Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Afspanning ’t Waagstuk (arranged by most recent)
Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter 88, Liefmans Goudenband 98, Scheldebrouwerij De Zeezuiper 83, Grimbergen Triple 80, Grimbergen Optimo Bruno 87, Grimbergen Blonde 55, De Dochter van de Korenaar / Hof Ten Dormaal Amitié 74, De Molen / Hof ten Dormaal Vallen & Opstaan 98, Rodenbach Grand Cru 98, Rodenbach Vintage 99, Rodenbach 91, Maes Pils 8, t Waagstuk , Chimay Triple / Blanche (White) / Cinq Cents 98, Tripel Karmeliet 99, De Koninck 43
Gualthiero (6) Antwerp, Belgium | February 1, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Very nice pub if you’re in a medium-sized group. Nice beer selection. One of the few pubs in Antwerp where you can enjoy a good beer with limited background noise and not crowded.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I realized that the Waagstuk was the right place for me when I met the guy here from the Antwerp Beer College, who was having their monthly meeting in the back room. I had a great visit here, the only shortcoming being that I wasn’t asked to join their tasting in the back room.
This place is not easy to find. It is quite a few turns from the central square in Antwerp, and sort of down a dead-end. It is in a little square, but appeared to be the only place in the square open on the Saturday I visited.
It was quite smokey, so we sat outside in its courtyard. Atmosphere was pretty average – a small bar and a dining room outfitted in some generic wooden paneling without a lot of distinguishing decoration.
Our server was excellent. He was an older gentleman, who spoke excellent English and had an encyclopedic knowledge of beer. He did a great job making recommendations for our group.
Selection was quite good – a few beers on tap and a very high quality bottle list. I had a La Trappe Tripel and the best Saison Dupont I’ve ever had here.
In terms of beer-geek experiences in Antwerp, this was tops for me despite the Kulminator’s superior reputation.
Skinnyviking (184) Copenhagen, Denmark | March 18, 2008
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Visited the place on a rainy day. Apart from me 2 more guests inside plus 2 servants. The latter seemed more interested in speaking to one another than to serve. Beer selection not impressive, food in plenty but cafe like and disappointing. Maybe the place had a bad day. Nevere mind I have to rate my experience.
Hoser (175) Cowtown, Alberta | February 3, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Thought I rated this place. A beautiful old converted carriage horse with a nice outdoor patio. Someone else picked up the bill so it made the place even better. Lifeman’s Kriek on vat was amazing. Didn’t have any food here.
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 24, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went there with Peter (oberabcbbsok) and a friend after LCRBM 2007. Thank goodness he was there, I would have gotten lost for sure. Service was really slow, especially since I wanted to go back to Kulminator for a nightcap, but the place was packed. The house brew Zeppelin was great and we enjoyed our meals, strangely served with rice rather than the ubiquitous fries. Peter explained that it’s some kind of fiscal loophole, if you serve fries you need a special permit or something, so they decided to keep costs down and serve rice instead. Another reason why I love Belgium, they have legislation over fries but you can get Beer out of a vending machine any time you want.
The Beer list was pretty good, not as amazing as some of Antwerps’ well known bars, but for a restaurant type place it was fabulous. Prices are dirt cheap, so travellers on a budget who want to eat something other than Doner should take note of this place.
DonMagi (50) bantervile, England | June 3, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went here with pat, voota and his gf jenny and pauline for diner. Good selection of belgiun ales about 70 or so avalible. I got a Mort Subite Oude Gueuze which was outstanding with some spagghti. Nice ambiance to the place. Only problems are its not too easy to find even with a map. And also there was one waiter for over 20 tables of which all wanted food.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | May 31, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Dropped in here for dinner and a few beers. Was quite busy, and they only had one barperson working, so service was very slow. Beer list was solid, lots of choice good prices. I ate the meatball with cherry, which was good, they also had pasta and a couple other Flemmish dishes to chose from.
Worth a visit for sure.
oberabcbbsok (38) Hoboken, Belgium | April 27, 2007| Updated August 25, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
A very good pub, always grate food made with beer and at very desent price. Always choise out of 3 main courses with beer. Also a changing tap. Also the place to find the beer Zeppelin on bottle special made for this pub
larsga (223) Oslo, Norway | February 19, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Reasonably-sized place with interesting decorations. Almost completely empty on a Saturday evening, which made it feel a bit characterless.
The beer list is not terribly extensive, but has some special beers (like the Zeppelin by Steenberge). I wouldn’t consider this place a must.
They have food, but we weren’t tempted by the menu and went elsewhere. The service was OK.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | January 15, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Was there sept 2006. Although classified as a Restaurant on this site, this is as much a pub as about all other places classified as Bar. This is more a pub that serves food than a restaurant that serves beer. Not easy to find, not a place you’d just walk by as a tourist. Amazing setting, a truly beautiful pub with a very cool kind-of-patio in front. Relative to belfium the beer list is rather small, less than 100 bottles. Although small the selection is interesting with some unusual beers. There’s also an exclusive beer (Zeppelin brewed by Van Steenberge) that is really worth trying. I had diner there. Food was ok but not great, I got my money’s worth. Friendly service. A must if you’re in the city.
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