Kulminator | Antwerpen,
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World Class based on 331 ratings
Type: Bar

Vleminckveld 32
Antwerpen, Belgium 2000 [ print map ]
32 32 45


Hours: Monday 8pm-12am Tuesday-Saturday 16pm-12am Sunday closed

Mayor: kraddel (20) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 800+


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Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
EKU Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel 47, Souvenir du Terroir Abdijbier Blonde (s Lands Souvenirs Blonde) 38, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 100, Dame Jeanne Brut díAnvers , Mort Subite Witte Lambic Zomer / …tť 2012 36, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 97, Martinís IPA 44, De Ryck Jules de Bananes n/a, Grisette Country Cool 11, Liefmans Abdis (Capucine) Tripel 52, De Troch B12 Energy Beer 1, Emelisse White Label Barley Wine Makers Mark Bourbon BA 2014 99, White Pony Strongest Than Ever 93, Abbaye des Rocs Triple Impťriale 99, Struise Doppel Strauss 91, Gaverhopke Paasbier 8% 43, Ciney Speciale 93, Eylenbosch Framboise Cuvee Speciale 98, Struise Pannepot Special Reserve 99, Eylenbosch Kriek 90
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331 reviews for Kulminator
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  80%
 Selection  96%
 Food  65%
 Value  86%
 Overall  90%
 Rating  100%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (1505) Washington, Washington DC | July 30, 2010| Updated February 20, 2014
This was THE place that got me interested in Belgium beer on my first visit there in 1993. Unrivaled selection, especially of aged beers. Tremendous atmosphere - small place, classical music, great cheeses and dried sausage. When Dirk is in a good mood, heís a pleasure to chat with. Lots of interesting locals as well, and plenty of beer tourists. A required stop for any beer geek.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 23, 2013
Place rating # 400.

Visited October 1, 2012 on a ridiculous tour of Europe.

The first thing I noticed about this place is how eerily similar it is to Stuffed Sandwich (California). Seriously. When you walk in the counter is on the left and behind it is the nice old lady that seems to do most of the customer service type of work. Also behind the bar are boxes piled to the ceiling full of beers. The small but respectable tap list is eclectic and on a suggestion I ordered a glass of the dry hopped DuPont, which was awesome.

Continuing with the Stuffed Sandwich parallel, on the right side of the restaurant are the tables and also tons of beer tins/signs from the last 40 years all over the walls. Beyond that is the grumpy looking old man reading the news paper ignoring the customers. Beyond the kitchen area is the cellar, which here is an actual cellar compared to a fridge at Stuffed Sandwich. Oh, and did I mention that they both started their businesses in the mid 70s? The whole experience was weird, but awesome.

I took the opportunity to try a Redbach, which was surprisingly good at 10 years old despite being probably the worst of the Rodenbach lineup. We also tried a Hoegaarden Grand Cru from the 90s which was also surprisingly good. A couple of other obscure beers were ordered and many more were drooled over but not ordered. These guys have a ton of cool stuff. Really old Chimay, Rodenbach, Rochefort, de Dolle, and plenty of others can be found on the bottle list.

Iím sure that part of what made the visit so awesome was the company but even without I would have had a great time. Looking forward to visiting again some day.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths  (1270) Boulder, Colorado | June 20, 2006| Updated July 14, 2014
Itís not as if my comments will make much a difference for this place since thereís dozens already, and even though itís been said many times, Kulminator is one of the best beer bars in the world. You know youíre going to visit if youíre within 200 miles, right? The beer book is unimaginably diverse, the vintages available absolutely blew me away. I was a bit bummed to not be able to get the Stille Nacht Reserva 2000, they said they were out, but was able to buy a 1979 Cantillon Framboise, 1996 Westvleteren 6 (red cap) and a 1982 Stille Nacht. If you visit, you must focus your attention on these vintage bottles, many you can not find anywhere else in the world, I imagine. The hosts were quite enjoyable, Dirk van Dyck is such a funny old man, and every time I ordered something, even when I knew I was pronouncing it correctly, he would look at me like I just puked on myself... hilarious. He and his wife eventually warmed to us, and accepted our offer of a sample of the 1979 Cantillon. My friend and I closed out Kulminator both nights we were in town. The only drawbacks is the setting, which is a dark, dusty old pub, which is nice, donít get me wrong, but I sometimes prefer a more comfortable cafe to chill in. Regardless, this place is world class.
brokensail  (811) Orange County, California | October 5, 2012
The world famous Kulminator...Really crazy place with eccentric owners. If you didnít go out of your way to order, theyíre content to just sit and read the paper. Crazy cellar list, pretty good selection of taps as well. Prices can be a bit high, but you can get pretty much whatever youíd like.
Beershine  (738) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 23, 2013
I had a deadly 8-hour session here several years ago. After meeting a group of guys who invited me to their table, we tucked into a few vertical tastings. Service was fine, not at all like some of the bad rumors Iíve heard. I believe if they do not want to cast pearls before swine, they are perfectly entitled to do so and I respect them for it. Overall the experience was memorable and pleasant and lived up to expectations. The atmosphere was grandmotherly, with a table-oriented seating system and lots of floral elements. In such an environment it seems like they should be serving you warm comfort food with the beer, but that is certainly not the case unless you consider cheese cubes a meal. Anyway, itís a gem that might not be around much longer, at least in its current incarnation.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Boudicca  (688) London, England | July 13, 2013
Now I know why the Kulminator is legendary. Itís an amazing place and like nowhere else. It almost defies description really and has to be experienced. The bible-like bottle list sits on a lectern on the bar, which is otherwise covered in bottles so that you have to order at the side, and a large plant in the window is threatening to take over the room. Meanwhile, empty bottles and crates are steadily encroaching on the small beer garden in an alleyway at the back, providing a kind of assault course for the bar cats. We were served there by the delightful landlady. Her husband, the taciturn Dirk, had just celebrated his 60th birthday and wasnít feeling well (not sure if the two things were related) so we were asked to order just from the list on the board or choose bottles that were easily accessible. Visit while you can! Kulminator really is a one-off. (Visited 28 June 2013).
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 10, 2007
This world-classic establishment offers a genuine Belgian brown cafe experience. The draught list is exquisite, apparently constantly featuring the sublime unfiltered version of Liefmans Kriek and other rare sights on tap like Avec les Bons Voeux. Everyone has raved enough about the rest: remarkable menu with a massive vintage beer selection, though some of the listed stuff may not be available to just anyone and some unlisted stuff will definitely not be available to anyone. Potentially, you may higher your chances of getting the one beer that you really wanted by offering a beery gift to the owners. Thatís how this place is run, by passionate people who are not in a money race. Friendly, welcoming place that I did not quite find to be amongst my very very favourite in the world, I donít know why exactly.. perhaps itís just my lack of enthusiasm for aged beers. Itís still one of the top 10 bars Iíve visited, but on your average day, if I could instantly be anywhere in the world, I would not necessarily want to drink here regularly. The prices are actually very reasonable, but there is a certain heaviness, straining factor. Iím being as picky as it gets, because this remains one of those places everyone has to visit in their life.. more than once.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (615) The íSham, England | October 7, 2013
Visited on 26/09/13 the Thursday prior to Borefts, first time Iíd been to the Kulminator in almost 7 years and the place has hardly changed except for the prices heading north ! Rambling split level bar akin to a living room/dining room with plants dotted about and the resident cat on the prowl. Service is known to be on the slow side, however there were perhaps 15 or so other drinkers on this night so never a problem. Great selection but expect to pay for some of it! I asked to take 4 or 5 bottles away with me but because it was after 2300 the owner didnít want to go into the cellar - you must ask before 2300 or some shit @pumpkinturninto.be !!! Great bar none the less and would definately hit here on any visit to Antwerpen.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 14, 2010| Updated March 22, 2011
I canít add much else to what has been mentioned countless times by other Raters. Absolutley amazing beer cellar with crazy amounts of vintage bottles, some going back to the eighties. The cured meat and cheese is the only food but perfect for a boozy night here. I consumed plenty of beautiful beers with the Pannepot 2005 being the most memorable. Dirk and his wife are wonderful hosts and always keep the beers coming no matter how busy it is. Expect to meet plenty of beer geeks here! Kulminator is beer heaven.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
GT2  (586) San Diego County , California | March 17, 2010
My first time to the Kulminator. Actually was sadly not impressed whatsoever. The beer list is very nice, but not stunning. No where near the EPIC level I was expecting from all the talk about this place. Service was terrible. I went with people who have been going to the Kulminator for years and we couldnít believe who rude Dirk (sp?) was to us. Just completely off in space and non responsive to all inquiries even though we were massively polite and rang up a monster tab. Be aware that for a lot of the rarer beers; you canít try them unless you purchase the entire vertical of the beerís regular vintages- which is stupid IMO. The vertical of a beer has nothing to do with the special version of that beer. Most of the rare beers donít even appear on the menu and if you ask about them- you are scuffed off. Come on- some of the decorations in the damn place were given by us for christís sake! Do yourself a favor and go to Arsenal or Moeder Lambik. Wow.

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