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Rue De Montigny 12
phone: +32 (0)71 32 02 32
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
There are times when drinking great Belgium beer all day, taking furious notes, snapping photographs, writing on napkins, checking and then double checking Tim Webbs GBG to Belgium and Holland, can all get a little too serious and unhealthy. So after a several full days of 'Beer Geeking' whilst attending the Wakefield CAMRA 2004 annual Belgium Trip, it was decided by a small group of us that we would spend one night, as we usually do each year, simply lightening up and having some fun.
So when we read Tim Webbs Guide entries for Charleroi (our Base Camp for the Easter weekend) and came across Rhumerie de Corto on page 214, we were all intrigued. When we read the description Lovers of the weird and wonderful might like the RdC, a sort of spirits cellar with forty rums, twenty single malt scotches, and just over forty beers, it was like red rag to a Bull.
A quick shower and a change into some half decent glad rags after a day visiting Breweries, we all headed out for a fun night out.
Located on Rue De Montigny, the Rhumerie is at number 12, which incidentally is very close by to the Dali at #6; one of Webbie's other Try Alsos listed for Charleroi. Take care not to miss it; at street level there is only a small entrance to spot, though you may be able to hear the music coming from here on a weekend. Once found, you descend down a flight of stairs into a long brick lined arched tunnel that leads down into the Cellar cum Cave Bar.
The Bar is immediately in front of you as you enter, also constructed from brick with a few well dressed bar waiters behind, and positively festooned with bottles of all shapes and sizes containing all sorts of Spirits and Liquors. We decided to sit down at one of the larger tables that are partially surrounded in a booth like enclosure. The Menu on the Table lists all of the Rums, Scotches, and other offerings, but also includes the Beer List, which is indeed around the 40+ beer mark, quite the selection for Charleroi. The range is a little subdued, but it includes the full range of Timmermans including the awful sweet fruity stuff but also the Lambicus Blanche and Tradition Geuze which is a half decent attempt for those lambic heads that are missing their hit whilst in Charleroi. Table service was excellent, short, snappy but accurate. Lots of beers from John Martin, including a few specials, many of which, whilst not great, are rarely seen. So we ordered a round of Rums to get the night started with a pump, as well as some beers. For our second round, we all tried the Cubana 59, a beer made with rum. This is also made for John Martin, but no-one seems to know who brews this hybrid liquor-beer. Nothing special but each of the clear glass bottles has a bottle opener molded into its base allowing you to open your beers if you have at least two bottles. There were other beers on the Menu that I had not tried before, and I could have easily stayed the night here drinking through the list, or even heading onto the stronger stuff later on.
The Rhumerie De Corto is a happening place, lots of young people and some decent music. It may not appeal to all, but those who wish to have some fun and push the boundaries whilst drinking through a half-decent list of 40, or so beers, the Rhumerie De Corto is the place to hit. A great place to start a fun night, the Cubana 59 Rum-Beer certainly helped start the night off on the right foot -
Viva la Revolución!
Last Visit: Sunday 11th April, 2004.
04-28-2004 04:40:27 |
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