De Dolle Brouwers | Esen,
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De Dolle Brouwers
World Class based on 32 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

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

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Hours: Sat. 9:00-7:00 (Visited in March ’13 didn’t 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 Oerbier Special Reserva 100, De Dolle Oerbier 99, De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2010 100, De Dolle Extra Export Stout 98, Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout 100, Toccalmatto Salty Dog 81, Brugs Beertje 30 (Special Brew) 95, De Dolle Lichtervelds Blond 97, De Dolle Arabier 96, De Dolle Dulle Teve 10º (Mad Bitch) 99, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100
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32 reviews for De Dolle Brouwers
 Ambiance  96%
 Service  86%
 Selection  76%
 Food  67%
 Value  88%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  96%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck  (158) Gent, Belgium | November 29, 2011
(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 Chris’ 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).
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk  (129) Crestview, Florida | May 5, 2013
Decent size drinking area that housed us after the tour by Kris. Okay selection, but they were missing some of their regular offerings. No biggie. Price is fair given that you are paying for the nice atmosphere as well. Tour was nice. Walked past the fully stocked cellar hiding a lot of their older and special beers.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v  (123) Lille, France | February 1, 2015
Visited with friends the 31 January 2015. The brewery is on the main street of the village of Esen. As the beer the place is amazing. A really nice brewery with a great tap room. About the tap room this is really pleasant to drink a beer near to the fireplace with pieces of sausage or paté. I really recommend this place, this is clean and warm. About the beer there are 4 tap with Arabier and Oerbier and you can find also bottles of more special beer as Stille Nacht or Oerbier Reserva. The service is really friendly and you can meet also the brewer and discuss with him about beers! You can also buy some goodies from the brewery like shirt or posters! Really amazing, a muss to visit.
92
  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 don’t visit De Dolle you must be crazy!!!! Better to have a car...
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete  (104) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
goozen  (104) Leiden, Netherlands | July 31, 2011
Wonderful place with a fun atmosphere. All standard Dolle beers on tap and bottle, and some seasonal stuff. Can buy beers in boxes with 20 bottles for 28 euro’s, or sixpacks for 10 euro’s. Also this brewery is an art-gallery.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
kerenmk  (96) Tel Aviv, Israel | April 25, 2015
Visited November 2014, Saturday English tour. Nice little place in the countryside with a great, big yet cozy bar that caters to the locals. Brewmaster guided the tour with a tongue-in-cheek tone - thoroughly enjoyable and worth a detour (or the walk from Diksmude).
90
  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.
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 don’t 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. Kris’ mom does an English tour every Sunday at 2. Nice patio outside overlooking the Belgian countryside. If you’re ever in the western area of Belgium, this place is highly recommended.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
BriSava  (78) , Japan | April 19, 2011
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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