Belgium > Hamont-Achel
PeatyPete (11) , Netherlands | May 8, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Close to the Dutch border. This is a super place to buy Belgian beers.
jvdijk99 (33) , Netherlands | October 18, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Achel beers on draft, good selection of glassware available. Large terrace which was packed with tourists. The beer ice cream did not taste like beer at all.
Benjii (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 2, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A nice brewery but a fair hike to get there by public transport! Nice selection of Achel beers, including two beers only available at the cloisters. The Trappist Blonde is lovely on draught. The beer shop is also impressive with a fair range and lots of glassware. Plenty of space to sit outside on a sunny day also.
tderoeck (131) Gent, Belgium | November 19, 2011
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Review is for the bar, not for the bottle shop, which in my opinion has very little to see with the monastery or the brewery. Itís cool that you can get the 5% beers. Itís less cool you canít drink any of the others. Thereís no service, just self service in what looks like a high school canteen. At least in the summer you can sit outside, but I guess in winter, when you have to sit inside itís much less cosy. So, worth to check it out? Only if you desperately want to try the Achels 5% (which I did) and maybe stock up some bottles from the shop. But other than that, not really.
bierkoning (239) La Tropica, Netherlands | July 27, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Rustic monastery with a surprisingly large portfolio of quality beers (trappists, Dupont, quadrupel OA). A kind of canteen serves the 5% ABV tap beers. Service is minimal, environment is lovely, prices are quite acceptable. Therefore recommended.
eds4bama (3) | December 11, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
ODB & I made the trip up by car to the middle of no where to find this pleasant little diamond in the rough. Great place to sit a taste the Achel Blonde (which is quite outstanding). The beer shop is surprisingly large with a lot of glassware. They have a pretty good variety of beer here as well. Overall, great trip, highly recommended!
mickmac (6) Ngunnawal, Australia | September 21, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice terras to sit on. Small range of light meals/snacks. They have their own beers available in the cafe and quite a good selection other belgian beers available from the abbey store, including a lot of trappists, abbij beers, gueze/fruit beers and other belgian ales. I would have thought the selection to be close to 200 diiferent beers.
Countbeer (160) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | June 16, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Last time I was here is about 5 years ago. Within these five years they changed a lot.
I remember that I bought a shitload of Belgian beers here which were kind of normally priced (some cheap, some expensive)
Now they have just a tiny bit of different beers left. I heard monk Fustus (or brother Fustus) died and he was the responsible one for the beers that were imported.
Since he died they shrimp their collection massively, unfortunately.
Also the Abbey cheeses where not to be found, just one I saw. This was different in the past too.
Thereís no person that helps you, unless you ask for help, but there collection is so small that you donít need any help.
Itís a beautiful place, in a beautiful part of the Belgian/Dutch border and nature. Though it got too touristic.
Overall itís ok, nice nature, some ok beers and food, other memorabilia is sold in another store, so thereís anything for anybody.
thebeermonk (12) , Netherlands | February 22, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A modern tavern in a old monestry is not what I expected. So that is why my ambiance rating is not that high. Although when you sit outside and the weather is nice, you look around and see all the old buildings while enjoying your achelse kluis beer-icecream, it is a nice detour worth place filled with rest.
And you can also find a nice small shop which sells rather interesting beers in bottles to go. A lot of organic and bio-beers can be found here.
pivnizub (449) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | January 24, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
The newest of all the Trappist breweries, almost located both in the Netherlands and in Belgium (donít be afraid, the greatest part of it - including the modern brewery - is in Belgium ;-) ); besides the cloister itself, Youíll find there the bare brewery tap, which looks "like a municipal library" (Tim Webb), a gallery and a grocersís shop, selling the Achel products plus a relatively wide range of belgian micros. Worth a detour!
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