Taps: 8 / Bottles: 114
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 52 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by drewbage:
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sampled twice during late March 2006.
Ok.. so I got lost twice, thrice, well many times the few times I've been here, but hey.. it's old town Brussels. It's hard work for an American used to grids and the like.
But once you hit the joint. (Easy.. follow the crowds to the Pissing boy and then turn around.. bing), up the little stairs and there you've got a nice little cafe with nice menu of Brussels beers and big Belgian names. (Including a stupidly expensively Westy).
Lots of puppets, nice little cracker set and man.. a good collection of lambics. They even pull the out of the traditional lambic service with the a wicker basket and the like.
Definately one of the best small places right in the more touristy area of Brussels. Sit down, relax, have a Gueze and you're done. Oh and cash only.
04-12-2006 10:50:17 | More by drewbage
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4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
A most interesting stop on my first Brussels beer sortee October 2013.
I didn't come to see the boy statue taking a pee, nor to look at the tourists having their picture taken in front of him. I came to visit one of the most unique beer drinking places on earth. I was fortunate to sit beside the General Montgomery mannequin, several locales waxed poetic as they walked by 'The Liberator of Brussels'. If I described the rest of the interior, you still wouldn't believe me: marionettes everywhere, a great breweriana collection. a nice cool vibe, and a great wait staff, I never had to wait for a beer on a pretty busy night and it was always delivered with a smile. A decent selection of the usual suspects in bottles. While I didn't eat, the quality and the portions looked quite good, especially the lasagna which should be enough for two hungry people. Prices are ala Grand Place, cash only. Did I really visit this place or was it some type of evil dream. I can tell you with some confidence, you will never visit another beer place on earth like Le Poechenellekelder. An absolutely essential stop, I'd suggest getting trashed at Delirium and coming over here and listening to Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles on the soundtrack.
11-07-2013 17:45:44 | More by jdense
4.51/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.
10-04-2012 11:14:04 | More by BelgianBeerPope
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Just a few blocks from Brussels Grotemarkt plaza and onto a fairly prominent alleyway, an intersection that's marked by a statue of a black marble toddler peeing into a fountain and a street vendor of escargot tells me I'm close. I peer slight upward and leftward and see a faded sign that denotes the bar. On this most pleasant late April afternoon, I expect the exceedingly crowded patio to also resonate inside.
But up the narrow staircase and into the upstairs space reveals enough patrons to keep it lively but not enough to repel the group of nine of us who were thirsty and in need of an afternoon snack. A quick read of about 50 beers (eight or so on tap) lead me to the Watou Tripel from St. Bernardus brewery. As an accompaniment to the artisanal cheeses, meats, and mustard that was delivered I wished that I could spend an eternity here.
With the dusty puppets of circus-like whimsy and discipline, the framed political cartoons of undermined nazi regime, and the cases of Orval that are glued upside down to the ceiling... all fulfilling the notion of Belgian humor, historic burrs, and beer idiosyncratic mindset firmly put me in the mindset of Brussels past and present.
Reasonable prices, as are all throughout Belgium, and a full flavored beer menu that will satisfy every beer drinker to embrace their boarders, none will fill dissatisfied from the offerings delivered here. An easy order of De Rank XX Bitter, Orval Tappist, or Kasteel Donker would have satisfied just as well.
But with Belgium (as with Europe) the service will seem relaxed and appear not as attentive as American servers so a little extra patience and extra hand raising will have to suffice. But when the beers arrive, then the server does a fantastic job of decanting each persons beer with artistry and care.
Gotta love this beer cafe as it does all that Belgium does with beer culture and they don't mind if it's busy or sparse on customoership- they deliver each glass with class, friendliness, and professionalism.
05-17-2012 07:03:45 | More by BEERchitect
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.