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Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
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28 Beers
23,380 Hads
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 68
Visits: 217
Avg: 4.62
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: 68 | Visits: 217
Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Domingo
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Tinyoyo
3.97/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KATCanada
4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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 McMegaRad
4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jonesry09
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Bwagner1122
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 halo3one
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Ajlvt
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Noelito76
4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of innominat
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 bostonbeans
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Rihup
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +3.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +8.2%
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 Kramerbarthomer
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of kkdowning
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
4.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.