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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1923 Monroe St
phone: (608) 255-8500
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 12-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is amazing. We went for dinner after GTMW. The restaurant was crowded however we were able to find room at the bar after 10 min. Meanwhile in that 10 min, we got to the beer. This place had a Shelton Bros. special going that featured Nogone, Mikkeller, Aphrodyte and Peche, and various others. All served in its proper glassware. During dinner we were looking into the bottle menu and this place had 30+ belgian styled/influanced beers lined up. Also they have beers in cellar so if you don't see it ask, they might have it. All in all its a great place to eat. I'll be back for sure!
12-09-2010 22:07:45 |
More by manabozo3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with a friend of mine following my interview with Epic. From what I'm told, this is what a Belgian beer bar is supposed to be like, with a kind of cellar-like atmosphere, rather quiet with low-ish lighting and a focus on the Belgian brews. We split a bottle of Mikkeller Black Tie, which was served to us in Buffalo tulips. Good times. We ordered some burgers and a side of fries (complete with two aioli servings), all of which was very tasty. Our waitress was more than attentive, describing some of the beers on-tap and all of the menu entries we inquired into. She was very cheery, pretty quick, and extremely helpful. There may not be many taps, but the beer flowing from them is quality stuff (though I can't now remember specifics). My only issue with the selection was the comparative lack of American offerings, but this is to be expected from a Belgian-focused place. Overall, a very nice little spot to enjoy a pint and a bite. (My buddy, living in Madison for a few months now, had never heard of this place, but now plans on bringing his girlfriend here the next time she's in town...among other future visits. We have a convert, people.)
10-27-2010 21:11:05 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
What can I say that hasn't been said? My wife and I recently spent the weekend in Madison and I had quite a list of places I wanted to try, all of which were located in the downtown area. Once my wife told me she wanted to stop at Trader Joe's on the way home, I did some research on any establishments worth visiting in the area.
We could not have been happier. As far as food, all we had were the frites, and they were delicious! I did scan the menu and it looked great. Their Belgium and Trippel selection was wonderful and the quality of all their beer was fantastic.
Service was a little lackluster. It was a little after lunch and the girl who served us, while she was very sweet and polite, wasn't very attentive. I had to wait about 5 minutes until I could get her attention to order a second beer. I understand that if it's busy, but it was not. I ordered a Kwak, however, and she poured it quite nicely, so bonus points there.
All in all, great experience, this is a must visit for us every time we visit Madison from here on out.
10-13-2010 20:15:23 |
More by Czap
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
In my opinion: one of the best restaurant/bars in Madison. Everyone I've brought here has loved it and can't wait to return.
The restaurant specializes primarily in sandwiches and moules et frites; the sandwiches are delicious (try the V Burger or its big brother, the V Burger II) and the frites and pub chips are housemade and delicious (The mussels aren't bad either but the other stuff blows them away).
At the bar they have 14 taps dedicated to the rotating selection of beers they offer. They also have about 100 or so different types of bottled beer so you'll have plenty of choices. The free tap samples help and if you'd like to know more about a bottled beer the staff are more than knowledgeable enough to help you select one. Brasserie V also has a decent wine selection but, to be honest, I always drink beer there.
Try it for lunch and on Tuesday it's 2 bucks off bottles.
06-21-2010 01:37:30 |
More by Yojimbo1941
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A small neighborhood restaurant/bistro on the near west side of Madison with a incredible selection of beers, particularly Belgians. Located in a narrow store front on Monroe Street and decorated in plenty of wood and earth tones, it exudes "great neighborhood hangout".
Roughly a dozen brews on tap with a heavy emphasis on Belgians and Belgian style beers. Taps rotate every month with a few classic stalwarts like St. Bernardus and Triple Karmeliet. The bottle list is particularly amazing; page upon page of simply wonderful beers. Tuesday is also bottle night, so $2 off all bottles. As other reviewers have mentioned, all beers are served in the correct glassware which to me is another great reason to try the offerings some different breweries.
Brasserie V's food is also great. A wonderful selection of sandwiches, salads, entrees with a Belgian/Northern France feel. As you might expect, great frites.
Service has always been quick, efficient and knowledgeable about both the beer list and food.
Prices are pretty fair considering the quality of beer and food but definitely not the kind of place you go to throw back five beers (the high ABV probably helps that too).
My only complaint is that isn't closer to my house...
04-07-2010 03:18:09 |
More by SurlyBadger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in an unassuming storefront, Brasserie V offers a wide selection of Belgian and craft beers matched with quality food. The restaurant itself is small and decorated quite simply with lots of wood and earthy colors. There is a bar to the left and some tables along the right side wall and near the back. For being as small and as busy as they the tables are not crowded together.
There are about 12 or so beers on draft, most of them being Belgians (or in the Belgian style) and the remainder being craft brews. Recent offerings included Ommegang, Corsendonk, NG Hop Hearty, and Tyranena Blackhawk. The bottle selections were so numerous I have to wonder how they could possible keep so many beers in such a small space. I pulled down a NG, while the wife enjoyed a wittekerke, both of which were served in the appropriate glassware. Beer prices were fair, with most of the Belgian draft beers being around $7.
Brasserie V offered a decent wine selection as well, though (thankfully) beer was clearly the focus.
Brasserie V's food turned out to be better than expected. It has a bit of a Belgian or Northern French influence, but is really more contemporary American than Belgian, with a nod to seasonal and local ingredients. Moules-frites and steak-frites are the main attractions, but it seems as the rest of menu changes weekly. I must say the food was pretty damn good. Started off with a goat cheese appetizer, followed by a mixed greens salad, and then a steak sandwich, all of which were freshly prepared. The frites came out hot and with a slight crispness. My steak was cooked correctly and coated with blue cheese, while the salad included some surprisingly aggressive greens in it. My wife had fried walleye, that was incredibly light, not at all greasy, and served with an oddly pleasant, vinegary cranberry slaw.
Service was both friendly and attentive. While the restaurant filed up early, our server was neither pushy nor sought to rush us. With all the beer choices, I didn't press her knowledge on the subject, but she was helpful enough.
Prices were on the higher end, but I would say the food and beer is on the higher end as well. Portions are not sizable, but clearly the focus here is on quality, not quantity.
08-10-2009 21:19:49 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I had read reviews of Brasserie V before going, however I still was surpised. First of all it really is a small place, and very non-descript from the outside. In fact I drove right past it the first time, as I was expecting something bigger. Once we finally found the place and got inside, it was obvious how popular the place is, with all the tables full and an estimated hour wait.
The wait allowed time to select a beer and enjoy it along with converasation in the 'waiting' area. With over 10 Belgian beers on tap and many more in bottles, it wasn't the easiest of tasks. It was great to see Saison Dupont on tap.
The dinner selection was almost as daunting as the beer selection. Belgian inspired, it included frites and mussels. However it didn't stop there; there were also steaks, duck, lamb and seafood, all of which sounded wonderful.
There were three of us in our party and we all enjoyed our various entrees. The chef did come out to our table to appologize for the delay, which we hadn't even noticed. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We weren't rushed, in fact we did stay a while after finishing our dinner and enjoyed the opportunity to relax and talk.
All in all, it was a very nice experience with food and beer to match.
06-09-2009 05:51:34 |
More by brewercraig
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Being a Belgian beer fan this place really hit home for me now only if it was in my back yard would I be in trouble. The old Atlas is a bit narrow but I've never had any trouble getting a beer and finding a place to stand but it would be nice if it was a bit larger with some additional seating.
The quality of the beer is great and the food is just as good. How can you go wrong with a St. Bernardus and a side of frites.
The service is not too bad usually only one bartender but with such a small bar it usually too bad unless the crowd is quite large.
The slection is very nice and seems to be changing quite often to show quality products are being served.
The food at the V is great if you like mussles you'll love the V and they also have a great sandwhich slection and don't forget the cheese tray to have with your beer.
Overall the V is a great place for a good price, have a couple of beers and some frites and call it a night.
12-30-2008 02:14:22 |
More by groovy24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Brasserie V for lunch on 11/28/2008.
Upon entering, this place really sets the scene for a quaint little Belgian/French experience. The room is narrow and deep, with the bar along the laft wall and most of the seating in booths down the right hand. There is also some seating in the front window and in the middle of the room at small square tables.
The food menu (lunch) was excellent and fairly priced. Most meals were in the $7 - $9 range. I had a fantastic applewood smoked ham and gruyere cheese sandwich with a pureed beet and root vegetable soup for just $7.75. It was excellent. My wife and I also split a cone of frites and they were freaking delicious. The guy at the next table ordered the mussels and I was kicking myself for not doing the same as they looked and smelled perfect.
The beer list was moderate in size but of excellent quality. There are 14 taps and they were filled with Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, 2-3 local brewery offerings, Ayinger Hefewizen, Delirium Nocturnum, as well as offerings from Lindeman's, St. Bernardus, etc. The bottle selection was larger and of exquisite quality. They even had a few Cantillon's!
All in all, I would sacrifice a limb to have this place move down the street from my house. I consider it a must see place for anyone traveling to Madison.
11-30-2008 08:49:20 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Stopped by at the end of a weekend in Madison.
13 taps. Superb beer list - the standard Belgians (Duchesse, St. Bernardus 12 & Tripel, Gulden Draak, etc.) plus some non-Belgians (Sierra Nevada Wet Hop, New Glarus Belgian Red, etc.). Also, a great bottle list with some hard-to-come-by beers (e.g. Fantome).
Service was knowledgeable and friendly, and the cheese plate we ordered was great in terms of cheeses and accoutrements. The beers we ordered were very reasonably priced, especially given their rarity and the serving sizes. Plus, the glassware was, for the most part, the breweries' custom glassware for the brews.
I wish I lived near this place so that I could give them a ludicrous amount of my money on a regular basis. Definitely a quality establishment and a beer destination.
10-20-2008 01:31:32 |
More by jenitivecase
Brasserie V in Madison, WI
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