Netherlands > Utrecht
Beer Available At Café Derat (arranged by most recent)
Hallets Real Cider 53, Alvinne Morpheus Dark 82, Neumarkter Lammsbräu Zzzisch Edel Pils 42, Foxy Lady 60, Engel Bock Hell 27, Texels Bock Bier 81, Duits & Lauret Houtgerijpte Rook Dubbelbock 92, Het Uiltje UPA (Uil-Pale-Ale) 83, Maximus Stout 8 91, Oedipus Mannenliefde 80, La Trappe Jubilaris 80, Gooische Hilfert’s Blond 44, Klavervier Schipluyden 66, Het Uiltje Velduil 81, Bacchus 79, La Gauloise Fruits Rouges 16, Wageningen Hermelijn 37, Eem Xtreem Centennial 86, Wageningen Otto II van Gelre 39, Muifelbrouwerij Platte Thijs 76
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Travlr (1257) Washington, Washington DC | September 25, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small place with character. Owner Erik is very friendly, as are the clientele, all locals when I visited. Great tap selections include Dutch micros plus one American IPA. Bottle list features the most extensive selection of lambic and geuze I have seen anywhere in the world outside Blegium, and rivals many places in Belgium itseld. Nice selection of single malt whiskies, homemade walnut liquer and kriek liquer, which suddenly appear out of nowhere. Definitely worth going out of your way for.
Boudicca (526) London, England | October 12, 2011| Updated October 12, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
In my view, this is easily the best bar in Utrecht. It’s on a corner on one of the streets running off the main canal. It has large picture windows, a wooden floor and ceiling and traditional wooden furniture. It’s a very cosy and comfortable place and we immediately felt at home there along with the regulars. The bar staff are excellent - friendly and knowledgeable - and the owner, Erik, is delightful. You can also meet Josefine and Stip, the two resident cats who feature in a lovely little book about the café cats of Utrecht. In fact one of them is on the cover.
Derat has 6 taps with four fairly standard beers, one of which is usually La Chouffe, and two guests. When we were there the guest beers were Tasty Lady (despite its rather cheesy name, a nice gentle IPA brewed by five women at Schelde), Maximus Pandora and, later in the weekend, Flying Dog Raging Bitch. Erik told us that following his visit to the Borefts Beer Festival at De Molen he was keen to try out more unusual draft beers, so watch this space. There are 21 bottles listed on the blackboard and, the pièce de résistance, a separate lambic and gueze list which ranks with the best. We had Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait 2007 at a bargain price of E5 and Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait 2008 for E8. They also have the ever reliable Orval and an impressive range of single malt whiskies.
Apart from some delicious local cheese which was handed round, we didn’t try the snacks - sausage, cheese and toasties - but I’m reliably informed that they come from mainly locally sourced ingredients.
(Last visited 30 September 2013).
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 3, 2011| Updated March 6, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
We visited here on 25.09.11. When we popped in we were the only people in the Café apart from the Café owner who was just such a nice chap. He immediately came and sat near us and just chatted away. We’d barely known him 20 mins before he offered to add some Gueuze for us if we wanted onto an order he was doing and was going to pick up, we declined owing to space but suffice to say what a really nice chap. The range of beers wasn’t exhaustive though the lambic list was great, but the remaining list wasn’t shoddy either and was a nice list, the bar was situated on a corner and had a lovely ambience. I really liked this place. Visited here again 1st March 2012, Eric the landlord is such a friendly and welcoming chap, we hadn’t been there long and he was off upstairs getting a 3 Fonteinen Doesjel and then other great beers, we stayed here for quite a while. In my opinion this is easily the best of the bunch in Utrecht, it has a lovely atmosphere, is extremely welcoming and is just a warm happy place, loved it here on both occasions. I’m indifferent to cats but they are very entertaining in this pub.
Brugmansia (343) Jylland, Denmark | October 9, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Visited september 2013. A very cosy, busy place. Great beer selection, both on tap but mainly the bottlelist was superb. Very friendly and serviceminded staff, that knows stuff about beers. Beers are well served and in good condition. The celler is under one of the tables, so when it is time to change a beer, guests have to move a bit around, but that then gives you the chance to have a tour around the celler :-)
jackl (285) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 1, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Derat’s a small pub located not far from the main tourist canal in Utrecht. The ambiance is cosy, inviting. This place feels like its been around forever. The service is friendly. The proprietor approached me as soon as I entered the bar, and was quick to offer suggestions and advice. The selection is OK. The taps featured some rather mediocre Dutch micros. The sour bottle list, however, was more interesting. The pricing was a bit uneven. Some beers seemed to be good deals, others were priced pretty high. Overall, this is a good place to spend an hour or two. Recommended if you’re in Utrecht.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | June 17, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped here twice while in Utrecht. The place is basically an old house with a bar in it, not the nicest ambience but has a bit of charm, there are also a few cats running around. Eric, the owner, is super cool and really makes this place. Upon our arrival Eric brought us a couple of samples of the draft selections. Selection was ok, just a few drafts and a nice bottle list. It wasn’t super apparent what was available and you almost had to hunt down lists off of random chalk boards. Value was ok, beer in the Netherlands was pretty expensive overall. This place was filled with locals, but Eric made it inviting. The second time when Eric wasn’t there was not as much fun.
sic1314 (281) Leiden, Netherlands | June 9, 2012| Updated June 26, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Super little back street bar with a small but eclectic beer selection. Friendly and not typically Dutch. For spotters of the unexpected, also has some of the local Uwe cider available in small batches. Revisited June 27th 2013. Was expecting to rate De Drie Herzen over this, until I walked in and found 3 new breweries on tap..
sebletitje (264) Enghien, Belgium | August 17, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited August 15th. Fun little neighborhood bar that fills up with a great local atmosphere. Plenty of Belgian beers, again, would have enjoyed a bit more Dutch beers. The owner Erik sat at our table brought us samples from a small Oud Beersel Cask and later accompanied us to a restaurant. A few British beers were available in ltd qty from Erik trip in Kent. A nice whiskey collection is also available with some nice little gems hidden upstairs.
Fun place nestled just out o the busy touristy Oudgracht steert.
caesar (240) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 8, 2011| Updated August 21, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Small bar where mainly locals come. Great ambiance, very friendly. Good cheeses available. Not a very big selection of beers, but they usually have a saison or an IPA, which is not really familiar for a small Dutch bar.
Update: still selection is not really big, but they sometimes have some uncommon beers on the 4 quickly rotating taps. Also the bottles will change. Especially the geuze-list can be quite nice, so be sure to ask for that if you like sours.
bierkoning (239) La Tropica, Netherlands | April 22, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A limited portfolio maybe, but during my (short) visit beers from Mommeriete, Maximus and Christoffel were available from tap. Limited but excellent choice of bottled beers. Friendly service. Value for money. I’ll be back!
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