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Tyical cafés and taverns

A La Mort Subite

A La Mort Subite

A café-brewery in the centre of Brussels that's not to be missed! A la Mort Subite serves its Gueuze and Lambic beers and real Brussels sandwiches.

In short:

  • In the centre of Brussels, a stone's throw from the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
  • A large selection of Belgian beers and snacks
  • Situated in a listed building, dating from the 19th century

The origins

The name Mort Subite (sudden death) comes from a game of dice or cards, played in a Brussels bar known as "La Cour Royale", which was in full swing at the start of the twentieth century and was run by a certain Théophile Vossen.

The establishment was nicknamed "La Mort Subite" and it was logical that the owner gave this name to his establishment when, in 1928, it moved to the rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères, its current location!

Théophile Vossen also gave the name "Mort Subite" to the Gueuze beer that he brewed.

The café-brewery today

The Mort Subite range has increased in size. Today you can sample : Gueuze Mort Subite, Kriek Mort Subite, raspberry Mort Subite, blackcurrant Mort Subite, peach Mort Subite … And all these products will be served to you by the fourth generation of Vossens.

The tavern, A La Mort Subite, has a room on the first floor with seating for 70 people.

Bar snacks are also available. Don't miss the Brussels fromage frais, chives and radish sandwiches - a true delicacy!

Discover the original flavour of the Mort Subite Gueuzes that are served here.


  • tel. : +32 (0) 2 513 13 18
  • fax : +32 (0) 2 512 86 64
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