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Moeder Lambic Fontainas
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Place Fontainas 8
phone: +32 2 503 60 68
(Place added by: barkeeper on 12-18-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Chez Moeder Lambic and was very impressed. Located a short walk from the Mannekin, clost to the Grand Palace. 40+ taps and a book of bottles to choose from. We has a nice mixed meat and cheese tray to eat that was fantastic. Not a huge food selection but this place is all about the beer. I drank a Cantillion Faro, a house amber ale and a Admiral Nelson single hopped IPA and my wife drank a saison, all were very good. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. I will revisit because of the selection any time in Brussels and highly recommend to anyone visiting.
08-04-2012 16:33:11 |
More by Timmckee03
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Of the three days my girlfriend and I spent in Brussels, we were her for about 4 hours on both Sunday and Monday.
We went other places of course, Saturday was dedicated to our Cantillon visit, but this was our favorite bar in Brussels.
Maybe it's just me, but the "locals only" places are dull and full of smoke. If I want to drink beer at a corner Brasserie with old wood and mirrors, well I live in Paris.
My experience @ Moeder Lambic:
Great beer selection, the tap list is well organized and diverse and the beer is incredibly fresh. We tried about a third of the list over the two days and enjoyed every beer; each in their appropriate glass.
Honestly the prices for the beers on tap are incredibly reasonable, 3-3.5 euros for each 25-30 cl pour is more than reasonable.
I do agree that the prices for the bottle list are outlandish, but they have 40+ great beers on tap, there is hardly a need to even look at the bottle list.
The staff was knowledgeable and quite attentive, although when it starts to get later it gets pretty busy. One server and one bartender seems a little crazy; but they made it work.
The decor is definetely more modern than some may expect of Brussels, but during the day, the vibe is great. They play a good mix of older American rock and cool ambient music, they have free wifi (a life saver for us), and interesting people to talk to (we made friends with a couple of girls from Australia).
As long as you go early in the day, this is a great place to try a new beer or have a favorite Cantillon, great service, and a comfortable atmosphere.
My only gripe: They need a better website!
11-05-2010 11:48:48 |
More by pixieskid
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Heaven...This was the highlight of my recent trip to Brussels. Upon entering I decided that I could now die, for I have seen my heaven and it is beautiful.
46 micro Belgians on draft, 6 lambics and gueuzes on cask. The beer selection was out of this world. They had everything from Stouterik on draft to Cantillion Gueuze on cask.
The staff was extraordinary, they were very knowledgeable about their product, and seemed excited about the fact that I was excited, which was a refreshing change from the barkeeps in London.
The atmosphere was modern and simple, cafeteria style booths with a 15 seat or so bar. There was a small raised area in the back, that looked great if you came with a group of people and were planning on spending some time.
The light food menu was gastropub oriented. I had a fantastic pate de campagne that was made with Cantillion Gueuze, and unpasteurized chevre. The presentation of the plates was congruent with the decor, simple and country oriented.
This will now be my first stop in Brussels, and I waited anxiously until the next time I get to walk through the doors.
**it is slightly odd to find, it sits back from the road and the sign doesn't catch the eye. I walked past it three times before actually finding it. But if you keep the picture in mind from BA it should be much easier.
11-28-2010 20:07:19 |
More by kaitrin
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
When I arrive the outdoor seating is packed, so on the way inside and pony up at the bar. I am handed a beer list and on the cover it says "Stone Brewery vs. Moeder Lambic" well how awesome is that! I notice the 40 taps which about have are Stone products, way cool again. As I am looking, I see cask pumps, and I ask what's with that. Well I guess Lambics are only served out of a barrels if it is cask, my what a slice of heaven. Then I notice behind the bar a fantastic selection of bottles, I finally got my Mikkeller 1000 IBU! As I am ordering a Cantillion cask I notice Greg Koch from Stone behind the bar. He told me that he was getting in the Belgian market and he loved this place. I have been to Stone a couple times and I have to go to Belgium to meet Greg. So nonetheless, great place on its own, but the memory of having a beer with Greg there will last forever!
09-29-2011 21:12:11 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here for Zwanze Day. Funny story about this place for me--I was actually here in 2010 on a trip, before I was really into lambics, and didn't know it was this place. How much my beer knowledge has changed in over 2 years.
Place was busy when I came around 7:45, but a group was leaving, so was able to get a table. With Fou Foune and Vigneronne on tap, I wasn't trying to go too deep on the tap list. There were at least mid-20's worth of options. Was disappointed there weren't any sweatshirts in stock.
Overall, the atmosphere was very relaxed and the service was great. No issues with anything, even though it was quite busy. I will for sure be going back later this month.
12-03-2012 00:50:28 |
More by Duffman929
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A bit out of the main square but still within reasonable walking distance, this bar was a nice change in atmosphere compared to the packed and smoke-filled bars in the tourist centre of town, which, in my humble opinion, is not an environment conducive to appreciating quality craft beers.
The barman was great and explained each beer I asked about, and provided a small bowl of malt to chew on, which was a cool alternative to generic free bar food (not that there's anything wrong with pretzels, etc).
The selection was incredible. 40 taps, all Belgian (I think) as well as 6 lambics on hand-pulls. I didn't even get around to seeing the bottle list but there were a lot behind the bar.
They also served bar food, but it was slightly overpriced for the portion size and was not exceptional. Edible, though.
Overall, I think this is the place to be in Brussels if you're a beer geek. The combination of atmosphere and selection is unbeatable by any other place I've found in the city.
01-23-2011 15:10:14 |
More by headlessclown
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have visited on two separate trips. We squeezed the first visit in near the end of a trip so I didn't get as much time there as I would have liked. but staff was great, location is easy to get to/find; just walk 2 blocks down from the peeing boy. The second visit was a real treat. Again, the staff was fantastic even before I started drinking with Jean, the owner. Good draft selection and they had the new Tilquin on draft and in bottles. Highly recommend! Plenty of room inside and out-good size terrace.
06-14-2011 22:29:42 |
More by crosamich
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
I found Moeder Lambic during my planned walk listed on Cantillon's website. If heading to the Cantillon tour, a stop at Moeder Lambic is a great before or after combination. I thought I had my return down pat when I noted in the morning that the bar is near the Anneessens metro stop. However, when exiting at Anneessens, it's important to follow the signs to Fontainasplein. Underground walkways lead to several separate "pleins" (open places) and they are two blocks from each other. I was hoping for a easy up and getting a beer, and got a walk through an interesting immigrant neighborhood instead.
Zwarte Piet by Brasserie de la Senne here in Brussels is the first beer of the night. Zwarte Piet means "black Pete" and is a helper of Santa Claus in the Netherlands, but I understand little about Pete beyond that. In this case, I got a robust, dark beer that is a nice contrast to the lambics and golden Belgians I've been drinking this week. Flowing brown lace on the glass leads to a deep ruby ale that's opaque, and smooth without being light. Dark cherry and chocolate mix with a spice in the nose and taste that seems to be from theyeast but could also be hops—probably a blend.
Second beer of the night is Bitter Sorachi Ace from a French brewery, Brasserie du Mont Saleve. From my trip, I've noticed that bitter styles are starting to make inroads into Belgium, but my impression is that they still shy away from hops compared to Americans. This is a hazy, pale yellow ale with a giant head in a small footed glass. Very pretty but the taste disappoints. I love Sorachi Ace as a hop when placed front and center in a beer by Brooklyn Brewery, simply called Sorachi Ace. This use is less than masterful, and while I understand the critique of over-hopped American beers, American brewers have really pushed the limits of hop science and know how to use them. This is a nice attempt by Mont Saleve, but it falls a little short.
For dinner, I expanded my horizons and ordered the salmon quiche, which was excellent. Those shocked reading this fact, I added fish back into my ovo-lacto diet recently and this is the first I've tested it overseas. The Bitter Sorachi Ace complimented the quiche fairly well.
Moved on to Noir de Dottignies by Brouwerij de Ranke. A Belgian strong dark ale with a clean tan lace and dark brown to ruby in the glass. A very light nose of dark fruits and alcohol spice on top of a smooth maltiness. Body is a bit light with a slickness letting the same fruits and spice slide right off the back. The beer came with a small amount of malt, but not sure why and the waiter left so quickly that I couldn't ask. Nothing on BA either. This is listed as a "dark and bitter" beer, so my guess is that the sweet malt is supposed to compliment or reduce the Challenger and Saaz hops dosing. Can't say the combination does much for me besides leaving chunky grain in my mouth instead of slightly hoppy dark beer. Confirmed the next night that the malted barley is meant to be a "chip" to snack on—a sweet to counteract the bitterness.
Finished the night with Rose de Gambrinus, the framboise from Cantillon that I visited this morning. I didn't have it on-site since I planned to get here later to try several lambics. Amazing pink head that lingers fluffily on top of a dark red lambic. My info from Cantillon says 150 kg of raspberries are macerated and placed in the kegs per 500 liters of beer and left to soak for five to six months. Incredible raspberry in the nose with a light twang from the lambic pushes its way in from the background. Take a sip and—wow—what sour: vinegar-like kick with the fruit just barely keeping up, almost achieving a balance. This is a framboise for lambic lovers instead of an introductory lambic like Lindeman's with the fruit leading the sour by a ways.
In spite of the weird, techno backbeat from the bar's music, Moeder Lambic is a great beer adventure. Besides, the music isn't loud and the focus of the place is light conversation. I'm pretty sure that one of the workers I saw today at Cantillon is sitting at the bar, so others seem to think that it's a good stop as well. Also, the bar has an especially strong WiFi signal, so I'm catching up on emails while digging deep into the beer list.
Time spent is my recommendation—check out Moeder Lambic.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/moeder-lambic-fontainas-brussels-belgium.html.
02-05-2013 03:36:35 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The head brewer at Cantillon said that Moeder Lambic Fontainas is the best bar in Brussels. He's biased because they carry four of his beers on cask. But then, so am I.
On handpump were Cantillon Gueuze, Faro, Lambic, and Cuvee Moeder, a fruitier version of their Kriek. Also available were Drie Fonteinen Geuze and a sweetened version of their Kriek. The tap selections are too numerous to recall. There were 37 during my visit.
The bottle menu contained some rarities: Cantillon Zwanze 2008 and 2009 for 35 each, which I sprang for, and Cantillon Crianza Helena for 200 and 3F Millennium Gueze for 250, which I didn't.
The premises are clean, the services are friendly, and the cask-conditioned Cantillon Kriek is available by the pitcher. That brewer guy knew what he was talking about.
05-31-2010 21:01:11 |
More by alfrantzell
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I stopped in with the family during a day trip to Brussels. The décor is simple but elegant. I love the booths; especially the ones in the back. The tap list is solid but the best part is the bottle list. They offer some rare beers. They were out of a couple of them but it was still pretty impressive. They're pricy but at least you have the opportunity. I'll definitely be heading back during a longer stay in Brussels.
08-11-2013 04:25:13 |
More by GJ40
Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels, Belgium
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