What makes the Grote Dorst so great? Where to start.. Iíd have to say the family who runs it really makes it what it is. I think of this place like a second home, whenever I go there, Iím always amongst friends.
They are so incredibly genuine, and not after your money. Theyíre about promoting, and advocating Lambik beers. I could go on for ever about how great they are as people.
Their beer list is top tier, NO ONE in Belgium has a bar comparable. Words cannot describe how great this place it. I applaud Kurt & Yves for taking this on in their already busy lives. I can honestly say i would have a different opinion of Belgium if it werenít for Grote Dorst. I visit financially, if youíre ever in there, chances are i will be too.
After three weeks of the Pannels being on vacation i felt like a drug addict without my fix.
Thank you for upholding such an amazing place, Grote Dorst will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Getting there can become tricky. Especially when the establishment is only open for 3 hours on Sundays. And even more so when the only bus line getting there is temporarily suspended in Brussels.. Anyways, well worth the effort. The outside does not reveal the incredible experience awaiting for you inside. We got there as the place opened and it was filled with us and a table of 4-5 local elders. Interiors similar to my home tavern, extremely familiar and welcoming. Those elders were drinking glass after glass of lambic as if it was the most natural thing in the world, Iím envious. Anyways, the draft selection is already very good, and useful to warm up, but the bottle selection is mind blowing. Hundreds of different lambics is something you see only in your wet dreams. Costs are what they are, and certainly cheaper than Brussels. Food is non existent except for bag of crisps and dried sausages. Yves, Kurt and their mother were extremely friendly and we had an extensive chat. We stayed there the full opening hours and more, discussing of the wonderful world of lambic. You will not find more welcoming people than the Paneels. And remember to sign their guest book!
I visited de Grote Dorst for the first time 3 years ago. Two weeks ago I visited it again. What seized my attention was the incredible list of lambic beers (some years ago maybe 20-something and now over 65!). A very good mix of local people and beer geeks. Compared to places in Brussels - which are sometimes indecently expensive - , this cafť offers very good value for money and is certainly worth taking the bus from Brussels center. The 2 brothers show that they have a lot of passion for geuze. They are truly well informed. Highly recommended!
Out of this world place for Lambiek and Geuze lovers. The authentic little cafť looks and feels very cosy, it is heated by a charming old woodstove and the interior has the perfect 1930ís feeling. The ambiance is great and there are always lots of locals and international beertourists from all over the world enjoying a good Geuze, Lambiek, Kriek, Orval, Westmalle ect.... All the beers are served in the correct glassware and at the right temperature. The selection of the Geuzes, Lambiek and Krieks is simply amazing. All the big Geuze names are on the list but they also have lots of very rare and hard to find stuff in the cellar. Plenty of old to very old vintages, simply stuff to dream of. Lots of gems from breweries like Eylenbosch, Timmermans, Cantillon, Girardin, Old Belle Vue, 3 Fonteinen and lots of others. They also offer the rare " Geuze op ít Kasteel " wish is a very sought after one. This place is fantastic and the people who runs it are the perfect ambassadors for the nectar we call Geuze, Lambiek and Kriek.
Respect for tradition and passion for the local beer is what makes this place so unique. I had a great time and enjoyed some amazing beers.
One of my top-4 pub-crawler experience in my life. Up there with being alone with only cats at Kulminator (many years ago when they had all kinds of crazy beers), the Velichov brewpub in the middle of nowhere in Czech Republic and that famous Saturday night at Wenlock Arms in London. A visit at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst is simply surreal. Only opened for a few hours every week on the Sunday mornings for the mass at the church just in front of the pub. Thatís pretty weird to start with. Opens occasionally for funerals and such. What the???. Very few people inside the pub are below 60. Very few tourists. Beer list is mainly lambic stuff. Summer 2010 they had stuff like Selection Lambic at 62 Euros, 3F Millenium at 75 Euros, 3F Hommage at only 20 Euros, De Cam at 3.75Euro. More unusual lambics like Moriau as well as their own exclusive lambic blend that cannot be rated on ratebeer. But the main attraction was the 1984 Eylenbosch Gueze. Holy crap this was good!!! When you order the vintage bottle the waiter leaves the bar, goes to the second cellar and comes back minutes later with a bottle full or dirt and the label eaten by moisture. No music, no nothing. They probably havenít changed a chair or a table for 50 years. Passionate service. We biked there from Brussels and then stopped at Den Haas followed by De Cam Cafť. A beer day I will never forget.
My favorite place in the world. Across the parking lot from a church and only open on Sundays for 3.5 hours. Want a lambic? This is your spot. Want a lambic with some age on it? Gueuze? Same. The prices are high on some of the older stuff but they have some pretty exclusive stuff. Stuff that I certainly feel privileged to have tried regardless of price. The owners are very down to earth and kind people who handle the beers with the greatest of care. The locals were the majority here, mostly middle age or older and all drinking lambics as if they were just the standard thing. I fell in love after a few hours and canít wait for a return visit.
The ABSOLUTE BEST experience Iíve ever had at a bar! ...despite the ridiculous hours. Vintage lambic list is incredible, perhaps only topped by Akkurat and maybe DHVL (but itís close). Prices are probably the most reasonable in the whole country -- as of May 2013, Hommage was 45Ä, for example. Atmosphere is just wonderful, with mostly elderly locals comprising the clientele. We arrived early (around 9:40am; opening is 10am), and the ownersí parents greeted us shortly thereafter, inviting us in early. Both the owners and parents were extremely friendly and warm. Accessible by one bus (#128) from Gare du West -- make sure youíre in Belgium on a Sunday so you can visit this amazing place.