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Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
BA SCORE
100
world-class

131 Ratings
Ratings: 131
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 6.72%
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 17,735
Beer Avg: 4.31
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Reviews by Huhzubendah:
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5/5  rDev +5%

A dream come true. I made it to Brasserie Cantillon.

Upon entering, I discover a few open lambics nestled in their baskets atop upright barrels. Behind the lambic pouring station is a chalk menu of available beers listed three or even four times lower than U.S. prices (assuming you are fortunate enough to find Cantillon here in the U.S.). Fou' Foune, Vigneronne, Lou Pepe Kriek, Mamouche, Saint-Gilloise, Classic Gueuze, Rosé de Gambrinus, and more. What a list!

For six euros, you can take a tour of the brewery / museum. Barrels upon barrels, brewing equipment, crates, kegs, etc. Bottles that look as though they are from a different era, caked with a thick, dense layer of dust and cobwebs. This is where it all happens.

Service was simply outstanding. After taking a self-paced, self-guided tour, I was able to enjoy a few glasses of lambic with Jean. We chatted at length about beer, which was awesome and surreal. After approximately a half hour of various Cantillon related topics, Jean disappeared to get "something very special". He reappeared with a sample of an experimental 9.7% unblended 30 month lambic. Truly a once in a lifetime experience and opportunity right there.

I only spent two days in Brussels, but I made sure to spend a fair portion of each day at Brasserie Cantillon. I'm so glad I did. The best brewery in the world.

Huhzubendah, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Loons4loons, Tuesday at 04:56 AM
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5/5  rDev +5%

oline73, Sep 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

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.

guityler83, Sep 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

ajevne, Sep 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

ivyman, Sep 21, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev -3.4%

5373752018, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -16%

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.

Brabander, Sep 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

WynnO, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

daryk77, Sep 16, 2014
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4.79/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

BMMillsy, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Sets the standard...

srletend, Aug 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

TNeedles, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Butchnasty, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -26.5%

mendvicdog, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

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.

edhizdeid, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Slatetank, Aug 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

cmrillo, Aug 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Highbury09, Aug 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

HookemHoos, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

millelacsmark, Aug 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Easily one of the 10 best breweries in the world.

Wobbly, Aug 09, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

endovelico, Aug 06, 2014
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Brasserie Cantillon in Anderlecht, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.