Au Bon Vieux Temps
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Just got back from brussels last night. While this wasn't my favorite place (check port noir on a night with music) we did get some cool local info from a pensioner who is a friend of a friend. The stained glass to the right of the bar is huge and depicts Saint Michael slaying satan who is in the image of a dragon. On his left is a female saint - Saint Gudula. Apparently the locals insisted she be sainted back in the day. Church by same name is also nearby. As others have mentioned Westvleteren is available for 12euro. Other choices may be better but if you've never tried it you can at this bar. Happy hunting.
03-22-2014 14:51:31 | More by FRANKtheMACHINE
4.39/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a MUST. It's down an alley and looks like nothing from outside. The brick over the door says "1689" and the experience probably hasn't changed much since then. Inside is a very cool tavern with maybe a dozen or so tables. A great relaxing stop to enjoy a pint. Somehow, this place has a connection to Saint Sixtus Abbey and can keep Westvleteren on their menu! For those that don't know, the Westy monks don't produce for profit and only sell their excess - so it's a rare find! The visitors were a mixed bunch, as everywhere in Brussels, but all quietly enjoying a chat and a brew. I did the same with a Westvleteren 12. The friendly bartender poured it from a plain brown bottle (that's how it comes) and matter of factly flipped me the cap so I could see the Abbey logo. It's now a prized possession, as is the memory of this great bar.
02-01-2014 01:00:53 | More by RCane1
2.11/5 rDev -45.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | $$
This place hasn't been reviewed in a while.
Judging from the prior reviews, this place has gone downhill.
This is right off the Grand Place but was billed as a non-tourist zone. We went late in the evening, probably 23:00.
It was pretty much all tourists. There was a young Belgian dude there that was getting the email address of a visibly intoxicated young American.
Beer menu consisted of a few Trappist beers. In big letters and in English: we have Westvleteren, the best beer in the WORLD. 10 euro.
I ordered it. The 60 year old Bar Mom opened it on the other side of the bar, dumped it into a glass, and served it to me. Didn't see the cap. Could have been another Trappist beer with the labeled removed from the bottle. Who knows. It was good, but judging from their advertising and the touristy nature of the bar, I question if it was really a Westy.
06-06-2013 08:13:12 | More by BeerTampa
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Alone in Belguim ( I highly do not reccomend this, so much crime on the streets) I wandered into the bar next to it because my friends said they got Westy there. Of course i get in there but they don't so the lady said go next door to Au Bon Vieux Temps, they have it. So dickishly i straight up left. Then i got to Au Bon Vieux Temps and was nicely greeted by the female bartender. I immediately asked for the westy and she warned me of the price but I got it anyways at 10 euros. The place is old school inside, just a kick-ass old school pub. no smoking anymore anywhere in Brussels. I met some cool Flemish people and had a great time sipping on my Westy. This is the way I would have wanted to try this beer, among good company. I didn't even bother to critique the Westy, It was good, one of my 3 favorite beers, enough said. The real amazing part about this place is that the bartender let me buy 2 more bottles to go. With sincerity I really recommend this place, it is a must. No bar wtih this much character and charm should be forgotten.
08-03-2011 08:07:49 | More by crossovert
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Even though this is right near the Grand Place, Au Bon Vieux Temps is still off the beaten path and not frequented by most tourists. Once you make your way down the alley and into the bar, ABVT is reminiscent of what I figure Brussels was like prior to modernization. Stained glass windows, old wooden beems, tables and chairs, and extremely smoky. The beer selection isn't incredible, but what they do have is great. When we were there in April 2011, Westy 12 was even available in bottle. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Brussels.
07-01-2011 02:04:39 | More by distantmantra
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I've actually been to this bar twice both, times I've been to Brussels and it is one of my favorite Brussels Bars. Most Brussel bars are way to crowded and noisy and appeal to the tourist. This place is located down some random alley so you really have to look for it to find it. Its small and authenic inside, tons of locals. The beer menu is small but has all the trappist beers and both times I've been here they have had Westy 12 at a very reasonable price.
If you're looking to escape the busy scene and want a great place to just chill and drink some good beer, this is the place to go.
11-27-2010 19:56:01 | More by jrallen34
Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels, Belgium
88 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.