Le Poechenellekelder

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

57 Reviews
Le PoechenellekelderLe Poechenellekelder
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Rue du Chêne 5
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 511 92 62 | map
poechenellekelder.be

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
83
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
114
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by toronto_beermaven:
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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Photo of tbeq00
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stumbled on to this place after being underwhelmed by the Mannekin Pis statue. Beware- this little cafe is adjacent to one of the most touristy spots in Brussels. But, the patio was great even if the service was slow (par for the course in Brussels).

I was shocked by the beer selection - they had a better selection of Cantillon and 3F than any other bar I visited in Brussels and Bruges, and I hit nearly every one reviewed on BA. There were several that weren't available on-site at either brewery. I enjoyed a bottle of St. Lam and LP Kriek along with a snack of sausage and gouda, which was all that was available for food. It wasn't clear if they normally have a wider menu or if we came at an off-time.

Great shaded patio, good people-watching, great beer. Recommended.

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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

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

Photo of aRedLetterLife
4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Zerric14
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of Sixpoint
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

Photo of BenBreeg
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of srletend
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RedDon
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kirbsicles
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
4.1 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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