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Oakers

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Hi All,

I've just arrived in Brussels on holidays with my wife and 5 yo. We're here for six nights. I'm already overwhelmed with the beer selection so if anybody has any tips on must-drink beers it would be much appreciated. I'm interested in trying the whole range of Belgian beers but in the past I've found the few beers that I tried in Aus having too high an alcohol flavour. I seriously can hardly believe the number of beers available. We're staying in the Novotel just near Grand Place so any suggestions for bars, restaurants are also appreciated. I've just finished a month in the UK trying lots of ales, but mostly underwhelmed by many UK beers. I'll write a fuller account when I get back to Aus. Thanks in advance for any help.

Cheers Oakers.

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Definitely get to the Cantillon Gueze Brewery.
I hope you like sour beers, because these are SOUR. Awesome too.
 

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Piraat is the single best beer I have ever tasted.
 

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Go check out 'moeder lambic' it is the best bar in Brussels in my oppinion.
Also a short train trip away is beersel with '3fonteinen' and 'oud beersel' breweries
2 great producers of gueuze and Kriek.
Just don't try and do it on a weekend as I found the trains are pretty inconsistent out of the working week.
Have a ball you lucky bastard.
 

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A trip to Brussels is incomplete without a visit to Guiness Record holder Delirium Tremens... 2004 different beers last I was there. It's about 340m walk from your hotel.

Attached a map for you...
EDIT: Gave you the distance.

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Are you going to Brugges?
Beautiful town, beautiful beer, and fantastic history. A tour of the flanders fields is worth it (but with a kid in tow it might get boring)
Definitely try and stay a couple of nights if there's room in your agenda.
14yr old advice... The Passage Hotel was nice (a "quaint" hotel + a backpacker wing) with a nice small restaurant.

A pity you didn't find the UK ales to your liking. I friggin' loved them. Sure some are better than others, and I found once you left London and got into the country there was always a new handpulled pint to try.
 

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Underwhelmed by English Ale, overwhelmed by Belgian choice...
I feel for you.
Not!
 

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Buy the 'Good Beer Guide to Belgium' It's only $30, available from the book/beer shop right near Grand Place. It'll save you from buying mediocre beers, & thus guarantee to improve your holiday!
It also lists the best places to go in Brussels (and the rest of Belgium) for beer.

I can vouch for Moeder Lambic, & Cantillon being essential visiting.

If you make it to Brugge, go to Gambrinus restaurant. Best beer/food place i've ever been to. (Reservations required)
 

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Simple really

Walk up to bar

Ask for 1 of everything
 

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  1. Try all the Trappist beers (Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Achel and La Trappe) while your there - they are vastly better when they have not been boiled in a shipping container. Westvleteren is almost impossible to get outside of Belgium, and can be difficult to acquire even in Belgium without visiting the monastery - so if you see it, have some!
  2. Karmeliet Trippel

Also, check out "Le Poechenellekelder" just over the road from the Manikin Piss. The area is touristy, but the pub is excellent, a large selection of beers, and the wait staff are more than happy to help you pick.

As others have said, Delirium Tremens is excellent as well - a bit of a watering hole for tourists, expect to see drunk Aussies. I agree that Brugge is worth a visit if you get time, from memory it's a 2ish hour train ride from Brussels.
 

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Yeah I also recommend brugges, is a really pretty town and you can get nice beer there too.

I particularly enjoyed some of the saint bernardus beers, worth a try. Drink some lambics because you are in Belgium.

Oh oh oh and please remember to eat mussels in Brussels, the best I have had were at a place called ches Leon. :)
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I checked out Delerium cafe today. Wow. Massive place. I had a Delerium Tremens. Very nice easy drinking Belgian Blonde. Deceptively easy drinking given the 8.5% ABV. Also tried my first Saison. It was very yummy and is definitely a style I'll make she I get back. Also tried a couple of lambics. Again, very nice. Incredible that you can get Duvel and Chimay in the local supermarket for 2-3 euros. Yes, I do plan on getting to Bruges so I'll use your suggestions. Brussels a f***king incredible. I recommend that any beer lover make it their priority for their next holiday. Plenty of chocolate to keep the wife happy!
 

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buy as many glasses as you can get home! i regret only getting 6 or 7 as now i have lost a few.
as said go to Brugge and when your there have some kwaks and go to the great wall of beer at the emporium place "in pic below"

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Don't forget all the fruit beers for the missus. For a non-beer drinker, my wife loved St Loius Framboise.

Yep, Brussels is incredible. Don't forget mini-Europe for the little one!
 

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A lot of awsome bars in the old town square,top spot to enjoy a few and people watch!there is also a beer glass shop just off the square! Enjoy you lucky bastard,dont forget to enjoy the waffles and mussels
 

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Where else are you off to Oakers? As jealous as we are, there's plenty of guys here willing to share tips on places to visit.
 

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Off to Amsterdam next. Four nights there. Drinking a Duvel that cost me $2 at the local supermarket as I type this. :)
 

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Four nights in amsterdam, I couldn't stay longer than one day, I guess it is not my cup of tea.
 
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