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Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon

Type: Brewery, Bar

Rue Gheude 56
Brussels, 1070

+32 25 21 49 28 | map

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Reviews by Dreizhen:
Photo of Dreizhen
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'm in love with this place.

First, I want to talk about the neighborhood. Everyone says it's in a sketchy part of town and I suppose I can understand why, but it's really not. It's just a Moroccan neighborhood that doesn't look as nice. Everyone I've encountered here has been amazingly friendly and helpful (I'm living on the next street over for the Summer) and I've never had any issues. I will say the brewery seems out of place, though. But on to the good stuff.

Once you open the door (look up for the sign as it's easy to miss) you're immediately hit by the smell. I've been to a number of breweries but this smell is something special. It's hard to put my finger on whatever it is, but I promise it will make you salivate, especially if you visit multiple times.

The tour is worth it. Do it. Don't ask any questions; just do it. Try and go on a brewing day, if possible. Drink everything available. It's ridiculously cheap, even compared to what you can buy in Brussels are stores or bars. DOn't even get me started on the challenge of acquiring some of this in the States.

Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Family owned and somewhat family run. They'll talk to you all day about beer. Also gave great suggestions for other places to go in Brussels. They're used to beer nerd pilgrims of all different ethnicities and languages. Every time I go I have a very pleasant experience and it's usually with a different person each time.

It would be a crime to go to Brussels and not visit this wonderful establishment. I'm honestly about to go calculate my food budget for the rest of the summer to figure out how many times I can go here. After that, it's on to figuring out how much I can take home.

Go here!

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Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of epyon396
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4.93/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of eifster82
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited while conveniently on a work trip in the area. This place does not disappoint. Very unassuming entrance (I wasn't even sure I was at the right place until I saw the Cantillon logo just above the place) with a yellow wooden door and no windows. Open the door and enter, and the smell of Cantillon beers is unmistakable. It is in the air. It is the only wild fermenting brewery still in Brussels (according to the employee giving a brief start to the tour). The place was established in 1900, and the unique blend of the establishment aroma plus all the barrels that are used give their beer a special base which cannot be replicated. The place just oozes history. The self guided tour was excellent because you are allowed to go at your own pace and basically go into every section of the brewery you want (just don't change stuff around). Was able to have a lambic aged for 18 months right out of the barrels for a taste followed by another Kriek (all for 7 Euros). Loved seeing the schedule of all the current beers that are in the works. The place was busy, but not packed, with at least half of the visitors being from out of the region. Met a few nice people from the US, so all of us were in a sharing mood. The staff was friendly and very open to questions.

The on-site selection was tremendous with probably 15-20 different beers to choose from. I enjoyed a Gueuze 07 and Lou Pepe Framboise 08 each from a 750. My goodness they were phenomenal. Much more great beer was available but one cannot try all. The take-out selection was not as robust as on-site consumption bottles but I will not complain about being able to pick up 4 X 750 Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio, 1 X 750 Kriek 100% Lambic Bio and 1X 750 Rose de Gambrinus all for a whopping 36 Euros!

If you are anywhere near the area of Brussels and are a beer drinker of any kind, this place is a must. One of the greatest breweries in the world and deservedly so.

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Photo of schinebd
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopping at the Cantillon brewery was a central mission on a recent trip to Brussels and it did not disappoint. The "museum" tour is self guided with look-ins at unique (and old) equipment. Definitely geeked out a bit on the stroll through the barrel room. The staff appeared to be carving up apricots for the next batch of Fou'Foune. At the end of the tour, there were two complimentary "tastings" (choice of gueze, kriek, and rose cambrinus, as well as 18 month lambic straight from the barrel!). The on site list is incredible, about 10-15 different options, including three different Zwanzes. We nursed bottles of Fou'Foune and Lou Pepe Kriek while playing cards in a corner of the drinking area. We were there mid-day on a Monday, and there were very few others there. The take away selection is more limited than on-site consumption, but at VERY reasonable prices, and the staff was attentive and friendly throughout.

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Photo of lwhcchh
4.52/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I've been here several times and and love it but I find it increasingly difficult to navigate around the crowds. On my last visit, I met a couple who just fly in from Chicago for one day and pack their suitcases with "Whalez" that they take back to the U.S. and sell for a huge profit that more than pays for their trip. They claim to do this often and have never been to any other places in the country. Their loss. You never know what they will be pouring on any given day and that is fun. The same with take away bottle sales. I've heard and read several comments that this is the only active brewery that is a living beer museum...it isn't. I think a lot of its success is its easy accessibility to the public in Brussels and being near a train station. With that said, I always like to take groups there and pick up a few bottles. The place is a victim of their own success.

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Photo of gspeer711
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sheppard
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Both Bert and Jean-Fi are awesome. The on site options at Cantillon are amazing and there's no reason to go anywhere else to have lambic in Brussels. The prices are extremely reasonable. There is very little pretension despite being at one of the most famous breweries in the world.

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of moose1980
4.93/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I mean, I guess I gave a 4.75 on selection because take-away bottles for sale vary day-to-day without really much way of knowing prior, and if you build a complete overseas vacation around this type of visit - as I assume at least some people might - then you may be disappointed in bringing back 'souvenirs.' However, this is more than made up by the drink-in list and the fact that you are able to find Cantillon at certain bottleshops throughout the region. Plus, what other brewery is considered a 'living museum'? Great, friendly service and if you are lucking enough to be there on a brewing day, the aroma throughout the brewery is worth the price of admission alone. And definitely do the tour.

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Photo of Fill_It_or_Spill_It
4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of chrisroarshack
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Really fun self guided tour, staff was very friendly and was very generous with the tasting pours. Didn't have a lot to choose from to take home but this is a very worthwhile visit if you are in Brussels.

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Photo of Spoda1983
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stepping into Cantillon is like stepping back into history. The clean, freshly painted doors offer no hint to what lies inside, both for sight ans smell. Upon entering you are greeting with old worn concrete floors and things looks a bit dusty (and it is meant to be this way). Not like the modern sterile, well lit breweries we are used to. The smell is Cantillon. If you have ever opened a bottle you will recognize it immediately. the barnyard funk, musty, fruity, smells mixed with steeping malts. For a few Euro, you can get a guided tour through the brewery where you will see very old belt driven copper brewing equipment spanning 3 floors as well as the coolship room and a room of barrels aging beer and at the end you get 2 samples in the tasting room. Typically the on-site drinking list is quite good but it is the people who own and work at Cantillon that make the special difference. It is not that they don't take pride in their product (They do!!!), it is their attitude about it. They are extremely approachable and nice people. I have been lucky enough to have them share some young brews from the barrel or special brews or small batch brews with me. Go, spend some time there, soak up the unique ambiance, chat with the employees, you will not be sorry.

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Photo of mothman
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of esktime
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We got there March 7th, after the Public brewing session the past Saturday and they had every thing except Fou Fonne & LPK for public sale. Jean and his family were amazing and very friendly during our frequent visits

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Photo of beerdeer
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Pletser
4.04/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
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