Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
BIIR White IPA 93, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 99, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 100, Orval 99, Struise Cuvée Delphine 100, Struise Black Albert 100, Hopduvel Bosaardbei 28, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 36, De Ryck Jules de Kriek 8, Gordon Finest Platinum 6, Mikkeller Black Fist 96, Roman Special 38, Pater Lieven Wit 50, Dupont Blanche Du Hainaut Biologique 63, Echt Diesterse Beker 9° 82, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #1 98, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #8 98, Tripel Karmeliet 99, Westvleteren Blond 99
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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 couldn’t 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.
BiddleBrau (78) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | March 18, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Small, more local type bar with so many unique and aged beers available (I had a 96 deCam gueuze where are you going to get that in the States?). I can only imagine what their cellar looks like. I heard stories of some of the beers they’ve carried. Gotta love knowing a place like this exists. Only in Belgium and worth seeking out.
fata2683 (131) Tucson, Arizona | March 8, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in here the weekend of ZBF for a few beers. The decor is interesting and with the cats wondering around, very homely. Classical music playing and strange brewania all over the place. IO sat at the bar, but there are roughly 4-5 tables or booths, and an outdoor portion, but this was March so it’s still too cold outside. I was presented a menu and began to look through it, which took about 45 mins. It’s huge and alot of things are crossed off, or the vintage has been changed. It was busy this weekend because of ZBF but Dirk and Leen did a great job helping everyone. I started with a 2005 Still Nacht Reserva for 9 euro. What a treat, served in the proper glass, at cellar temp, and a great first beer. Next I had a Chimay Doree, an excellent lighter beer and cost me only 2.50 euro. Third I had a 1996 Ciney Speciale. The bottle was pulled off the shelf and was covered in dust and cobbwebs. I did not expect this to be such a great beer, but served at room temp and with 13 years of age on it, the
Damico (14) Royersford, Pennsylvania | February 18, 2009
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
This is the greatest place to order a beer in the world - there are over 800 of them! Dirk and his wife/friend/sister are phenomenal. They are not as outgoing as Matt from Capone’s, but they know their beer for sure. This is by far the place with the best variety of beer in the world. I had a beer from my birth year - 1979. Paul and I first ordered an Affligem Noel 1986 - ridiculous. Other notables were the Chimay Grand Reserve 1999, Cantillon Gueze 1986, and most importantly of all the "special special special" (in Dirk’s words) Stille Nacht 2005, which of course is retired and received a 99 on this website.
Gualthiero (6) Antwerp, Belgium | February 1, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
One of the largest beer selections and certainly for aged beers. To tast something special, you should go here. Not very causy however.
forst (15) , Italy | January 13, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
A really lovely cafè, with probably the best possible selection for aged belgian beer.
peter48er (4) Liverpool, England | December 21, 2008| Updated January 28, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Recently visited for 1st time whilst on visit to De Koninck Brewery. I have never visited a cafe/pub like it. What a beer menu, perhaps too many to take in. I could have spent all day reading it. The Gouden Carolus Xmas beer on tap was majestic and the bottle pf 2004 Oude Gueuse just met the right spot. Would liked to have spent much longer here and will certainly return.
Lubiere (469) Ottawa, Ontario | October 26, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I have been to this place 3 times and each time, it is such a pleasure and experience. I agree with most of the description BeerBelcher made on the decor, but i also would had I got the feeling of being in a curio shop, or a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. The menu is astounding, the prices are good, and yes, it is possible to get a beer which has not aged well. Overall, this is a no-miss if you are visiting this fair city. Last time, in Nov. 2006, I met up with Joris and Carlo (from Struise) and we had some really great beer: Aardmonik, De Neve Gueuze, etc...
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | October 24, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I think the Kulminator is the most famous beer-bar in the world, but it took me by surprise. Tim Webb (“Good Beer Guide: Belgium”) said they’d reduced their beer list and were focusing on aged beer, which I found to be true. And the décor was…different. Not a bad experience, but for me, an American beer-geek, it was not what I expected from the most famous beer-bar in the world.
I don’t remember much about the neighborhood, although it is a brief walk south from Antwerp’s main square. Décor is odd…felt to me to be strangely Asian-influenced. We sat in the front on some benches with cushions on them. There was an elevated bar, and a small unused courtyard in the middle.
Kulminator does focus on aged beer, which (not to sound like an ignoramus on this site) is not a concept I’ve fully bought into yet. The beer menu is huge, multiplied in size by the various vintages of the same beer. A little older lady was our server, and she did a good job helping us navigate the menu. I had a Brugse Tripel from 2001, which I didn’t enjoy all that much, and a Bush Noel on draft, which I thought was pretty good.
I live in the Mid-west and have been trained to believe that great beer places are places like the Map Room in Chicago, Tornado in San Francisco, or Roman’s here in Milwaukee. Kulminator has this world-class reputation, but is very different from all of those.
Phil (28) , England | October 13, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love this place. Probably the first time, I really was blown away by the beer selectioin. Specialists in Aged beers, and hard to get Belgians. Dirk and Leen run an institution, a great place, that I was
able to get the Rodenbach Alexander for the first time. I think, sorry to say, that there are now better places to go for great beer in Belgium, but few still have the footprint that this place will hold in my view.
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