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Beer Available At In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst (arranged by most recent)
De Neve Kriek 77, Timmermans Jonge Lambiek 92, Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters 100, Moriau Kriek 97, 3 Fonteinen Straffe Winter 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage (all from 2002-*) 100, Eylenbosch Gueuze 97, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Timmermans Tradition Kriek Retro Lambic 61, De Troch Oude Lambik 90, Boon Oude Lambik 89, Lindemans Oude Lambik 88, Lindemans Jonge Lambik 56, Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic 100, Timmermans Kriekenlambiek 56, Girardin Kriekenlambik 96, Timmermans Oude Lambiek 81, Girardin Oude Lambik 97, Oud Beersel Oude Lambik 91, Oude Geuze Boon VAT 77 99
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VirginieLanvin (15) LA MADELEINE, France | February 6, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Octobre 2011. Bonne amatrice de Gueuze je devais aller dans ce bar. Direction la Belgique par un dimanche matin. Arrivée dans ce petit village, j’ai trouvé le bar avec son nom imprononçable (pour moi Française!) qui se trouve aux abords de l’église. Il y a vraisemblablement une clientèle d’habitués.
Dégustation d’une 3 fonteinen framboise et une avec des ’cerises de Schaerbeek’.
On voit que les patrons sont des collectionneurs et grands connaisseurs de gueuzes. J’aimerais posséder la même cave !
lachesis (18) St Idesbald, Belgium | January 23, 2012
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Out of this world place for Lambiek and Geuze lovers. The authentic little café looks and feels very cosy, it is heated by a charming old woodstove and the interior has the perfect 1930’s 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 ’t 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.
cpetrone84 (39) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 12, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Hard to find out in the middle of the tiny town. Extremely small quaint feel to it, hops all over the ceiling, solid bottle list but not completely up to date. Almost never open but open enough for us to get in for some morning lambic and hang out with uli talking lambic blending. Fun spot, virtually no one there, some after church crowd of the locals.
F_radar (30) Paris.Bxl.Geneve, France | December 21, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
Plus musee que bar, pas reelement de selection dans les lambic, on retrouve le meilleur mais surtout le pire. Sans doutes que par un dimanche ensoleille c est agreable.
Martinus (155) Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands | December 9, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
In dubio here.. I really like going there whenever I’m near Brussels, but one of it’s charms is the small-town atmosphere and lazy Sunday morning feel. So if too many tourists go, this might disappear.
However, if you like Lambic, the place comes highly recommended -I first went in 2008 on the advise of Armand from 3 Fonteinen. Don’t expect extreme coolness or massive beergeekery, just expect to have a pleasant Sunday morning with one of the best selections of ordinary and aged Lambics around, in a Belgian small town setting for very decent prices.
Needless to say, if you don’t like lambic, this might not be your preferred itinerary.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | November 8, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
The legendary insurance against great thirst has more than a cool name to go along with its fame. Contributing to the myth are the exceptionally restrained opening hours around midday on Sundays only. Set in a bucolic Payottenland small town with brick pathways, it seems to be a mandatory pit stop for locals, cyclists and the occasional family. The setup between the Church is certainly no coincidence, the care for lambics being almost religious in here. Being here is definitely akin to stepping back in time and that adds tremendously to the global experience. For the context, I’d definitely put Grote Dorst on the must-do list of anyone visiting Brussels and that can fit it in the Sunday schedule. Public Transportation does not seem to be too ridiculous a hassle and having your name in the guest book should be seen as a life-time achievement. In terms of pure beer bar criteria, the lambic selection is great, but not quite exhaustive as I’d heard it was. No extinct breweries, but still a fair amount of rarities including their own blends, very rare stuff indeed, but sold at very expensive prices indeed. Some of the rarer lambics were more expensive here than anywhere else we’ve seen them, including Moeder St-Gilles in Brussels. I guess they just want to keep them in supply. The staff was very friendly though, welcoming us with opened hands and making us feel at home, after they made sure we’d signed the guest book. Come once for the experience, but if you can’t, mark it down for the next time and don’t overly regret it.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2011| Updated November 7, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Difficult to find, hard to get to, and open 2% of the week. I enjoyed my time here, but this spot is perhaps too cool for me. Mellow, relaxed morning drinking lambic, the service is peaceful and friendly but without connection. The lambic is awesome, the list fantastic. The atmosphere is amazing, hops hanging all over, cool breeze blowing through the open door into the 20-person cafe, but it is very quiet, almost "dead". A few items on the menu not in stock. Awesome time meeting Uli and talking lambic blending, hanging out enjoying great beer during a relaxed Sunday morning. Of course if you don’t like lambic, you should probably go somewhere else, but you like lambic if you know of this place.
crockers (14) , Greece | October 8, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Forget this place if you don’t like lambik!
Chas_Higgins (11) Quebec | September 29, 2011| Updated April 28, 2012
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Just great place, a lovely range of geuze, the waiteress serves with friendly knowledge and explenation only 3hrs open in a week. WOW
CRooney5787 (1) | August 8, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
What makes the Grote Dorst so great? Where to start.. I’d 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, I’m always amongst friends.
They are so incredibly genuine, and not after your money. They’re 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 weren’t for Grote Dorst. I visit financially, if you’re 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.
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