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Les Brasseurs De La Grand'Place
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 24
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Rue De La Colline 24
phone: +32 (0)25 13 98 43
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Visited in April 2008, just found my notes.
The inside of the bar is poorly lit but charming. Copper tanks to the left of the front door, with an upper level that they would not let us go on to. The bathrooms were clean, the service was friendly enough, they had no problem answering all of my questions about the Waterloo beers and glass (pottery) ware. We opted for the sampler and seats outside overlooking the Grand'Place. A local man drew a picture of one of my traveling buddies than asked for 10E! I really felt comfortable sitting out front of the brewpub, it was definitely memorable. If in Brussels, chances are youre going to end up in the Grand'Place anyway, why not stray from the Orval, Leffe or Jupiler and try some other Belgian beers not available...pretty much anywhere else.
07-21-2008 15:28:31 |
More by ATPete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
One thing this bar has going for it is the location. The inside isn't much to write home about, but there's the fantastic option to pull up a table and chair outside and have a beer while you overlook the sun setting on some of the most captivating architecture in the world. Excellent.
Unfortunately, the beer doesn't live up to the view, and I wasn't that impressed. It's worth it to stop by for a brew if you're in the square, but don't make a special trip just for Les Brasseurs. There's plenty of other sights to take in.
08-21-2006 18:13:42 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This place has one huge factor in its favor--it's open on Monday! You will find that most/all of the other establishments in the Good Beer Guide and this website are closed that day, which is when I happened to be wandering around downtown Brussels looking for decent beer and hot food.
I was in vicinity of the Grand Place looking for Brasserie de la Roue d'Or and I spotted this brewpub instead. It is literally a few steps outside the Grand Place on a side street. The sign for "Home Brewed Beers" caught my eye and I could see some gleaming brass and stainless steel from the street. I couldn't resist going in to sample beers and have lunch.
The interior was clean and the atmosphere was warm and comfortable if not remarkable. Despite all the visible brewing equipment, none of it was in use at lunchtime on Monday. I saw no signs of active brewing and I wondered if the equipment was for show and the beers were actually brewed elsewhere.
The beer menu had four house beers, Blond, Amber, Tripel and Bruin. I had small servings of the Tripel and Bruin (see beer reviews). They were well-made but unexciting. There were a few other bottled options on the beer menu, but just some Belgian standards.
I ordered the daily fixed menu for 10 Euro. It was a very good carrot soup, pork chops, salad and bread. Servings were generous and the food was fresh and tasty. The service was friendly, efficient and the waiter had limited English, which allowed me to stumble through with my very limited French.
Price for the small (375ml) house beers was about 4 Euro. The fixed price menu was very cheap for what you got, so I was pleasantly surprised with the prices, considering we were essentially on the Grand Place.
I do recommend this establishment for a quick lunch and a well-made beer or two, but it's not where you'll want to linger all afternoon when there are so many better options nearby.
10-12-2012 22:57:15 |
More by Radome
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Been to this brewpub for several times during my three-month stay in Belgium last year. The major reason for my repeated visits to this not incredibly impressive place (summing up the previous three reviewers' points of view), is its relative proximity to the train station and I could kill some time while waiting for a train back to Leuven after work. Believe it or not, although it is situated right at a corner of the Grote Markt, there were few people and tourists drinking inside before 5pm, so the relative quietness was also welcome, for me to read some materials at a corner seat. Not a bad place at all for a quiet drink, especially compared to a lot of pompous-looking, crowded, and incredibly expensive cafes in the Grote Markt area.
Nothing to add about the interior as described in great detail by LongBeachBum's review. For beers, there were only four kinds available during my visits: on tap were white/wit, lager, amber, plus a bottle-conditioned Tripel, whereas brune was ju...st out of season. The Tripel stands out of the whole range as a truly quality brew which is both flavoursome and complex in terms of structure, and I responsibly brought one bottle with me back to London and waiting to savour it in maybe one year's time.
As regards service, a regular barman (who was there at each of my visits) provided me with table service in a friendly, efficient but not intrusive manner, which greatly compensates for the bar's otherwise slightly neglecting features. For example, there was no mentioning of any guided walk in the brewery, as all informaiton they are prepared to share about their brewing techniques is provided inside the menu and it seems they presume anyone interested should care to explore and read the whole lot by him/herself. The same applies to different kinds of "sample trays" for their whole range of beers which could have been very good even for the sake of marketing; the options are written in the menu and the barman simply didn't bother to mention them at all, not to anyone as far as I noticed.
On balance it is an above-average brewpub, with at least one delicious beer deserving wider attention.
05-09-2005 10:40:56 |
More by wl0307
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
While this may not be the best brewpub in Belgium, it does have one of the best locations, right off the Grand Place in Brussels. Plus it's very nice inside with the 100liter brewing system on your left as you enter, all decked out in copper. They has 3 beers available, their blond, amber and white ales. I only tried the blond and amber, both were decent but unremarkable. What made them taste better however was that it was happy hour and beers were only 2.50 euros for 500ml, nice! They also served me a little board with chese, ham and olives to snack which was greatly appreciated. I'm suprised this place isn;t more busy given it's location, but most tourist were outside staring around wide-eyed in the Grand-Place and I think most of them walked straight past without noticing.
07-30-2007 19:04:21 |
More by xychromosome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here on our recent European vacation. It was interesting to see a Belgian brewpub after frequenting so many in the US. The atmosphere is pretty cool with the brewpots and fermenters on display. Unfortunately, they only had the amber available at the time, which the barkeep was upfront right away about. This was disappointing, but nonetheless the amber was tasty. Upstairs there's lots of little displays on historical brewing tools, containers and various brewhouse devices - this was pretty interesting.
Overall, this was a nice stop. I would stop here again if I find myself in Brussels, but if I was short on time I don't think I'd be too concerned about it. (I thought spending time in the Belgian countryside visiting the Trappist cafes to be much more exciting!)
07-25-2007 23:43:52 |
More by scoobybrew
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Ok, so the first thing I'll say about this place is that the other reviews are pretty accurate. This is definitely not a 'must' for beer lovers in Brussels when there are so many other fine places to go (Delerium, Moeder Lambic, Bier Circus). That being said, we found ourselves wandering around the Grand Place wholly unable to find the Delerium Cafe. We saw Les Brasseurs and decided we'd go in for a few and ask for directions.
As for the beer, it's average for the setting, which is not to say bad, necessarily. Just that there are plenty of other interesting brews to explore. I had a .3 L sample of each one offered: a blond (the waiter described it as a bitter, german style beer), a wit (described as a fruit beer), and an amber (caramel).
They had some weird world music playing (Indian, maybe) which felt odd for the setting. But the true highlight of this visit and the reason for the high atmosphere and service rating is that the bartender wore an ear/headpiece and would switch on his microphone and start talking to people as soon as they came him. He greeted everyone warmly and would ask what nationality they were. "Chinese? Korean? Oh Japanese! We have Japanese, Irish, French, American..." I can't really say he made jokes, but he had me laughing.
Overall, the whole scene was just so bizarre that it more than made up for the lack of interesting beer and left me with a positive impression.
04-25-2006 10:19:33 |
More by moderndrunkard
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Belgium is officially supposed to be bi-lingual, and the cardboard Beer Drip Mat that I picked up from here reflects this, as it states Les Brasseurs, Grand-Pace de Bruxelles and De Brouwers, Grote Markt van Brussel. I listed it under its French name, as this is the more popular of the two languages and the one that I find is most used in Brussels.
The Brewers, opened in the Summer of 2001, and is situated right in one of the corners of the GrandPlace, and is housed in a historic building with a rather splendid looking frontage whose appearance is only spoiled by the newly installed bright red luminous signs in the windows. As you enter there is a long bar to your right, and the interior is well decorated with lots of brewery paraphernalia. There are several interlinked floors with tables and chairs that offer views over the Bar and the Brewery equipment which is quite literally all over the bar and is all inter-linked with more pipework than I have seen from my work on Power Stations. The high ceiling makes this a good bar for non-smokers as well.
Beer range is currently; Ale, Special, Triple, a Wheat and 4 Seasonals. The usual offerings are all middle-of-the-road beers, but I was lucky enough to try the remnants of the dark Xmas Beer 2001 at Easter last year, and this was a very good brew indeed.
This place obviously caters for Tourists though. I have been twice now, and on my last visit I waited here to meet up with my friend from England on a Sunday night in November 2002 for our weeks beer vacation. The Bar was only frequented by a bunch of loud English drunks. And they were tolerated !! which says a lot about this place. Anything goes, and I fear the beer is secondary somewhat. Still, when there are no idiots, it is definitely a nice place, which is well fitted-out and worth a visit if you are here to try the beers for the first time (at present they are only available here on tap). But the beers are all very average for me, and nothing to write to home about, maybe I am being a bit harsh I am comparing them to some of the very beers in the World after all.
Just remember - 3 minutes walk from here is the marvellous Toone Bar, neatly hidden away down an alley, with a much better beer range and hopefully not full of pissed-up English Tourists!
01-03-2003 19:31:11 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Large copper kettles rest behind every turn. Steel tubing crawls everywhere turning the walls into spider webs. Catwalks, glass walls, different levels, etc...all give off the feeling that this is a much larger establishment than it is yet intimacy is maintained. A sign boasts four 2,000 liter fermentors. Another reads, "Proef Onze Ambachtelijke Bieren." Radiohead and Jeff Buckley are playing loudly over the jubilant conversation of expats. I order two reasonably good tripels and take a seat at the bar. A fellow BA who I have never met, MuskegonBrewing, sits down next to me with his wife and we're quickly off to a good conversation. I order an Amber and this time, I am not so lucky. The beer is less than stellar. In fact, it is nearly undrinkable. The music changes to Freddie Goes to Hollywood and tracks from the Breakfast Club soundtrack. Despite my love for the 80s, the vibe seems as ruined as the beer I'm drinking so we take our leave.
11-12-2009 01:39:31 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Couldn't spend a few days in Brussels without trying the one and only brewpub in town, particularly as its location practically jumps up and slaps you on the face just off the Grand Place. Wish I'd skipped it. The place was empty, when everything else is full. The brewkettles stand on the left immediately after the door, while the long dark wood bar runs along the right side after a little alcove to sit and/or stand. Total seating downstairs was for 25. Stairs on the left opposite the bar go up to more on a second level. There is also more seating in the back area. Black tile floors, cream plaster walls, very high dark heavy wood ceilings. Etchings adorned the walls.
Only three tapes: blonde, amber and white. The glassware was plain but appropriate. The quality was OK, although stunningly unimaginative. The beers were fresh and served properly. This place could and should be so much better.
02-20-2007 16:16:15 |
More by Globetrotter
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