Utrecht: Café Derat
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Café Derat
Excellent based on 30 ratings
Type: Bar

Lange Smeestraat 37
Utrecht, Netherlands 3511 PT [ print map ]
030 231 9513

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Hours: Daily from 1400

Mayor: caesar (14) | Taps: 6 | Bottles: 100

Café Derat

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Beer Available At Café Derat (arranged by most recent)
Kompaan Hopped Up Weizen 53, Oldskool Bramling X Hopfen Weisse , Klavervier HopJumper , Two Chefs Funky Falcon 65, vandeStreek bier Elixir 48, De Vriendschap Puike Pale Ale 63, Hommeles Dorstvlegel 48, Préaris Quadrocinno 92, Alvinne Mad Tom 85, Oedipus Lekkerbek 74, vandeStreek bier Hop Art #3 50, BierNavigatie Alpha IPA 56, Brauhaus Goldener Engel Helles , Het Uiltje / Kompaan Black & Tan 85, Hesp Blond (De Blonde) , ’t IJ Paasij 86, Neumarkter Lammsbräu Pils 52, Hallets Real Cider (Bottle) 60, 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be 96, Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) 96
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30 reviews for Café Derat
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  89%
 Selection  75%
 Food  70%
 Value  79%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
nicmig  (1) , | January 7, 2013
Cafe Derat is a very cosy bar situated near the center of Utrecht. The barman, Eric, is a specialist and makes you feel right at home. The locals treat you just as anyone else and this is the finishing touch to create an atmosphere you don’t feel like leaving. If you want a quiet stay or an endless discussing about beer, either way cafe Derat will fill your needs. Eric selects the beers himself and it is always a pleasure to find out what beers are on tap. (they change often). I’m quite sure it won’t be long before my next visit, and the one after that. See you soon!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Plaas  (63) Alkmaar, Netherlands | January 12, 2013
One of the best beerpub sin the Netherlands. Great atmosphere, friendly service, interesting selection (lambic/geuze, nice taps) - this is a gem.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
sic1314  (363) Leiden, Netherlands | June 9, 2012| Updated June 26, 2013
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..
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Sambayley101  (5) , | August 16, 2013
An excellent local Utrecht bar that me and my father stumbled into completely by accident on a cycle-tour around the Netherlands. Both being serious real-ale and cider enthusiasts, we couldn’t believe our luck that we’d found this amazing bar run by an evangelist for top-quality British craft beer, Erik! We had a great night drinking more beers than I care to remember with our friendly host, but the real revelation was the fantastic Dutch beers that we trusted Erik to provide us with, choices that he supplemented from his vast range of bottles and drafts. Top quality beer, chatter and atmosphere, the only thing I could possibly ask for was perhaps a few more bar snacks, but I understand Erik didn’t open the place to start up as a Chef, so that’s forgiveable. Check it out! Missing it already.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS  (50) Linden, Belgium | July 5, 2013| Updated March 3, 2014
Great bar! Went there on a Saturday night, together with Dutch friends. Wide variety of nice Dutch beers. Availibility depends on they got from the brewers; i.e. the card is not Always updated, but hey, it’s a wonderful place! And WAUW... the beer menu for lambics and old gueuzes is a true example for about 99.9% of Belgian beer bars! And the way they market it is just fantastic (sorry for the non Dutch speaking people): "Geuzejeuk? Vraag onze kaart!" (Does it itch for gueuze, just ask for our special card’). Grandiose!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
gajemeevissen  (6) , Netherlands | May 10, 2013
My favourite beerbar in Utrecht! (In Dutch: stamcafe) It’s always fun to be here. Great selection of Belgium and Dutch (!) beers. 6 taps, chance very often, so be quick when you want to drink your favourite beer. When you prefer something sweet, just ask the secret Geuze/Lambic list behind the bar. The bar is named after a dead rat that was found in the cellar. The rat now has a special place on the wall.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Tommie  (1) Utrecht, Netherlands | February 22, 2012
Small place with cosy ambiance. Owner Erik is very dedicated. On request he organizes beer and whisk(e)y tasting sessions upstairs. Much variation in unusual draught beers from small breweries. Special evenings with live music, poetry or ‘disc-jockeys ‘ playing all kind of music, inter alia French chansons and Rock and Roll from the 50’s and 60’s. If you’re lucky you can hear on a Tuesday evening a choir singing tear-jerkers. Note the large ringing bell from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry (1871) hanging from the wooden ceiling above the wooden floor. A unique bar – also for Dutch standards.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje  (292) Enghien, Belgium | August 17, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Boudicca  (688) London, England | October 12, 2011| Updated October 12, 2013
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).
Luk_  (7) Quebec | June 30, 2014
Beautiful old pub, mostly locals. A decent selection of draught beer and an impressive lambic selection for the Netherlands (especially a small town such as Utrecht) for cheap prices. Very good spirit selection, The owner is very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. We had a very nice Jenever tasting (1/3 pours). I definitely recommend this place.

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