Terrific place just near the center of Mechelen. Long and narrow, lots of bits and bobs hanging from the ceiling. Looks well-worn and lived-in. Friendly and helpful staff. Can get smoky, which is the only negative. Beer list is extensive, and although a few beers were out, they had all the Trappists (yes, all) at amazing prices (best Iíve seen in Belgium). Definitely worth going far out of your way to visit.
Cosy little place. The owner wasnít there when we arrived and the place seemed to be entirely staffed by one young guy who seemed a bit flustered and bewildered when we took a while to go through the 300+ beer list. It was worth it though as we found a couple of rare krieks on the list - De Neve and Vanderlinden Vieux Foudre - at knock down prices. Then he disappeared to find them for what seemed like an age and I was entirely prepared for him to return without them. However, show up they did. Obviously pretty aged but both labels were in such an advanced state of decay that they were entirely iilegible, so I guess it could have been anything that he gave me. Later the chap who I took to be the owner did turn up and he didnít seem nearly as grumpy as I had been led to believe. No substantial food as far as I could determine. Definitely worth a visit.
Funny little place, with a very relaxed atmosphere, dust in the corners and service whenever the owner/bartender i ready. Even if there was food, you wouldnít want to eat here, but itís an excellent place for drinking. Big menu of bottled beer, with cheap Westvleteren looking very attractive. La Chouffe on tap also caught my attention.
so, after hearing for this for months ( oh you like special beer? you should go to mechelen, to de stillen genieter) , after beiing to earley so i couldnt make it ( opens at 8n how am i gonna get my train back dudes? ) i finjaly got there, and got a bit dissapointed ...
the place looks realy cozy, with much bottles ( some nice ones, somme common ones ) so thats a good start. a big beer list huray. but after reading the whole thing, i had to conclude it were all í fillersí dont get me wrong, nothing bad with that, but why should i come all the way here? the beers i find here are supermarkets stuff, added beershopstuff, and some things nobody knows of. they dont have caractere rouge or something in that degree of specialty. this is a nice bar, in mechelen, FOR mechelen but in my opinion not woth a trip going there , especialy for the bar. (unless you want a 11 year old beer from gouden carolus, wich is ( that i found) the most special thing they had. )
nice service, nice looks, but a special beer bar needs real specials in my opinion. and dont even get me started on the music ...... ;p
Got there just as the owner opened, a little after 8 pm. The interior smelled like a wet cellar and was only dimly lit. Service was slow, even for Belgium, as the owner spent most of the time outside talking to regulars (in two hours I got three beers). The bottle beer menu was amazing but one of the bottles I got was oxidized (Verhaege Christmas) so even that was slightly disappointing. All in all one of my least pleasant pub visits in Belgium. Visited: 2013-10-03
madthom8 (126) Kingsbridge, England | January 21, 2010| Updated January 31, 2010
Visited October 2009. I went here twice during my stay in Mechelen. Lots of young people on my first visit, including the fellow who served me who looked all of 16. Went with a friend on the second visit, and we shared four 750ml bottles of some very nice dark beer. Lots of character to the place and the landlord. Selection is very good. Situated across the canal from the old Lamot brewery and very near the Vismarkt, where you can try the Fanterlok Restaurant for excellent all-you-care-to-eat ribs and the Ankertje cafe for the full line-up of Anker beers.
A cozy place with the most extensive beer menu I have come across. Well organised beer menu and an excellent selection of different beer styles, vintages and beers from other countries. The best part is the PRICE OF THE BEERS. Its unbelievable. never had beers so cheap in a bar in Belgium. Well worth a visit for a beer lover when in Mechelen.
On a superficial level, very really great prices.
Westvleteren Blond: 3.4 Eur, Westvleteren Extra: 3.6 Eur, Westvleteren Abt: 3.9 Eur.
Bur if you order bottled beer, then you receive ONLY GLASS WHICH IS SERVED BEER, not bottle itself, this is the fake. Someone received St. Bernardus in spite of Westvletern and the master could not display the bottle.
My friends who ordered Berliner Weisse but he received belgian wheat ale which is served Berliner Weisse glass and the master also could not display the bottle.
Is this masterís silent enjoyment (Stillen Genieter) ?
Itís just a cheat and thatís the last thing you should do. So you should be careful not to be taken in him.