Belgium > Antwerpen
Beer Available At Kulminator (arranged by most recent)
Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Struise Black Damnation II - Mocha Bomb 100, Mikkeller Black Fist 96, Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 100, Hanssens Oudbeitje 93, Aarschotse Bruine (Huyghe) 41, Eylenbosch Kriek 90, Malheur 12 98, Mikkeller 40 Smaragd 99, 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, Anker Boscoulis (...-2009) 35, De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 100, Struise Black Damnation IV - Coffee Club 100, Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 99, Timmermans Oude Lambiek 83, St. Louis Premium Peche 25, Struise Cuvťe Delphine 100
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gyllenbock (208) Stockholm, Sweden | October 27, 2009
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Visited on a Saturday evening in October 2009.
Fantastic place about 20 minutes walk from Antwerpen-Centraal railway station.
Kulminator is not a big place, about 45 seats or something like that. The beer menu is huge, it was not easy to decide what to order. I drunk Chimay Bleue 2000 and 1994, Pannepot Vintage 2005, Belle-Vue Kriek 1995, Courage Imperial Russian Stout 1983, Gueuze De Troch Cuveť Chapeau 1999 and finally a Westvleteren 12 from 2004. The beers did not cost much. Chimay Bleue 1994 was 10 Euro, the Westy did cost 12 Euro. I also had a cheese platter, no other food was available except for potato chips.
The owners, Leen and Dirk were friendly and helpful, their English was quite ok. Quite smoky inside, and cats were running around inside the bar. It felt almost like visiting some old relatives, the bar was full of old beer commercials and plants. Really worth a visit!
BombsGuide (18) , Italy | October 17, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best pub in the world! Selection is simply amazing... beers from 80s, 70s still drinkable and enjoyable! Food is not the best but acceptable...
pivnizub (509) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | September 18, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous place ! I guess all is said about this well known cafe....... Nothing to add!
rosenbergh (603) Tampere, Finland | September 16, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Amazing place! Incredible selection of beers from 1970ís (tasted 1979 Hoegaarden) to today. Quite cozy and interesting decor. It wasnít smokey but some cats (animals) were socialising with us. I wasnít that impressed because of my allergy... Anyway the bar is absolutely worth visiting. We also met fellow ratebeerians there.
marchcow (36) Coralville, Iowa | September 8, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Like a living beer museum. Different beers appeared to be tucked and stored in various corners of the place. A small window gives you a peek into one of the richest store rooms imaginable. The place was filled with all types of bric-a-brack which gives you the sense of being in someones house. Very homey and personal. Beers going back to the 1970ís. 1974 Liefmans Kriek. 1975 Gouden Carolus. Must see. Not smokey at all tonight!
Beerlando (70) Orlando, Florida | September 3, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
destruise (1) Keerbergen, Belgium | August 9, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
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!!
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 (84) 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 !
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