Brasserie Cantillon

BEER AVG
4.24/5
Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

Rue Gheude 56
Anderlecht
Brussels, 1070
Belgium

+32 25 21 49 28 | map
cantillon.be

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Reviews:
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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
273
Avg:
4.66
pDev:
3.65%
 
 
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Reviews by Huhzubendah:
Photo of Huhzubendah
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A dream come true. I made it to Brasserie Cantillon.

Upon entering, I discover a few open lambics nestled in their baskets atop upright barrels. Behind the lambic pouring station is a chalk menu of available beers listed three or even four times lower than U.S. prices (assuming you are fortunate enough to find Cantillon here in the U.S.). Fou' Foune, Vigneronne, Lou Pepe Kriek, Mamouche, Saint-Gilloise, Classic Gueuze, Rosé de Gambrinus, and more. What a list!

For six euros, you can take a tour of the brewery / museum. Barrels upon barrels, brewing equipment, crates, kegs, etc. Bottles that look as though they are from a different era, caked with a thick, dense layer of dust and cobwebs. This is where it all happens.

Service was simply outstanding. After taking a self-paced, self-guided tour, I was able to enjoy a few glasses of lambic with Jean. We chatted at length about beer, which was awesome and surreal. After approximately a half hour of various Cantillon related topics, Jean disappeared to get "something very special". He reappeared with a sample of an experimental 9.7% unblended 30 month lambic. Truly a once in a lifetime experience and opportunity right there.

I only spent two days in Brussels, but I made sure to spend a fair portion of each day at Brasserie Cantillon. I'm so glad I did. The best brewery in the world.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of stevehagy
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a fantatastic visit! The family and employees are all very friendly. As an American, I felt at home within minutes. Everyone speaks English.

I visited on the Tuesday after Easter. Brewing season has just ended and it was slow at 10:30 when I arrived but very busy when I left almost 3 hours later. Buy your to-go items when the line is short as the wait can be longer than expected.

The self-guides tour was everything and more, just wish I had made this visit when there was actual brewing going on, though it was certainly cool enough for lambic making. Loved the small pot belly stove in the middle of the tasting area that kept us warm as we drank.

I met folks from Toronto, Kansas, Dublin via Brazil, Binghamton, NY, Southern California and Portland, OR. It doesn't take long to make acquaintances and everyone is looking to try more than one beer so the momentum is towards groups with each person or couple buying a bottle to share.



Service at the to-go area can be slow and its only Cantillon beer so the styles are quite limited but a must visit for lambic lovers and anyone who wants to get close to what brewing must have been a very long time ago. Loved it. The best part of my Brussels 24 hour tour-de-force.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of South2NW
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Cantillon was so much more fun than I expected. I was surprised by how close to the train station it actually is. The wife and I, along with some other travelers, arrived there with our bags in tow.

The folks are super nice and speak great English. You can take a tour for seven euros that includes free samples, or sit around the “lounge” and order whole bottles or bottle pours from the bar (draft is for Americans, they say). And perfect temp too.

The tour is self-guided and it is fun to walk around and meander and peak at all the nooks and crannies of this old, venerable operation. Can’t wait to go back!

I had Kriek (3.75), Lambic (one year old)-4.0, Gueuze 4.5, Lambic Haute Densite 9% 4.5, Lou Pepe Framboise 2012 4.2, Cuvee St GIlloise 4.25 (gueuze but dry hopped), Zwanze Stout 2015 3.7.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.36/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Redrover
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Brussels on vacation with my wife and another couple. I was very open to going anywhere they wanted to visit. The only stipulation I had was that one day I was going to Cantillon and they were free to join me or to do something else, but me going was nonnegotiable. They all decided to join me and I think they were very glad they did.

It was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel near the Grand Palace. The neighborhood is a bit gritty but we never felt the least bit intimidated - being from Chicago helped : ).

We opted for the self-guided tour which was great. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. They were doing a mash while we were there, so that was great to see. Note that you go up and down several flights of stairs so be prepared. Seeing the cool ship, the barrel storage, etc. was beyond cool to me.

Post tour we settled into the cozy tasting room (the potbelly stove was cranking) for our beers. What a great experience. The Lambics and Gueuze are world class and were even better in the setting.

Crowd was nice with many lined up to buy bottles to take with or have shipped.

Just a great experience and one I look forward to repeating.

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Photo of poskok
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Absolute must if your visiting Brussels. Excellent. Great experience. You get the chance to see old brewery, organized like a museum. owner is great guy who likes to talk and tells you everything you want to know. great beer. really ok prices. some beers you can buy just limited amount. which is great. more for others. beers are top!

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Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of epyon396
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of eifster82
4.8/5  rDev +3%
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 +3.6%
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 -3%
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 +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
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