Belgium > Gent
baxterfish (235) , England | June 10, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Not a big fan of this place - like drinking in a buildng site. The Gruut beers are a bit dull as well. Food on the other hand was very good.
beersontap (31) , Belgium | May 1, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice interior. home brewed beers.
Borresteijn (193) Amsterdam, Netherlands | April 28, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Visited on a Friday evening. Spartan looking brewpub, not much decoration except for the brewkettles and a little stream of water running through the floor. Also relatively empty in terms of clientele. Tried a taster of 4 beers for €6,50. Beers were all decent, but not very exciting. Service was OK. You can eat here as well, mostly one-pot dishes, but we didn’t try the food. Wouldn’t go back again.
MrW (52) Londerzeel, Belgium | July 12, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice atmosphere, maybe because there was a large group of tourists.
Good, quick and friendly service.
Small selection, but that’s a thing you know when you go to a brewery.
The food was quickly served and the portion was more than enough.
Prices are normal for cities in Belgium.
TomDevolder (1) , Belgium | June 17, 2012
10 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
Ik was echt ongoocheld. Dit cafe heeft dringend een poetsbeurt nodig net als de glazen. De barman moet dringend eens een cursus barman volgen. Het was mijn eerste bezoek en ook mijn laatste
rotjoch (79) Antwerpen, Belgium | February 29, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
They only serve their own beers, which they claim to brew on this location. the brewing installation massively suggest otherwise, though. quite expensive. Will not return
BattRD_Gent (12) Heule, Belgium | February 20, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice to have a bar/brewery that specialises in the art of beers with gruut. To me it’s still more a brewery than a bar. The glass is very artistic and gives an extra dimension to the beer.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Very weird brewpub in the South of Gent center boldly limiting its output to beers without hops. They’re brewed elsewhere for the bottling. Obviously an important project, this spacey old industrial building has seen massive investments and seems to be a collection of ideas that lack focus. An seating area above the fermenting vessels, a small water canal travelling on the brewery’s floor, a sofa area, a garden area, there’s a bit of everything and what was lacking on our visit was the service. We waited about 15 minutes before someone came to see us. As for the beers, I only tried the inferno and it was a pretty simplistic strong Golden ale... that would have been better with hops. A lot of interesting ideas, but all over the place both in the glass and in the place.
bernatbeer (76) barcelona, Spain | September 8, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Bonita cerveceria cerca del canal,regentada por una chica.
La cerveza de la casa tiene la particularidad de hacerse sin lúpulo.
Bonita micro fabrica con interesantes cervezas.La copa con el posavasos dan una silueta de mujer.muy original.
Boudicca (802) London, England | August 28, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Gent’s only brewpub is down a cobbled street by an industrial canal. It has the smell and feel of a newly opened place that’s not quite ready for business. The pub is inside the brewery, with a metal platform above the brewing kit and a small pebble-filled drainage channel running through the brick floor presenting a mini-obstacle course for anyone not too steady on their feet. It’s clinically white, except for the trendy grey bar and a slate tiled conservatory between there and the toilets – worth seeing for the unusual men’s urinals alone. There’s a small courtyard with bamboos and a few tables outside at the front. When we visited half the room was cordoned off and filled with soft toys, furniture and a pair of stylised brown and white ducks sitting atop the grand piano under a crystal chandelier. I wondered if it was in preparation for a charity function. Finished looking at this, and bored with trying to see renaissance pornography in the beer mats (align them carefully and view through a glass), I turned my attention to the huge modern painting of people from an indeterminate era sitting drinking around small tables. Two women at the front were covering their faces and there was a bald chap wearing a lascivious grin, no shirt over his hairy chest and a blond woman in a pink strapless dress on his arm. An infamous politician perhaps? So - lots of puzzles to occupy the mind, and a bit of history too. Gruut flavours its beers with herbs and spices (“gruut”) instead of hops, as did some local brewers in mediaeval times. A gruut was also a coin and it’s from these that the brewery gets its name and logo. I’m all for maintaining loca traditions but sadly the beers were rather dull. Hops had been used in one but not to great effect. The “Gruut Gazette” is the menu and food comes on square white plates, in keeping with the general feel of style over substance but with odd incongruities, like the slightly tacky anthropomorphic ceramic pig sitting in a barrel next to an elegant glass vase where a solitary black fish meanders through floaty orange fronds. This sums it up – Gruut is neither one thing nor the other. I like the idea and always welcome new brewpubs but this one still has to find its identity. (Last visited 10 June 2011).
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