As someone whoâ€™s never enjoyed the taste of beer, I did feel I was missing out on something special during our trip to Brussels, as Emma and our other halves regularly enjoyed trying out some of the many craft beers Belgium has to offer.
Belgian lambic beer
I found my fun in looking out for quirky named beers for them to try, and so I was quite excited on the train into Brussels when speaking to a local I discovered thereâ€™s a Belgian beer which is named after a vintage bar in the city entitled â€˜Sudden Deathâ€™: Mort Subite.
The story behind Mort Subite
The lovely gentleman explained the story behind the name. In Belgium the term Mort Subite also refers to the end of a game â€“ i.e. the final throw of the dice. It is said that the barâ€™s name came to be due to its proximity to a bank, Employees would head over to the bar to play cards during their breaks and when it was time to head back, â€˜sudden deathâ€™ would come into play in order to decide who would be named the winner.
As someone with quite a sweet tooth when it comes to drinks (I did enjoy many a hot chocolate during my stay in Belgium!), I was became even more excited to discover that Mort Subite beers come in both cherry and raspberry flavour, and so I decided that if I was going to try any Belgian beer itâ€™d have to be one of these!
Visiting Ã€ La Mort Subite
Although the brand is widely available across Belgium, we thought weâ€™d go for it in style and so headed to Ã€ La Mort Subite, which is in the centre of the city. What we found was a wonderful vintage bar/cafÃ©, with and old-fashioned interior full of wood, mirrors and wrought-iron poles and Â banisters and a wonderful, bustling atmosphere. Although the service was quite slow (to be fair the place was packed â€“ and those wooden tables are really squeezed in!), when my beer came it was worth the wait!
We settled in to rest and take in the ambiance, and so thought weâ€™d also try something out from their light snack menu while we were there.
When our sandwiches finally arrived we did have a chuckle, as on our plate was a chunk of pate or some slices of ham, a little butter sachet and one large piece of bread â€“ it appears at Ã€ La Mort Subite, sandwiches are DIY! But even though we had to make them ourselves, both the bread and fillings were very tasty, so it was a very enjoyable snack.
Â My thoughts on Ã€ La Mort Subite
In my opinion you donâ€™t come to Ã€ La Mort Subite for the service, you come for the experience and a chance to take in a little bit of Brusselsâ€™ history. Its renowned for being busy â€“ crammed with both locals and visitors alike, and during our stay we managed to grab the last free table, which luckily gave us a wonderful view down and across the bar. We spent a good hour here at least, with me sipping my newly discovered drink of choice and people watching. Itâ€™s a wonderful way to while away some time in Brussels and a great place to sample a wide selection of lambic Belgian Beers (just in case youâ€™re crazy enough to not love raspberry beer!).
Have you discovered and fallen in love with a new drink during your travels. Let us know youâ€™re weird and wonderful discoveries in the comments below!