Belgium > Esen
Travlr (999) Washington, Washington DC | August 25, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nothing beats taking the tour with Chris on Sundays of this old brewery with its famous open fermenter, then sharing a few in the tasting room. All the clasics on draft and in bottles, plus an occasional surprise keep me coming back.
Glouglouburp (361) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My second trip to Belgium made me realize that I forgot to review this place from my first trip there in 2006. One of my favourite Belgium souvenir. I got there through private transportation but be ready for a long walk from the nearest train station. Tours on Sundays only and I recommend it. The tour has no technical information whatsoever. Donít think youíll learn anything about De Dolle brewing tricks. The tour is more a history lesson of the brewery. Given by a 150 year old grand mother it was totally unreal. Very very cool. Then you can drink at the brewery pub. I was served Arabier and Oerbier by the brewer himself. He was wearing a shirt that I didnít think anyone who dare wear in public. This place is unreal. Their beers are unreal. You must visit if you love De Dolle.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | January 3, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Easily the best brewery tour Iíve ever done, and I didnít even go there for one. The entire brewery is done up like their label designs which is quite entertaining. Rowdy locals keep it interesting and Kris hangs around to serve beers and chat. Lovely fella. A few of the standards on tap and the amazing Oerbier Reserva in bottles when I visited. The mum runs the tour and tells filthy jokes in several different languages, shimmies up ladders and generally bounces around the whole place. What a dynamo. The brewery itself is amazing too - heaps of old gear is still in use, and obviously producing great beers. Still one of the most memorable places Iíve been in Belgium. About a 30 minute walk from Diksmuide train station. Shame itís only open on weekends like all the other good places in this country.
baxterfish (158) , England | May 15, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Been coming here for years for the take away beers. Great pub, great atmosphere, great beer. An essential visit when in the area.
SaintMatty (151) Uppsala, Sweden | April 22, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic brewery and a fantastic place to visit and sample the beers following a brewery tour. The bar is cosy and relaxing and the staff are friendly. A great experience.
tderoeck (126) Gent, Belgium | November 29, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
(visit: January 2011) Nice relaxed atmosphere with a lot of walkers or cyclists stopping by for a drink. Service can be a bit slow, but Chris is not the kind of guy to stress out. Selection is seasonal, but I think if you only have so many beers, you should offer all of them in the brewery. And which Belgian beer geek did not take the tour with Chrisí mom? A big little old lady. Amazing how she even does the tours in English! A must have been for any Belgian beer geek and traveller capable of getting there (I figure you really need a car to get there).
Martinus (116) Nijmegen, Netherlands | December 18, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great atmosphere, and a good place to discover the beer culture that is called De Dolle Brouwers.
Still an absolutely marvel to see Krisís mother doing the tour around the brewery.
Great beers, and I had the delight of bringing a í91 bottle of Arabier back to the source, and sharing it with Kris and a few beer enthusiasts from Doncaster.
All in all a great place, would recommend a visit to everyone (though a car and a designated driver might come in handy).
erickok (89) Tours, France | October 20, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Did a fun tour here through the cool brewery as guided by mum. Good value for money for sure. Tasting room has a good atmosphere. Didnít try their food. Unfortunately only Arabier was available of all their beers. A real shame with such a brilliant collection.
nickd717 (80) San Francisco, California | July 24, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome place to visit, especially on bike (so you donít have to drive - drunk biking is awesome!). I made the mistake of driving so I had to limit myself, which I really really regret. The beer here is awesome. Kris Herteleer, the brewmaster, does most of it by himself, which is incredibly impressive considering you see his beers all over Belgium and the US. His wife, kid, and mom, were also just hanging around. Great people. I had the pleasure of talking with Kris for an hour or so on a Saturday afternoon in between the arrivals of biker groups. The guy is an artist - his paintings are all over the tasting room - but his greatest art is his beer. They had about 4 beers on tap and those and a few more in the bottles, plus a couple rarer/out of season ones if you know what to ask for. The tasting room is located back behind the brewery (you need to walk through it to get there) and there is also some merchandise for sale. Krisí mom does an English tour every Sunday at 2. Nice patio outside overlooking the Belgian countryside. If youíre ever in the western area of Belgium, this place is highly recommended.
BriSava (77) , Japan | April 19, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very cozy place. Kris was very kind, provided me with some experimental brew. Also special toast is delicious.
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