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Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
Based on:
26 Beers
23,694 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
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A-Cantillon is located in a nondescript building not far from the Gare du Midi in Brussels. Upon entering, you realize that this is a working brewery, and not just a show for tourists...some men are labeling bottles, others are fixing machinery during the summer down-time, and palates are ready for shipment. Cool. We took the self-guided tour, which was fun, marginally instructive, and pretty quick, although I imagine you could make it longer if you were there when they were brewing. The tasting room towards the front of the house is a bit make-shift, but (aside from being quite chilly) it works for hanging out and it does nothing to detract from the working-brewery feel. We had a great conversation with a Swedish brewer who was visiting.

Q-Obviously, the quality of the brews is good at the source. Temps are cool in the building and they have all of their tasting bottles in the fridge behind the counters.

Ser-The employees working the front of the house were courteous, but not terribly engaging. They poured sample beers, but were not interested in discussing matters. The employees working in the brewery, however, were friendly and ready to answer questions about their craft.

Sel-If you like gueuze and lambic, the selection is a perfect five, because you are in the mother ship. I tried the base lambic, the Kriek, Iris, Fou Foune, 50 North, and Vigneronne. The only missing component was the Lou Pepe line. They did not have any guest beers, but when you have a big selection of Cantillon to choose from, guest beers aren't really an issue.

V-You get a couple of free samples with your tour, which is nice. The bottles for take-away were reasonably priced and mostly in-line with the rest of the city. The bottles for drinking on premises were slightly expensive, but that could have just been because I bought Fou Foune and shared 50 North and Vigneronne, which aren't cheap to begin with.

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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 Remiot
4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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

Photo of mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of jkhara12
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tjaleks
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of KevinL
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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

Photo of byronic
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.21/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 Tinyoyo
3.97/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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 McMegaRad
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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 Bwagner1122
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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 halo3one
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of Noelito76
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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