Cafe In ‘t Vagevuur, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

Published on March 3, 2014.

There are some beers that are hard to find. Brouwerij Lindemans straight draft lambic is one of ‘em. A lot of people that haven’t tasted the non-sweetened beers from this brewery may not know how good they really are. Lindemans lambic is used by all of the lambic blenderies in Belgium in many of their blends. Yep, when you drink a De Cam, 3 Fonteinen, Hanssens, Oud Beersel, or Tilquin product, there’s a good chance there is some Lindemans lambic inside. That should tell all beer lovers something: Lindemans base lambic is a fine, delicious product, great for blending into brews such as Oude Gueuze. Or, drinking right from a barrel.

Lindemans straight draft lambic.

Lindemans straight draft lambic.

Likewise, Lindemans’ own Cuvee Renee Oude Gueuze, available stateside, and Cuvee Renee Oude Kriek, currently only sold in Belgium, are worthy brews worth your attention. Get some. Read more on those two here

Lindemans Cuvee Rene Oude Geuze.

Lindemans Cuvee Rene Oude Geuze.

Glassware and trophies at In 't Vagevuur.

Glassware and trophies at In ‘t Vagevuur.

To taste this elusive beer (other than at the brewery in Vlezenbeek) you’ll have to visit one of a few select cafes in Belgium’s lambic country that carry it. Cafe In ‘t Vagevuur (“In Purgatory”) in between Sint-Pieters Leeuw and Vlezenbeek, is one such place. It’s not the fanciest place with the biggest beer selection; there are only about ten brews on the menu. The cafe is run by Marina and Raymond, a friendly couple. You’ll feel welcome in Purgatory.

Glassware and other ephemera at Vagevuur.

Glassware and other ephemera at Vagevuur.

Enjoy a Lindemans lambic (or two, especially if you are not the driver) and the ambiance of another Payottenland pub. You’ll be glad you did.

Opening days and hours at In 't Vagevuur.

Opening days and hours at In ‘t Vagevuur.

One of the requirements of being a beer writer is having to taste beers. It's a tough job....

One of the requirements of being a beer writer is having to taste many different beers. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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