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La Bécasse

La BécasseLa Bécasse

Taps: 6 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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xychromosome

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

07-30-2007 19:30:50 | More by xychromosome
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Stevenwings

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-11-2014 21:53:31 | More by Stevenwings
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

01-17-2014 06:35:40 | More by GJ40
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

01-09-2014 02:16:28 | More by uturn
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

01-05-2014 02:51:11 | More by Sparky44
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BILF

Israel

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-03-2014 00:21:12 | More by BILF
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-20-2013 14:51:41 | More by Sspeer1
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

4/5  rDev -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.

10-01-2013 15:03:30 | More by youbrewidrink
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

07-04-2013 22:50:28 | More by WOLFGANG
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

01-22-2013 01:58:56 | More by FightingEntropy
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La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.