Belgium > Schepdaal
Martinus (145) Nijmegen, Netherlands | August 24, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on a Sunday early afternoon. Went for lunch: I had a few garnalencroquetjes -shrimp croquette - with some glasses of the Girardin Rare Vos.
More than decent restaurant with a nice lambic selection. Outside terrace in the back with a nice view over the garden. Friendly service. Lots of locals in the pub area in the front, didn’t linger there myself - seemed like fun though, might have to come back for it. Nice with a distinctly old fashioned feel to it. For the ticker there is the Rare Vos tick (only blended for this place).
Rasmus40 (207) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | July 27, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
I sat in the small cafe, but there is also a somewhat larger restaurant out back. I came here to try their own unblended lambic on tap, which is a major plus to this place. The friendly bartender spontaneously gave me a sample of it as we sat down at the table. Their selection of lambic is good without being fantastic. Prices are low.
mcberko (283) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 15, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Small little place for mostly locals it seems, with a spacious interior. Servers barely spoke English so communication was sparse. Their house beer made by Girardin is really weak and not worth the trek unless you really want the tick. Bottle list is pretty standard too, but nothing to scoff at. Just off the N8 highway with the 128 bus - takes 5 minutes from Grote Dorst, then a 7 minute walk.
JefVerstraete (72) , Belgium | June 1, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Restaurant behind the old bar. Not the nicest place to sit but the service is very friendly. Also very good no nonsense food. Very large portions, nice meat, nice fish, very good fresh made fries. Friendly service. A nice selection of geuze and lambic.
JamesAllon (104) , Norway | December 7, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0 (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 4, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Visited October 2012.
Oh man. Service in Belgium sucks and this really exemplifies that. Granted we stopped in the middle of the day, after getting shut down at de Heeren (they were on vacation for the two weeks that we were in Europe, ugh), but there were only a couple of other patrons in the restaurant and we still couldn’t get any service. I can’t hold it against the server for not speaking much English but he understood what we were saying and was just pretending to not understand. He ignored us for a while, took forever with the food, and wouldn’t bring a bill. I got to try the house beer made by Girardin and the Girardin lambik (which tasted like a hoppy homebrew by the way) and after 30 minutes of waiting for the little 3 euro side dish that was ordered by one person in the group I really wanted to leave. Seriously, just go to the pot in the back, scoop some of it into the bowl and be done with it. I put my money on the table but those guys didn’t want to be improper, or what ever the hold up was. Screw this place and screw this country. The upside is that this is in a nice town and on the way between Brussels and Poperinge. They also seem to have some connection to Girardin which is a good thing.
gEUS (50) Linden, Belgium | May 12, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Eager to try this for al long long long time... Left with mixed feelings.
1. De Rare Vos-beer, house beer made by Girardinn and which is a panaché beer of kriek and geuze (at least, that is what was explained to us), was terribly bad. That is not worth to be called a beer.
2. The list of geuzes was limited for what the place claims to be and some of them were expensive e.g. Tilquin half a bottle = more than a full bottle of Girardin black label. No Cantillon, no 3Fonteinen, only average Boons etc.
3. On the upside: the food was excellent: we had a nice piece of côte à l’os, perfectly seasoned and bleu chaud (like we asked). Decent french fries (probably handcut and cooked in fresh beef fat), crispy.
4. Although service was great, except for the little bar at the entrance, the place is really not enjoyable; the interior is too much aimed at feeding the masses with no cosy feeling at all. Oity.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped there on my way back from my bike tour of Grote Dorst + In Den Haas + De Cam Volksafe. This pub is in the middle of nowhere. An charming old beaten up big white house located on a small steep street. Inside you will find a very warm old fashion pub-tavern style. The type of places that you can only find in small villages. No music. Patrons are in the 35 to 60 year old range. Far from touristy, this is local hangout only. Not a party place either, this is a traditional village pub. We just made a quick pit-stop when biking our were back to Brussels so we didn’t eat there but I think they have food. Very friendly service even though you can’t help but to feel like everybody is staring at you with the “who’s that stranger?” look. As for beer selection, you’ll find a usual array of lambics with special attention to draught Girardin. They have a “house beer” which I now believe is the very same thing as the Girardin Dominicus, at least they really tasted the same to me. All in all for the beer geek it is only worth a pit stop between Brussels and de Grote Dorst. The place is charming but not a place I would spend a full day or night. The Girardin tick is nice although I suspect that investigation would eventually reveal that this is the Girardin Dominicus. So if you can find a bottle a Dominicus (although admittedly pretty rare) then there is not really any reason to stop at De Rare Vos.
brokensail (825) Orange County, California | October 21, 2012
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 7/20
Surprisingly large restaurant with a small bar area near the entrance. Came here to try the house beer. We ordered just a quick appetizer, but that turned out to not be so quick and took nearly 30 minutes of waiting around with no attention being paid to us by the waiter. Not much English spoken by the one waiter that seemed to be taking care of all the tables.
Scopey (400) Croydon, England | October 14, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
De Rare Vos is a local institution. For your information it seems to open at 11am most days (in October anyway!). We stopped past here to try the house beer by Girardin, which we rather enjoyed. They also have a fairly extensive selection of lambic in bottle. Loved the old-school interior with lots of old Gueuze signage including stuff from the now defunct De Neve brewery, which is now converted into flats….. The guy running the place didn’t speak English, but that didn’t stop him providing good service. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
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