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't Brugs Beertje
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 96 16
Closed on Wednesday.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Amazingly packed for the small size of the place, but pretty well worth the trip. Touristy but the selection is tops and balances it out. Menu is organized by Belgian region and there are choices from pretty much everywhere in the nation and some from abroad. Not the most beer-saavy crowd when I went, mostly going for the local Brugse Zot. OK but safe choice. The bartenders however are VERY knowledgeable, narrowing down preferences to make recommendations. "Sweet or dry? Stronger or weaker? Dark or light? etc etc Take this..." They know every corner of the menu and about Belgian beer.
The place as I said is surprisingly small but has a lot of character. I had to wait a bit for a spot to clear up, but I guess that goes with the territory of being very famous and small at the same time. That being said, the service is excellent and the price is more than right.
Good place, but come at a lower hour if you can.
11-05-2010 05:23:47 |
More by BucBasil
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Just returned from Brugge and visited 't Brugs Beertje, Cambrinus and De Garre, and I have to say the Bear was my least favorite.
Atmosphere - Two small rooms without much character. The entry room with the bar is definitely the better option. They were playing classical music the whole time, which really... sucked.
Selection - Not bad, but the menu was annoying because it was sorted by region.
Food - not much of a selection other than some finger food. We were a bit disappointed because we were somewhat hungry. Not a big knock though considering it is a beer bar!
I liked Cambrinus more (the only place I found a Westy 12) although it was a bit sterile. Best option for my money in Brugge - De Garre and its fabulous house triple.
09-12-2010 12:10:23 |
More by flypaper
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well here I was, in Bruges, and of course my heart racing at thought of drinking a beer in the legendary Little Bear. I wish I had more time to spend in this lovely little beer cave.
A: Classic Belgian Cafe. However, the Tuesday evening I was there, it was almost all tourists. It was however quite lively, and everyone in the place was disscussing beer, and some even making notes. A beer geek meeting post from people around the globe.
Q: From what i could tell, beers were served in appropreate glassware and proper temps.
S: Service was prompt, kind, and professional. the passion the woman serving us had for beer was evident in the pour, and the knowing acknowlegment of our selections
S: I wasent as blown away by the selection as I expected to be... Lets be clear here, the beer menu is a huge book, but most of it is little articles and stuff. However there was a good selection of rarer stuff. A lot of stuff you had to ask for, and wasent listed in the menu, which is a complaint I often have. I dont like having to wonder what beers a place has, Id like to see it listed in the menu with the price.
Overall a really excellent spot with an amazing reputation. I'd go back for sure next time I'm in Belgium.
09-09-2010 20:43:10 |
More by uno99
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 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Het Brugse Beertje. A legendary beer cafe in Bruges. I've been here a couple times before, and it's always well worth the stop. This review comes from our trip to Bruges last weekend.
This is a small cafe with classical music, which reminded me of the atmosphere in De Kulminator in Antwerpen. I love that little touch. The decor and layout was nice as well, though a little impractical at times, and not quite as "gezellig" as it could have been. Still, one of the best the world has to offer.
If we think of qualitiy as rarity of beer offered, there were certainly a few things on the menu that fit the bill. A few things on there that you wouldn't see at every beer bar, such as Black Albert, Black Damnation, and Elliot Brew from De Struise, though they were out of the former two. They also didn't have any Westvleteren at the time, though said they often had them available. Full line-up of De Dolle beers as well, which is rare to see. This is all Belgian of course, and with 300 or so different Belgian beers, you're bound to find something interesting.
Beyone rarity, the selection was top knotch for a Belgian beer bar. All the usual suspects were there, including all the trapists and plenty of different abbey brews. A great selection of geuze and lambics, as well as lots of larger format bottles for sharing with friends. One of the biggest beers lists I've ever seen at a beer bar.
The lady and young man working were plenty attentive. The place was busy on a Friday night, but our group of 4 always felt welcome. We were kind of boxed in at the back, so I feel they gave us special attention because we couldn't get out of there. Informative and polite the whole time, and we loved the ceremonious pours they gave us as well.
We had some cheese here, but there's not much in the way of food, so eat beforehand. The prices are right though, and the beer list is fantastic, so be prepared for a wonderful evening at Het Bruges Biertje!
07-06-2010 15:23:33 |
More by Jeffo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The bartender of 't Brugs Beertje is part cat. In no other way can his reflexes be explained. Tourists had filled the bar to capacity and were brimming with vim and beer. Movement was a futility. Enter Martin, our server, who despite the crowd sensed when we were ready to order, exchanged pleasantries in perfect English, and produced our bottles quickly.
The selection was shy of amazing - we ordered from the bottle menu HORALs Mega Geuze Blend, 2005 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek, and 2007 Rodenbach Single Barrel - but paired well with the salami and cheese platter.
A good time overall thanks to our resourceful server, a credit to catkind. I suggest that his anatomy be studied for the advancement of medical science.
06-07-2010 06:33:02 |
More by alfrantzell
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I spent 2 nights in Brugges this past April and loved 't Brugs Beertje so much that I made sure to visit a few times over the course of those days.
The space has a small front bar with some standing room behind it, a small room behind it with about 5 tables and a fireplace, then a door that leads to a hallway with bathrooms and a back bar that I'm sure 75% of all tourists who visit this place never even realize exists. Kind of like Monks Cafe in Philly in that sense. The walls are adorned with Beer Memorabilia and wood accents. Cozy is an understatement!
I don't think they had a bad beer on the menu. Everything was served in its proper glass.
What a great group of people running this place! Daisy served us the first night at a table in the "middle room" with the fireplace. She was quite professional and personable at the same time! She served our selections with pride and with precision. She was constantly moving but always made time to exchange a few words about her establishment and the products they offer. She also took the time to recommend some other bars in Bruges. She mentioned Cambrinus and 't Poatersgat and wrote down the street names that both were on for us. The second night we were served by several young guys at the front bar and the back bar. All were very nice and accomodating. I asked if they had anything off the menu and the bartender was delighted that I knew to ask that and took great pleasure in telling me about some reserve bottles he could make available to me.
Again a great selection of brew is at your fingertips while spending time in this establishment. Some of the things I tried include De Rank Saison De Dottignies, Smisje Wostyntje, 3F 05' Vintage Oude Gueuze, Jandrain IV Saison, 07' Pannepot Export, Vin du Cereale, etc.
Mainly finger foods...cheese platters, sausages, etc. Daisy was kind enough to give me some of the same mustard with my platter that they used to make the Smisje Wostyntje and she served them to me together so that was a nice experience.
Value: This place is not expensive at all.
05-29-2010 13:09:38 |
More by koopa
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This cafe was at the top of my list for Brugge and was quite crowded when we entered. We grabbed two rickety chairs at a small table which may have been the last two seats in the house. Even though it was quite busy, our server arrived in no time and took our order. I ordered the Verhaeghe Echte Kriek and Dave took a chance on a mustard bier, Wostyntje from Brouwerij de Regenboog. The Echte Kriek was pretty unique, a mixture of a Flanders red and a kriek, but the combination is a natural that I'm surprised other breweries don't try.
The cafe walls are covered with old brewery signs and it's a cozy, if cramped, little space. The beer list is not as large as Cambrinus but it a very well chosen selection of more than 200. The list is so well-chosen, in fact, that it makes it hard to choose yourself.
Service was very good considering the crowd and our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the beer. Prices were fair and the beer list was extensive and filled with quality selections.
For dinner, we ordered a bowl each of Spaghetti Bolognese which was pretty damn good I have to admit.
05-27-2010 13:29:30 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
When A and I visited Brugge we spent a good deal of our evenings (and Euros) here or at De Garre. t' Brugs Beertje is a Beer lovers dream. A nice atmosphere with local and out-of-town patrons. Selection is amazing with regional and local beers that all but the most geeky of beer geeks has ever heard of.
There are 2 main rooms, the first is near the front door and also contains a small bar, the other is right next to it and contains several tables. there is also another larger room past the bathrooms down a short hall, but I believe that is reserved for large partys or something.
As I mentioned in my review of De Garre, if you go to Brugge, you really must go here.
05-12-2010 14:03:29 |
More by ridedammit
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is the type of place where you could fit in with a suit or simply some torn jeans and a T-shirt. This is the "Everyman's Bar", which I love about it. The place is CLEARLY dedicated to the brewer's art, with breweriana oozing out of every corner. It was small, but cozy, with a lot of things (and people) to look at.
Everything about the place was quality driven. Proper glassware, clean tables, quality beer menu. Clearly this was a place for the celebration and respect of beer.
It wasn't empty in there per-say, but we had seen it more crowded on other occasions... nonetheless, the bartender always seemed easy to get ahold-of, and he often took time out of his work to chat about beer, which was quite nice. This was some of the best service we had at a beer bar in Belgium.
A wonderful and extensive selection of beer. The menu was organized by region IIRC, which made it a bit difficult to choose beer of preferred style. But regardless, the menu was impressive. Vast with many choices. Not too many rare beers, but the volume of the beer selection made it easy to never get bored in there.
The food was simple, but good. We had ham and cheese sandwiches, which were promptly made and delivered to the table. Nothing crazy about them- they were just good.
03-24-2010 21:24:11 |
More by jgasparine
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