Le Poechenellekelder

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

56 Reviews
Le PoechenellekelderLe Poechenellekelder
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Rue du Chêne 5
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 511 92 62 | map
www.poechenellekelder.be

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
82
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
114
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place, just feet from the Mannekin Pis, is not to be missed. Classic Brussels beer bar and a Beer Advocate must see. Here is the breakdown of my visit on 6 28 09:

Atmoshphere: Could not be improved. Mannekin Pis costumes of the past, Belgian beer signage, oversized bottles of beer from around the world (with an emphasis on Belgians), great tables with a place marker near most seats with prior benefactors listed, great little metal winding staircase to say nothing of the incredible outdoor seating for about 80 again just opposite the Mannekin Pis. Not only it is a BA must see but it is not easy to miss, so close to a tourist stop like the Mannekin Pis.

Quality: Cannot be improved where I can see with about 400 beer bottles served in appropriate glassware in the highest class way.

Service: Excellent introduction to beer provided by our mutilingual waiter who was patient and right on in his assessment of their available beers. Much of what he had to say was already understood by me but it was very nice of his to provide the overview and I thought to myself if I had not known anything about beer this would be the ideal introduction. Bravo!

Selection: As stated, 400 bottles and (possibly..I did not check) a few taps with a concentration on Belgians. Need I say more?

Food: Did not attempt. I am not even sure that they offer food. I was so entranced by the beer there.

Value: Just fine. My wife and I each had a beer and it was something like $10 USD.

Notes: Special thanks to BA (again) for being able to know about this place and look for it. You came through again!

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Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Taillon75
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RickyS
4.06/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rodzm14
4.59/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Graeme24
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located right across from Manneken Pis, Le Poechenellekelder is a quirky little spot very worthy of a visit for the decor alone! Beer enthusiasts will not be disappointed either as it boasts a modest bottle list (60-80) along with a few on draft.

You will be seated on entering and it is actually a little bigger than you might suspect when entering. There is a spacious enough area downstairs also when upstairs is full. I would agree with earlier reviews that it isn't a pub for the beer ticker or those seeking out rarities but the bottle list is not to be scoffed at. I found the selection well put together with the usual classics: Cantillon, dupont, trappists, etc but also some good contemporary beers from breweries such as De La Senne.

Service was very good. Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive and she made some good recommendations. Prices by and large reasonable enough(€3.50-€5.00) for the most part. Of course their are exceptions when it comes to large bottles and lambics but you do come to expect this.

Food menu is focused on small dishes /snacks which all looked quite good. For around €6.00 you can get a nice big chunk of chimay cheese with bread which I found to be good value not to mention really delicious. Overall I think it's a must visit when in Brussels and I'll certainly be back.

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Photo of ninkasibrew
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of djhowell
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Adjacent to the famous peeing boy, this is certainly a unique place. The decorations are odd, and everywhere (a weird mannequin was practically holding my hand at our table). The service was prompt, there were plenty of choices (40-50 bottles, a few drafts), they had free snack mix delivered to the table, and everything was properly served. It was a pretty lively crowd for late afternoon but nothing too crazy.

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Photo of byronic
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Forget Manneke Piss... you can see him when you make your way to this café. The selection here is great and you should definitely stay for a brew or two. The atmosphere is the reason to go here. Having been multiple times I believe the winter or damp cold days are the best. The place is generally quite packed and has a good combination of locals and tourist as clientele.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Happened upon this bar while wondering around the Grand Place. It is directly adjacent to the Mannequin Pis, so sitting outside you are basically watching throngs of tourists line up to photograph themselves. Even with that, it is still a great location. Service wasn't great, but it seemed to be just two guys taking care of the entire patio area, so the effort was there, just perhaps could have used more staffing. I'd happily go back.

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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.
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