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't Brugs Beertje
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 96 16
Closed on Wednesday.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We were already at the door when Daisy opened it at 4:00 PM sharp. We planned to have a couple of beers and move along. We did, 6 hours later...
I started with the wonderfully dry and well hopped Taras Boulba and moved on to a couple of beers that couldn't be had anywhere else. One from t' Smisje even featured this bar on its cartoony label. We moved onto Ichtegems Ouid Bruine, Adelardus Trudoabijier, De Cam Oude Geuze Kriek, Guido, Bolekes of De Konnick, Ave les Bon Voeux and Cuve de Ranke, and that was just to start us out. We would continue the evening tasting wonderful sour beers and all sorts of Flemish oddities that I had not seen before and have not seen since.
Service from both Daisy and the other staff was flawless. They knew each beer on their menu. They were friendly, prompt, and kept the beers coming.
I befriended some young Brits at the next table and they broke out a geography game called Mapominoes. I taught them Euchre and later learned the French version "Quinche" from some other patrons. I put some loud and fat British blowhards in their place, much to the pleasure of the locals present who seemed to have a particular disdain for the drunken Englishmen that frequent Bruges. And we had a fine chat with some Japanese beer connoisseurs.
The Little Bruges Bear was like that. Just being there was akin to attending a planned gathering of the worldwide beer geek society. It was wonderful. With more than 200 exquisite beers to choose from, fair prices, an atmosphere of a quintessential old school Belgian bar, and impeccable service how could it not be.
Before we left the entire family from De Dolle walked in to celebrate their matriarch's birthday. She was turning 91, 92, or 93. I forget exactly. I bought grandma Herteleer her first beer, an Ara Bier of course, and thanked the wonderful family again for the kindness they had shown us the previous evening.
't Brugs Beertje is a must for any true beer enthusiast. One of the best beer bars in the world.
07-26-2010 19:26:17 |
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12-02-2013 05:47:08 |
More by jkball01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Contrary to other reviews, we didn't feel so welcomed at this establishment. Place was small and jammed . We had to wave our waiter down just to order food and he said he would be back.
Draft selection was small, but the bottle list was huge. We got the typical cheese plate which was ok.
11-03-2013 22:35:32 |
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10-29-2013 01:10:17 |
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10-18-2013 04:07:58 |
More by phingdong
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The most anticipated Brugge stop, based on my research...we arrived a few minutes before they opened on our first day in Brugge. The bar is located in an otherwise fairly quiet alleyway, across the alley from a reputable restaurant, The Hobbit.
The beer list is large and organized in whats apparently a traditional obnoxious Belgian custom of laminated pages, haphazardly put together, some beers listed alphabetically and others randomly pictured throughout.
Service was attentive - no complaints. My glass rarely went empty for more than a minute or two.
A nice assortment of beers to fit all budgets - all fairly priced. Went for the Oude Quetsche Tilquin, De Dolle Dulle Teve, Geuze de Cam and split the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.
Hard to complain about that lineup, although one could make the argument that you could accomplish a similar tasting in a number of other watering holes throughout the country.
Still, a cool pub with plenty of acclaim and worth spending a few hours in whenever in Brugge.
08-31-2013 16:50:59 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Reviewed from notes dated May 23, 2013.
A-Beertje has a quant, pub-like feel, but the place was cleaner and better-lit than many pubs with big windows facing the street. The bar is near the main Markt Square of Brugge, but on a quieter street. The front room is small with four or five tables, and the bar holds no more than a half-dozen spots. Like so many Belgian establishments, there is a variety of beer paraphernalia on the walls. The place filled quickly with tourists like myself shortly after the 4:00-pm opening.
Q-The beer selection is full of great choices, but by this point in my trip, I was used to a substantial selection of Belgian bottles, and to be honest, there isn't much here that you can't find at numerous other establishments. However, that says more about the great places to drink beer in Belgium than the Beertje, and I could drink here every day of the week if I were in Brugge.
Ser-We sat at a table and the service was pretty typical. Not annoying or cloying (like American service can be), but definitely European in style in that you have to ask for what you want. The beers we ordered were, of course, served in proper glassware and poured with care.
Sel-As usual for Belgium, the tap list is small (six beers, I think), but unlike some other places, the taps here appeared to rotate regularly and included a decent spread of brews. The bottle list deserves its good reputation because there is plenty of great old-world brew to choose from.
F-We just nibbled on cheese cubes, which were pretty mediocre, but I can't rate the food because anything you can eat on a toothpick is tough to judge.
V-Prices were decent, if slightly higher than some other lesser-known bars around Brugge.
06-05-2013 03:22:53 |
More by spoony
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I can't add much to the other reviews, this place was great. It's a little crampt, but so is everything place else in Europe. Also the food was so-so.
Other then that we had great time. Our bartender was Bjorn, he became our Belgium beer sherpa and guided us through our evening.
We had 9 different beers including one with amazing curry notes, and another that had the nose of vegetable soup. Both were delicious. We had Bjorn keep us in brews that we would never find in the states.
05-26-2013 05:40:36 |
More by deepchills
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's tucked away and near the Grote Markt...that's not very helpful. Many of the Brugge's streets are tiny, so being tucked away could just be about anywhere. Ok, it's west of the Grote Markt, and being off a main street, I thought that I would have half the place to myself. I couldn't have been more wrong.
There are multiple rooms in Brugs Beertje. I entered from the street, and already most of the seats were occupied. The walls are covered in beer signs, old and new, leaning towards signage that looked like it was out of the 1970s. I did find a little table near the bar, and sitting on top was one of the most fun beer menus that's I've come across reading. It feels less like a beer menu and more like a magazine, going into details about selected beers, featuring other beers "of the now", illustrations and more.
5 beers on-tap and a whole bunch of bottles, perhaps around 300. Pouring were De Koninck, Brugse Zot, Houblon Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, and Witte Zwaan. From the bottle were Bockor, Urthel, De Struise, Fort Lapin, Bink, Girardin. A few of the brands I hadn't recognized seeing at any other bar that I'd been to so far. Proper glassware and pours are practiced here, while quick and friendly service added a cherry on top of this beer sundae.
Enjoyable overall experience, and worth a look during the night hours of the city.
05-20-2013 22:42:20 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Thank goodness someone told us about this place - it is part of Bruges and you cannot not go there.
The beer was out of this world, the atmosphere made everyone feel welcome. If you like good beer you can stay kinda feel.
Next time we are in Bruge hopefully my wife won't be passed out from too many Triples at Garre and can make it here.
05-15-2013 01:37:31 |
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