Belgium > Oostende
Joene (4) , Belgium | January 25, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice bar! Very extensive beer list, which makes it nice, but on the other hand I always find it hard to choose what I want to order, because it’s that much.
kraddel (205) some beerplace , Belgium | January 3, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Came here by coincidence, but was looking forward to this since long .
It started of pretty nicely . We had an awesome table in the middle of this well-designed, old fashioned bar . Menu is huge ( not in thickness, but the pges are gigantic sized ) and contained reasonable beers to call themselves a specialized beerbar ( yet not the nessecary uniqueness to stand out ) anyway , book contained a lot of mistakes ( wrong / unclear names , wrong descriptions ( de cam geuze was - according to the book - a sweet beer ) it also was a very confusing beerlist ( for instance, big text completed with tiny text on stickers , categories like tripel didnt contain chimay tripel since the ’Beerstyle ’ was trappist ( Aauwtch ? ) , the category of fruit beers wasnt even on the same page as other ones like cherry beer , lambic beer , banana beer , strawberry beer, ’ other beers ’ ( containing the longest list of beers, and was mostly made up by beers that didnt specifically stated the style on the label ) . Pouring a beer from tap was just bloody awefull ( glasses not even full , filled nowhere near as to how it should be , no topping off of the foam ,... Just about ANY mistake that could be made was made . On top of this , no less than 5 people working here ( all 5 I spoke to ) were not able to answer my simple questions ( is this beer more sour, or sweet ?? ) -- except for the answers they found by looking at the bottle and giving an irrelevant answer ( What does this stout taste like ? "black, it sais its 10 ABV ’ .... On the other hand , appart from their unwillingness to help me any further with my simple questions and irritated looks as I asked something about beer , the people were friendly ( also very important ! )
Bottom line : A worthy beerbar in general , but service ( the side of knowledge ) was bloody damn awefull . Still I could recommend this place to just sit and drink, and not get any information . Bottles , BTW , were to be pour by the clientel so at least they didn’t fuck that up ;) Prices were very weird as some stuff was very expensive, and some things were very surprisinlgy cheap . Meet in the middle and say this place has average prices ?
Alengrin (75) , Belgium | September 28, 2014| Updated January 3, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A visit to Ostend is not complete for me without Botteltje. The bottle sign is a trusted sight and reassures me I will have some interesting beers. The atmosphere is brownish but modern and clean, cosy and woody, and quite relaxing if it is not too crowded. Service is always friendly and selection is extensive though exclusively Belgian. I like the menus, which are suspended on hooks at each table and in which new beers are added with stickers - usually the first thing I look for. Some beers in the menu are not available anymore but somehow I always manage to find some regional beer I haven’t tasted yet. Prices are on the high side, though. The food varies from good to disappointing - depends on what you order, but I would recommend the mussels during the season. Benefits from being at the seaside, of course, but a valuable beer house in its own right.
witthatsbier (13) glasgow, Scotland | September 15, 2014
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
300 beers reasonable rooms ,a must visit/stay in belgium
vshollows (70) , | June 30, 2014
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
More like an English pub. (Well Ostend is a bit like Blackpool) There are a few seats outside, but in the late afternoon they were in the shade.
We returned in the evening and sat inside. Each table has it’s own numbered beer book. There are lots of unusual beers all served in their own glass. The waitor told us the history/facts about the beers that we had orderred. Although the football was on TV it wasn’t too noisy. The 16 font beers could be bought in taster trays of up to 16 x 15cl. Unfortunately the taps housed run of the mill beers including Guinness.
Wim (44) Weelde , Belgium | May 30, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
’m going to dinner with my girlfriend the food was prepared with beer and was just simple tasty it was a cozy pub with good beer book alone in a clumsy wooden holder and ok service
madthom8 (126) Kingsbridge, England | December 2, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visted November 2013. I stayed at the Hotel Marion which is in the same building as the cafe as owned by the same people. CAFE: I went to the cafe twice but only had something the first time. On the first visit I had three beers: the draught Keyte Tripel and St Bernardus Tripel were fine but the bottled Verhaeghe Noel was out of date and limp. I didn’t bother the busy waiter to get a replacement as he had the whole bar to look after by himself. When I went to pay for the bill I asked if I might charge it to the room but he exasperatingly said I should have said that I wanted to before he did the billing. The next time I went I sat down at a table and had the same waiter scurry up to me and in a brusque manner tell me I couldn’t sit there unless I was ordering food. He didn’t offer any other place to sit, so I left. There is a large selection of beer to be had. FOOD: I ate a shrimp dish on my first visit which was good but not outstanding. I didn’t see any dishes cooked with beer on the menu as others have mentioned they had. ROOM: The rooms range in price from €46 for a single to €66 and upwards for two or more. The rooms are named after Belgian breweries (I had Maes which featured an aerial photo of their ugly beer factory!). The room was basic just verging on tatty with a view of the fire escape. The shower backed up after a few minutes and I had to turn it off and wait for it to drain. The Wifi kept asking for the password over and over so eventually I gave up on it. No one came to tidy the room up after the first day. The rating I have entered above is for the cafe, not the hotel.
gEUS (83) Linden, Belgium | September 20, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful and old interior. Quite long beer menu but with Belgian usual suspects only. Poor service though, unfriendly and kitchen service was not available while menu indicated otherwise
Martinus (172) Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands | September 18, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good atmosphere, decent service (as we were sitting at the bar, we didn’t have to wait long for anyone to serve us) and more than decent selection. Only downside was that the draught Keyte was quite rancid and sweaty (schraal), while when we got to taste it in another place it was much better and fresher, and I’ve heard stories of the same happening to other beers. There seem to be too many taps for the amount of visitors at the end of the season, cleaning taps should be better.
Selection is good, lots of choice and nice selection of lambics. Overall price-level is pretty decent and acceptable, though some of the bottles are grossly overpriced all of a sudden: do check the beer list before ordering to prevent surprises.
We had a pleasant evening there, and if we wouldn’t have encountered the tap problem, marks would have been quite a bit higher.
itaste (37) , | July 29, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Best selection in town. Very close to the seafront. Good selection of lambics, some years ago here i’ve drunk my first Cantillon
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