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La Bécasse

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La BécasseLa Bécasse

24 Reviews
Reviews: 24
Visits: 46
Avg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 46
Photo of tduecen
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

went twice and enjoyed both experiences, they have a Lambic by Timmerans that is only sold in this location from what I understand. Place was next to a waffle shop so a bit hard to find, but right there by Grand Place.

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Photo of Goalcam
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Phanatic
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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!

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Photo of bernardus
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place was our second bar stop after the nearby Cirio on our first day in Belgium, 09JUL09. You could easily miss this place if you weren't looking for it, as it's down a narrow alleyway off a main walkway. While the jugs of lambic were tempting, I settled on a Rochefort 8 (had never had any Rochefort up to that point), while my wife got a Hoegaarden Grand Cru. The 8 was outstanding as expected and the Hoegaarden Grand Cru (rather unexpectadly) was also very good.

We were literally the only ones in this place on a Thursday afternoon, although two others came in while we were waiting for our beer. The place is not too big as it is, and I think that's some of the appeal of it. It's very much a quiet, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your beer in.

The service was decent, and I remember the selection being about the same number of beers as the Cirio which was closeby. The Trappists beers were well represented. This place is worth checking out if only to avoid heavier tourist crowds as you would find at Delerium.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stayed right around the corner from a la becasse and it still isn't easy to find. Its down an alleyway that is noted by a sandwich board out front.

Its a great hidden location with a lot of rustic charm and it specializes in lambic, geuze and kriek. They have a house lambic and they serve their lambics in the traditional ceramic pitchers.

Lots of snack items like sausages and cheese as well as some other small dishes to keep you satisified.

The overall beer selection is tame compared to some of the other Brussels hot spots but it is nonetheless a really cool place to have a few beers as its very traditional.

The waitstaff is limited and not all that talkative yet they are friendly enough to get what you want.

Great little place, I've come back after my first visit two years ago and it has not changed at all not even the prices.

If you are looking for a bit of a haven from the crowded cafes in the Grand Place check this little spot out.

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Photo of 0711rconnoll
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The lack of recent reviews of the restaurant had me cautious to try it, but the proximity to my hotel and the lambic-centric nature of the place drew me in. I had to laugh when I found the place; I have walked by it dozens of times without ever given it a second thought! Upon heading down the narrow entry "alley" I was pleasantly surprised by the place. Very much "family style" seating, with tables all very close together. The clay pitchers for the lambics were a really great touch, and they have some BIG pitchers for the larger parties. The offer samplers of their lambics, and while the Timmerman's lineup is pretty standard as far as lambics go, it was nice to be able to try four or five of them in a single setting.

Food was great, and the staff were colorful. This place has the feel of a locals-only spot, and given the off-the-beaten-path location and actual Brussels locals dining there, I think you'll agree. I'll definitely go back!

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Photo of philipquarles
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Traditional bar that a bit hard to find--maybe that's why it's generally empty. I'm normally one for a nice, relaxed, clean, well-lighted place, but this is a bit much. One feels as though one needs to whisper. That said, it usually does start to liven up a bit by the time I'm leaving.

Aside from the distinct lack of patrons, it's really a nice place. The wooden interior gives it a very old-world-feel, and the bar itself is impressive.

The service is reasonably good; not a lot to keep them busy really.

The selection is decent. Fantastic if you're here for the lambic (which you probably are) and a bit above average with everything else.

The food is actually what keeps me coming back. It's not extraordinary, but better than most bars. It's hard to find a place with this quality of both food and beer.

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Photo of xychromosome
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is great, mainly because of how unique it is. Where else would you find a place that specializes in serving lambics by the jug-full? It's located down an alleyway off a main pedestrain street near the grand place and everytime i've gone, it's been almost empty when i arrived, but always full by the time i leave. Yes, service can be poor, but i'm not expecting great service here. i'm looking forward to some good easy-drinking lambic and maybe some snacks to perk me up. The bar itself is a work of art, lots of shiny brass and copper. They do have daily lunch/dinner specials that are pretty reasonably priced. I wouldn't come here expecting a proper sit down dinner, they are a bar first, a restaurant second.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite bars in Brussels.

The fantastic brass barrel on the bar, jugs of lambic on every table (we had the amber mix on my last visit, 10th Oct 2006). This is a wonderful place to drink in, it is peaceful even when busy, people respect their beer that come in here. A true classic in my opinion, I couldn't visit Brussels without walking down the alley to this bar.

The service has always been fine, as has been the quality of the beers, there are livelier places to drink in Brussels, but this is what the Brussels beer scene is really all about. Miss it at your peril!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited here in April 2005.... It's pretty easy to find (even though it is down an alley) as it's quite close to the Grand Place and the Bourse.... look out for the bird design on the ground at the end of the alleyway...

Place was quite busy when we arrived as there seemed to be a party of Spanish university students in.... once they left though the place was pretty quiet....

Beers on tap are about 3/4 Euros each. We tried both the Timmerman's Lamic Doux and the Timmerman's Lambicus Blanc - both served in small earthenware jugs. We both enjoyed the Blanc more than the doux as it was more zesty and refreshing...

This isn't the greatest or most exciting place to visit while in Brussels but is certainly worth a quick visit and drink....

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

For Belgium, this place is a bit pricey. Beers on tap are around 3.50 Euros each but the Timmerman's Lamic Doux and the Timmerman's Lambicus Blanc are the reasons to be there and worth every cent. The wait staff is very friendly but not overly talkative. In typical European fashion, they leave you alone until you ask for them. The atmosphere is very nice but definately old as there is a sign over the front door proclaiming that this building was 100 years old in 1977.

I had no trouble finding this place but I wasn't really looking for it either. I was with family from the area and when we said we wanted to sit and have some good beer they immediately brought us here.

I definately recommend visiting La Becasse when in Brussels. The beer is exceptional and the environment authentic and relaxed. When we visited last week it was quite hot and Le Becasse did not have AC or any ventialtion besides the front door. Still it was a great experience and is a place I will no doubt visit again.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went to La Bécasse with a good friend who grew up in Brussels as a child. He curently lives in Leuven, but still works in Brussel. And when I’m in Brussels to, that sometimes ends in wild evenings. He knows it well as he used to hold club evenings there with his student club (≠ fraternity). And very soon it may too become a location for my student club. I’m not from Brussel my self, but I did grew up in the Flemish belt around Brussel. I started exploring Brussel just some years ago.

It is a very old and authentical bar down an alley close to the old market and the Brussels stock exchange. Easily missed by a lot of passing people.
The interior is mode out of mainly wood. The room does not have any windows. It does have a large fireplace and an old bar on the other side. The bathroom is downstairs and the location we use for our club meetings is upstairs.
The café is filled with the same typical common-people furniture.
This bar used to be one of the favourite lower class bars of King Leopold II and Albert I.

The bar serves some excellent sweet Lambik that is being sold in jugs or per glass. They also serve some good gauze.
If you are looking for a good snack or something to fill your stomach with, the bar serves some very good traditional Brussels grub. I had a slice of dark bread with fresh cheese covered with radices and small unions. A real treat during the hot summer days. Perfect to accompany a traditional Brussels beer.

It got even better when I noticed the waiters where able to serve me in Dutch. I took the liberty to buy a bottle of lambik as I was there.

This bar is a must if passing through Brussel.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of Goldorak
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was one of the closest bars from my hotel, and was usually the place were we'd finish our night off before stumbling to bed.

Amazingly, I didn't have much difficulty finding it, between the Rue Marché aux herbes and the Bourse. Either look for the small neon sign, or better yet look down for the ceramic design of the Bird, that will lead you to an alley where the front door is, with a small sign saying "cette maison est centenaire" (this house is over 100 years old). The decor inside is nice and comfortable, with stoneware jugs above the bars in different sizes, ranging from a small jug for one to a huge 4 liter monster. Check out the certificate from the "Order of Faro" on the wall and the little bird over the taps.

Beer selection was good, but I was there for the white Lambic. I really liked it a lot. And served in those jugs, that just kicks ass.

Service was friendly, especially when I started to chat with the waiters about martial arts (I know jack shit about them, but posters from a martial arts school were plastered all over the bathroom walls so I figured they were into them). Unfortunately, my shmoozing didn't convince them to sell me that bottle of Cantillon near the bar sitting in that wicker basket...I turned it over and it had a massive deposit underneath, they said it was at least 5 years old, maybe more.

Food was simple and reasonably priced. We took a cervelas sausage and cheeze plate and I had the lasagna once, all good.
I really enjoyed this place.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this little place with a new-found BA friend on a recent Brussels trip, and I made the mistake of having coffee (it was a long day!). This is a charming little place, with old-world atmosphere unlike any other I have seen. The other reviews adequately describe the beer and atmosphere, so I have little to add there, but I wanted to add the notion of the beer being served in stoneware jugs, and beer unlike anything anywhere else. If you are not from this part of the world, this is a must-go for something different. I really wish I had tried the beers; I don't get the impression that they are anything exceptional or out of this world, but they are so unusual in this day and age, that you owe it to yourself to try something like this place. I tried Faro elsewhere in Brussels (I had never heard of it before this trip), so I can guess what the Doux was like, but the white ale must be something else. I have to go back!!!!

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Photo of Popsinc
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Another great little bar hidden down one of Brussells many alleyways just off the centre of Grand Place. I would not have found this bar without my Stephen D'Arcy guide.

We stopped here on a weekday, early afternoon, so it wasn't very busy. I loved the interior, 1 large and spacious room (overflow upstairs) with he typical wooden tables found in most Belgian beer bars. Ceramic beer jugs decorated the walls and the shelves behind the bar along with old bottles of lambics.

The most appealing part of this bar is having your lambics served to you in large ceramic jugs. It adds to the atmosphere and overall drinking experience. aside from the somewhat pricey beer list, i thought this bar was particularly warm and comforting.

Aside from the price, i highly recommend it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.