Belgium > Antwerpen
t0rin0 (990) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 10, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited in October 2012.
This was in the middle of a long day of bar hopping around Antwerpen with tour guide Matt Rooney (who makes an excellent tour guide by the way). It was here that we ran into two people that we ended up hanging out with for the rest of the evening. One of those guys was this crazy German bastard named Uli who blends lambic and does a pretty good job of it. The other guy was an aussie living in Portland who spends most of this time on beeradvocate. The company was good. The service was passable, especially for Belgium. It was very hands off. We got our drinks at the bar and carried them to one of the tables. Luckily they do flights here. The beers are all pretty mediocre with the blonde being the best of the bunch (in my opinion, clearly not in the rest of Ratebeer’s opinion as evidenced by the low score) and the worst being the Nen Bangelijke. Prices were high, naturally. Aside from the company I think the best part of the place is the layout of the building. It’s very open and has a nice bar in the back. There is a large staircase going down to the bathrooms. Over all it’s a nice set up, they just need to make better beer. Can’t comment on the food as we didn’t eat anything.
Would I return here? Probably not if I was going out of my way for it but Antwerpen is a beautiful town and there are some good bars here as well as plenty of other sites to see. I suspect that I’ll at least be in the area again sometime and will probably stop in for some ticks.
77ships (99) Antwerpen, Belgium | May 24, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
Quite an odd place – located maybe not in the very centre but in a very nice area. Surprisingly big with lovely new architecture on the inside, spacious, glass, exposed brick, smoking area, really beautiful bar etc. Very nice but also very few clients – this appears to be the rule which makes the size of the place weird. The beers themselves were obviously suffering from issues & badly made, pretty much everything they make appears to be infected. It is rather hard to drink their stuff. It is very obvious. Only 3 – 4 beers available, they sell only their own beers. Maybe a matter of point of view because when I asked as to what they have they replied something like “lots of stuff”. Their beers are also available to take away in big bottles. They have a more extensive menu of Belgian dishes, often prepared with their own beer which you luckily cannot taste. The food was not all that good in my opinion and overpriced. They appear to be aiming at a higher class establishment here but I was not sold on it. They service was a bit weird – might have been because of me. I wasn’t to trilled & they were expecting me to clearly drink more beers, eat longer etc. I think that I will not be bothering them in the future. I have no idea whatsoever how a place this big remains alive.
JoeinEscazú (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | November 20, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
This would be more of a destination if it were (a) nearer to the center or (b) made more interesting beers. Sadly it’s a long hike for a couple of very safe, decidedly boring beers. Worth mentioning that the atmosphere is nice enough -- exposed brick, candlelight, shiny brewkit -- and that food appears to be the main thing.
ShivanDragon (25) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | November 18, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
leuke en gezellige tent
eigen brouwsels op tap.
heb 2 flessen meegenomen voor thuis (ze lopen wel wat te kloten met de houdbaarheidsdata op de flessen, maar t gaat om de inhoud).
voldoende parkeergelegenheid in de buurt
brokensail (629) Orange County, California | October 5, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly large brewpub in the southern part of town. Wasn’t crowded, just took a seat at one of the tables near the bar. Three house beers on tap at the time, none were very good, but I guess they were alright. Not someplace I’d need to go back to.
baxterfish (161) , England | April 21, 2012
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Modern warehouse conversion with a brewery. The place, like the beers, is perfectly fine but nothing special and not really worth the walk from the centre
BlackHaddock (270) , England | April 3, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Well worth the effort of getting down too. We used the underground and bus system to get here, the tram to get back to the station area, to far to walk on a really crisp, windy, cold Sunday afternoon in March 2010.
Modern with that old feel you get when the designers leave the original walls up but change almost everything else. This old warehouse houses a modern brewery, kettles at the front, fermenting vessels to the rear, all clearly visible from where ever you sit. I thought the place was classy and my wife enjoyed it too. Upstairs wasn’t open, but I popped up to see, looked just as impressive as ground level did.
We were the first customers and I had all four of their beers over the course of our stay, my wife two, each was served beautifully and promptly. The blonde was the pick of the bunch in my eyes, the winter brew coming second. They sold huge bottles to take out, they looked great, but were a bit expensive.
The place slowly began to fill with diners and we left to continue or tour of the city using the difficult to work out transport system.
Benjii (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 2, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this pub which was a bit of a walk from the centre of town. The house beers are very nice and the building is superb with beautiful copper brewing equipment all around. The food was tasty and filling. All in all, well worth a visit.
rotjoch (67) Antwerpen, Belgium | August 4, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Antwerp’s second brewery. A brewpub located on het Zuid, aquarter with lots of things to see and do. this brewery alas isn’t really one of them. They make three to four beers, depending on the season, all of them rather mediocre. the best one is Nen Bangelijke, which is good, but not bangelijk... The food ain’t bad, and the people generally are friendly. I’ve heard that there is a new brewer, so let us hope things improve!
txspartan (45) Wilrijk, Belgium | July 30, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A brewpub, so they only serve their own brewery’s beers. Excellent pairing with food in the restaurant, though.
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