Bier Circus

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Bier CircusBier Circus
Bar, Eatery

Rue de l'Enseignement 57
Brussels, 1000

+32 2 218 00 34 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A visit to the sprawling City of Brussels is incomplete for beer-heads without coming to this well-known specialist beer cafe. I have been here several times in the last 8 years. My last visit to the Bier Circus was this Easter (2002) during my annual Belgium Trip. As ever - an excellent range of beer, tough to equal and rarely surpassed. The beer menu is a phone directory, very logically laid out and extremely easy to use - divided into beer styles, and a great help for beer afficiandos looking for that next "un-tried" beer. Wallonian beers are well featured. I noticed that the Bier Circus has now also started to sell "aged" beers, they are not cheap, but I do strongly recommend the older Gueuzes for lambic fans, especially the Cantillon. The bar was full of my fellow English countrymen, all armed with their well thumbed copies of Tim Webbs Beer Guide to Belgium and Holland, but all too engrossed in the Beer Menu to talk. Belgium Beer is a very serious business in the Bier Circus. Snacks Only.

Re-Visited 11/28/02, in the company of Stephen D'Arcy no less. Beer menu has been reprinted since Easter and is now very colorful and even easier to follow. A great Bar, don't let the drab area, or the outside put you off. A truly great Beer Bar - not for Clowns.

Aug 17, 2002
More User Reviews:
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cratez from Canada

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to Brussels and Munich.

Tried the following:
Poperings Hommelbier (bottle)
Witkap Pater Dubbel (bottle)

Both beers were drinking beautifully. Very good bottle list with some beers I didn’t spot elsewhere in Brussels.

Had the Old-Fashioned Veal Blanquette with Leek and Carrot Stoemp for dinner; it was delicious. My wife loved her wine and Mussels & Frites.

Service was solid as food arrived promptly and our glasses were always full.

Casual and relaxing atmosphere in the dining room with lots of space between tables, which we liked.

Our overall experience was wonderful, and we would come back in a heartbeat.

Apr 19, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Aug 26, 2018
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jun 10, 2017
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 11, 2017
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jophish17 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Sep 01, 2016
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barleywin from Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Oct 10, 2015
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halo3one from Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 07, 2015
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tduecen from Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Did not eat here but sampled many beers, everything was great and an awesome selection. was a little disappointed my first 3 selections from the Vintage list were no longer available but still tried some great beer.

Jul 29, 2015
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SCW from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Jun 01, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I enjoyed coming to Belgium with my wife for our Anniversary trip (5th) and we found this place as we meandered around town. The selection was good and service was friendly. I was able to find some bottles to bring home and would recommend stopping in - I really liked how the place is laid out.

May 06, 2015
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beerpirates from Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Aug 31, 2014
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joelambic from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Jun 18, 2014
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erbu from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Jun 16, 2014
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jun 02, 2014
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hooliganlife from Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Apr 26, 2014
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Heretic42 from Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Mar 28, 2014
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Qdiver from Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Feb 14, 2014
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uturn from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Jan 09, 2014
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dec 16, 2013
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phingdong from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 18, 2013
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snuffy from England

4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I remember Bier Circus when its was just a small retail unit with a couple or bar stools and a table that required a degree in geography to locate. The educated and wide ranging beer list has always been the draw here but the days of spag bol or nothing (although it's great) are long gone.

Beer draws people in but the food is now making them stay. The cuisine has improved with every visit and the meatballs, meatloaf, fish stew and carbonnade are and look fantastic. (The crowning achievement has always been the Chimay Chocolate Mouse tho).

A Brussels institution and while it maintains its gravitas, the atmosphere still sometimes leaves something to be desired. Service, however, is impeccable, friendly and jovial.

The only down side is the limited opening hours but its worth the wait.

May 13, 2013
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

While trying to plan my first brewery tour to Bosteels on Friday, I accidentally ran across Le Bier Circus near the youth hostel Jacques Brel that I'm staying at a night this week. Decided to give it a try: I saw vegetarian lasagna on the menu, plus I had heard of the bar before. Maybe it's because it's a Thursday night, but I'm the only one in the restaurant plus a few sitting outside.

Lasagna looked better than it tasted, but I'm hot and running on two hours of sleep from the flight. Might not be a fair test. I don't see myself ordering it again, but it definitely hits the spot now.

With dinner I had a Keyte Dobbel-Triple, which is very good. What I can tell from the menu, the beer is from amateurs in Ostende. Unclear in translation, but the server clears it up that the beer is brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe but somehow created by the "club van bierliefhebbers" or homebrewers. An amazing collaboration: dark chestnut brown with a dirty brown head that falls in a perfect lace. Chestnut in the nose that reminds me of a Christmas beer I had in Italy once. Light spice in nose to balance that subdued by the full Dubbel-like malt, slight dark fruits and full nuttiness. Fun beer.

Near the end of the meal, a Euro cover of G L O R I A Gloria song is playing. Really odd and slightly surreal as I'm travelling alone for the week until my Gloria meets me in France. The music has been invasive in each place I've been and unsettling for some reason, but I can't seem to find the source of my discomfort. This is the longest trip that we've ever taken--a full month I'll be in Belgium and France, and--today--I feel a bit isolated and overwhelmed. Dinner and a unique beer find has been a nice respite to re-group from jet lag and a rocky start with the hostel, all of which worked out fine as I found my footing in Belgium for a truly magnificent week. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would most definitely be happy to be a regular at Le Bier Circus, but don't think it's the destination bar that it sounded like online.

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Jan 19, 2013
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Radome from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I saw this recommended both on BA and in the Good Beer Guide to Belgium, so I sought it out when in Brussels on business. I was not disappointed.

The bar was easy to find, and as noted by others, was located in a somewhat dull, bureaucratic office neighborhood. Still, it is an easy walk from major tourist sites like the Musee des Beaux Arts, Royal Palace, etc. and I was looking for excellent beer selection, not a rocking place to make new friends.

Atmosphere was neat, modern, friendly and informal. Very open and airy, not a typical wooden pub feel. I went for a late dinner and there were only a few other customers; a mix of beer geeks like me and a few groups of locals who didn't seem to realize how special the place was.

Food menu was limited, but what they had was original, fresh and delicious, and included several dishes made with fine beers. I had meatloaf (made with apples, raisins and Orval cheese) served with potato salad. It was very tasty and more than I could eat.

Service was excellent. The waiter was friendly, English-speaking and obviously a beer-lover himself. I ordered three bottled beers I'd never had before, De Dolle Arabier, De Ranke Guldenberg and De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserve. Prices were very reasonable and the entire evening cost me ~30 Euros.

I thought the beer selection was good but it did not blow me away. There were plenty of Belgians on the menu that are common in the US and not exciting, but a few were truly rare and outstanding.

Overall, I highly recommend this establishment based on location, service, selection and food. You can't go wrong.

Oct 26, 2012
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sndrspk from Aruba

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place has a very nice selection of beers, but it lacks atmosphere. It's a bit too 'clean', well lit, and doesn't have the typical Belgian bar vibe.

The biggest point of criticism however is that they sell Westvleteren against ridiculous prices. It might be considered a good opportunity for those wanting to try this beer, but clandestine reselling it, especially for 18 euros a bottle, is somewhat unethical.

Also, the bar is located in a part of town that is mostly frequented by the government clerks working there. Especially in the evenings, the neighborhood can be silent and dull.

On the plus side, the staff is friendly and seems knowledgeable.

Jul 13, 2012
Bier Circus in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 71 ratings