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Café Rose Red

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

17 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

Cordoeaniersstraat 16
Brugge, 8000
Belgium

+32 50 33 90 51 | map
caferosered.com

Notes:
In the Hotel Cordoeanier.

Added by Beermelier on 07-08-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
42
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
3.68%
 
 
Taps:
5
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by BlackHaddock:
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I heard about this place on a few beer sites and word of mouth, so though I’d give it a go: glad I did. Brugge has in my opinion already got some world class bars, this place can be added to that list. It’s on a semi-back street but easy to find and get to from anywhere in the centre of Brugge.

It was an early evening in December Saturday when we visited, the bar being fairly busy, the clientele being mostly well dressed couples talking quietly while having a beer or two before dining elsewhere (no food here). We sat and I picked up the beer menu on our table, a young lady came over and informed us that St Bernadus Christmas was on-tap, along with Chimay Blonde: I put the menu down again and ordered a glass on each tap brew. The beers arrived in their correct glasses and I perused the beer menu at leisure while sipping my 10% Christmas beer, so, so moreish, but also too strong this early in the evening to stay drinking. They major on Trappist beers with others also available, didn’t count the total numbers but there were enough bottles to keep a normal beer geek happy for a day or two. So the beer list has grown in the last year: the last reviewer posted, back in November 2010 about the selection being extended. A couple of chalk boards advertised special brews, I noted that La Trappe Oak Aged Quadruples (Lots, 3,4,5 and 6) were priced at Euro 28 for a cork and caged 37.5cl bottle, ouch! Rudi in De Bierboom had given me a Lot 6 and Lot 7 for free earlier in the day, so no need for me to break the bank.

The bar room was lovely, single red roses hang from the ceiling and everywhere was clean and obviously well looked after, polished wood everywhere you looked. A group of British ladies came in while we were there, they had been in the day before and had returned festooned with parcels from shopping: they couldn’t remember what they’d been drinking, but wanted the same one again, the staff knew and all was well.

My must visit while in Brugge bar list just keeps growing; this is a worthy addition and with some of the better known bars (like De Garre and ‘t Bruges Beertje) becoming just too popular and over busy at times this is a good alternative while in the city centre.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of epyon396
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Euroglot
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Visited on 11/8/2015 - it's basically down the street and around the corner from De Biertempel. Not a large establishment by any means - a small bar area (maybe 5-6 stools if I recall) and a small number of tables. The five of us took up an entire corner of the bar. The taplist was fairly limited and not particularly impressive; however, the bottle list was quite extensive. I enjoyed some De Dolle and De Struise beers during my visit - my father-in-law fell in love with Black Albert. All served in appropriate glassware and lambic/gueuze were served in baskets. Prices were a bit higher than the other establishments in the area; however, there were some rarities on the menu - they had Zenne Y Frontera for 69 euro, but I couldn't pull the trigger. Food was limited to cheese and charcuterie - nothing mind-blowing. Service was prompt initially, but refills were a bit on the slow side. Definitely worth a visit if you are in town; however, it wasn't my favorite place.

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Photo of aRedLetterLife
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited many times in August 2015 and hopefully much more again.
Definitely one of my favourite place in Brugge.
First of all is the staff. They are always ready to help with the selection or whatever, very sociable in a good way.
Always liked this kind of vibe: quiet and leisurely.
You can expect a very wide range of "belgians" (with some very rares). Unfortunately there was no Westvleteren Trappist only :-)

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Photo of troypepito
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I really enjoyed having a few beers here. Service was prompt & friendly, beer list was outstanding. I like the diversity of beer more than most Brugge beer bars.

A bit more expensive, but more to my liking.

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of treznor
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Very laid back, was pretty empty when we were there. Very European cafe feel. Quaint and cosy. Off the main Bruges traffic area. Our server was the owner and was very knowledgable.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I liked this place quite a bit. I got there when they were supposedly open, according to the sign on the door, but no one was there except the cleaning crew. Ooookay. So I trundled around town for about an hour and came back to see that there was in fact now someone behind the bar, and a few patrons enjoying their drinks. The place is rather small, with a bar that seats maybe 10 people, and a few tables. Dozens of "roses" hang from the ceiling. Seeing how it was not very busy, the service was fine, and the guy who waited on us knew a lot about beer worldwide, and even recognized a few names I dropped when I said I was from the Philly area.

Beer selection was very nice. Unlike some of the other bars I've been to over here, they actually HAD the beers that were listed on their menu. So that was a plus. Opted for a sampler flight of 4 of the 5 the beers on tap and a somewhat expensive, yet satisfying bottle of FF. They do actually have some snack-type food here, meat and cheese plates, and the like, so it's a good place for a satisfying beer session. Probably my favorite place in Bruges.

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of simoen
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

a small but nice bar with a lot of good beers

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Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Cburden
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Wonderful little cafe in Bruges.

Just a little bit off the beaten path, is this cozy and pretty little cafe. I visited in late October, so unfortunately we didn't get to sit outside on the nice little terrace out back.

Service was good on both of my visits, pleasant, prompt and knowledgeable..

Selection is quite good, as are most places in Bruges. Very long detailed bottle list, heavy on Trappist beers, and about 6 taps, luckily for me, Fou Foune was on draft at the time, so that was what I ordered both times.

We also had a small bite to eat here, (menu is limited) but the soup, bread, sausages, and cheese were all quite tasty.

Prices were about the same as anywhere else in Bruges.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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