Bar, Eatery

Ukkelse Steenweg 11
Beersel, 1650

+32 (0)23 31 06 15 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

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

To many, Beersel can appear to be a rather drab, almost sleepy place. In fact, I hasten to add, I too thought this when I first walked up the hill from the Train Station at Easter 1994, it was raining, cold & windy – I just could not believe that this was the mystery lambic-land and home to some great lambic beers & Cafés. But it is, & I always return when I can!

On my last visit in Nov. '02, after the disappointing walk from the closed In’t Bierhuus, the Oud Beersel Café, I had managed to top up on lambics at the Oud Pruim which is on Ukkelse Steenweg (also written ‘Steenweg op Ukkel’). Turning right from here, this road rises and eventually enters the main square in Beersel by the Church, which is opposite the Drie Fonteinen. But on the way to the 3 Fountains there are 2 other Beer Bars worth trying. First is the surreal Café Camping, known affectionately as the Pigeon Fanciers Club. Just after this and almost as you enter the main square, is the Centrum just to your right at #11.

A large imposing building, when I first came here it was run by a rather charming old lady. That was nearly 10 years ago though, & on my last visit I had the feeling that it had changed hands. Language barriers with the young chap behind the bar made this hard to confirm.

The Centrum is Beersel’s only real Hotel. It has 20 rooms (doubles are €55/night). It is also a very accomplished high quality Restaurant that can seat well over 100 people. At the back is has a rather charming outdoor terrace.

The Bar situated in the front room of the Hotel, is an old fashioned wooden kind, often seen in older Belgium Cafés. Beer list is around 50, & it contains lambics from the excellent 3 Fountains, Hanssens, Cantillon, OB & it also had Boon Kriek. Orval, Duvel and other well-known classics are also on sale. When I first came – it had a draft faro, but it seems as if this was not available on my last visit – again, the language barrier precluded resolution as to why! But I could tell that the range does change – hence the chalkboard beer list.

When I am diagnosed as being terminally ill, I am going to book myself into Beersel’s only Hotel and spend my last days drowning in Lambics in this fine town.

Last Visit: Sun. 24th Nov. 2002.

Jun 23, 2003
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joelambic from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Jun 18, 2014
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This review is from a couple of years ago, but I am finally getting around to posting it.

The Centrum is a cool little pub in a hotel in the center(?) of town, up the hill from the train station. As you enter, there is a room to the left with wooden booths and a bar with approx. 24 seats. To the right is a larger room (dining room?). There is a lot of Breweriana on the walls and ceiling and some beer bottles displayed on a shelf near the door. In addition the wooden booths, there are wooden tables, chairs, and benches.

During my visit they had 7 beers on-tap and about 100 bottles.

The atmosphere was comfortable. Light pop music was playing. A small bowl of snack crackers was served with my beer. Overall a nice place for a stop for a beer or two when in town.

Jan 21, 2012
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 8-18-08

A+ Maybe it was the 20 minutes of sun shining through the window on an otherwise wretched day. Maybe it was ever-smiling bar keep and his prompt, jovial service. Maybe it was the brightly colored tile walls or the dark hardwood bar and tables. Whatever it was...I felt at home in Centrum. In fact, I felt so comfortable there that I would have gladly traded our luxurious commode back in Brussels for a simple room in this tavern/lodging house.

The selection was truly outstanding featuring lambiks and geuzes from across Lambik land, several high quality local beers, and even the famous Westy 8. I drank them all, particularly enjoying a draught Giradin Lambik that tasted of piss, puke, and grape bubblegum, a glass of the local Beerselis, and an 03 vintage of Marriage Parfait.

Though pricier than the taverns in town that cater to locals, Centrum was a treat and well worth a visit from any beer lovers.

Sep 12, 2009
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Goldorak from Canada (QC)

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Centrum was the first destination of my 2007 tour of Belgium/Germany, and with good cause, after a 7 hour red-eye plane ride I didn't want to drive for hours, from there I could get my jet-lag killing power nap and start right away with the drinkin'. It was easy to get to from the airport by car (just follow the ring and get off at the Beersel exit), but it's a 10 minute uphill walk from the train station as well.

First, the hotel. It's in a separate building in the back, behind the patio area that had so many plants it looked like a jungle. Our room was spartan but clean and at a reasonable price, what more could you ask for? Came with a buffet style breakfast, the usual ham and cheese and a few pastries and breads.

The bar/restaurant section up front was old fashioned, with church pew like seating, it had plenty of breweriana without being overly tacky, europeans seam to have that touch to blend publicity with art and decor that we seem to lack. We went twice on the same day, once in the afternoon and once in the evening because In the oud Pruim was closed. Patrons were mostly locals, both French and Flemish speaking. Interesting Beer list, lots of lambics, but they were out of almost everything I wanted to try. That they ran out of De Cam wasn't a huge surprise for me, but 3 Fontainen is about 100 yards away from this place and Oud Beersel about half a mile further, how can you not have everything they currently have in stock? They still had a few great Beers, but nothing that really made me go wow, but at least satisfied my lambic craving. Service was typical, the owner was our waiter and was pretty relaxed. We had a quick snack of tartines with local cheese and pâté, with a huge bowl of soup that we enjoyed. Someone on an adjacent table ordered the ribs that looked awesome, but we had a reservation at 3F so it'll have to wait for the next time.

Centrum is a very "central" location in lambicland, a good base camp for those willing to explore the area. Be warned, the website reservation service doesn't work, so call ahead if you want to book a room.

Sep 22, 2007
Centrum in Beersel, Belgium
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 5 ratings