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La Bécasse

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La BécasseLa Bécasse
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%
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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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

srletend, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

cmrillo, Aug 23, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%

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 -2.9%

kirbsicles, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

MattSweatshirt, Jul 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

the_encinitan, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

erbu, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Stevenwings, Mar 11, 2014
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La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.