Cafe DeGrendelpoort

Mayor: Fin (1) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 200
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
rikstar  (113) , Netherlands | July 21, 2016
leuke plek in het centrum van de stad. Typisch interieur voor een biercafe veel hout en bierflessen aan de wanden. 10 wisseltaps en daarnaast nog een kleine 2000 flessen. ik heb het bij twee tapbieren behouden maar kom graag nog eens terug om een paar flessen te opnenen. Prijzen zijn er fair en de bediening behulpzaam. Dikke aanrader
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (965) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 5, 2016


We cycled from our campsite to Valkenburg via a spot of lunch at Café ’t Vöskee in Berg En Terblijt on Wednesday 29th June 2016 and after popping to the beer shop next door we visited De Grendelpoort. De Grendelpoort and Bierboetiek De Zythotheek (Beer Store) are both pretty central in the town, after coming down the steep hill from Maastricht direction turn right under the arch in the pedestrian area and they can be found on the RH side.

The weather was really pleasant, warm and sunshine and white clouds so we sat outside looking outwards, this is a great spot for people watching I must say and being a touristy type town you do get some interesting sights. The bar is nothing out of the ordinary to look at, it’s a plain looking frontage with a red awning, a chalk board to the LH side of the front door displays the beers on tap, I think that there were 12-13 with Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone IPA, Põhjala Crema etc the beer of the month was listed as Rodenbach Charactere Rouge. Loz had the Stone IPA, I had the Põhjala Crema both were great but mine won out we reckon so we both had another this time both having Põhjala Crema. Four American folk sat near us and did a tasting of three of the tap beers which they seemed to enjoy.

I only briefly ventured inside as it was lovely out here. It was smallish but with plenty of seating, it was really nice inside a little busy with beery memorabilia. The bar was off to the LH side on entering. This would be quite cosy and comfortable in the winter months I reckon. The service was good and the prices also, our four beers cost just €16 so for Stone and Põhjala I reckon that was very reasonable prices. We really enjoyed this place it was a great find and it was nice not to do the usual of having to go into Maastricht to find good bars, we’d found two today by getting on our bikes and exploring these smaller places, however not looking forward to the hill (a steep hill in the Netherlands, who’d have believed that eh?)



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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete  (41) , Netherlands | April 30, 2016
Nice place in Valkenburg. Oké beer menu.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Benzai  (213) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | April 4, 2015
Visited a couple of years ago and was quite Satisfied then. Some new ticks and when I told the staff I was looking for unrated beers they went looking in the cellar for old obscure stuff. Quite liked it, but I have no idea what it’s like nowadays.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah  (30) Westelbeers, Netherlands | September 21, 2014
Helaas was ik de bob. Maar toch eventjes gekeken naar de bieren op de kaart. Leuke kroeg om naar toe te gaan als je toch in Valkenburg bent.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus  (40) Oirschot, Netherlands | August 19, 2013
Lovely decorated pub (bottles everywhere!) with great staff. Beerselection wasn’t too big and kind of conservative. Toilets also could’ve been cleaner. Great place to visit when you’re in Valkenburg. I didn’t know about the secret beerstash though... They should write that down on one of their blackboards. Their own beers are worth trying. I really liked the Duustere Gringel.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
markextrae  (74) Maastricht, Netherlands | July 1, 2013| Updated November 12, 2015
good service, nice selection with the bottle shop next door. draft list and prices are good. bottles can get expensive. first ask for the prices
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer  (255) Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, Netherlands | April 24, 2012
Located next to the Grendelpoort, hence the name, in the historic village of Valkenburg, you find this cosy brown bar. Lots of bottles throughout the bar, cosy bar with mostly older visitors. The music is played with normal volume, so you can enjoy the classic songs they played and have a good chat. The bartenders (owners?) are friendly and absolutely in for a chat about beer, brewers, beer ideology and everything else beer related. Proudly presented their own beer and sold some to go. The bartender told me he had more beers than listed, so he came up with some stouts and ipa’s. Tell him your favorite style and he finds you something. Enough interesting brews from tap like the new ABT from Emelisse. Haven’t seen any food or food info/list, but we could order things like olives and a meat/cheese plate. All by all a nice bar to visit when you are in Valkenburg and enjoy the historic surroundings with a good beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock  (517) , England | April 3, 2012
The tourist town of Valkenberg has more hotel beds than Amsterdam; it is also full of good quality restaurants, bars, coffee houses, a cable chairlift, guided cave tours and interesting souvenir shops. It even has a castle ruins on a hill top, the only one in Holland. Cafe De Grendelpoort is on the pedestrian road close to the said Grendelpoort (an old entrance in the town walls) and has a canopied front terrace, which is heated during cold weather: you can sit and watch the world go by, or flick peanuts at the people sat in the bar terrace across the road if you wish. As you walk into the actual bar you are met by dark wood and basic furniture, with the bar to the left and a huge fireplace to your right. It is also obvious you are in much loved and well used Belgian style bar, even if you are in Holland. The walls are covered with old beer bottles, cans, beer memorabilia and pictures of the local clientele in their Christening clothes, boys on one side, girls the other, slightly weird to be honest and certainly different. Six fonts with La Chouffe and their own Blonde (brewed in Belgium, he wouldn’t tell me where) the only regular taps, the other four constantly changing, and over 200 bottles to choose from, both Belgian and Dutch. The beer menu lists about 50, you have to ask for the others and hope he has some in stock, ask for beers by style, like Amber or a Christmas beer and you might be surprised what turns up, I was! Most of the customers were drinking the three glass selection: you get a small circular tray containing the house Blonde and two other draught beers, normally an amber brew and a darker beer (whatever he has on tap at the time) with a few bits of cheese to nibble on as you sip the beers. My small party of four, including myself started our session with that little treat. Husband and wife team own and run the place, friendly, chatty, knowledgeable, both have excellent English (like almost every Dutch person) and they take their holidays in Belgium every year because they love the beers so much!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
MaartenRF10  (27) Wageningen, Netherlands | March 27, 2012
small bar nicely situated in Valkenburg. Outdoor terrace, be aware off the Party-bar with lousy music across the street and the karaoke-bar nextdoors! Bar has a nice selection of mostly belgian beers, some dutch beers. Most interesting are two beers that are exclusively served here (on draft). Both beers are brewed elsewhere but are the owners recipe.

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