't Brugs Beertje
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4.18/5 rDev -8.3%
What a great pub! Nearly 300 beers to choose from. Located off of Kemelstraat and Steenstraat, a couple a blocks west of the Grote Market. I enjoyed the evening as did several others; a somewhat rowdy crowd was there that evening.
So many beers to choose from. Just ask the servers if you can't make up your mind. I enjoyed a Guillatine and a Trugador Optimus.
The service was exceptional. Friendly, knowledgeable people(about beer, that is) who are eager to serve you. Beertje is an ideal Belgian beer pub.
The service was exceptional. Light snacks are served. I visited this place more than once while in Belgium. Don't miss out on the Beertje.
10-06-2005 05:05:57 | More by PisoMojado
4.34/5 rDev -4.8%
Visited this establishment twice on our recent weekend (20th-23rd May 2005), and we were delighted that it was located just around the corner from our "bijou" hotel (Van Eyck).
It is an exceptional place for range of beers, atmosphere and service. We did not have anything to eat here though, so cannot comment on that score. Daisy was the maitre 'd and was pleasent and efficient.
I had a couple of St. Bernardus tripels on the first night and Maredsous 8 on the second visit. We also attempted to visit late on Saturday night, but the crowd were overflowing outside so for comfort we went elsewhere.
The only downside, can be the cigarette smoke. It could improve, if it made the second (inner) room smoke-free. Opens from 4pm to 1am (officially).
2006: visited on a couple of occasions early April. Once again, it can be a victim of it's own popularity. It was too packed and smoky on one occasion. The staff are as friendly and knowledgeable as ever. It still is a place to find great and unusual beers, including most offerings from 't Smisje.
05-24-2005 13:50:45 | More by JohnfromDublin
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
Ended up here about 4 times during an entire week of lounging around West Flanders. Walked in at 16:00 on a tuesday afternoon this past March. Was greeted by an lovely women by the name of Daisy and an empty bar room. I had planned on writing stuff that evening, so the lack of distraction was a huge plus. Without large groups of folks smoking, jolly drunk and yapping, I could thoroughly admire the beautiful interior. A large bottle of Gueuze was ordered and swiftly delivered. During the visit I mainly enjoyed the exciting beers on draught, McChouffe stood strong as one of the highligths. Not only was everything properly served, but it was at perfect temperature. Daisy knows her beer better than anybody and is more then happy to help you find your way around that huge menu they got.
One night I gathered up an interesting band of travelers and went out to celebrate what was our last night in Belgium, the last night until I returned in April in my case. I led the pack of already half way inebriated wayfarers to what was in my opinion, because of the extensive menu of hard to find and tasty beers served up in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere, the best bar in the city
A busy night, but the aforementioned barmaid didn't bat an eye to packed house. The crowd seemed entirerly made up of Bristish and American tourist, aside from foreigners I had at my table. One of which said the Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze tasted like piss. A friendly women at the next table recommended I try the Guido, on tap; I did not enjoy it, I found it too sweet. So she bought me a XX Bitter by De Ranke. Which I did enjoy, greatly.
A lively political discussion among new friends turned foul as it began to creep past 1:00. The night ended with a drunk british girl inches from my face screaming at the top of her lungs, "the IRA bombed my town!!!" Daisy quickly put her in her place, which was outside of the bar.
05-12-2005 04:04:22 | More by MrNuggets
United Kingdom (England)
4.38/5 rDev -3.9%
Visited this pub twice during my three-month stay in Leuven, Belgium in 2004.
Duing my first visit, a glance at their beer menu stunned me for providing so many Belgian beers from all regions under one roof. Do they really accommodate so many beers at any one time? So they declared, but the first two rare beers I wanted to try were out of stock. Never mind, I was happy enough to taste two fantastic ales brewed by a local brewery (De Regenboog) which they said were only avalilable at their pub.
Two and half months later, during my second visit, the same young barman was there and provided me with two other new, delicious brews from the same local brewery (incl. "Pandreitje 2002" which is not yet reviewed on BA), as I had found the menu not so interesting anymore, as I had tried my best "binge-tasting" as many beers as possible. When I requested to keep the bottles so as to collect the beer labels, the helpful barman offered to tear them off for me (otherwise I had to pay a fee of 20 cents euro for their loss for recycling the two bottles), and I truly appreciate his time and efforts. Generally the service is quite good and professional when you make yourself seen, otherwise it is at best erratic as only one barman has to provide table-service to the whole room of tourists--what an unenviable/extremely challenging job...
The atmosphere during both of my visits (on the early evenings during weekdays) was lively, if not too noisy. The happy atmosphere was attributed to its loud interior decoration and also partly to high-spirited tourists (mostly Americans and British as I witnessed during both of my visits) who occupied most of the tables which were arranged so closely to each other that it was hard for one to manoeuvre freely, while the locals smartly and quietly indulged themselves in fags and beers by the bar. The whole picture is thus really interestingly self-contradictory, maybe because the owners tried to make the pub as popular as it was professional. But that's not my cup of tea--apart from the beer side.
Overall, I do think it's a must-visit destination in Bruges for any beer lover, if not only for those fantastic local beers~~
05-09-2005 08:05:28 | More by wl0307
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
Visited twice during my visit, and had both a good and a somewhat disheartening experience. Overall a must-visit in town, but not my #1 for Brugge. If you come here, follow it up with spaghetti bolo across the street at the Hobbit... and now for my analysis:
My first visit. Male bartender, mid 30's with dirty blonde hair and a real jackassy attitude. Wouldn't acknowledge what you were ordering until you had the pronunciation dead-on. Which is difficult when dealing with rare Belgians that you might be trying for the first time. Flanked on both sides by fat British tourists who kept ordering Kwak for the novelty of the glasses. Guy to the right of me was a lefty smoking like a fish, nearly burning me several times. Had two and had to get out.
Second visit. Pleasant older woman with short, dark hair. Made great beer suggestions and did a better job of preparing the 'Little Nibbles' plate (a great snack!). Arrived at 4:30, opening time is 4. Locals only and not too crowded... perfect! Got a chance to notice the memorabilia- neat old bottles and plenty of interesting De Dolle brewers posters.
Overall... it's just one of those touristy, somewhat-pleasing nooks that is as inconsistent as can be. Beer selection is good, and Regenboog is not easily found around here. Don't miss it, but look around for something better like Dickie's Grillhouse!!
10-29-2004 03:40:52 | More by goodbyeohio
4.33/5 rDev -5%
As other reviewers have said, this is the local place to hit in Bruges. Found it on Tuesday night, and thank goodness, because they were closed Wednesday night! Not as hard to find as it sounds here (or maybe because the Beerfly makes it so easy to find), but it is well worth it. 300 beers is more than enough (even after having seen 2004 beers at Delerium Cafe in Brussels).
I really enjoyed all aspects of this place, warm, cozy, comfortable feel, with lots of people to talk to (both visitors and locals). I was surprised that they only had 5 taps, of which 2 were for Stella-level beers. Chouffe and Floreffe on tap- not bad, but not a large selection. But the bottled beers make up for it.
Food selection is small, but if you want a light dinner made of snacks, it's perfect. I had my 3 or 4 beers accompanied by a nice cheese platter that was good local cheeses with nice breads (2 types).
09-13-2004 19:55:15 | More by Dukeofearl
4.22/5 rDev -7.5%
Atmosphere - a nice cozy place that had a lot of locals. Most if not all spoke English and the patrons knew their beers. The bar tenders were willing to talk about the city as well as recommend great beers to a couple tourists.
Quality - They had many beers to select from and many were on tap. The beers were served at the proper temperature and the only thing that detracted from the beer was the smoke in the bar.
Service was good. The bartenders were knowledgeable and willing to share insights with us.
The selection was outstanding.
07-11-2004 04:03:23 | More by LarryKemp
3.93/5 rDev -13.8%
Nice little café near the Grand Place in Brugge. The place is located in small alley beside a main shopping street, which limit the number of tourist that just happens to find the place. The place is really cosy with some nice classical music being played in the background. The selection is quite extensive and presented in a book with all beers split by region. The waitress/owner can sometime be a bit rude and may pretend not too speak French or English even though she perfectly does. The plate of cheese to accompanied beer is really good. I guess this is a must if you pass by Brugge.
06-29-2004 14:54:59 | More by Phyl21ca
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
Two rooms, a little dark and dingy. A little overdone with all the adverts on the wall for me. You can tell this bar has been around for a while, not that is a bad thing. It can get a little crowded and cramped at times.
Food is always solid, the beer is always in good shape. They know what they are doing with the beers here.
Prompt, informative and courteous. What more can you ask?
Probably the best in Bruges. Good tap selection, extensive bottles, consult the staff they will help. One of the keys here is to try beers you have not seen before, this may be your only chance.
Solid and hearty. Pretty basic menu, everything I have had I have enjoyed and not regretted.
Every I go to Bruges ( 6 times and counting ), I always stop here at least twice for a beer or two. My personal preference in Bruges is De Garre, but that's because I generally like a quieter, more mellow bar. Beertje is a little louder, boisterous and better for larger groups.
05-07-2004 02:00:24 | More by Beermaninpa
United Kingdom (England)
4.36/5 rDev -4.4%
This very small bar is a must for any serious beer drinker, and is a delight. To say it is a bar or pub would give the wrong impression, as this is for beer drinkers only who want to sample the amazing range of beers in the menu of about 150 or more. Quiet classical music, sensible conversation with like minded beer lovers, cosy atmosphere, contemplation of the beers, makes it a place to go. This is NOT for those who just want to drink any old lager, get drunk and cause embarrasment to others or the staff who run it.
Can be very crowded, and standing not encouraged, you need to sit down and be served by the staff. The list of beers can be daunting, and you may need to already have some idea of what you want to try (or have a reference book!) but the staff happy to recommend something, if you give them some idea of what you prefer. Beer is the menu - not for food!
Had two visits while staying in Brugge, and enjoyed it very much both times, though on the second visit there was a crowd of fellow English visitors, who had come from watching some football match and just there to get drunk and ruin the atmosphere - they obviously knew nothing about beer from what they were drinking. The bar staff were not too happy with the noise and upset they were creating, and were probably asked to leave sometime after we left - feeling embarrassed by our fellow countrymen.
If you find there is no room to sit, go back again in about an hours time, you may have better luck second time around.
04-06-2004 11:43:32 | More by JohnW
't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
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