Belgium > Gent
Beer Available At Brouwzaele (arranged by most recent)
Borresteijn (181) Amsterdam, Netherlands | April 28, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on a Friday afternoon, just before the movie started in the neighbouring Kinepolis movie theatre. Really nice and cozy feeling bar, spacious, clever looking bar made out of a large copper brew kettle, lots of wood and beer-stuff in the interior. Service was slow and uninterested, but the beer selection was decent and prices were fair I guess. Would have liked to stay a bit longer.
JefVerstraete (73) , Belgium | July 1, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Bar with a nice interior. Beer list is quiet long but nothing exceptional, only the standard Belgian beers. Prices are ok.
ekstedt (113) Göteborg, Sweden | August 9, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice and friendly beer café, rustic yet sober, with a nice outside area along one of the canals. Very good beer list, though not exceptional. Service was good. Well worth a visit if you are in the hood.
baxterfish (194) , England | June 10, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice cafe with good but not exceptional beer menu. Very near the Planckse.
JoeinDahlem (279) Berlin, Germany | November 30, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the back route between station and center that runs along the Muinkschelde canal. Near the Planck, so easy to see them both. Main feature is an old brewing copper than hangs over the bar. Well-worn place, cozy enough. Was unable to resist the dried sausages hanging by the bar; very glad I gave in. Enjoyed a very pleasant Orval aged 18 months.
Mathieu87 (128) Ganshoren, Belgium | August 6, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice selection. Perfectly poured the St Bernardus. Prices are OK for most beers.
shoulderbroken (182) Tokyo, Japan | November 26, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice old fashioned typical Belgian looking cafe. Solid if slightly uninspiring selection but there will always be something to have. Visited on a Saturday lunchtime and it was quiet enough for my group to get a good seat. Prices were ok, not cheap, but not expensive. Definitely a good stop on a Ghent tour. Didn’t try the food, but it looked quite nice.
tderoeck (143) Gent, Belgium | November 22, 2011| Updated November 4, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
You average Belgian bar. The beer list is maybe a bit longer, but nothing very thrilling or original. Usually the place to go after a movie if the boat café opposite the theatre is closed. Last time we went there, I ordered a beer which was listed cheaper than you would expect. When the check came, the price was higher. After arguing with the waiter, he would not lower the price, "because it has been manually changed on all the menus" and he showed us some menus where the price was indeed changed with ball point. Except on our menu, and as they always have to charge the lowest price advertised, they should charge us that one. The waiter however did not want to do this. Afterwards I went to see if there was a manager, but there wasn’t. So I decided to take the menu with me and mail the place. Only then the waiter was prepared to accept the price on the menu. So: service was bad. Alas.
MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS VISITING GENT: if you read this, you’re probably planning a visit to Belgium, and Gent in particular. I’m always interested to get to know other ratebeerians, and if you come from an interesting country, we can maybe to an in person beer trade? Contact me!
Boudicca (694) London, England | August 28, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Brouwzaele is a lovely, homely traditional café bar near Kinepolis and a few steps away from the trendier De Planck in the leafy canalside Ter Platen.
It’s not the kind of place to go for a wild night out but rather a relaxed and comfortable neighbourhood sort of place, light and airy, with tables for four arranged around the windows on three sides and one high top table to the right of the bar next to strange clock contraption. The bare floorboards are always salted and there are candles, pretty lace curtains on brass poles, copper lampshades, hops on the beams, delicate trailing ivy and a few cacti. The pičce de résistance, however, is the wonderful bar, made from an enormous copper, with a base and lid.
The menu has some titbits of brewing history and, I think, some background to Brouwzaele, which opened in 1986. As it’s in Flemish I couldn’t pick up much more except the facts that in 1900 the centre of Gent had more than 100 breweries and Belgium had more than 4,000; now there are around 80 in the country as a whole.
Nibbles are served with beer and other food is also served – spaghetti bolognaise (not the best I’ve ever tasted but satisfying, nevertheless), steaks, scampi, croques and salads as well as the ubiquitous cheese and sausage snacks. Specials are listed on a blackboard.
There are 10 taps and c.100 bottles – nothing unusual but the requisite range of lambics and other Belgian brews. The beer of the month when we were there in June was Tempelier at E3.10. Service has always been welcoming and efficient.
(Last visited 10 June 2011).
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