De Dolle Brouwers | Esen,
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De Dolle Brouwers
Excellent based on 25 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

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

dedollebrouwers.be

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


Mayor: PriorL (3) | Taps: 4 | Bottles: 10


De Dolle Brouwers

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Beer Available At De Dolle Brouwers (arranged by most recent)
De Dolle Oerbier 99, De Dolle Boskeun 98, De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 100, De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, De Dolle Stille Nacht 99, De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 100, De Dolle Arabier 97, De Dolle Lichtervelds Blond 97, De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 100
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25 reviews for De Dolle Brouwers
 Ambiance  95%
 Service  86%
 Selection  73%
 Food  67%
 Value  88%
 Overall  90%
 Rating  94%
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98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
stoutpark  (57) , 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!
94
  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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
iacopino_IpA  (111) , | 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...
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc  (18) 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 !
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
eManu  (39) 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.
90
  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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
BelgBeerGeek  (33) 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 !
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717  (81) San Francisco, California | July 24, 2009
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.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Renobob  (1) BesanÁon, France | March 24, 2014
Un super endroit, ŗ visiter díurgence. Jíy retournerai cíest sŻr et certain !
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
MOARBEER  (13) , Belgium | November 10, 2013
Great people and a great little cozy place to enjoy few of Belgiums finest beers. They even have some food to soak up the beers. Patť, dry cured sausage and dried fish. So simple but so right.

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