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Musée Des Bières Belges

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Ratings: 3
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.35
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19 Rue De La Gare
Lustin, 5160
Belgium
phone: +32 (0)81 41 11 02

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4.03/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

What an amazing place: strange and lovely at the same time, damp, yet charming, interesting, yet alarming. A bit out-the-way from other beery destinations but certainly on the way to some places towards Luxembourg which is why we popped in.

The walls (which you can’t see because of bottles) along with the whole set up smells like a damp WW11 bunker or an old wine cellar. That might sound great, but this is a former pub that is slowly rotting to death and your nose can detect it.

It took the couple who opened the door almost two minutes to find a light switch (no idea what they were up too in there when we arrived!): so we stood in the murky doorway, lit only by the sunlight, peering into the gloom at row after row of bottles too frightened to move incase we knocked anything over such is the clutter and mess within.

The ’Only in Belgium’ statement comes to mind when I think of this place: well worth visiting, honest. Free to wander around, no charge any more: loads of rare beers to try (sadly I was driving, so bought some to take away) in the tasting area.

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4.3/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I had stumbled across this place on a random country drive a few years ago, but found it not open during the posted hours. I'd completely forgotten about it until a few Sundays ago, by chance getting caught on the same alternate road through the woods between Dinant and Namur.

This time it was open and the surprised-looking woman in attendance realized that I wanted in. The dilapidated road house, or whatever the jumbled old building had been, was now lights-off deserted. A headache-triggering, damp-basement reek almost drove me back out, but as the woman ran ahead to turn on flourescents, I opted to make a polite stumble through the warren of towering shelves, crammed with bottles old and new, glassware and breweriana.

More boxes awaiting cataloging crowded the walkways. There was some captionining in French, some of it hand-scrawled on stickers affixed to the woodwork and plexiglass. The attendant cheerfully chatted about how the place had come to be -- without government support, she asserted with pride.

I was approaching my endurance limit when I noticed that the shelves in one alcove were fronted by a table with a few rows of bottles arranged on it. There were more bottles on the floor under the table, and in a few boxes against the wall. They were full. This was stock for sale.

Rummaging through, most everything I picked up was unfamiliar from the specialty shops of greater Brussels. There were several breweries I didn't recognise, some without commercial labels, and quite a few odd brews from familiar producers. Nothing bore a price tag. A few laminated sheets of paper set out a matrix of cost based on bottle size and alcohol percentage. I basically grabbed bottles I didn't recognize until it seemed like enough.

The lady tried to explain a byzantine discount formula based on a membership and possibly something about sidestepping the glass deposit. Supposedly it worked out for my case or two, so I bought into the association, later realizing there was no paper or number or oath of office or anything to testify to membership, but ah well. The grocery-style tape listed prices from not much more than a euro to near double digits.

I have no clear idea what I actually paid (I seem to recall it was cash only) but I was very happy to come away with lots of new things to try. Part of the formula was for to-go versus consuming on the spot, but I'd breathed in more than enough mildew spores for one day.

I still can't imagine drinking there, but I'll have to go back -- I still have a few unexplored shelves and hiding spots to shop around in.

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4.72/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So often, visitors to Belgium never get any further south than Brussels. A quick whistle stop tour of the “Northern” Cities & some visitors think they have seen all that Belgium has to offer. They are so wrong!!. Wallonia is the unknown beauty of Belgium, and contains some stunning villages & towns, often nestled in picturesque valleys, as well as some memorable & unique Beer Establishments. The “Belgium Bottle Museum” is most definitely one of these. Located just outside Lustin, on the banks of the Meuse, lies a collection of 10,500+ Belgium Bottled Beer & 2,500+ Glasses, probably unparalleled anywhere else in the World. The Museum is an unassuming 2-storey white-washed building, near the Train Station. As we were all CAMRA Members & afficionados, the Old Woman waived the entrance fee, showed us all around & explained the collection, erm… in French - Oh well! Items are sometimes organized by Brewery, sometimes by Style. Mouthwatering work…..

...but don’t fear, any thirst acquired during the tour - is adequately catered for. There is a “very small” bar here; Small - But Bloody Hell – WHAT A SELECTION!! About 10 draft beers, and it was said to have 500 Bottled Beers, maybe even more- I do not think even the owners know. There were aged beers as well, for I managed to buy a 6 year old Hanssens Gueuze, after convincing the Old Woman of my “beer credentials”. Sometimes you may get lucky and drop on a real gem, or even a long lost Wallonian beer, I kid you not!!!!

You will be charged an entrance fee, for this is a Museum First – Bar Second. It is a nominal fee, even if you only want a drink – but they will be gravely offended if this is all that you want. I would urge you to pay the fee & have a look around.

A fantastic opportunity to see some real Wallonian countryside, to immerse yourself in Belgium Bottled Beer & Glass History & see one of the true “Seven Beer Wonders of the World”.

Thoroughly Belgium and Marvelously Unique.

Musée Des Bières Belges in Lustin, Belgium
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