Kulminator | Antwerpen,
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World Class based on 370 ratings
Type: Bar

Vleminckveld 32
Antwerpen, Belgium 2000 [ print map ]
32 32 45


Hours: Monday 8pm-12am Tuesday-Saturday 16pm-12am Sunday closed

Mayor: huineman (5) | Taps: 9 | Bottles: 800+


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Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Aarschotse Bruine (Huyghe) 41, Eylenbosch Kriek 90, Malheur 12 98, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 100, Struise Black Albert 100, Vleteren Blond 12į Oak Barrel Aged 79, De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005 100, Van Den Bossche Buffalo Grand Cru (Barrel Aged Pauillac) 94, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 35, De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 100, Mikkeller Black Fist 96, Struise Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club 100, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 99, Timmermans Oude Lambiek 83, St. Louis Premium Peche 25, Struise Cuvťe Delphine 100, Mikkeller George! Barrel Aged (Bourbon Edition) 100, Struise Pannepot Reserva 100, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98
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370 reviews for Kulminator
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  79%
 Selection  96%
 Food  65%
 Value  86%
 Overall  90%
 Rating  100%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando  (70) Orlando, Florida | September 3, 2009
Wow. Thatís what I though to myself whan I got ahold of the beer list. Just "wow". Vintage Chimayís going back to the 1970ís. De Struise brews going wel back into the 1980ís. The "new" beer list rivaled that of anyplace I visited in Be/Ne/Lux. Ambiance? This place oozes ambiance. From the wooden picnic tables to the soft classical background music to the vines growing within the interior to the cozy bier garden at the rear......this is what a beer bar should look and feel like, plain and simple. As for beer, I went with a flight of Chimay DíOree, 2006 De Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva, and a 1996 De Struise Stille Nacht, all stellar in their own right. Leen, the ownerís wife, was on hand while I visited, and she proved friendly and helpful. The only issue I have with this place is that their extensive cellar is only truly accessible when the owner is present. When I inquired about Selection Lambic, I was told that they have it, but that Leen "didnít know where it was in the cellar" and that "Iíd have to come back when her husband was in", a feat that I unfortunately could not muster. Though that left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, I find it difficult to fault such a beacon of light within the beer community as this place is. One of the true "must visit" localeís out there.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
destruise  (1) Keerbergen, Belgium | August 9, 2009
Used to be one of my favourite bars in Antwerp. Enormous selection of beer. When I turned 30, they provided me with a Kriek that was brewed in my birth year. Never again, I drunk a Kriek that amazing!!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Bloekie  (12) , Belgium | August 8, 2009
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!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
nickd717  (82) San Francisco, California | August 4, 2009
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
vanderputten  (11) , Belgium | July 26, 2009
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 !
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
andri  (11) , Denmark | June 18, 2009
Small and storical place with many quality and vintage beers: do not miss it!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
MaxxDaddy  (31) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 3, 2009
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
Berley31  (5) New Brunswick | May 28, 2009
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
AtlAggie  (20) Atlanta, Georgia | May 3, 2009
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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76  (155) , England | April 18, 2009
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!

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