The faint glow of neon is all that draw customers in to A La Mort Subite in downtown Brussels, except for its well known name. One large room features green tiled floors surrounded by off-yellow painted walls and a similarly colored 15-foot ceiling. The walls are speckled with mirrors and framed beer prints. A half-dozen tables toward the front are designated as non-smoking. No seating or standing is permitted at the bar. During the crunch from the after-work crowd service tends toward the extremely slow side.
The house namesake beers are available on draught. The clear dark red Cassis sports a strong, almost pungent, aroma. Light-bodied, this brew offers a very smooth mouthfeel where a tart currant flavor predominates prior to a short finish. The Frambroise is a clear dark amber color with the forceful carbonation bringing out the light raspberry aroma. The very smooth raspberry flavor combines with the great mouthfeel to produce a great impression that ends in the tart finish. No Gueuze were seen.
The beers run 110BF ($2.25 USD) for 25cl glasses and light snacks such as cheese go for 110BF. Hours are 10:30 to 1 a.m. M - F, 11 to 1 a.m. Sa, and 12:30 to 1 a.m. Su. Use Métro stops Gare Central or De Brouckère. Be forewarned, the quality of table service seems proportional to your use of the French language. Bon Chance.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - March