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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Rue De La Colline 24
phone: +32 (0)25 13 98 43
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Yeah I read the reviews and still came. Ended up here for a social event for the conference I was attending.
Located on the NE corner of the Grand'Place in a narrow building of traditional stone architecture. Ground floor has a small bar area. The rest of the restaurant is divided up into 3 floors. Decor is not unlike a typical american brewpub with the requisite vats.
The beer itself wasnt that great, especially for Belgium. Of the three they were offering (Blonde, Amber, Blanche), only the Amber was drinkable for me.
Food menu is pub fare, Belgian style (mussels, etc.). I had a Pove de Boeuf which was ok, but a bit on the dry side.
Service was slow but we did have a big party that arrived in bunches. They were making an effort to accomodate us however.
Overall, when in Brussels, there are better options.
06-28-2006 16:47:39 |
More by jasonm
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I have several reviews to write, but I"m getting this one out of the way first because, quite frankly, I want to stop thinking about it. It haunts me in my dreams. Every beer I drink, a shadow of the collective world's lifeless beers flits across the rear of my tongue, paining me to no end. Why, oh why, can I not forget this awful place.
It began simply enough; starstruck wanderers wander into the center of all that is beerily holy. Brussels, central location of the worlds oddest beer, the gravitational center of all Belgian beers, the place where explorers from every country from every continent come to find the best beer... in Europe, and perhaps.... the world. But then, a terrible thing befell these wanderers.
Lapsing into their oh-so-American habit of convenience, their utter assurance that pretty things with high prices are a mark of quality, they enter... the place which shall not be named.
It looks pretty enough. The staff seem friendly. We sit, pleasantly surprised by our luck. Who knew?! a brewpub, in Belgium, overlooking the central square of Brussels. It HAS to be good. Oh, if only I knew then what I know now, what I take pain to forget.
Because, whilst several friendly smiles greeted us, we knew of no service for half an hour. For half an hour, these wanderers sat, in the middle of beer heaven, without beer. Hungry. Confused. Perhaps a bit constipated.
Oh, but service at last! Why, so excited was I, the sampler was the only course of action. 'Everything! I must have everything," I said. If only.... I had known...
Drink came, and parched I was. Deeply I drank of their elixirs. But this was no invigorating tonic. Neither was it the sulfuric intoxicant of Hades. No, worst of all, it was Purgatory... neither good, nor bad, just decent enough to keep drinking. One after the other, the same result. To sit and sip in mild misery was my fate that afternoon, and it left lasting impressions. Oh... the horror...
The food, too, was without soul, without pain or good. There was nothing left for us to do but swallow all pride, pour our wallets to the table, and leave, heads hung low, all illusions of Belgium's infallibility quashed.
So, good reader, make not the mistake we made. Find the smallest hole in the wall, tucked deep in the recesses of the city. Or better yet, just skip Brussels all together, for fear of wandering into the tentacles of this shoddy sham, this fraud of a brewpub.
.... Ok. So for reals, the only beer worth drinking (read: that didn't taste like a bad batch of Bud Select) were the guest beers. The food was unremarkable and expensive, the fries were crap. It was a wholly un-enjoyable and expensive experience.
07-13-2010 03:52:22 |
More by objectivemonkey
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
I think someone said it best when they said that this place "could and should be so much more".
I have eaten here once, just had beer twice. Walked out after having sat there without service another two times. After living in Brussels for 6+ months, I have gotten used to slow and unresponsive service. If you are going to sit anywhere but right at the bar, be prepared that they may try your patience. Not everytime... but sometimes.
Location is Grand, as in right on the Grand Place. The only reason I would suggest this spot (despite it being a brewpub on the Grand Place) is to sit outside when they do the light show in the Grand Place around 11pm. (I am not quite sure if they do that show all year - or even if it is only weekend nights... I have just grabbed a seat when I ran into it a couple of times, and the view was good from the outside seating at this brewpub).
They have a limited and predictable menu - pretty much what you can expect for quality / price / options when you are right in the most touristy spot of Brussels. If you don't have high expectations, you won't be let down. It is not terrible, and they do not gouge on prices... but don't come here thinking this will be a culinary mecca or that they will offer food / beer pairings.
It is almost as if the brewing equipment is an artifact that gets in the way... not a central focus of this establishment. At some point, some brilliant entrepreneur will turn this into a shining gem of the beer travelling world... a must stop spot showcasing Belgium's grandest beer / food / atmosphere. That entrepreneur has as of yet, not made an appearance (at least not in a very long time... I have to assume someone had a vision at one point to get this started).
11-10-2009 15:04:59 |
More by ultrasupergenius
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2
Right in the heart of Grand Place this bar seemed more un-traditional than most bars in Belgium.
Copper brewing equipment is present at the front of the bar and there are several levels to sit down and enjoy your beer.
On my visit i asked the bartender to explain his house brews to me. He explained the 3 beers on tap and also told me that the bottled house beer was "no good, don't buy." So i ordered what he described as an amber. Average beer at best.
Anyway, 5 minutes later i noticed the bartender pouring several nice sample trays of beer. I called him over and asked, why after we discussed your house beers didn't you tell me that you had a proper sample tray with small galsses? His answer..."i didn't know you wanted that".
I was somewhat ticked off because after shwoing an inerest in the his house beers and asking several questions, he didn' even mention or suggest that I had the option of a sample tray.
Not impressed at all.
10-29-2003 11:52:43 |
More by Popsinc
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Like all the other reviewers, I was unimpressed.
I tried a tray of samples, there was nothing I could write about which would do the brewer any good. So I will just say they did not worry my tastebuds a great deal, the word bland comes to mind, which is unusual for Belgium beers.
It is in a very good (for tourists) position, but as has been said already, there are plenty of other places close which are much better. The place is clean, tidy and looks interesting for a while, but they have failed to really do anything with the bar or beers.
08-14-2006 12:15:33 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | $$
Ok, so this appears to be the definition of a tourist trap. The location is intruiging, but that doesn't come close to making this place worth a visit.
I waltzed over here while the wife and kids rested prior to dinner. This place was listed on the list "Top 125 places to have a beer". Pretty cool list but this really diminishes its credibility.
Place is a little micro-brewery that produces nothing you should waste your time drinking. It's Brussels for God's sake. Hit any other local bar serving Belgium's finest. The atmoshpere seemed dark/sad and almost desparate. Not kidding.
It appears that this place preys on tourists who have heard of Belgian beer, but don't know what to expect. AVOID!
04-20-2012 03:41:41 |
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