"The good Lord has changed water into wine, so how can drinking beer be a sin? "

Sign near a Belgian Monastery

"There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking."

Benjamin Franklin

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

Abraham Lincoln

Mort Subite Tradition

We need to go back in time more then 100 years to explore the origin of this unusual name. About 1910 Mr. Theophile Vossen ran an establishment called “LA COUR ROYALE.”

Amongst his many customers were a group of employees working at the National Bank of Belgium. Those employees passed their time in the pub playing a dice game called “421”. Before returning to the office , the employees played a quick last game and the one who lost was called the: “MORT SUBITE” or the sudden death.



Mort Subite
Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is home to the first Belgian beer bar in the United States. In 1979, just two doors down from Mort Subite Austin, Gambrinus opened its doors selling the first Belgian beer to reach the U.S., Duvel!

The bar closed for business in the early 90’s. Mort Subite Austin is proud to bring back to Congress Ave. this great passion for Belgian ales!