Les Brasseurs de la Grand Place
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev +18%
This place has one huge factor in its favor--it's open on Monday! You will find that most/all of the other establishments in the Good Beer Guide and this website are closed that day, which is when I happened to be wandering around downtown Brussels looking for decent beer and hot food.
I was in vicinity of the Grand Place looking for Brasserie de la Roue d'Or and I spotted this brewpub instead. It is literally a few steps outside the Grand Place on a side street. The sign for "Home Brewed Beers" caught my eye and I could see some gleaming brass and stainless steel from the street. I couldn't resist going in to sample beers and have lunch.
The interior was clean and the atmosphere was warm and comfortable if not remarkable. Despite all the visible brewing equipment, none of it was in use at lunchtime on Monday. I saw no signs of active brewing and I wondered if the equipment was for show and the beers were actually brewed elsewhere.
The beer menu had four house beers, Blond, Amber, Tripel and Bruin. I had small servings of the Tripel and Bruin (see beer reviews). They were well-made but unexciting. There were a few other bottled options on the beer menu, but just some Belgian standards.
I ordered the daily fixed menu for 10 Euro. It was a very good carrot soup, pork chops, salad and bread. Servings were generous and the food was fresh and tasty. The service was friendly, efficient and the waiter had limited English, which allowed me to stumble through with my very limited French.
Price for the small (375ml) house beers was about 4 Euro. The fixed price menu was very cheap for what you got, so I was pleasantly surprised with the prices, considering we were essentially on the Grand Place.
I do recommend this establishment for a quick lunch and a well-made beer or two, but it's not where you'll want to linger all afternoon when there are so many better options nearby.
10-12-2012 22:57:15 | More by Radome
1.86/5 rDev -39%
Ok, so this appears to be the definition of a tourist trap. The location is intruiging, but that doesn't come close to making this place worth a visit.
I waltzed over here while the wife and kids rested prior to dinner. This place was listed on the list "Top 125 places to have a beer". Pretty cool list but this really diminishes its credibility.
Place is a little micro-brewery that produces nothing you should waste your time drinking. It's Brussels for God's sake. Hit any other local bar serving Belgium's finest. The atmoshpere seemed dark/sad and almost desparate. Not kidding.
It appears that this place preys on tourists who have heard of Belgian beer, but don't know what to expect. AVOID!
04-20-2012 03:41:41 | More by Reagan1984
2.75/5 rDev -9.8%
I have several reviews to write, but I"m getting this one out of the way first because, quite frankly, I want to stop thinking about it. It haunts me in my dreams. Every beer I drink, a shadow of the collective world's lifeless beers flits across the rear of my tongue, paining me to no end. Why, oh why, can I not forget this awful place.
It began simply enough; starstruck wanderers wander into the center of all that is beerily holy. Brussels, central location of the worlds oddest beer, the gravitational center of all Belgian beers, the place where explorers from every country from every continent come to find the best beer... in Europe, and perhaps.... the world. But then, a terrible thing befell these wanderers.
Lapsing into their oh-so-American habit of convenience, their utter assurance that pretty things with high prices are a mark of quality, they enter... the place which shall not be named.
It looks pretty enough. The staff seem friendly. We sit, pleasantly surprised by our luck. Who knew?! a brewpub, in Belgium, overlooking the central square of Brussels. It HAS to be good. Oh, if only I knew then what I know now, what I take pain to forget.
Because, whilst several friendly smiles greeted us, we knew of no service for half an hour. For half an hour, these wanderers sat, in the middle of beer heaven, without beer. Hungry. Confused. Perhaps a bit constipated.
Oh, but service at last! Why, so excited was I, the sampler was the only course of action. 'Everything! I must have everything," I said. If only.... I had known...
Drink came, and parched I was. Deeply I drank of their elixirs. But this was no invigorating tonic. Neither was it the sulfuric intoxicant of Hades. No, worst of all, it was Purgatory... neither good, nor bad, just decent enough to keep drinking. One after the other, the same result. To sit and sip in mild misery was my fate that afternoon, and it left lasting impressions. Oh... the horror...
The food, too, was without soul, without pain or good. There was nothing left for us to do but swallow all pride, pour our wallets to the table, and leave, heads hung low, all illusions of Belgium's infallibility quashed.
So, good reader, make not the mistake we made. Find the smallest hole in the wall, tucked deep in the recesses of the city. Or better yet, just skip Brussels all together, for fear of wandering into the tentacles of this shoddy sham, this fraud of a brewpub.
.... Ok. So for reals, the only beer worth drinking (read: that didn't taste like a bad batch of Bud Select) were the guest beers. The food was unremarkable and expensive, the fries were crap. It was a wholly un-enjoyable and expensive experience.
07-13-2010 03:52:22 | More by objectivemonkey
2.83/5 rDev -7.2%
Large copper kettles rest behind every turn. Steel tubing crawls everywhere turning the walls into spider webs. Catwalks, glass walls, different levels, etc...all give off the feeling that this is a much larger establishment than it is yet intimacy is maintained. A sign boasts four 2,000 liter fermentors. Another reads, "Proef Onze Ambachtelijke Bieren." Radiohead and Jeff Buckley are playing loudly over the jubilant conversation of expats. I order two reasonably good tripels and take a seat at the bar. A fellow BA who I have never met, MuskegonBrewing, sits down next to me with his wife and we're quickly off to a good conversation. I order an Amber and this time, I am not so lucky. The beer is less than stellar. In fact, it is nearly undrinkable. The music changes to Freddie Goes to Hollywood and tracks from the Breakfast Club soundtrack. Despite my love for the 80s, the vibe seems as ruined as the beer I'm drinking so we take our leave.
11-12-2009 01:39:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
United Kingdom (England)
2.63/5 rDev -13.8%
I think someone said it best when they said that this place "could and should be so much more".
I have eaten here once, just had beer twice. Walked out after having sat there without service another two times. After living in Brussels for 6+ months, I have gotten used to slow and unresponsive service. If you are going to sit anywhere but right at the bar, be prepared that they may try your patience. Not everytime... but sometimes.
Location is Grand, as in right on the Grand Place. The only reason I would suggest this spot (despite it being a brewpub on the Grand Place) is to sit outside when they do the light show in the Grand Place around 11pm. (I am not quite sure if they do that show all year - or even if it is only weekend nights... I have just grabbed a seat when I ran into it a couple of times, and the view was good from the outside seating at this brewpub).
They have a limited and predictable menu - pretty much what you can expect for quality / price / options when you are right in the most touristy spot of Brussels. If you don't have high expectations, you won't be let down. It is not terrible, and they do not gouge on prices... but don't come here thinking this will be a culinary mecca or that they will offer food / beer pairings.
It is almost as if the brewing equipment is an artifact that gets in the way... not a central focus of this establishment. At some point, some brilliant entrepreneur will turn this into a shining gem of the beer travelling world... a must stop spot showcasing Belgium's grandest beer / food / atmosphere. That entrepreneur has as of yet, not made an appearance (at least not in a very long time... I have to assume someone had a vision at one point to get this started).
11-10-2009 15:04:59 | More by ultrasupergenius
3.86/5 rDev +26.6%
Visited in April 2008, just found my notes.
The inside of the bar is poorly lit but charming. Copper tanks to the left of the front door, with an upper level that they would not let us go on to. The bathrooms were clean, the service was friendly enough, they had no problem answering all of my questions about the Waterloo beers and glass (pottery) ware. We opted for the sampler and seats outside overlooking the Grand'Place. A local man drew a picture of one of my traveling buddies than asked for 10E! I really felt comfortable sitting out front of the brewpub, it was definitely memorable. If in Brussels, chances are youre going to end up in the Grand'Place anyway, why not stray from the Orval, Leffe or Jupiler and try some other Belgian beers not available...pretty much anywhere else.
07-21-2008 15:28:31 | More by ATPete
3.56/5 rDev +16.7%
While this may not be the best brewpub in Belgium, it does have one of the best locations, right off the Grand Place in Brussels. Plus it's very nice inside with the 100liter brewing system on your left as you enter, all decked out in copper. They has 3 beers available, their blond, amber and white ales. I only tried the blond and amber, both were decent but unremarkable. What made them taste better however was that it was happy hour and beers were only 2.50 euros for 500ml, nice! They also served me a little board with chese, ham and olives to snack which was greatly appreciated. I'm suprised this place isn;t more busy given it's location, but most tourist were outside staring around wide-eyed in the Grand-Place and I think most of them walked straight past without noticing.
07-30-2007 19:04:21 | More by xychromosome
3.45/5 rDev +13.1%
My wife and I stopped in here on our recent European vacation. It was interesting to see a Belgian brewpub after frequenting so many in the US. The atmosphere is pretty cool with the brewpots and fermenters on display. Unfortunately, they only had the amber available at the time, which the barkeep was upfront right away about. This was disappointing, but nonetheless the amber was tasty. Upstairs there's lots of little displays on historical brewing tools, containers and various brewhouse devices - this was pretty interesting.
Overall, this was a nice stop. I would stop here again if I find myself in Brussels, but if I was short on time I don't think I'd be too concerned about it. (I thought spending time in the Belgian countryside visiting the Trappist cafes to be much more exciting!)
07-25-2007 23:43:52 | More by scoobybrew
2.8/5 rDev -8.2%
Couldn't spend a few days in Brussels without trying the one and only brewpub in town, particularly as its location practically jumps up and slaps you on the face just off the Grand Place. Wish I'd skipped it. The place was empty, when everything else is full. The brewkettles stand on the left immediately after the door, while the long dark wood bar runs along the right side after a little alcove to sit and/or stand. Total seating downstairs was for 25. Stairs on the left opposite the bar go up to more on a second level. There is also more seating in the back area. Black tile floors, cream plaster walls, very high dark heavy wood ceilings. Etchings adorned the walls.
Only three tapes: blonde, amber and white. The glassware was plain but appropriate. The quality was OK, although stunningly unimaginative. The beers were fresh and served properly. This place could and should be so much better.
02-20-2007 16:16:15 | More by Globetrotter
Les Brasseurs de la Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.