Belgium > Gooik
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.
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.
SrSilligoose (248) 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 (77) , 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 (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
Travlr (1324) 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.
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!
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.
bierkoning (241) 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.
JoeinEscazķ (278) Ozark, Missouri | 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.
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