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“Favorite Memory of Brussels - Go for the BEER”
Review of A La Mort Subite

A La Mort Subite
Ranked #50 of 3,579 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner
Hampden, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Favorite Memory of Brussels - Go for the BEER”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

I loved this place. The food wasn't so great but that's not really why you go here.

Pluses:
- Very interesting service - went 2x times and had similar servers. They aren't afraid to speak their opinion and are fun in my experience
- Beer is fantastic.
-Try the Kriek and the Gueze
- Open Late
-Nice outdoor seating in a nice area

Cons:
-Food was poor and overpriced

  • Visited July 2013
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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“The best beer in town by far”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is a place not to be missed. A microbrewery with excellent beer. We had the monthly special and it was simply great. Two glasses were all it took to make dinner slip away nicely. Try the sliced salami with cheese, it too was great. Went back several times. The inside is typical, old and full of history. Don't miss it as it is right outside of the entry to St. Huberts in downtown.

Visited July 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very traditonal belgian place”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

A top place for tourists. Old building, vintage decoration, typical old brussels atmosphere. A great place in the city center for beers and, in case, a quick bite. Not a place for a real meal (especially a dinner), in my view, unless you are OK with a sandwich or salad.

Visited June 2013
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Sudden Death: Lively and Fun”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

It takes a palate a lot more special than mine to want to swish down one of those fruit beers that Belgium is famous for. Called lambics, these beverages are much too sweet and syrupy for me. But I will be forever thankful for one of these lambics for helping to keep open a brasserie in Brussels that was built in the 1920s called, "A La Mort Subite."

Located a couple blocks from the central square (Grote Markt) in Brussels, it's a brightly-lit, old-fashioned beer hall with its original mirrors and fixtures, and I went there to sit, sip, and watch the day drift away every chance I had while staying in Belgium.

The waiters there look as if they just walked out of a Toulouse Lautrec poster, balancing a red round tray filled with half-a-dozen different glasses of beer with one hand. They don't offer much of a menu, but what they do offer is simple and well done. For example, I ordered a delicious pate that came with a single slice of brown bread that spanned the width of a platter, at least 14 inches.

The name, "Mort Subite," means, "sudden death," and the place got its name from a card game played by its patrons during lunch. The customers at that time of day were mostly young clerks and bankers and they played cards while eating and drinking their lunch. Before they returned to work, they would play one last quick hand for high stakes, and that hand was called, "Mort Subite." The owner liked it so much he named his business after it.

His name was Vossen, and he also did something else. He started brewing his own lambic, a raspberry beer that he also named "Mort Subite." Lambic beers are well known in Belgium and come in several different fruit flavors. Mort Subite became popular and apparently because of its success, Vossen and his family have been able to keep his establishment up and running. So I'm glad there's somebody out there quaffing those liquid Fruit-Loopy concoctions.

Ahh... I wish I were sitting there right now.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“A unique place to try out”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you like beer then you must try this place. It is not the cleanest of places however it is a typically decorated bistro, bar. I did not venture to try any food items except for a bag if chips to go with my drinks as I was appalled by the cleanliness of this place. Service ain't with a smile folks however it was efficient.

  • Visited July 2013
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