Belgium > Brugge
t0rin0 (1345) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 3, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited October 2012.
At 3pm there are about two places in all of Brugge that serve food. Since we struck out across the street and at pretty much every other food-serving establishment in the area we decided to have beers here first. In case youíre wondering we ended up eating at a cafe down the way which was nice enough except that as we sat on the cobblestone and ate our sandwiches we sat next to a guy that lit a new cigarette every 90 seconds between sips of wine. After he left and we could both breathe and actually smell our food he returned with two cartons of cigarettes. Luckily he didnít stop and just kept walking.
At the brewery we ordered a round of all the house beers and drank them outside in the courtyard. Itís a very nice place minus the lack of service and the wobbly tables. Itís in the adult Disneyland garbage that is Brugge but itís got itís own little courtyard that protects you somewhat from the constant flash photography and tour groups of 50.
Sadly the beer is not very good. I had high hopes since I had tried the quad before and thought it was decent to good. The others were not so good. The one they were missing that i was most excited about was the oaked quad but that seems to be a seasonal release and itís expensive (30 euro). Since my visit here theyíve begun exporting it to the US but for a similar price point so Iíve scrolled past thus far.
So I guess my experiences were a bit contrasting in that itís a beautiful place and a bit of a safe haven from the annoying tourists (not that we werenít tourists) but the beer isnít all that great. Oh well, itís certainly worth a stop once.
**edit: itís funny to read the other ratings about it being over run with tourists. Maybe we got lucky.
3fourths (1272) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2008| Updated July 28, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Large brewery building with an inner courtyard that is constantly crowded with tourists drinking beer and lines of tourists waiting for the facility tour. Two beers offered on tap when we were there, both are not so great, and we decided to not stick around too long as there is a lot of great spots to visit in Brugge and this place is certainly not one of them.
brokensail (849) Orange County, California | October 5, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
The only game in town as far as breweries go. Really nice facilities and beer garden area to drink, but the beers are mediocre at best. Fairly pricey compared to a lot of other Belgian breweries, too.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Apparently, the Straffe Hendrik lineup is not produced in town. Only the Brugse Zot would be. In the South of Bruges center, the brewery/museum is nevertheless a beautiful place to visit. Beautifully relaxed terrace right under the shade of the massive fermentor. They also have a full-range kitchen with Belgian specialties which is probably the excuse youíd need to plan a visit as most other good places in town are not good food options.
Fin (544) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | July 6, 2006
42 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Went here and did the brewery trip as well, as someone has already mentioned it is a very good trip and worth it not least for the stunning views of the City from the brewery roof.
The Pub/Brewery tap was very smart and tidy, the staff were friendly but there is no denying it is a bit touristy. The beer I had Zot was excellent, certainly worth going to.
KyotoLefty (476) Kyoto, Japan | September 19, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Very busy place with lots of tourists. Only 4 beers, so not that excitingl. Is it worth it? well, in the afternoon, almost everything else in Brugge is closed, so you might stop then. No big deal.
bhensonb (475) Woodland, California | May 27, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
We got there early, and the service was all over us. Met the lady who did the brewery tour in the Rick Steves video. Good time.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | November 19, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Excellent location at the heart of Brugge. The interior is a bit too big and feels like a just another nice restaurant. The frontside patio is ok. You can take the brewery tour, one every hour I believe, itís cheap and fun. The problem is the beer selection, doesnít get any worse than that. Only two beers (Brugse Zot Blond and Brugse Zot Dubbel). Even worse, these two beers can be bought in just about any Belgium Beer Store. If that wasnít bad enough these two beers are not very good at all. Too bad cause the food seemed nice. I say, take the tour, look at the scenery from the roof and move on. The ďOverallĒ points are for the tour.
Rune (404) TromsÝ, Norway | May 22, 2011| Updated June 28, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
Brugges only brewpub is situated between the city centre and the railway station. When I arrived at noon on a Monday there were already quite a few people drinking inside and at terrace outside. Inside the place is like a high ceilinged beer hall with one section for dining and one for just drinking. Polite service. Their beers list is not outstanding in numbers, but the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was a real treat (visited, 02.05.2010).
BlackHaddock (338) , England | March 29, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely courtyard appears as you walk through the gates, the far diagonal corner has a small flight of steps which lead to the actual bar and large seating area.
My glass of Streffe Hendrik was tart and wonderful, I also enjoyed the little brewery trip that I took while there.
Re-visited June 2009 and it was and very, very busy on the Saturday afternoon we tried to use the place. The courtyard was awash with tourists and the queue for the 15.00 brewery tour was about 50 strong. We couldnít even get into the main bar inside, just too full. My party of 12 didnít stay; we had turned up the wrong day!
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