De Heeren van Liedek­erke

Den­der­leeuw, Bel­gium

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Vin­tage beer and stel­lar food at this lam­bic-land clas­sic What it is:

This cozy, lam­bic-lov­ing Bel­gian restau­rant has be­come one of the most re­spected beer-cen­tric restau­rants in its home coun­try and in all of the world. Lo­cated in the western part of the lam­bic zone, De Heeren is only a 30-minute drive from cen­tral Brus­sels.

Why it’s great:

Even if you haven’t heard of De Heeren, you’ve prob­a­bly heard of some of the beers that they’ve col­lab­o­rated with lam­bic blenders to make: Cri­anza He­lena, Blauw, Roos, and Heerengueuze, any of which will set a lam­bic lover in a frenzy. And while these whales get a lot of the fan­fare, a su­per deep vin­tage list, ten thought­fully cu­rated taps, and an im­pres­sive beer-in­te­grated food menu keep folks com­ing back and rav­ing to co­horts. The vin­tage list may take some per­sis­tence to get, but once you do, choos­ing be­tween a nineties-era De Dolle and an ob­scure gueuze is the right kind of prob­lem to have. Whale hunters should check their bank ac­counts first (Blauw, which is still on the menu, runs 175€), but prices oth­er­wise are rea­son­able con­sid­er­ing the age of the beers. Next time you’re in Brus­sels, this gem is well worth the ef­fort. —Patrick Daw­son

De­tails Hours: Noon–mid­night, Thurs­day–mon­day; closed Tues­day and Wed­nes­day Ad­dress: Kas­teel­straat 33, 9470 Den­der­leeuw, Bel­gium Web: heeren­van­liedek­er­

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