Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Van Honsebrouck Filou 47, Duvel 98, Brigand Belgian Ale 71, Gulden Draak 98, Affligem Blonde 77, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 99, Palm Green 2, Gouden Carolus NoŽl (Christmas) 99, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #4 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek 99, BIIR White IPA 92, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Orval 99, Struise Cuvťe Delphine 100, Struise Black Albert 100, Hopduvel Bosaardbei 28, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 36, De Ryck Jules de Kriek 8, Gordon Finest Platinum 6
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Bloekie (12) , Belgium | August 8, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Itís very old rustic place. There were a few regulars sitting on the stools at the counter. We were sitting at a big round table in the middle of something that could have been a 60ís living room. The selection is incredible, they really have everything you could ever dream of, even vintage stuff. Value was pretty nice too, I paid 4,5 euro for a Struise Pannepot, which is really good value.
The barwoman comes to your table with proper glassware and closed bottles. She opens them up at your table and pours them for you. You get the rest of the bottle to look at it. Really really legendary place!
nickd717 (81) San Francisco, California | August 4, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
The Kulminator will be the "kulmination" of your beer experience. The list is simply ridiculous. I drank a f***ing 2004 Westvleteren 12, 2001 Chimay Blue, 2003 Orval, and 2006 Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva here. It was every bit as awesome as it sounds. The beer list is almost as thick as a Bible, and it might as well be a Bible, because itís pretty much a religious experience. Prices can run a bit high on the older stuff, but theyíre not too bad overall considering this place has the greatest selection of any beer bar ever. Ambiance is nothing special, but screw it, I could be sitting in the middle of a maggot-infested Detroit dumpster with 30 bums that hadnít showered in years drinking a 2004 Westvleteren 12, and Iíd be happy. Do not miss this place if you ever travel within 500 miles of it, PERIOD.
vanderputten (11) , Belgium | July 26, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
amazing selection of (vintage)beers, rather cosy (eg for foreign tourists) Very SMOKEY inside ! not very enjoyable to taste your beer in the best circumstances. Bartender was rather sturdy. Nevertheless worth visiting !
andri (11) , Denmark | June 18, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Small and storical place with many quality and vintage beers: do not miss it!
MaxxDaddy (31) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 3, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Our first bar on our trip to Belgium. Very cozy interior, with some drab decorations and plenty of cat pictures. Iím into the old-time feel of this place. We had Leen serve us the whole night and she was plenty helpful, even though Iím an idiot and tried to order beers that you can only get in verticals. Though that part was somewhat annoying, I can understand why itís done. The beer list is impressive, though itís mostly slanted toward aged Belgian strongs and trappist ales at this point. Still managed to get a 1983 Boon Kriek MP though. Overall, a very nice place to just drink and relax.
Berley31 (5) New Brunswick | May 28, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
I feel like I missed something here. I had read so many things about how it was a must-stop in Antwerp. We went in a couple of weeks before St. Patrickís Day... the place was covered in shamrocks. I thought I was in the U.S. It was an afternoon, and not at all busy. There were 3 people there, one of which was a very loud young guy who was shouting at another patron, trying to faze him. Fun. The entire place smelled like B.O. They had a huge beer menu, but many of the beers werenít available. Again, maybe it was just a freak experience, but I was at many more enjoyable bars in Belgium than the Kulminator.
AtlAggie (20) Atlanta, Georgia | May 3, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Just a little slice of beer heaven on earth. Of course the beer list is simply mesmerizing. I canít imagine there are many other places that can rival the selection if youíre looking for older vintages and beers long since retired. But for me, at least, the atmosphere equaled the beer list. Drinking beer here is like drinking in the living room of a favorite, somewhat eccentric, relative you donít get to visit often enough. it is small, cozy, and just oozes authentic (rather than manufactured) character. If youíre looking for somewhere to drink awesome beer and spend hours conversing with old friends, making new friends, or just sitting with your own thoughts, you will find it here. Only caveat is that the environment (full of cats, dust, and plants) seems custom made to torment people with severe allergies, so if you fall into this category enter at your own risk. No real food, but they offer cheese and sausage plates to accompany you on your travels through beer nirvana. I also appreciated t
madmitch76 (154) , England | April 18, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Very charaterfull place but was a bit shocked at the level of cigarette smoke - got used to not having this to put up with in the UK. Fabulous selection of old beer. The menu takes a lot of studying and I managed to find several they were out of. Also bought quite a few bottles to take away - not cheap - but then where else are you going to get these old beers? Look forward to returning some day!
storkWald (1) , Sweden | March 24, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Lived in Antwerp for a couple of years wereas the last period a 100 steps away from Kulminator (I actually counted the steps). As a beer geek I was definately in heaven. The place is a bit awkward at first but soon feels like it couldnít have been in any other way. The atmosphere is truly special and the selection of beers is absolutely unique. There are many beers that are not listed in the menu. Ever since I left Belgium this is the place I miss the most.
I wrote a post about this place which can be found at http://www.oddtaste.com/kulminator-the-heaven-for-beer-lovers/
mabel (230) Toronto, Ontario | March 22, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Visited on a quiet Friday afternoon last February, there were pleasant Mozart-like piano concertos and relaxing organ music playing, giving a very cosy feel to the place. Situated on a no-name street, across the street from an Asian restaurant that we later ate sushi at (in a great wooden boat), this beer haven has an amazing beer menu. We came back after dinner -- this was the night before the Zythos festival, mind -- and though quite busy, we still managed a corner to ourselves. Unfortunately the owner had broken his leg and couldnít go down into the cellar to find all the rarer beers we kept asking his wife for, but what she could find in their upstairs freezer room (which you can peek inside on your way to the washrooms at the back) was nevertheless delicious and well worth sharing. An absolute gem of a place in town, not to be missed.
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