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Café Rose Red

Not Rated.
Café Rose RedCafé Rose Red

Taps: 5 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 4.8%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

Cordoeaniersstraat 16
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 50 33 90 51

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cafe_rose_red

Notes:
In the Hotel Cordoeanier.

(Place added by: Beermelier on 07-08-2010)
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Fresh from a quick stop at t'bruggs beerjte, I decided to check this place out since it was so close and another reviewer had such a great experience.

A: First thing I noticed was how stunningly beautiful this place is. It is incredibly cosy and romantic; the perfect place since I was on my honeymoon! Apparently this is also a 22 room hotel. I'd strongly recommend any BA's looking for a romantic vacation to look into this place.

Q: Beer is served in the appropriate glassware at appropriate temps. Every beer is chosen by the owner and are all high quality.

S: The owner Kris is an excellent host and engaging in conversation. As an Englishman, I believe this is a most important quality in a barman. Kris is also a one man show, so expect to be served by him on your visit.

S: Selection was good. He has 2 taps about 15 bottles on the menu, however he did mention he has a big cellar, and even brought out a westy 12. I'd really like to see his whole cellar on a separate list, Im not really a fan of having to ask what a bar has.

So in conclusion, not the best selection in town, but if your looking for a quiet, relaxing, romantic place with a kind and engaging owner, please check this place out.

09-09-2010 12:15:30 | More by uno99
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atrocity

Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-21-2014 15:32:01 | More by atrocity
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dwagner003

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

07-17-2014 20:17:47 | More by dwagner003
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twisty1965

Texas

4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

It has been several years since we visited Cafe Rose Red, and I remember it often to this day. After reading a post from Travel and Leisure today about Westvelteren XII, I remembered that I never posted my review of the first place I ever tasted "the best beer in the world."

My husband and I stumbled into the cafe for a quick rest and a beer before continuing on our brief tour of Brugge and then ended up staying and trying many beers with the owner, Kris. He was so passionate and knowledgable about local trappist beers, and then some, that we skipped a touristy tour of a local brewery and sat with him and visited during a quiet period in the cafe.

He brought out many tasty things for us to try building up to the Westveletern XII. We tried a Oude Geuze Boom for the first time and a couple of other trappist selections. Kris made sure everything was served properly and knew about the brewery and brewing process for everything he served us. We learned a ton and really enjoyed meeting him. He served the Westv X and then the XII. The X was amazing. The XII lives up to its reputation. It was the closest thing to what I imagine laudinum might taste like. Flowery, fragrant, dark and mysterious, it was better than many fine wines I have tried. I was immediately addicted and have been searching for a suitable replacement ever since.

Since it has been several years since we were there, it is time to return. The hotel looked lovely...maybe for our 12th anniversary this year!

07-02-2014 22:46:04 | More by twisty1965
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Great atmosphere with a traditional pub feel then spiced up with hanging red roses. The offer several nice beers on tap and many in the bottle. The service was outstanding. Not only was the guy very friendly and inviting but he poured and presented a beer as well as anyone. He clearly takes great pride in that aspect. The hotel that it's in looks great. I think I know where I'm staying next time (though I might then never leave the building).

01-31-2014 02:05:08 | More by GJ40
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uturn

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

01-09-2014 02:23:04 | More by uturn
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$

I'm not sure this makes the cut based on beer selection alone, but the place itself is beyond lovely.

The quiet interior is decorated stylishly with roses neatly arranged hanging from the ceiling. The outside terrace is buried away from the outside world with simple beer decor and comfortably spaced tables. Really wonderful.

The list focuses on trappist breweries and the bar is an official Orval Ambassador bar. I opted for a St. Feuillien Grand Cru, which I had not seen before, followed by an aged (9 month) Orval.

Lovely experience - a nice change of pace from the traditional Belgian beer bar.

08-31-2013 17:32:02 | More by dirtylou
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Very chill little spot, just a bit off the beaten path in Brugge. Free wi-fi is nice for overseas visitors stuck on "airplane mode". Using said wi-fi right now to write this review.

My biggest complaint: cash only. Was running low on Euro's yesterday, and had to cut the last visit short as a result. Hit up an ATM, and I'm back in business. The back outdoor terrace/cafe seating is very chill, the service is friendly/knowledgable (although a bit "slow" by American standards). Food menu is limited (which I've found to be typical for most of the highly-rated beer bars in Brugge, with the notable exception being Cambrinus, which food menu is extensive), but beer selection is grand.

Beer menu advertises Westvleteren, for those in search of the "holy grail", but they were "out" during my visit, for whatever that's worth.... Some offerings (Cantillon fou foune @ 32 euro's), while difficult/impossible to find at other stops along my visit to Belgium (including the Cantillon brewery, for example), seemed a bit overpriced IMO.

But the nice selection, chill environment, and free wifi brought me back anyways, and as a result I still recommend a visit to this place to my other BA's traveling abroad.

08-18-2013 13:26:53 | More by psuKinger
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BeerTampa

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Was referred here by our waiter at a restaurant in Brussels. Glad we listened to him.

Atmosphere was really cool. Roses hang from the ceiling; a small bar with a few stools; and a handful of tables. Not a single person was inside when we arrived at 21:30. I asked if they were still open and the bartender guided me to a courtyard where tables were occupied. By the time we left an hour later, all the tables inside were full.

Beer list is very organized and extensive. There was a whole page for Trappist beer, and sections for cellared beer, abbey, oud bruin, fruity, and others. Prices range from 2.50 euro for Silly Saison to 55 euro for a de Struise barrel aged something. I settled on a de Struise 2011 Pannepot Quad for only 6 euro. Also had Ypres from de Struise on tap, a barrel aged oud bruin. Both were awesome.

Service was great. Bartender knew what he was talking about and recommended the oud bruin on tap when they were out of one I ordered. He even mentioned that de struise does a tasting somewhere in town from 12-4.

By far, the best bar I've been to in our entire trip to Belgium.

06-06-2013 06:57:55 | More by BeerTampa
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BierMeJohn

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$

Read reviews on this site before going to Bruges for the 2013 Bierfestival. Took some friends to Cafe Rose Red on the Friday before the festival, hoping to dodge the "beer crowd." I'd say it worked, bar was not crowded when we arrived but was full when we left. It is off the beaten path on a smaller street so it might not get as much foot traffic, but it's still close to the main square.

The atmosphere is nice and the selection was great as well, including their selection of cellared beers. Our waiter was awesome and helped me decide from a short list of beers I had picked out and was considering. The only food they offer is a cheese, sausage, and olive platter that was very tasty and really a surprising amount of food for the price.

I stuck with De Struise that night as they had a really good selection of those beers. It seemed to be a favorite as both the waiter and bartender were wearing De Struise t-shirts. They had Tsjeeses Reserva PBA on tap and Pannepot Grand Reserva & Black Albert in the cellared selection.

This is easily one of my favorite bars in Bruges and is a good alternative when 't Brugs Beertje gets too crowded.

02-27-2013 18:54:15 | More by BierMeJohn
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Café Rose Red in Brugge, Belgium
97 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.