Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At De Groote Witte Arend (arranged by most recent)
Grimbergen Optimo Bruno 91, De Arend Nello’s Blond 62, Slaapmutske Anniversary Ale Pressklubben 10 84, Slaapmutske Dry-Hopped Lager 85, De Arend Patrasche Bruin 60, Lefebvre Hopus Primeur 2013 76, Bush Blonde (Scaldis) 85, Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noël) 97, Southern Tier Harvest Ale 95, De Arend Kriek , Mort Subite Xtreme Kriek 20, Mort Subite Xtreme Framboise 20, Troubadour Obscura 96, Boon Oude Kriek 98
Leighton (389) London, England | October 7, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
A very decent spot to have a meal and a good beer. Lots of good, traditional Belgian dishes on offer. While the beer list doesn’t have too many uncommon beers to offer, all the classics are present, plus a few other interesting ones. The restaurant itself is lovely, and if the weather is nice you simply MUST eat in the couryard. (On our visit it was wonderfully sunny and sit in the courtyard we most certainly did.) Prices here are pretty much par for the course - which is to say, not bad. This place is definitely more of a ’great food place with decent beer’ than a straight-up beer place, but it’s probably one of the best places to have a meal with beer in Antwerp.
Fin (368) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Have been here in Feb 2010 with my dad and March 2011 with friends. It was absolutely empty on our most recent visit (Sunday night) Lovely courtyard and interesting rooms both downstairs and upstairs. The beer list isn’t bad, and prices were not too bad I seem to recall my Giradin Black Label at being a good bit less than 5 Euros which was pretty good.
Rune (319) Tromsø, Norway | May 17, 2011| Updated July 3, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
City central place located close to the Gothic cathedral. We passed the cosy beer garden and found our seats in a rather spacious room at the rear of the bar. With the classical music, including psalmody, white church candles and the bible we soon went into a kind of consecrated and relaxing state of well being. The beers we ordered from tap, Arend Blond and Moeder Overste, contributed to the laid back feeling. They had seven beers on tap and a very decent list of bottled beers (visited with Finn, 29.04.2011).
Dedollewaitor (274) Odense, Denmark | September 7, 2012| Updated July 3, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Cool place. Sat in the yard. Really cozy. Great food. The Stooflees were awesome. Little under 100 beers. No Lambic or Gueuzes surprisingly. Had a fresh Lefebvre Hopus . Nice place.
ogivlado (270) Zagreb, Croatia | September 2, 2008| Updated July 3, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Near the Grote Markt, I accidentally ran into it while looking for Kulminator. When I saw that Kulminator was closed, I got back here. Located in courtyard, with a chapel inside the building (something like convent). In summer, there are about 15 massive wooden tables out in the yard. Inside, it’s on two floors looks like medieval church or train waiting room from the beginning of 20th century. Cosy and quiet atmosphere, excellent to relax from some places with loud music here you can hear just classical music. Very good beer selection, few rare beers, and also beer of the month in big bottles (when I was there it was De Koninck Gusto Blond).
JoeinEscazú (268) San Jose, Costa Rica | November 14, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Serious Flemish cooking, decent service, classical music, open courtyard, and about 90 beers -- not many surprises but a few lambics and plenty of 75cls for sharing. Somehow peaceful even when busy, maybe as a refuge from the well-touristed streets outside. Went with well-mayoed shrimp-stuffed tomatoes washed down by Girardin black label and never looked back.
BlackHaddock (227) , England | April 3, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
As you walk in from the street you enter a small courtyard. On our visit, on a very cold Sunday evening in March 2010 the only thing in the courtyard was a huge gas torch flame for smokers to warm up on, the tables and chairs were stashed away for the winter. The far righthand corner hosts a small chapel, the entrance to the actual bar is in the far left corner.
Once inside you see an almost square room set out like a restaurant and most people seemed to be eating on our visit, we had already had a Shwarma in an Iranian joint by the station. It was no problem just wanting a beer though, others were doing the same.
Mixed crowd of customers, mostly British, with three Americans behind our table (it was the ZBF weekend).
Beer selection and service were both fine, we were joined by a couple of British guys we’d met on the Friday in the ’Oud Arsenaal’ and crossed the road with them to finish off our drinking in the ’Vagant’, as did many others who had been in ’The Great White Eagle’.
deanso (205) the Hague, Netherlands | June 26, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favourite places to eat in Antwerp with quite a decent selection of beers including their own kriek and blond and also 6 month old Orval.
Svesse (178) Hässelby, Sweden | February 15, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
(Visited July 2012) Nice restaurant and bar, centrally located not far from ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske. There are two levels with different rooms, and a very nice open courtyard. Swift and efficient service. Good beer selection with 8 draught beers, good but hardly exciting, and a list of bottled beers that is well selected with good beers, but not much in terms of rare beers. Very nice food. Definitely worth a visit.
baxterfish (141) , England | May 21, 2011| Updated April 21, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Back on track after a decade in the doldrums. Used to come here 20 years ago as it was one of the few places to drink Westvleten - they no longer have that but the beer list is better than it has been for years and the ambiance is lovely. The food’s not bad either. Back to being one of Antwerp’s essential visits.
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