United States > Maine > Lovell
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 2, 2008| Updated August 3, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite pubs (if not my favorite!). Tucked away in this small, sleepy town in Maine. Lots of quality taps (canít quite remember them all because the last time I was here was in February but off the top of my head: Ayinger Celebrator, Cantillon Kriek, De Ranke, Allagash Black and Curieux, Pizza Port, etc etc. Not many American beers, this pub specializes in imports, particularly Belgians. A huge Fantome collection, plus some rarities including Chimay Doree and Westvleteren. Lots of Struise too, of course. The owner, Chris, is awesome and very generous, if you get the chance to talk with him. The food is superb too. Truly a must visit, even if youíre 7+ hours away. Probably the best pub in America, at least on the East coast.
SETANTA (4) Bangor, Pennsylvania | July 2, 2008
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
The tap and bottle selection were phenomonal, and the owners were really gret people. I got some of the last of the first batch of Black Albert, and quite a few other Belgians that I have never heard of much less seen anywhere else. Outstanding!!!
Oakes (727) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 21, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A long way to go but it is a temple of beer to be sure. One misgiving - if you donít talk to Chris the owner, you wonít get poured Black Albert. Iíd like to know, personally, that I can just walk in off the street and get a good beer, not play the is the owner in lottery. Especially true because the waitress at first didnít know so much about beer. The tap list is stellar, and the bottle list is rock solid. There is a cellar, which you have to figure is a nice little bonus, again if youíve announced yourself as a wandering beer geek. I like the place. It drips beer, and in a location where it has no earthly right to. Itís an expression of the ownerís passion and you really should plan to stay the night. Overall, itís one of the best beer bars Iíve seen in the US.
cdog3 (3) | June 17, 2008
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
This place lived up to its reputation. They had 34 beers on tap and not a dud in the group. My wife and I made the trip up on a Saturday from New York. Chris and Jen had a private party on the porch and another upstairs and the rest of the place was hoping yet Chris still took time to come over and talk beer with me. We had dinner as well and everything was wonderful and the staff very attentive. So here is a little taste of what we had to taste. 1st round De Struise Witte and Pannepot. 2nd Round Gouden Corolus Triple and Bier Du Boucaneer. 3rd round Augustijn Triple and De Struise Pannepot Denmark version. 5th De Struise Black Albert. 6th De Struise Struiselensis and finishit off with just a little more Black Albert. Oh yeah it was a great night.
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | June 16, 2008| Updated July 26, 2008
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Well, I never am sure these places are going to live up to my expectations, but this joint did! We walked in and the staff basically made us feel like regulars. The tap list and bottle list is rediculous and the food solid. Chris was an amazing host with generosity to spare. I pretty much determined that day when Iím coming back...unreal!
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | June 9, 2008| Updated August 20, 2008
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Visited on Thursday, June 5, 2008. What an incredible experience! I showed up with my girlfriend pretty much as they were unlocking the doors at 3. Chris introduced himself when we walked in and was stoked when I said we came all the way from Buffalo to go there. I canít even begin to say how genuinely enthusiastic Chris and Jen and really the rest of the staff were. The beers I had being thrown at me were totally insane. At one point I had five beers in front of me, one was the Cantillon Vignerrone draught that Chris told me to use as a palate cleanser! The others included an 06 Peche Mortel and Struise Black Albert. They do have a great number of beers available that arenít on the beer menu, even though the beer list would warrant a top score for selection anyway. Hell, there were 3 Cantillons on tap including St. Lamvinus. The place has a great view, being next to a golf course, and it is tastefully decorated with tons of primarily Belgian beer signs, flags, posters, etc. The food was great. The food menu was a little unassuming, but it was all top notch. The prime rib and reuben sandwich were both great. My girfriend and I loved every minute of our 7 hours there, and she doesnít even really like beer (although she loves the Peche Mortel now). If youíre gonna go there, you know it wonít be by accident and you wonít be disappointed. One of the best beer drinking experiences of my life by far
JugOPunch (1) Nashua, New Hampshire | June 8, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This was our holy grail destination for bmartin08ís bachelor party. We got there and Chris let the ten of us use the private room upstairs where he played poker with us all night and served us gem after gem into the wee hours. The highlight for me was when he tapped a keg of 06 Peche Mortel. Absolutely delicious! But beyond that we had the Black Albert, Russian River Beatification, Oer Bier reserva and one of Chrisí special blends among many others. The night ended with a tour of his basement which included a 1968 Thomas Hardy and pretty much every Bigfoot from 95 on. This place will not disappoint if you seek rare beer treasures and an incredibly welcoming atmosphere and host. If he knows you are a ratebeerian you will get the best treatment so donít be shy and call ahead.
brianbrian (1) Chicago, Illinois | May 28, 2008
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
This place really does live up to the hype. My girlfriend and I flew from Chicago to Maine for the weekend just to come here, and it was worth it. Chris and Jen are great hosts, and Chris is an amazing wealth of knowledge and recommendations. The food is great, much better than ordinary pub food, and of course, a better beer selection than youíll find anywhere else. Plus, everyone there is friendly and helpful. If you like good beer and are anywhere near the area, or if you really like god beer and arenít anywhere near the area, you need to go.
airforce1 (9) Atascosa, Texas | May 24, 2008| Updated October 29, 2008
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Simply put, the greatest beer bar on the planet. Chris and jens hospitality is unmatched, and I ould love to know if there is a better selection of beer on Earth. Black Albert, Earthmonk, Struiselensis, Russian River, and the ultimate cellar tour makes this place worth the visit. YOU MUST CONTACT CHRIS TO GET HE FULL EXPERIENCE. This was the beer vacation of a lifetime.
beerbuzzmontreal (45) Montreal, Quebec | May 22, 2008
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
To describe Ebenezer in one word : impressive. The place looks and feels like a family restaurant, friendly and ward, but the walls are covered with belgian beer paraphernalia. The food was quite good but most people go there for the beer. First of all, the beer menu is quite extensive, a lot of beers available on tap and in bottles, the fun part is that we didnít get to try what was on the menu since Chris treated us with very rare stuff from Russian River and De Struise to name a few. Chris spent the evening with us opening beer after beer after beer. He was even kind enough to offer us a ride to our hotel. If you go to Ebenezer, contacting Chris beforehand is mandatory.
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