Belgium > Eizeringen
dreadnord (32) San Diego, California | March 15, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
teorn88 (77) London, England | January 3, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
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!
Doodler (5) Denver, Colorado | November 20, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful old pub open on Sundays only after church.. The local marching band stopped in while here for some oompah music and singing (for free beer). Crazy beer and glass collection will make you drool and run out of pocket money fast. Good grub too. Run by Yves and Kurt Panneels and family...Fun place....
jrallen34 (457) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Way outside of Brussels with super limited hours, but its worth figuring it all out. A true local spot, we were the only non locals there. Unreal selection of lambics, top 5 in the world by far. This is more of stop than De Heeren to me.
Abio (51) Waasland, Belgium | September 23, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Well, Iím not a lover of the most beers they serve over there, but for what Iíve seen, they have a nice collection for those who likes it. Nice, very friendly staff, and a very good atmosphere over there. The prices seems a bit high, and the outside could use a make-over, but that is not ruining this one.
Dedollewaitor (372) Odense, Denmark | September 5, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
WAAAUUWW. Insane bottle list. All the classics in various vintages at reasonable prices. BUT what maked my day was the atmosphere. Friendly hosts and locals. A great experience.
Rasmus40 (218) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | July 30, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is really a hidden gem and has loads of charm. The weather was great so we could sit outside in the sun watching the village church and drink lambic. The place was fairly quiet until church ended and churchgoers were ready for the more amusing part of their morning. Itís best to arrive before church ends, if you want a table. The service was really friendly and knew their beers. The selection of lambics is very good, although they cannot compete with the best bars. Great place for a relaxed Sunday morning.
gEUS (79) Linden, Belgium | April 30, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of my top places! This bar has everything - the atmosphere of decades ago (when there was waaaay more such bars), friendly service (the two brothers and their mother!) and an incredible selection of lambics and gueuzes, vintage bottles as well. A must see for every Sour/Lambic fan!
bierkoning (285) La Tropica, Netherlands | March 5, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very authentic lambic cafť filled with locals having a lambic or a kriek after the mass. Great beer list at affordable prices. More to come, promised the landlady. Worth a detour on a sunday morning.
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