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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1923 Monroe St
phone: (608) 255-8500
(Place added by: DaPeculierDane on 12-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: long thin bar with good warm feeling, a few seats at the front window looking out onto Monroe with bar and table seating also, nothing incredibly unusual for atmosphere
Q: beer was served in the appropriate brewery glasses and of the several sampled the quality was good
S: fast and friendly, I initially ordered a Duvel but did not specify the Duvel singel on tap, I was brought a bottle but the server cheerfully took it back and got me the tap even though I should have specified that I wanted the tap
S: good selection, taps included St. Bern Abt, Duvel, Kolsch Petrus Aged Pale, St. Bern Wit and several others, bottled selection was extensive with a great mix but nothing incredibly unusual, just a lot of depth
F: grilled portobello sandwich for $8.50 with a side chickpea salad serving that was approximately two tablespoons in size (really?), my friend had the grilled ham and cheese for $9.00 with pub chips, food was good but nothing outstanding
V: Petrus aged pale tap = $7.50
Duvel Singel tap = $7, Reissdorf Kolsch tap = $6 and St. Bernardus Wit tap = $6
value for food was ok but nothing special, value for taps was average however some bottles 3F Schaarbeekse for $45/750ml was decent considering in stores it's going for $36, probably didn't want the typical markup because it would just sit
09-03-2011 19:49:56 |
More by wisrarebeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in here with my buddy after hitting up the homebrew shop a couple doors down and I'm incredibly happy that we did.
This is a very cool small bar and restaurant. After sitting at the bar, we were a bit taken aback by all of the taps and bottles on the shelves that we have never even heard of. We talked to a couple of the bartenders and learned that their tap selection changes every week. They are constantly bringing in new beers. Knowing this, I was impressed that they had branded glassware to match nearly every beer they had on tap. I tried the Piraat which was very good.
Their bottle selection was also very extensive. We split a bottle of Jewbelation 14 based on the bartenders recommendation and it was great! All of the bartenders and waitresses were very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the beers. We tried some fries as well and they were very good.
I'll definitely be returning here in the near future.
02-08-2011 17:38:09 |
More by richkrull
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the first time today - a lazy Sunday afternoon lunch with my ma'.
There were a dozen or so other people distributed among the half dozen or so tables opposite the long bar. The kitchen can be seen in the back of the room with a counter for the waiter/bartender to pick up and deliver orders to the tables. Behind the bar, shelves are lined with glassware, unique to each beer on tap. The overall atmosphere was clean - about what you'd expect from a slightly upscale, contemporary bistro/beer cafe.
On-tap were 12 or so beers, mostly Belgian/Belgian-style, all high-quality but few that can't be found elsewhere in town (especially Maduro, V's only real competition on the Belgian beer front in town). In bottle, an impressive spread of some 50-60 beers - local, American, European with a focus again on Belgian. Selection ranges from Cantilllon St. Lamvinus ($42) and Panil Barrique ($28) to Spotted Cow ($4) and Anchor Steam ($4). Prices are reasonable to slightly pricey, especially compared to the downright steals at Maduro (on-tap).
The food was great - their lunch menu consists of several warm and cold sandwhiches, salads, and a couple soups du jour. I had a fresh and very generously portioned Muffaleta ($8.50) and a delicious cup of Sweet Pea and Terragon soup ($?). Ma' had a half-reuben and the soup ($8). We both were happy with our choices.
Service was what stuck out the most for me in my first visit to V. After sitting down, perusing the menu and patiently waiting for 10 minutes without any apparent acknowledement from the single bartender/waiter, he finally approached, apologizing for not getting to us sooner (which was puzzling given the rather small afternoon crowd) and offering our first beers on the house. WOW! I chose the Goliath Tripel ($7 - a tasty all malt tripel - apparently the only such tripel made in Belgium) while Ma' boldly went with the Bernie's Abt 12 ($7). While Ma' nursed her 10% abv ale throughout the lunch and had at least half her chalice when I finished my tripel, the waiter must have noticed me helping her finish the Bernie's and promptly brought a 2/3 or so pour of the Goliath tripel gratis so I wasn't sitting there watching the paint dry while Ma' nursed her beer. After the auspicious start, the waiter more than made up for it with upwards of $18 in free beer. This is precisely why I love neighborhood spots like Wonder's, Maduro and now V - they take care of their customers and generally give you the impression that they are trying to become a part of the local community.
Overall, I was very pleased with my experience at Brasserie V and I'm just thrilled to have another great local haunt serving great beer and tasty food with gracious service and a stake in the neighborhood.
01-14-2008 07:38:18 |
More by Golden2wenty1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Drove up from Chicago this weekend. Great selection, correct glassware, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Server repeatedly asked if he could provide samples of tap beers - fantastic!
Only had lunch sandwiches, pulled pork and reuben, but both very, very good as was the carrot soup. Serving portions a bit on the small side, but only when compared to the buckets of food you get elsewhere. I'd rather have the quality over quantity anyday.
Nice decor and woodwork. It's a simple downtown storefront, but made very cozy and inviting. Not too dark like the Palm in Milwaukee.
Not sure about smoking. Didn't see anyone while we were there.
We'll definitely be going back!
09-22-2008 15:59:44 |
More by datamike
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere: Pretty neat place, but it's not big and is always packed (which I guess is a sign of a good place). But makes for crowded atmosphere.
Quality/Selection: IMO, the best tap/bottle import menu in Madison, maybe Wisconsin.
Service: Hit or miss. While the bartenders are knowledgeable, it's always so busy that you get the sense that you're rushed whenever you ask questions/want a recommendation.
Food: Didn't try, but have heard good things
Value: Quite pricey, but then again the quality is high and you can't get some of their beers anywhere else.
05-05-2011 16:58:43 |
More by anell213
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Stopped by at the end of a weekend in Madison.
13 taps. Superb beer list - the standard Belgians (Duchesse, St. Bernardus 12 & Tripel, Gulden Draak, etc.) plus some non-Belgians (Sierra Nevada Wet Hop, New Glarus Belgian Red, etc.). Also, a great bottle list with some hard-to-come-by beers (e.g. Fantome).
Service was knowledgeable and friendly, and the cheese plate we ordered was great in terms of cheeses and accoutrements. The beers we ordered were very reasonably priced, especially given their rarity and the serving sizes. Plus, the glassware was, for the most part, the breweries' custom glassware for the brews.
I wish I lived near this place so that I could give them a ludicrous amount of my money on a regular basis. Definitely a quality establishment and a beer destination.
10-20-2008 01:31:32 |
More by jenitivecase
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Brasserie V has maybe the best selection of beers in Madison. The taps change regularly and there is a huge selection of bottles. The last time I was there I had St.Bernardus 12 on tap, need I say more? Though I've never tried the food I've checked out the menu and it sounds excellent. It's more European/Belgian based, things like mussels and frites but they also have burgers. As you can imagine the beers they offer are very high end and therefore command a high price but well worth it. The staff is very friendly and they typically have tried most of the beers so they can help with recommendations.
02-24-2011 03:45:43 |
More by adman08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Being a Belgian beer fan this place really hit home for me now only if it was in my back yard would I be in trouble. The old Atlas is a bit narrow but I've never had any trouble getting a beer and finding a place to stand but it would be nice if it was a bit larger with some additional seating.
The quality of the beer is great and the food is just as good. How can you go wrong with a St. Bernardus and a side of frites.
The service is not too bad usually only one bartender but with such a small bar it usually too bad unless the crowd is quite large.
The slection is very nice and seems to be changing quite often to show quality products are being served.
The food at the V is great if you like mussles you'll love the V and they also have a great sandwhich slection and don't forget the cheese tray to have with your beer.
Overall the V is a great place for a good price, have a couple of beers and some frites and call it a night.
12-30-2008 02:14:22 |
More by groovy24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
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 |
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