De Dolle Brouwers | Esen,
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De Dolle Brouwers
World Class based on 31 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

Roeselarestraat 12B
Esen, Belgium 8600 [ print map ]
51 502781

Hours: Sat. 9:00-7:00 (Visited in March í13 didnít open until 14.00 hours), Sun. 2:00-7:00

Mayor: Beerconnaiseur (5) | Taps: 4 | Bottles: 10

De Dolle Brouwers

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Beer Available At De Dolle Brouwers (arranged by most recent)
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 100, De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout 100, Toccalmatto Salty Dog 78, Brugs Beertje 30 (Special Brew) 92, De Dolle Lichtervelds Blond 97, De Dolle Oerbier 99, De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 100, De Dolle Arabier 97, De Dolle Dulle Teve 10ļ (Mad Bitch) 99, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100, De Dolle Boskeun 98
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31 reviews for De Dolle Brouwers
 Ambiance  95%
 Service  86%
 Selection  75%
 Food  67%
 Value  88%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
stoutpark  (58) , Italy | July 8, 2013
The temple of beer creativity and tradition, lovely place. Kris the head brewer is a creative an passionate beer man, his wife and mother helped us after the tour with the beers on tap. He also let us taste a couple of his reserva beers (oerbier in Bordeaux barrels) directly from the barrel.. Amazing! The location is perfect, colorful and in the nature, there are also a couple of really good snacks availables. The best brewery in the world!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
mullet  (224) Melbourne, Australia | January 3, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
iacopino_IpA  (113) , | July 16, 2013
The most fun and traditional (at the same time) brewery tour ever had. Kris and his wife are maybe the most passionate persons I haver met and the atmosphere that you can feel here is incredible!! The selection on tap and bottle is seasonal, but kris was in the right mood and opened for us and his brother some gems! If you come to Belgium and you donít visit De Dolle you must be crazy!!!! Better to have a car...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc  (31) BesanÁon, France | March 9, 2014
Franchement je suis un fan absolu de cette brasserie, et ce qui fait autrement plus plaisir, cíest que les gens sont ŗ líimage de leurs biŤres. Fantastiques ambiances, accueil, la ber est chouette et la terasse est sensationnelle, les prix sont fous... (et en plus on nía pas du payer deux tournťes) ma seule frustration cíest de pas y Ítre allť plus tŰt pour goŻter les autres tueries. En plus les franÁais sont rares et donc super bien accueillit !
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ultimatepoche  (60) Lille, France | April 29, 2014
Thatís a brewery totally worth a visit. Very old school, one could even say a bit too old school. But I loved the ambiance and general feeling of the place; I really enjoy De Dolle beers, Kris is a fantastic and original host. The tasting room offers a lot of seasonal De Dolle beers on tap, and almost everything they brew in bottle. Loved it the first time. Loved it every time since.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete  (100) Ghent, Belgium | August 4, 2014
This place is worth a visit! I did the tour on sunday with the old lady, it was fantastic. Nice and friendly people, very good beers, very good atmosphere.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
happyhoppy  (81) , France | August 10, 2014
Visited the brewery on a Sunday afternoon for the tour in English. Our tour guide was the master brewer himself Kris. He kick started the tour with his excellent and sarcastic humour. The brewery is like a living museum as things are done the old way here and Kris is proud about it. The tour was really informative & Kris explained various stages of brewing and in between the history of the brewery, the origins of the names of the beers etc:. The tour was followed by tasting of some excellent beers. They had the Oerbier & Arabier on tap. The tasting room also displays some art work of Kris. Do try the "pate" here. It blends in well with the beers. They almost had their whole range on bottle & was lucky enough to have a Stille Nacht Reserva 2010.. Will visit again for sure.. A really worth brewery visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
eManu  (41) Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, Belgium | June 2, 2010
This place is fantastic. The best brewery in Belgium. Was lucky to arrive just before the Sunday tour of the brewery. Great beer stories from the 93 year old grand mother of the brewry and she know her beer. I was so please to see that they have well recovered from the fire. Kris, the boss was very nice to serve us some nice samples of Stille Nacht and their Special Experemental Brew 2010, that was like being in haven there. Very very worth visiting. On Sundays.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
BelgBeerGeek  (34) Antwerp, Belgium | December 18, 2012
Visited this 2 weeks ago with Dennoman, took the train from antwerp ,a 2 hour drive and then it was 6minutes of busdriving so actually pretty do-able if you donít want to look for a designated driver ...
Took the tour with Kris ís mother ( who i believe is 96 at the moment !! ) And it was great fun, she sure knows allot about the brewery and the ingrediŽnts used, and she sure knows how to get the show going.
Went there offcourse to pick up a bottle of SNR 2010, and we were able to taste some beers on draft like fresh Arabier, really good btw ! and the SNR 2010 and regular stille nacht on tap, really jummy ! the food altough itís only local made sausage and Patť made with oerbier but i just love these plain simple foods !
Kris and his wife were a little bussy at the time to actually chat with them and we only had a good 3 hours with the 45min tour included before we had to go back to the station. but then again there were allot of visitors and offcourse customer for the SNR 2010 so i donít blame them :-) very good place to visit !

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