Brasserie Cantillon

Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Rue Gheude 56
Anderlecht
Brussels, 1070
Belgium

+32 25 21 49 28 | map
cantillon.be

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.46
Beers:
39
Reviews:
6,845
Ratings:
28,269
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.71
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
329
pDev:
6.79%
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 329
Reviews by DoctorZombies:
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Outstanding, especially since the pour room moved upstairs with lots more space and tables. Service is good, but it can get a bit crowded when the tours are over and people get their small pours. Have always met fellow drinkers to share bottles with, and the variety of bottles to drink on site is always amazing. Can’t wait to return!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GregSemenza
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of SadMachine
4.46/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4.85/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Pure living history. Cantillon embodies that more than most, and I was glad to learn there's a new museum in the works upstairs. Visited 3 times on the TDG ‘19 trip and each time there was something unique and special to discover. This is mecca for traditional lambic lovers.

The tour is not to be missed, it really provides great perspective on the irreplaceable history here. Also be sure to check out the other tasting room upstairs, which is open limited hours. For TDG weekend they had close to 2 dozen different bottles available, which was very impressive.

An american crowd filled the place more than anywhere else in Brussels it seemed. Shared bottles with generous new acquaintances each time. Spoke with Jean for a bit, and he was also very generous with his time and shared a beer with us. Alberto and Jean-Pierre were friendly and masters at managing the crowd, no one held back opinions here, which was refreshing.

Canton is a bucket-list experience, hopefully one i'll return to in the future.

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Photo of simendahl
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of RollTide7
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Cantillon is a beer mecca and must visit when in or near Belgium. Their onsite list is amazing with bottles you will not find in the US and at prices that are also amazing, $19 euros for St. Lam onsite! I would highly recommend their guided tour as I learned a lot about lambic production, though they also offer a self guided version as well.

On less busy days the tasting room is right across from the to go area which can get a little crowded later in the day. Note there is a newer tasting room that opens on weekends and is very nice (its up the stairs to the right instead of heading left to head down to the bathroom).

They also have bottles available to go, which can vary but usually includes the geuze and typically the kriek or gambrinus. Other seasonals and harder to find rarities can come or go quickly for takeaway. Its located very close to Brussels Midi...literally probably a 5-7 min walk so is highly worth a detour even if only in town for a short time!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.19/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of LanguedocRocks
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of jmdrpi
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

We booked tickets for the English language tour and were not disapointed. cool tour of the brewhouse, coolship, and one of the barrel rooms, followed by some samples. We then stayed to share a couple of bottles as well, and buy some beer to take home in our suitcases. Beer on site and to-go was very reasonable compared to what you pay in the US. Staff was friendly and helpful to the multi-lingual crowd.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Very friendly and historic place. I learned a lot and everyone who was at the brewery was very friendly and helpful. The "drink -in" menu was quite good on the day. Highly recommended if you are a Cantillon fan

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.03/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

It was pretty cool.

I can kinda see why people like it.

Incredibly over-rated... I suppose I'm not the biggest fan of their styles, but feel I can objectively say they do a nice job... The reviews on here make it seem like you walk in only to be greeted by 'god' and get to walk hand in hand with him while you're there. This is simply false lol.

Its definitely a place where Americans go- didn't see any locals at all that weren't employees.

Its got an old-timey, rustic feel that was certainly unique. A little hard to find and definitely not the part of Brussels you'll wanna be in after dark.

I'll certainly seek out other breweries next time I'm in the area, but ultimately glad we went.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of desint
4.38/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Hopsmid
4.4/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of njk82
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Went in the summer of 2012, can't wait to go back. There was a self-guided tour and tasting, and the ability to purchase bottles and merchandise. Gorgeous, historic brewery. Really love being able to check it out.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.23/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Scottie_A25
5/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Harrison8
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very interesting and historic place. Interesting in the sense that this famous brewery is rather... archaic, but that's also apart of its charm and a critical component of their traditional style lambic production. Before we get into the vibe of the place, let's take a moment to discuss the neighborhood. Brussels is divided into separate areas, each with their own government. Cantillon's location is in the midst of an older industrial, blue-collar area with some rough edges. A sign on the front counter tells customers to empty their cars of visible bags as, apparently, break-ins are fairly common. Aside from this, wandering in through the large wooden door (looks like a garage door, but opens like a regular door) sends the customer back decades. Exposed rafters with a small, quaint bar greet the customer. Down the way is the merchandise counter and the place where tours start. Across from the merchandise area is a small seating area with a dozen or so barrels set up with chairs around. Between all this is crate after crate of Cantillon bottles, some ready for consumption and others being aged. On my visit in particular, there were a couple palates of apricots with workers slicing them up in the corner as they prepared to produce a batch of Fou Foune. Amazing. Staff is attentive and knowledgeable and know a smattering of languages so everyone can feel welcome. The tour is self guided with a small booklet walking customers through the brewing process and a little history as they wander the facility. Old, thin steps may be tough on some knees and would be impossible with a stroller.

Quality is superb, with a selection of approximately a dozen bottles available for on-site consumption, a half dozen pours available, and another half dozen bottles to-go. All the beer is of the highest quality, although it's worth mention it's all spontaneously fermented. So those seeking a standard ale, lager, stout, IPA, etc would not be at home here. The focus is on traditional spontaneously fermented beers.

Service was good, being attentive and friendly, although you must go to the bar to order. Paying with a card requires someone to wait in line at the merchandise counter and then wait in line at the bar with a special, tagged receipt to pick up your order. Cash is recommended for more expedient service.

Selection has been covered above, but is solely focused on spontaneous fermentation, meaning everything is a lambic or geuze, either fruited or not.

All-in-all, a superb stop for those seeking great beer and beer history.

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Photo of SippingInHolland
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Not so easy to find compared to other breweries. Once inside it's just a simple concrete hall with some casks and chairs around it.

The beers are absolutely fantastic. Despite the small to-go list there's quit some stuff you can drink on site.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ckeegan04
4.39/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.47/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Keith_R
4.97/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Quafftastic
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A must visit from October to April when they are brewing, especially if you can get there mid afternoon when cool ship is filled to experience the heat, smell and sight of spontaneous fermentation. The Town has certainly grown up around it last 30 years but beer is still top notch. Not cheap but great tour , make friends on it or chat up some folks in the tasting area to allow sharing a number of bottles.

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 28269 ratings