Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
BEER AVG
4.27/5
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26 Beers
6,018 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 59
Visits: 197
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Reviews: 59 | Visits: 197
Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on a recent trip to Brussels. Its in a bit of a strange neighborhood, but easy to get to. You really step back in time walking in to the brewery. Its a very hands-on kind of place. You are free (encouraged) to tour the place on your own, take pictures, as questions whatever you want. Afterwards, you choose a few of their Geuze or lambics and just chill. Its something like 6 euro for the tour and tasting. You can also purchase additional tastings. You can buy any bottle for sale, at a great price - like 3euro for an 11oz bottle, t-shirts, glasswear, posters..etc. Super friendly service, super chill, very reasonable prices, considering how expensive they can be in the states, and just all around very unique and fun. Like most of belgium, they really take pride in what they make and it shows in the product and atmosphere. Do not leave brussels without having been here! (889 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gemmell
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.67/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of kkdowning
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of suckaj
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of nolongerhip
4.24/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of anvilx
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of johnyb
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JonathanC
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of SFCraft
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The 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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of Whatup14
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TX-Badger
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Top notch. The brewery tour is worth the Euros. Great place to try the many different offerings Cantillon has available. Bottles to go is great. (144 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of snaotheus
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

2015-05-11

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). (1,037 characters)

Photo of Howlader
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of surfgrom185
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of captaincoffee
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.93/5  rDev +6%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of IronTom
4.93/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of dabone
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Defiantly worth trying. Great atmosphere for enjoying a beer and seeing the production process (94 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.