Belgium > Gooik
lacoalco (38) , Italy | September 8, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
manca solo oude kriek!
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.
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.
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.
Huhzubendah (33) Washington DC | November 17, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in for a visit during my trip to belgium last month. The atmosphere was serene and chilled out. An old gentleman was sipping a lambic and reading the paper at a nearby table, but otherwise the place was empty of patrons.
I ordered a flight of kriek, faro, lambiek. All the beers were tasty, as expected. I was thoroughly impressed with the meat and cheese plate I ordered. A few different meats surrounded a gigantic pile of delicious cheese. Additionally, the pickles and pearl onions were delightful. A perfect compliment to the beers.
Service was friendly and prompt. No complaints there.
Overall, this was a nice stop. I am glad I made the journey to De Cam. I would definitely go back.
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.
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.
cpetrone84 (39) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 12, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very neat spot, quick visit with tight timeline. Small draft list but interesting. Some cute girls and friendly staff running around. Reasonably priced, very up scale for the small town but nothing fancy. Had outside seating but was extremely crowded at the time. Food seemed good but didnít order any.
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.
rotjoch (67) Antwerpen, Belgium | May 8, 2011| Updated November 14, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice place indeed if you want to sample the De Cam lambics, as well as many others. Foodís ok. I donít actually know if the non-lambic part of their menu is all right as well... Guess I never bothered :-p
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