Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At De Groote Witte Arend (arranged by most recent)
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze 98, Slaapmutske Dry-Hopped Lager 83, Achel 8 Bruin 98, De Arend Kriek 44, Kamil 37, Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2012 Sorachi Ace 90, Brugs Tarwebier 48, De Arend Nello’s Blond 60, HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend 99, Mort Subite Xtreme Framboise 19, Grimbergen Optimo Bruno 90, Slaapmutske Anniversary Ale Pressklubben 10 84, De Arend Patrasche Bruin 59, Lefebvre Hopus Primeur 2013 85, Bush Blonde (Scaldis) 81, Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noël) 97
kraddel (86) some beerplace , Belgium | April 8, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice people . Friendly , but do not appear to know too much of the beer they sell . Maybe i asked the wrong questions ?
The waiter and barlady both were surprised 3f vintage wasnt delivered this week . Its all out, but still written in chalk as ’ taste now:’ do they not update in years time, or do they try to make false advertisement ?
Both couldnt answer any of my questions about the slaapmutske dryhopped or hop selection ..
On the other hand , their outside looks realy nice , they have a good ( yet not great) beerlist , with some rarities ( not much craft though) and their prices are VERY nice !
Svesse (205) 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.
JoeinEscazú (275) 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.
Leighton (464) 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.
Dedollewaitor (316) Odense, Denmark | September 7, 2012
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.
BelgBeerGeek (33) Antwerp, Belgium | April 11, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Went there for dinner to eat and offcourse looked at the beermenu and tried som beers. the beer list goes from standard every day stuff to the little bit more refined beers and beers from smaller brewerys, some to name, De Ryck, Boon, 3 fonteinen, etc ... just the every day good stuff !! doesn’t always have to be extremly special !!
Anyway , the waiters were very friendly and very fast, food was also served fresh , hot very fast and it was surprisingly good ! it’s not a haute cuisine restaurant , but more like a speciality brasserie/tavern restaurant, bit more class than some regular brasseries/taverns, allot of beer or beer related found in the ingrdients of the platters, i for example had Orval Cheese Croquette, and a Stew made with De Koninck beer , really delicious and a serious bite too ! you wont leave this restaurant with an empty stomach.
Restaurant itself is main flour and upper flour pretty big with lots of seatings and a nice patio right at the entrance/main gate.
Prices are very cheap when you know you get allot , i myself had a Mariage parfait, starter, main course and dessert and payed little over 30€ so that’s pretty damn good !
This is a place i’m going to visit again for sure , and if anyone out there who comes visiting Antwerp wants to know a place for eating typical Belgian Special Cuisine / Beer Cuisine , then this is the place to be !
BlackHaddock (270) , 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’.
Bjarte1 (103) , Norway | March 25, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Good restaurant located in a old nice building. We sat inside and enjoyed both food and beer.
77ships (99) Antwerpen, Belgium | February 5, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly upper-class restaurant with a decent enough amount of beers including a handful middling Proef-stuff that you have probably never had. Nice lounge-like & classier second floor where you sit, relaxed, not a bad place overall… Haven’t tried the food yet.
Probably warrants a visit if you want to eat somewhere more beer-centric in Antwerp (although as I have mentioned before, I haven’t tried the food), do a couple of ticks or search a relaxed place which has actually room to breath which you wont find at the Kulminator or other more beergeek interesting bars in Antwerp except for “t Waagstuk most of the time, this is a touch more calmer but not in a bad “empty” kind of way, there are definitely more than plenty of costumers here. Friendly peopele - usually out of quite a few sours, no whales obviously.
JorisPPattyn (37) Antwerpen, Belgium | February 1, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe a bit neglected by the beer afficionados, and that is definitely a wrong thing. First: Groote Witte Arend -as the opposite corner Vagantbar - is one of the very first places in Antwerpen ever to have intentionally served special beers at the dawn of the beerrenaissance - the first to serve Hoegaarden wit from Pierre Celis in the town centre, even. Second: they have always served some good beers, and even when they went through some lesser periods, Ronald Ferket and son Tim have taken reins seriously into their hands again, and it shows. Premium is that beercuisine is very highly regarded here, and the menu has always plenty of possibilities for the foodpairing adepts. The food has always been prime quality. Seen Ronalds’ past, Belgian traditional jenevers (gin) are very much to the fore, too.
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