Kulminator | Antwerpen,
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World Class based on 332 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 (19) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 800+


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Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Tripel Karmeliet 100, Westvleteren Blond 99, Mikkeller George! Barrel Aged (Bourbon Edition) 100, Struise Cuvťe 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 díAnvers 55, Mort Subite Witte Lambic Zomer / …tť 2012 36, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 97, Martinís IPA 45, 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 2014 (Makers Mark BA) 99
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332 reviews for Kulminator
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  80%
 Selection  96%
 Food  65%
 Value  86%
 Overall  90%
 Rating  100%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
AntonFred  (31) , Greece | June 4, 2014
Best beer pub in Europe. Unlimited selection of beers, mostly Europeans, many vintage ones, and most importantly not expensive. Friendly owners, great atmosphere.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore  (40) California | June 1, 2014
I will preface this review by saying I only had time to enjoy one vintage beer before catching the last train back to ghent. This small bar is absolutely loaded with beer memorabilia. The proprietor was sitting at one of the tables with loads of papers and empty bags strewn across it. I sat down at the bar and ordered a 2005 orval and stared in awe at their massive beer list while harpsichord music played quitely in the background. This place feels like it has loads of history and really knows how to curate a beer list but overall from an ambiance perspective wouldnít be a place iíd like to hang out in for more than just a beer. I appreciate the years of love it must have taken to achieve such a wonderful cellar.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
Stine  (162) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 30, 2014
The bottle selection is of course phenomenal, but it did seem as if it hadnít changed in years. The cluttered, library like environment only strengthened the sense that the place hasnít really evolved at all since who knows when. Thereís a positive intangible effect of this, character wise, which is obvious and palpably apparent. Ultimately, for me this was the classic "great place to visit but not to live."
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley  (257) Hilversum, Netherlands | May 26, 2014
Visited twice on the same day with Tom. Very strange place, I had no idea really what to expect so this hole in the wall bar held by a hoarder was a bit of a surprise to me. The ambiance is fun but not very comfortable, crowded and cramped. Service was a bit slow, but she was kind though. They have one heck of a beer menu, but it is mostly just old bottles (some are nice, some are aweful). Food is cold snacks. The value is through the roof in the sense that it is quite cheap for a lot of really nice beers. Glad to visit, but this would not be my regular hangout if I was in Antwerpen.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101  (172) Quebec | May 26, 2014
Visited twice on the same day on a Friday afternoon and evening. A really unique ambiance in a place that seems to be stucked in the past. Some tables arenít available for seating because thereís piles of papers and newpapers... the owner seems to be an intense hoarder. The service was slow, but itís undertstandable considering everything was done by one of the owners. She was really friendly though. The selection is interesting, especially if you are looking for old Belgian beers and thereís a couple good beers on tap. We had a bottle of Stille Nacht Reserva 2005, Pannepot Special Resere and Lindemans Cuvťe Renť 2002 as well as a bunch of random ticks that arenít available anywhere else (like Timmermans Gueuze Caveau). Thereís not much rarities on the menu (though thereís probably a bunch left in Dirkís cellar). Value is good on most of the bottles, but some semi-old bottles are a tad heavily priced. This place is definitely worth a visit a least once because itís kind of mythical. But, Iím not a believer of aging Belgian beers (except lambics of course), so itís not a place that I plan to visit again often. Too much of a gamble.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
77ships  (109) Antwerpen, Belgium | May 25, 2014
I have been coming here for years and I still love coming here. The place still looks like your grandparents living room with board games, old useless books and cats walking around the place. I love drinking Avec les Bon Voeux on tap here having said that, this is mainly what I drink here these days as a lot of the more interesting bottles have disappeared over the years. A huge chunk of the menu consists now of random Belgian beers that are largely past the point of being enjoyable now to be honest. The prices for some beers have doubled over the years & some of the prices are just ridiculous. There are a lot of tickís still here to be had but a lot of the stuff at this point is just that, tickís and not fine beers. I might be just saying that as a lot of the bottles that I used to love drinking here have vanished from the menu as they disappeared. There used to be a couple of beers & vintages here which were at a great price point and tasted amazingly but a lot of them have gone now. You can run out of things, that happens but things just run out these days and the replacements are rare these days and often very, very pricey. The place has been overrun by tourists who drink Leffe or beers just so that they can brag that they drink them. It is still a cool place but the ranking these days is becoming a bit silly in my opinion. I do still love coming here to drink more Avec les Bon Voeux and hang out a familiar place, I do remember this place being cooler when I first started coming here. They still have things like old vintages of Chimay, Oerbier Reseva etc. but you know it just used to be more awesome & from what I hear it used to be even better before I started coming here.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
RudolphSayven  (10) , France | May 5, 2014
Waouw! I went here last friday with some friends...the beer list is amazing (about 60 pages of beer). We drank: - Rodenbach caractŤre rouge 2007 (75cl bottle) - Rochefort 10 year 2006 - Chimay Blue 1988 - Stille Nacht 1987 - Oerbier Reserva 1987 - Pannepot grand reserva 2005. There is also good cheese to eat...you need to go there!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
christhans  (6) AlvsjŲ, Sweden | April 16, 2014
Best pub in the World, no doubt in my mind.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
BigFatty  (2) , Hungary | March 14, 2014
Wow. If you never heard if it. They have it. Plus, some goodies other places wished they had.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
chriso  (371) London, England | February 27, 2014
Visited during RBESG 2013 for the first time in some years. Surprised to see I hadnít rated this place before. As has been remarked many times before, sometimes you can have a great time here. Other times not so good. Much can depend on Dirkís mood. On this occasion he seemed to be in a more grumpy one, although mainly kept out of the way. Maybe the fact that we were a quite large party didnít help. The draught list was pretty good, which is just as well as we werenít allowed to order from the big or aged list. Not that Iím much into expensive aged beers anyway. I was later told that Dirk was feeling unwell so that may explain the resrticted choice. Anyway, have to score as I found it on this occasion. May well be back to much higher marks next time. The garden/patio seemed even more taken over by old crates and empties than I remember. Always unmissable on a visit to Antwep of course.

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