The Capital | Leuven,
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The Capital
Above Average based on 24 ratings
Type: Bar

Grote Markt 14
Leuven, Belgium 3000 [ print map ]
0488 06 78 16 | facebook

Hours: Daily 12.00-03.00

Mayor: JefVerstraete (6) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000

The Capital

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Beer Available At The Capital (arranged by most recent)
La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #18 98, Chapeau Cuvée 82, Kempisch Vuur Haverstout 68, Hopschepper 85, Grimbergen Winter 46, Deimerwaghter Bruin 63, Paljas IPA 83, Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles 51, Kempisch Vuur Hoppergod 61, Emelisse Dubbel 77, Roman Black Hole 11, Watneys Scotch Ale 39, Postel Blond 62, Bockor Dubbel Blond , Fort Lapin 10 63, De Ranke Saison De Dottignies 96, Westmalle Extra 92, Gageleer 63, Contreras Tonneke 39, Blaugies La Moneuse 98
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24 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  57%
 Service  51%
 Selection  69%
 Food  62%
 Value  62%
 Overall  55%
 Rating  62%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb  (241) Cambridge, England | March 17, 2015
I beg to differ with the tone of many of the disappointed reports on this place. I do not judge it for what it fails to achieve but rather for what it achieves. It is a product of the same stable as Fiere Margriet and I think made a mistake by launching straight into trying to stock the largest selection of Belgian beers in the world. Trying to do that, as the crews from Liège’s various Vaudrée bars found out years ago, takes a lot of skill and experience. The problem is that the enlightened drinker, such as our good selves, uses such places to source rare and obscure beers, causing an occasional run on something for which there is otherwise little demand. On the other hand, the average drinker will be attracted to the idea that they stock all the mundane beers under the same roof, so Luc can have his Ename Tripel, Piet his Tongerlo Blond and Dieter his Maredsous 8, all under the same roof. And the food is fast, unimaginative and limited. Though this is a student town, so maybe that is why. I have a horrible feeling that they will stumble before they get to fly but I hope they make it into the air. It could be a whole load worse.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
Smalle  (4) Leuven, Belgium | March 16, 2015
Claims to have the largest beer selection in the world. Probably not the largest and definately not the best: they do have a large selection of standard, commercial, Belgian beers, but nothing that would take much effort to source. They have a small number of "beer geeky" beers on the menu, but they are almost never in stock. My standard practice at this place is to select three beers from the menu and hope they actually have one of them. Service is friendly enough, but the staff is not particularly knowledgeable about beer. Targeted at tourists, not beer lovers. The mini hamburgers are not bad!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL  (99) , Netherlands | March 16, 2015
Bar that claims to have the biggest beer selection in the world. While this is obviously wrong, they nevertheless maintain this statement on their glasses and beer menu. On top of that, they claim they have 92% availability, but for me it was more around 50%. Huge selection of beers, but mostly Belgian standard beers. With the enormous stack of dubbels and tripel, there are some interesting beers, but half of these seem to be out of stock. Employees are friendly, but don’t have a clue about what they’re serving. The menu listed the La Trappe oak aged, but didn’t mention which edition, so naturally I asked which editions they had, the girl didn’t understand what I meant. This might happen with more obscure beers, but La Trappe Oak Aged is quite well-known. After bringing me the beer, she asked me what I meant and how she’ll be able to see which edition it is for herself. She seemed eager to learn this, which is a good thing. But the manager needs to provide his team with this kind of basic knowledge. All in all, this place has potential, but needs a lot of improvement.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier  (102) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | February 27, 2015
Visited V and IX/2014. An interesting, slowly developing chapter in the self-disneyfication of Belgian beer culture, in the same broad entrepreneurial league of Bxl Delirium Café and Gent’s Rock Circus: more is more. Fake bric-a-brac decor, faux fireplace, comfy big fake leather couch, flashy beer cellar lift, tiny tapas bar which closes early. 20 safe Belgian choices from tap which can be sampled at a fair €1-1,5 at my last visit. The problems with the behemoth bottle list have been well covered here below, but the main problem here for me is that orders are taken by mostly not very beer-savvy students (some of them not very fluent in either Durch, French and even 2 with rudimentary Erasmus English) wielding electronic devices, punching in numbers and checking wether your desired beer is still available in the system, - which some of the more spectacularly underpriced beers weren’t. Tantalisingly problematic, it’s still good fun to drop once every few months to see how the entrepreneur at the wheel is steering this off and back on course, depending on where his delusions of entitlement and grandeur are taking this megalomaniac project within the tiny Leuven scene, heart of the shareholders’ empire.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Wim  (43) Weelde , Belgium | January 9, 2015
a visit tis place when i was on weekend with my girlfriend els in leuven a great bar with a great clear beer list too bad a lots of beers are not available the staff was good just a pity that he could not dutch my first beer was over time and taste strange but no problem i have a more expensive beer to replace it this a ok place
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo  (69) , Portugal | December 2, 2014
Claims to have the largest list of beers in the world... And it has, on paper. I asked four different beers and they didn’t have them. Only on my 5th request I could have the beer I wanted. So, only 20% of the beers are available, so it means that out of the announced 2000 one can drink 400. The service is nice and friendly, although slow and the prices are a bit high. Probably there are better places to have a beer nearby.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Yves  (19) Turnhout, Belgium | October 12, 2014
Place in the centre of Leuven. Claimed to have the largest selection of beers in the world. On paper they have it, but in reality a lot of beers are not available. We got a good compensation as my friend got a free beer he could choose from the cellar. Staff in general is very friendly. Ambiance is ok. The tapas are good, expensive though and long waiting time. Worth a visit though there are better places to enjoy a beer with also a nice selection.
3fourths  (1395) Boulder, Colorado | October 9, 2014| Updated October 20, 2014
Though the beer list is extensive - they boast that it’s the largest in the world - I found the ambiance fake and the owner unpleasant. Nearly every wall is papered in fake design, wood paneling, brick, even a fake fireplace. Upon entering we were greeted by loud music and attitude from the female bartender. We took seats on the back terrace and enjoyed ourselves for the first hour, but when we were served massively oxidized beer we decided to say something. The owner is a meathead, passionate but appears to know nothing about beer other than how to collect it. We talked to him about the bottles, gave him our glasses, and he failed to pick up the oxidation, but to be fair he was wobbly drunk and decided to take our concern about the product as a personal insult. He uncomfortably refused to acknowledge the poor state, giving us the excuse that he has the largest collection in the world (as if that had anything to with it). I said "yet you can’t even smell oxidation", to which he responded with an forearm into my chest to push me away and ignore what I said. That’s when I left the building. That’s a power move that only douchebags pull, and legally constitutes battery. I encourage you to spend your money elsewhere.

Footnote: I’m not surprised to read similar comments from users Mathieu87 and feuriod (below). Let us all cross fingers that this guy goes out of business.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin  (45) , Belgium | September 28, 2014
Since last year, this pub claims to overclass Delirium Café in terms of number of beers available. Not all of them were in stock when I visited this place earlier this year - and disappointingly, they hardly had any foreign beers, though I did manage to eventually get my hands on a big bottle of Big Mama Stout from Italy. Prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly (apparently they are paid per customer they serve, which explains a lot). The system used to pull up beers from the cellar is an original find but the beer menu itself is hard to use if you are looking for beers from a particular country or brewery. I kind of liked this place, but it is clear that they are still "under development".
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
ShivanDragon  (43) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | September 7, 2014
Via ratebeer reviews gevonden, van de buitenkant is het gewoon één van de vele kroegen in de studentenstad. Idee achter de bierlijst is leuk, echter alles op alfabet is en dan ook niet eens consequent, dan weer brouwernaam eerst dan weer biernaam. probeer de bieren van de Struise brouwers er dan maar uit te halen. Dan ook nog eens personeel welke niet eens Nederlands/Vlaams/Frans kan spreken maar enkel Engels... -1 om dan vervolgens ook nog eens je bestelling op te nemen, geschiedt enkel per nummer, en dan ook nog eens de nummers willekeurig in je PDA te voeren opdat je uiteindelijk een totaal ander bier te verkrijgen dan je besteld had.... erg slecht..,, maar uiteindelijk komt dat ook wel weer goed. je zit er overigens prima, mooie lokatie, lekkere bieren .

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