Le Bouffon De Roi


60 Rue De Bruxelles
Namur, 5000

+32 (0)81 23 00 44 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The best Beer selection in Namur by a long shot, and with the recent closure of the Artisans Brasseurs (Mibrana), it is now the closest ‘BeerBar’ to the Railway Station.

The Bouffon du Roi is a specialist beer café that has plenty of character and a strange sinister charm. As you enter, the bar takes up much of the right hand side of this long darkened corridor pub. Whatever time outside, it always appears to be night time inside. The front room to your right is nearly always usually full, so you can either sit at the bar or walk along the cool slate sloping floor to the back rooms where the darkness is punctuated by flickering candles and the silence broken by hushed and whispered chat, well until we arrived anyways.

A carefully considered beer range of nearly 75 beers that is always worthy of a detailed perusal. For a start it is the only place where you can get Cantillon beers in Namur. As well as my favorite lambics there is a good solid range of local Wallonian beers, though you may have to share, as these invariably come in 750ml bottles. Vapeur en Folie & Vapeur Cochonne were both popular, as were several of the highly excellent beers from Abbaye des Rocs which sold well amongst our visiting assembly. Service can be slow, I nearly sobered up between beers at one point - scary.

Also sells a small range of Belgium Genevers, Fruit Wines, Single Malt Whiskies from Scotia and a range of other discerning drinks for the imbibationally challenged.

A few 75cl Bottles of post 7% beer during my first good evening session into the wee hours in this establishment, soon had me acting like a “Courts Jester”, as the Bars name roughly translates. Maybe this is where it gets its name from?!?

Indeed, it is all too easy to develop a Trogodolite character in this darkened Cave-à-Bières, I finished a few nights in here, seeing in the next morning before being asked to leave around 1am when it closed. That’s when drunken overdrive kicks in and you know its time to get some early breakfast from a nearby Frites shop on the way back to the Hotel.

A great beer bar, that casts that magical “just one more beer before I leave” spell as soon as you sit down. You will not want to leave here.

Last Visit: 19th/20th April 2003

May 06, 2003
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juneauscott from Alaska

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Nov 19, 2015
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CrimsonKing from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited 9/2011, late afternoon on a Wednesday

By luck, this bar was less than a block from the conference I was at, which made skipping out for an afternoon beer all too easy.

Walking in, you're greeted by a narrow, dimly-lit corridor with a small bar (maybe 4 stools), that opens up slightly into a back room with a few tables. The place wasn't too crowded when I was there, maybe 3 or 4 groups of locals. There are a variety of board games available, which I saw a few couples make use of.

The beer list is quite good. Sadly, no lambics available when I was there (except for some from Belle Vue that aren't worth anyone's time), but all the usual trappist beers and lots of belgian strong and golden ales that I hadn't seen before. By far the most expansive beer list I encountered during my week-long stay in Namur. I had a Bourgogne des Flandres and a Hopus, both poured (of course) into their respective appropriate glasses - the Hopus glass in particular was pretty awesome.

I didn't find the staff to be particularly friendly towards me, and service was rather slow. It seemed the kind of place where it was much better to be a regular than a tourist (especially a tourist who doesn't speak French). A man who I think may have been the owner came out from behind the bar to chat and share an Orval with an older customer, which I thought was pretty neat.

Overall, I'd recommend this place as probably the best beer bar in Namur, and a nice place to kill an afternoon sampling a wide variety of beers.

Oct 27, 2011
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited: 8-20-08
Elaina and I thoroughly enjoyed our brief time at the Court Jester. The slate floor, brick walls, and candle lighting made this long bar feel as though it had a heck of a lot of history. I especially liked the ancient stone sink in back. Our barkeep was very conversational and interested in our beer journeys and so our quick stop for one beer turned into a lengthy visit with plenty of sampling. The menu included a few lambics but was focused on tripels and strong golden ales. We ended up drinking Biere du Corsaire Cuvee Speciale, Guilotine, La Divine, the disgusting Belle Vue Geuze, Trolls, and an Avec Les Bons Voeux (served in a bottle recognizing Moinette rather than Dupont...quite strange...). After the third beer we felt as though we were becoming fast friends with the owner and we might have stayed all night but when the Dr. Dre started playing, I knew that it was time to be moving on lest we wake up in A Namur gutter rather than our fine Brussels hotel room.

Nov 10, 2009
Le Bouffon De Roi in Namur, Belgium
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 4 ratings