Belgium > Gooik
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 won’t have access to the brewery. Still, the bistro is worth the detour. De Cam beer on tap at extra cheap price. A free “museum” on the second (and I use the term “museum” 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.
Huhzubendah (34) 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.
brokensail (1094) 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 it’s definitely a bit out of the way.
suedehead288 (14) , Belgium | September 2, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
2012.09.02 - with my dad - next doors to brewery ’De Cam’ - De Cam products and other lambics available. Did not try the food.
Doodler (5) Denver, Colorado | May 20, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place though a bit out of the way. There was a bike race when we arrived blocking traffic throughout town. Sat outside and ordered the sandwiches and taster trays. Got a short tour of the brewery and picked up a glass or two. Would visit again.
cpetrone84 (47) 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 didn’t order any.
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. I’ll 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. I’d definitely try it again, but the list was so small and standard that the time required to get there may not be justified.
SrSilliGose (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | 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.
BriSava (78) , Japan | May 11, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Veru cosy place. You can try to drink De Cam Lambiek, Kriekenlambiek, Faro with luck.
rotjoch (79) 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. Food’s ok. I don’t actually know if the non-lambic part of their menu is all right as well... Guess I never bothered :-p
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