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Brasserie Cantillon

Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 14,684
Beer Avg: 4.25

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 6.82%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

Rue Gheude 56
Anderlecht, 1070
Belgium
phone: +32 25 21 49 28

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mathieu87

Belgium

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

For every beergeek, this is the most important place to visit when you’re in Brussels. Friendly people, who have a real passion for their lambics. Athmosphere is amazing in this cozy place.

TO EVERYONE VISITING CANTILLON, give me a head’s up, I’d love to trade/share some bottles!

03-17-2014 14:02:46 | More by mathieu87
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GJ40

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

I've dreamed of visiting Cantillon and after a couple of failed attempts this past summer, I finally made it. It was everything I'd hoped an more.

The beer selection and quality is amazing. We split 750s of FF, St Lam and LP Kriek. It was my first time trying each. And we picked up St Lam, LP Gueuze and a few others to take home. And the prices? They practically give it away.

The atmosphere is awesome. It's filled with tradition and loaded with comfort. Between the small stove that heats up the table area and the barrels that you sit at, it couldn't be better. We skipped the tour but the walk to the rest rooms alone was probably all I could handle. Wow!

I feel I've now enjoyed one of the ten great wonders of the world (not just the beer world mind you). What a day!

01-18-2014 00:16:56 | More by GJ40
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mrmoustache

Italy

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

I went here for my birthday! I've tried Cantillon beers on tap throughout Europe, and I've always dreamed of going straight to the source. Cantillon is most certainly on my top 3 list of breweries. While this brewery is in the middle of nowhere in Belgium, the atmosphere inside was perfect and the people were lovely. It only costs 6 euros per person for a tour and 2 samples of beer (of your choosing, from two lists). The tour is quaint, and you get to see all of the workers in action. The smell of sweet beer wafting through the air is enough to make your mouth water as you walk down hallways of dusty barrels and walls high with newly bottled brews. Once you're finished, you can chill out and drink your two samples, while staring at the wall of merchandise of which you will feel compelled to buy for all of your friends (or yourself).

Lovely place! I highly recommend it!

11-09-2013 12:53:06 | More by mrmoustache
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$

Visited the Brasserie twice during a 3-day stay in Brussels in the first week of July 2013. We were able to piggyback on a guided tour in a large group of college-age folks- they sounded American like us.

So basically the best way to describe the brewery is to smell a Classic Geuze. Seriously. Just smell it, and that is what you smell as soon as you walk through the brewery's doors. This brewery is located in Anderlecht, which is a grittier side of town, but not too far from Bruxelles Midi. The tour itself was fascinating for someone who hasn't seen a coolship yet, and the employee who acted as a spontaneous guide had a lot of interesting things to say about beer in general. I really enjoyed the entire atmosphere of the tour, seeing the attic with the holes in it, the coolship and the barrel room. And then afterwards, you get to taste the unblended, young lambic and one pour of your choice. After that, you can buy bottles for on-site consumption- they had a lot available on top of the 3 year-rounds, like 50N4E, St. Lamvinus, Lou Pepe Kriek/Framboise, Vigneronne, Iris, Faro, etc. There are t-shirts and souvenirs available on top of the bottles to-go; they only had Classic, Kriek and Rosé available to go though.

Service is fairly average, it's a family-run operation after all so you kind of have to flag someone down to buy something at the bar. Nothing special here. But the prices you pay for the bottles to-go are as good as it gets anywhere in the world, and the prices for the bottles for on-site consumption were also very reasonable.

It's a lot of fun to visit this brewery and talk to the employees there including Jean Van Roy. It's also a lot of fun to drink bottles on the premises, which is just ridiculous when you think about it. Where else can you just pay under $100 to drink 75cl bottles of 50N4E, Lou Pepe Kriek, Lou Pepe Framboise, Saint Lamvinus, Iris and Vigneronne in one sitting? Ridiculously reasonable.

10-07-2013 22:33:35 | More by Stevedore
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Pecan

California

4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I got here on a Saturday morning right at opening and I'm sure glad I made it in that early. By 11, this place was starting to get quite a few people coming through. The tour was self-guided and allowed you to explore their entire brewery at your own leisure. I took pictures, but pictures cannot capture the most amazing parts of this place: The smells. When in the attic with the coolship, there is so much musty sweetness in the air. The staff, even though they were busy, went out of their way to make sure I enjoyed the visit. The in-house drink selection was great, and the take-home selection was fairly impressive as well. This is a must-see in Brussels, though I'm sure you already knew that.

09-15-2013 03:12:11 | More by Pecan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $

Really no point in reviewing Cantillon. If you're in Brussels, and you're aware enough to be on this website, you should be at Cantillon.

The tour is fine - 6 euros and you get a brief introduction in the language of your choice and then you're free to walk around on the self guided tour. Let's face it, by this point, you know how beer is made so you dont need the whole malt/hop drill. It's cool to see their open fermentation set-up, the barrels, and walls of bottles. A few small tastings of the standards are included.

The in-house consumption list is generally pretty strong, with significantly lower prices than you'll find anywhere else. On my last visit, 50 degrees north/4 degrees east, lou pepe framboise, zwanze 2012, iris, cuvee st gilloise, and a few other standards were all available. There are a few dirt-cheap drafts as well.

Take-away sales are a little less straight forward - they have the basics available for dirt cheap but are typically sold out of everything else. Sometimes you really have to pry to find out whats really for sale, that isnt listed. Dont be surprised to have to purchase a certain number of standards to purchase a specialty. Kind of a shitty business practice in my book, but when at Cantillon, I play by their rules.

They have gueuze cheese and allegedly salami at times, but not on this visit. Best to eat prior.

08-31-2013 01:21:47 | More by dirtylou
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TheBeerTrekker

New York

4/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $

Great place to visit if you are in Brussels. A very traditional style of beer and definitely not for everyone. They still make their beers the old fashioned way which is nice to see and an a good experience overall. Very knowledgeable staff with a very odd sense of humor. The beers they have are seasonal and they will give you an earful if you request/ask what is not available.

08-30-2013 10:49:17 | More by TheBeerTrekker
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RobertRedmoon

Florida

4.59/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This was one of the best glimpses into what lambic beer is all about. The brewery is virtually unchanged since it started and that is not hard to believe when you take the tour. The owner and brewer Jean van Roy is busy but is available for a chat. The place gives you the feeling you are in a museum but it is a fully functional brewery. At the end of the tour you are able to try three of the beers. It is located on a quiet street near the center of Brussels. Absolutely Awesome!

07-29-2013 14:39:55 | More by RobertRedmoon
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halfbarrelbrew

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I back packed Belgium in April and stopped here twice! My first visit I sat down with the family and had cheese and crackers with lou pepe kriek for lunch. I was the only person in the brewery at that time. They were very welcoming. I toured the brewery and I was in heaven. The beer and the whole experience was unmatched. My favorite brewery in the world. Hands down

07-20-2013 00:29:34 | More by halfbarrelbrew
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jlisuk

California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Absolute highlight of our trip to Belgium. If you are near Brussels and do not go to Cantillon, you missing out on something special. Not only can you purchase Cantillon far less expesiely here than you can anywhere else, but the bar offers bottles for onsite consumption that you will never see outside of the brewery. The staff is very friendly, and the brewery is a living museum. You must go here!

06-26-2013 23:32:28 | More by jlisuk
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Brasserie Cantillon in Anderlecht, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.