Belgium > Esen
baxterfish (141) , 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.
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.
Roger939 (4) Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium, Belgium | January 23, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyable afternoon. Mom give an interesting tour and is very proud of her sons. This really is a hobby brewery as they brew only at the end of the week and the pub is only open Saturday and Sunday. Kris is easy to talk with and obviously enjoys visitors. Lots of locals including kids and dogs. Only complaint, they only had 3 beers available the day we visited.
eManu (38) Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, Belgium | June 2, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
fablo75 (13) Rome, Italy | March 8, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place to visit, Kris and his wife are really wonderful persons. I didnít visit the brewery. It is possible only on appointment, but I had the pleasure of talking with them drinking their great creations in the pub into the brewery with others visitors. The beers on taps are magnificent and we tasted also some Oerbier Reserva from different years. Take care with the alcoholic content, here itís really easy get drunk...
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.
NoiZe (76) Amersfoort, Netherlands | September 9, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Nice place to visit. We got a tour from the (well aged) mom, very good humour. Enjoyable tour, with some nice tastings afterwards!
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.
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