another. Many of the tables meet end-to-end length-wise with benches on one side, wooden booths on the other, though there's independent tables with benches in the front-right of the bar as well. Classic old Belgian bar style, quiet and respectable. Others like La Lunette or Delerium Cafe might be a bit more tailored more towards tourist appeal, but for the old-school Belgian bar style, this is a fine example.
If you like Mort Subite, this is your Val Halla. Literally all of their selection is available au fut (on tap) and it's a bit different than what you would taste from the bottles- a bit less carbonation and perhaps a hint sweeter, whether you're tasting their Kriek, Framboise, Peche, Gueuze, etc. If you're looking for a wide-selection of other beers, they have an average selection- lesser than your average Brussels bar, but again, this is the place for a Mort Subite or four; I didn't bother ordering anything but their brand of lambics.
Waitstaff was attentive and, in our particular case, spoke a bit of English- enough to get by if need be. On our visit, my wife's grandfather took their family, my parents, and myself here to celebrate our upcoming wedding. After a full round, he told our waiter (in Flemish) that we were getting married in two days, and they gave us a giant goblet of Mort Subite Framboise for both families to sip from in celebration. A fond memory, and their kindness got them an extra BA point for service.
08-13-2005 12:37:48 | More by belgianjunkie
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4.63/5 rDev +25.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a fantastic and really beautiful beer hall that's been in the family for three-generations (since ~1890). It's been at this location since 1910 and it looks as if all the fixtures are original! Even my wife, who doesn't drink, loved it. You don't see places like this in the US. It's densely packed with small tables just large enough to hold four beers and a few plates. Perfect for sitting with a group and enjoying some suds and grub. The staff was great. Brussels is very cosmopolitan and the people are used to non-tourist foreigners and make you feel at right at home (unlike some "other" French-speaking countries...). This place was no exception. It's a few minutes walk from Grand Place and worth a visit. I didn't eat here but the food looked plain but very good. The selection of beers was respectable (a dozen or so taps, plus bottles). I'm not a Geuze fan, but did enjoy my Orval. Definitely would put his on your list if you're remotely close.
02-01-2014 01:16:43 | More by RCane1
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
The beers of Mort Subite may not be renowed as Cantillon or Delirium, but its beer bar just north of the Grand Palace brings you back many decades. The interior of white walls with little carvings and subtle decoration along with the gold colored pilar tops are well preserved. Long wooden tables and chairs dot the dining room, and the old wooden bar is off to the right side upon entering. I saw a staircase towards the back, so perhaps there's a second floor as well.
Mort Subite is known for carrying its beers of Mort Subite. Not to worry, as there are guest beers on the menu too. There are about a dozen taps, carrying several varieties of Mort Subite, plus Ciney, Affligem, Westmalle, and Chimay. The bottle list hits two dozen and offers Judas, Hopus, La Chouffe, Orval, Rochefort, Rodenbach, and Grimbergen. The Mort Subite beers come in their own branded wide mouth chalice and topped with a thick creamy head. My two beers were acceptable, but as I've stated earlier, don't confuse them with world class offerings.
Wait staff is constantly checking on customers and will serve you right at the table.
A la Mort Subite may not have the most impressive stock of beers, but it remains a Brussels classic. That reason alone warrants a visit.
05-23-2013 04:18:12 | More by DoubleJ
4.39/5 rDev +19%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Found myself near enough Mort Subite to stop in for lunch after a morning of Flemish art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Amazing how looking at Breughel and Rubens can work up a thirst.
I must look American in enough that I was warned that the Mort Subite Gueuze was served warm and that it was sour. The color of an overripe peach, there's a slight film of an off white head on the beer. Yeasty nose that's focused in spite of spontaneous fermentation. Slightly sour and fruity on the tongue. Very good and goes well gouda cheese.
I came here for lunch, in part, because another BA mentioned cheese sandwiches; I ordered the Hollande sandwich: gouda cheese on a traditional bread, just like at A la Becasse. Mustard placed on the table ahead of the sandwich arriving—to my surprise, mustard on bread with gouda cheese is pretty darn good. I may return for more lambic and to order the omelet because it looks very good at the next table.
The bar itself is a wonderful old place that makes the stop worthwhile in and of itself, especially compared to just buying a sandwich at a street shop or frites on the street. In addition to the range of Mort Subite beers, there's a nice selection of abbey and Trappists ales in bottles and draft.
For dessert, I had a Mort Subite Kriek. Barlely pink head is falling quickly on a Cool-Aid red beer. Light sour cherry and yeasty nose belies the stronger fruit flavor in the mouth that's barely counterpointed by the more mellow sour of Mort Subite's base lambic. Tastes a bit like cherry sour candy in liquid form. Body is light but the flavor more than compensates. This would be a great introduction to lambic and fruit beers. It reminds me a little of New Glarus Belgian Red, but not quite as good.
Decided to end the trip with a draft or two at Mort Subite because it's easy to find in the touristy district and I think I've spent enough time at Delirium for one trip. The quieter, period bar without the thumping techno seemed like the right way to go. I had a sample of the Mort Subite Framboise at the 2005 Festival of Beer in Toronto. It rated high then and doesn't disappoint now. Strong fruit flavor without being overly sweet as the sour lambic swells up underneath to meet the challenge. An excellent framboise for beer geek and neophyte alike.
I tried to finish with Orval, but they were out until the next day. On the recommendation of a new tap by the waitress, I'm ending my stay in Belgium as I started: La Trappe Quadruple. I could live here just for La Trappe this fresh. When I get home, the top of my brewing priority is to learn how to brew a clone of this beer.
02-03-2013 03:06:55 | More by FightingEntropy
À la Mort Subite in Brussels, Belgium
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.