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Brasserie Cantillon

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Rue Gheude 56
Brussels, 1070

+32 25 21 49 28 | map

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Ratings: 300 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by spoony:
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4.51/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A-Cantillon is located in a nondescript building not far from the Gare du Midi in Brussels. Upon entering, you realize that this is a working brewery, and not just a show for tourists...some men are labeling bottles, others are fixing machinery during the summer down-time, and palates are ready for shipment. Cool. We took the self-guided tour, which was fun, marginally instructive, and pretty quick, although I imagine you could make it longer if you were there when they were brewing. The tasting room towards the front of the house is a bit make-shift, but (aside from being quite chilly) it works for hanging out and it does nothing to detract from the working-brewery feel. We had a great conversation with a Swedish brewer who was visiting.

Q-Obviously, the quality of the brews is good at the source. Temps are cool in the building and they have all of their tasting bottles in the fridge behind the counters.

Ser-The employees working the front of the house were courteous, but not terribly engaging. They poured sample beers, but were not interested in discussing matters. The employees working in the brewery, however, were friendly and ready to answer questions about their craft.

Sel-If you like gueuze and lambic, the selection is a perfect five, because you are in the mother ship. I tried the base lambic, the Kriek, Iris, Fou Foune, 50 North, and Vigneronne. The only missing component was the Lou Pepe line. They did not have any guest beers, but when you have a big selection of Cantillon to choose from, guest beers aren't really an issue.

V-You get a couple of free samples with your tour, which is nice. The bottles for take-away were reasonably priced and mostly in-line with the rest of the city. The bottles for drinking on premises were slightly expensive, but that could have just been because I bought Fou Foune and shared 50 North and Vigneronne, which aren't cheap to begin with.

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

Photo of MaxOhle
4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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

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Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium
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