Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 8 Sauternes 85, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #9 98, Mikkeller Black Hole Barrel Aged Edition Scotch Whisky , Gordon Finest Platinum 7, Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA 50, St-Feuillien / Green Flash Belgian Coast IPA 89, La Trappe Quadrupel Quercus Eikenvat gelagerd Batch #1 98, Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Eylenbosch Framboise Cuvee Speciale 99, Hopduvel Bosaardbei , Mikkeller 19 98, Loterbol Sint-Jan Diest 75, Struise Cuvée Delphine 100, Mikkeller 黑 / Black 98, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 3 Madeira 91, Aarschotse Bruine (Huyghe) 36, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project (Dark Ale): No. 10 Madeira 75, Mechelschen Bruynen 66, Chapeau Cuvée 81, De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2008
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DenverLogan (64) MileHi, Colorado | May 29, 2007| Updated July 30, 2007
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
Certainly in the top 5 best beer destinations on earth, probably in the top 3, and possibly my number one selection. No place has a menu with as many aged beers on earth. The menu is spectacular while not always up to date. And, buyer beware...just as with aging any beer, some of theirs are past their prime. Still, the selection is incredible with many beers over 30 years old, lots over 20 and plenty more over 10. This is a dusty old place of memorabilia and memories and possibly a cat meandering across the bar. There’s a local contingency that frequents here, and often there’s tourists who look at this as Mecca.
A die hard couple have put forth a history of Belgium beers like no others. Only a few places collect and age on this scale, and none list all they have on the manu like the big K. The Stuffed Sandwich, the Heorot, and possibly a few places of great distinction have a great stored collection, but at the Kulminator they put out the biggest menu of aged Belgian gems. There’s some top quality taps also.
This lovely old dusty, cozy beer den is a destination I’d hate to have missed. Visited in 2006, and various previous years. Really, really look forward to my next visit. Big kudos to Dirk and Leen.
oberabcbbsok (38) Hoboken, Belgium | May 9, 2007| Updated February 17, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
The place to be in antwerp. A place visited from people all of the world. The food is limmited to cold dishes, but the drinks are very good. A sellection out of 10 draft beers, you will not find enywhere else. A beer of the week, a montly beer and a choise of old beers you will finde nowhere else. You can still taste some beers from 30 years or older.
Avatar (4) Gliwice, Poland | April 27, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Ambiance of the place is really unique. So is the selection. I enjoyed there mine Westvleteren 12 and the only think I didn’t like was that i couldn’t afford for a second one;) Great place
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | April 12, 2007| Updated August 20, 2008
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Unforgettable pub. Given its worldwide reputation I was surprised to walk-in in a cosy little pub that can probably only site 30-50 inside. Very warm friendly atmosphere inside, small patio in the back. I recommend getting there early when the doors open. The owner feeds wild cats and neighbourhood cats. I was sitting in the back sipping my Wesvleteren 6 surrounded by about a dozen of cats running all over the place. The beer list is to die for. That place is well known for stacking huge quantity of beers that will one day be sought after. Unfortunately their vintage beer list (separate list from regular beer menu, ask for it) is not up to date (like all vintage beer list I’ve seen in Belgium). Some stuff on the list is long gone. But there are still some marvels there. In sept 2006 they still had the Wesvleteren 6 1998 (last year it was brewed). But my can’t-miss recommendation would be the De Dolle 2nd Annivesary beer. It’s called “Oerbier Verjaardagsbier” on the menu. 25 years old and simply amazing taste. The bottle is just incredible to look at. Old 330ml flip-top dusty with the label falling apart. Pricey but worth it. Overall the place is a mandatory stop for any beer geek.
madsberg (50) Søborg, Denmark | March 20, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Had my 1. visit the friday before ZBF. Probably wasn’t the most wise decision, because the place was fully packed with beerenthusiasts, and Dirk and Leen was very very busy giving serving times of 30+ minutes. Oh well, sometimes you have to suffer to get the really good stuff. Had a Cantillon Framboise 1979, De Dolle Stille Nacht 1996 and a De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2005, which all was world class beers. Nice little place, that I will revisit on a more calm day. Met several americans while hanging in the bar, and they were all great company. The place to go to have good company and great beer.
JoeinEscazú (278) Ozark, Missouri | March 11, 2007| Updated March 18, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
One of the world’s best beer cafes, worth traveling a long way to visit. The vintages are an experience. Also a range of interesting things on tap at any given time. Cheese and sausage. Arnold the bar cat is also very amicable. Correction: Arnold the bar cat has since passed on. RIP.
SHIG (195) Wasilla, Alaska | March 4, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The holy grail of beer! I was able to sample a ton of older beers from the ’80s. The menu is getting a bit smaller, but that doesn’t hurt the selection one bit. Service is a bit slow since it gets busy quick. Also very small so everyone has to share some space. I will be back!
grohta (1) | March 3, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
There is no dout about it this is the best beer bar in the world $100 dollar beer for $10 (1982 Thomas Hardy) one of many.
larsga (200) Oslo, Norway | February 19, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic place. Really laid-back and relaxed athmosphere with pub cats, huge overgrown plants (the place smells like a flower store), and beer paraphernalia. It seems to be a local pub for people in the area, which is really nice. There’s lots of ads on the tables, some of which are nice, and some of which could annoy you if you let them.
The service is a bit slow, but knowledgeable and very helpful.
The selection, as everyone knows, is fantastic, even if some of the older vintages are beginning to thin out. I was wildly impressed to be able to order a British 1983 imperial stout from Courage (now gone) and to get it in the right glass!
Stew41 (128) Woodend, Australia | January 13, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Clearly has strong claims as the greatest beer bar on earth. What an amazing place! Much smaller and casual than what I expected and service was very good for a quite Thrusday night. Needless to say the beer list and vintage list are awesome. 12 beers on tap. An inspirational bar for the aspiring bar owner (I was on a ’research’ trip), my only issue being that the beers were too cheap. An excellent reason to come to Antwerp and sincerely a privilage to drink here.
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