Belgium > Gooik
Travlr (1269) Washington, Washington DC | April 27, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Right next to the De Cam brewery, which I have never seen open. No matter, the geuze and lambic are here, and in flights from a variety of lambic producers. Staff is friendly and efficient. A must-stop for lambic lovers.
t0rin0 (990) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 19, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited October 2012.
We stopped on the way into Brussels coming from Westvleteren and it took quite a while to get here. This was just after tourist season so all the roads were being worked on and out in the country there arenít as many easily available detours. It was pretty ridiculous really just how many streets were closed. Once we arrived in Gooik though it was a quaint little town with some charm, but as it turns out is also kind of hill billy. This is the West Virginia of Belgium. Parking in the middle of the day was no problem at all.
Inside the cafe is an interesting scene. Lots of decorations everywhere. There is also a museum upstairs. There was one customer just leaving when we showed up but aside from that we were the only ones besides the (what I think were) husband and wife team that do the cooking and serving. Between the three of us we got a glass of each of the three beers offered. The gueuze is always nice, the kriek was a bit cough syrup-like but still good, and the young lambic was not very pleasant at all. Iíd love to be able to get a case of the gueuze whenever I wanted but alas my memories of this place will have to do. They also sell verticals and vintages of the gueuze but we didnít do that. I think all three of us ordered the same thing, which was the beef stew that was pretty good.
Iíd definitely stop in again to load up on some bottles or maybe just to explore the country side again. The service was friendly and the prices were pretty reasonable.
brokensail (629) Orange County, California | October 21, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped here on the way to Brussels. Nice little cafe next to the brewery. Just a couple of people working the bar inside. Quick friendly service and the food was pretty decent (had the beef stew). There was kriekenlambik and gueze were very nice, but the unblended young lambic on my visit was terrible. A nice place to visit, but itís definitely a bit out of the way.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A little note to start with. The brewery De Cam and the bistro De Cam Volkscafe are two separate entities. Located just in front of each other but two different entities. The brewery (blending only) is a one man operation and the blender/owner has 0% involvement in the bistro located in front of his brewery. He just sells most of his production to the bistro because it is convenient. That being said the brewery itself is rarely opened because this is just a part-time job for the blender/owner. I was lucky enough to be there during a special day in Belgium during which many breweries opened their doors. But when visiting De Cam you are 99% certain you wonít have access to the brewery. Still, the bistro is worth the detour. De Cam beer on tap at extra cheap price. A free ďmuseumĒ on the second (and I use the term ďmuseumĒ loosely). Good sandwiches with local products. Nice patio. Great service. My recommendation would be to visit on a Sunday so you can hit de Grote Dorst before.
JoeinEscazķ (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | January 10, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
What would it be like to live in Gooik, where one of the hubs of civic life is a lambic blender whose grounds feature a community center, a museum, and a cafe? Not bad, I would think. The cafe looks old, with its breweriana and clientele, but it feels new and polished. Besides the De Cam lambic and kriekenlambic on cask, gueuze is available, or a tasting of all three. We were unlucky on our visit, as the lambic and gueuze were out the man hadnít delivered any for more than a month, over the holidays. But they still had the kriek in fine condition, intense and fruitier as it warmed. Nice how they serve it in those old-school earthenware-type mugs. Bottled selections included Boon, Lindemans, Cantillon, Girardin, plus a few Trappists and standards. Most of the old guys were just drinking Jupiler, oh well. Planning to come back for the lambic and to get a tour of those blenders.
bierkoning (239) La Tropica, Netherlands | January 11, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Popped in with my wife in 2005 for a quick lambic in this fairly new looking peoplesí pub. Good lambic, served as it should be in a stone mug. De Cam products and also other lambics available. Nice place to visit in quiet Gooik.
Loineshawn (237) Massachusetts | June 16, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
family restaurant in small, scenic town. nice old brick building. old brick, old wood ceilings. hops draped from rafters. de cam jonge lambiek and krieklambik on tap. friendly, helpful server. picture menu for food for those who struggle with flemish. great place. bunch of old antiques, a bird cage, antique games for kids. guns and puppets strewn about. neat place. neat beers.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | January 3, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Funny old place. As much a community centre as a classic lambic cafe, so not quite as atmospheric. One time I was there there was a rather raucous accordion player though. Lambik, kriekenlambiek and faro out of bottles filled across the courtyard, served in ugly but charming stoneware mugs. Another place where itís only the beer tourists who drink lambik. Foodís not bad but the price of food in rural Belgium always gets me. Itís worth going on a Sunday arvo so you can take a look into the ístekerijí. Worthwhile more for the beers you canít get anywhere else than the atmosphere.
Mathieu87 (111) Ganshoren, Belgium | September 13, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a wednesday afternoon. Was a little crowded when we came in around 4 PM, but after half an hour the place was almost empty. Friendly waitress. Small selection of beers. A few local ones. Some gueuze and kriek. De Cam Geuze wasnít available... How wrong is that?
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Odd experience, very short because of time constraints. A more modern feel than most other Belgian countryside spots. Service was excellent despite crammed restaurant, one large room split by a bunch of decor, shelves and such, very family-like. Iíll try the patio next time. Disappointing draft list was quite small and had only 3-4 de cam beers, more guest lambics than anything else. Iíd definitely try it again, but the list was so small and standard that the time required to get there may not be justified.
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