La Bécasse

La BécasseLa Bécasse
La BécasseLa Bécasse
Bar, Eatery

Taborastraat 11
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 511 00 06 | map
alabecasse.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.12
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
56
pDev:
8.25%
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Loved the antique decor and historical feel of the place. Lots of elaborate touches, the inlaid metalwork at the entrance is pretty amazing in itself. Once inside, the place is fairly small and cozy. Long tables and rickety wood chairs for seating, the bar is service only. Crowd seemed to be fairly touristy.

Staff were all young girls that seemed pretty disinterested in their jobs. Not really knowledgeable or willing to talk about the beers they have here.

The laminated menu doesn't list volume, so "beer for two" means a giant 2L pitcher. We had Timmermans Oude Gueuze (only unsweetened lambic available) and a blend of Gueuze and draft Lambic Doux. Worth a stop for the novelty, though I didn't enjoy the place as much as i'd hoped to. The lambic doux is fairly sweet. Becasse used to be a lambic blender, was acquired by Belle-Vue in the 50's, then became a Brabrux brand in the 70's. Now it's owned by InBev.

May 12, 2019
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Quafftastic from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Near the grand place but not easy to find. Lovely space for group meal and drinks, place to spend awhile that isn’t too loud or busy. Decent selection of good food and limited beer selection but more than adequate. Friendly staff. Lambic served in pottery. A nice respite from busy tourist places all around it.

Apr 18, 2018
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

If ever there was a place that was well disguised and hard to notice, this is it. A small neon sign is located on the wall high above an open doorway between a chocolate shop and a crepes place, and the doorway leads into a 'hallway' that goes to the front door of this place. Once inside, there is a large seating area with a tiny bar at one end of this space.

We chose a 'sampler' flight that offered four lambics -- three from Timmerman's and one from Brauerie Bourgogne des Flandres. The Timmerman's beers were a bit on the sweet side from what we were expecting, but we were learning our way around the Belgian beer culture, and these were all very tasty. We didn't have anything to eat, but the menu had snacks, finger foods and 7-8 entrees. I'd like to stop here again someday and explore some more.

Jun 13, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is right around the corner from Vieux Temps, in yet another barely-marked alley. It was pretty empty on a Friday night.

This is more of a restaurant/beer hall- no bar, only tables. Friendly, funny service. They specialize in Timmermans lambic, served in traditional ceramic jars (lambic doux and lambic blanc). The doux is a little lacking, but I like how they are served cask-style.

We ordered some food, nice “tartines”. They also have cold dishes and charcuterie. 35 bottles to boot. Cozy, historic, but not a must.

Jan 22, 2017
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

As others have commented, it is not that easy to find, but in my opinion it is worth searching out.

It is not a large space and the communal tables are very close together which can make for a lot of shuffling chairs and bodies as you squeeze through.

The service was professional and somehow managed to keep on top of the crowds.

We came for lambics and were not disappointed. Nothing like drinking great beers from those small glasses and funky ceramic vessels.

We tried to order food but it was approaching 8 p.m. and the kitchen had already taken their last orders. Keep that in mind when you head there and you should head there.

Very enjoyable stop in a great city!

Nov 29, 2016
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poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Not so easy to find. Centre os Brussels. Two minutes from Grand Place. Limited selection od Timmermans lambics. Great ones. Really old bar, you have the feeling that everything is the same as it was 50 years ago. Easy going. They also have Cantillon Geuze. Athey have some kind of sweetened lambic which really resemble to apple cider. complex. recomment. they pour it from the ceramic jar.
recommend to visit.

Nov 19, 2016
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Shanex from France

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hard to find but close enough to Brussels Centre.

An exceptional bottle selection and the glassware that goes along.

A must visit, if you're on a beerathon in Brussels, aka kingdom of beers.

Apr 21, 2016
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tduecen from Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

went twice and enjoyed both experiences, they have a Lambic by Timmerans that is only sold in this location from what I understand. Place was next to a waffle shop so a bit hard to find, but right there by Grand Place.

Jul 29, 2015
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Goalcam from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

More of an experience as it's the oldest bar in Brussels. Really hard to find since it's hidden in the center of the city. Love the old fashioned attire inside and traditional Belgian fare. Wish the beer selection was better. They seem to focus on Timmerman's lambics.

Oct 10, 2014
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by with PurpleCloud on our tour of Belgium and had an enjoyable time at this classic cafe. The feel and look was definitely the real deal. A must visit in Brussels.

Entered via a tiny alleyway. Lively but very manageable and definitely wasn't a tourist trap.

Waitstaff wore traditional garb that was very interesting.

I had Timmermans kriek (8.10 euros) while PurpleCloud ordered gueuze (10.40 euros). We both preferred the gueuze over the kriek.

Both beers were served in traditional ceramic crocks.

Jul 31, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in based on BA reviews. This is a great little local place that seems unspoiled by tourist activity. The crowd seemed to be entirely locals. I had a Rochefort 8 and we split a mixed appetizer plate. Both were great. I felt a little out of place not speaking French but it wouldn't stop me from going back. Well worth a visit.

Jan 17, 2014
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youbrewidrink from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

While in Brussels, friends took us to La Becasse for some pre dinner drinks. This is a hidden gem, no big flashy bottles, just custom blended guezues and simple bites and the perfect spot just hang out.

They have many other good beer offerings, but as other have stated, tasty local blends.

If I were a local and did not mind the parking/tourist crowd in the Grand Place, this would be a regular hang out for me.

Oct 01, 2013
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Right off the beaten path. Can elude you if you are not looking for it. That is probably why we had the place to ourselves. Go to Delirium if you want to try variety, but you'll be hard pressed to outdo the quality anywhere. Great change of pace and a must when in or near Brussels.

Jul 04, 2013
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I had pre-trip researched a little on A La Becasse but it was a low priority; however, I decided to make a stop based on the recommendation of Werner from Oud Beersel and the Lambic Discovery Center. I'm glad that I had talked to him, otherwise I might not have approached the place. The nondescript front is just a door with a sign that leads to a long, ancient hallway until it emerges into a dark wood interior lined with tightly spaced rows of tables. Very quaint place that feels local in spite of being very close to the Grand Place, though some were clearly tourists because I can hear their excessively loud Texas accent-laden conversation across the room.

I started with the sweet lambic, Lambic Doux. It's Timmerman's lambic sweetened and served in a traditional lambic jar and glass. A light amber ale that shines in the glass, it has a subtle sourness and an earthy tone. Sweetness balances the sour, almost, and makes for a very pleasant thirst quencher, as it says on the menu.

Moved on to the Lambic Blanc, or white lambic. Initially a foamy white head built up and fell on top of a slightly hazy, light yellow beer. It's listed as a white wheat beer on the menu, and explained as a unique, traditional Lambic that was imbibed on the farms of Pajottenland. It also has a subtle wheaty nose with a faint sourness and sugar. Sweetened as well, the lemon, wheat tang and spiciness push over the sweetness that lingers in the back. Very refreshing and complex; I can see how this was the "lawnmower" beer of Flanders. When talking to Werner yesterday, I had trouble understanding how this was Belgian equivalent of Saison, a beer to drink on the farm but this white lambic makes it abundantly clear.

The waiter was very friendly and helped me to order a vegetarian dish, a traditional cheese sandwich. It was a very thin bread that was spread with a heavy layer of soft white cheese. Radishes and onions on the side added contrasting flavors to the creamy cheese funk. For me, the cheese became a bit much by the end, but an interesting meal of traditional cuisine that is hoped for element of any good vacation. And, I have room left for a waffle for dessert on the Grand Place (eat plain to look like a local--add too much chocolate and whip cream for the "tourist" waffle).

In the end, the only negative of my stop was the really loud American. Otherwise, once I settled in, it felt like a real place compared to the craziness of the Delirium Cafe, a respite from the touristy nature of many bars in this area; it lived up to Werner's billing in every way. For any beer geek that's serious about tasting lambic in its traditional manner, A la Becasse is a must stop when in Brussels.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-la-becasse-brussels-belgium.html.

Jan 22, 2013
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beerpirates from Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This is a great bar for ambiance and beer. It has real old-world and back-street charm. It has a tiled floor, wood paneling and wrought iron but in an understated way. It has rows of small wooden tables packed together. The focus is very much on the beer, although food is served. Their specialty is the Timmermans Lambic Doux. It’s a quiet pleasant place. The draught beer is served in ceramic jugs with small glass tumblers.
Overal this is a nice place away from most tourists , only the service can be a bit better

Jun 02, 2012
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited 10/2008

After a dinner at a Greek cafe, we headed out to look for a bar called Becasse. There is one main reason to seek out La Becasse; their house beer, Lambic Doux produced by Timmerman's.

Becasse is located at the end of a narrow alley keeping foot traffic to a minimum which is a shame because it is a beautiful little cafe. Lots of wood and brass and ceramic jugs which carry the Lambic Doux. Lambic Doux is a straight lambic, lightly sweetened and very still. It hits you more like cider than ale but the balance of the tart funky flavors and the candy sugar sweetness is delicate and perfect. This makes Becasse a must visit for fans of lambic. Served in ceramic pitchers, it is a throwback to a time when all beer in Brussels was served this way.

Maybe the most gorgeous looking bar in Brussels, the service was unintrusive but attentive but the place wasn't very busy when we stopped by. The beer list is limited to Timmermans products but the Lambic Doux is the reason to come. A unique beer experience.

May 27, 2010
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Phanatic from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A little background: landed in Brussels at 7:30 am, tired and stinking and dehydrated after a long flight, and couldn't check into the hotel until 2pm. Dropped the bags at the hotel and decided that lambic by the jugful sounded like a perfect way to rehydrate, so we wandered around aimlessly to give this place a chance to open and then headed there.

Turns out we were there during the annual party of the students at the university, so the place had a big long table packed full of students with a gigantic, enormous jug of beer on the table. We just sat down in the corner and started ordering jugs that looked puny by comparison. So if you want to order a jug of beer that can hold a few gallons, they can hook you up.

Very neat place. Waitstaff was quiet but responsive. Very traditional atmosphere. Didn't try any of the food, but it looked to be mostly bar food. Sausages, small sandwiches, that kind of thing. If you're in Brussels, it's definitely worth a stop.

Dec 08, 2009
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bobsy from Canada

4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

All you need to know is lambic out of a jug. Everything else is superfluous.

Awesome atmosphere has an almost rustic feel, or at least a feeling of a different era. White plaster walls and dark wood tables. Lambic in a jug! Limited beer menu compared to many places, but as I mentioned, it doesn't matter because this is one of the few chances where you'll be able to appreciate a lambic served the old fashioned way. Heck, you can even get draft faro!

Food is of the feel the width variety, and my friend had perhaps the biggest plate of pasta I've ever seen. For my part, I indulged in a croque monsieur, which was filling, but hardly gourmet.

Service was fast, friendly and efficient.

While its not got the selection of one of the leading lights, you can't skip over this place or you'll be kicking yourself!

Sep 16, 2009
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bernardus from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place was our second bar stop after the nearby Cirio on our first day in Belgium, 09JUL09. You could easily miss this place if you weren't looking for it, as it's down a narrow alleyway off a main walkway. While the jugs of lambic were tempting, I settled on a Rochefort 8 (had never had any Rochefort up to that point), while my wife got a Hoegaarden Grand Cru. The 8 was outstanding as expected and the Hoegaarden Grand Cru (rather unexpectadly) was also very good.

We were literally the only ones in this place on a Thursday afternoon, although two others came in while we were waiting for our beer. The place is not too big as it is, and I think that's some of the appeal of it. It's very much a quiet, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your beer in.

The service was decent, and I remember the selection being about the same number of beers as the Cirio which was closeby. The Trappists beers were well represented. This place is worth checking out if only to avoid heavier tourist crowds as you would find at Delerium.

Jul 31, 2009
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indiapaleale from Maine

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stayed right around the corner from a la becasse and it still isn't easy to find. Its down an alleyway that is noted by a sandwich board out front.

Its a great hidden location with a lot of rustic charm and it specializes in lambic, geuze and kriek. They have a house lambic and they serve their lambics in the traditional ceramic pitchers.

Lots of snack items like sausages and cheese as well as some other small dishes to keep you satisified.

The overall beer selection is tame compared to some of the other Brussels hot spots but it is nonetheless a really cool place to have a few beers as its very traditional.

The waitstaff is limited and not all that talkative yet they are friendly enough to get what you want.

Great little place, I've come back after my first visit two years ago and it has not changed at all not even the prices.

If you are looking for a bit of a haven from the crowded cafes in the Grand Place check this little spot out.

May 18, 2009
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0711rconnoll from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The lack of recent reviews of the restaurant had me cautious to try it, but the proximity to my hotel and the lambic-centric nature of the place drew me in. I had to laugh when I found the place; I have walked by it dozens of times without ever given it a second thought! Upon heading down the narrow entry "alley" I was pleasantly surprised by the place. Very much "family style" seating, with tables all very close together. The clay pitchers for the lambics were a really great touch, and they have some BIG pitchers for the larger parties. The offer samplers of their lambics, and while the Timmerman's lineup is pretty standard as far as lambics go, it was nice to be able to try four or five of them in a single setting.

Food was great, and the staff were colorful. This place has the feel of a locals-only spot, and given the off-the-beaten-path location and actual Brussels locals dining there, I think you'll agree. I'll definitely go back!

Mar 25, 2009
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philipquarles from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Traditional bar that a bit hard to find--maybe that's why it's generally empty. I'm normally one for a nice, relaxed, clean, well-lighted place, but this is a bit much. One feels as though one needs to whisper. That said, it usually does start to liven up a bit by the time I'm leaving.

Aside from the distinct lack of patrons, it's really a nice place. The wooden interior gives it a very old-world-feel, and the bar itself is impressive.

The service is reasonably good; not a lot to keep them busy really.

The selection is decent. Fantastic if you're here for the lambic (which you probably are) and a bit above average with everything else.

The food is actually what keeps me coming back. It's not extraordinary, but better than most bars. It's hard to find a place with this quality of both food and beer.

Jul 09, 2008
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xychromosome from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is great, mainly because of how unique it is. Where else would you find a place that specializes in serving lambics by the jug-full? It's located down an alleyway off a main pedestrain street near the grand place and everytime i've gone, it's been almost empty when i arrived, but always full by the time i leave. Yes, service can be poor, but i'm not expecting great service here. i'm looking forward to some good easy-drinking lambic and maybe some snacks to perk me up. The bar itself is a work of art, lots of shiny brass and copper. They do have daily lunch/dinner specials that are pretty reasonably priced. I wouldn't come here expecting a proper sit down dinner, they are a bar first, a restaurant second.

Jul 30, 2007
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BlackHaddock from England

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite bars in Brussels.

The fantastic brass barrel on the bar, jugs of lambic on every table (we had the amber mix on my last visit, 10th Oct 2006). This is a wonderful place to drink in, it is peaceful even when busy, people respect their beer that come in here. A true classic in my opinion, I couldn't visit Brussels without walking down the alley to this bar.

The service has always been fine, as has been the quality of the beers, there are livelier places to drink in Brussels, but this is what the Brussels beer scene is really all about. Miss it at your peril!

Dec 12, 2006
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited here in April 2005.... It's pretty easy to find (even though it is down an alley) as it's quite close to the Grand Place and the Bourse.... look out for the bird design on the ground at the end of the alleyway...

Place was quite busy when we arrived as there seemed to be a party of Spanish university students in.... once they left though the place was pretty quiet....

Beers on tap are about 3/4 Euros each. We tried both the Timmerman's Lamic Doux and the Timmerman's Lambicus Blanc - both served in small earthenware jugs. We both enjoyed the Blanc more than the doux as it was more zesty and refreshing...

This isn't the greatest or most exciting place to visit while in Brussels but is certainly worth a quick visit and drink....

Aug 17, 2005
La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 56 ratings