Very ambient with all the breweriana, beer signs, the cats, the cramped space and the low volume music allowing for normal conversation. We were a party of four and asked to get a glass each with every beer we tried and it was no problem. Very good service from Leen, and she spoke decent English too. Funny to see how Leen and Dirk work, with Leen doing a lot and Dirk not that much, and the constantly bitter expression on Dirk’s face. Excentric guy to say the least, but that’s just adds up to how special this place is. It’s worth a detour, and well, Antwerpen is not so bad to spend a few days in.
The little old couple that run this place we’re awesome! Someday that will be my wife & I. We were there last September & 1st tried Black Albert & Cuvee Delphine side by side. Excellent! Didn’t eat, but they had a bunch of taps. The downfall would be that I tried to purchase an ’99 Westy 12 to toast our 10 year wedding anniversary, and she wouldn’t sell it to us because we weren’t a large enough party. Oh well, whats the sense of having rules & restrictions if you don’t adhere to them, right?
this is a quote to the comments of people have about the owner dirk
at first when i came there dirk also didn’t say anything to me and his wife leen was the only friendly one , but now he’s joking with me al arround suggesting me beers he know i didn’t drink or new beers , my geuss is he gets lots of tourists and when he doesn’t know them is a bit scepptic about them being true beer lovers , but just talk to him ask him what great beers he has ( vintage that is ) and he will come loose you’ll see ... i just love this place :)
baggio (48) norrtälje, Sweden | March 26, 2010| Updated August 31, 2010
Visited this place on March 25th.
Alot of christmasbeers on draught. We tried the Bush Noel and the Gouden Carolus Christmas and they were both awesome.
The bottlelist is impressive to say the least. After chatting a bit with the owner we got to try Rodenbach Vin de Cereale, Stille Nacht Reserva 2005 and even Struise Earthmonk and a few other damn fine beers. Owner is a bit special but warmed up after he realized we were true beergeeks and started to chat with us.
Awesome place. Jut hope that you catch the owner on a good day :)
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 couldn’t 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 can’t try them unless you purchase the entire vertical of the beer’s 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 don’t 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 christ’s sake! Do yourself a favor and go to Arsenal or Moeder Lambik. Wow.
Visited om a saturday early in the evening. It was quiet at the moment, maybe 10 guests. One can sit, drink and read the papers . Great atmosphere, lots of exceptional beers. Classical music is softly been played. Everything here breathes beer. Didn’t try the food, but we had a Westmalle extra and a Westveleteren 12, aged 2004. Some beers are served by Leen in a little basket.
nate2g (1076) Boomtown!, Australia | March 14, 2010| Updated March 22, 2011
I can’t 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.
This is the beer haven. The holy centre of beer. An amazing menu of beer. Amazing food snacks to accompany the beer. Wonderful setting. The place just reeks of enthusiam for proper real authentic beer.
I had a Struise Pannepot green cap with world’s famous tasty couple, then I moved on to De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2005, Chimay Blue and Thomas O’Hardy’s which were both from 1982!
A wondferful evening. I met some Dutch people and some Italian craft beer geeks. Talking purely about football and beer is just perfect for an evening. Only sadness was I had to leave but by that time I was rather steaming due to a visit to another Antwerpen joint in the day earlier.
Wonderful place. Don’t over-look this fine establishment.
WOW, pretty much all I can say. Owner/bartender can be a little stubborn witht he good stuff but a very nice selection indeed. All the other ratings have pretty much nailed this place so I have nothing more to add other than that I will DEFINITELY be back.