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La Bécasse

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La BécasseLa Bécasse
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Taborastraat 11
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 511 00 06

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(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Brussels has Cafés that not many people know about. There are a handful of them hidden down small dead-end alleyways, overlooked by passers by.

La Bécasse is just one such Café & it is not that easy to find. Hidden away, but within easy walking distance of most of Brussels main attractions. From the Grand Place, take Beurre towards La Bourse, Rue du Tabora is a short street that runs off to your right. Walk down the street, but look out for a brass woodcock like bird on the pavement (this is where the Café gets its name by the way).

The small alley has waist high dark green & brown tiling, & white-washed walls, that can be rather dingy on a night time. Right at the end of this alley there are two old-style wooden framed doors that are inset with a stained glass picture of the Bécasse bird. This is where you enter the Café; it dates back to 1793 & looks to have remained unaltered since then.

Apart from the fact that Café is well hidden & offers a good retreat from all of the other tourist traps, it does happen to have a rather a good Beer List with two special features. The list runs to about 30 with some notable luminaries which make it just worth a visit. But the jewel in the crown, & the real reason why you should come here, is to try two of Timmerman’s draft beers that are rarely seen.

The first is ‘Timmerman’s Tradition Lambicus Blanche’, which is 4.5%ABV. It is, I believe, a cross between a lambic & a wheat beer. It benefits from both styles & is an extremely accomplished offering, very rare & highly refreshing.

The second is, ‘Timmerman’s Doux Lambic’, which is very rare these days, but it is served here, & it is still decanted from the traditional stoneware Jugs, just as in Breughels days. The “lambic doux” is actually a Faro; a sweetened version of the usual lambic beer that once acquired wide spread popularity in the Brussels area, but is now extremely hard to find in its traditional format. An acquired taste, but such a classic example of the style, that it is worth the visit here alone.

There are two levels to this bar, but I always stay on the ground floor. It is bedecked with many long wooden tables, which you may have to share when busy. Simple snacks & Cheese are served on wooden platters.

Medieval in character, with many original fixtures & fittings makes this a genuine Belgium Café worthy of a visit. Thankfully, because of its location, you will not have to fight tourists once you get here. A well-kept secret.

Last Visit: 30th Nov. 2002.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 21, 2003
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

reduction, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

More of an experience as it's the oldest bar in Brussels. Really hard to find since it's hidden in the center of the city. Love the old fashioned attire inside and traditional Belgian fare. Wish the beer selection was better. They seem to focus on Timmerman's lambics.

Goalcam, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

srletend, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cmrillo, Aug 23, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%

Stopped by with PurpleCloud on our tour of Belgium and had an enjoyable time at this classic cafe. The feel and look was definitely the real deal. A must visit in Brussels.

Entered via a tiny alleyway. Lively but very manageable and definitely wasn't a tourist trap.

Waitstaff wore traditional garb that was very interesting.

I had Timmermans kriek (8.10 euros) while PurpleCloud ordered gueuze (10.40 euros). We both preferred the gueuze over the kriek.

Both beers were served in traditional ceramic crocks.

wisrarebeer, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kirbsicles, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MattSweatshirt, Jul 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

erbu, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Stevenwings, Mar 11, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

We stopped in based on BA reviews. This is a great little local place that seems unspoiled by tourist activity. The crowd seemed to be entirely locals. I had a Rochefort 8 and we split a mixed appetizer plate. Both were great. I felt a little out of place not speaking French but it wouldn't stop me from going back. Well worth a visit.

GJ40, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

uturn, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sparky44, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

BILF, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

While in Brussels, friends took us to La Becasse for some pre dinner drinks. This is a hidden gem, no big flashy bottles, just custom blended guezues and simple bites and the perfect spot just hang out.

They have many other good beer offerings, but as other have stated, tasty local blends.

If I were a local and did not mind the parking/tourist crowd in the Grand Place, this would be a regular hang out for me.

youbrewidrink, Oct 01, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +13.4%

Right off the beaten path. Can elude you if you are not looking for it. That is probably why we had the place to ourselves. Go to Delirium if you want to try variety, but you'll be hard pressed to outdo the quality anywhere. Great change of pace and a must when in or near Brussels.

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

I had pre-trip researched a little on A La Becasse but it was a low priority; however, I decided to make a stop based on the recommendation of Werner from Oud Beersel and the Lambic Discovery Center. I'm glad that I had talked to him, otherwise I might not have approached the place. The nondescript front is just a door with a sign that leads to a long, ancient hallway until it emerges into a dark wood interior lined with tightly spaced rows of tables. Very quaint place that feels local in spite of being very close to the Grand Place, though some were clearly tourists because I can hear their excessively loud Texas accent-laden conversation across the room.

I started with the sweet lambic, Lambic Doux. It's Timmerman's lambic sweetened and served in a traditional lambic jar and glass. A light amber ale that shines in the glass, it has a subtle sourness and an earthy tone. Sweetness balances the sour, almost, and makes for a very pleasant thirst quencher, as it says on the menu.

Moved on to the Lambic Blanc, or white lambic. Initially a foamy white head built up and fell on top of a slightly hazy, light yellow beer. It's listed as a white wheat beer on the menu, and explained as a unique, traditional Lambic that was imbibed on the farms of Pajottenland. It also has a subtle wheaty nose with a faint sourness and sugar. Sweetened as well, the lemon, wheat tang and spiciness push over the sweetness that lingers in the back. Very refreshing and complex; I can see how this was the "lawnmower" beer of Flanders. When talking to Werner yesterday, I had trouble understanding how this was Belgian equivalent of Saison, a beer to drink on the farm but this white lambic makes it abundantly clear.

The waiter was very friendly and helped me to order a vegetarian dish, a traditional cheese sandwich. It was a very thin bread that was spread with a heavy layer of soft white cheese. Radishes and onions on the side added contrasting flavors to the creamy cheese funk. For me, the cheese became a bit much by the end, but an interesting meal of traditional cuisine that is hoped for element of any good vacation. And, I have room left for a waffle for dessert on the Grand Place (eat plain to look like a local--add too much chocolate and whip cream for the "tourist" waffle).

In the end, the only negative of my stop was the really loud American. Otherwise, once I settled in, it felt like a real place compared to the craziness of the Delirium Cafe, a respite from the touristy nature of many bars in this area; it lived up to Werner's billing in every way. For any beer geek that's serious about tasting lambic in its traditional manner, A la Becasse is a must stop when in Brussels.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-la-becasse-brussels-belgium.html.

FightingEntropy, Jan 22, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -16.5%

This is a great bar for ambiance and beer. It has real old-world and back-street charm. It has a tiled floor, wood paneling and wrought iron but in an understated way. It has rows of small wooden tables packed together. The focus is very much on the beer, although food is served. Their specialty is the Timmermans Lambic Doux. It’s a quiet pleasant place. The draught beer is served in ceramic jugs with small glass tumblers.
Overal this is a nice place away from most tourists , only the service can be a bit better

beerpirates, Jun 02, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

Visited 10/2008

After a dinner at a Greek cafe, we headed out to look for a bar called Becasse. There is one main reason to seek out La Becasse; their house beer, Lambic Doux produced by Timmerman's.

Becasse is located at the end of a narrow alley keeping foot traffic to a minimum which is a shame because it is a beautiful little cafe. Lots of wood and brass and ceramic jugs which carry the Lambic Doux. Lambic Doux is a straight lambic, lightly sweetened and very still. It hits you more like cider than ale but the balance of the tart funky flavors and the candy sugar sweetness is delicate and perfect. This makes Becasse a must visit for fans of lambic. Served in ceramic pitchers, it is a throwback to a time when all beer in Brussels was served this way.

Maybe the most gorgeous looking bar in Brussels, the service was unintrusive but attentive but the place wasn't very busy when we stopped by. The beer list is limited to Timmermans products but the Lambic Doux is the reason to come. A unique beer experience.

ViveLaChouffe, May 27, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

A little background: landed in Brussels at 7:30 am, tired and stinking and dehydrated after a long flight, and couldn't check into the hotel until 2pm. Dropped the bags at the hotel and decided that lambic by the jugful sounded like a perfect way to rehydrate, so we wandered around aimlessly to give this place a chance to open and then headed there.

Turns out we were there during the annual party of the students at the university, so the place had a big long table packed full of students with a gigantic, enormous jug of beer on the table. We just sat down in the corner and started ordering jugs that looked puny by comparison. So if you want to order a jug of beer that can hold a few gallons, they can hook you up.

Very neat place. Waitstaff was quiet but responsive. Very traditional atmosphere. Didn't try any of the food, but it looked to be mostly bar food. Sausages, small sandwiches, that kind of thing. If you're in Brussels, it's definitely worth a stop.

Phanatic, Dec 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

All you need to know is lambic out of a jug. Everything else is superfluous.

Awesome atmosphere has an almost rustic feel, or at least a feeling of a different era. White plaster walls and dark wood tables. Lambic in a jug! Limited beer menu compared to many places, but as I mentioned, it doesn't matter because this is one of the few chances where you'll be able to appreciate a lambic served the old fashioned way. Heck, you can even get draft faro!

Food is of the feel the width variety, and my friend had perhaps the biggest plate of pasta I've ever seen. For my part, I indulged in a croque monsieur, which was filling, but hardly gourmet.

Service was fast, friendly and efficient.

While its not got the selection of one of the leading lights, you can't skip over this place or you'll be kicking yourself!

bobsy, Sep 16, 2009
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La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
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