Brasserie Cantillon

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

Rue Gheude 56
Brussels, 1070

+32 25 21 49 28 | map

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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.63/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Mecca! Had a really fun time taking the guided tour and walking through the barrel-room. Enjoyed numerous Lou Pepe vintages on-site (both Kriek and Framboise). Bought a T-shirt to bring back home with me. Definitely want to return for another visit!

Sep 17, 2020
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Tacoma_Dan from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I visited Cantillon twice and this is a must visited if you love lambic. One of the best breweries in the world. Take the self guided brewery tour at the bare minimum, as you get to see truly the bare bones and massive barrel production Cantillon is. Tap room can be quiet or lively depending on the patrons. I wish the onsite list was much bigger as compared to 3F it is pretty small. The service was great both times, but the staff can be a bit gruff at times. 16 different beer offerings during my two visits, and met some cool people that we were able to share beers and tables with. Nice selection of merchandise and the to go bottle prices directly from the brewery can't be beat anywhere. Looking forward to my next visit in the future.

Jun 16, 2020
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cratez from Canada

5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to Brussels and Munich.

Had the following over an afternoon:
Cantillon Vigneronne 2019
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio
Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2016

Beers ranged from good to spectacular and I was glad to try the much-lauded Vigneronne. Also loved the basket presentation of the Lou Pepe.

Sublime atmosphere in the taproom with great opportunities for people-watching. We enjoyed our quiet table in the back corner.

Service was fantastic as drinks arrived instantly at the bar and our tour guide did an amazing job of conducting a very engaging brewery tour. I also bought a lambic glass, t-shirt, and sweater and the woman who checked us out was quite friendly.

Overall, we had a first-class experience here and Cantillon is a must-visit destination when in Brussels. A “bucket list” brewery that actually lives up to the hype. Recommended.

Apr 19, 2020
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

4.66/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Feb 05, 2020
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Like visiting Santa’s workshop. The guided tour was amazing. Merchandise is solid and the drink-in list is amazing. Take away prices are so reasonable. A must visit

Oct 01, 2019
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MikeM75 from Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

A really cool place. With a specialty in Belgium lambics, this is one of the best. The natural yeasts in the building date back to the early 1900s, when the brewery was opened. They never closed during WWII, so those yeasts just continue to age and spread - one of few true, natural fermentation lambics.

Sep 09, 2019
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jul 20, 2019
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

May 16, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | 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 renovation 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.

More than anywhere else in Brussels, the crowd was very American here. 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.

Cantillon is a bucket-list experience, and impressively has the highest weighted rank on BA. I hope to return many times in the future.

May 13, 2019
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simendahl from Norway

4.66/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Apr 16, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Apr 01, 2019
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RollTide7 from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Mar 13, 2019
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Gobzilla from California

4.19/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Mar 02, 2019
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LanguedocRocks from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Dec 31, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -4%
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.

Dec 15, 2018
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BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Nov 18, 2018
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ManBearPat from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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Beerbom from California

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Oct 12, 2018
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desint from Belgium

4.38/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Oct 04, 2018
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Hopsmid from Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Sep 03, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 26, 2018
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njk82 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Aug 15, 2018
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robotic_being from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Aug 06, 2018
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Scottie_A25 from California

5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jul 20, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Jul 17, 2018
Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 28214 ratings