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Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
BEER AVG
4.31/5
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28 Beers
6,060 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 64
Visits: 204
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: 64 | Visits: 204
Reviews by GJ40:
Photo of GJ40
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (778 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Noelito76
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of innominat
4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of bostonbeans
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Rihup
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of d3brewing
4.79/5  rDev +3%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (253 characters)

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

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.