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Le Chapître

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Type: Bar, Eatery

Rue du Séminaire 4
Namur, 5000

+32 81 22 69 60 | map

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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited: 8-20-08

After a wonderful walk around the Citadel and a beer at the Restaurant du Panorama Elaina and I stepped out of the rain and into the quaint Chapitre. What a classic, picturesque tavern. It's perfect. Tucked into a tiny little building behind St. Aubin we found this almost magical establishment. Its walls were decorated with boards from ancient beer cases, posters from the nearby Carocole brewery, plenty of Chouffes, and a textured and painted Yoda. A handful of fine beers including De Ranke, Abbaye des Rocs, and Blanche de Namur were displayed on a small old back bar. Behind it say a small wooden keg and an Oerbier mirror. Mismatched tables and chairs are scattered about. A small girl, the daughter of the owner I think, is playing.

The beer list isn't long, containing perhaps 40 beers, but it features a few treats, a few standbys, and plenty of local/Wallonian options (just what I am looking for). We started with a Chouffe and a Saxo and followed up with a Rochefort 8 and a Forestinne Ambrosia. The kind woman behind the bar served us well and prices were perfectly acceptable.

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Photo of clintbrimson
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

My first experience of a bar in Belgium and oh how authentic it was. Not a big bottle or tap list but one very high in quality with a lot of regional offerings too. The bar is in traditional Belgian style with brewing paraphernalia slapped on the walls and a nice little outdoor seated area. The service was shambolic at best but still very helpful. If living in Namur I would certainly make this my local.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The most atmospheric bar in Namur & certainly the hardest to get into. After you have had some excellent fare in the nearby Henry, turn left as you exit & take the short 1 minute walk to the end of St Aubain’s Cathedral. A simple exterior, matched by its rather simplistic but highly effective interior, lends a very “down to earth” feel to this corner street café.

The bar is left at the entrance, & has a comfortable lived in feeling that makes you feel right at home. The lovely old wooden bar is situated at the back; in front of it there are only a handful of old wooden tables & chairs, none of which appear to match. A darkened interior & candlelit tables lend a warm cosy atmosphere to this one-room bar. Old broken wooden beer crates form a waist height dado rail around the room.

Beer wise the range hovers around 35, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. For a start there are no beers whatsoever from the 3 Big Boys (Heineken/Interbrew/Alken-Maes), nor are there even any from the large Belgium Regionals - not many Belgium Bars can proudly boast that. The beer range is almost all from the smaller independent/local artisanal Breweries which is really great to see, & for me this Bar deserves your support for this accomplishment alone. There are no printed beer menus as the beer list frequently alters & you will need to check the large wall mounted chalk board to your right as you enter for an ‘up-to-date’ list of offerings. Often they pick up a crate, or two, of rarities which adds to the excitement. Indeed, during my first visit they had a rarely seen beer called ‘La Vielle Salme’, an 8.3% ABV astringent blonde ale that is a commissioned brew for Detrembleur of Grand Halleux, made by the Brasserie d’Achouffe. The Chapitre is known in local beer circles for these little surprises!

Small light meals are served, but they are no substitute for a proper meal & only accompany the beer as snacks to be honest. Nevertheless, they are good value.

A really lovely quiet bar where good beer & intellectual conversation is king. Just as it should be.

The only drawback though is that after 10pm, once this bar gets full (which is easily done) the door will probably get locked. We were asked to leave as they were closing soon after the big & little hands were both vertical. So it is best to come here early in the evening, & see in the wee hours somewhere else.

That said, this is a *do-not-miss* BeerBar whilst in Namur!

Last Visit: 19th/20th April 2003

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Le Chapître in Namur, Belgium
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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