Iron Abbey Gastro Pub

Mayor: Damico (1) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 300+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy  (15) Ambler, Pennsylvania | September 19, 2010
Built next to a Brazilian steakhouse, its designed to look like a castle. I have always been pleasantly surprised by this places draft list. The only problem is they have no draft list online or in email, so you never know whatís going to be on tap. The upside is you can walk in and find Lost Abbey Angel Share, Bellís Expedition Stout, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, or any number of high end microbrews on draft for around $5.50-$8. Food is on the expensive side but is really good. They also do an exchange with the Brazilian steakhouse next door so you can get some high end steaks if you so choose. They have theme nights with Prohibition styled music, drinks, and atmosphere. Brewers events also take place once and awhile. A great place to d rink some beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jmm635  (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | June 10, 2010
Restaurant is designed a little like a medieval castle. Pretty cool place to hang out. Lots of TVs for watching games, particularly soccer. The crowd can get pretty into it, which was great to see. Beer selection changes frequently and is of high quality. The food was much better than expected. The bar is attached to a Brazilian steakhouse and you can order a few of the items. You wonít be disappointed with the ribs.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn  (194) Penndel, Pennsylvania | April 30, 2010
A great place to watch some soccer and enjoy the beer list they put together.... A castle like ambiance with TVís all around the bar ....The grubb is just above pub grubb, but its decent .... a brazilian steakhouse is next door and i heard you can order some food from there now while at the pub .... service is average, I have had servers that know their beer and ones that do not ... the seating is limited for how crowded it gets .... overall a great place thats priced just about right and a great selection of belgian brews
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jbender  (19) Hatboro, Pennsylvania | October 24, 2009
Not a very large place, but not a hole in the wall in either. Has an amazing beer selection....when you can have a top 50 on draft around here, thats special. Food was extremely good as well. The place unfortunately can not absorb sound at all as it was extremely loud the whole time. I plan on being back to try out a few more of their beers,
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
oOJUXEOo  (18) Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania | October 18, 2009
I really enjoyed this place. It is attached to a Brazalian steakhouse. Some of the items on their menu are available in the Iron Abbey. The food is pretty good, but lets be honest, you come here for the beer. They have a great selection of Belgians on tap as well as in bottles. Our waitress wasnít completely knowledgeable with all the beers, but got answers to any questions we may have had. Also, its not on the menu, but try a beer flight sampler. Its $9 for 4 of their drafts, and the glasses are about 5oz. for the sampler. The molten chocolate cake was awesome too. We went at 6pm on a Saturday. It wasnít crowded until we left about 2 hours later. Decor is nice too.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Jsawyer  (21) Glenside, Pennsylvania | June 5, 2009
I made my first sortie to the Iron Abbey Thursday. It looks nice enough with its rustic wood and stone facades but the electric candles flickering above the bar give it away as the sort of caricature that it really is. In fact despite the fresh paint and wooden trim itís really just a sports bar with a Belgian motif. Not to say that it isnít a pleasant place but if youíre looking for a real Belgian cafe or Gastro Pub, as the Iron Abbey markets itself, then you may want to stick with Monkís or Teresaís Next Door. I will say though that the food is fantastic, but that is because you can order food from Na Brasa next door, which I did, as well as traditional Belgian dish. In any case there were only about ten to fifteen beers there I hadnít had which was somewhat disappointing, nevertheless the selection was good. Although I was annoyed that a Belgian Gastro Pub had Guinness taking up a tap whilst Yeti, and DFH, and Stone were stuck in bottles. They did have Malheur Biere Brut though so I respect that. Anyway, the bartenders seemed to be playing musical chairs with the patrons; always whirling in one direction or another to different clients and on several occasions forgetting who ordered what, charging people twice for the same drink, and overcharging for meals (which happened to me). Also the place is really much too small for the crowd its drawn. Good for them but bad for us. Itís set up like a sports bar with the majority of the seating around the bar and proximal tables abutting the walls. Thatís fine except not only is it cramped but its loud, even for a sports bar. You frequently had to negotiate seats and servers to get anywhere. Itís unfortunately cramped in the dining room too. That really detracts from the overall ambiance. Also I really wanted to know why I was being forced to watch tennis on the television above the bar. Again the sports bar was winning out over the Gastro Pub and thatís not what I came for. You couldnít really have a conversation. And I would not say "every single bartender is EXTREMELY knowledgeable." One bartender was slightly knowledgeable but they were all polite and helpful. Oh well, like I said this place is new and it was a first visit. I know Iíll be back to rate again.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
dragoneyes  (1) | May 27, 2009
Iíve been to Iron Abbey several times now and it gets better each time. Every single bartender is EXTREMELY knowledgeable with just about every beer. My first time there I had a Youngs Double Chocolate. About half way through my glass one of the bartenders leans over and says that since I like the Youngs, I would really like the Gouden Carolus Classic. I try it next. Boy was he right on the money. If you eat at the bar area try the Original Sin. Order it after 10 PM and itís $10. Thatís $5 less than regular. You better have an empty stomach because this dish will fill you up. Itís Portuguese House Bread Stuffed with Beef, Sausage, Ham and a blend of Cheeses Grilled and topped with a Fried Egg and Beer Gravy. No matter what day of the week you go there is a decent crowd. Weekends, of course, are much more crowded. Now if they only allowed cigars and had live blues and jazz this would be the ultimate bar.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
biggcb  (29) Harleysville, Pennsylvania | May 18, 2009
Place opened up about a month ago (Aprril í09). It is connected to a new Brazilian steakhouse (na Brasa). Had about 20 beers on tap and supposedly over 200 bottles. Some locals on tap (Weyerbacher, DFH, Sly Fox, Stoudts). It was very nice treat drinking St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap! Very good ambiance. Very impressive selection between drafts and bottles.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
vfalco02  (1) Pennsylvania | April 9, 2009
Place is designed like a Belgian abbey. Ambient lighting with a castle-ish feel to the place. Visible wooden beams on ceiling. Long, oval granite bar. Great beer selection, great food. Prices for both are very good.

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