Netherlands > Utrecht
ads135 (174) Lawrence, Kansas | January 1, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice little Belgian beer cafe in what used to be the outskirts of Utrecht, near the Rietveld-Schroeder Huis and the University College Utrecht campus. During my stay there, this was the nearest decent pub, better than the campus bar and better than anything outside the center.
Fin (666) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 10, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
We visited here on Saturday 29th September 2012. The location is a little further out of town than I expected, however as we were cycling it was still fairly quick and easy. It wasn’t so cold when we arrived so we took the opportunity to sit outside, the bar is situated on a corner at a crossroads in an area with both houses and some shops and restaurants. I had a Giradin Black Label Loz had a Jannus IPA, both were fine as was the pleasant bar, though it was still between that late afternoon and early evening time so was a little quiet. However I did think that the barman/landlord wasn’t particularly friendly, to be fair he wasn’t rude or anything but he just didn’t seem welcoming at all and didn’t appear to have any interest in us at all, maybe he was having an off day or maybe my poor pronunciation of Gueuze and then Jannus IPA frustrated him, but I sort of got the feeling that anything I said or did was going to be picked upon or questioned, never mind. However this was a nice bar, beer choice was good, locals seemed friendly and I think that I would probably venture out to here again if in Utrecht.
erickok (181) Tours (and Paris), France | February 10, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small, neighborhood-focused bar that has a pretty decent selection of bottles and taps for a small place like this. Offers are mostly Belgian, including all trappists (except Westvleteren) and some sours. Some Dutch brews and the rare English one (cider) is also offered. Taps apparently change fairly frequently which is always good. Apart form that you probably won’t find anything very rare though. Service was friendly without being special and with seemingly enough knowledge. People come here to quietly enjoy a beer or two after work or dinner. Also some tasty cheese available (but I didn’t rate this since it’s not a meal or anything). Prices are friendly.
Boudicca (805) London, England | October 12, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Jan Primus is a little way out of town (and off the free map available from the tourist office) but it’s a nice walk there through Wilhelmina Park or you can get the number 4 bus, which goes through the central station, and hop off right outside.
It’s at a crossroads in a quietish residential area. There are a few tables and chairs outside by the big picture windows, which have a nice art deco stained glass frieze. Inside, it’s mainly dark wood with a nicotine stained ceiling from the days when it must have been a brown café. Now it’s smokeless of course and very pleasant.
They have several taps and a good range of mainly Belgian bottles, including a few lambics and geuzes.
(Visited 25 September 2011).
mao (58) , Italy | August 30, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Bel posto tranquillo con discreta selezione. Unica valida alternativa al Kafe Belgie in città. Scomodo dal centro ma vicino al campeggio.
NoiZe (77) Amersfoort, Netherlands | April 30, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Some decent brews. Small but cosy pub. Good cheese. A bit off track, but near my place :)
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 10, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I visited this pub for a quickie as it’s a bit out of the Center and I had little time available, but I would gladly have stayed longer. Locals and students alike chatting loudly and creating most of the atmosphere themselves. Solid, varied draught list and a selection that may be even deeper than Belgie’s. Also friendly and apparently knowledgeable staff.
skortila (170) Baarn, Netherlands | July 13, 2004| Updated July 7, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
No music, good conversation. The only pub in Utrecht where you can drink decent gueuzes. Not as much beers as kafe Belgie, but only good quality brews. On tap they have always something interesting. (like a 4 year old la Trappe Quadrupel, every month a different english ale, etc) Good cheese.
jerohen (20) Bussum, Netherlands | February 15, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small pub, but very nice. No music, so easy to talk to each other. Frequently new beers.
caesar (316) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | January 14, 2004| Updated July 13, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very small ’brown’ pub with a large selection in beers. The rare (most of the times little ratings on Ratebeer) English Ales circulating on tap is one of my main reasons to come to Jan Primus. No background music. Because it’s so small, it’s also often quite crowdy. Good staff, good selection and also some Trappist cheeses!
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