Brasserie Cantillon

Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon
26,808 Ratings
Brasserie CantillonBrasserie Cantillon

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Rue Gheude 56
Brussels, 1070

+32 25 21 49 28 | map

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Reviews by Thorpe429:
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Along with Drie Fonteinen and Moeder Lambic, this is one of THE places to visit when you're in Brussels. When we were there, we tried to go to Cantillon nearly every day and ended up going 4 or 5 times.

The atmosphere is quite nice. When you walk in there are some older gadgets and maps to the right, with barrels and a pouring area on the left beside the beer menu. Further along are the shopping counter and seating for about 50 people. The decor is old and the seating area is quaint. Quite the place to sit for a beer.

The selection is unparalleled. There were perhaps 10 different Cantillon beers to choose from, including young unblinded lambic and plenty of Cantillon's bottled offerings. All the beers are of course served in the appropriate Cantillon glassware after being served out of either a lambic basket or ceramic jug, depending on the beer.

The service was fantastic. Each time we were there, we were greeted by Julie (Jean Van Roy's sister) greeting people with the phrase "Bonjeur-Hello.". She was quite helpful and friendly, and Jean himself was also great when he wasn't otherwise preoccupied. My only minor complaint is that it would be nice to have someone more available for questions about things on the tour -- which is self-guided and otherwise excellent -- though I can't really complain considering how small the staff is.

Overall, this is a magical place, even if you aren't a big lambic fan. There's just so much history that one cannot help but be in awe. I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mltobin
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PJHOY
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JamFuel
4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, after years of pining, I got to Cantillon. Since first trying the Kriek many years ago, this place has been at the tp of my beer bucket list.

When you first enter the place, it seems like there's been a mistake, you basically walk into a store room. Then you look left and there is the bar. And the smell... oh, the smell. It has to be experienced. Started off with the tour, which is fascinating, and it gave me a whole new level of respect for lambic brewers. After that, time for some beer...

The selection at the bar is not huge, but oh my, the quality... aged versions of the classics and bottle pours of more obscure ones. Highlights for me was the Gueuze from 2006 and 2014 Lou Pepe Framboise. The vibe in the bar is very communal, and everybody is sharing their stuff with the neighbours an talking about life and beer. I could sit here for hours, even without the beer. Service is quick and fairly polite. Note that the bar only takes cash, for card payment you need to go to the main register, which is a hassle. Prices are ridiculously low, with a 750 ml bottle costing between 12 and 35 Euros, and bottle pours between 2 and 5.

There is also beer to go, with the selection varying with the season. Prices are low, so pick up some stuff here before checking other bottle shops.

Overall, this was as close as a religious experience I've had, I almost got a bit misty eyed when I walked in. And seeing Jean Van Roy walking around just triggered the fan boy in me. If you're ever in Brussels and have even the slightest interest in sour beer, GO TO CANTILLON! I'm already schemeing to get back!

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Photo of mollykats
4.91/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of daeds_714
4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a recent trip to Brussels. I took the tour (self-guided), which was very cool. However, I was expecting to see the cool old cellar with vintage bottles but didn't get that chance. It was quite crowded in the tasting room, so no room for a seat. Good selection on tap, including 2014 LPK and 2006 Gueuze. I tried the former. Service was fine, although the younger sons (I assume) didn't seem that enthused to be there. Overall, a super awesome place to visit with a fantastic list of beers to sample!

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wc94wc
4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeanBump
4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The reputation precedes this place. While on vacation in Brussels, stopping by Canitllon is an absolute must. Not only do they offer 10 or so stellar beers on tap but they do so at fraction of the price that you'd pay in the states. I made it rain Euros and drank gueuze until I had a noticeable slur in my speech and wobble in my step. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Friendly service, great beer, what else can you ask for?

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Photo of eluvah
4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of DispyDnb
4.39/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Mothergoose03
4/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It was Saturday afternoon and we arrived by train at Midi, put our luggage in a locker and walked over to the brewery. Maybe a couple hours of sleep on the plane from the US and then riding the train from Paris over the past 24 hours, but the excitement of this visit had the adrenalin flowing. We took the tour (6 euros pp) and enjoyed the quaintness of the old building, seeing the brewing equipment and the barrel room. And then finally the tasting room. It was crowded, no seats remaining, so we drank our samples while standing, enjoying them, stood in a long line and bought a T-shirt and then left. Small, over-crowded conditions with lines to get beer or souvenirs can almost spoil the experience. It was worth it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My first visit to Cantillon was incredible. As a lambic fan it was amazing to see such a historic brewery. The taproom had an amazing selection of on-site bottles and drinking young lambic from the barrel was a special treat. Service was mostly really good and the prices can't be beat. 15 Euro for a Carignan? 6 Euro for a 750 of gueuze to go? Wow. We went on a Friday morning and it was chill. Went back a week later on a Saturday afternoon and it was crazy busy.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.57/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Hayley_86
4.4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Resuin
4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.67/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

A true beer paradise. One of those places that is almost impossible to describe, you just have to experience it. I'll do my best. In a completely unremarkable part of an otherwise beautiful town, this gem is almost hidden. Once you get there and swing open that big front door, you know you've arrived. It's old. No fancy frills and big money makeovers here. You pay for a self guided tour. I'd have paid double what they charged. Just to be in the rooms where they've been making amazing Lambic beer for so long, is really incredible. Once you get done with your tour, you get two samples, but go ahead and plan on buying some bottles and popping them open there. You'll almost never find them back in the states. I could have stayed for a week.

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 26,808 ratings
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