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À la Mort Subite

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À la Mort SubiteÀ la Mort Subite
very good

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 17
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7
Brussels, 1000
phone: +32 2 513 13 18

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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Roughly in between the Grand Place and Bier Circus (though closer to the former), this is one of the more charming spots to stop for a drink in Brussels. Rows of long tables greet you upon entrance, with gold-trimmed mirrors next to tasteful floral still-lifes on yellowed walls. The place has a history, and feels like it.

The beer list not bad -- around 30-40 selections. The highlight is an oude gueuze from De Keersmaeker. Waitstaff is attentive and more knowledgeable than your average restauranter about their beers, but not entirely up to beer-geek standard. Quite friendly, though, as this place draws its fair share of tourists for the atmosphere.

Some decent cheeses for snacks, as well as an assortment of jellied meats for the more adventuresome. This is a nice place for a pre-dinner drink or two.

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4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The vibe is incredible - they haven't done much to it for a century or so. they feature beer from Mort Subite but if those don't strike your fancy there are 30 or bottled and craft beers on tap. It's a nice place to stop and have a sandwich and a beer.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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Photo of RCane1
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited in June 2012:

This was the first place that I went to when we arrived on a rainy day in Brussels, it also helped that it was right down the street from the hotel that we were staying at. Impression upon walking it...loved it. Great feel to the place, warm and inviting, there was a good crowd, which gave the place a nice vibe. The place was stocked with these older wooden tables and chairs that just look as this they have been there for as long as the bar and if they could talk they would have some amazing stories. As others have noted, they had a nice selection of beers, but we focused mainly on their Lambic. I also tried Westmalle Trappist Dubbel. The food was good...I think that we only ate there once, but we went back to drink several times. The service was OK, neither good nor bad, slow at times, but were experienced this a lot in our travels across the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Overall, this is a great place. If I lived in Brussels, this place would be a regular hang out.

Photo of John_the_Confused
4/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was my first visit in over a decade. The physical structure is the same. Far more crowded than any of my previous visits. Had a couple of beers and moved on.

It was worth a visit for old times sake but it was a little disappointing. Hopefully next time it will be less crowded.

I would recommend this bar as worth a visit to anyone to go and have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere of a great bar. Whether you stay or not depends on how comfortable you feel in a crowded beer hall full of tourists.

Photo of distantmantra
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Located near the Grand Place, A La Mort Subite is great hangout spot for both tourists and locals alike. The old wood furniture and spectacular architecture are warm and inviting. They have a decent selection of beers, which the wait staff is very happy to recommend based on your personal preferences. As with most of Belgium, trappists and lambics are the focus at Mort Subite, but there were strangely a few British beers on tap as well.

If I were to live in Brussels, I could see this being the kind of place I'd come to hang out with friends while having a few drinks.

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