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Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
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23,676 Hads
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 69
Visits: 226
Avg: 4.63
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Reviews: 69 | Visits: 226
Photo of MatthewWalters
4.63/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

First of all, the area in which Cantillon is situated is not horrible, but not great either. I felt uncomfortable walking around the area at night, alone, but during the day I was aware, but not wary. On the interior, it's a working brewery with a small bar and a fair sitting area. I went on the Public Brewing Session day and it was awesome. Tons of visitors from all around the world and I feel that they hosted the demand well. They had a ton of staff helping out. The tour was awesome, and our guide (I forget his name, young and short) was incredibly willing to take questions and make sure everyone heard what he was saying, even with loud equipment running around us. The selection is obviously hit or miss, and I would recommend that anyone curious check out the thread titled 'For Sale at Cantillon'. Overall, I'd love to go back, but am happy to check it off the list as I don't see myself going back to Brussels anytime soon.

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Photo of Domingo
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

One of those places every beer geek should try to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Even if you don’t care for the lambic style of beer, it’s worth the visit just to see the process and to get a feel for how they make it happen.
Anyway, Cantillon is located in a warehouse nestled in the Anderlecht area of Brussels. It isn’t the fanciest neighborhood in town, but it’s an easy 15-minute walk from the Grand Place area.
When you walk in, you’ll notice a bar and tasting room as well as an area selling souvenirs and bottles. Usually when you enter, someone will ask you if you would like a tour. It’s 7 Euros and is a mostly self-guided tour, although it’s about as hands-on as it gets. They allow you to freely roam nearly the entire building as long as you don’t disturb anything. The tour includes 3 pours of lambic beers you’d struggle to find anywhere else. One of which is an unblended cask lambic. You can choose from 5-6 options for the next two. It’s a hell of a deal and they encourage everyone to do it.
In addition to the tour pours, you can also order pours or even bottles of roughly a dozen different beers. Prices vary a little, but all of them are a complete steal compared to what these beers sell for elsewhere.
Have questions? The Van Roy family are readily available and run the entire tasting room/tour operation in addition to brewing and bottling.
Want bottles to bring home? They typically sell a half dozen different bottles to go and have discounted 3-packs of their flagship kriek/fromboise/gueuze bottles. They’ll even package them for shipping if you need.

There are very few places that live up to my (fairly lofty) expectations, and Cantillon is most definitely one of them.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.52/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Oh look another glowing Cantillon review. Took the train in from London for the night. If you are into this you can grab the tube, stay right near Gare du Midi - my hotel was 5 min from train and then 5 min walk to Cantillon and 10 minutes to Moerder Lambic so an awesome setup.
Anyway if you love craftsmanship you will love this place. Just seeing the "way it was is amazing". Seeing the cooling tank and learning it is all copper that is rivited - no welds! Fantastic.
Do the tour.
I had heard '15 Fou might be released the day before I got there so was a bit disappointed when it was not available - except unlabled for consumption in house, which to be honest was probably even better. In addition to Fou they had several heavies - Vig, LPF, Zwanze 12 plus a couple of others. I was shocked at all the North Americans in there - English was dominant language but I joined a couple and we were joined by another dude and then 2 more - what I am saying is you will have plenty of sharing partners so you will get to try a bunch of great stuff without getting carried out. Nice mix of hardcore beer geeks and general tourgroups - these are usually in and out fast.
Staff are happy to answer questions and of course know a lot more than you do.
Basics were in stock for takeaway as well as Iris, St. Gilloise, Rose De adn reg Lambic and Gueuze but from my understanding the LP's and rare stuff is generally not available for take away except during specific release times.
Thanks to Mrs. Jean (I think) and the crowd for a fun time.

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Photo of jonesry09
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was super stoked just to get a chance to go to Cantillon. I visited there while on a beer tour that I found online. The tour was awesome. We toured the Cantillon brewery/museum which was really cool to see. They have everything out in the open and hide nothing.

The selection wasn't great but that had more to do with the time of the year (end of August) than anything. It was pretty crowded in there and I could tell the guys at the bar were a little annoyed but still mostly helpful.

I will be going back very soon!

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited 25 Aug 2015: Never did I think I would be able to visit this living beer museum. Thankfully I have the most amazing girlfriend (now fiancee!) who planned a surprise trip to Belgium for the two of us. As a beer geek, this was number one on my beer bucket list and it did not disappoint. for 7 euros you get to walk around the brewery by yourself, guided by an informative booklet that you get to keep. At the end of the tour you get to drink Cantillon lambic! The on-site beers available were unreal and the gift shop was great. 16 Euros for 3 750s?!?! I could not believe it.

A must do for any hardcore beer geek!

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Photo of innominat
4.4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This feels like being in a museum but in a good way. Iv done the tour twice and I highly recommend it. I have visited many more times to just sit in tasting area and drink the sometimes rare beers on offer. Including a Zwanze 2008 amongst others. Highly recommended. I would make this my number 1 visit on a trip to Brussels.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.98/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Part Brewery / Part Museum of Geuze. If you are a fan of lambic or sour beers than this is your place to go while in brussels. It was fascinating to see how Lambic is made, have the opportunity to taste a couple basic options. On the day I was there they were out of nearly half the options for single pours. If you want to try a variety plan for multiple days or bring a group as the bulk comes in 750ml bottles.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

The mecca for spontaneous fermentation and sours lives up to the hype. The tour was incredible and it was really interesting that they give you a 5 minute talk and then let you run around the bruery by yourself with a booklet for a self guided tour. You would never be allowed to do this in the US. Onsite sampling was great but the to go bottles were a little dissapointing. We got to try an 18 month lambic and it was really interesting to compare that to the geueze. They had a soft cheeze for sale that was aged in geueze and it was delicious, if it's available while your there you have to buy it.

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Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

14 Euro a bottle... sign me up...
Pay 7 Euro and you do your own tour and it comes with 2 samples you can have. After that you can buy certain Cantillon products by the bottle or the glass. Did a Zwanze vertical while I was visiting and it was worth it.

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Photo of Gemmell
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beer history. I didn't appreciate sours or wild ales until I came here. Staff is incredibly friendly, the beer is great, and the place itself is historic. I would recommend to anyone going to Brussels not to leave without visiting Cantillon.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.86/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

There is a lot of hype about Cantillon. I do enjoy pretty much everything I've had from them, but there are other lambic producers/blenders that I feel don't get as much attention that deserve more. That being said, this is a place where you can come in alone and leave with good friends from all over the world. It's hard to say many other places are like this.

The service is generally nice though I feel like they can sometimes be a little short with people who seem like they're only interested in the rarest of the rare. Can't blame them. Jean Van Roy is perfectly willing to chat with people if he isn't too busy.

When I was there, the selection for on-premise drinking was incredible, but for take-away was quite minimal. Wasn't too disappointed though.

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Photo of SFCraft
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A mecca of lambic, gueuze, spontaneous fermentation and all things sour. Brasserie Cantillon hands down has been one of the best, if not THE best brewery I've had the pleasure of visiting.

The brewery itself is located in Anderlecht, a some 20 minutes walk from the main Brussels tourist plaza The Grand Place. Upon entering the dimly lit brewery, you are immediately greeted with an incredible aroma of vinegar and funk... just enough to not only make your nosehairs tingle but also have you grinning from ear to ear.

We were first asked if we would like to order at the bar and sit or take the tour. It is 7€ per person for a self guided tour which starts off with a nice personal introduction about the lineage, lambic & brewing process. You are also given 2 pours at the very end for you to soak everything in.

Photos and all kinds of memorabilia line the shelves and walls, providing a great atmosphere with plenty of seats and tables to accommodate groups. I had the pleasure of meeting a handful of great people visiting from all over the world as well as Jean himself who was manning the bar, pouring and providing explanations of each beer they had.

The service was great, the selection that day was AMAZING! It was just too bad that the bottles for takeaway at the time were very limited.

All in all, Brasserie Cantillon is a must visit for any beer lover.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5


This will go down as the best brewery / bar experience in my life to date. We bumped into two other American couples (one baby altogether), a pair of dudes from Michigan, and one extra guy from Chicago area, and we bought and shared eleven different Cantillon beers.

Cantillon was my #1 stop for this trip. The tour is interesting, it's a surprisingly small location. I like the self-guided but textually narrated tour. Very nice. I wish they had been brewing when we visited.

Obviously there is no food. But, they're Cantillon. The selection of Cantillon beers can't be beat. And their beer is great.

Service is good enough. Servers are also tellers are also tour prompters are also interpreters are also whatever other roles need to be filled.

This place is niche. The people who go there did not bumble in, and they are not there to get hammered. They're there because they love beer. This makes for a fabulous vibe. This was a great stop for me, and I will recommend it to anyone (that I think can handle sour beers).

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Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So this is it...the heart of lambic-dom on earth. Even I--not a total Cantillon fanboy like many people--was highly impressed here. I sort of just sat down, soaked it all in, and thought, "this is why I'm here." There are two service stations, one for buying drinks (bottles for consumption on site, or pitcher pours), and one for merch and whatever take-home bottles are available. To the side is a medium-sized seating area, with a few booths and barrel tables. When I visited, it was pretty laid-back, maybe 20 people came in and out in the 2-3 hours I was there, and a few larger tour groups. Great to see that as popular as Cantillon is worldwide at this point, their home base is still relatively casual and quiet.

The service is basically just hoping someone is at the counter when you need them. Selection...I'd have to go with "awesome," considering what was available. This changes quite often I'm sure, but when I was there, it was tremendous.

I didn't do the actual tour, but from the seating area, you can see the bottling process, and with a quick jaunt to the restroom, and you'll see the thousands upon thousands of aging bottles stacked up stoically in the halls.

Overall a great experience, and well worth multiple visits.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

How do you rate a place like Cantillon? If this is your kind of beer, then this is the place to go...period.
Service? Meh.
Vibe? Pretty cool until a bus of tourists shows up.
Quality? Do you have to ask? It's freaking awesome.
Selection? Nothing but the standard stuff when I was there. Everything else was gone.
Truly a can't miss stop if you are in Brussels.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A must for anyone who cares about beer, regardless of whether you like the style or not. The smells alone are worth the 7€ self guided tour fee. I was astonished at how inexpensive the bottles to go were. Friendly and passionate staff. My only disappointment was that I wasn't there on a Tuesday or Thursday, when they're brewing.

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Photo of flexabull
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Not sure what I can add except my own experiences.

Took the train from Bruges here (highly recommended) and then made the short walk from the train station to the brewery.

The location leaves a bit to be desired. But who cares, this is a brewery, and the rent is probably cheap.

When we entered the place was super noisy, it was bottling day. We settled in for an unblended lambic, classic gueuze and a kriek. While sitting enjoying our beers, Jean stopped by with a couple of free glasses of the beer they were bottling, (Saint Lamvinus) a very cool and friendly gesture! Decided to just skip the tour, the one that left while we were there was packed any ways.

On my way out I was helped by the nice gentleman working the gift shop and grabbed a few bottles of Fou to take home.

As everyone knows, this is a must stop in Brussels, and Belgium for that matter.

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Photo of BeerOpine
5/5  rDev +8%

This place is as good as it gets! A working museum, a step back in time. With the perfect funk in the air; The funky bacteria odor in the barrel rooms reminded me of my grand parents Poughkeepsie New York basement, perfect for open air fermentation. Maybe Grandpa was up to more then we realized. With service as good as a Portland Oregon upstart brewery and equipment older then any of us care to live, this place is amazing! One thing you do not want to do if you are ever in the vicinity is not go. Double check the hours. Take your time during the self guided tour then taste all they have to offer at the end. Your taste buds will crave the Gueuze, the Kriek and the Iris for months to follow. IPA biased drinkers will be shown the other dimension of the taste spectrum. Beer Opine World Class!

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Photo of guityler83
5/5  rDev +8%

On my first visit to the legendary Brasserie Cantillon I walked from the city center of Brussels and had a hell of a time locating the place. I walked pass the street three times before realizing it was the building across from an empty lot, but after I saw the iconic sign my excitement level rose and a big grin appeared across my face.

Walking into the brewery/museum through the large wooden door I was surprised there was only about 15 people in the building at about 2PM. The line to purchase merchandise and bottles was the longest (though quick) and there was no one in the line to purchase beer to have at the tasting area.

I waited to get a ticket for the self guided tour (which included to samples - gueze and your choice of three variants). The introduction to the tour explains a bit of the history and the fundamentals of the process behind lambic production, then you're let loose in the amazing building.

Seeing the belt and gear driven mash tun and grain silo, the cool ship on the third floor the primary fermentation room in the attic with the barrels actively fermenting, then the aging barrels and eventually the bottling machine (which was being operated at the time by Jean) - Everything original (besides the bottler) and everything used heavily - awesome.

The tasting room was filling up by the time the tour ended but I was able to get my gueze and enjoy it while walking around a bit more. My second sampling was the Kriek - Event better.

If you are a sour beer fan this place is a must and even if you aren't and are in Brussels.. go any way. The bottle list was fantastic also, on my second visit (the next day) I had Fou Foune, Zwanza '12 among others.

Before leaving I ended up purchasing 5 bottles to bring back along with a shirt and a flute glass. All in all Cantillon met and exceeded the big status it has.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -13.6%

I was there yesterday to pick up some sour beers. Yhey had the Fou Foune, the Lou Pepe Frambois and some Mamouche for me. The brewery is located in a part of Brussels which is a quit part.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%

Stopped in after a short walk from the Brussels-MIDI station through what seemed to be a bit of a sketchy area. Walked inside and there was a large collection of bustling, lambic drinking people. Took the tour that included 2 glasses of beer, then had a Zwanze 2012. Lucky enough to show up the day after releasing LP Framboise and Fou Fone so walked off with what I could carry. Limit of 5 boxes per person per visit, and they freaking give it away with the prices charged. Nice staff and a neat place. Got pretty crowded in the afternoon and there was quite a line built up to get a beer. All in all a great experience.

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Photo of edhizdeid
5/5  rDev +8%

This is the mothership. Once you will enter Brasserie Cantillon, your life will never be the same and your love of beer will have grown deeper. The place is located in a little street and fits within the neighborhood. Once you enter in, you know you're in for something special. The first thing that gets to you is the smell. That smell is magical... Then, you have friendly people asking you what you are here for. You should then go visit the brewery and see how the lambic miracle happens. After that, it is time for your tasting. Ask all the questions you ever had and they will be answered kindly and professionally, possibly by Jean Van Roy himself. Enjoy the tasting and then some other Cantillon beers at ridiculously low prices if you live in the US.
You will leave that place transformed and a better person.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

I had the privelege of visiting Belgium recently, one of the places that was top on my list to check out was Cantillon - I was fortunate enough to return for a second visit and really loved the tour and just how everything continues according to the traditional lambic method. To see this place is even better than I imagined there is so much history contained within the walls.
I felt the prices were so reasonable compared to anywhere else you can find Cantillon products and the staff were very friendly and accomodating. If you have the chance to make the trip I can't recommend Cantillon as they are a world class operation.

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Photo of Wobbly
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Easily one of the 10 best breweries in the world. Probably my favorite. Visiting this brewery/museum/taproom is one of the greatest joys any beer lover can experience.

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Photo of endovelico
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In an unassuming location on an under kept street off the touristy path lies the historic Cantillon Brewery, one of the last stalwarts of the traditionally done – and according to most, real - Lambics.

This is enough to instill a deep sense of reverence in just about anyone who loves beer – It sure had that effect on me – but what I soon realized was that once you step inside and see how humbly things are set up and how unconceited the workers go about pilling crates, inspecting fruit and serving their beer you can’t help but feel an enormous serenity and ease.

The whole place emanates a real, rustic authenticity the kind that can’t be fabricated:
The interior is modestly set up with dusty, dim lighted rooms filled with functionally laid out repurposed furniture; The drinks are served from a cask-fed mug; The prices are very affordable (on just about anything really); The servicemen are friendly and will attend to your queries in the most honest manner.

You can even take a valuable walk through the innards of the brewery AND have a couple of samples for a few Euros. You couldn't ask for anything more, literally. High recommended.

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.