Belgium > Middelkerke
silentdan (1) Düsseldorf, Germany | September 9, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
very nice and charming place to get your dose of the best beers in belgium! place to go for (craft)beer lovers in westende/middlekerke/osteende
gEUS (41) Linden, Belgium | March 25, 2012| Updated September 20, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice interior - great selection of beers (they even still have some diamonds in the cellar that are not on the beer list - I will not tell which ones)... Overall value is great!
Kunstemaecker (13) Steenkerke, Belgium | February 21, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful oasis in a beerdesert called Middelkerke. Den Toogoloog boasts a beautiful menu with only craft beers. We tried Oude Geuze De Cam 75 cl, Redor Pils on tap, and a fantastic Duysters Tuverbol. Wonderful patrons with a big passion for what they do. Highly recommended.
DannyVT (4) , Belgium | November 9, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great pub/restaurant with excellent food. Very friendly owners with knowledge of beer.
minist (10) , England | August 17, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice little place, a decent selection with a lot of Struise beers. Got some Black Albert and a little bowl of nibbles - perfect!
Jerre (70) Waregem, Belgium | July 31, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Was here more times @ 2010, and 18.06.2011 again. Beer 3th weekend June. All the more exciting it is to run across this first-class beer bar! "Den Toogoloog" An excellent selection of Belgian ales and sour beers. As Orval Ambassadors they stock several vintages of that trappist ale.
Nice and recommended place !
BigMomma (11) Leuven, Belgium | July 30, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve been there multiple times and every time I found it an interesting and instructive experience.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is just magnificent, in front you have a very cosy room which has been kept just like it was when they bought it, namely an old butchery, without the equipment ofcourse. The walls are completely covered with the original tiles and at the ceiling there is a large chandelier. This all gives you the feeling that you are in a living room. Just perfect! The other inside part is more modern and thus hasn’t got as much character as the front room. In the back there is a large and clean terras which is enclosed by the walls of the adjecent houses which together with the orientation (namely to the South-West) makes it perfect for the evening.
Service: The service is fast and skilled and I very much like the fact that they don’t open the bottle at the bar but take it with them to your table and open and pour it right before your eyes. You’ll always get a portion of salted nuts and some kind of homemade charcuterie or cheese with your beer which is always nice ofcourse.
Selection: The selection is good enough and offers you a wide range of Belgium beers and almost every brewery has been represented by some beers. I very much like the fact that they don’t sell any AB-Inbev beer (or other big commercial breweries) but give the people alternatives which are obviously much better. Aside that the pub is also an Orval Ambassador and proves this by offering you regular, 6 months, 1 year and 2,5 years (on my last visit) old Orval.
Value: Prices are well choosen and you must not forget that we are at the coastal area which makes it automaticly more expensive.
Conclusion: Overall I like this bar very much and I find it every time a great experience.
sbs (19) , Germany | June 22, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Middelkerke is the unspectacular seaside place for Belgian families and hosts a cheerful but unexciting (in terms of beer range) beer festival in mid-June. All the more exciting it is to run across this first-class beer bar! "Den Toogoloog" (Flemish-Greek for "bar converser") offers an excellent selection of Belgian, mostly Flemish, ales and sour beers (plus, for some occult reasons, Erdinger Weissbier). As Orval Ambassadors they stock several vintages of that trappist ale -- a fine occasion for a vertical Orval tasting. Solid knowledge and affectionate advice.
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