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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Reviews by Phanatic:
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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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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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REVZEB from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Aug 26, 2018
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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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MattMorin from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Oct 21, 2016
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HopBelT from Belgium

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

Jul 22, 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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barleywin from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Oct 10, 2015
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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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herrburgess from South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Jun 03, 2015
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

May 18, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Apr 30, 2015
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dabone from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Mar 13, 2015
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ninkasibrew from Lebanon

4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Feb 19, 2015
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Dirty25 from Germany

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jan 20, 2015
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Wildepi from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Dec 07, 2014
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JackNip from Delaware

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 24, 2014
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reduction from Lebanon

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Oct 21, 2014
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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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srletend from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 31, 2014
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cmrillo from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Aug 23, 2014
La Bécasse in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 56 ratings