Moeder Lambic Fontainas

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Bar, Eatery

Place Fontainas 8
Brussels, 1000

+32 2 503 60 68 | map

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cratez from Canada

3.29/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25

Came here with my wife during a recent trip to Brussels and Munich.

Tried the following:
L'Ermitage Soleil (draft)
L'Ermitage Temple du Ciel (draft)

The Soleil was just okay while the Temple was very good. Large and varied tap selection with everything from hoppy porters to rare sours on our visit. Fun atmosphere at the bar with punk music in the background. We were surprised to see the patio open in October (too cold for us, but still nice to see). Service was abysmal as it took quite a while to order drinks and the bartender abandoned us after serving our first round. We then had to flag down a different employee to order another beer. We would have stayed longer but got the feeling that we weren’t welcome. Our overall experience was disappointing, and we wouldn’t come back.

Apr 18, 2020
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Fantastic selection, helpful staff and a nice relaxing vibe. If you love Cantillon and are in Brussels, you must visit. The food menu is solid, but lacking any vegan options.

Sep 29, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I've been here multiple times. In fact, twice last night -- before and after dinner. Always a couple Cantillons on tap, always some other interesting local stuff. Staff is usually friendly, but slow (at least it appears that way to an impatient American). I keep going back to it it, so I'd definitely recommend it.

May 28, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Exceptional quality, service, and selection, pretty much the gold standard experience.

Modern decor inside, sitting outside you get a full view of the open square of Fontainas Place. Brussels in all her glory. A lambic brewery once existed across the square, Den Baert. The nearby Delhaize Proxy supermarket across from 't Spinnekopke was once the Ketelbant lambic brewery, many decades ago. There's brewing history everywhere in this magnificent city.

It was busy, but we were well taken care of by multiple staff members out on the patio. Well curated selection, with a great mix of local drafts and those from abroad. Cantillon rarities, Tilquin Quetsche, Kernel, Lambrate (IT), Alfried (AT), Rascals (IE), and the very latest from locals L'Ermitage and No Science. Topped things off with a bottle of Tilquin Pinot Noir, and the first day in Brussels was off to a roaring success.

May 13, 2019
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Sam_Ryman from Belgium

1.75/5  rDev -61.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 1

How not to run a bar.
Horrible people. Crap service.

So you think you can rest on your “4.8” reviews - keeping customers waiting for 20 minutes when you’re obviously not busy. And then when they complain about waiting so long, you show them the door.
‘We don’t care what you think’ you say.
‘We have 4.8 reviews’, you say.

Well here’s a -10 review for being so arrogant and forgetting that the customer experience should be at the centre of your operations.
Obviously not in your case.
And so you WILL fail because we the people now have the power, the power to shine the light and turn it on you. Sure we can walk away taking our currency and our patronage with us. But now we can warn countless others about your lack of customer service and arrogance.
So here’s a -10 @moederlambic
#rude #arrogant #unhelpful
#crapbar #rudestaff #arrogantpeople #avoidatallcosts #zerocustomerservice #goelsewhere

Apr 17, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited at opening on September 15th.

Bar was empty for most of our visit on a Friday morning waiting to head to the airport.

Moeder has more taps than I found customary for Belgium, and the selection was very good. They have some special Cantillons brewed for them, and our server informed us that Belgians don't really drink sours, so their versions are much milder, and on cask. Had all three Cantillons on tap, and they were of course served in correct glassware.

Vibe was laid back, and service quick and friendly. Didn't try the food, which seems limited to charcuterie and cheese, but it looked good.

Overall, a bar I would gladly return to.

Sep 19, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Visited after a day at the Brussels beer fest. I sat inside at the bar, and I did not have any food. They had an impressive selection, including a number from Cantillon. I tried a Vigneronne for the first time, and it was obviously served in the correct glass. They had a number of lambics, but also a few stouts. Service was good, although they were busy (Sat night) so I didn't get much attention.

Aug 26, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here to have lunch and to enjoy their beers. They were not busy for an early Monday afternoon. (This was a late April visit.) This place has the feel of a neighborhood bar, so we liked the vibe. There was a row of booth seating along the wall opposite the long bar, plus some outdoor tables under the roofed area that covered the front sidewalk/patio.

Three beers with Moeder's label (contract brewed) were on the menu so we chose one of them plus a guest tap to go along with our food. (About 40 taps are available.) Both beers were very good. The food menu is not extensive, but what we ordered was very good. This is definitely a place for a return visit if we ever travel to Brussels again.

Jun 13, 2017
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poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Great selection on tap and also in bottles. Must if you are in Brussels. Definetely use their tap :) Cahnce to taste some great sour and sponataneous beers.

Nov 19, 2016
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esktime from Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place was amazing..........Cantillon on Cask Gueuze, Kriek & Frambiose. Drank a bottle of Zenne Y Fonterea for 50 Euros and had a chalk board draft list that was amazing.

Mar 18, 2016
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HopBroker from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I went to Moeder Lambic Fontainas on the night of Nov. 12, 2015 and spent about three hours there. It's got some energy to it, and I think the selection and quality of fine beers adds to that. There were 5 Cantillons on cask when I went, and they even had one that Cantillon itself did not have available (on site or takeaway) when I went two days later. They've also got some crazy empty bottles on display that were fun to check out. I had some of a cheese and meat platter and the salami and cheese was amazing. Couldn't comment on any main dishes though. One server seemed pretty indifferent to the job, but one was incredibly helpful and took time to answer all my questions even with a busy bar. Fair location too, not far out of the way depending on where you're staying obviously. I would argue a must-visit in Brussels.

Nov 16, 2015
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psuKinger from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Over the course of my 4 days in Belgium, I was very intentional about trying to hit as many of the top "Beer Destinations" in Brussels and Brugge as I could. By no means was my adventure "comprehensive", but I was successful in making it to a large number of them. And after all was said and done, this was my #1 favorite spot for the trip.

The vibe is hard to describe. It's an amalgam of a number of things. Moeder Lambic is a long narrow building, and as such it's kind of dimly light, and has a bit of a "divey" feel to it, as you head deep back into the place. But simultaneously, it has great big open doors at the front, which they leave wide open, with sunshine pouring in on a nice summer day. And an open patio out front, and as the patio is kind of drawn back in from the road, they have a lot of wide open space out there in between the tables. So it's both bright/vibrant, and dark/divey. On a slow mid-afternoon, they had American gangsta rap playing, amusingly, at a low, chill volume. A musical selection that, by most accounts would have been out of place for this kind of establishment, in this location, during this time of day, but somehow *works* for Moeder Lambic. all the more adding to the complicated-yet-chill vibe. The draft list was written up on chalk boards, and the tables were very well spaced out. I found myself loving everything about it.

The service was great. These guys clearly had (playfully) "messing with Americans" down to a science, as we quickly discovered for ourselves and then amusingly watched as they replayed the scene on others as they shyly shuffled in. If willing to play along (which we were), they clearly enjoyed watching us struggle for a few moments with a couple awkward lines of bad french or flemmish, and welcomed the opportunity to let things get a little awkward, just for a few perfectly timed moments, before switching to near-flawless English for the rest of the visit. Very amusing.

The food menu is limited to a few appetizers, so no full-meals to be had here. But the meat-and-cheese platter we ordered was fantastic.

Beer Selection and Quality was exceptional. We found things here that we didn't find anywhere else. Upon our arrival to Belgium, I had the Adelardus Dubbel, the Stourterik Brussels Stout (a great combo of bitter/roasted and mildly tart), the Bink Tripel, and the Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, while my wife opted for the Cantillon Framboise. I initially opted to avoid a number of the Cantillon offerings, nearly not ordering the Saint-Gilloise as well, in anticipation of my upcoming visit to the Cantillon brewery.

The brewery visit was very cool, and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting. But after taking the self-guided tour, I opted to cut the tasting room sampling session short and return to Moeder Lambic, as the selection of Cantillon beers here exceeded what could be found at the brewery! As such, I had a Cantillon Faro and a Val-Dieu Grand Cru during the return stop.

A great Belgian beer bar, unlike any other I visited during my trip. My personal favorite, and therefore a highly recommend beer destination for me.

May 14, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.8/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A quick jaunt from Cantillon. Nice layout inside, with a rather large bar, and plenty of seats, as well as a large outside area. Beer selection was great, with lots of lambic choices (including many from Cantillon, and a couple you can only get here). There was an Italian beer tap takeover when I visited, but still a wide variety of Belgian goodies...with close to 50 taps, you can't really go wrong. They also had a good bottle list, including some 'loons, but these were at drastically inflated over 3 times the price that the same bottles cost at the brewery right down the street.

Food options were somewhat limited, but being quite hungry after the train from Bruges and a morning at Cantillon, I chose the meat and cheese plate, which was one of the pricier items, but well worth it I felt: a basket of bread, and a hearty quantity of good meats and cheese that completely hit the spot.

Service was pretty lousy. I've said it before, but bartenders in this country all seem to be honey badgers...they just don't care. Got my first beer fairly quickly, finished it, then sat there with an empty glass for like 15 minutes until I finally got the chance to flag down another bartender, as my original one went off to joke around with a coworker without even looking back at the bar. Simple things like offering water, asking if you need another drink, simple friendliness, or even a word or two of conversation; none of these existed here. I shouldn't have to get up and look for service while at a bar. And everyone behind the bar had this glum look like they were depressed beyond all measure.

It's pretty much a given that during any trip to Brussels, you'll inevitably find yourself here. Would I go back? I suppose so, somewhat begrudgingly. Despite the bad service, I'd be a sucker for the beer list.

May 02, 2015
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Randyarchy from Sweden

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Beer selection was by far the best. Lambic and cask options were the best I have seen. Service was pretty mixed regarding speed, but knowledge was always good, and very passionate about beer

Apr 06, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Easily the best place in town to find quality local beer on tap. About 40 - 50 taps when I was there, 10 of which were spontaneous fermentation. West Coast feel. Relatively quiet. Very reasonable prices for beer, food was a bit pricey, but slightly above average.

Mar 26, 2015
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Though it's in a touristy part of town, it doesn't feel too touristy. Very relaxed environment and staff. Sat outside to enjoy a number of beers including Cantillon Faro on tap (a unique, though not amazing treat). Bottles were served in baskets accompanied with barley malt to nibble on. Ordered a very nice quiche with a salad. Selection was amazing. Waiter would play along with my French until he needed to say something more complicated like "we no longer have that". Very friendly.

Jan 30, 2015
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innominat from Ireland

4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

My favourite bar in Brussels. A wonderful selection but with sometimes steep prices. I have eaten here on more than 1 occasion and I enjoyed the quiche in particular. A nice clean bar with 40 taps to choose from. A very nice vibe also. A wonderful bar to share a bottle or 2 in.

Jan 26, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A near-daily stop during our time in Brussels. We preferred the warm patio in front to the more dimly-lit industrial designed interior but they both had a similar relaxed vibe. The food menu is pretty limited but sufficient for a meal or snack. We had the fantastic quiche for brunch almost too many times to admit, and snacked on the charcuterie as well.

The service and beer selection were both top notch. Several dozen taps and a nice bottle menu as well. They had loads of selections that were not available anywhere else in town and as many Cantillon options as the brewery.

My advice: lambic and quiche to jump start the day.

Nov 19, 2014
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The selection is amazing, with 6 different Cantillon drafts/casks (along with others) when I visited, and an extensive bottle list. The service was also impeccable, very efficient and with all of the bartenders and servers happily speaking English. The quality is world class, at least with the lambics, which was my main focus. The atmosphere is I suppose a matter of preference, and I liked the feel of the St. Gilles location more. This was more than fine though, with a large outdoor seating area and plenty of room at the bar. The food selection is pretty limited, but what I had was good. The price on some of the bottles was pretty high, but absolutely appropriate in my opinion for a world class bar like this. Overall, one of the best bars I've ever been to.

Jun 05, 2014
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SankeySr from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really cool spot, must-go for craft beer lovers. Awesome selection with a ton of sours, saisons, belgians, etc. Had some good italian beers on tap that just came out. Some of the bartenders were kind of assholes but whatever. Food was great, had the meat and cheese plate with bread.

Jun 04, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The route back from Cantillon conveniently took us past Moeder Lambic's second location and we stopped there for a not-so-quick lunch of quiche and a meat and bread plate. There I tried the Band of Brothers, a hoppy Belgian style IPA made by Brasserie de la Senne in collaboration with Moeder Lambic. This was a very hoppy beer that I liked, since I hadn't had a really hoppy beer in almost 2 weeks, but may have pushed the limits for me. Since it took a while to get our check, I ended up ordering a second beer, the Cantillion Iris Grand Cru on tap, which was much more mellow than the regular version. I love this beer bar!

We ended up back there later the same day and tried even more great beers.

One of the best beer bars in Brussels for sure!

May 22, 2014
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southdenverhoo from Colorado

4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the very best beer bars I've ever been in. I can't believe the level of service we received, in our servers second language, but these people love beer, love their jobs, love their neighborhood ( I counted 8 strollers, what does that tell you? Yes this is just off the highest tourist traffic area in Brussels, but somehow its filled with young local families into drinking good beer with their neighbors on a Monday night). If you find yourself near the Grand Place, seek this joint out. Especially if you like lambics & geuzes, but their "guest" taps include a lot of new, small European brewers pushing the envelopes of traditional styles, introducing American elements ( read: adding new wrld hops, big IBUs), and just generally raising hell.

May 12, 2014
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PopTheTop from Germany

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I went to Brussels on a "beer trip" that she gifted me for Christmas last year. The main focus of the trip was to find cool places to drink beer and to also bring some local brews home with us. This was one of the last stops on our 2 day trip and it was well worth it.

One of the things we enjoyed about this place was that it is, for the most part, off the tourist map. It was a short walk down the street from our hotel and close to the Grand Place.

I was very excited to see how many different beers they had on tap. The selection included blondes, stouts, fruit beers, sour beers... Many different choices to choose from.

Another highlight was the roasted barley that they served with the beer. We asked the waiter about it and he explained that it is used to eat and it cleanses the palate between beer samples. It worked very well and was a nice little snack.

The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about all of the beers. They had very good recommendations about which beers would suit an individuals taste. The place was not overly crowded and the atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this place to anyone going to Brussels.

Apr 26, 2014
FRANKtheMACHINE from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place hits the balance of approachability and depth of variety just right. In my experience the servers don't mind talking about beer in a non-pretentious way even though the place is fairly busy. There is a ton of local and semi local stuff that means you can happily spend some serious time here. Sign of the times: you can buy the tee-shirt.

Mar 22, 2014
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jdense from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Multiple stops on Brussels beer tour October 2013.

Located just off one of the busiest streets in Brussels, Moeder Lambic is pretty unassuming from the outside, about a dozen table, which as you will find out, or the residence of the smokers (a commonality in this city) so if you want to enjoy your beer in a smoke free atmosphere you need to go inside. About ten booths along the brick facade opposite the 15 seat bar, with an elevated stage and seating area in the rear. The quality was unparallelled. While Delirium may have more beers, the quality here is crazy, about 30 taps, four Cantillon beers *on cask*, a rotating tap list (except for permanent guest taps), special taps (I had De Ranke Hop Harvest 2013), a long list of special bottles (I shared Cuvee de Champions with a couple ex-pats my first visit). Service, other than the lone barkeep who repeatedly corrected my pronunciation of Val Dieu (not sure he cared for me after I asked him how to say "smart*** moth***r in French) everyone was quite nice, even recommending a superb beer driven restaurant nearby. Food was typical Belgian pub grup, cheese, charcuterie, quiches, but apparently of pretty high quality, but must note there are a plethora of great restaurants within easy walking distance. Prices are about average for the off-Grand Place area, you get what you pay for. IMHO, one of the world's best beer bars,and I've been to most of them. Absolutely essential visit for the traveling beer aficionado. My highest recommendation.

Nov 07, 2013
Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 183 ratings