À la Mort Subite

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À la Mort SubiteÀ la Mort Subite
Bar, Eatery

Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 513 13 18 | map
alamortsubite.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.81
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
78
pDev:
14.96%
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

The Sudden Death is not that far from the Grand Place, it is a part of Brussels, and really is a part of the Belgium experience I suppose.

Architecturally speaking the Bar is a sight to behold, with lots of embellished and polished mirrors, most with the current prices written on them in some fancy colored pen. Rows of Tables and Chairs almost have a Drinking Hall feel about them, but they put you in the mood for a beer. However, service has been tardy on every occasion I have been, slow with a couldn't care less "attitude".

Beerwise, well, erm... not so authentic really. The Mort Subite beers available here are definitely commercial, no different to what you will find in probably 50 other Bars in and around Brussels. And these beers are definitely this side of commercial. Personally, being a fastidious lambic traditionalist, this does not sit well with me. But I have tried all the beers as I always do. I find I do not mind the fruit-lambics too much - still sweet though, but I do not care for the cidery-gueuze at all, it is absolute herecy to me. Many years ago they did sell a traditional lambic here, the Mort Subite Fond Gueuze - this is still made (in fact I reviewed a bottle last month) but on my last visit this request returned a blank expression and "non" from the smartly attired waiter (no tip for him).

Food is simple, average and very over-priced IMHO. Omelettes can take forever to arrive, ironic as they tend to be undercooked.

My own personal problems with the commercial beers aside, this is definitely worth a visit to see the establishment **if** you have not been before. If you have, and it's not a Tuesday, go to the nearby train station (weekdays) [or Tram 55 to Ukkel Caveloet then the White Bus 154 (Sat/Sun)] get a ticket for Beersel and treat yourself to a REAL lambic history lesson. Then come back here as a beer snob, like I do!!!!

Oct 02, 2002
More User Reviews:
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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Feb 14, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Aug 26, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.25

Visited on my last night in Belgium after hearing a lot about it. Wasn't overly impressed with the selection, mostly stuff available elsewhere for cheaper with the odd exception. Service wasn't great either, a bit snooty and slow at times. Not sure it's somewhere I'd come back to sadly although the decor was unique and nice to see.

Jul 10, 2018
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jmcrane from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Apr 19, 2018
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Keene from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Feb 15, 2017
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

We went here about 8:00 p.m. on a Tuesday. It was about 1/5 full.

It is a pretty space with tall ceilings, cool pillars, some nice old décor, etc. It is lived in but not dingy. This to me is a classic Brussels Bar.

They had a decent selection of beers. Nothing really rare or hard to find, but good stuff for any beer lover.

The food our group had was ok, nothing bad but nothing really memorable.

Service started out great and then lost interest as it got closer to closing time.

I enjoyed my stop here but liked other places in Brussels much better.

Nov 29, 2016
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MattMorin from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 21, 2016
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very old place with some cool history and a mellow vibe. Food and beer were good. Service was very friendly to me and my family- a group of very obvious tourists from the USA. Food is good but simple. Selection is pretty solid with an assortment of Trappist beers, beers from the Mort Subite brewery (obviously), and 4 or 5 rotating selections which is pretty cool

May 09, 2016
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JBDE16 from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Apr 30, 2016
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BeerOps from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Apr 18, 2016
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esktime from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Mar 18, 2016
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aRedLetterLife from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Oct 18, 2015
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barleywin from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Oct 10, 2015
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Gemmell from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I was there about 1.5 years ago and it was a great place to stop in for a drink. A few beers and a meat and cheese plate. The staff was friendly to foreigners and the drink menu was decent. A great place to stop.

Jul 26, 2015
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Howlader from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Jun 13, 2015
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herrburgess from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jun 03, 2015
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SCW from New York

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jun 01, 2015
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Taillon75 from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 15, 2015
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randomNBGD from Serbia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

May 12, 2015
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tazzman from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

May 09, 2015
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srletend from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

May 05, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Apr 30, 2015
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spointon from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Apr 20, 2015
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parris from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Jan 24, 2015
À la Mort Subite in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 78 ratings