United States > Maine > Lovell
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.
willblake (81) Bel Air, Maryland | January 24, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
20080729 Friendly, open porch area, screened in, on a golf course. Pretty standard pub menu. Frites were so-so tasting but mostly a bucket of half inch french fry scraps. Mayo was good. The beers were 50-50 in shape. Lambics on tap were not in good shape, mostly watery. Uncomfortable plastic patio chairs didnít suit the many hours we were there. Told by the servers that bottles were not for sale. lots of misunderstanding. But eventually we got things straightened out thanks to Jen and later Chris. And then the benevolence began and the sun shined through the Maine darkness. Honestly, I would have panned this place except for their selection had it not been for the great hospitality of Chris and Jen.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | April 23, 2009| Updated August 24, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place has grown into quite a phenomenon in the beer rating community and I must say it is mightily deserved. Chris displays that kind of passion that has put places like Kulminator on the map. Its inconceivable location perhaps only add to the reputation as people need nothing less than a pilgrimage to reach Lovell. Once there, only a blatant ignorant could deny the unbelievable draught beer list. Out of the 30 or so beers on tap, I felt like drinking at least 15. They carry the exceptional. And if Chris catches a glimpse of you smelling your glass, be ready because heíll tell you youíre the reason he built this place up. Passionate beer lovers are his fuel and once he brings you downstairs and starts opening up numerous rarities to thank you for coming, youíll think that maybe this is how life should be. Going back to your normal life will not be the pleasant perspective it can sometimes be after long trips...
My second visit was slightly less interesting. It occured during the Belgian week and the service was less stellar, nor attentive. Separate checks should be a must for tables of 10+. Also, we did not really fall into the grace of Chris, it seems we would have needed to buy very expensive bottles to be. The nighttime party we expected was apparently held off-site. The selection is still extraordinary, but prices seem to have climbed a fair bit. Still an extraordinary place, but Iím lowering my score from 94 to 88 and recommend avoiding special events where youíll likely miss the special attentions of quieter evenings.
jkwood04 (65) Connecticut | September 3, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
A really cool place in the middle of nowhere in Maine. A lot of Belgian beers, plus some random foreign beers. The service was pretty fast even though we were there late. The food was good, especially the fries. The prices were a little expensive, but for this selection and atmosphere it was worth it. Did not get to tour the cellar, but Iíll try to go back to see it.
CTbeerlover (4) Connecticut | April 21, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
My friends and I where up in new hampshire for the weekend and had to come here. It was a Saturday night in march 2010. The place was empty. I donít know if they have a more hopin time to go. They where redoing there beer list so I never saw what they had. The owner wasnít there so we couldnít go in to the basement for a tour. Had no t-shirts. But we made the best of it and had some great beer. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I am not saying this place was bad but with all the hype I was disappointed. I will try again next time I am up.
Arcanor (47) Quebec | April 24, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fanís of Belgian ? Thatís the place !!! Even in Belgium you will not see as much Belgian draft then this place ! 42 draft of the fine beer. Food is pub ok. Beer are a bit pricey but oneís a year, why not !!!
argo0 (217) Washington DC | July 20, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
I was staying within an hour of Lovell, so of course had to check out the famous Ebenezerís. And truly, itís well worth the drive, given the paucity of decent places in the area. Chris and Jan were on their way back from Brunswick, so I missed seeing them and the famous cellar, but no complaints here. My brother-in-law and I sat at the bar, got great service, and relaxed over several tasty beers. Iíd definitely return if I were back in the area, but it wouldnít be worth coming up from Portland or further unless it was during a festival.
50belair (171) Florida | September 5, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Long drive to a secluded spot. Nice tap and bottle selection for the commoners. If you knew Chris or if he was there, I hear the cellar is legendary. Unfortunately heís not in much.
mathieuc (5) Quťbec, Quebec | June 23, 2013| Updated June 27, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice little place with a farmhouse feel to it if you disregard the golfers just outside the window. Ambiance was good enough, service was OK. We got the mythical cellar tour with a friendly Chris (which was quite busy that day but still managed to guide us to the lambic room for us to choose or next and final libation). Taplist was good although some products on there could be priced a little better. Food was more than decent and the mysterious bottle that Chris pulled out to share with everyone was a nice touch. I still donít know what it was to this time but my guess would be some unknown and rare fruit lambic if it is not "only" a vintage Fouífoune. Iíll most likely be back for some special events and I would most likely be a regular if I was a local but I would not plan my trip around it for now since there is so much other things to see and taste in the area.
Sammy (559) Toronto, Ontario | August 16, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 18/20
Out of the way drive from Portland, I wouldnít want to do this in bad weather. Amazing tap list, good bottle list. The cellar, I hear its legendary but did not want to chance owner not being there if I returned late afternoon. Serviers very young and knew something about the beer, The place has a small feeling however there are many available tables and a large tentlike area outside. Very rare taps on, and I did what I could to have several higher alcohol ones. Hard to find on GPS. Small bar.
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