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[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 (0)50 33 57 81
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We stopped here for a late afternoon drink on 3/25/07. This bar has a very modern feel to it, very city-like for a small town like Bruges. It was very quiet in here, only two other customers. I ordered an Avec Les Bons Voeux and my wife tried the hotel's house brew, the 30th Anniversary tripel. It was funny, out of all the places that we visited on this trip, this was the only bar that did not serve our beer in proper glassware. Both were served in ordinary white wine glasses. A bit boring. This place was OK, nothing special but a decent spot to have a quick drink.
03-29-2007 16:18:54 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited in March 2006 and served as my hotel for the night in Brugge.
Centrally located just off the town square, Erasmus is a clean, modern hotel and beer cafe.
While it doesn't win points for the most efficient service or widest selection of taps, it does win points for the owner Tom being a gracious host willing to help you out with your needs.
Had both dinner and breakfast here with beer (including the special unsweetened krieken beer). Tom even helped me with a map of the town and where the best beer places are to be found.
If this is a shell of how it was in the past then I'm really sad because that would mean this pace should have been beer heaven.
01-01-2007 10:17:33 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
We tried for a dinner at Den Dyver and came up short so our second choice was Erasmus and we asked the owner at Garre to make the reservation for us. It was not difficult at all to locate and upon our arrival the host had no clue about our dinner reservation. He quickly placed us inside where it was hot as hades and gave us time to contemplate our dinner choices and beers. The inside was white tablecloth and very quaint and tiny.
Once he returned we showed him our "Belgian Beer Card" which I had printed off the internet and he said he needed to get the owner. After what seemed like an eternity the owner arrived and said that all drafts would be discounted 25% and he magically became our waiter and took our drink and food orders The drafts were all well chosen with 10 and many bottles. Our beers came very quickly by the same waiter who initially seated us. The cheese served with the beers were very, very good.
Our first course of food was phenomenal for all our party and the same carried through the second. We nearly had to beg for service however, ordering additional beers was a chore. At some point in the evening a blonde lady magically became our waitress. Finally after we had sweated enough we asked to be seated at a table outside for dessert. This was a stroke of genius.
When it came time to pay the bill it was evident that bait and switch was in place and that no discount was coming for the drafts ordered. We had to go to the computer and split the bill and then we were asked to come back to pay at the CC machine and to enter a tip amount. Two of us fell to peer pressure and gave a very small amount extra, one was more intelligent and gave nothing.
I would return to Erasmus for the food, but the service was awful, the food was phenomenal and the drafts were very good. If I could get served at the bar and pay cash, that might be my plan of action.
Visited on September 13, 2006.
10-16-2006 22:36:58 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Another stop on the beer tour of Brugge with Bierschenker. The Erasmus is near the main square and not hard to find. It's a hotel bar, a bit small with only 4 or 5 tables that I saw. The bar seems a bit cramped, but they took good care of their beers and good care of us. Service was prompt and professional. The place has a remodeled look with a lot of light wood.
What really impressed me about the place was the number of taps! Belgium isn't big on draft beer, so seeing Blanche du Pont, Druide, De Ranke XX Bitter (listed as a Dubbel for some reason), Bonnoise, Forestine, Chimay Trippel and Moinette on tap was impressive. I had the De Ranke XX, probably one of the most hopped beers in Belgium. Mild light Muzak going on in the background was mildly annoying, but allowed conversation.
A fair place to have a beer, but there are richer grounds so near by.
08-15-2006 05:30:04 |
More by HardTarget
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Once a bastion of fine Belgian Beers, now an empty shell.
I could not believe, would not believe, how poor it had become (so I went again the next day). Sadly, I have to report this is not the place it was, and will not be re-visited by me until I hear something has changed for the better. I shall walk past and look inside, but not go in.
Uninterested staff, boring varnished wood panelling and no atmostphere, stale beer on both occasions and so many other fine bars in Brugge to use.
I am sure it will be removed from the next CAMRA guide to Belgium. In fact I intend to write to Tim Webb and his helpers about it, although I should imagine they already know.
What a pity.
Updated bit (Oct 2009)
Getting better, food and beer wise, still funny with some people who just want to drink during meal times, but the owner wants it to be known as a beer bar as well as a classy eating joint. I have friends who still love it, I'm still not convinced it has returned to its former glory days yet.
08-09-2006 10:48:58 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I recently returned from a two week trip to Holland, Belgium and Germany. I planned to visit several of the highly rated bars and restaurants recommended by Beer Advocate members. One of the places I was most excited about going to was the Erasmus in Brugges.
I was disappointed to see that there bar area had only three booths each seating four patrons. Fortunately, one of the booths was available. Drinking at the next two tables were some Englishmen carrying copies of Michael Jackson's beer reviews. We found out that they were planning to dine at the Erasmus and were excited to try the special of Flemish stew cooked in Belgian Ale.
We looked over the eight offerings on tap and were upset that two of them were unavailable. We finally ordered some Chimay and some St. Fuillien. After ten minutes this blonde waitress finally brought our beers and we were already not happy to see that she didn't bother to fill the glasses up. In Europe, the glasses have a fill to level on the side of the glasses, but most sensible people fill the glasses up because that's good customer service. We tried the beers and the temperature was much too warm. We decided to cut our losses and get the heck out of there.
There are hundreds of bars in Belgium that serve the more rare Trappist offerings, and I must advise all my fellow BA members not to waste any euros at this over-hyped establishment. The positive reviews have gone to their heads!
05-02-2006 22:21:33 |
More by rudyarmand
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited Erasmus on Saturday 21st May 2005 at about 6.30 pm. Excellent clearly listed beer menu available, and the service was attentive and efficient (staff are suitably dressed with white shirts and bow-ties. It is a little bit pricier than some of the other places listed as beerbars, but it as it is also a hotel it tries to be a little bit more upmarket. The drawback for me with this place is the atmosphere. The entrance is a hotel entrance with modern style seating to both sides. This gives it a hotel-lobby atmosphere, and on a breezy day in May it was quite cool as the door is always kept open.
05-24-2005 08:55:44 |
More by JohnfromDublin
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We stayed here for 6 nights on our Honeymoon as we took day trips to neighoring cities and toured Brugge.
If you ever get a chance to see Brugge, stay here and drink it in!
Tom, the owner, was a wonderful host (even if he was a bit too interested in my wife!) and a true beer advocate even if he doesn't belong to this site. He tries to keep an interesting an unique array of beers on tap and stocks over 100 great brews in the bottle. At the time we were there, a special unsweetedn Lindeman's kriek was on the tap list along with some others I had never tried including Valeir and Deugniet.
This place is so special there is a De Dolle Brouwers beer brewed for it's 21st year in operation. Tom gave the wife and I each a bottle of this now 8 year old beer as a parting gift. A class act!
The inside is Euro-modern with clean lines and little clutter. A few tables near the taps and the rest of the first floor is dedicated to the dining room. The whole amibience is a bit of a juxtaposition to all the history outside.
Tom, his wife, a bartender and one waitress named Gundrun (Hoon-droon) serve the guests. Tom is very busy and always moving around arranging chairs and straightening up. If he is serving you - expect a little wait. Everyone there was friendly and spoke English. If you speak French, Tom will gladly engage you in conversation. The only reason why this doesn't get a 5.0 is on a few occasions I wanted another beer but couldn't get the attention of Tom.
We ate here for breakfast every day and enjoyed a generous spread including cereal for those who like it. It is always quiet and Tom plays classical music in the background.
The dinner food was some of the best we had in Belgium. Better than our meal at the Den Dyver and for less money. Rabbit, mussels, fish, waterzooi and other Belgian dishes are all prepared with beer.
A must if staying in Brugge!
05-22-2005 18:37:44 |
More by silenius
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stayed here in September 2004 for three nights... Excellent location close to all the touristy stuff (it's about 2 minutes from the main square). There are also plenty of restaurants and bars nearby....
Very good beer selection (around 150 or so) and Tom the owner seemed very knowledgeable and was always happy to recommend something. I particularly enjoyed the unsweetened Liefmans kriek on tap (i've never come across this anywhere else).... Also had Westmalle dubbel and Het Kapittel Prior on tap which can never be a bad thing...
Food was excellent - had the Flemish beef stew which was out of this world....
Overall - highly recommended....
05-18-2005 13:51:09 |
More by mdagnew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I had the change to visit this bar/hotel when I met up with Silenius. They have a very interesting beer menu, but it really is a hotel bar. There is nothing really authentical about this one. It is clearly situated in an old building, but renovated.
What is very positive on the other hand is the friendliness of the owners. When you are working in an establishment with a public function you would automatically expect people to be nice, friendly, etc. But we all know thats not always true. These people run their hotel and bar excellently.
They have also taken care of the beer menu. The list is excellent and some of the beers have been aged. Great!
But because it is located in the city centre, it is quite expensive.
Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat
05-16-2005 16:13:09 |
More by Bierschenker
Brasserie Erasmus in Brugge, Belgium
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