A 300 Year-Old Bar in Brussels

My friend El sent hubby Al a number of beer links in the hopes of luring him to Brussels – and hey, it worked!

(The link that led us to this 300 year old pub is down at the bottom of this post, just in case you are as easily influenced as Al!)

So we end up in Brussels, strolling along with El’s list of the top 10 bars in town, searching for the bar ‘Delirium Tremens’. During this search I spotted a small sign ‘Au Bon Vieux Temps’. The name rang a bell so we checked our list, and there it was, a 300 year old bar, the name translating as ‘to the Good Old Times’. Intrigued, we headed down the narrow alleyway to the obscure doorway and entered.
Alleyway entrance to the Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels, Belgium The obscure doorway that lead into the Au Bon Vieux Temps pub.
an obscure doorway to the Au Bon Vieux Temps pub The pub was very dark as befits a 300 year old building.
the pub is very dark as befits a 300 year old building Being midafternoon, it was relatively empty, containing only a fellow Canadian, an older Belgian and the bartender. The other Canadian was a beer-lover from Ottawa, who had been studying business in the hopes of starting up his own brewery. The Belgian was an older man who spent a lot of time in Portugal. And the bartender was a good friend of his.

Al and I ordered Kreiks, the ‘lower’ alcohol cherry beers, while the others tested several beers. Al and the other Canadian threw around their favourite West Coast beers – from him we added Russian River, Pliny the Elder (and Pliny, the Younger), and Bear Republic Racer 5 to our list, and we passed along a number of new beers for him to try as well.

The Belgian was quite impressed with the way all three of us traveled, stopping to spend time, to drink, to experience the ‘real’ Brussels. To salute us, he ordered a ‘Kasteel Tripel’, along with tasting glasses. Al decided it was similar to Duval, but better. It is very high alcohol, 11%, which is probably why I liked it so much! A 5 mmmmm beer – I’d order that again!
12apBelBruggeKasteelTripel5540w the small sign that leads us astray

TRADITIONAL PUBS WE VISITED WHILE IN BRUSSELS (BRUXELLES)
Brussels Pub a la Becasse

Brussels Pub a la Becasse

The post that led us astray; even though it is from 2008, the ‘Top 10 Traditional Bars in Brussels’ being ‘traditional’, are still there, and haven’t changed much:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/feb/19/brussels.bars

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