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Chez Moeder Lambic (St. Gilles)
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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 (0)25 39 14 19
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Went to this bar on my recent trip to Brussels. We were coming back from a day trip to Westvleteren/Bruges and walked down to this place from our hotel in St. Gilles. So glad we did.
I arrived at around 10:30 and wanted to dig in to some food. We got some cheese, a cold sausage and some bread. All of it was excellent and complemented the beer quite well.
The beer selection was small, but outstanding. I had two beers that were Moeder exclusives, a Kriek from Cantillon and a De La Senne collaboration. Both were excellent.
The atmosphere was small, but cozy. The bar has a ton of inviting wood. There were stacks of Belgian comics behind our table that kept us entertained. The bar played 90's American rock, which turned into an impromptu karaoke event for the drunk Europeans at the table next to us. Overall, a fantastic atmosphere for a corner tavern in a suburb.
If I go back to Brussels, I'll definitely head back to the Moeder Lambic in St. Gilles. Excellent natural beer in a laid back and inviting environment. Hard to ask for more.
05-21-2012 23:12:10 |
More by UTCengOwl
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had high hopes for this place, thinking the decor might be more old world than the Fontaines location. But no, it's just smaller, and had the same type of techno music turned up LOUD. Bleh, I want Kulminator, just beer lovers and light pleasant music.
The selection is really good though, failing a little in comparison with Fontaines. This location has something like 8 taps, all of which are excellent. The bottle list is really good but not quite as extensive as at Fontaines either. Oh well, one beer and on my way.
11-02-2010 11:02:03 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Walked into this place right at 4:00pm when they opened on an idle Wednesday... making us the only patrons for nearly an hour.
This place is crafted almost entirely of wood on the interior, warm artisanal wood was used on the bar, floor, walls, tables, chairs, etc. When we walked-in, we had the bartender to ourselves, and he proved to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. At the time, he was playing Puscifer and Tricky on the stereo, which we enjoyed very much. At around 5:00pm, six old couples walked in together, probably in their early 70's, at which point the music promptly changed to tunes much more their pace, and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them sip on lambic! Such a diverse and comfortable crowd!
Everything about this place screamed quality. Most exemplary of this was the way they handled their cask beer. It was all served at an absolute PERFECT temperature and in proper glassware. None of it seemed over-oxidized. Generally the place and glasses were clean, and everything had an order to it. Clearly these guys had an EXTREME respect for beer (and lambic)!
The service was impeccable when we were the only ones in there... in due time, however, he was the only employee to service upwards of 10 tables. While it was harder to get his attention at that time, he still made great efforts to accommodate us, which was thoroughly appreciated.
Selection- While the selection wasn't super-extensive, the beers that they DID have were excellent or world-class. The number of cask ales was also super-impressive. This place is a perfect example of how quality is more important than quantity when it comes to beer selection!
Definitely recommended, particularly if you like lambic!!
03-25-2010 01:28:39 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Well after reading a few reviews, maybe I expected something more...
I arrived there around 5pm on a Tuesday after taking the metro out from the central station. After walking in to the bar to ask for a menu, I was told I can see all the beers on the board (which was just their drafts...) Then I was asked to go sit back outside and I would be helped soon. A few minutes later they brought out their beer menu. A pretty good selection, but the only thing that stood out were a few rare cantillons (Zwanze and Cuvee Des Champions), and of course the price!
After coming from the "tourist" zone and visting Poechenellekelder and Delirium, I noticed that most of the bottle prices were actually twice as much! I was a little annoyed by this, so I ordered Cantillon Faro on tap and the Alvinne Belgian Imperial Stout. After about 5 minutes I was brought just the Faro and told they were out of the stout... The waitress said she would come back soon for my other choice. It took me about 20 minutes to finish the Faro, in which time the waitress just kept passing us by, not ever once checking back. Needless to say, The Faro was the one and only beer I ordered...
On a side not, I understand Belgian service at bars and restaurants so I know how to wait and be polite. But even by Belgian standards, this was poor service. Maybe I had a bad waitress? Maybe speaking english was a problem? Either way, at 9pm at Delirium I was still getting better service and being payed attention to better...
09-23-2009 09:58:35 |
More by xpimptastikx
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is one of, if not the best, beer bars in Brussels.
We sat outside as the inside is rather small and was rather packed, as it is quite often. We were lucky enough to get to speak with one of the owners who showed us around the downstairs beer cellar/function room where they store beer and do tastings and private parties. A better place for a private party can not be imagined, bottled of great Belgian beer surrounding you!
Quality of the beer is excellent and the selection is large, varied and amazing. We were able to try a bottle of the De La Senne Saison which was awesome.
The cheese menu is extensive and served very, very well. Don't miss out on the cheese!!!!
Service was great, in English, even though we were with people who spoke both Dutch and French as well. Just plain class all around.
Great place that has the feel of a near perfect neighborhood Belgian beer bar. Get away from the Grand Place and check this place out!
05-27-2009 01:16:43 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
If this isn't the best beer bar in Brussels, I don't know what is. The cool vibes can be felt from up to a block away, and the moment you walk in the door you know you are in a very special place.
The owners are genuinely nice people who are attentive, laid back, and interested in pairing the right beer to each customer. The selection was more than enough to suit our needs -- and was especially noteworthy given the small size of this place.
My fiance and I were there on our final night in Brussels -- and I'm glad we saved it for last. This was on a Monday night, when the bar wasn't very crowded, which felt just right.
05-17-2009 01:25:46 |
More by electrojosh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This bar, that features a lot of Lambic beers, is not in the middle of Brussels but is rather on the outskirts of town and better reached by a taxi or one of the Metro trams that drop you off near here. I had read a lot about this place having a very local feel to it and a nice selection of several hundred beers, including some hard to find Lambics. We decided to get out of the very busy tourist centre of Brussels on our second night in town so we took the Metro here.
After walking around some odd streets trying to find the right way to the bar, we stumbled across it when I saw a big bright Duvel neon sign, always a welcome sight. Moeder Lambic is not big at all with only maybe 8 tables or so and about 6 seats at the bar. We found 2 bar stools at the far corner of the bar, against the wall and backed up against a large table of drinkers but it suited us just fine. The bartender was very friendly and after taking care of a large drink order, he gave us a menu and helped us with our first order. Paula got a bottle of Duchess de Borgougne and I ordered a draft of Cantillon Faro which I had been wanted to try for awhile and heard this was one of the only places to have it. They served the Faro from a little plastic jug that looked like a wooden barrel. After we finished our first round of beers, Paula ordered a draft of the Grisette Lambic that appears to be a mix of blueberry and raspberry. I ordred a draft of Taras Bubla which I had never heard of but enjoyed.
This bar had a really nice cozy feel to it and although we had never been there before, we felt welcomed. They have a large selection of comic books to read if you are so interested. The beer menu is also very extensive and I could have spend awhile looking through it but we were only planning to stay here for a few drinks and then we were off to dinner at about 8pm. Our visit was cut a little shorter than expected as a guy sitting at a table right behind us was smoking unfiltered cigarettes and the smoke was blowing right into our faces and really bothering us and our beers so we used that as excuse to jet off to dinner. The prices at Moeder Lambic were really reasonable and it would be worth another trip here on our next visit to Brussels. It would probably be better to visit during the day or later when seats are easier to obtain. It also looks like they have a little seating area out front for when the weather gets warmer.
01-08-2008 21:37:01 |
More by ggaughan
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Opens at 16.00 every day (I think), we arrived at 16.10 on Saturday 29th Dec 2007 and the place was full by 17.00. Not that there is a lot of room to start with, 30 chairs maybe. A mix of locals who knew each other, two dogs, one child, some loners and a few beer tourists like us filled the place nicely.
A corner bar in the shape of a triangle, homely and neat. Wood and brick with a load of windows on the outside, just as you would expect. The three walls have advertising boards and pictures of beers etc, all very 'Olde Worlde-Belgiuquie Style'.
There are 3 boards with the tap selection dotted around the place and also a cheese board, we had 150grams of Chimay with some brown sliced bread.
Two Cantillon beers were on tap along with a Christmas Beer and four or five others, there was also a 'British handpull (beer engine)' on the bar, but it was not in use. The bottle book was interesting. We had a 2006 corked and caged 75cl Abbaye Val-Dieu Noel after a couple of beers from the taps.
Well away from the normal tourist area, but still seemed a very safe place, it is also close to a huge prison that looks like a castle, so picture opportunities too. A good map and the use of the complicated and complexed but intergrated Brussels transport system will get you there 'no problem'.
12-31-2007 15:50:31 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A friend and I made the trek out for a few beers during our visit to Brussels.
The place definitely had the feel of a dive: dimly lit, empty beer bottles covered in dust decoration the walls, along with various other beer paraphernalia. I'm not penalizing any for the dive aspects, as I prefer these to the faux high-class stuff you see too often. My one complaint was how smoky it was inside, but this was the case at every bar in Belgium.
We only had two rounds, but both were in good shape and served in proper glassware at reasonable temperatures, perhaps a little cold.
The service was pretty good. We had a quick bartender, who we had a nice conversation about beer and Belgium with. He even made sure to warn the stupid Americans that Gueuze was a sour beer.
The beer list was pretty extensive, with a lot of good choices.
12-02-2006 06:46:55 |
More by EPICAC
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is a bit out of the way, and looking through the reviews (especially Jason's) noone would blame you if you didn't make the trek. But I was there just as they opened on a Monday afternoon, and I had a fantastic time.
As they were just opening, the wooden stools and benches were just being taken off the short tables scattered throughout the one-room bar. The place is on the darker side with hundreds of old beer bottles from all over covering the brick walls. Mostly belgian beer paraphernalia hung on the remaining space. As the other reviews state, it could get very smoky during busy hours, but at this time, it wasn't too bad.
The incredibly large beer menu is arranged alphabetically with subcategories for lambics, drafts, saints, etc. The server/bartender was more than willing to help us find a beer (a quality lacking in most other places I visited in Brussels), although that may have been due to the early time and lack of other customers. In general though, he was very knowledgeable and very willing to describe and recommend beers, which would be great for the unintitiated or otherwise overwhelmed.
Seems to be a local kinda bar with its fair share of regulars, but there's a good amount of people taking notes as well. We met two locals at the table next to us who were doing their own research, and they offerec to share their Val Dieux Triple with us and then recommended a d'enghien double. Reno and Benjamin. Two great guys. They took us out for french fries and on to another bar afterwards. And if you're there on a Monday afternoon, maybe you'll see them, too.
04-28-2006 13:04:39 |
More by moderndrunkard
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Chez Moeder Lambic (St. Gilles) in Brussels (Sint-Gilles), Belgium