Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Roman Special 38, Pater Lieven Wit 50, Dupont Blanche Du Hainaut Biologique 65, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd , Echt Diesterse Beker 9° 79, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #1 98, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #8 98, Tripel Karmeliet 99, Westvleteren Blond 99, Mikkeller George! Barrel Aged (Bourbon Edition) 100, Struise Cuvée Delphine 100, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100, Aarschotse Bruine (Huyghe) 37, Souvenir du Terroir Abdijbier Bruin (s Lands Souvenirs Bruin) 58, St. Hermes 55, EKU Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel 47, Souvenir du Terroir Abdijbier Blonde (s Lands Souvenirs Blonde) 38, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 100, Dame Jeanne Brut d’Anvers 55, Mort Subite Witte Lambic Zomer / Été 2012 36
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Scopey (411) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Finally made it to the infamous Kulminator and found it even weirder than expected.... Old-school Belgian cafe interior inside. They had an interesting tap list and yes a crazy-looking bottle menu at very good prices. However the service was very slow indeed and we were only "allowed" to order of the bottle list a couple of times. Thankfully we still managed to try some old lambic & trappist offerings that were well-priced. An odd experience indeed, but worth it at least once. I wouldn’t rush back.
Alengrin (20) , Belgium | September 28, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
To me, the Kulminator was as close to beer heaven as any place on Earth. Visited it often years ago. The atmosphere is kind of cosy and very ’old school’, but the important thing is of course the phone book-like menu boasting hundreds of vintage beers, sometimes from breweries that do not even exist anymore; it reads as a catalogue of Belgian brewing history. Be careful with what you select, though, we all know that most beers are not suitable for years of cellaring. Some very interesting foreign vintages too, mainly English and German. Service is okay, the lady is correct and competent though a bit standoffish, even towards customers that have been coming here for years; her husband on the other hand is not the friendliest guy around and does not always bother to find your beer if he does not consider you worthy of it, I have the impression. Nevertheless a very important place from which I always leave completely relaxed and satisfied. Price vary from reasonable to high. Offers some basic cold foods too, some of which are different from what you expect to find. When you go there, be sure to have a look through the window behind which dozens of old bottles are stored and displayed.
BMMillsy (82) Florida | September 2, 2014| Updated September 5, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in my first night in Antwerp and this was not what I was expecting. I was thinking this would be like Falling Rock in Denver. Think the exact opposite of that. Tiny little place with shit piled everywhere, even on what would otherwise be seating for customers. Empty bottles all over the place, some semi-outside seating, a bit dirty. Charming I guess you would say. Cats running around all over. Beer list is huge, with a window into the cooler/cellar which was fun. Had a 2005 Stille Nacht Special Reserva so can’t complain. Service was fine with an older lady taking care of us. Prices were decent for smaller bottles, but jacked up for big ones. Overall seems like a must stop for any beer geek in Antwerp.
thewolf (144) Kolding, Denmark | August 23, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing place. Selection of "old" beer is exceptional. So many unique beers that it is more or less impossible to match anywhere. Service from Leen is friendly and competent, Dirk lurking behind the bar, valuing the customers and deciding whether certain beers are available. I kinda like that. The atmosphere is cozy with the cats running around. The front looks horrible though.
Pipi (27) , | August 21, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
runtley (1) , England | August 13, 2014
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Resistance is futile. Just go with the flow and take a seat, nod at the proprietors, and wait to be served whilst being reasonably submissive. Try and find a beer menu - it’s like a book - and wait until approached. Eventually the atmosphere will warm up and you will feel part of the atmospheric experience. Check out the beer cellar through a window, try and find a beer from a significant year, and just be happy you are experiencing a part of beer history. Best bar in the world.
mikske79 (8) Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic | August 3, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Een heel gezellig typisch cafe, en de keuze is er top.
Alusmamuts (12) , Latvia | July 26, 2014
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
fkoolen (22) Maastricht, Netherlands | July 20, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Best pub I’ve been to. Great atmosphere, friendly owners and a mind blowing catalogue of really special, rare and aged beers, both on tap as bottle.
mike_77 (91) , Netherlands | July 5, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
A review without rose-tinted spectacles... Ambience: In the front it’s a bit dank and smelly. The back patio is a bit less ’stuffy’. Chamber music in the background is not my thing. It’s quite dirty and doesn’t seem very hygienic. Service: The lady told me it would take 5 minutes to get my beer, that’s ok. The fact that it took 25 minutes wasn’t ok. Selection: Geared towards aged beers. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so it’s a gamble. Possibly an expensive one. There’s a good choice of Lambic. If you take away the aged beers then the selection is not so great. Value: Prices seem ok. Many beers are around €3.50.
spycow (36) Illinois | June 7, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on our recent trip to Europe. We stopped in for a couple of beers would plan to go back for a longer visit in the future. Old school looking bar inside with random seating both in and outside. We sat outside that had a clear cover over us where the local cat sat above us. It lives up to its outstanding list of beers that comes in a large beer bible that weighs 5 pounds. One of the largest selections (not quite the best) that I’ve ever seen. The service was great as the staff greeted us immediately and provided suggestions on where to sit and what was available. Drank vintage Rodenbach that was still holding its own. The ambiance was very laid back with its share of locals and pockets of beer nerds from other countries. Overall, lives up to its reputation on selection, price and service. The location is not readily accessible by everyone but worth the 45 minutes drive North from Brussels if you are willing to drive. Plan to visit again on a future trip to Belgium.
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